• Duration: 1 hour, 15 minutes
  • Tickets: £12/£10
  • Company: Tightrope


‘We’ll get to know each other in no time. It’s always the way in an open-plan office. Nothing private, nothing hidden. You hear it all. At the printers. By the water cooler. In the multi-faith room. Honestly you wouldn’t believe.’

Julie mans the phones and fetches the coffee in the office. While her younger, flashier colleagues file into Pret at lunchtime, or clock off early at 5, Julie stays at her desk, counting her pens and colour-coding her post-it notes: never slacking, never complaining. Julie doesn’t mind moving desks to make way for Trish, the new office intern. Julie doesn’t mind that Trish is now doing all of her work. Julie doesn’t mind swapping her pen and paper for rubber gloves and scrubbing the staff toilets instead—it’s all in a day’s work, after all.

It’s also the day of the annual office audit. Profits are down, the numbers aren’t adding up—and all fingers point to Tom, the one-man finance department. But Tom is nowhere to be seen: the last anyone heard, he had barricaded himself into his office and unplugged the phone.

Hundreds of thousands of pounds have gone missing—and so has the company boss, Mark.

Dining Al Desko is a corporate comedy by Alastair Curtis, starring Julia Pilkington and Christopher Page.

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


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.


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.