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.
Resident company Shared Experience toured across the UK with Mermaid, a production inspired by the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale.
Our resident young people’s theatre company,17|25 Young Company, performed Hattie Naylor’s adaptation of The Odyssey. In keeping with our 2014 Radical Oxford theme, Suffragettes and Rabble Rousers launched in March with, Margaret Drabble, Paterson Joseph, Glyn Maxwell, Molly Naylor and Polly Teale penning monologues about famous radical Oxfordians.
Our third year of the Evolve scheme got underway in April and we welcomed Jake Bennett, Mike Tweedle and Dot&Ethel to the scheme. The Boy Who Bit Picasso was the year’s Easter treat in the Burton Taylor Studio before it went on a UK tour through April and May. As if that wasn’t enough, What To Do When You Find A Dinosaur returned to the BT Studio in autumn as part of a UK tour.
In September, we welcomed back Paterson Joseph to the Playhouse with his one man show Sancho: An Act Of Remembrance, which started its journey in the BT Studio back in 2011.
In October, we co-produced a sparkling new production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest with Northern Stage and Improbable Theatre.
To finish the year off in style, we presented our traditional array of Christmas treats with Dear Father Christmas in the BT Studio, and the tale of Aladdin written and directed by Steve Marmion taking centre stage as our annual pantomime.