• Duration: 1 hour approx.
  • Tickets: Book your place, then pay what you can on the door.
  • Company: Crisis Skylight Oxford
  • Ages: 16+

Details

Join us for a unique opportunity to see the wide range of creative work that goes on behind the normally closed doors of Crisis Skylight Oxford. In a relaxed and informal performance we will share examples of the creative writing, acting, music and art work made by people that are homeless.

The evening will include a scratch performance of Peggy’s Super Soupers, a new play being written and devised by Crisis clients in the Acting and Writing class. Peggy’s Super Soupers is set in a local soup kitchen where the lonely, dispossessed and sometimes downright weird gather together to enjoy the warmth not only of Peggy’s soup but of each others company.

We run more than 500 creative classes a year at Crisis Skylight Oxford, providing a safe space to relax, get creative, interact with others and re-engage with the world after the trauma of homelessness​. In fact, for many Crisis clients, arts classes are the first steps on their journey out of homelessness. The sense of achievement and recognition can be a catalyst for positive change.

Crisis Skylight Oxford offers education, training and support to adults that are homeless, at risk of becoming homeless or have been homeless in the last two years. In everything we do we are committed to ending homelessness. This work takes place at The Old Fire Station, a building we share with Arts at the Old Fire Station.

Please be aware that this is an informal sharing of work by people that are homeless, not a professional performance.

Parking & Access

Parking

Patrons with a disability 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 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.