Bit of a surprising coup for the tiny Old Fire Station Theatre in Oxford - their Christmas show is the world premiere of a new play by Mike Bartlett. He has a connection with the venue, his first work as a director was a student play there. Anyway, this is great - Elliot Levy is Andy, a single father whose teenage daughter walked out two years earlier. He's heard she's back in Oxford so has hired a community centre for a meeting on neutral ground on Christmas Eve.
First half is a 40 minute monologue by Andy as he talks about his understanding of what happened and his hopes for the evening. Lots of laughs for the older people in the audience (like me!) as Andy talks about old TV, Terry and June, Esther Rantzen. At the end of the first act a young woman turns up, and in the second half we learn how spectacularly Andy has missed the point and also how self-serving his justifications in the first half were. (It's actually all about
A short piece - only 90 minutes including interval - so the interval was a bit unnecessary but I'll let them off in this case due to the charitable nature of the venue (https://oldfirestation.org.uk/about/our-mission/) as presumably the bar sales will help the venue.
Worth a trip if you have a free evening! It's a short walk from the railway station and is right next to the coach stops for buses to and from London.