FRI 3 - SUN 5 NOV 2017
Kwaidan, Pegasus, Oxford, Fri 3 Nov
I’m not a fan of anything too scary but this sounds good – an atmospheric piece for teenagers and adults inspired by Japanese ghost stories and horror movies featuring life-sized puppets, humanettes, shadows, acting and videos. Set in Japan in the early 1980s, Kwaidan tells the story of Haru, a young woman who comes back to her abandoned childhood home that seems to be inhabited by spirits and ghosts from the past.
The performance will be followed by a post show discussion. Suitable for 12+. Pegasus, Magdalen Rd, Oxford, pegasustheatre.org.uk
Joan, Cornerstone, Didcot, Sat 4 Nov
Anarchic Cabaret from drag king Lucy Jane Parkinson – drag king rather than a drag queen because there’s no sequins or false lashes in sight, and she’s on stage with a whopping beard wearing Joan of Arc’s breastplate, defying the men in her path. A fearless solo show, with songs and mayhem, exploring what it means to stand out. You’re doing that Lucy, no doubt about that!
Cornerstone Arts Centre, 25 Station Rd, Didcot, cornerstone-arts.org
50th Oxford Round Table Fireworks , South Park Oxford, Sat 4 Nov
Grab your sparklers! This year Oxford’s Round Table Fireworks celebrates its 50th anniversary with a 50 metre bonfire on which to melt your marshmallows or singe your eyebrows. It’s the fizzwizzling fireworks event in Oxford and this is the year to make the most of it.
South Park, Oxford, oxfordfireworks.co.uk
Ghost Tours, Hampton Court, selected dates from 5 Nov – Jan 2018
Want to petrify your kids? Course you do! There are Family Tours on 5 Nov at 6.30 (and also 7 Jan 2018, but seriously I’m not even thinking next year yet!). It’s a 75-90 minute walking tour hearing stories of ghostly apparitions and paranormal activity Minimum age is 8 years and a maximum of 3 children per accompanying adult.
Hampton Court Palace, Molesey, East Molesey, hrp.org.uk
The BFG in Pictures, River and Rowing Museum, Henley, Thurs 19 Oct – 21 Jan 2018
Curated by Quentin Blake himself, the exhibition of everyone’s favourite giant includes unpublished illustrations that have never been exhibited in public before. The exhibition includes Blake’s first designs that weren’t included in the book, and provide a glimpse of a BFG that might have been in 40 original artworks. Don’t forget there’s the permanent John Piper exhibition at the museum too – that’s well worth seeing in its own right.
Imagining the Divine – Art and the Rise of World Religions, Ashmolean, Oxford, 19 Oct – 18 Feb
Could have had a catchier title truth be told! But anyhoo, this major exhibition will be the first to look at the art of the five world religions as they spread across continents in the first millennium AD. Blimey! Brand new research from a major project between The Ashmolean Museum, the British Museum and Oxford Uni, with amazing objects created when the iconography of each of the major religions was still being developed.
Dark Arts, Harry Potter Warner Bros Studios, Sun 1 Oct – Sun 12 Nov
Harry Potter Warner Bros Studios are brilliant at ringing the changes with their events and for this one the Great Hall will be decorated with over 100 floating pumpkins, just as seen as in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, along with a table laden with a Halloween feast of red apples, pumpkins and cauldrons of lollipops. Kids can also delve into the sinister world of the Dark Art – wand combat techniques and Death Eater duels as well as filmmaking snot, blood and drool. Er, nice!
Warner Bros. Studio Tour london, Studio Tour Dr, Watford, Leavesden, wbstudiotour.co.uk