An event for live theatre and dance professionals – the makers, bookers, venue managers, funders, producers and co-creators.

Come and see seventeen theatre and dance companies in one place on one day. See and hear about new work being made, developed and considered.

Five companies will be performing a fifteen minute extract of a tour ready play and pitching about it. A further dozen companies will be pitching about their work, projects in development, or at early seed stage and keen to discuss potential with producers and venues.

Start conversations, share what you want for the future, book shows, develop partnerships.

Invited audience and Oxfordshire Theatre Makers and Oxford Dance Forum members.

Places limited. Booking essential.


10.30am arrival and coffee

11am Splintered Itinerary ‘The Submission’ performance and pitch
Mime, clown, movement for grown ups

11.30 Pitches from:
Justice in Motion – physical theatre, highlighting social injustice, advocating positive social change
Tina Sederholm –  performance poet, theatre maker and mc
The Chaos Collective – physical comedy, clowning and dance, family friendly, wordless

11.50 WAWOW ‘Myles and Me’ performance and pitch
One woman direct to audience humorous show about living with a life-long medical condition

12.10 – 12.30 BREAK

12.30 Butterfingers in association with Cherwell Theatre Company: ‘Sam and Zoe v Evermore’ performance and pitch
Interactive game theatre exploring communication in relationships for 15-25 year olds

12.50 Pitches from:
Finch Theatre – Accessible puppetry and devised theatre for young people both disabled and able bodied
Out of Duck Theatre – puppetry storytelling, movement and clown for young people
Zena Forster ‘Stitch Up’- life affirming comedy about post-partum psychosis

13.05 – 14.00 LUNCH

14.05 Savage Heart ‘SMASH!’
highly physical piece around rage, power dynamics, charismatic leaders

14.25 Pitches from:
Miranda Laurence – Dance Audience Club inviting audiences to explore how they watch dance
Gemma Peramiquel – inviting venues to host open rehearsals in dance with low engagement communities
Living the Drama @#Penetration’ – political drama inspired by true stories, looking at the influence of social media on relationships
Miriam Higgins ‘Dreamscape’  – magic realist drama

14.45 – 15.00 BREAK

15.00 Anna Jefferson ACE talks

15.25 Pitches from:
Joel Kay – Historical piece around the Ashmolean museum
Planet B Productions ‘TRAFFIK’ – immersive theatre exploring human trafficking
Human Story Theatre – new writing on health and social care issues, shared light, shared space

15.30 Rowan Padmore ‘Run Stanley Run’ performance and pitch
Poetic one woman play set in Morecambe – funny, tender and bleak

16.00 CLOSE Networking and Bar

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.