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Brief Interviews With Hideous Men

Tue 3 to Sat 7 Feb
By David Foster Wallace
Adapted for the stage by Josh Dolphin and Penny Cartwright

When it was published, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men was lauded as having “a whiff of genius” and David Foster Wallace as being “another mad scientist of American literature” (New York Times).

Look & Learn Productions bring this student adaptation of Wallace’s idiosyncratic vision of sex and insecurity to the stage.

Capturing the obscene, riotous landscape of Wallace’s book, this show depicts the modern male in a vivid and unsavoury light. Be warned: this immersive new production is not for the faint-hearted.

Brief Interviews With Hideous Men

  Prices: £6 (£5)  



Potosi

Tue 3 to Sat 7 Feb
By Jonathan Oakman

James and Matthew have just hooked up in a club. It’s James’ first time with a guy and it’s all quite special. Matthew, on the other hand, can’t even remember what number he’s on. Over the course of the night, boundaries are pushed and barriers are broken.

Open-hearted and refreshing, Potosí is a new play by student Jonathan Oakman that takes a funny and impassioned look at modern relationships.

Hypnotist Theatre invites you to experience the humour, pain and confusion of growing up and stumbling on someone special.

Potosi

  Prices: £6 (£5)  



The George and Dragon

Tue 10 to Sat 14 Feb
By Sami Ibrahim and Michael Comba

The George and Dragon is a dystopia set in the comfort of your local pub.

A series of vignettes - tragic, preposterous and comic - that revolve around the landlady of a local pub, who tries to maintain a veneer of normality as a pandemic and anarchy take hold outside her door.

Nightmarishly tense, farcically funny (and also really quite dingy), The George and Dragon is a new show by two students, that delves into how we deal with times of acute crisis – a heady draught of anger, fear and absurdity.

The George and Dragon

  Prices: £6 (£5)  



The Boss of it All

Tue 10 to Sat 14 Feb
By Lars von Trier
Adapted for the stage by Jack McNamara

Inspired by one of the world’s most controversial filmmakers, this is a classic farce in a sharp contemporary setting.

The boss of an IT company is selling off his firm to foreign investors. Fearful of his employees’ anger, he hires an actor to take the blame. But pretentious thespian Kristoffer is far from being a convincing business mastermind and finds his new role much more challenging than he expected.

Based on the film by Lars von Trier (Melancholia, Nymphomaniac), this is a hilarious and acclaimed adaptation by Jack McNamara.

The Boss of it All

  Prices: £6 (£5)  



Take Off

OUDS New Writing Festival
Tue 17 to Sat 21 Feb

5 days. 4 plays. OUDS showcases the very best original work by student playwrights, taking bold new scripts on their first journey from page to stage.

Tue, Thu & Sat at 7.30pm
Take Off by Lamorna Ash

A man is taking off. He’s going to space and the universe will be on his doorstep. Before he leaves he has to say some goodbyes.

Take Off

  Prices: £6 (£5)  



A Sense of Falling

OUDS New Writing Festival
Tue 17 to Sat 21 Feb

5 days. 4 plays. OUDS showcases the very best original work by student playwrights, taking bold new scripts on their first journey from page to stage.

Tue, Thu & Sat at 9.30pm
A Sense of Falling by Adam Leonard

In a house beside the train tracks, a cleaner obsesses over CCTV tapes from the station. What is she looking for?

A Sense of Falling

  Prices: £6 (£5)  



Lads

OUDS New Writing Festival
Tue 17 to Sat 21 Feb

5 days. 4 plays. OUDS showcases the very best original work by student playwrights, taking bold new scripts on their first journey from page to stage.

Wed & Fri at 7.30pm, Sat at 2.30pm
Lads by Mallika Sood

Leo and Seb are lads. They’re also dating. When the pair make a bet to see who can best ‘play it straight’ their lives change for good.

