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North Wall Arts Centre

South Parade
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 7JN United Kingdom
01865 319450 www.thenorthwall.com

The North Wall is an arts centre with a vibrant public programme of live music, theatre and dance. The programme places an emphasis on new and innovative work, offering an alternative to the mainstream.

The venue is based on the campus of St. Edward’s School in the heart of Summertown. Built on the site of a Victorian swimming pool, the site was converted by leading architects Haworth Tompkins, winning several architectural awards, and opened in 2007.

The arts centre offers a 200-seat theatre space as well as a public art gallery. Exhibitions change every three weeks, and admission is free.

Family Activities

The North Wall Arts Centre offers children’s performances once a month, as well as family-friendly workshops alongside these shows. Examples of previous workshops are: shadow puppetry, origami, Noise Band and pop-up book making.

Opening Hours

Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm
Saturday 12pm – 4pm
Closed Sundays & Bank Holidays

Tickets

Gallery – Admission Free
Tickets for performances: from £6 – £16

Facilities

Family friendly

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September 2019

September 6 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 10:00 am, repeating until September 19, 2019

Robin Stewart: The Inner Life

North Wall Arts Centre, South Parade
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 7JN United Kingdom
Free

Robin Stewart’s work creates the feeling of an alternative world into which any of us might easily slip. The paintings, as we live with them, provoke questions about who we are and what we are doing. The collages are rhythmical, and the drawings give the people they depict a sense of timelessness. Robin, who lives in Oxford, studied art at Belfast College of Art, after which he was awarded a Boise Scholarship. He then studied for a year at The…

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September 6 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Bank Holidays Closed

Robin Stewart: The Inner Life

North Wall Arts Centre, South Parade
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 7JN United Kingdom
Free

Robin Stewart’s work creates the feeling of an alternative world into which any of us might easily slip. The paintings, as we live with them, provoke questions about who we are and what we are doing. The collages are rhythmical, and the drawings give the people they depict a sense of timelessness.Robin, who lives in Oxford, studied art at Belfast College of Art, after which he was awarded a Boise Scholarship. He then studied for a year at The Slade…

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September 14 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Company Chordelia: The Chosen

North Wall Arts Centre, South Parade
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 7JN United Kingdom
£15 – £16

Created and directed by Kally Lloyd-Jones, The Chosen is an intensely moving dance piece about dying and embracing the art of living. How do we choose to live in the face of the inevitable and how do we think about the final stage of our life cycle? Increasingly, as medicine advances, knowledge of imminent death has become a reality for everyone; The Chosen addresses our individual mortality from the shifting perspectives of ourselves and our loved ones. Dance Audience Club 6.30pm If you are…

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September 16 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Afsaneh Gray’s: The Border

North Wall Arts Centre, South Parade
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 7JN United Kingdom
£10

Life is turned upside down in one small town as East Oolia shuts the border with West Oolia, dividing here from there, us from them, this from that despite all the fruit tasting the same. In the midst of it all, Stranger, a young girl’s beloved dog, has gone missing. Will Stranger be found before the border closes, or will she be trapped forever on the “wrong” side? The Border is a high energy, outrageous Brechtian parable from Theatre Centre that…

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September 19 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Sindhu Vee: Sandhog

North Wall Arts Centre, South Parade
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 7JN United Kingdom
£14 – £16

Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer Nominee 2018, Sindhu Vee extends her UK tour due to popular demand with her critically acclaimed show, Sandhog. Loving your children, spouse and ageing parents (in that order, please don’t tell my mother) is very hard work, very intense and a lot of the time it sucks. But who wants to live without love? Highly anticipated debut from the host of BBC Radio 4’s Comedy of the Week podcast.  As seen on QI – BBC2, Have I Got News…

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September 21 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Hackney Colliery Band

North Wall Arts Centre, South Parade
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 7JN United Kingdom
£14 – £16

Since the release of Hackney Colliery Band’s eponymous debut album in 2011, the East London collective have blown their way into the public consciousness with their genre-bending combination of brass, reeds, percussion and electronics, firmly establishing themselves as one of the most exciting live bands in the UK. Hackney Colliery Band’s members have hugely diverse musical backgrounds, ranging from work with cutting edge jazz groups to the Royal Opera House, and from Jarvis Cocker to major international orchestras. Join them for a night of explosive live music from their new album, Collaborations: Volume One.

