TICKETS have gone on sale for the second annual Offbeat, Oxford’s fringe festival of performing arts.
Taking place at Oxford Playhouse and Old Fire Station from June 23 to July 2, Offbeat will stage 71 events over the 10 days spanning theatre, comedy, spoken word, music and dance offering something for everyone.
Room is a one-on-one experience for a blindfolded audience member, while Wrecked takes place inside a crashed car.
Offbeat will also include a preview of performance poet and playwright Richard Marsh’s new show Todd & God, and James Rowland’s A Hundred Different Words for Love.
Weekends offer shows for families, including two for under-threes and a dance programme.
A year on from the European referendum, there is fierce political theatre from #TORYCORE, a satirical Brexit tale in Blowfish Theatre’s Boris – The Musical!, or catch comedian Mark Thomas’s new show A Show That Gambles on the Future.
Returning for the second year running is Radio 4 presenter Viv Groskop, and the multi-award winning Sajeela Kershi and Sameena Zehra.
The festival also celebrates a host of local artists.
Luke Rollason, a 2015 University of Oxford graduate, presents Planet Earth III a low budget one-man documentary set in the future, and fellow Oxford graduate Matthew Floyd Jones, the keyboard playing half of Frisky & Mannish, perform new dark comedy Richard Carpenter’s Close To You.
The festival gives six Oxfordshire women, aged 20 to 80, a voice to celebrate the courage and bravery of ordinary women.
While Standby Theatre’s The Room of Lost Things, is inspired by secrets collected from the people of Oxford.
Festival Producer Vicky Graham said: “I am so excited that the shared vision of an entrepreneurial arts centre and an established regional theatre has created this opportunity for the performing artists of the future to meet adventurous local and national audiences.
“I cannot wait to see Oxford – a city steeped with heritage and culture – humming with a rich, complex and entertaining contemporary programme, and look forward to putting Offbeat firmly on the festival map.”
Offbeat is a partnership between Oxford Playhouse and Arts at the Old Fire Station, and supported by Arts Council England.
Ticket prices for all performances will be £10 or less.
For more information go to offbeatoxford.co.uk