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Get ready for Gig Theatre

We’re intrigued by the notion of gig theatre. ‘What the heck is that?’ we hear you cry. Well, thanks for asking – this new genre mash-up combines the energy and buzz of live music with the story-telling chops of a proper play, with none of the hamminess of musical theatre.

Given that we usually consume so much of our culture slumped in front of screens – Netflix, I’m looking at you (for four hours straight, usually) – there’s something very appealing about the ‘liveness’ of it. And for people who love jumping around in the moshpit at gigs but might see trad theatre as too fogeyish, it’s is an enticing middle-ground.

Gig theatre is starting to crop up on the bills of musical festivals – Latitude in Suffolk for example has an extensive, imaginative theatre line-up. Nearer to home, we were excited to hear that award-winning writer/composer/performer Dom Coyote is premiering his new show, Fragment, at the ever-creative North Wall Arts Centre in Oxford. Banjo to hand, he’ll be performing the life story of Lester Hall, a painter and decorator returning to his hometown to reflect on his troubled life and nurse a broken heart. It’s set against the backdrop of the collapse of the once vibrant steel industry in Redcar, North Yorkshire so should be a pleasingly gritty, weighty watch. See you down the front!

Fragment, 16-19 May 2018, The North Wall Arts Centre, South Parade, Summertown, Oxford, OX2 7JN.

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