Gari Jones has worked with Creation since way way way back in 2005, thousands of people have seen shows directed by Gari and we can’t wait for upcoming shows The Snow Queen, running from 30 November – 5 January and The Pardoner’s Tale Wednesday 30th October, 7:30pm, James Street Tavern, Thursday 31st October, 7:30pm, The Covered Market, Friday 1st, 11am, Blackwell’s Bookshop.
Have a look at the past shows, see how many you’ve seen, what song songs you can remember all in aid to get you feeling festive because Christmas is just around the corner!
1 December – 5 January, The North Wall Arts Centre 2018
“All children, except one, grow up.”
A shadow at the window, a sprinkling of fairy dust and then straight on till morning; the Darling children joined Peter Pan on the adventure of a lifetime featuring synchronised swimming mermaids, joyfully inept pirates and the boy who would never grow up.
“A gloriously vibrant, fast-paced and tense production of Peter Pan. At times it was hard to believe that the 15 or more parts were played by only six actors. They pulled it off in style, transforming from one part to another with fantastic costumes and distinct voices.” Daily Info
“Peter Pan was completely enthralling! The stage set was simple allowing for a variety of activities and the space was well used to deliver a great interpretation of the story. The acting and singing was excellent – all the characters were engaging and I was completely involved. Thank you.” Audience feedback
“It’s Christmas, the world won’t get the better of us”
The team behind 2016’s Snow White and Other Tales from the Brothers Grimm returned with a new adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.
“A Christmas Carol was so good that we booked to see it a second time” TripAdvisor review
“Dickens’s festive classic has been re-told so many times it has lost its punch. What Creation Theatre have done for their seasonal show at The North Wall is restore its venomous sting, to the chilling moral tale it was intended. Though presented for jaded modern eyes, it is more gloomy, twisted and powerful than even the
original. Dickens would surely love it…This is as good as theatre gets. ★★★★★” The Oxford Times
SNOW WHITE AND OTHER TALES FROM THE BROTHERS GRIMM
3RD DECEMBER 2016 – 7TH JANUARY 2017
THE NORTH WALL ARTS CENTRE
“Everybody’s got a bit of Grimm in them”
We entered into the magical world of the Brothers Grimm for our sixth family Christmas production at the North Wall Arts Centre. Set in the round with cabaret style seating, our cast of six wowed audiences playing multiple roles as they told the stories of Grimm classics Star Girl, Snow White, Hansel and Gretel, The Moon, Rumpelstiltskin and God Father Death. This spectacular production was made even more magical with original scores from composer Gareth Jones and choreography from Kate Higginbottom.
Reviews“I urge anyone and everyone to go and see this. High energy, witty, engaging, and also very moving. The cast are a joy, the set and costumes beautiful and the music excellent.” TripAdvisor review
“Whilst the stories may be familiar, the telling of all of them is certainly original. The players don’t fall thoughtlessly into the usual pantomime clichés so the show keeps it’s freshness throughout. This is a first-class Christmas show and highly recommended!” Daily Info
“Creation Theatre’s winter production is different. Always ones to challenge, push boundaries and break the mould, this innovative Oxford company have excelled themselves with a show which works on multiple levels – delighting children while captivating the rest of us.” Oxford Mail
“To be, or not to be”
The return of Treasure Island director Gari Jones brought the madness, revenge and corruption of Hamlet as we transformed the beauty of Oxford University Parks into Elsinore Castle. With sold out shows and the odd cameo from the parks ducks, our talented cast of five brought this grimy, whirlwind of a production to life with multi roling versatile portrayals in Shakespeare most popular play.
“There are visual gags and spirit-rousing blasts of punk rock to keep you on your toes; Muse and The Pixies stood out as they echoed across the park. The set is definitely minimal but has everything you need to picture the rotten state of Denmark. And making the most of the outdoor setting, you’re often aware of figures slowly passing behind you, far from the scene but still lurking in the castle of Elsinore.” Daily Info
“This play was excellent! I have always loved Creation productions and their ability to think outside the box but this surpassed anything I have seen in recent times. If you only see one play this summer make sure it is this one! Don’t miss this excellent production of Hamlet. I don’t want to give any spoilers away but this is an accessible performance for anyone – even if you haven’t read the play you can follow the story.” Audience Member on Tripadvisor
“Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum!”
