- Duration: 1 hour approx.
- Tickets: £5 | This is a work in progress
- Company: Aaron Simmonds
- Ages: 16+
“A Comedian going places”*
Join the 2017 BBC New Comedy Award finalist and wheelchair enthusiast as he tells you about how his first paid gig led to him performing on BBC2 a year later, and what happens when you are being trolled online for not being disabled enough.
Aaron is far better at stand-up than standing up and his unique perspective on life – usually of people’s belly buttons – gives him a distinctive edge in his performances as well as a sore neck.
*Places with wheelchair access.
This is a work in progress.
Part of Offbeat, Oxford’s genre-bending festival of new work.
“A class act” – Chortle
Jewish Comedian Of The Year 2017
Aaron Simmonds was a BBC New Comedy Award finalist in 2017. He also won Jewish Comedian Of The Year in the same year. His credits include BBC At The Edinburgh Festivals (BBC Two) and the BBC New Comedy Award (BBC Radio 4). He’s also been seen and heard on BBC Three, BBC Radio 4 Extra and BBC Radio 5 Live. Aaron has recently filmed a BBC Quickie with Brennan Reece and Rosie Jones.
Aaron performed a work-in-progress show called, Aaron Simmonds And The Person That He Loves, at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe. He’s also performed at the Leicester Comedy Festival and Nottingham Comedy Festival as well as at comedy clubs around the UK including Funhouse Comedy, Angel Comedy and The Comedy Store (Manchester).
Aaron is a professionally-trained personal trainer, and a former international basketball player and world champion powerlifter.
Parking & Access
There are a number of Blue Badge parking spaces nearby on Beaumont Street, and more on New Inn Hall Street and St Giles.
The closest car park is Gloucester Green Car Park, accessed via Gloucester Street.
If you have any questions or concerns, the City Council’s Access Officer can be reached at 01865 249811.Car parks in Oxford Blue Badge information Public transport in Oxford
Patrons with a disability are eligible for one free companion ticket with their booking. To book this, contact the ticket office: firstname.lastname@example.org or 01865 263990.
There are two entrances to the Old Fire Station: 40 George Street via the foyer, and on Gloucester Green via the shop. Both are step-free. If you are coming to a show, we ask that you use the George Street entrance, as the Gloucester Green entrance is not always open.
There is level entry to the foyer of the Old Fire Station, and step-free access to the main Theatre (where most shows take place) and Studio space via lift. All spaces in the building are wheelchair-accessible via lift apart from the Theatre balcony and the Loft. If an event is in the Loft, this will be clearly stated on the event’s web page.
If you are a wheelchair user attending a sit-down show, space will be reserved for you. If you are attending a standing gig, please contact us (call Alex on 01865 263980 or e-mail email@example.com) and we will talk with you about your needs.
There are six steps leading up to the Loft space. If you would like to discuss hire of the space, or any of the events taking place in the Loft, please get in touch.
We try to programme as much accessible work as we can.
Too Pretty To Punch, Saturday 22 February, 7.30pm. Click here.
The Glass Will Shatter, Wednesday 15 April, 7.30pm. Click here.
Juliet & Romeo, Friday 27 March, 7.30pm. Click here.
Medicine’s Monstrous Daughters, Thursday 16 April, 7.30pm. This show also has pre-recorded audio description tracks available. Click here.
A video showing the foyer, the theatre door and the accessible toilet, from the George Street entrance.
There is an accessible toilet on the ground floor, accessible via platform lift. Other toilets are in the basement (accessible via lift).
All types of assistance and guide dogs are welcome at the Old Fire Station. It would be great if you could let us know in advance if you will be bringing a working dog to any performances – just e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will warn visitors on the website and in the foyer of the venue if a performance is going to contain strobe lighting. If lighting affects you, and you have any concerns, please call Alex on 01865 263980 or e-mail email@example.com.