Some of Oxford’s favourite artistes will celebrate December with a month of unique online events at OFS’ Off Piste Festival!
Stars include award-winning playwright Mike Bartlett of Doctor Foster, King Charles III and 2018 smash hit Snowflake, which premiered at the Old Fire Station. He will be directing an updated version of his funny, touching play An Intervention (available online from 12 Dec), starring comedy duo Ellen Robertson and Charly Clive – recorded in the theatre.
Comedians Josie Long and Jonny Donahoe tell a different side of the parenthood story, live on Zoom.
In Tender (Sat 19 Dec), Josie adjusts to motherhood and tries to help us feel optimistic about the future. In Forgiveness on Fri 18 Dec, (his first theatre show since the acclaimed Every Brilliant Thing), Jonny looks at the cycles of abuse that form who we are. How can you face up to being a father, when your own father was defined by his absence?
SOLD is Kuumba Nia Arts’ hugely popular show about Mary Prince, a woman born into slavery in the 1700s. Amantha Edmead returns with this award-winning hit show about enslavement, fighting for freedom and becoming a beacon for the abolitionist movement.
This masterpiece of Black British theatre uses song, storytelling, music and drumming to bring a remarkable story to a modern audience. Available online from 15 Dec.
Join Sabrina Richmond for a live Zoom show, 13 Secrets. It’s the night before Namatama’s wedding. Gathered with her mother and aunt, the bride-to be partakes in an age-old ritual: receiving no-holds-barred advice on sexual satisfaction from the women in her family. But what secrets have been hidden until now?
OFS’s Alex Coke said: “We’ve brought some of our best friends together for a great big hug of a line-up, next month. We have shows performed live on Zoom, and some recorded in our theatre for you to watch on-demand. The joy of theatre, without leaving the comfort of your own home. No matter what the guidelines are, you can always watch our shows.
We can’t wait to welcome our audiences back – even if we’re seeing them on a computer screen instead of in person.”
“We can’t wait to welcome our audiences back for shows we know they’ll love,” Alex Coke adds.
For more information and to book tickets go to: https://oldfirestation.org.uk/show-category/offpiste/