• Duration: 1 hour approx.
  • Tickets: Free - please book your place
  • Company: Oxford Stanza 2


Poets from Oxford Stanza 2 and Dada war alles gut from Oxford’s twin city Bonn will continue their collaboration begun in August 2017, reading poems which speak to the current state of the world – humorous, encouraging, off-beat, adventurous – with music from Arne Richards of the Oxford Concert Party.

There will be a collection in aid of the DEC Indonesia Tsunami appeal at the end of the performance.

About the event

Bill Jenkinson of Oxford Stanza 2 and Eva Wal of Dada war alles gut began their collaboration with a public reading in Remigius Platz, Bonn in August 2017, given by members of both groups to celebrate the opening of Oxford artist Diana Bell’s participatory art project The Big Question Mark, which in turn was one of the events which marked the 70th anniversary of the friendship between both cities. Both poets are fascinated with each other’s language, even though as is sadly almost always the case, Eva’s English is much better than Bill’s German!

Both groups believe that the right place for poetry is outside, in the real world, dealing with life in a way everyone would recognise. Both groups are fascinated by poetry and art as creative languages for the sharing of common and diverse experiences. One of the highlights of Oxford Stanza 2’s visit to Bonn was Eva’s workshop – in both English and German – on the sculpture of Henry Moore at the stunning Arp Museum at Remagen, which led to poems in English and German which were translated and shared between the two groups. This month the two groups are combining to run two free creative workshops for all ages at the Pitt Rivers Museum, at 10 and 2pm on Thursday 25th October, on the theme of Intrepid Women and Extraordinary Adventures.

The reading on Friday 26th October at the Old Fire Station will be the first since August in Bonn. The theme will be “Poetry in a Bottle: Messages to the Outside World”, playing on the aleatory or chance element in the reception of a poem: it’s like a message in a bottle thrown on the waters at the start of a hazardous journey towards a reader, but also on the poem as a means of communicating concerns of a universal nature. These concerns include a deep affection towards each other as well as care for the relationship between our two twinned cities, which we hope to bring to life in shared enjoyment.

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.

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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.