One of the first people I spoke to on walking in to the doors of the Oxford Playhouse for
the 2017 Oxford Offbeat Fringe Festival show case, was a representative for the Leo and Hyde
Theatre Company who are performing a satirical version of Mozart’s The Marriage of
Figaro, loosely based on the trials and tribulations of American Celebrity and Instagram
star Kim Kardashian. It was a typical example of some of the original and interesting acts
and show previews presented in the foyer and upstairs in the Gallery at the theatre.
The Offbeat Oxford Fringe Festival Programmes is bringing 18 premieres from Oxfordshire
artists and over 70 shows from Mark Thomas, Viv Groskop and Richard Marsh with prices
for tickets being less than £10. This night held in the lobby of the Playhouse and
upstairs, was a convergence of comedians, producers and performers who will present
stage shows at the Fringe Festival held between 23 June and 2 July at The
Old Fire Station and the Oxford Playhouse.
The hosts for evening the used fake American accents, attracting attention and laughter
from the crowd of performers who had travelled across the country, as far as Derby to
promote their own shows. A two minute ‘speed dating with the press’ allowed comedians,
producers and performers to talk with the press in two minute intervals. The speed dating
was preceded by some innovative dance by the Hackney dance school tap dance and
Floyd Jones on the ivories who is playing a show at the festival on the Piano.
Eleanor Colville’s ‘Bigamous’ sketch show was one to remember from the innovative two
minute ‘Speed dating with the press,’ as she talked about her comedic memories of
weddings and marriage. Also in the two minute interviews, the producers and comedians
addressed the subject of death, addiction, mysticism, adoption and the idea of looking at
illnesses such as cancer with a fresh perspective to the floor.
Vicky Graham who is producer of the festival said: “The launch was electric.
With 54 of the artists meeting the press, the Offbeat team and one another for the first
time, the excitement on all sides was tangible. We can’t wait to share the 71 shows and 19
music acts with an audience. “
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