Arts & Culture

The North Wall Theatre announces Spring 2018 season

By John Charlton

The North Wall Theatre launches a new programme of work for Spring 2018. Highlights include:

The world premiere of Fragment, a piece of gig-theatre about love, loss and heartache by double Fringe First award-winner, Iron Shoes. First developed at The North Wall’s ArtsLab residency in summer 2014, the show features original songs of redemption and recovery by acclaimed composer, and Kneehigh Associate Dom Coyote.

April sees the return of Alchymy Festival following its successful launch in 2017. Celebrating the bold and the brilliant, the new and the controversial, and embracing the North Wall’s tradition of nurturing emerging talent, the festival will showcase eight new productions across the weekend, as well as a programme of workshops, panels and networking events with the UK’s leading theatrical lights.

The Inspiring People series, a joint venture between The North Wall and its principal sponsor, St Edward’s School, is a new strand of work for 2018. This new series of talks gives a platform to renowned speakers from a wide range of fields – from art history and neurosurgery to theatre and environmental science. Half of all tickets have been offered free to local schools, reflecting both the school and The North Wall’s commitment to educate and inspire.

Harriet and Robert Fraser’s The Long View is an exhibition that invites the viewer to slow down and pause with seven remarkably ordinary lone trees in Cumbria. Taking place during Oxfordshire Art Weeks, the exhibition is the result of two years’ worth study by the artists. The resulting photographs and poetry, together with installations and journal entries, offer a rare insight into these trees in all weathers, all seasons, night and day.

2018 is set to delight comedy fans as familiar faces such as Griff Rhys Jones, Ellie Taylor and Sarah Millican take to The North Wall stage. It’s been nearly a decade since Sarah Millican last performed at the venue; her latest show, Control Enthusiast, promises to deliver funny, frank material and a great night out.

Tickets for all events are available from the box office 01865 319450 Email: contact@thenorthwall.com www.thenorthwall.com