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September 23 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 10:00 am, repeating until October 5, 2019

John Newberry: New Colour Compositions

North Wall Arts Centre, South Parade
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 7JN United Kingdom
Admission Free

Thirty years after leaving his teaching post at the Ruskin School, John Newberry returns to Oxford with an exhibition of figurative oil paintings. They demonstrate his search for an alternative to perspective in large paintings – the use of Parallel Projection – and of colour to construct forms and space without shadows. Japanese prints give inspiration for the flat colour shapes, for the subject matter of everyday life and for the diptychs where movement springs from the changes between one…

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September 23 @ 7:30 pm

Inspiring People: Lucy Obolensky

North Wall Arts Centre, South Parade
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 7JN United Kingdom
£5 – £10

Adventure medic Lucy Obolensky shares her experiences in working with the media, and explores situations where media pressures may influence the doctor-patient relationship; alongside some of the ethical dilemmas which arise when providing healthcare in remote and austere environments. Lucy is a GP who specialises in Expedition Medicine and Global Health. She is the programme lead for the Global and Remote Healthcare Masters at Plymouth University. Lucy has worked on Planet Earth, Blue Planet 2 and Our Planet with Sir David Attenborough. She co-founded the charity Future Health Africa which engages healthcare volunteers to deliver health and social care programmes…

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September 24 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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One event on September 25, 2019 at 8:00 pm

Trying It On

North Wall Arts Centre, South Parade
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 7JN United Kingdom
£14 – £16

It’s 1968, the height of the world-wide student revolt. David is 20. The Vietnam war rages. Martin Luther King is assassinated. These events will define David’s politics, his writing, and his life. 50 years on, in his professional performing debut, David is confronted by his 20-year-old self. Do they still share the same beliefs? Is it the world that’s changed, or him? Has he sold in or sold out? And why did his generation vote Brexit? David Edgar’s plays have…

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September 28 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

The Deep Sea Seekers

North Wall Arts Centre, South Parade
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 7JN United Kingdom
£2 – £8

After stunning audiences in Oxford with The Star Seekers, Alph, Betty and Gammo are back for their second adventure! Have you ever dreamt of swimming with a pod of dolphins? Having an arm wrestle with an octopus? Exploring the depths of the ocean in a submarine? The Wardrobe Ensemble return for an enchanting, interactive journey across the seven seas where YOU take the steering wheel! Join Alph, Betty and Gammo for an exhilarating, warm, audience-driven children’s show that journeys through our oceans meeting incredible creatures, exploring unmapped shores and tackling unwelcome plastic. Pack your snorkel…

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October 2019

October 3 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Urban Folk Quartet

North Wall Arts Centre, South Parade
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 7JN United Kingdom
£14 – £16

Joe Broughton, Paloma Trigás, Tom Chapman and Dan Walsh are Urban Folk Quartet. Since 2009, the award-winning UFQ have ignited audiences across the globe with their high-energy, genre-defying take on folk music. Interwoven with influences from around the world, UFQ’s treatment of American folk songs and Celtic fiddle music makes for a show that’s as musically colourful as it is virtuosic. They’ll be in particularly joyful mood too, as this appearance is part of their tenth anniversary celebrations which run through 2019.

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October 4 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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An event every day that begins at 8:00 pm, repeating until October 5, 2019

Still No Idea

North Wall Arts Centre, South Parade
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 7JN United Kingdom
£11 – £15

Lisa and Rachael want to make a show, but there’s a problem: they don’t have any ideas. So who do they turn to? The Great British Public of course! They make a pact. They’ll go onto the streets, interview people, and whatever story the public come up with – that will be the show. No backing out, no changing what they don’t like. Deal. Still No Idea is Lisa and Rachael’s quest: a mischievous look at two friends searching for drama,…

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October 8 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Bank Holidays Closed

The Society of Wood Engravers

North Wall Arts Centre, South Parade
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 7JN United Kingdom
Free

