• Duration: 2 hours approx.
  • Tickets: Book your place and pay what you can on the door.
  • Company: Human Story Theatre
  • Ages: 12+


Human Story Theatre focuses on new writing with a health and social care issue at heart.

This is a chance to hear extracts from two new plays by local playwrights, Rowan Padmore (Run Stanley Run) and HST’s Gaye Poole (Happily Even After). Brought alive by professional actors in an intimate setting. 1 hr of ‘script-in-hand’ drama plus 1 hr of discussion with the writers, director & actors.

Please note: there is no wheelchair access to the Loft.

Run Stanley Run: a new poetic play about bereavement and loss set in a northern seaside town. Stanley has run away from school, but will anybody notice?

Rowan Padmore is a writer and performer, a graduate of Writing for Performance at Ruskin College, Oxford and was selected for Playhouse Playmaker writers attachment scheme at Oxford Playhouse. She has written several plays including Sawdust for Hidden Spire at Arts at the Old Fire Station.

Happily Even After: written from the survivors accounts of domestic abuse the play explores for ‘better or worse’ how relationships develop.

Gaye Poole co-runs Human Story Theatre and thus far  has written for HST: Connie’s Colander about dementia (still touring), Flat 73 about loneliness and DRY about alcoholism. She has also written Memory Exchange (Oxford Concert Party) and 6 Women (UnderConstruction Theatre Company).

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


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 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.

We try to programme as much accessible work as we can.

Captioned shows

The Glass Will Shatter, Wednesday 15 April, 7.30pm. Click here.

Jeremiah, Wednesday 6 May, 7.30pm. Click here.

Fragments, Friday 22 – Saturday 23 May. Click here.

BSL-interpreted performances

Juliet & Romeo, Friday 27 March, 7.30pm. Click here.

Medicine’s Monstrous Daughters, Thursday 16 April, 7.30pm. This show also has pre-recorded audio description tracks available. Click here.


A video showing the foyer, the theatre door and the accessible toilet, from the George Street 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 Alex on 01865 263980 or e-mail tickets@oldfirestation.org.uk.