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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, Rachel Mae Brady (Wolf Tamer) and Gaye Poole (DRY). Brought alive by professional actors in an intimate setting, directed by Lizzy McBain. 1 hr of drama plus 1 hr Q&A discussion with the writers, cast & director.

Wolf Tamer: Rachel has just lost her hero, her uncle Neil who has died unexpectedly in a tragic incident. In the wake of his death she becomes reclusive, struggling to leave the house. To make sense of her loss she must travel back in time and revisit the magical stories her uncle told her as a child. Based on the performer’s own experiences, this solo show is a candid, dark and often humorous exploration of grief and love.

Rachel Mae Brady is an Oxford based actor and writer, originally from Dublin. She has performed with various local theatre companies including Creation Theatre (she played the title role in Alice), UnderContruction Theatre, The Pegasus Theatre and Leaning House. In 2012 she wrote, directed and performed in two shows for Red Beast Theatre; Gothic Horror and A Dublin Christmas Carol. Wolf Tamer is Rachel’s first one woman show, both as a playwright and performer.

DRY: The Wilsons may be middle class and middle aged but there is nothing middling about their alcohol intake. Can they keep the ‘toxic’ out of ‘intoxicated’ and keep the family together, or is it a case of sorrows drowned?

Gaye Poole initially trained as a general and psychiatric nurse, before retraining as an actor at East 15 Acting School. As a playwright her work includes: Memory Exchange for Oxford Concert Party’s tours of nursing homes; Connie’s Colander about Dementia which is still touring and Flat 73, both for Human Story Theatre and 6 Women for UnderConstruction Theatre. Gaye has recently been commissioned to write a play to commemorate The Mulberry Bush School’s 70th anniversary. DRY will be premiering at OFS and then touring in January 2018.

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.