Offbeat 2016

OTM members had ten shows on over the course of the 2016 Offbeat festival, and six of them completely sold out! Read their rave reviews below.

We also ran a 24-hr play event at the Old Fire Station, with four groups of writers, directors and actors all creating short plays in under 24 hours with the title “She Said She Wouldn’t” and the first line “Call the newspapers! They’re all dead!”

‘High as Sugar’ by Tanner Efinger
7pm, 20th June, BT Studio

Inspired by the life of the late Warhol Superstar, Holly Woodlawn, join Sugar’s world of parties and glitter. But when the lights come up, and the glitter fades, is Sugar’s celebration just a mirage?


“A simple, brave and moving show” —

‘Dangling’ by Abi Hood
7pm, 21st June, BT Studio

When two girls inexplicably disappear, two families are left dangling. This stark, contemporary play looks at the damage that happens when you can’t trust the people you love.

‘Antigona and Me: A Rehearsed Reading’ by Zena Forster
7pm, 22nd June, Old Fire Station Loft

Two extraordinary women meet on a London street. Kate Clanchy is a British Writer. Antigona is a Kosovan refugee. This is the story of their tumultuous friendship and the remarkable piece of work that grew out of it.


What an amazing powerful story. Such truth, such emotion. Two incredible women. Can’t wait to see where this goes.” — Audience member

“If even a fraction of the reports of random acts of harassment and gratuitous unkindness post-Brexit are to be believed, the staging of this superb, life-affirming play cannot happen soon enough.” —

‘Till Debt Do Us Part’ by Tina Sederholm
7.45pm, 22nd June, Old Fire Station Studio

Money is a fiction. True or false? A humorous exploration of debt, through poetry, personal stories and actual research, as award-winning poet Tina Sederholm gets real about money.

‘3 Generations’ by Sarah Lonton
m, 23rd June, Old Fire Station Studio

From Nazi Germany through Thatcher’s Britain to New Labour’s Champagne Socialism, the formative years of Oma, Mum & Granddaughter vary vastly, but whether you dread becoming or actively seek to emulate your mother, is it really ever your choice?

‘the water scenarios’ by Paulette Mae
6pm, 24th June, Old Fire Station Studio

Wet feet, the rain, an immortal jellyfish, the earth, and future realities dance, sing and talk about the weather in a surreal, intimate and visceral performance. Live music, song and words interface dance to bring alternative perspectives on the impact of the weather.

‘Perfect’ by Jeremy Allen
12.30pm, 25th June, Old Fire Station Theatre

A cognitive behaviour therapist fights to save her job and clinic after a suicide attempt tarnishes her reputation. Salvation comes in the form of Jimmy, a young man with extreme contamination issues. Or does it?


“A brilliantly written comedy-drama…I really can’t recommend this show, or the company itself, highly enough.” —

“The Saturday Matinee Company is carving out a unique and valuable niche for itself in the Oxford theatre scene. It is like a miniature local public service” —

‘ARK (work in progress)’ by Matt Winkworth
6.15pm, 26th June, Old Fire Station Studio

Join the last survivors of the human race aboard the ARK as they flee a drowned earth and attempt to recreate civilisation on a distant planet in this brand new musical.