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For the last year, multimedia artist Nicola Armitage has been following the development of Before The Tempest. Filmed footage and images come together in her exhibition, Hidden Spire, which runs until 26 September.

Hidden Spire Make Show Alongside Homeless People

Arts at the Old Fire Station in association with Crisis Skylight Oxford presents: Hidden Spire 2015: Before The Tempest
Before The Tempest Director Lizzy McBain

Everything from set design, script-writing and front-of-house is done as a collaboration between the artists and Crisis clients

A partnership between Arts at the Old Fire Station and Crisis Skylight Oxford, Hidden Spire brings professional artists and Crisis clients together to create a performance using music, dance, theatre, visual arts and more

Before the Tempest imagines what life was like on the island for Miranda and Prospero as a prequel to Shakespeare’s classic tale of love, magic and bad weather.

The play is the result of this year’s Hidden Spire which brings together a team of professional artists to make a show from scratch alongside people who are homeless. It’s a collaboration and we’ve been writing, devising, designing and building over 14 months to create what promises to be an extraordinary moment of live theatre with a striking set – a work of art in itself.

Arts at the Old Fire Station in association with Crisis Skylight Oxford presents: Hidden Spire 2015: Before The Tempest

 

It’s about isolation and belonging, despair and forgiveness. It’s about wanting to fit in and being different. It’s about growing up. And it’s about birds.

There will be a Q & A after the performance on Thursday 17 Sept.

The two groups work together every step of the way: Everything from set design, script-writing and front-of-house is done as a collaboration between the artists and Crisis clients. Hidden Spire isn’t just a production, it’s a process – it demonstrates the value and potential of having a public arts centre and resources for homeless people in the same building. Most importantly, it shows that excellent art and inclusive art can be the same thing.

Hidden Spire features as part of the Art In Crisis festival – a national programme of events and workshops aimed at foregrounding homelessness and the arts.

Supported by Highcroft PLC and Norbar.

Thursday 17 & Friday 18 September (7:30pm). Saturday 19 September: (2:00pm & 7:30pm)

 

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