From the team behind 2014’s The Wind in the Willows, with Gari Jones at the helm, this was our fifth family Christmas show at The North Wall. Full of sea shanties, swash buckling and sword fights, this adaptation had Jim played by Rosie Holt and the notorious Silver played by Tim Wyatt, leading a crew of the scurviest sea dogs you ever saw on the hunt for buried treasure.This unforgettable voyage was full of danger, mystery and mutiny – not to mention the odd foam cannon ball being thrown from the audience!
“Tremendous fun with a wicked edge, this scurvy morality tale will leave you reeling – and grinning long after the sea shanties have faded away.”Tim Hughes, The Oxford Times
“There are some grand characterisations, notably Tim Wyatt’s portrayal of Long John Silver; while Clare Humphrey’s terrific version of Ben Gunn in the second half is the stand-out performance. Rosie Holt holds the story together as the narrator Jim, using her comic timing to good effect in keeping up the pace.”
“Rosie Holt shivers me timbers as Jim, and Clare Humphrey gets a big ‘Aye aye cap’n’ in her multiple roles, as she refuses to go down to Davy Jones’s locker without a fight. Arrrrh. ★★★★’
TALES FROM THE BROTHERS GRIMM
21ST NOVEMBER 2007 – 12TH JANUARY 2008 MIRROR TENT, BMW
The well loved fairytales of the Brothers Grimm were interwoven into a modern and humourous narrative, with lots of vibrant costumes and visual action for children as well as intelligent writing and humour for the adults.
The sumptuous velvet drapes and ornately carved pillars of the antique Mirror Tent was a fairytale setting, decked out in twinkling fairy lights and leaves from the `enchanted wood`.
A zombie dance to the tune of Michael Jackson’s Thriller, a beautiful singing bird puppet and a vast array of fairytale witches and evil queens were just some of the highlights of this whirlwind production written and directed by Gari Jones.
“The gorgeous mirror tent in which Creation perform weaves a magic spell all of its own”The Guardian
“Enchanting production”The StageHAM
1ST JUNE – 28TH JULY 2007 OXFORD CASTLE
The ultimate tale of obsession, insanity and revenge was retold in a bold, modern style within the atmospheric walls of Oxford Castle.
Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy about Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, sworn to kill his uncle by his father’s ghost was given an up to date twist by director Gari Jones and designer Sara Perks. Hamlet was envisioned as a brooding teenager with Ophelia as his “emo” style girlfriend. The cast included returning actors Gavin Molloy, Amanda Haberland and Pepe Balderrama. Music by Muse, My Chemical Romance and Garbage set the scene for the drama and emotional procrastination.
“a truly memorable evening’s entertainment”
THE MERCHANT OF VENICE
30TH JUNE – 19TH AUGUST 2006
Oxford Castle became Creation’s new summer home for this edgy, modernised production of The Merchant of Venice. Director Gari Jones (Royal National Theatre, Young Vic, Almeida Theatre) made his Creation debut with this controversial production. With the Norman tower of the old prison in the background (and even one of the cells to store spare seats and blankets in!), Oxford Castle provided the perfect setting for Shakespeare’s tale of Justice and Retribution.
A talented young and trendy cast including former milky-bar kid, Antony Eden and Gavin Molloy – guitarist with Goldfrapp – brought this production to life as a pack of BNP-style, union jack-waving yobs. Designer Sara Perks had the female cast strutting around the stage in high heels and hot-pants to a soundtrack of contemporary music including songs by The Arctic Monkeys, Greenday and The Pussycat Dolls.
“This Merchant does hook you into Shakespeare’s story.”Oxford Mail
“This is Shakespeare at breakneck speed.” Daily Information
“Shylock is a commanding presence.”What’s On Stage
“Creation’s triumph is to make modern additions an enhancement rather than a distraction.”Leys News