• Duration: 55 Minutes
  • Tickets: £10
  • Company: Robin Boon Dale
  • Ages: 8+
  • Extras: In the Theatre

Details

Juggler, water-bender, and part time deep thinker Robin Boon Dale presents the full-length edition of his award-winning show.

What Does Stuff Do? is a TED Talk-esque performance about the relationships between people and things, which pivots between absurdity and profundity.

Robin guides you through his mind and body of research, utilising insights from his circus training alongside ideas borrowed from object oriented philosophy, to offer new ways of thinking about the physical world.

Featuring pouring, performance ping pong, and a motivational speech delivered by a man in swimming trunks, this eccentric renegade philosophy lecture flourishes into an astounding circo-oddyssey.

Part of Offbeat, Oxford’s genre-bending festival of new work.

“What Does Stuff Do? is the perfect mixture of serious provocation in a form that is massive fun. It has something for audiences ranging from fellow jugglers to circus ingénues, from those seeking philosophical tangles to those looking for a great night out. Whatever the stuff in this show does – it is very, very good.” – Exeunt

“Not only is Dale a talented juggler, but a clever theatre-maker too.” – The Circus Diaries

“This piece is a fine art and will keep a smile on your face from start to finish” – The Reviews Hub

“A brilliantly eloquent, charming and stylish exploration of body, object, rhythm and pace” – Bristol 24/7

ROBIN BOON DALE

A recent graduate from Circomedia in Bristol, Robin has been training in object manipulation and physical theatre. He performs in a wide variety of styles, including contemporary circus, stand-up comedy, and cabaret/burlesque.
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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.