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The Old Fire Station

40 George Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2AQ United Kingdom
01865 297170 www.oldfirestation.org.uk/

Theatre, comedy, dance, music, visual art and design. The Old Fire Station presents quality art aimed at adults which takes a risk, asks a question and entertains. The Old Fire Station wants to create a fun environment and inspire guests to be open to new ideas and different people.

The Old Fire Station also offers space for performance, exhibitions, rehearsals, meetings, classes, innovation and debate.

They also work closely with the homelessness charity, Crisis, which helps to build the confidence and skills of homeless people through projects and opportunities.

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May 2019

Tom Neenan: It’s Always Infinity

May 1 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Old Fire Station, 40 George Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2AQ United Kingdom
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£10 - £14

Tom’s girlfriend has vanished, so he has done what any right minded man would do and turned his search for her into an ‘important’ piece of multi-character-multi-media theatre. In reality It’s Always Infinity is a narrative character comedy show about toxic masculinity and the questionable role of the male creator presented by a version of Tom who sees himself as “One of the good guys” but is anything but. It combines projection, storytelling and character comedy to tell a story where Tom…

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Stand-Up History

May 3 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Old Fire Station, 40 George Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2AQ United Kingdom
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£10 - £14

Stand-up History is an evening of historical stand-up comedy. Archaeologists, historians, and professional comedians present their hysterical historical perspectives on the past. From Ancient Rome, to the history of alcohol, from bloody wars to Tudor love affairs. From ancient myths to modern stand-up riffs, from kings and glory to everything else in history’s repertory! Previous acts have appeared on BBC Radio 4, Live at the Apollo, Mock the Week, including historians responsible for the British Museum membercast, and BBC documentaries.…

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Smoove & Turrell: Solid Brass Tour

May 4 @ 8:00 pm
The Old Fire Station, 40 George Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2AQ United Kingdom
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£18 - £20

Smoove & Turrell celebrate 10 years as one of the UK’s most popular live funk & soul acts with a special album Solid Brass – 10 Years of Northern Funk and after their blistering, sold out gig in Witney last year the ‘Northern Funksters’ come to back to the ‘city of dreaming spires’ for what will be a memorable night of soul, funk and pop. Beloved of Craig Charles and Chris Evans from Radio 2 and BBC6 Music’s Giles Peterson…

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OUDS Showcase

May 8 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
The Old Fire Station, 40 George Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2AQ United Kingdom
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£10 - £14

The Oxford University Dramatic Society presents its very first showcase at the Old Fire Station. Each year Oxford University students put on over fifty shows at venues ranging from college auditoriums to the Oxford Playhouse. We invite the most successful shows of the year to showcase the talent of cast and creatives one last time by putting on some of their best scenes. The programme will also include extracts from shows yet to open looking to try on their material in…

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Made In Dagenham

May 9 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 7:30pm, repeating until May 11, 2019

One event on May 11, 2019 at 2:30pm

The Old Fire Station, 40 George Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2AQ United Kingdom
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£16
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Essex 1968. Like millions of other working women, each morning Rita O’Grady is just trying to get her husband out of bed, get the kids off to school and get to work at the factory on time. But life is about to change forever when it’s announced that the girls in the stitching room of Ford’s Dagenham car plant will have their pay grade dropped to ‘unskilled’. Quickly drawing on a strength she never knew she had, Rita leads her…

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ORPHEUS

May 15 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Old Fire Station, 40 George Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2AQ United Kingdom
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£10 - £14

An internationally award-winning modern retelling of an ancient myth. Dave is single and turning 30. He’s stood at the bar. Eurydice is a tree nymph. And Bruce Springsteen is on the juke box. A tale of impossible, death-defying love told through hair-raising spoken word and soaring soul music. The Flanagan Collective and Gobbledigook Theatre weave a world of dive bars, side streets and ancient gods. Winner, FringeWorld Perth Best Theatre (Weekly) Winner, Adelaide Fringe Best Theatre Award (Weekly) Winner, VAULT…

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Virginia Woolf’s ORLANDO

May 16 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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An event every day that begins at 7:30pm, repeating until May 18, 2019

The Old Fire Station, 40 George Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2AQ United Kingdom
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£10 - £14

“I’m sick to death of this particular self. I want another.” Orlando: Poet. Lover. Adventurer. After an evening’s encounter with a traveller woman, Orlando is transformed forever. Following the sell-out The Tiger’s Bride, Marvellous Machine Theatre Company return with their hilarious and joyful production of Virginia Woolf’s ORLANDO adapted by Sarah Ruhl. Using live music, comedy, drag and movement, they bring to life Virginia Woolf’s  high-spirited, queer romp through history. Join us as we travel from the court of Queen Elizabeth…

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Garland Making Workshop with Miesje Chafer

May 18 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Old Fire Station, 40 George Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2AQ United Kingdom
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£25

Make a summery (or Christmassy!) sewn garland with legendary designer/maker Miesje Chafer. All materials provided, and no experience is necessary. Age: 16+

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A Hundred Different Words For Love

May 23 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
The Old Fire Station, 40 George Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2AQ United Kingdom
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£10 - £14
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Three years ago, James met the love of his life. A year ago, they broke up. This is James’s story of falling in love and landing broken hearted. It’s also about him being Best Man of Honour at Sarah and Emma’s wedding. And it’s the story of a quest: to find the right words to make sense of love. A hilarious, heart-lifting story of romance, despair, and friendship – from one of the UK’s most acclaimed storytellers. Featuring live music,…

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OxPHWOARd: 2019 Pride Edition

May 24 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
The Old Fire Station, 40 George Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2AQ United Kingdom
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£12 - £18

In a glittering array of lip syncing, striptease and comedy, Ginger Tart and her cast are celebrating Oxford Pride the fabulous way. With some of the best in the subversive UK burlesque and drag scene, OxPHWOARd is an explosion of queer, neo and boundary-pushing cabaret: from the fierce and feisty to the silly and surreal. With a kitschy approach and a killer soundtrack, this charming show promises to gleefully annihilate preconceptions about gender, race, sexuality, and what it means to be sexy…

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Vinyl Collage Workshop

May 25 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
The Old Fire Station, 40 George Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2AQ United Kingdom
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£10

Work alongside print designer Katy Welsh to explore composition and the art of colour play. Taking inspiration from the Makers & Tools exhibition and the environment in the Old Fire Station, create your own abstract compositions and translate these into collage using hand-cut shapes. You will be working with brightly coloured stickyback vinyl, usually used for sign making and shop windows – Katy has discovered it is a great material for collage too! During the workshop, which is suitable for all skill levels,…

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Stardust

May 31 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
The Old Fire Station, 40 George Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2AQ United Kingdom
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£10 - £14

An unflinching original piece combining physical theatre, new writing and hand-drawn animation which takes you on an irreverent and impassioned journey into the dark heart of cocaine production. Provoked into action by the painful stigma left by the narco history of his country, Colombian artist and Blackboard founder Miguel Hernando Torres Umba unravels his own and the Western world’s responsibility for a trade that kills thousands in his homeland. Bringing together contrasting stories from a range of Colombian voices, Stardust tells the story of…

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June 2019

Romeo & Juliet

June 1 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
The Old Fire Station, 40 George Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2AQ United Kingdom
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£10 - £14

Following a sold out run at the Edinburgh Fringe 2018, Curious Pheasant Theatre present Romeo and Juliet. This LGBTQ+, all male production is a bold reimagining of William Shakespeare’s classic love story. The physical theatre piece will use two opposing rugby teams to ground the piece in the 21st century. When the two men meet, the integrity of both teams is compromised and the unyielding pride of men threatens to destroy all that they know. ★★★★ ‘A startling stroke of contemporary genius….an uplifting…

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The Noise Next Door – REMIX!!!

June 5 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Old Fire Station, 40 George Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2AQ United Kingdom
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£10 - £14

THE NOISE NEXT DOOR are the U.K’s premier improv comedy troupe who have taken the comedy world by storm. The boys are back with a brand spanking new, full length adult evening show The Noise Next Door – REMIX!!! Eight time sell-out veterans of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and one of the country’s most sought after comedy club headliners, The Noise Next Door leave audiences everywhere in awe of their lightning-quick wit and totally original comedic talents. They have been performing…

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Paul Mayhew-Archer: Incurable Optimist

June 6 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 8:00pm, repeating until June 7, 2019

The Old Fire Station, 40 George Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2AQ United Kingdom
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£12 - £16

The debut stand-up hour from the multi award-winning co-writer of The Vicar of Dibley. ★★★★★ “An entertaining hour with an engaging raconteur who refuses to take his illness too seriously” –  The Wee Review Paul’s co-written or worked on many much-loved comedy shows – I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue, Old Harry’s Game, Mrs Brown’s Boys, Spitting Image and Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot starring Dustin Hoffman and Judi Dench. Now Paul has Parkinson’s but he’s still laughing. Following his BBC One Documentary, Parkinson’s: The Funny Side (for which he…

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Raze Up: Development Day

June 8 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
The Old Fire Station, 40 George Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2AQ United Kingdom
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£20

It’s hard to drag up when business keeps on dragging you down. But don’t fear, Raze Collective have gathered together some renowned queer artists to give you a helping hand. We’re talking the nuts and bolts of the backend of showbiz. Think workshops on funding, marketing, contracts, producing and much much more! It will also be an opportunity for artists to network with peers and see some of the UK’s newest queer performance. A professional development day for queer artists…

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Raze Up: Performance Showcase

June 8 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
The Old Fire Station, 40 George Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2AQ United Kingdom
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£10

An evening of some of the UK’s newest, brightest, and badass queer performers. Raze Collective have commissioned exciting queer performers from around the country to create anything from high-brow performance art darling to a bloody good night out. Join us for Raze Collective’s first ever commission showcase and see three new pieces of risk-taking, celebratory and innovative new performance in one night. Special offer: Buy a ticket for the Development Day and Performance Showcase for just £25 (discounted from £30). Put a ticket…

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