• Duration: 90 minutes + interval
  • Tickets: Standard: £12 | Pay more: £14 | Pay less: £10
  • Company: Lewys Holt


A pair of solo dance pieces from Lewys Holt, shown in one night as a double-bill.

Your link to watch the show will be in your ticket confirmation e-mail.


Miscommunication and confusion are often things to be avoided but what if you just lay into them? What if there’s actually nothing else? Big questions. Existential meanderings. Don’t worry. I have a PowerPoint.

Phrases exists in a kind of ethereal space. Projections of stream of consciousness writing are paired with often improvised movement and discussions of communication to create a subtly humorous yet unnerving piece. Generally the piece expresses some kind of solidarity with the anxious and the confused and those who overthink. It doesn’t even really tell anyone that it’s going to be okay…it just kind of goes ‘I know…’. and strokes your head at same time as having it’s own little freak out.

★★★★ “its precisely-timed relationship to the projection makes for brilliantly relatable comedy… Holt holds the room with confidence and ease… Unpretentious, honest and thought-provoking, Holt offers a wonderful study in overthinking.” – Broadway Baby

★★★★ “Phrases is fun, eccentric and clever” – Voice Magazine

“ a very accomplished dancer, and it”s easy to just get lost watching him improvise.” – Exeunt Magazine


Footnotes are additional information at the bottom of the page. They can add some context to what is being discussed in the main text, helping the reader better understand the discussion or possibly suggest places for further research. At other times they are frightening glimpses into what the author is really thinking underneath it all.

Footnotes is a parody of an academic lecture that’s verbose and dense language  is frequently de-railed by footnotes that could entail any number of diversions including but not limited to dancing, oversharing, surreal narratives or flirting.

★★★★★ “I found it completely fascinating: funny, clever, at times distressing. It was exactly what I hoped to find at the Fringe.” – Darker Neon

★★★★ “Holt is a creative genius who certainly knows how to engage an audience… Footnotes is quirky, ridiculous and fantastic… Like a TED talk gone AWOL, Holt’s semi-improvised show is sure to entertain.” – Voice Magazine

“Holt has a gift for slapstick” – Fest Magazine

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.