7 October, 8:00 pm

2 hrFrom £8

Performance | Environment & Nature, Geology, The Arts


OVADA, Osney Lane, Oxford OX1 1NJ

Rocks. Beats. Geology. Stone circles. Copper mining. Megalith is a stunning theatre show, with projection from award-winning Limbic Cinema. With copper having jet-fuelled technology for the last 10,000 years, a performer and sound artist playfully duet to deep-time techno, metamorphic soundscapes and the Internet of Things. Neolithic flint tools smash stones and laptops in this wildly physical journey to the origins – and 21st century challenges – of mining.

Every piece of technology we own has come from rock. But copper (the first metal to be mined) has a vital role right now. In transitioning from fossil fuels, global copper production must sky-rocket to make the batteries and cables for electrification. But does more extraction continue a questionable trajectory of more manufacture, more stuff, more economic growth… and thereby more inequality and waste? What of alternatives such as ‘urban mining’ (recycling of metals from tech waste)?

Rather than being an info-heavy show, Megalith views these issues through metaphor, creating a simple theatrical poem. The Neolithic culture that started mining also created stoneworks consisting of a single line leading into concentric circles (eg Stonehenge). Megalith explores this line-into-circle form: how might it offer a timely metaphor, when the need to shift from an extractive, linear relationship with Earth’s resources is evermore urgent?

The 50-minute performance will be followed by a Q&A session with researchers involved in the development of the performance.

Doors open at 7pm, and you are welcome to purchase drinks at the bar prior to the performance.

This performance includes strobe lighting.

MECHANIMAL is a multi award-winning theatre company from Bristol, creating shows about life on our changing planet. Led by Tom Bailey, it tours both in the UK and internationally.

On previous shows: ‘Beautiful, contemplative… a remarkable and urgent show’ (Guardian). ‘Extraordinary… moving and enlightening’ (New Scientist).

Watch the trailer now


OVADA, Osney Lane, Oxford OX1 1NJ, UK OX1 1NJ