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e Welcom This season includes a wonderful mixture of theatre, dance, music, family activities, and workshops. If new writing is your thing then take a look at the two performances from The Deck Theatre Company, Balancing Act’s Spare Prick or our monthly Theatre Scratch Nights. Dance too plays a large part in the programme with E-Motion and the Family Dance Experience Week run by Dancin’ Oxford. Music this season includes Oxford based singer-songwriter James Bell, the return of Ran Kan Kan and we have Gesamtkunstwerk Memetics #1 which will include improvised music as well as comedy, visual art and poetry. July to October also hosts various other events such as C R E A T E Oxford, Literary Dinners, talks and workshops for Alice’s Day and Flintlock Theatre’s adaptation of The Government Inspector. As usual, our regular classes continue with a July to August timetable included and our Tuesdays at the Old Fire Station are growing ever more popular with six regular performances a month. If you haven’t made it to one yet, you’ve got plenty to choose from! In other news, Shop at the Old Fire Station is now online so you can shop from the comfort of your sofa or on the move. We also recommend you keep your eyes out for one of our most recent projects with Crisis Skylight, The PULSE; a dance, music and poetry project that took place across our building in April. We hope you get stuck into what we have to offer this season and we hope to see you soon!

Contents Events Tuesdays at the Old Fire Station Regular classes Gallery exhibitions Shop at the Old Fire Station Further information Support us

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Events What a load of Nonsense! Saturday 6 July, 10.15am, 11am and 11.45am As part of Alice’s Day, we play host to a series of drop in talks about “nonsense”. Find out more about nonsense literature, Lewis Carroll’s mastery of the genre and how others in Oxford and beyond have interpreted it.


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Alice’s Day Craft Workshop Saturday 6 July 12.30–2.30pm

Find your inner Alice! Create a fantastical Eat me cake or ‘frabjous’ Drink me bottle. Wear with pride, then wait and see if you grow bigger or smaller! Suitable for ages 3+

Suggested £3 donation per child

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Expression School of Ballet & Theatre Arts present

E-Motion Saturday 13 July, 1pm and 5.30pm An all singing, all dancing production inspired by the comings and goings of a local playground. The show features toe tapping tunes, spectacular costumes and brand new choreography. Suitable for all the family, everyone is welcome to join us in our celebration of our 5th anniversary.

£12/£8 concs, from

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Deck Theatre Company present

Red, White and Blue, Casualties of War Friday 19 and Saturday 20 July, 7.30pm Three responses to war. Red – Afghan teenagers seek refuge from the bloodbath. White – Private Mills, the only person who can help find a missing soldier, is refusing to talk. Blue – …a puff of light blue smoke?

£10/£8 concs, from

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Events Gesamtkunstwerk Memetics #1 Saturday 27 July, 7.30pm After the success of An Evening Of John Cage, Fixers frontman Jack Goldstein has put together an evening of avant-garde performance. Experimental and exciting artists take part in three performances comprising poetry, music, visual art and comedy.

£6, from www.

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Literary Takeaway with Joe Dunthorne Friday 2 August 6.30–8.30pm

Share a unique evening with acclaimed writer and poet Joe Dunthorne – author of Submarine and new novel Wild Abandon – as pop-up restaurateurs Literary Dinners offer up an experience like no other. Adults only.

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The Royal Air Force Theatrical Association presents

Much Ado About Nothing Wednesday 28 – Saturday 31 August 7.30pm, Saturday matinee 2.30pm

Following its successful run of Sweeney Todd in 2005, RAFTA (the Royal Air Force Theatrical Association) returns to the Old Fire Station to present its 1920’s inspired version of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. £15/£12 concs, from


‘Performance’ Saturday 6 September 5pm and 8pm

An evening of musical theatre old and new. A company of young professional actors present this exciting and energetic showcase of classic and contemporary songs from theatre. Come and enjoy this fantastic treat of twists and turns suitable for any musical theatre fan!

£14/£10 concs, from

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Events Ran Kan Kan present

Latin Night: Para ti, Cuba Saturday 7 September, doors and DJ: 8pm, Ran Kan Kan: 9pm Ran Kan Kan – Oxford’s 20 piece Cuban Big Band bringing you classic Latin rhythms topped with a dazzling array of horns, flutes, keyboards and strings. Party the night away to classic Cuban songs in Cha Cha Cha, Son, Mambo and Latin Jazz styles. £7/£6 concs in advance from www.wegottickets. com/event/224285 or £8/£6 concs on the door. RanKanKanOxford Balancing Act present

Spare Prick Thursday 12 – Saturday 14 September 7.30pm

In the settled world of Jo and Frank, their friend Russ is a loose social canon. Why does Russ always fail? As Jo and Frank hilariously attempt to pair off Russ, who is really the spare prick? Adults only.

