• Duration: 2 hours approx. (No interval - go to the toilet at any time during the show)
  • Tickets: Standard: £15 | Pay more: £18 | Pay less: £12
  • Company: ElevenOne Theatre
  • Ages: 12+
  • Extras: See below for booking information


Due to Oxford’s Tier 2 classification we have decided to cancel November shows to ensure the safety of audiences, staff, artists and the vulnerable people who use our building. We hope to bring this show to you in the future.

Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads

A Lady Of Letters
“I passed the place where there was the broken step. I wrote to the council. Little ramp there now, access for the disabled. Whenever I pass I think, ‘Well, that’s thanks to you, Irene. My monument that ramp.’” Irene reflects on her role in the community and the importance in maintaining proper values.
Performed by Fleur Yerbury-Hodgson, directed by Matthew Addis.

Her Big Chance
“I shot a man last week. In the back. It was with harpoon gun.” Lesley celebrates recent events and looks forward to a really interesting future.
Performed by Eliza Burrows-McGill, directed by Mike Taylor

Bed Among The Lentils
“Thinking about the sermon during the hymn, I felt a pang of sympathy for the Deity, gifted with all this sex.” Vicar’s wife Susan experiments with some life choices to get some control.
Performed by Alison Stibbe, directed by Mike Taylor.

A Chip In The Sugar
“Now, if there’s one thing Mother and I agree on, it’s that red is a common colour.” Graham wrestles with his mother’s newly-found desire for independence and worries about a future without her.
Performed by Edward Smith, directed by Rob Hoare.

Coming back to the Old Fire Station

We can’t wait to welcome you back to the Old Fire Station! Watch the video below for a quick run-down of our social distancing measures, or click here to read more.

If you cannot attend the show on the day due to Covid-19, whether because you feel unwell, because you have to isolate, or because your travel is restricted, just let us know and we will refund your ticket.

You can book until 4pm on the day of the show.

How should I ‘book in my bubble’?
A bubble is one household, or two households who are in contact to the exclusion of others. If you’d like to sit together as a group of four who all live in the same house, please book four tickets under one name. If you’d like to sit together with one other person in your bubble, please book two tickets under one name. If you and a friend are seeing the show but are not in a bubble, please book separate tickets.

What time should I arrive?
You will be sent an arrival timeslot within 24 hours of the show.


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: tickets@oldfirestation.org.uk or 01865 263990.

We hope everyone feels welcome at the Old Fire Station. We are always working to make our venue more accessible – please do let us know if we can help.

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 the ticket office on 01865 263990 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.


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 Alex on 01865 263980 or e-mail tickets@oldfirestation.org.uk.