First, there’s Annie, thoughtful and quiet but conducting a secret affair. Then there’s Reg, Annie’s brother; he’s the kind of man who forgets the names of his own children. His wife Sarah is confident, put together, and always playing the matchmaker. We’ve also got Tom, who is wise in the ways of the world and gives good advice, or at least he thinks he does. Ruth, the elder sister, is high flying and ambitious but struggles to find the time for family. Then, of course, there’s her husband, Norman…

Although written over 40 years ago, Ayckbourn’s situational comedy, set entirely in the dining room of a middle-class family, remains as relatable and sharp-witted as ever. It is a story of pent-up need, thwarted release and subsequent frustration, offering not only laughs but an astute observation of human folly. While maintaining the original work’s classic satire on the family dynamic, we have brought the strength and wit of the female characters to the forefront of the production.

Watch as the Crisis café is transformed into a nostalgic 70s set piece and experience the drama of a family who simultaneously despises but also cannot get enough of each other.

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: 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 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.

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 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

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