• Duration: 1 hour
  • Tickets: Free (Friends Only)


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Writer of our 2018 Christmas show Snowflake, Mike Bartlett, in discussion with the writer of our 2019 Christmas show The Last Noël, Chris Bush.

Come and have a drink in our bar, hear all about our best picks from our new season, and then be part of this Q&A between Mike and Chris. Get a rare insight into both of their writing processes, and hear more about Chris’s plans for this year’s show.

Mike Bartlett is a triple Oliver award winning playwright, best known for Doctor Foster, King Charles III, and Press. His play Snowflake was written for the Old Fire Station last year, and received numerous five star reviews, as well as being chosen by The Times as one of the top ten plays in the UK for the year (2018).

Chris Bush is an award-winning playwright and artistic director. She is best known for her 2007 work TONY! The Blair Musical and The Assassination of Katie Hopkins (2018). Chris has been an Artist in Residence for the Oxford Playhouse and Sheffield Theatres, and a member of the Orange Tree Theatre Writers’ Collective.

Then, if you fancy a musical end to your Friday night, in the Theatre at 7.30 we have The Listening Room: Waitress For The Bees/Duotone/Red Carousel. Tickets available here.

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.

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 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.