• Tickets: £10
  • Company: Richard Marsh
  • Ages: 12+
  • Extras: In the Theatre

Details

Ash is the ultimate one-man band: guitarist, pianist, drummer… and dad.

When wannabe rock god Ash Phoenix (talented, charming, unknown) unexpectedly becomes a father, there’s only room for one star in the family. And it isn’t him. Ash isn’t raising hell – he’s raising a kid… alone.

Music is really hard to combine with a small child. It’s noisy, it’s unsettled, the hours are terrible. Which is also true of music. And it’s hard to make it big when you’re constantly walking on Lego.

Every note you hear in this one-man musical is played live by an insanely gifted musician. Phoenix is not only a spellbindingstory – it’s a virtuoso feat by star Andy Gallo, who single-handedly creates the soundtrack before your very ears, while playing every part in the show. The man’s like a cuddly octopus – who can sing.

This new musical comedy heartbreaker comes from no. 1 songwriter Jessica Sharman and Richard Marsh, Fringe First winner (Dirty Great Love Story), BBC Audio Drama Award Best Comedy winner (Love & Sweets).

Lucy Jane Atkinson directs Phoenix – an uplifting heartbreak banger of a show. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll rock.

Part of Offbeat, Oxford’s genre-bending festival of new work.

Praise for previous work:

★★★★★ “Warmly and fuzzily recommended.” – Independent

★★★★ “This is the kind of show that simultaneously restores your faith in human nature and the Fringe. (… ) Bliss.” – Telegraph

★★★★ ‘One of the most enjoyable finds at this year’s Fringe.’ – Evening Standard

★★★★ ‘Gloriously, upliftingly, unapologetically heart-warming. You leave with a tear in your eye and a generally restored faith in humanity.’ – Fest

★★★★ ‘Poignant, funny, well observed… a properly lovely piece of theatre.’ – Exeunt

ABOUT THE COMPANY

Jon Tarcy (Ash Phoenix): theatre includes Julius Caesar, Anthony & Cleopatra, Titus Andronicus (RSC). TV includes Sound of Music Live (ITV), Stan Lee’s Lucky Man (Sky).

Jessica Sharman (music & lyrics) is a London-based songwriter/producer, working with a variety of artists including Ward Thomas, Áine Cahill, Belle Mt and Hannah Grace.

Richard Marsh (book, music & lyrics): Previous shows include Dirty Great Love Story (Fringe First, co-written with Katie Bonna), Skittles aka Love & Sweets (Radio 4: BBC Audio Drama Award for Best Scripted Comedy), Son of Rambow (The Other Palace).

Director: Leah Fogo. Credits include: Half Me, Half You (Tristan Bates, The Tabard, Fresh Fruit Festival NYC), The 43 Club (The Other Palace), Unravelling (Union Theatre), Vines (Theatre N16) & Legless (Theatre 503). Leah has been a finalist in the Stiles & Drewe Best New Song Prize in 2016 & 2018.

Musical Supervisor: Scott Stait.

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.

Car parks in Oxford Blue Badge information Public transport in Oxford

Access

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 Last Noël, Thursday 19 December, 3pm & 8pm. Click here.
Too Pretty To Punch, Saturday 22 February 2020, 7.30pm. Click here.
The Glass Will Shatter, Wednesday 15 April. Click here.

Relaxed performances

The Last Noël, Thursday 12 December, 3pm & 8pm. Click here.

BSL performances

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

Video

A video showing the foyer, the theatre door and the accessible toilet, from the George Street 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 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.