The Society of Wood Engravers returns to The North Wall with Coast and Country, a themed selection of amazing relief prints. Over one hundred wood engravings, woodcuts and linocuts made by artists as near as Summertown to as far away as America showcase the wide range of styles and interpretations of which this art form is capable. Inspiration for these prints has been drawn from the coast and the countryside and the varied flora and fauna that thrive in it. Whether…

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October 8 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Square Go

North Wall Arts Centre, South Parade
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 7JN United Kingdom
£11 – £15

Max is a normal-ish kid in a normal-ish town. He spends his days daydreaming and hanging out with his weird wee pal Stevie Nimmo. But when Max is called for a ‘square go’, a fight by the school gates, he must wrestle with his own demons first. An unmissable, Fringe First award-winning play about playground violence, myths of masculinity and the decision to step up or run. After a sell-out run at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe and an off-Broadway premiere this summer, Square Go lands…

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October 10 @ 7:30 pm

Harry and Chris: This One’s for the Aliens

North Wall Arts Centre, South Parade
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 7JN United Kingdom
£16

Harry and Chris (Guardian Pick of the Fringe 2018) are at the top of their field, having invented the field of comedy-rap-jazz. They’ve sold out three Edinburgh shows, appeared on the Russell Howard Hour and were called ‘fabulously entertaining’ by Jonathan Ross. From the ridiculous to the sublime, the world’s greatest comedy-rap-jazz duo bring award-winning wordplay, awe-inspiring musicality, eyebrow-raising bromance and unashamed joy to the biggest PR task of all time – spinning planet earth. Age guidance: 12+

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October 14 @ 7:30 pm

Inspiring People: Caleb Femi

North Wall Arts Centre, South Parade
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 7JN United Kingdom
£5 – £10

Poet and director Caleb Femi featured in the Dazed 100 list of the next generation shaping youth culture. Using film, photography and music Caleb pushes the boundaries of poetry both on the page, in performance and on digital mediums. He has written and directed short films commissioned by the BBC and Channel 4 and poems by the Tate Modern, The Royal Society for Literature, St Paul’s Cathedral, the BBC, the Guardian and many more. Between 2016-2018, Caleb was the Young People’s Laureate for London working with…

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October 15 @ 8:00 pm
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One event on October 16, 2019 at 8:00 pm

New Perspectives: Trade

North Wall Arts Centre, South Parade
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 7JN United Kingdom
£14 – £16

Welcome to the Caribbean. Where the sun is hot and the living is uneasy. Meet three women. An unlikely trio. Different ages, backgrounds and attitudes. Each has a unique relationship with the island. A home. A regular holiday haunt. A first time visit. Through language that fizzes and sparks, we begin to discover that they share one surprising thing in common. Following the success of The Fishermen in 2018, New Perspectives return to The North Wall with their latest production. Get set…

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October 22 @ 7:30 pm

Jimeoin: Ramble On!

North Wall Arts Centre, South Parade
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 7JN United Kingdom
£16.50

Superb world-class stand-up from the Irishman from Australia acclaimed worldwide as one of live comedy’s true masters as Jimeoin brings his brilliantly observed, ever-evolving and hilarious comedy to The North Wall for one night only as part of his latest smash-hit tour. Jimeoin is internationally acclaimed and his shows sell out across the UK, Europe, USA and of course Australia. Hailed as a genuine “fair dinkum” stand-up alumni, don’t miss your chance to see this award-winning star of TV shows…

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October 22 @ 7:30 pm

Jimeoin: Ramble On!

North Wall Arts Centre, South Parade
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 7JN United Kingdom
£16.50

Superb world-class stand-up from the Irishman from Australia acclaimed worldwide as one of live comedy’s true masters as Jimeoin brings his brilliantly observed, ever-evolving and hilarious comedy to The North Wall for one night only as part of his latest smash-hit tour. Jimeoin is internationally acclaimed and his shows sell out across the UK, Europe, USA and of course Australia. Hailed as a genuine “fair dinkum” stand-up alumni, don’t miss your chance to see this award-winning star of TV shows…

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October 23 @ 8:00 pm

Nuclear Future

North Wall Arts Centre, South Parade
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 7JN United Kingdom
£10

