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Theatre in Oxford: What’s on this June

28 May 2017 | Alice Robinson

Oxford Playhouse

Golem looks like the most exciting thing on the Oxford Playhouse Main Stage this month – it’s received five-star rave reviews since its premiere in 2014, and has been recommended by the Playhouse’s Chief Executive. The much-lauded 1927 brings their signature combination of live music, performance and animation to the stage in a ‘dystopian fable for the 21st century’, questioning who (or what?!) is in charge of all the technology we use every day. Golem is brought in to improve Robert’s life for the better – and that’s exactly what he/it does. Soon everyone wants one. After all, everyone wants the best, don’t they? At only 90 minutes long, but without an interval, this promises to be a fantastic and intense evening – an event not to miss.

The Offbeat Festival is also back for the second year running, with 70 different plays on over a short week at the end of June. There are tickets from just £5, so forgo a pizza tonight, and see some theatre instead! Spread between the BT Studio and Arts at the Old Fire Station Theatre, there promises to be something for everyone – including children – in this celebration of the dramatic, the hilarious, the quirky and the downright odd.


Image Credit: Golem, Oxford Playhouse

Golem is on 13 – 17 June.
Offbeat Festival is on 20 June – 2 July. 


BT Studio

The BT Studio has all sorts of great shows on this June, but we have two particular highlights. Girls Will Be Girls is a brand new play written by university student Ella Langley about being a university student – or at least wanting to be one. Following seven different girls across the country as they wait in anticipation to find out whether they’ve been accepted by the University of Oxford, so far, so History Boys. But this is very definitely (as the title indicates) a play about women. Taking in not only academic pressures, but body image and sexual expectations, this should be an interesting evening at the very least.

Our biggest recommendation for this month overall is Goggles, which we saw at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival last year. This deceptively simple drama about some dead goldfish explores complex themes of grief, depression, friendship, and growing up with a comic touch that makes the whole experience one of both laughter and tears. Written and performed by ThisEgg double-act, and on for one night only, we recommend this beautiful little play whole-heartedly.


Image Credit: Girls Will Be Girls, BT Studio Oxford Playhouse

Girls Will Be Girls is on 6 – 10 June. 
Goggles is on 21 June only.

 
North Wall

Another piece of university drama at North Wall, with an intriguing premise. Garden places scientists in a remote and secret lab funded by an unknown billionaire, tasked with finding a way to escape a huge simulated virtual realm: life. Poltergeist Theatre, the student production company in charge, have done some really interesting work so far – this comedy about love, life, and living in a bubble promises to be an intriguing and entertaining night out that you won’t forget in a hurry.


Image Credit: Garden, North Wall

Garden is on 1 – 3 June.
 

Pegasus Theatre

For one night only, Dear Home Office 2: Still Pending is at Pegasus Theatre; the follow-up to the hugely successful play Dear Home Office, told by the same ten refugee men telling versions of their own stories. The subject matter is serious, but the tone is comic. The performance should be raw but funny, tender and topical.

Dear Home Office 2: Still Pending is on 30 June only.
 

OUDS

Oxford University Drama Society has a wide variety of shows on this term. Fancy some summer Shakespeare? Henry VI part 1 is on at the Keble O’Reilly Theatre, a rarely shown play, but one worth catching up on. Plot: a weak king, lots of fighting, and a fierce woman willing to kill anyone in her way. At the Michael Pilch, Rewritten is another student-written, brand new play which manipulates perspectives to explore a romantic relationship – with a further twist of the main man being played by three different actors. A particular must-see for students.

Henry VI part 1 is on 6 – 10 June.
Rewritten is on 31 May – 3 June.

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