The best local arts to stream right now!
Looking for your cultural fix whilst in quarantine? Enter stage left, my roundup of the best virtual happenings, all from brilliant venues in Bucks & Oxon.
Oxford Playhouse have creativity in times of Corona nailed with heaps of virtual activities coming up over the next few weeks. From Apr 27 the theatre’s workshops and classes will be moved online (including Hey Diddle Diddle for young families, 12-16 and 17-25 Young Companies, and Playhouse Adult Company for grown ups), plus look out on social for new performances to stream at home. The theatre have also launched Community Playmaker, a programme to encourage playwriting with online workshops and feedback. And finally, make sure you check the daily creative challenge on Twitter (above). I take my bins out in Stilettos (kidding, that’s Mr M’s job!).
This central Oxford museum was due to open in April after a massive refurb, but has instead launched an innovative #ISpyYouFind challenge on twitter, Facebook and Instagram – showcasing some of its treasures and seeing if people can guess what they are/their story connection. Clues are given on Mondays with the answers revealed on Wednesday. Challenge accepted!
River & Rowing Museum, in Henley, is always brilliant when it comes to children’s exhibitions and have created online learning resources and crafts to keep the little people entertained in lockdown including making Easter cards and bunny ears. You can also check out the museum’s online collections here.
The central Oxford museum has a new online Ashmolean from Home programme; the online collection is vast (we’re talking 103,500 objects spanning thousands of years), plus there are loads of features and videos to browse. If you fancy getting a little creative in quarantine then head over to Twitter to take part in the daily #IsolationCreations challenge – every day a new object will be shared to inspire you to create a piece of art, with the best images making it on the site.
MK Gallery x Curzon Cinema
If you’re fed up of the Come Dine With Me brigade and fancy watching something top notch on your telly then register for Curzon Home Cinema. Films on offer this week include Cunningham a biopic of legendary American dancer and choreographer Merce Cunningham which took a whopping seven years to film and Portrait of a Lady on Fire, which scooped up Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Screenplay. Members of MK Gallery can receive 15% off films from the In Cinema selection.
Taking place between 2 – 25 May, Oxfordshire Art Weeks is the biggest open studio event in the country with hundreds of artists opening up their workspaces for us to have a snoop. This year, for its 38th edition, the festival is moving online with walk-through exhibitions and daily through-the keyhole-interviews with different artists.
The exhibitions are out of action but you can still learn about the history behind the top-secret home of World War II codebreakers online, plus there are also loads of podcasts to listen to – prime catnip for history buffs.
The Didcot community hub is still doing its part to keep us entertained with Cornerstone Storytime for kids, every weekday at 4pm and a small online gallery Sudden Portals, showcasing artist William Cotterill’s latest paintings, objects and prints.
Missed your chance to check out the quirky Kiki Smith show ‘I Am Wanderer’? Head over to Modern Art Oxford’s website for a virtual tour which takes you on a mythological and folkloric journey through her huge tapestries and exquisitely-fashioned gold shells – all from the comfort of your sofa.
We’re huge fans of this North Oxford theatre, even more now as the venue is streaming shows online for freeee! Each production is available for 30 days. Full line up here.
You’ll find a virtual tour of the museum online (kids will love it, it’s like being in a video game), plus you can check out videos of past exhibitions and online collections.
GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN
This small East Oxford theatre always packs a punch with its creative programme of events aimed at the younger generation and nothing’s changed during lockdown. To keep tweens and teens entertained, Pegasus is hosting a series of short online sessions on social media. Head over to Instagram for a Creative Movement Session with internationally renowned choreographer Richard Chappell Dance for 14+ (7 Apr, 11am). Or, on Facebook, there’s a puppet making workshop for 8+ (14 Apr, 11am), musical theatre workshop for 12+ (21 Apr, 11am) and a Q&A with time travelling magicians Morgan and West, above, for 10+ (28 Apr, 11am).
Boredom saviour incoming! Muddy fave Creation Theatre has launched an online drama club for kids. Each week will explore a different classic story with 60 minute online workshops hosted by professional actors. Each workshop also includes resources sent in the post and a live video call with the rest of the club. Book here for Mechanicals (11 – 16 years) and Sprites (5 – 10 years) starting on 13 Apr.
Creation will also be showing a live and interactive screening of The Tempest on Zoom – spaces are limited so get tickets pronto if you fancy it (11 – 13 Apr) as it’s bound to be brilliant.