Astrid’s life is like many others. She dresses her child, she spills her coffee, she catches the bus to work. But her work brings Astrid and the audience into contact with the world’s most dangerous weapons. In one moment they can change our lives forever. What happens the next time we launch a nuclear attack? Can we afford to pretend these weapons don’t exist? Nuclear Future shines a light on how one individual’s actions can effect catastrophe for the whole planet. A new play for a volatile world from award-winning company Gameshow.…

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October 25 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The Unthanks: The Emily Bronte Song Cycle

North Wall Arts Centre, South Parade
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 7JN United Kingdom
£20 – £23.50

The Unthanks invite us into the darkly passionate world of Emily Brontë, with a song cycle bearing all the quiet beauty they are known and loved for. Commissioned to mark Brontë’s 200th birthday, and using her original cabinet piano to write on, Yorkshire born Unthanks composer Adrian McNally has turned ten of her poems into song, performed with bandmates Rachel and Becky Unthank and recorded in the Parsonage in Haworth where Emily lived and worked. Captured and released as part…

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October 26 @ 11:00 am

Woodland Tales With Grandad

North Wall Arts Centre, South Parade
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 7JN United Kingdom
£2 – £8

Something is happening in the woods, voices can be heard, and a strange metallic smell fills the air. Machines are gathering at its edge and a mysterious call is heard across the valley. Laura the ladybird, Jeffrey the spider, Brett the Woodlouse and Willoughby the Woodpecker are worried. Velda the Vixen knows there’s one person who can help the animals of the forest – Granddad. But is there enough time? Can they save the wood? And will the mystery stranger help? An incredible show…

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October 29 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 10:00 am, repeating until November 9, 2019

Felicity Gill: Being Human

North Wall Arts Centre, South Parade
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 7JN United Kingdom
Free

As a portrait painter, Felicity Gill searches for a likeness which ebbs and flows as the painting progresses – as if in a wonderful game of hide and seek. Finding more freedom in her figurative paintings, Felicity explores painting flesh and movement, fleeting moments and emotion. Her intention is for the movement of the paint to lead the viewer’s eye around the painting until it settles on a feature which comes into focus, such as an eye or a hand,…

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October 29 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Bank Holidays Closed

Felicity Gill: Being Human

North Wall Arts Centre, South Parade
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 7JN United Kingdom
Free

As a portrait painter, Felicity Gill searches for a likeness which ebbs and flows as the painting progresses – as if in a wonderful game of hide and seek. Finding more freedom in her figurative paintings, Felicity explores painting flesh and movement, fleeting moments and emotion. Her intention is for the movement of the paint to lead the viewer’s eye around the painting until it settles on a feature which comes into focus, such as an eye or a hand,…

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October 29 @ 8:00 pm

It’s True, It’s True, It’s True

North Wall Arts Centre, South Parade
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 7JN United Kingdom
£11 – £15

“And there’s blood pouring out of this man’s throat. Because these two women are beheading him – did I not mention that?” Breach Theatre restages the 1612 trial of Agostino Tassi for the rape of baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi in this Fringe First and The Stage Edinburgh Award-winning production. Based on surviving court transcripts, this new play dramatises the seven-month trial that gripped Renaissance Rome, and asks how much has changed in the last four centuries. Blending myth, history and contemporary commentary, this is the story…

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November 2019

November 1 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

WOLF

North Wall Arts Centre, South Parade
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 7JN United Kingdom
£11 – £15

Welcome to Shadow City, a hellhole of a city, but a city nonetheless… Detective Jay Walker is dead, and with no leads and a case colder than…ice. It’s up to his ex-partner Patrick ‘Nobody calls me Patrick’ Wolf to bust some imaginary heads and find out who killed him. Armed with nothing but his own body and a chair, Lewis Doherty brings to life thirty characters, car chases, and multi-man brawls for a hilarious hour-long adventure across a cyber-punk landscape.…

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November 2 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

BOAR

North Wall Arts Centre, South Parade
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 7JN United Kingdom
£11 – £15

Welcome to the Kingdom of Skadi: a place of adventure, a distant land where pirates, bounty hunters and thieves do battle in a world on the brink of destruction. With the King’s daughter captured by an evil dragon, who will survive in this quest of epic proportions and formidable consequences? Brand new for 2019, Lewis Doherty presents BOAR, a one-man fantasy adventure tale. Prepare for arrows to roll and heads to fly in this action-packed hour of swords, sorcery and…

