World War One Audio Walking Tour of Oxford

31st March 2016
L0025824 Operating theatre, Oxford. Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images images@wellcome.ac.uk http://wellcomeimages.org Operating theatre, 3rd Southern Hospital, Oxford dated 1915-16. 1915 - 1916 Nathen (d. 1958) and Dorothy (d. 1986) Waller. Published: - Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons Attribution only licence CC BY 4.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

L0025824 Operating theatre, Oxford.
Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images
images@wellcome.ac.uk
http://wellcomeimages.org
Operating theatre, 3rd Southern Hospital, Oxford dated 1915-16.
1915 – 1916 Nathen (d. 1958) and Dorothy (d. 1986) Waller.
Published: –
Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons Attribution only licence CC BY 4.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

In 2016 UnderConstruction worked with volunteers from the University Museum’s Service to create an audio walking tour in partnership with the Museum of the History of Science to reveal the WW1 history of the city of Oxford using research originally gathered as part of developing While They’re Away.

Listen to this fascinating audio walking tour to learn about Oxford’s largely forgotten role in the first global conflict of the 20th Century. Discover how many well known colleges and public buildings were converted into hospitals and for military use; the desperate plight of Belgian and Serbian refugees arriving in the city; plus the formative experiences of key historical and literary figures, including Siegfried Sassoon, Vera Brittain and T E Lawrence. A poignant trip into an overlooked period in the Oxford story.

Running time approx. 90-110 minutes depending on pace. Download to listen on your personal device here.

Recorded and edited by Glide Digital

This project was made possible by funding from the Oxford City Council Culture Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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Hidden Spire

30th September 2015

Since 2012 UnderConstruction’s Artistic Director, Lizzy McBain, has worked as Creative Director for Hidden Spire, a collaborative project between Crisis and Arts at The Old Fire Station.

Hidden Spire brings professional artists and Crisis members together to create a performance using music, dance, theatre, visual arts and more. The two groups work together every step of the way and aim to produce an event which will stir, enchant, amuse and intrigue.

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

To date we have created three productions exploring the themes of Hidden (2012), Chance (2013) and Transforming the Ordinary (2015), with the most recent resulting in the writing of a prequel to Shakespeare’s Tempest, called Before the Tempest.

Find more information about Hidden Spire here.


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The Story Tailors

31st August 2015

“This is Isaac’s favourite activity at the festival!”

“We’re back again! I wanted to tell another story.”

“Seeing Tyler doing this and how much she is enjoying it, makes me think I should sign her up to a drama class.”

Two Story Tailors have travelled from afar bringing with them a tent of theatrical “wears”. They have dressed every character you have ever heard of; from the Queen of Hearts to Rumplestiltskin. They tell stories of old, gathered across time, but times are hard and people can’t afford characters anymore, so our Tailors need some new stories to tell. They need muses – people to dress up in their “wears” to give them inspiration for some new tales and characters.

The Story Tailors is a magical tent full of costumes, where children and families can dress up, play, invent characters and create stories together, facilitated by two professional actors. At the end of their time in the tent, participants will receive a commemorative photo of them and their story title.

The Story Tailors can be adapted to suit your event or as a starting point for story writing or drama in a school or learning setting. Most participants typically spend between 15-30 minutes in the tent, but many spend much more as the invention of stories is limitless.

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