Chrissie is a thirteen-year-old girl and a budding climate change campaigner. She writes a petition to stop the opening of a new oil well near her seaside town of Skiddle, but her family just don’t get it! When a huge storm hits Skiddle, Chrissie reluctantly gets roped into helping a strange old lady. To Chrissie’s surprise, she finds an unlikely ally with a big secret.

Chrissie and the Skiddle Witch is a musical storytelling show about climate change for older children (8+), teens and their families, written and performed by duo Geologise Theatre. It is a warm and funny story about a family trying to adapt to a changing world and connect across generational divides.

The show was inspired by conversations with climate researchers and is grounded in climate science.

What our audience said:

“It made me want to send a message to world leaders”

“I wish the show could come to my school!”

“Excellent, clearly explained the problem but also showed a passion for solutions”

Geologise Theatre is a collaboration between Roberta Wilkinson and Matthew Kemp. They have been writing and performing shows themed around science and the environment for children and young people since 2016. When they’re not doing that, they are PhD students in Earth Sciences at the University of Oxford. Join them as they return to the stage with their unique blend of storytelling, science and songs, with an original script by Roberta Wilkinson and live onstage accompaniment and score by Matthew Kemp.

Content note:

Performance suitable for ages 8+.

The show explores themes of climate anxiety and family conflict. If you would like to know more, you can contact us using the form at


This event is supported by Oxfordshire County Council and is part of Oxfordshire Great Big Green Week.

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.

Getting here

We are committed to reducing our carbon footprint, but we need your help. Use ecoway, our sustainable travel planner, to see the most eco-friendly options for your journey to Old Fire Station, and plan a bespoke and flexible route. ecoway is easy to use and you’ll be kept up to date with any disruption or changes to your journey plan.

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Disabled patrons are eligible for one free companion ticket with their booking. To book this, contact the ticket office: 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.

Events in the Theatre

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).

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 the ticket office on 01865 263990 or e-mail and we will talk with you about your needs.

Events in the Studio

There is level entry into the foyer of the Old Fire Station, and step-free access to the Studio.

Events in the Loft

There are six steps leading up to the Loft space, with no lift. If you would like to discuss this to find out more, please get in touch.

The Gallery

There is step-free access to the Gallery – level entry through the George Street entrance, and via lift from the Gloucester Green entrance.


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 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

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 the ticket office on 01865 263990 or e-mail

Chairs in the theatre
Our chairs are a standard dining-chair size, measuring 40cm deep by 37cm wide, with a metal frame. Some have arms, and some do not. They are all joined together at the sides, to form rows. If this is likely to pose a problem for you, please email and we can discuss how to make your visit more comfortable.