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Oxford Plays


The University of Oxford has a vibrant theatre scene brimming with talented actors, directors, and writers. The Oxford University Dramatic Society presents several plays each week during term-time, and some of the more successful of these have been selected for production by The Online Stage and Voices of Today.


Cut Them Loose

A radio play by Michal Krenz

Cole, an old sea captain, lives on a ship with his daughter and her immigrant husband. The trio prepares for a deluge, while Cole meets Daphne, a mermaid who seduces and tempts him. As tensions rise with the rolling tides, Cole must make a difficult choice: take a leap into the unknown, or stay on the safe side. This is a story about connection and separation, about tolerance and the decision to cut ties.

Cast
Cole/Weather Reporter: Alan Weyman
Rachael: Elizabeth Klett
Lafcadio: Marty Krz
Daphne: Leanne Yau


Audio edited by Leanne Yau and Bastian Schick

Text copyright 2019 Michal Krenz


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Cut Them Loose

 Cutting Room

A radio play


Cutting Room is set in the 'Town Welfare Department' of a town in the Midlands (Burtonwood), during public sector cuts. Four characters (David, Lucy, Ian, and an intern, Anne) have to take calls from members of the public complaining about the loss of public services, with the boss Harry coming in occasionally to offer cheerful but often useless encouragement. As the cuts continue, tensions run high, with Ian in particular taking his anger and frustration out on the secretary, Tilly. At the play's conclusion there is a surprising twist, and we also learn that the workers have inadvertently cut themselves out of their jobs, as they have been filling in databases to fully automate the department.



Cast:
Ian - Craig Franklin
David - Mark Crowle-Groves
Lucy - Sarah Mitchell
Harry - Andy Harrington
Anne - Leanne Yau
Tilly - Amanda Friday

Audio edited by Leanne Yau

Cover design by Eloise Newman

Text Copyright 2019 Arthur Charlesworth


Link to audio:

Cutting Room


 Down With My Demons

A Radio play

Ten years after a tragic incident on the lake, an AA meeting in a small, religious town in the deep south of the USA descends into bitterness and chaos when a flood hits. Trapped within the local church, tempers escalate and well-buried secrets begin to emerge. Personalities clash, reputations are dissected and questioned, and everybody’s demons are laid bare.

Cast:
Vincent - Andy Harrington
Pastor Talbot - Jeff Moon
Samuel - John Burlinson
Delilah - Amanda Friday
Jael - Lee Ann Howlett


Audio edited by Leanne Yau


Link to audio:

Down With My Demons


 Waiting For Gary

A radio play 


Anya and Chris have been divorced for 18 years. When their daughter goes into labour, they are reunited outside the maternity ward, and in the exchange that follows, they are forced to confront each other, and the awkwardness of their past, as they wait for their new grandchild to arrive.


Cast:
Anya - Dorothy McDowell
Chris - Tom Fisher
Nurse - Manish Binukrishnan
Receptionist - Leanne Yau
Kia - Katie Sayer


Audio edited by Leanne Yau


Link to audio:

Waiting for Gary

 Your Little Play

A radio play 

Laura is an aspiring playwright and director. Living off sheer ambition and the odd bit of praise, she struggles more and more to justify her own life choices. After being accepted onto an accessibility scheme, she is given the opportunity to work with her hero, Louis Sherman, but what she encounters behind the scenes defines her career and life forever.

Hot on the heels of the #MeToo movement, 'Your Little Play' explores the sacrifices we make for personal ambition, the abuse of power, and the treatment of sexual misconduct in a thought-provoking and authentic manner. It was first performed at the Michael Pilch Studio in Oxford, UK, and was received with rave reviews.



Cast:
Laura - Isabella Gilpin
Louis - Alexander Marks
Anna - Harrison Gale
Maya - Ellie Harrington
Mark - Jake Rich
Emma - Lorelei Piper
Kate/Maggie/Martha - Amelia Holt
Tom/Larry/Waiter - James Akka

Audio edited by Leanne Yau


Text copyright 2019 Anna Myrmus


Link to audio:

Your Little Play

                                                                                        


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