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“It’s a festival of brand-new theatre, comedy, dance, family shows, spoken word and music. It’s a place for you to see something which wouldn’t usually come here. It’s a blind date with a show you could fall in love with. And – lucky you – it’s right on your doorstep. Take a chance on something exciting.”

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I want to see… at Offbeat Oxford

Denim - World Tour

Here’s our unique guide to help you find a show to see at Reading Fringe. We’ve pulled out the popular, the weird and the eclectic. So, scan down and get booking!

I want to see…

… some explosive pop comedy. Then see Denim – World Tour

… an improvised murder-mystery. Then see Criminal: An Improvised Murder Mystery

… some modern dance. Then see Normative?

… David Baddiel. Then see David Baddiel: My Family, Not the Sitcom

… an immersive, one-on-one theatre experience. Then see Traffik

… retro animation, spoken word, and comedy songs, Super Hamlet 64 –  fast paced retelling of Shakespeare most famous play. Then see Super Hamlet 64

… Donald Trump. Then see Trump the Musical

… some child-friendly theatre. Meet Hoot Owl Master of Disguise

We’ll be adding more recommendations in the run up to, and during the fringe.

Link Collage

A new way to explore Offbeat Oxford – our essential links to navigate the Fringe… Simply click on an image to reveal details of a recommended show. Follow your artistic instincts…

Proxy Women's Writes: A Marathon Of Plays Written By Women Dreamscape

Last Words SOLE

Facet How Does This Politics Thing Work Then?

We’ll be adding more recommendations in the run up to, and during the fringe.

Keyword Chaos


Another way to find a show at Offbeat Oxford.

We’ve trawled the programme and our own knowledge base and selected the most intriguing phrases in programme line up. So, choose the phrase that draws you in, click on the link and get booking.

Use your intuition…

 The girls at Abdul’s Nails will give you a glimpse of their not-so-glossy lives and the stories that bought them here.

Rumi spends more time enjoying fine wine and bacon than being at the mosque.

Addicted to the pounding beats and neon glow of the 80’s, follow Kate’s journey into the lab and what it means to be a woman in a world of men.

Against a powerful soundtrack of original music and traditional gospel and blues sung live, two women 42 years apart become involved in the struggle for civil rights. One, a notorious Black Panther Assata Shakur; the other, a present-day university student enrolling as the Ferguson riots begin.

We’ll be adding more recommendations in the run up to, and during the fringe.

News Wire

All the headlines from Offbeat Oxford…


22nd June 2017: Out of the box and off the wall: Offbeat Festival Oxford is a feast of new theatre (The Oxford Times)

4th June 2017: Try something new for Oxford’s Offbeat Festival’ at Old Fire Station and Oxford Playhouse (The Oxford Times)

19th May 2017: Fluttering into city fringe fest (Oxfordshire Guardian)

15th May 2017: Offbeat announces full programme for second annual festival (Oxford Today)


More to come.