OutBurst 2016 welcomes Olympic Gold medallist rower Ben Hunt-Davis

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Ben Hunt-Davis coming to OutBurst

OutBurst is back for its fifth year bringing to life the expertise that’s buzzing around Oxford Brookes University to the doorstep of the public in Oxford.

The festival will take place from Thursday 5 – Saturday 7 May 2016 at Pegasus theatre on Magdalen Road and will showcase cutting-edge research from across the University in a variety of informative and family-fun events for the local community.

This year, OutBurst promises to be fun-filled and lively. There will be plenty of exciting activities and captivating entertainment all the family will enjoy.

Angus Phillips, Head of the School of Arts, Oxford Brookes University

With the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio approaching, OutBurst welcomes Olympic gold-medallist rower and Oxford Brookes alumnus Ben Hunt-Davis. Ben will be talking about what it is like to compete at the Games and the pressures and rewards of performing on a world stage. He has rowed at three Olympic Games; won a gold medal at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 and was part of the HQ Staff of Team GB in Beijing 2008 and in London 2012.

Drawing with LightHead of the School of Arts Angus Phillips said: “This year, OutBurst promises to be fun-filled and lively. There will be plenty of exciting activities and captivating entertainment all the family will enjoy. I’m delighted that Ben Hunt-Davis will be joining us this year and the Jiangxi Art Troupe from China are sure to put on a fantastic show with their performance Light of Civilization. 

“We like to make the festival as varied as possible to give people an idea of the vast range of expertise and fascinating research that’s happening at Oxford Brookes. There really is something for everyone and I hope the local community will come and enjoy the festival with us.”

New on the programme for this year’s festival is a Forum Theatre performance which offers the audience the opportunity to intervene in the play and attempt to change the story’s outcome; HAB360 –an interactive virtual reality experience; plus learn about The Reading Machine – an exciting project that takes a visionary idea from the 1930s and updates it using Augmented Reality to create a form of writing never seen before. 

This year also sees the return of OutBurst favourites: Artie the humanoid robot, the Drawing with Light and Create Your Own Comic workshops and the Creative Writing Masters’ students showcase their work.

Jiangxi Art TroupeOxford Brookes University has had a long-standing partnership with Pegasus theatre and has held the OutBurst festival there for the last five years. 

Creative Producer Hester Bond said: “We are proud of our partnership with Oxford Brookes and excited to be taking OutBurst into its fifth year. The festival expresses, in essence, what Pegasus is all about – presenting a wide and exciting mix of work in so many interesting and playful ways for a really broad audience.”

For over 50 years, Pegasus has pioneered an extraordinary programme of participatory work with young people, the local community and professional artists at the heart of a thriving professional venue showcasing world-class drama, dance and music. Pegasus is a meeting place between generations, cultures, artists and participants; a place of creative exchange and community.

The full schedule of activities and events can be found on the OutBurst webpages and Pegasus Theatre website. Tickets cost £2.50 and £1 for concessions and can be booked either online or by calling the box office on 01865 812 150. Follow OutBurst on Twitter using #OutBurst2016 and Facebook for behind the scenes access to the festival. Pegasus can be found on Magdalen Road, Oxford, OX4 1RE.