This Saturday the 16th February, what could be more exciting than attending the first ever Oxford echo? A music, arts, and comedy festival in the Oxford Town Hall. The echo is showcasing Oxford talent, hosted by Nightline and The Samaritans.

Nightline is an independent listening service run by students of Oxford and Oxford Brookes. Founded in 1972, it has provided 7 day a week, all night service across four decades. They provide non-judgemental support and information about relevant counselling services or even the latest bus timetables.

The Samaritans’ Oxford branch is 24/7 operation, providing round the clock phone support for callers. The Oxford branch is located on Magdalen road (opposite the Pegasus theatre), it is open to visitors from 8:00am to 10:00pm.

The festival boasts a significantly talented line up. Featuring Adam Buxton, a writer, actor and comedian. He is known for his (very funny) podcast, ‘The Adam Buxton podcast’, featuring Louis Theroux several times! He is also half of the duo, Adam and Joe, famous for the ‘Adam and Joe show’, which aired on channel 4. Adam Buxton also makes a feature in ‘Hot Fuzz’, appearing as the policeman who gets unfortunately crushed by a church.

Other notable performers include, Armando Iannucci, a writer, comedian and director, famous for his creation of ‘Veep’. He also wrote ‘Death of Stalin’ as well as ‘The Thick of It’. Philip Selway, is a musician, singer and songwriter best known for his role as the drummer in Radiohead. Selway has also released two solo albums, ‘Familial’ and ‘Weatherhouse’.Hannah Croft and Fiona Pearce of ‘Croft and Pearce’, have been performing together since 2011. They star in their own sketch show, ‘Croft and Pearce’ as well as appearing in Sketchorama, (both on BBC Radio 4). In 2017 they were BAFTA Rocliffe comedy finalists with their sitcom pilot. Finally, Jeremy Irons and Sinead Cusack, both of whom are acclaimed actors. Sinead is known for her involvement with the Royal Shakespeare company, receiving five Olivier award nominations for her role in ‘As You Like It’, in 1981. Irons has starred in a number of plays and films around the globe, he voiced Scar in Disney’s ‘Lion King’, and most recently ‘Batman v Superman’. He is one of the few actors to recieve a ‘triple crown’. That is an Academy Award for film, an Emmy Award for television and a Tony Award for theatre.

Among the talent from the university are several accapella groups: Out of the Blue, The Oxford Gargoyles and The Oxford Commas all performing. The Oxford Imps, are an improvisational comedy group. The Oxford University Light Entertainment Society also hail from light entertainment and comedy. While The Donut Kings are a big band. Finally, The Oxford South Asian Arts Society will be providing South Asain dance while The Fight Club will show off their acrobatic dance.

It should be a great event, Oxford Nightline and the Oxford Samaritans are this year's Lord Mayor Charities. So, come, enjoy yourself, and show your support!


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