The Oil and the Shard

Dates and Times

26 September 2015 to 27 September 2014 at 7.30pm (7pm on Sun 27 Sep)

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Ticket information

£12 / 10

Book Tickets

Part of Calm Down Dear 2015

Check out the offers we’ve got running throughout the festival below. The discount will be automatically applied to your basket – just add the tickets in and we’ll do the rest.

DOUBLE BILL OFFER: Catch The Oil and the Shard in a double bill with Portrait or A Girl and A Gun on Sat 26 Sep for just £16.
FESTIVAL PASS: Get involved with the whole festival and pick up a festival pass. Any five shows for £40! 


Presented by Southern Wild

‘Save the Arctic!’ 

On a rig in the middle of the Artic sea, Josh is getting on with his job. Meanwhile four women prepare to stage the protest of their lives. 

A fictional tale inspired by the women who scaled the Shard in 2013, The Oil and the Shard delves into stratified lives to ask how far you’ll climb for your beliefs and what drives you to protest. Winding its way through protest camps, prisons and press conferences, the show looks at what happens when you are shoved unapologetically into the limelight and are forced to justify your opinions.

In this whirlwind journey across oceans, Southern Wild uses humour, quickfire scenes and ensemble storytelling to explore what drives us. Join us as we explore the relationship between upbringing and beliefs, the experiences which bind us and the terrors of the spotlight.

About the company

Helena Middleton is a freelance director based in Bristol. Her recent directing credits include: The Star Seekers (Wardrobe Theatre), Edgar and the Land of Lost (Bike Shed), Sink (Wardrobe Theatre, Canal Café Theatre). Her company, Southern Wild, creates plays which explore the human motivations behind extreme ways of thinking or behaving.


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