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November 4 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Making Tracks

North Wall Arts Centre, South Parade
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 7JN United Kingdom
£14 – £16

Since 2010, Making Tracks has brought world-class and diverse music from all corners of the globe to a network of top venues throughout the UK. Re-launching this year, Making Tracks’ ambitious new model brings together emerging artists from around the world to celebrate unique musical traditions, initiate new collaborations and contribute towards a global network of socially and environmentally-engaged musicians. Part of a UK tour, this concert will feature solo and collaborative performances from each of Making Tracks’ 2019 Fellows including Louise Bichan (Orcadian fiddler, Scotland), Rapasa…

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November 13 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Bank Holidays Closed

St Edward’s School: In Progress 3

North Wall Arts Centre, South Parade
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 7JN United Kingdom
Free

In Progress 3 celebrates the fantastic work from St Edward’s pupils across all year groups. Although primarily a platform for the Lower Sixth to showcase work produced on the Teddies Foundation Course, the exhibition will also present work from Year 9, GCSE and Upper Sixth students. The Teddies Foundation Course provides Lower Sixth A Level and IB pupils an opportunity to explore a range of media over a sixteen-week programme. Pupils are encouraged to choose a theme at the beginning of…

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November 29 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 10:00 am, repeating until January 7, 2020

Jane Duff: Wildsong

North Wall Arts Centre, South Parade
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 7JN United Kingdom
Free

The natural world is Jane Duff’s inspiration. Brought up on the edge of Snowdonia, and working as a guide in the Himalayas, she feels at home in wild places and seeks them out in order to walk, photograph and paint. Painting in-situ encourages her to react instinctively and emotionally to the landscape, weather and light. She is most at home painting on rocky shores, cliff tops, saltmarshes and moorlands of Cornwall, Wales and North West Scotland. In Oxfordshire, Jane is…

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November 29 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Bank Holidays Closed

Jane Duff: Wildsong

North Wall Arts Centre, South Parade
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 7JN United Kingdom
Free

The natural world is Jane Duff’s inspiration. Brought up on the edge of Snowdonia, and working as a guide in the Himalayas, she feels at home in wild places and seeks them out in order to walk, photograph and paint. Painting in-situ encourages her to react instinctively and emotionally to the landscape, weather and light. She is most at home painting on rocky shores, cliff tops, saltmarshes and moorlands of Cornwall, Wales and North West Scotland. In Oxfordshire, Jane is…

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November 30 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 7:30 pm, repeating until January 5, 2020

The Snow Queen

North Wall Arts Centre, South Parade
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 7JN United Kingdom
£23 – £32

“When we get to the end of the story, you will know more than you do now…” This Christmas Creation Theatre will be really turning down the temperature and transforming The North Wall into the frozen wastes of Lapland. Gerda’s best friend Kai has gone missing and she can’t find him anywhere. Luckily there’s all sorts of helpful people she can ask; a river, some rose bushes, a crow, a robber girl and her talking doves…. you get the picture.…

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January 2020

January 24, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Max & Ivan: Commitment

North Wall Arts Centre, South Parade
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 7JN United Kingdom
£12 – £14

Say ‘I do’ to the triumphant return of Edinburgh Comedy Award-nominees Max & Ivan, as seen in BBC One’s W1A and heard on BBC Radio 4’s The Casebook of Max & Ivan. Commitment is the TRUE STORY of the unreasonable lengths one best man (Max) will go to give one groom (Ivan) the greatest weekend of his life. It’s a show about dreaming big, growing up, and trying – but ultimately very much failing – to make it in the band. Directed by…

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March 2020

March 27, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Rhys James: Snitch

North Wall Arts Centre, South Parade
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 7JN United Kingdom
£13

In early 2019, Rhys was asked to go back to his school and inspire the Year 11s. Given that teenagers are a nightmare and there was no fee, he ghosted the teacher who had emailed. Bit of a shame really, given that he’s figured out the true circle of life, has solved parenting despite having zero children, and even thinks he can predict the curriculum of schools in 50 years. Maybe he’ll inspire some Year 11s in 2069. Mock The…

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