- Duration: Finish time 10pm
- Tickets: £10/£6
- Company: Flared Productions
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
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.