2020 was a year like no other for theatre and live performance. Nevertheless, Oxford Playhouse continued to produce and commission, supporting artists create work in new ways.
It’s been a busy year for Oxford Playhouse, with our productions appearing all over the county, country and even in America!
The year began by marking the centenary celebrations of partial suffrage for women. We commissioned On The March, a new piece by Clare Bayley, a Playhouse Playmaker alumni, for our 17|25 Young Company.
OP Productions started 2017 with a production of Every You Every Me, written by Associate Artist Barney Norris and co-produced with Reading Rep, which toured schools around Oxfordshire and Berkshire. The play explored the experiences of those coping with mental health issues within the education.
2016 saw a summer of 'firsts' and new collaborations for OP Productions. We joined forces with Oxford Contemporary Music on Furious Folly, a remarkable and evocative large-scale outdoor performance which was part of 14-18 NOW, the UK-wide arts programme to mark the First World War centenary.
2015 began with a UK tour to theatres and local Oxford primary schools of our charmingly silly family show Bath Time. March saw us touring to shopping centres around the UK with Ready Steady Colour, a co-production with A Line who make interactive art installations.
2014 saw Oxford Playhouse take on the theme of Radical Thinking with many of this year’s home-grown productions taking inspiration from ground-breaking ideas associated with the city.
2013 began with a co-production of Charles Dickens' Curiosity Shop with Theatre Alibi in March. In the spring, our resident young people’s theatre company, 16|22, produced Under Milk Wood on our main stage and in April we saw the return of the hugely popular The Oxford Poetry Walk.
Co-produced a new Helen Edmundson play with resident company Shared Experience about Mary Shelley and a production of Dick King-Smith’s The Crowstarver with Theatre Alibi.
A co-production of Brontë with Shared Experience which toured nationally. A small-scale production of The Wright Brothers by David Hastings, which premiered at the Singapore Arts Festival before playing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August.
Bath Time, written and directed by Toby Hulse.