In June 2016, Oxford Playhouse and Arts at the Old Fire Station presented the first Offbeat, a brand spanking new festival in the heart of the city showcasing over 50 shows in 7 days that all were new to Oxfordshire. The festival returned in 2017, featuring even more fantastic theatre, increasing its output to 70 shows in 10 days.
Offbeat 2018 was bigger and better than ever. The festival showcased some of the best new theatre, dance, comedy, music, family shows and spoken word, and was brought to you by upcoming and established artists from Oxfordshire and across the UK.
Applications for Offbeat 2019 are now closed. Thank you to everyone who applied, we will announce the programme soon!
What people are saying about Offbeat..
The world is complicated and we need to be able to look at complexity, nurture the talent that will help us understand the world around us better, celebrate difference and retain our sense of humour. Offbeat sums this up.
Jeremy Spafford, Director at The Old Fire Station
Offbeat will create a sustainable platform for new work in the city, whilst playing a significant role in the UK festival circuit, with a long-term focus on artist development.
Louise Chantal, Chief Executive at Oxford Playhouse
2016’s inaugural Offbeat festival featured more than 1500 people attending 54 performances with highlights including Ross & Rachel by James Fritz, a documentary screening of Yasmin Fedda’s Queens of Syria and stand-up comedy from names such as Rosie Wilby and Viv Groskop.