Date: 1 June 2015
On June 1st, collect-ifs theatre company are (as part of week of events sponsored by the University of Oxford) doing a performance of The Last Train to Oxford (the dramatised adaptation of Professor John Schad's book Someone Called Derrida. An Oxford Mystery), this time at that most iconic of Oxford venues, The Sheldonian Theatre.
Last Train to Oxford
- a play of voices
Someone called Jacques Derrida, someone called him on the phone, someone who was dead. A mystery, he thought; a mystery that begins in 1968 when Derrida, a philosopher, visits Oxford and there he dies, several times. Murder, he thought. And so we shall investigate, not just 1960s Oxford but an English public school in the middle of the Second World War. Based on John Schad's novel, Someone Called Derrida, this play of voices is an intriguing, emotionally powerful and disturbingly entertaining intellectual thriller. Unleashed by W. H. Auden's cataclysmic couplet from 1939, 'In the nightmare of the dark / All the dogs of Europe bark', dead voices and broken thoughts eerily echo across the channel as myriad testimonies within the investigator's case.
· ‘an extraordinary performance’ (Sir Frank Kermode)
· ‘caught my imagination straight away’ (Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury)
· ‘an amazing book... one of the most original on Derrida’ (J. Hillis Miller)
· ‘a remarkable novel’ (Ian Macmillan, on BBC Radio 3's 'The Verb')
· ‘dense and dizzying’ (Church Times)
· ‘fascinating…delightful…moving’ (The Quarterly Review)
Associated staff: John Schad
Associated departments and research centres: English and Creative Writing, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences