Old Fire Station

Old Fire Station
40 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2AQ
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This multi-arts venue was originally a fire station from 1894–1971. Since then it has been used as a rehearsal space, nightclub, theatre and gallery before a major refurbishment in 2010. Reopening in 2011 with a shop, gallery, theatre, studios and café as well as incorporating a centre for training homeless people run by Crisis Skylight Oxford.

Conveniently situated next to Gloucester Green bus station or just five minutes walk from Oxford railway station.

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There are 30 events at this location

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30 Christmases

'Christmas Eve, eleven years ago, was the last time we saw Dad. Oh, hello, I'm Jonny. This is my sister Rachel. And this is Paddy, who's… always there.' Jonny and Rachel haven't had a good Christmas in years, but this time they're going to get it right. A joyful and heartfelt comedy about trying to make Christmas happen…

Tue 13 Dec

£10–£15 / 01865 263980

Wed 14 Dec

£10–£15 / 01865 263980

Thu 15 Dec

£10–£15 / 01865 263980

…and 7 more dates until 23 Dec

All My Sons

Joe and Kate Keller are a comfortable American couple living with the loss one of their sons in World War II. Joe runs a successful business, while Kate hasn't given up hope that their son will return home one day. But when their surviving son reveals a budding romance, old wounds are opened - and out of the festering…

Thu 8 Dec

£14 (£12) / 01865 263980

Fri 9 Dec

£14 (£12) / 01865 263980

Sat 10 Dec

£14 (£12) / 01865 263980

The Anti-Slam

The Anti-Slam returns to Oxford for its fourth glorious year. Contrary to a conventional slam, where the poet with the best poem and most authentic performance is judged the winner, the Anti-Slam crowns the worst poet with the lowest score as its champion. We've challenged Oxford's finest performance poets to be…

Sat 28 Jan 2017

£10 (£9) / 01865 263980

Bare Knuckle Parade

A must for fans of The Gaslight Anthem and Augustines, indie rockers Bare Knuckle Parade formed in a pub during a drunken conversation between friends and instantly became a hit in their hometown of Bath, with their unpredictable chaotic live shows and a vast catalogue of contagious songs. Early fans from the likes of…

Sat 8 Apr 2017


Beatrice, an unlikely heroine in a story of not-so-everyday survival, sits in isolation, waiting for the outcome of a forced mental health assessment. She loved Bowie, the Buzzcocks and the Bay City Rollers back in the day, and now revisits a personal history she only just remembers. But there is an important detail she…

Thu 9 Feb 2017

£12 ( £10) / 01865 263980

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Chris Wood

Chris Wood is an uncompromising writer whose music reveals his love for the un-official history of the English speaking people. With gentle intelligence he weaves the tradition with his own contemporary parables. Collaborators have included Martin Carthy, Billy Bragg, Karine Polwart and The Imagined Village. On stage…

Tue 7 Mar 2017

£14–£16 / 01865 263980

Create Ceramic Christmas Decorations

Create your own ceramic Christmas decorations using the agateware technique: marbling different colours of clay together to create a striking pattern. All ceramics will be fired in a kiln, and will be available for collection at a later date. You don't need to have any previous experience with clay - artist Ellen Love is…

Sat 10 Dec

£10 / 01865 263980

Croft & Pearce Are Not Themselves

The stars of BBC Radio 4's 'The Croft & Pearce Show' (2016), 'Spirit of the Edinburgh Fringe' award-winners and recipients of the official Edinburgh Fringe (2016) TOTAL SELL OUT SHOW laurel, present their brand new sketch show! Don't miss out as they are 'fast making names for themselves across the UK comedy scene…

Thu 23 Feb 2017

£12 ( £10) / 01865 263980

Dare Devil Rides to Jarama

Townsend Productions presents a new play by Neil Gore about Clem Beckett, his unlikely friendship with literary critic, writer and poet Christopher Caudwell and the International Brigades' fight against fascism.

Thu 16 Feb 2017

£12; £10 adv / 01865 263980

The Diary Of A Hounslow Girl

You've heard of an Essex Girl or even a Chelsea Girl - but what is a Hounslow Girl? From traditional Pakistani weddings to fights on the night bus, The Diary of a Hounslow Girl is told through the eyes of a hooped-earring, headscarf-wearing 16 year old British Muslim girl growing up in West London. A funny, bold…

Fri 17 Mar 2017

£12 ( £10) / 01865 263980

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The Epstein

The Epstein are an integral part of the ever burgeoning Oxford roots/Americana scene, alongside numerous luminaries such as The Dreaming Spires, The August List, Ags Connolly, The Great Western Tears & Francis Pugh & The Whisky Singers to name but a few! They'll be playing tracks from the new album Burn the…

Sat 25 Feb 2017

£11 / 01865 263980

The Epstein + Sean Taylor

The Epstein are an integral part of the ever burgeoning Oxford roots/Americana scene, alongside numerous luminaries such as The Dreaming Spires, The August List, Ags Connolly, The Great Western Tears & Francis Pugh & The Whisky Singers to name but a few! They'll be playing tracks from the new album Burn the…

Sat 25 Feb 2017

Fish Eye

Theatre Alibi presents Daniel Jamieson's dark comedy exploring how the hacking of every inch of our lives has run way out of control.

Tue 14 Mar 2017

£13 (£11) / 01865 263980


Haptic: Relating to the sense of touch, in particular relating to the perception and manipulation of objects using the senses of touch, from the Greek haptikos 'able to touch or grasp' Tacit: Understood or implied without being stated, from Latin tacitus, past participle of tacere 'be silent'. Artistic networks are…

Fri 13 Jan 2017

Free / 01865 263980

Sat 14 Jan 2017

Free / 01865 263980

Tue 17 Jan 2017

Free / 01865 263980

…and 14 more dates until 2 Mar 2017

Hope & Social

Hope and Social are a band who do things a little bit differently. They wear blue jackets and play mind-blowing, balls-to-the-floor, anything-for-a-laugh, much-more-for-a-tear, heart-on-your-sleeve, foot-on-your-monitor gigs. They count BBC Radio 2's Mark Radcliffe and BBC Radio 1's Greg James as fans and describe…

Thu 26 Jan 2017

£11 / 01865 263980

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How We Think We Think

When Tom witnesses the suicide of a stranger he has had a chance encounter with on the London Underground, he makes it his mission to understand why the events unfolded as they did. He tears apart his own world view while trying to piece together the life and mind of a man he will never know. HOW WE THINK WE THINK is a…

Sat 29 Apr 2017

I Am Acrylic Jewellery Workshop

A workshop for complete beginners - or for those who know a bit about jewellery making, but would like to learn how to work with acrylic. In the two and a half hour session, Ruth & Brendan (who design and sell jewellery under the name I Am Acrylic) will teach you how to design, hand-cut, hand finish and then assemble…

I am Beast

Sparkle and Dark use puppetry to bring to life this tale of superheroes.

Sat 4 Mar 2017

£12 (£10) / 01865 263980

Jonny & The Baptists: Eat The Poor

In 2009, David Cameron forgot how many houses he owned. Within five years, homelessness doubled. Setting out to explore the gap between rich and poor, Jonny & the Baptists' lives turn upside down when Jonny betrays Paddy for financial gain. As Jonny enjoys a wealth of parties with Andrew Lloyd Webber and marries Jerry…

Thu 30 Mar 2017

£12 (£10) / 01865 263980

Josie Long: Something Better

The politically astute Sidcup-born comedian, who took part in the Channel 4 show Celebrity Island With Bear Grylls as part of the Stand Up To Cancer campaign, waxes lyrical about optimism, hopefulness and the giddy joys of surrounding yourself with people you can look up to.

Thu 2 Feb 2017

£14; £12 adv / 01865 263980

Sat 4 Feb 2017

£14; £12 adv / 01865 263980

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Meet Fred

Meet Fred, the two foot tall cloth puppet who fights prejudice every day. He just wants to be a regular guy, part of the real world, to get a job and meet a girl, but when threatened with losing his PLA (Puppetry Living Allowance), Fred's life begins to spiral out of his control. Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016 sell out…

Thu 9 Mar 2017

£12 (£10) / 01865 263980

O No!

A psychedelic ride, and a wonky homage to the woman damned for destroying the Beatles, O No! borrows Yoko Ono's art instructions to ask whether falling in love is always catastrophic. A sell-out success and one of the most talked about shows of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015. It's about reckless optimism, avant-garde…

Fri 28 Apr 2017

£12 ( £10) / 01865 263980

Paul Foot: Tis a Pity She's a Piglet

Surreal and chaotic humour from the 2013 Sydney Comedy Award-winning stand-up.

Fri 3 Feb 2017

The Psychic Project

A mind-reading show based on the true story of the Cold War's psychic spies. In 1972, the Cold War took an unusual turn. The CIA learnt that Russia was investing in mind-control research and achieving some remarkable results. Not wanting to be left behind, US scientists began a secret project to train civilians as psychic…

Fri 27 Jan 2017

£10 (£8) / 01865 263980

Rachel Parris: Best Laid Plans

Comedian Rachel Parris, star of Austentatious, The IT Crowd and BBC 2's Murder In Successville, presents her award-nominated show. Best Laid Plans is a mixture of her trademark musical comedy anthems, which have been heard on BBC Radio 4 and BBC 6 Music, and "endearingly frank and funny" stand-up; It's about a break-up…

Fri 31 Mar 2017

£12 (£10) / 01865 263980

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Shades of Black

Finding space and visibility for back people drives Sonia Latchford's art. Her portraits are specifically of black people. She plays on stereotypes of black people in western culture to bring her subjects into three dimensions, showing their lived experience. The black body is not only recognised, but celebrated. The…

Tue 14 Mar 2017

Free / 01865 263980

Spillikin - A Love Story

It's the '70s. Sally likes Debbie Harry, Raymond likes making robots; they're an unlikely pair. Flash forward to 2030. After a long, childless and sometimes bumpy marriage, Sally has Alzheimers. Before Raymond died he created a robot, uploaded with his memories, to keep her company. It's the ultimate love letter from…

Fri 10 Feb 2017

£12 ( £10) / 01865 263980

Sat 11 Feb 2017

£12 ( £10) / 01865 263980


Ambition. Subjugation. Immortality. Yellow Earth Theatre presents Christopher Marlowe's thrilling, controversial, and at times darkly comical story of Tamburlaine, the Scythian shepherd who rises to power through violence to conquer Central Asia, the Middle East, and half of Europe. An all-women company play Tamburlaine…

Thu 13 Apr 2017

£12 (£10) / 01865 263980

Fri 14 Apr 2017

£12 (£10) / 01865 263980

Sat 15 Apr 2017

£12 (£10) / 01865 263980

The Vanishing Man

Show based on the Edwardian magician Hugo Cedar who is said to have disappeared forever, featuring director and performer Simon Evans and directed by David Aula.

Sat 18 Feb 2017

£12 (£10) / 01865 263980

Wild Willy Barrett's French Connection

You won't find another band like Wild Willy Barrett's French Connection. From a Parisian cafe via a Dublin Hooley to a New Orleans party with rip-roaring fiddle & banjo. Imagine stumbling across a smoky back street bar, late night jam. Django Reinhardt & The Pogues. Robert Johnson accompanies Edith Piaf. Bob…

Sat 22 Apr 2017

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