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18 January 2023 to 21 January 2023

Beaumont Street
Oxford, OX1 2LW United Kingdom
01865 305305
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Transience at Oxford Playhouse

About Transience

A Hitcher Encounters Interactive Production 

Transience is a newly curated, intimate performance that whisks the audience through a suspenseful adventure. A one-on-one, interactive phone call experience personalised for each audience member. 

Structured like a video game, the audience’s ‘mission’ is to find a missing artefact that has been lost for years after being sucked inside a magical arcade game. 

Each call is one-of-a-kind; the entire trajectory is determined by the audience responses and ideas; no two Transience performances are alike.

Hitcher Encounters meets the Oregon Trail in this video game like a choose-your-own-adventure style call made for anyone craving an arcade game from the comfort of their own home.


There’s a scene from Inception in which Elliot Page’s character describes the “pure discovery” of architecting dream worlds. Transience, by Hitcher Encounters, offers a similar experience for audiences.

Laura Hess, Arts Editor – No Proscenium



Please see important ticketing information below.

Ticketing information


Standard ticket – £10.00

Dates & times:

Wednesday 18 January




Thursday 19 January




Friday 20 January




Saturday 21 January




45 minutes, with no interval.

Age guidance:

Additional information:
Phone number required.

The arcade admits only one person per ticket. Please ensure you provide two different phone numbers or ensure both people have access to the same number if you are buying two tickets together. This makes sure all audiences get the best experience.

Visit the event website for additional information.

About Oxford Playhouse

Oxford Playhouse was built as a repertory theatre in 1938 and was the last new theatre to be opened before the Second World War. The recently refurbished auditorium offers a capacity for 634 people over two levels, with bar facilities on each floor.

Together with its Burton Taylor Studio, Oxford Playhouse presents and produces a wide range of live performances that include the best of British and international drama, family shows, contemporary dance and music, student and amateur shows, comedy, lectures and poetry. 

The Playhouse produces and tours its own shows, hosts Artists in Residence and presents Playhouse Plays Out at locations across the county. It has presented many world-class actors, including Dame Judi Dench, Sir Ian McKellen, Dame Maggie Smith and Alan Rickman.

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