£12/£10 concs, from

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Oxford Open Doors Saturday 14 September, 10am–4pm The Old Fire Station will be open for you to explore behind the scenes. Our studio artists will open up their workshops and have works available to buy, homeless artists will exhibit around the building and our regular Playground performers will animate the spaces.


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‘Joy & Jealousy’ Album Launch Saturday 21 September 8pm–11pm

James Bell and his band of singers and musicians will be performing songs from his new album of traditional English songs and tunes – Joy & Jealousy – featuring new discoveries from the Bodleian archives that may not have been performed in well over 100 years. Ages 16+

£9/£7 concs, from

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Events C R E A T E Oxford Thursday 26 September, 6.30–8.30pm Join Oxford’s cultural community to pitch ideas, microfund great projects and collaborate on new ways to develop arts in the city. Supporters donate > Artists pitch their projects > Supporters vote > Project with most votes wins £ > Every £ donated gets doubled by Oxford City Council Suggested donation £10 (min £5), includes a glass of wine/juice and 1 vote, from http://create

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The Vintage Clothing Kilo Sale Saturday 28 September 11am–4pm

3 tonnes of vintage dating from the 1970s to 1990s is yours to peruse, rummage through and pick out what you fancy, take it to the scales and pay just £15 per kilo.

£1, on the door

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House presents Eyestrings Theatre Company with

The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster Friday 4 October, 7.30pm A woman pays the price for daring to disregard her social status. A powerful family is destroyed by passion, envy and cruelty. An inventive and exciting new adaptation of this Jacobean masterpiece. Watch as seven actors, six chairs and a gramophone are used to confront the epic themes of morality, class and sex head on. Credit: Richard Lakos

£12/£10 concs, from or 01865 305305

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The Deck Theatre Company presents

The Family Have Been Informed by Andersen-Bloomfield Friday 11 and Saturday 12 October, 7.30pm A repatriation ceremony is taking place at RAF Brize Norton. Families gather to receive the bodies of their loved ones. The soldiers’ lives are told through the eyes of loved ones; a mother, granddad, girlfriend, partner, twin sister, share their grief, memories, and love with the audience. Ages 16+ £10/£8 concs, from

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Events Flintlock Theatre present

The Government Inspector Friday 18 and Saturday 19 October, 7.45pm Anton Antonovich, a mayor in small-town Russia, is in the midst of a crisis. A government official is on his way to inspect his district and the town isn’t up to scratch! This high-energy production features four actors swapping characters at break-neck speed. £12.50/£10.50 concs, from www.

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Dancin’ Oxford presents Family Dance Fun Week

Wriggle Dance Theatre ‘Once in a Blue Moon’ Saturday 26 October 11am and 2pm

It’s the moon’s birthday! We are having a party and you are invited... But during the party the moon disappears. Join the travellers on their search for clues to the moon’s whereabouts. Dance, live music and audience interactivity. A truly magical experience for 3–6 years olds and their families. DancinOxford 12




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Dancin’ Oxford presents Family Dance Fun Week

Family Dance Workshop with Joëlle Pappas (Tac-au-Tac Dance Theatre) Monday 28 October – Friday 1 November Daily sessions 10am–12pm, 2–4pm

Series of dance workshops open to 5–11 year olds and their parents/carers. The morning session will include live musical accompaniment and afternoon sessions will include working with a visual artist. DancinOxford @DancinOxford

Dancin’ Oxford presents Family Dance Fun Week

Youth and Adult Ballet Event with English National Ballet

Wednesday 30 October, 6–8pm Two taster ballet workshops happening simultaneously to enable young people (11–16 years) and adults (16 years+) to take part in a separate ballet workshop in the same venue at the same time. A fun, friendly and relaxed atmosphere to learn the foundations of ballet. DancinOxford

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Morgan and West’s Magical Menagerie 3 September, 1 October, 7.30pm Roll up roll up! Time travelling magicians Morgan and West bring you the UK’s finest magical talent – psychics, conjurers and prestidigitators live and in captivity! £8.50, from

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Oxford Improvisers in the Loft Room 2 July, 3 September, 1 October, 7.30–9.30pm Oxford Improvisers present a monthly concert of improvised music featuring invited guests from Britain and overseas. July features Lê Quan Ninh, an extraordinary classically trained percussionist who has worked throughout Europe and North Africa. £7/£5 concs, from 07941 606869 or on the door


Playground 9 July, 10 September, 8 October, 7pm A platform for artists to collaborate and develop new work. At Playground you can find the freshest, crispiest and bravest locally grown art practices, from performance to illustration and from music to socially engaged work. FREE

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Hammer and Tongue 8 October, 8pm (Doors 7.45) A cabaret of verbal gymnastics, comedy and controversy featuring two world-class performance poets, while upcoming talent battle it out in the poetry slam. Check website/Facebook for this month’s main act. Ages 18+ £7/£5 concs, from or on the door

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Theatre Scratch Night 16 July, 17 September, 15 October 8pm

A night of works in progress by local and regional performers. Come and watch or contact us if you have an idea you would like to try out. Want to perform? Contact with SCRATCH as the subject to request an application form. £5, from or on the door @OFSScratchNight TheatreScratchNight

Short Stories Aloud 24 September, 22 October, 7.30pm ‘Unlike any other literary gathering… go along and listen for yourself!’ – The Huffington Post. Professional actors read short stories by award-winning authors, followed by author Q&A. Autumn authors include Margaret Drabble and Radio 4 regular Viv Groskop. £5/£3 concs, from or on the door


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Dancin’ in 29 July – 1 August Tac-au-Tac the Summer 10am–12pm, Dance summer 2–4pm, 5.30–7pm school

Contact Joëlle Pappas: 01865 251643 www.tac-au-tac.

