- Tickets: Walk in and pay what you decide
- Company: SARU
Talks on everything from augury and Nan Shepherd to Gertrude Stein and Virginia Woolf, to field recording and Twin Peaks. All are welcome and no previous knowledge of the subjects is necessary.
Geoff Sample: In the Voice of a Bird, Elements of Augury from Tiresias to Attenborough
From palaeolithic shamanism to the politics of classical Rome, interpreting the movements and sounds of birds was highly valued as a way of learning what forces might be influencing the events of our world, whether envisaged as gods, the weather or natural laws.
Geoff Sample will follow this idea and its flow through various Eurasian cultures in our attitudes to, and interpretations of, the sound languages of other species; and on to contemporary scientific research and listening with a bioacoustic ear.
Geoff Sample is a field recordist who has concentrated on wildlife and natural soundscapes for the last 30 years. He’s the author and producer of a series of Collins sound guides, including the best-selling Collins Bird Songs & Calls, contributes sound and discussion to radio & TV (Tweet of the Day, Countryfile, the Verb) and collaborates with contemporary artists on installations, exhibitions and performances (Marcus Coates, Hanna Tuulikki, Mike Collier).
SARU is part of MA in Sonic Art at Oxford Brookes University, and provides a forum for dialogue and exploration between the fields of composition and sonic art. Areas of further focus include electroacoustic and language based composition, interdisciplinary practices, field recording and auditory knowledge. SARU is bolstered by a community of practitioners.
Curated by Patrick Farmer.
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
Disabled patrons are eligible for one free companion ticket with their booking. To book this, contact the ticket office: email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
There is step-free access to the Gallery – level entry through the George Street entrance, and via lift from the Gloucester Green entrance.
There is an accessible toilet on the ground floor, accessible via platform lift. Other toilets are in the basement (accessible via lift).
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com and we can discuss how to make your visit more comfortable.