North Wall Theatre strikes again

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This is just a quickie post with some pics from North Wall theatre in Summertown Oxford. I went there last night with Mr Muddy to catch the 2011 MOBO winners Kairos 4tet.

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The band was great, though it’s a slightly passive experience to watch in seats. I can’t wait until North Walls start creating a more jazz-club or gig style environment, because the auditorium has the right feeling for it – height, balconies and plenty of floor room too. Add waitress service and some funky lighting and they’ll have dynamite on their hands.

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Anyway, they reason I’m writing this post is to flag up North Wall if you haven’t been there. It’s a small, inventive theatre in North Oxford, very good for family shows, comedy and dance, and it has a really good vibe to it, partly because of its position on the rather lovely South Parade in Summertownn (hello lovely Liscious interiors, Muddy fashion winner Vanilla, Oxford Wine Cafe and Sarah Wiseman Gallery *sigh*). Also partly, for me at least, because of its unashamedly modern interior – all polished concrete and modern sculptures. It feels a bit experimental, the theatre equivalent of an art-house cinema.

Until 6 Feb it’s exhibiting work from the Oxford Sculptors Group, which made the interval a lot more fun than usual. Amongst a mixed bag of work were some cool pieces (see below).

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Anyway, I love it, and think you will too, so have a gander at the programme of events here and see what takes your fancy.

PS Parking is hopeless in the area, so if you do go and see a show, park in the pay & display car park a little further down the Banbury Road, around the corner from Finders Keepers. You’ll save yourself a whole lot of swearing.

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