Oxford arts venue North Wall moves into producing its own work

Co-directors John Hoggarth and Ria Parry have committed to co-producing or producing at least one new show a year
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Oxford’s North Wall Arts Centre is to begin producing work for the first time in its 10-year history.

Newly appointed co-directors Ria Parry and John Hoggarth, who came into the posts in November 2017, have committed to co-producing or producing at least one new show a year.

They also aim to begin touring work from 2019 onwards. Previously the venue has received work from companies including Out of Joint and Shared Experience.

Parry said: “John and I started our roles in November, and we thought North Wall was wonderful, but the environment there is fantastic in terms of creating work; it’s conducive to making theatre.

“We want to produce work that can be owned by North Wall and tour the UK.”

The first in-house co-production, with theatre company Iron Shoes, has been announced as Fragment, a collaboration between Parry and Hoggarth with composer and performer Dom Coyote.

It will be performed at Battersea Arts Centre in London on May 14 and 15, and at North Wall from May 16 to 19.

North Wall plans to tour Fragment around the UK next year.

The new producing strand is funded through a combination of box office income, partnerships with other arts organisations, and support from the North Wall’s principal sponsor, St Edward’s School.