Offbeat, a 10 day festival in the heart of Oxford is returning for a second year to showcase some of the best in fringe theatre and to engage new audiences.
Offbeat is a new partnership between Oxford Playhouse and Arts at the Old Fire Station, giving Oxford audiences an opportunity to engage with contemporary work – bringing 70 shows in 10 days to their front door. All tickets will be priced at £10 or less and the festival will be running from 23 June – 2 July 2017. The festival will showcase theatre, dance, comedy, music, family shows and spoken word brought to you by upcoming and established artists from Oxfordshire and across the U.K.
Applications for Offbeat 2017 open today, seeking exciting and innovative work that is new to Oxfordshire. Offbeat will carefully curate a rich and varied programme from the submissions received and are happy to accept work in progress, promising a fair offer for artists and a platform to test their work. Applications to participate in the festival open today and close 30 January 2017, please visit www.offbeatoxford.co.uk/apply to apply.
Jeremy Spafford, Director at the Old Fire Station said today “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.”
Louise Chantal, Director at the Oxford Playhouse said “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”.
Last year saw the inaugural Offbeat festival, and included highlights such as Ross & Rachel by James Fritz and The Best of Trygve Wakenshaw, a documentary screening of Yasmin Fedda’s Queens of Syria and stand-up comedy from names such as Rosie Wilby and Viv Groskop. A number of shows went on to win acclaim at the 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, including Katie Bonna’s All The Things I Lied About, Francesca Millican-Slater’s Stories To Tell In The Middle Of The Night, and Goose’s Hydrobeserker.
For more information on the project visit: www.offbeatoxford.co.uk