• Tickets: Standard: £12 | Pay more: £15 | Pay less: £10 | Doors: £15
  • Company: Ran Kan Kan
  • Ages: All ages


Please note: This is a standing gig. Tickets on the door will cost £15.

Alma de Tambor (Soul of the drum) is a female percussion and vocals project under the creative directorship of the Gerardo de Armas Sarria. The group is dedicated to performing a repertoire from the rumba, Yoruba and palo traditions, expressing the essence of Cuba’s African rhythms. Alma de Tambor pushes the boundaries of genres and instruments formerly played only by male musicians, following in the footsteps of female orchestras in Cuba such as Anacaona and Obini Bata. Their playing will entice you to the dance floor.

Gerardo de Armas Sarria is an accomplished percussionist and singer who has lived and breathed Afro-Cuban music, and rumba in particular, since birth. He sang with the world-renowned Grammy winners Yoruba Andabo, at major venues and festivals in Cuba and internationally. He is the founder and leader of the band Gerardo y su Rumba Aché, based in London, performing authentic Cuban rumba (yambú, guaguancó, columbia) as well as a wide range of Afro-Cuban genres at venues including the Royal Opera Hall, and the Jazz Cafe.

The evening starts shortly after 8pm with a Cuban salsa class led by the infectious and talented Cuban dancer and teacher, Ariel Rios, who will get you in the mood to shake your stuff Cuban-style, and keep it caliente on the dance floor, spinning tasty Latin and salsa tunes through to midnight.

Ran Kan Kan conjure the foot-tapping music of the golden years of Cuban big bands.  With virtuoso percussion, keyboards, bass and tres (Cuban guitar), lavish brass and woodwind, and vocals led by Melisa Akdogan and Karla Peña, this 20-piece Oxford based band play syncopated mambos, rumba and son montuno classics made famous by Buena Vista Social Club for you to dance to.


7:30 pm DJ
8pm dance class Ariel Rios (30m)
9pm Gerardo Sarria & Alma de Tambor (45m)
10:15pm Ran Kan Kan (60m)
11:15 DJ
midnight finish

A note on ticket prices

We ask our audiences to select the ticket price they pay based not on their age or education, but on what they can afford to spend.
  – Standard: This is the regular ticket price.
  – Pay more: For those who can afford to help us offer cheaper tickets to people who need them.
  – Pay less: For those who can’t afford the standard price.
If you are disabled and would like to book a free companion/personal assistant ticket, please contact the box office: 01865 263990 or tickets@oldfirestation.org.uk

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.

Fragments, Friday 22 – Saturday 23 May. 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 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 Alex on 01865 263980 or e-mail tickets@oldfirestation.org.uk.