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Storming Utopia is also looking to build bridges between England and Europe. Jointly funded by a Knowledge Exchange Fellowship from TORCH (The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities) and money set aside to fund collaboration between TORCH and the Cini Foundation in Venice, the production also performed in Italian at the foundation’s headquarters on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore.
Throughout, the play asks the question ‘If there was one thing you could change about the place you could live, what would it be?’, prompting responses from the cast and audience. These have varied from making university libraries accessible to the general public to scrapping private education to radically reconstituting the nuclear family. One of the more creative ideas suggested flooding Oxford and turning the streets into Venice-like canals, to solve the city’s notorious parking and traffic problems.
Meet the academics hoping to heal the divisions in modern society using a 16th-Century work of speculative fiction.
There once was an island that was connected to a larger continent by a small but significant link. But then one day the citizens of this island decided to irrevocably separate themselves from the mainland, in order to pursue a dramatic and some might say unrealistic vision of a better society.