Young Players' Festival

Young Players' Festival

March 2017
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Young Players' Festival Young Players' Festival & All the Little Lights
Young Players' Festival Young Players' Festival & All the Little Lights
In Tents and Purposes In Tents and Purposes & Jane Eyre
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Oxford Playhouse works with young people from all over Oxfordshire all year round. Young Players' is a weeklong celebration of young people’s creativity.

Monday 27 March from 6.30pm in the Top Room*
Monologue from Musical Differences by Robin French
Oxford Youth Dance Company

Musical Differences follows the story of a group of teenagers who form a band and the fallouts on the way to their success.  But it is told from the perspective of the 'uncool' teenagers who are never picked for sports teams, never mind being in a band!

Oxfordshire Youth Dance Company will perform an extract from Against the Odds a piece inspired by Nina Simone's Feelin' Good choreographed by Joelle Pappas; two pieces choreographed by members of the company; and an improvised performance responding to the festival theme of Time and Space, Co-ordinated by Cecilia Macfarlane. Oxford Youth Dance Company believes that dance is for everybody and celebrates young people’s individuality, creativity and love of dance.

Tuesday 28 March from 6.30pm in the Top Room*
Headington Youth Dance Scholars. 

We are Now Here, We are Nowhere devised performance by OP 12|16 Young Company

Headington Dance Scholars are a small dance company made up of 7 dancers across the ages of 11 to 17 years old. These dancers took on an intense audition process to gain their role as a dance scholar at Headington School.

We are Now Here, We are Nowhere is a devised piece using material generated by the young company exploring the concept of the perfect moment.  The journey through the process has led the young company to investigate transitional situations in life and create a series of scenes, using text and movement, to present these moments.

Wednesday 29 March from 6.30pm in the Top Room*                  
Oxford Playhouse Littlemore Youth Ambition Company
Change of Programme - Duodecim Theatre Company

The OP Littlemore Youth Ambition Company has devised and written a play exploring tensions experienced by young people who feel trapped within their social and geographical environment.  We follow the story of Ellie who has accidently upset popular girl Soph.  Soph ensures that Ellie knows she should keep her mouth shut but when the police get involved Soph's friends realise that this time she may have gone too far.

Duodecim Theatre Company perform The Lovers from A Midsummer Night's Dream. Come and watch The Lovers from this famous play, try and untangle the love-knots they find themselves tied up in! A physical, boisterous production, full of verve and passion. Directed by Kevin Tomlinson.

Also on Wednesday…Primary Playmaker on the main stage at 1pm. Plays written by primary school pupils taking part in our Primary Playmaker projects get professional readings on our main stage. Please call the Ticket Office on 01865 305305 to book for this event.

Thursday 30 March from 6.30pm in the Top Room*                                
Rehearsed Readings of extracts from plays written by members of Oxford Playhouse Young Playmaker. 

Writers from Young Playmaker have selected 10 minute extracts from their plays written in response to the theme of Time and Space, a selection of these will have full length performances in the Burton Taylor Studio in July.

Friday 31 March and Saturday 1 April on the main stage
Jane Eyre performed by Oxford Playhouse 17 | 25 Young Company. 
You can book tickets for Jane Eyre here.


*Please note the Top Room is not accessible in a wheelchair.

  • Wed 29 Mar 1:00 PM Primary Playmaker. Free - call the Ticket Office on 01865 305305 to book
  • Wed 29 Mar 6:30 PM Littlemore Youth Ambition Company and Duodecim Theatre Company £1.00
  • Thu 30 Mar 6:30 PM Oxford Playhouse Young Playmaker £1.00

Book Tickets

  • Wed 29 March 1:00 PM
  • Wed 29 March 6:30 PM
  • Thu 30 March 6:30 PM
Oxford Playhouse Young Playmaker £1.00

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