Future Perfect presents Beak> O2 Academy2 Oxford Wednesday 28th November 14+ / 6.30pm / £15adv
Sun 1 Dec
Rest easy – everyone's third favourite 80s synth pop band are back, back, back. Living on the ceiling and all that. Now, how about a Thompson Twins' reunion?
Thu 8 Oct
Acid jazz veterans whip up a storm on the dancefloor with their Hammond grooves.
Fri 27 Mar
Punk legends The Clash have their best-know tunes performed live.
Sat 30 Nov
Provocative, surreal and dark, Oh Yes Oh No is a frank interrogation of sexuality, identity and consent in the wake of #MeToo.
Made with the candid input of those willing to speak openly and honestly about their sex lives, award-winning performance artist Louise Orwin explores how to reclaim your sexuality after surviving sexual violence, and the power of asking for what you want.
Featuring intricate video design, Barbie and Ken, audience participation, and a heady mix of pop culture references, this show is for anyone who has ever struggled to find their sexual voice, or questioned the sexual culture they were brought up in. It explores what it means to have sexual fantasies that don’t align with your politics.
‘As a survivor of sexual violence I began to make the show by examining my own sexual desires’ said Louise, ‘to reclaim my sexuality for myself once and for all. Making the show in the tidal wave of #MeToo, I began feeling that, more than ever, those of us who have struggled with our sexuality have a duty to be reclaiming our lives and bodies for ourselves.’
‘In one moment empowering and exhilarating, and in the next, full of rage and despair.’ ★★★★ The Guardian
Louise’s previous shows include Pretty Ugly about the trauma teenagers face about their looks and A Girl & A Gun, her witty, fun and provocative look at the way the media uses women and violence. Both received audience and critical acclaim.
‘Startling and resonant show questioning female desire and its relation to rape culture’ ★★★★The Stage
Louise Orwin is an award-winning performance artist. She makes research-driven performance projects about what it means to identify as female in today’s fast-moving, media-saturated world that prizes patriarchal, heteronormative narratives. Her work takes an often funny but always provocative and intimate stance on subjects that are close to home, hard to get your head around, and need to be spoken about.
Trigger Warning: please note that this show contains strong language, adult content and descriptions of sexual violence.
Wed 30 Oct
Nick Cassenbaum has loved Barrymore ever since his Nanna Sylvie bought him ‘Barrymore’s Best Bites’ on VHS when he was seven. Now Nick invites you to share his love, to examine the turbulent relationship between showman and spectator.
Moving between narrative and a Barrymore style game show, Nick and the audience play TV favourites like ‘Strike It Lucky’ and take part in ‘This is Your Life’. An ever-affable raconteur par excellence, Nick uses his delightfully amiable, charming and warm stage presence, alongside Barrymore's iconic shticks, to weave his own personal stories with tales of Barrymore's rise to fame and ultimate downfall. Join in with Nick to celebrate a light entertainment - and working class – variety icon. With live music and gags-a-plenty My Kind of Michael is?, well, Alwight!
At his peak Michael Barrymore was one of the most popular and revered performers in the UK. A former Butlin’s Red Coat, he won TV talent show New Faces in 1975, earning a six-month West End contract. In the early 1980s he became one of the best-known faces on TV. Shows such as Strike It Lucky and My Kind Of People attracted up to 13 million viewers. His career never recovered from a tragic incident at a party at his house, despite no charges ever being brought against him, an unprecedented rise and fall at the peak of his career for such a well-loved personality.
Nick said ‘Michael Barrymore has always been my hero. I believe he really is one of the best entertainers this country has produced and he has been a big influence on my career and style. I think he is the perfect example of an entertainer who truly loved the audience that loved him. Yet that audience was incited to turn their backs on him by the media. I can see parallels in his life and mine and I wanted to explore that, but basically…I want people to love him again and celebrate some lovely 80s and 90s nostalgia with me!’
Nick Cassenbaum is a storyteller, street performer and theatre maker. His theatre work has always focused on the way we interact with places and spaces and what that can tell us about ourselves
My Kind of Michael was created with Danny Braverman (Wot? No Fish!!!) and supported by Bread & Circuses Arts, Arts Council England, Battersea Arts Centre and developed at and supported by The Yard Theatre
Wed 18 Sep
£5–£10 Pay what you decide
Provocative and extreme physical performance by acclaimed artist Ron Athey.
Wed 16 Oct
£5–£15 (pay what you can)
A haunting original take on folk rock from the former Mercury Music Prize nominee.
Mon 2 Dec
Future Perfect presents Sports Team Plus Seafoam & Old Swing The Cellar - Oxford Wednesday 9th May 16+ / 7.30pm / £5adv
Mon 18 Nov
Norwich Arts Centre, housed in the converted 14th-century church of St Swithun, has a lively programme of exhibitions and family events, but is also distinguished by a commitment to live performance, featuring touring bands and live comedy. The centre earned a small but notable place in rock history as being the venue where, in 1991, Manic Street Preacher Richey Edwards notoriously squicked out journalist Steve Lamacq by carving the words '4 REAL' into his own forearm. The centre has hosted many other bands and comedians, including Nirvana, Oasis, Coldplay, The Libertines, Mark Lamarr, Sue Perkins and Mark Thomas.
Norwich station is situated about 20 minutes away by foot, to the east of the city. Bus stops on nearby Westwick Street are served by routes 5, 28, 29, 29A, 29B and 29S.
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