Oxide Arts

Mondays 18.30-19.00pm

From theatre to comedy to music, Oxide Arts will give you a quick 30 minute run down on all the exciting upcoming events in the world of Oxford University arts!

Actors, directors and musicians will join Kirsten weekly where they’ll be talking and giving listeners a unique insight into their upcoming shows.

If you would like your show to appear on the Oxide Arts, contact Kirsten on kirsten.grant@lincoln.ox.ac.uk or alternatively drop her a FB message

Season 1

The Threepenny Opera and The Oxford Revue, Week 2

Cast members Marcus Knight-Adams and Ella Tournes join me to talk about their production of Stephens’ adaption of Brecht’s The Threepenny Opera at the Oxford Playhouse. Crime, sex, blood but also humour abound in this play, and Marcus and Ella tell me how all these themes are reconciled. Tune in to hear about the fun they had with singing and dancing, and also their thoughts on the notions of right and wrong this play explores. The Co-President of the Oxford Revue, Verity, joins us to give a run down of everything you can expect from this term in the world of comedy.

Top Girls, Week 3

I speak to director Adam Radford-Diaper and leading lady Katie Cook this week about their upcoming production of Churchill’s Top Girls at the Michael Pilch Studio. Set in the Thatcher era, Adam and Katie talk to me about the individualist concept of feminism this play examines and how their notions of femininity and feminism developed through working on this play. Tune in to hear about how they approached THAT famous opening scene and how Katie worked on getting into the character of the ruthless Marlene!

Citizenship, Election and OUDS New Writing Festival, Week 4

This week I am joined by Citizenship’s director Anna Myrmus and producer Tracey Mwaniki to discuss their adaptation of Mark Ravenhill’s Citizenship, a darkly funny coming of age story about male bisexuality. As New Writing Festival reps, Anna and Tracey give all the information you need to know about the festival - from how you can get involved to their top tips! Later in the show we have the writer of Election, Kimberley Chiu and cast member Jack Blowers who tell me about how this outwardly political play is really about the relationships that underpin university experience. Tune in to hear how Kimberley felt having her creation brought to life and how Jack ends up being punched!

The Cement Garden, How to Save a Rock with a Circle and Journey’s End, Week 5

It’s a busy week this week with 3 student productions taking place. In this episode I have a series of quick-fire interviews with directors Hal Mcnulty and Kitty Low and producer Krishan Emmanuel from The Cement Garden (an adaptation of Ian McEwan’s novel), with director Bea Udale-Smith and producer Conky Kampfner from How to Save a Rock with a Circle, and Journey’s End director Agnes Pethers. Hal, Kitty and Krishan talk to me about how they went about staging such a dark and explicit story, while Bea and Conky discuss dating polar bears and the challenges of creating a completely carbon neutral production. Finally, tune in to hear about the decision to stage Journey’s End for Remembrance in the wake of the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1.

Mojo, Week 6

Louis Beer, director of this adaptation of Mojo, joins me to discuss Jez Butterworth’s dark comedy. Set in 1950s London, Louis gives us an insight into how he went about incorporating the violence of gang warfare into the play - will we get to see a body chopped in half? Should we be laughing at this violent ‘comedy’? Tune in to find out the answers to these questions as well as why a drummer is so essential to this piece.

Little Eyolf, Week 7

Director of this new adaptation of Little Eyolf, Amitai Landau-Pope, talks to me about the part comedy, part drama, part devised piece of theatre he has produced. Eager to keep his reimagining of the plot under wraps, Amitai explains how he and the cast worked on creating a new script to bring the 1800s classic into the modern day. Disturbing themes are mashed with comedy in this production and we can find out whether this adaptation retains the realism that afforded Ibsen the title ‘Father of Realism’.

The Winter’s Tale and The Admirable Crichton

Agnes Pethers joins me again as she directs Shakespeare’s classic The Winter’s Tale - a fitting end to Michaelmas term. I learn from her about how she’s approached the problem play and what it’s like having the Shakespeare expert Sir Jonathan Bate perform in this student production. Later in the episode I am joined by director Caleb Barron and cast members Brian Chenard and Gemma Daubenay who discuss their modern adaptation of J M Barrie’s The Admirable Crichton. A satire originally directed at the class issue that was so prevalent in the late Victorian age, my guests give me their insights on how this problem is still relevant today and how they went about modernising the play.