• Duration: 75 minutes, no interval.
  • Tickets: £12/£10

Details

The Singapore/ UK ‘d’ Monologues

Playwright Kaite O’Reilly examines difference, disability and what it means to be human in a theatre collaboration between the UK and Singapore.

This multimedia theatrical performance incorporates spoken, visual and projected forms, and makes use of the aesthetics of access.

The performance is live-captioned throughout, with visual language/theatricalised BSL sequences.

touch tour of the set is available. Meet at the box office 1 hour before the performance.

And Suddenly I Disappear: The Singapore/ UK ‘d’ Monologues from nat lim on Vimeo.

This UK premiere production is the first multilingual, intercultural, Deaf and disability-led theatre project created between the UK and Singapore.

Directed by Phillip Zarrilli, the production features lead collaborator Peter Sau (SG), veteran disability arts practitioner/performer Sara Beer (UK), Deaf UK-based Singaporean Visual Language Director Ramesh Meyyappan, and Applied Theatre Practitioner/performer Grace Khoo (SG). Sophie Stone (UK) appears in pre-recorded video sequences while Garry Robson (UK), Macsen McKay (UK) are featured in guest performances.

Commissioned and supported by the Unlimited programme, celebrating the work of disabled artists, with funding from Arts Council Wales and British Council.

“The title stems from the phenomenon of wilful ignorance of the disabled in society, in terms of literally acting as if they were invisible, or the patronising way in which abled society treats them. As such, And Suddenly I Disappear then seeks to counter these assumptions and attitudes with a dose of poetry, anecdote and crip humour, presenting to audiences an authentic account of what it’s like to be disabled.”read the full review.

Parking & Access

Parking

Patrons with a disability are eligible for the concession ticket price for each show (if applicable), plus one free companion ticket. To book this, contact the ticket office: tickets@oldfirestation.org.uk or 01865 263990.

There is a captioned performance of our 2018 Christmas show Snowflake on 13 December, and a relaxed performance of the same show on 20 December. Click here.

On 24 & 25 January, Frozen Light Theatre bring their show The Isle Of Brimsker, designed for audiences with profound and multiple learning disabilities. Click here.

On 28 February, there is a captioned performance of Hymns For Robots. Click here.

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.

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Access

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 tickets@oldfirestation.org.uk) 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.

Facilities

Accessible toilet
There is an accessible toilet on the ground floor, accessible via platform lift. Other toilets are in the basement (accessible via lift).

Hearing assistance system
The Theatre is equipped with a hearing assistance system. If you have any questions about using it, please e-mail us at info@oldfirestation.org.uk or phone 01865 263980.

Assistance dogs
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 info@oldfirestation.org.uk.

Strobe lighting
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 info@oldfirestation.org.uk.