Wind amongst the trees to find a grand Oxfordshire valley with stunning views for David Walliams’ best-seller Awful Auntie on the outdoor stage at Cornbury Park.
The new playground at the Saxby Hall Orphanage is finally complete, and we can’t wait to celebrate with you. The orphanage was founded by Stella Saxby, whom some of you may remember. Her parents were killed in a car crash in 1933, leaving her an orphan – all alone with her Awful Auntie. And when we say awful, we mean awful.
Aunt Alberta and her best friend Wagner, a vicious Bavarian owl, tried everything they could to torment Stella into signing over the deed to Saxby Hall. But Stella, with the help of her friend Soot (the ghost of a chimney sweep, but friends come in all shapes and sizes, don’t they?), fought off Aunt Alberta, saved Saxby Hall, and gifted the beautiful Saxby Hall to be used as an orphanage.
Awful Auntie by David Walliams, adapted for the outdoor stage by Heartbreak Productions, is a truly thrilling tale. Owls, ghosts, chases, escapes, motorcycle rides, and tiddlywinks fill Stella’s days as she evades her menacing Aunt and saves the family home.
So, please join us at the dedication of the new playground at Saxby Hall and hear how it all came about. Make sure you bring a blanket or chair to sit on, weather-appropriate gear, and a picnic, as the tale could take some time to tell, and storytelling can be hungry work!
Presented with the generous support of Cornbury Park.
Performance dates & times:
10 August at 2.30pm and 6.30pm
(Also on 11 August at 2.30pm and 6.30pm at Heath Farm Holiday Cottages – view event)
Approximately 2 hours, including an interval
Age Recommendation: 7+
Full price: £12.00
Under 16s: £10.00
Deck chair hire: £7.50 (select at checkout)
All prices include any booking fees.
Tickets can be booked in one of two zones. In Zone A, audiences are closer to the stage and can sit on fold up/camping chairs bought from home or hired deck chairs. In Zone B, audiences are seated on the raised side of the valley, facing the stage, and may sit on the grass or bring a picnic blanket from home.
Ranger’s Lawn at Cornbury Park