- Duration: 50 minutes + Q&A for 10-15 minutes
- Tickets: Standard: £12 | Pay more: £14 | Pay less: £10
- Company: Autact Theatre CIC
- Ages: 14+
A funny and moving new play written by autistic writer and poet, Rhi Lloyd-Williams. The Duck is an exploration of one woman’s world after she is diagnosed with autism.
Imagine you spent your whole life believing everyone was pretending to be someone else and that everyone constructed a mask in a similar way. Imagine that you thought that everyone stole their expressions from other people the way you did. Imagine you believed that everyone practised their small-talk over and over and over in a mirror in order to achieve the perfect reflection.
Imagine you are the ugly duckling, who instead of finding your place in the world as a swan, built a duck-mask and learnt to waddle. Imagine living a lifetime trying to fit into a space that does not fit, trying to move in ways that do not suit, trying to ignore your senses because other people don’t feel things the way you do. Imagine that somewhere along the way you fell utterly in love with the patterns that other people make, but that you don’t share.
Imagine for a brief moment that you are The Duck.
Starring Lucy Theobald, and Directed by Jo Loyn.
A note on ticket prices
We ask our audiences to select the ticket price the pay based note on their age or education, but on what they can afford to spend.
- Standard: This is the regular ticket price.
- Pay more: For those who can afford to help us offer cheaper tickets to people who need them.
- Pay less: For those who can’t afford the standard price.
If you are disabled and would like to book a companion/personal assistant ticket, please contact the box office: 01865 263990 or email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com) 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.
The Last Noël, Thursday 12 December, 3pm & 8pm. Click here.
Medicine’s Monstrous Daughters, Thursday 16 April, 7.30pm. This show also has pre-recorded audio description tracks available. Click here.
A video showing the foyer, the theatre door and the accessible toilet, from the George Street 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.