• Duration: 2 hour show + Interval (Finish 10 pm)
  • Tickets: Standard: £8 | Pay more: £10 | Pay less: £6
  • Company: Tina Sederholm
  • Ages: 16+
  • Extras: Held in the OFS Cafe


How do you make sense of a world that’s more chaotic than ever? With poetry, of course! Join Tina Sederholm and her gang of spoken word legends, including Danny Chivers, Clare Bold and Em Pritchard as they play silly word games in a loose poetry meets Taskmaster mash-up. Featuring an extended set from poetry pop-culture powerhouse and UK Poetry Slam Champion Tyrone Lewis, to celebrate the Oxford launch of his latest collection 2Black 2Furious.

Audience participation encouraged but not obligatory. There may, or may not, be prizes.


Host Tina Sederholm is the veteran of seven Edinburgh Fringes. She has toured her five spoken word shows, including Till Debt Us Do Part and Everything Wrong With you Is Beautiful, all over the UK. She has been variously described as ‘Completely spellbinding’ ***** (edfringereview.com) and ‘Dripping with hope, acceptance, and grounding self-mockery’ ***** (ThreeWeeks). Her latest show, book and podcast are all conveniently called This Is Not Therapy.

Danny Chivers, former Hammer & Tongue Slam Champion and the co-founder of BP or to Not BP?, who campaigned for over a decade against the greenwashing of the arts, has been coerced out of retirement to share his brilliantly incisive words.

Cheltenham Poetry Slam Champion Clare Bold will be exhorting us to ‘use our indoor voices please’ and Em Pritchard, with their MA in Poetry and Poetics from the University of York, will be endeavouring to inject some class into the evening.

Featured Poet, Tyrone Lewis, is a UK Poetry Slam Champion, Roundhouse Poetry Slam Champion and Axis Poetry Slam Champion. His second collection 2Black2Furious looks at what family can be: linked by blood, heritage, found and chosen. He intersects this with his exploration on race, and continues to ask the question – what does it truly mean to be Black in a world weighted with perception?

There’s also some Avril thrown in too, because you can’t go wrong with some Avril.

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

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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.