• Strictly Oxford is back on Sunday, bigger and better than ever before. More brave local celebrities and dignitaries, including our very own MD Shamus Donald, don their dancing shoes in aid of Vale House, a local care home for Alzheimer’s and dementia sufferers, in what promises to be a fabulous and entertaining evening of dancing.

It takes place at the New Theatre, Oxford, at 6.30pm. For more information call 01865 320760.

  • Award-winning comedian Carl Donnelly will take Oxford’s Glee Club by storm on Saturday, after a successful run in Edinburgh. Now a regular at the finest UK comedy clubs, Donelly, pictured, has also appeared on TV shows including Mock the Week, Dave’s One Night Stand, Stand Up for the Week and Russell Howard’s Good News. Call 08714 720400 for more information or to book tickets.
  • Three shows for three age groups hit the Story Museum on Saturday. Action rhymes, music and poems all feature in James Carter’s brand new poem collection Hey, Little Bug! Afterwards, expect a madcap hour of wild guitar music and performance poems tackling odd subjects, and a lively performance leading into a workshop on fairy tale rap writing.

The Story Museum is in Pembroke Street, Oxford. For more information call 01865 790050.

  • A trilogy of one act shorts by Oxford writers The Deck Theatre Company brings you three writers, with three plays and three very different responses to the war in Afghanistan. Red tells the story of two teenagers from Afghanistan who are being interviewed for asylum, followed by White about a missing soldier in Afghanistan. Finisher Blue explores the dangerous game of going out on patrol in areas where homemade bombs are rife.

Red, White and Blue, Casualties of War by Heather Dunmore, Catherine Comfort, Gwilym Scourfield will be performed at The Old Fire Station, in George Street, Oxford, tomorrow and Saturday at 7.30pm. Tickets are £10 (£8 concessions) from thedecktheatre company.co.uk and wegottickets.com n Celebrate British composers past and present at the Berkeley Ensemble’s concert at Chacombe Parish Church near Banbury on Tuesday. Recordings from the risings stars in British music are currently being made at the church and audiences can listen to the groups as they perform. The retiring collection will be in aid of Sophie’s Silver Lining Fund. Call 01295 712279 for information.