Regular classes Delve into the selection of regular classes here at the Old Fire Station. With every kind of dance you can imagine from tap to Salsa, Zumba to contemporary, as well as theatre based sessions and Karate, there’s something to suit every taste. For full information on all of our classes: take a look at the insert or pop in and pick up a timetable or visit our website:




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OTHER PLACES 12 July – 16 August Exhibition Preview: Friday 12 July, 5.30–7.30pm

Three dynamic young artists – Tom Howse, Lindsey Bull and Gabriella Boyd come together for a group exhibition that takes us in to a painterly world of uncertainty and other places. In their own unique ways they take us to a place where situations, scenes and characters float between the real and unreal, playful and disturbing or the everyday and fantastic. Curated by High House Gallery in Clanfield, Oxfordshire.


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RAJ 23 August – 27 September Exhibition Preview: Friday 23 August, 5.30–7.30pm

This photography exhibition by Victor Dia focuses on allotment gardens in Poland in an objective yet, at times, lyrical approach. Behind an apparent typology of such dwellings lies the threat of a developing economy and the fight for survival of these urban patches of picturesque respite. i


Women at the HeArt 4 – 25 October Exhibition Preview: Friday 4 October, 5.30–7.30pm

Women at the HeArt, led by Thames Valley Partnership, is a creative project offering women who are dealing with challenging issues the chance to think and reflect about their lives from a fresh, fun and creative perspective and to encourage them to take positive steps towards a more rewarding future. i 19


Shop at the Old Fire Station stocks more than 100 outstanding UK based designer-makers, over half of which are from Oxfordshire and the local area. This ever growing collection of items from wonderfully talented individuals includes handmade ceramics, jewellery, and cards as well as high quality contemporary art work and prints. Yet this is no ordinary gift shop or art gallery. Oh no‌ When making a purchase you are not only supporting the artist or designer, but our organisation and charity, Arts at the Old Fire Station as a whole. We provide opportunities for artists from all practices (craft, theatre, music, dance and visual arts) to experiment, try out new work, and reach their potential in a supportive environment. We also work closely with the charity, Crisis, to support homeless people and help them into training and work. Now doesn’t that make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside? Shop at the Old Fire Station has now gone digital! You can now browse a selection of our products online from the comfort of your sofa:


Spaces for hire We have a wide range of beautiful spaces to hire for meetings, events, rehearsals and classes. Please visit or contact us at

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October Fri 4 The Duchess of Malfi Fri 11 & Sat 12 The Family Have Been Events Informed July Fri 18 & Sat 19 The Government Sat 6 What a load Inspector of Nonsense! Sat 26 Wriggle Dance Theatre Sat 6 Alice’s Day ‘Once in a Blue Moon’ Craft Workshop Mon 28 Oct – Fri 1 Nov Family Dance Sat 13 E-Motion Workshop with Joëlle Pappas Fri 19 & Sat 20 Red, White Wed 30 Youth and Adult Ballet and Blue, Casualties of War Event with English National Ballet Sat 27 Gesamtkunstwerk Memetics #1 Tuesdays at the Old Fire Station 3 Sep/1 Oct Morgan and West’s August Magical Menagerie Fri 2 Literary Takeaway 2 Jul/3 Sep/1 Oct with Joe Dunthorne Oxford Improvisers Wed 28 – Sat 31 9 Jul/10 Sep/8 Oct Playground Much Ado About Nothing 8 Oct Hammer and Tongue September 16 Jul/17 Sep/15 Oct Fri 6 ‘Performance’ Theatre Scratch Night Sat 7 Latin Night: 24 Sep/22 Oct Para ti, Cuba Short Stories Aloud Thu 12 – Sat 14 Spare Prick Sat 14 Oxford Open Doors Gallery exhibitions Sat 21 ‘Joy & Jealousy’ 12 Jul – 16 Aug Other Places Album Launch 23 Aug – 27 Sep RAJ Thu 26 C R E A T E Oxford 4 – 25 Oct Women at the HeArt Sat 28 The Vintage Clothing Kilo Sale

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Old Fire Station Summer/Autumn Guide 2013  

Find out what's on for the Summer/Autumn season at the Old Fire Station, Oxford.