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The Complete History of Comedy (abridged)

Following a hugely successful, critically acclaimed season at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014 the Reduced Shakespeare Company will set out to reduce this region to tears of laughter in June. They will be at Newbury’s Corn Exchange on Wednesday June 17. Yes that’s right, the bad boys of abridgement will finally tackle the subject they were born to reduce. From...

All Hail the Pub Landlord

The Beer Column by Brewery Bird Ever dreamt of running your own pub? I mean, c’mon, how hard can it be standing around all day pouring beer, chatting to customers and taking their hard-earned cash? The thought of ditching the 9 to 5 grind in favour of being master of your own destiny (and bar), polishing the glasses whilst waiting for...

What the Truck?

Truck is undoubtedly one of those festivals that shows the rest of them how it should be done. Expect to meet lots of great people, listen to a load of cool music, and have a lovely time. Having recently been run by the team behind the Y-Not festival in Derbyshire, the festival has stayed true to it original aesthetic,...

GIVE A QUID FOR CARNIVAL

The Cowley Road Carnival is the biggest, most exciting and free festival day in the calendar for Oxfordshire residents. What is perhaps less well-known is that the event is organized by Cowley Road Works, and supports a range of other year-round events and activities. These are developed to bring the diverse community together in a variety of ways including sporting...

Oli Brown get the blues at Arlington Arts Centre

Since blasting onto the scene in 2008, Oli Brown has been synonymous with the “young Blues” movement. To date, Oli has released three studio albums – all of which have received rave reviews and topped the Blues charts on iTunes & Amazon. He has won (take a deep breath now if reading aloud) British Blues Awards for Male Vocalist, Best Album,...

Mark Thomas: Trespass

Mark Thomas is a comedian with issues. In fact he’s made it his life’s work to make other people aware of those issues. With humour and wit. The anarchic comedian has started a bit of a residency at Pegasus Theatre in Magdalen Street, Oxford appearing at the venue no less than four times. You’ve probably already missed the first dates of...

The Deranged Marriage comes to Oxford

If you fancy a night of colourful saris and glittering jewels whilst taking an irrelevant look at an Indian wedding then you should head to The Oxford Playhouse from Wednesday June 10 to Saturday June 13. If you don’t then that’s your perogative but you’ll definitely be missing out. According to Time Out, The Deranged Marriage is one that you’ll get...

Grubby Jack folks us off at The Rolleston

There is nowt as odd as folk. Well, we beg to differ somewhat as when you’ve got folk as polished and as good as Grubby Jack the last thing you’d describe it as is odd. The three-piece will be heading to The Rolleston on Commercial Road in Swindon on Saturday June 20 for what promises to be a handbag swinging night...

The Oxford Punt

Review by Ed Dyer AKA Gig Monkey One of my highlights of last year was The Punt, so I jumped at the chance to join in with Oxford’s annual venue crawl of local musical high-lights. And I do mean I actually jumped. But, would 2015’s Punt live up to it’s predecessor? For Team Ocelot this year’s Punt extravaganza started at The...

A Way With Words – Reflections

Up to now my only contact with A Way With Words has been as a live unit, when they have turned in some very special shows to packed rooms; sets that were full of energy, passion and excitement. I have often wondered how this would translate to record; would they lose that special edge they have? The short answer,...
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