• Duration: 3 hours
  • Tickets: Standard: £250 (plus VAT) | Pay less: £150 (plus VAT) | Pay more: £300 (plus VAT)

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We arrived at Storytelling after many years of struggling with evaluation. Too often, we found ourselves wasting time collecting data that didn’t help us to learn and got in the way of the work. Storytelling, on the other hand, offered something new. 

Instead of relying on tick-box feedback forms or rating experiences on a scale of 1-10, Storytelling invites people to sit down for an hour or two and tell their own story of being involved in a project. These conversations are recorded, transcribed, and edited into two-page documents that preserve the storytellers’ own voice and words. Once we have a collection of stories, we facilitate a group discussion to identify what can be learned from them. 

Storytelling helps us to do justice to the messiness of people’s lives in a way that tick boxes and feedback forms never can. It helps us to listen, it’s a meaningful and collaborative process, and it brings to light rich, human stories that we can learn from. 

Since 2017 we’ve worked with over 90 partners and collected 150 stories and counting. https://www.storytellingevaluation.co.uk/

Join us for this two-part Storytelling training in May.

In order to participate you must be able to attend both parts of the training. The price covers the cost of both sessions. 

PART 1: Introduction to Storytelling training
Thursday 2 May, 2 – 5pm, online
A step-by-step introduction to the Storytelling methodology and how to put it into practice in the context of your own work.

PART 2: Story Collecting training
Thursday 9 May, 2 – 5pm, online
Building on part one, an in-depth and practical look at story collecting, including how to set-up, structure and guide conversation which lead to rich and insightful stories in the voice and words of the storyteller.

Parking & Access

Parking

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

We are committed to reducing our carbon footprint, but we need your help. Use ecoway, our sustainable travel planner, to see the most eco-friendly options for your journey to Old Fire Station, and plan a bespoke and flexible route. ecoway is easy to use and you’ll be kept up to date with any disruption or changes to your journey plan.

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Access

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.

Facilities

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.