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Hamburg, July 1943. At the height of the allied bombing raids a group of teenagers living under Nazi rule defies the regime by dancing to banned jazz music in a secret underground bunker. Their free-spirited leader is Max, the son of a senior Nazi offical but dedicated only to enjoying himself as much as the war allows. His friend Eva tries to convince him and the rest of the group to stand up to the Nazis more actively, without success. But when dangerous political pamphlets start to circulate and an American airman is shot down, the Swing Kids need to decide just what it means to be free…

Summer 2018 marks the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Hamburg by the allies in WWII. As the city burned, with the loss of 40,000 lives, some clung on to the memory of a time when jazz music filled the dancehalls. This new musical by Alex Thomas (Ivor and I, The Bluestocking, 1917) follows the story of seven teenagers who are suddenly confronted with the realities of war and repression. Seventy minutes of gripping action, high-octane dancing and an original jazz-influenced score mean this is a show not to miss! Performed by a cast of young actors this production is previewing at OFS for two performances only.

Swing Heil Productions is a new youth musical theatre company based in Oxford.

‘I found ‘The Bluestocking’ to be beautifully written in many ways – most outstandingly, the songs, which had truly inventive and inspired rhymes, and tunes that were running through my head all the way home.’ – Oxford Daily Info

‘This show is a major achievement. Thomas’s period-sounding score flows seamlessly into the three original Novello numbers also used.’The Oxford Times, on ‘Ivor and I’

Parking & Access

Parking

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 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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Access

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.

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 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.