Lads

  Prices: £6 (£5)  



Twin Primes

OUDS New Writing Festival
Tue 17 to Sat 21 Feb

5 days. 4 plays. OUDS showcases the very best original work by student playwrights, taking bold new scripts on their first journey from page to stage.

Wed & Fri at 9.30pm, Sat at 4.30pm
Twin Primes by Florence Read

Two men on a beach; a date in a café; an uncomfortable reunion. What draws people together and what keeps them apart?

Twin Primes

  Prices: £6 (£5)  



The Duchess of Malfi

Tue 24 to Sat 28 Feb
By John Webster

Set in the cut-throat world of tabloid journalism and celebrity scandal, the widowed Duchess of Malfi is forbidden to marry again by her power-hungry brothers. So when she weds her lover in secret, she unwittingly kick-starts a bloody chain of events that threatens to engulf the entire kingdom.

This bold re-imagining of a Renaissance masterpiece transplants Webster’s classic story into an age of non-stop information and celebrity obsession, where the play’s dissection of gender, power and politics is as relevant as ever.

The Duchess of Malfi

  Prices: £6 (£5)  



Captain Amazing

Tue 24 to Sat 28 Feb
By Alistair McDowall

This one-man show depicts the day-to-day life of Britain’s only part-time superhero.

When Emily is born, her crap dad, Mark, has to step up and become Captain Amazing – a hero in her eyes...if no-one else’s.

To Emily, Mark is a real man of steel; beating bad guys, having beers with Batman and protecting the world. In reality, he can barely look after himself, let alone his family.

Captain Amazing is an astonishing monologue that abounds with vulnerability and crackles with invention. Even the invincible aren’t immune to tragedy.

Captain Amazing

  Prices: £6 (£5)  



The Singular Life of Albert Nobbs

Tue 3 to Sat 7 Mar
By Simone Benmuss

…how long have you been playing this part? Ever since I was a girl.

Based on a true story, The Singular Life of Albert Nobbs charts a series of events in the life of an extraordinary woman.

Forced to dress and act as a man in order to secure employment in Victorian Dublin, Albert becomes trapped in her role and alienated from her own body.

This tender and touching play is the story of an individual’s search for security, acceptance, love, and belonging.

The Singular Life of Albert Nobbs

  Prices: £6 (£5)  



As I Crossed a Bridge of Dreams

Tue 3 to Sat 7 Mar
Adapted by Harriet Rowe

In 11th-century Japan, a young woman is consumed by her own imagination, as the boundaries between dreams and reality gradually become obscured.

Inspired by a classical Japanese text, As I Crossed A Bridge Of Dreams is a striking student adaptation that explores the role of women in society from the perspective of one of Japan’s most enduring historical figures.

Dwelling on the mystical and the spiritual through innovative use of immersive lighting and sound, it offers a touching and ethereal glimpse into a richly bewitching fantasy world.
 

As I Crossed a Bridge of Dreams

  Prices: £6 (£5)  



The Doctor In Spite of Himself

Tue 10 to Sat 14 Mar
By Molière

The best part of this profession is that the dead, of all people, are the most discreet, for you will never find them complain of the physician who has killed them.

The alcoholic woodcutter, Sganarelle, becomes a physician against his will and helps a young couple find love.

This timeless depiction of quack doctors and their trusting patients is one of Molière’s wittiest short comedies. The vibrant characters are brought to life in this performance, inspired by farce and commedia dell’arte.

The Doctor In Spite of Himself

  Prices: £6 (£5)  



The Italian Play: Serata Futurista

Tue 10 to Sat 14 Mar

Join The Oxford Italian Play for this celebration of the explosive, full-throttle theatre that emerged from the Italian Futurism movement of 1909.

This is an evening of fast-paced short pieces that challenged both society and the stage – and they still thrum with power today.

Only a few minutes each, these energetic scenes move from comedy to tragedy, playing on the senses with multimedia effects. Serata Futurista offers a rare opportunity to experience this unique style.

In Italian with English summaries.

The Italian Play: Serata Futurista

  Prices: £6 (£5)