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Please note this event is taking place at Florence Park

Meet at the Florence Park Road entrance, and you will be guided to the specific location, about 3 minutes walk away. No need to book – just turn up!

 

When time feels warped and our bodies feel rushed maybe it’s time to slow down.

Thomas Page Dances is bringing a bit of magic to corners of Florence Park for this year’s Christmas Light Festival with their sound and dance performance Creating on Borrowed Time.

With four performances happening throughout the day – to mark the sunrise, midday, sunset and dark – and evolving as they follow the cycle of light, Creating on Borrowed Time is a piece for right now – the post-lockdown world, the longing for normality, the anxiety to “fit everything in”, the urge to live on borrowed time.

Catch the fluid movement of the four dancers in casual street-wear as they surreptitiously create space and expand time like alchemists of the intangible. On an otherwise completely normal Saturday in the Park, their magnetic pull transports you to a place where our sense of Time, in turns, stretches and shrinks.

Listen out for the sound of breath, amplified, becoming the score that dancers move to. The sound of someone’s toes on the ground, the heel of the foot, resonating across the park to remind us that the present moment is all there is. This foot. This movement. This body. This heart. Those organic sounds slowly morph into an electronic music world of subterranean beats and interrupted trains of thought, rushing to catch themselves before another day folds.

 

Note: advertised times are times of arrival; the performance will start within 10 minutes.

Meet at the Florence Park Road entrance, and you will be guided to the specific location, about 3 minutes walk away.

Co-commissioned by Arts at the Old Fire Station and OCM in collaboration with the Oxford City Council specifically for this year’s Christmas Light Festival.

Parking & Access

Parking

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

Disabled patrons are eligible for one free companion ticket with their booking. To book this, contact the ticket office: tickets@oldfirestation.org.uk 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 tickets@oldfirestation.org.uk) 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.

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 tickets@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 tickets@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 the ticket office on 01865 263990 or e-mail tickets@oldfirestation.org.uk.

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 tickets@oldfirestation.org.uk and we can discuss how to make your visit more comfortable.