Oxford’s ten-day fringe fest, Offbeat, launches this Friday with a full programme of the anarchic, comic and oddball.
Offbeat, back for a second year, takes place from at Oxford Playhouse and Old Fire Station and has been expanded to present 71 shows spanning theatre, comedy, spoken word, music and dance, of which over half will be UK premières, a quarter created by local Oxfordshire-based artists, and all new to Oxford.
The theatre programme offers something for everyone – from Room, a one-on-one experience for a blindfolded audience member, and Wrecked taking place inside a crashed car, to Idiot Child’s new production What if The Plane Falls out the Sky?
There is a preview of performance poet and playwright Richard Marsh’s new show Todd & God, and James Rowland’s A Hundred Different Words for Love.
A year on from the European referendum, there is fierce political theatre from #TORYCORE plus a satirical Brexit tale in Blowfish Theatre’sBoris – The Musical!.
In a new partnership with BBC Introducing, Offbeat will also curate four evenings of live music from local and emerging musicians.
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.”