• Duration: 1 hour
  • Tickets: Standard: £15 | Pay more: £17 | Pay less: £13
  • Extras: This performance will be interpreted in BSL.

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This show contains references to child abuse, and a description of childbirth.

Jonny does not know his Dad. He is very suddenly a Dad. ‘Forgiveness’ is a new solo show about the cycles of abuse that form and affect who we are; if and how we can escape them and move on. A show about how the stories we tell about our lives become the stories we live and relive. A show about reluctant fathers, bad life choices and one very unfortunate chicken.

Hilarious and heartbreaking in equal measure, ‘Forgiveness’ shows how despite a childhood shattered by abuse it can be possible to reach a place of peace.

Jonny Donahoe is the co-creator and performer of ‘Every Brilliant Thing’, which he performed more than four hundred times over four continents, including five months off-Broadway. The show was eventually filmed and screened on HBO. He is also the frontman of musical-comedy-satirists, Jonny and The Baptists.

This performance will be followed by a Q&A with performer Jonny Donahoe, and director Poppy Burton-Morgan.

“Painfully honest, funny, joyous – indeed, brilliant” – The Guardian (on Every Brilliant Thing)

“Hilarious and moving throughout, will make you laugh until you cry and probably cry until you laugh, too. A must-see.” – Sunday Post (on Jonny & the Baptists)

About Jonny

Jonny Donahoe is an actor, comedian, playwright, screenwriter, broadcaster, musician, orthodox off-spinner, decent slip-catcher, capable swimmer. 

He is the frontman of musical-comedy-satirists, Jonny and The Baptists, as well regularly performing stand-up in his own right. His play “30 Christmases”, (starring himself and Rachel Parris), premiered at The Old Fire Station in Oxford, before transferring to the New Diorama Theatre in London. Upcoming is a twelve-part series on parenthood with real-life partner Josie Long called Josie and Jonny Are Having a Baby (With You)” for American Podcast Network, Stitcher. 

 “One of the funniest plays you’ll ever see … and a phenomenally engaging performance from Jonny Donahoe”  – Lyn Gardner in The Guardian  on  Every Brilliant Thing 

”The duo have the political edge of 80s alternative comedy but Jonny Donahoe has the pop soul voice to win X Factor”Stewart Lee in The Observer  on  Jonny & The Baptists 

 “Jonny Donahoe’s intimate, funny and heartbreaking confessional family drama … a Christmas story with a heart and a real twist”  – Mark Shenton in The Stage  on  30 Christmases 

“Jonny Donahoe is smart, endearingly charming, unfailingly polite and genuinely engaged by his subject. Hardly like a stand-up comic at all. This is a lovely hour from a lovely man.”Kate Copstick in The Scotsman  on  Jonny’s Stand-Up 

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.