Hidden Spire at OFS Oxford

Renata Allen worked as writer for the project called “Hidden Spire” in 2015.

Hidden Spire

This project was a partnership between Arts at the Old Fire Station and Crisis Skylight Oxford. Hidden Spire brings professional artists and Crisis clients together to create a performance using music, dance, theatre, visual arts and more.


The two groups work together every step of the way: Everything from set design, script-writing and front-of-house is done as a collaboration between the artists and Crisis clients. Hidden Spire isn’t just a production, it’s a process – it demonstrates the value and potential of having a public arts centre and resources for homeless people in the same building. Most importantly, it shows that excellent art and inclusive art can be the same thing.

Before the Tempest imagines what life was like on the island for Miranda and Prospero as a prequel to Shakespeare’s classic tale of love, magic and bad weather.

Before The Tempest about isolation and belonging, despair and forgiveness. It’s about wanting to fit in and being different. It’s about growing up. And it’s about birds.

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