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December:  AgeUK Oxfordshire


We helped with AgeUK's campaign to make people aware of how lonely it is for older people, especially at Christmas by providing  actors who took it in turns to sit in the chair with a blanket, whilst others read poetry about old age to passersbys at Bonn Square, Oxford.

Photos  by Richard Cave and Stephanie Connell
October:  Care Home Tour

The Owl and the Pussy Cat - What Happened Next by Viv Peto and The Wet Peacock by Caroline Morrell

Photos courtesy of David Rudge
Actors:  Olivia Busby, Stephanie  Connell, Richard Jones and Richard Ward

March:  Swallows at the Old Fire Station

Actors:  Michael Curran, Richard Matthews, Katharine Moraz and Pasty Prince
Backstage: Judith Thorp and Stephanie Connell
October:  'Third Act' - Our Playwriting Course Members
We held our first course in May 2016 in Oxford.   It's was for anyone 50 and above.  Other courses lean heavily towards younger people, why couldn’t new writing be from older people?   We saw a gap and felt “it’s never too late to create”.   We also wanted to prove that age is not a barrier to creativity – we’ve all lived the dramas of life.   What wonderful fodder to put fingers to keyboard; potential tenderness, conflicts, secrets, love, betrayal and more.

We also held a competition for the best written play by the course members and to professionally produce it at the Old Fire Station in Spring 2017.  With that in mind, we contacted Tricia Brant of AgeUK Oxfordshire, who thought it was a marvellous idea and gave us enormous support.  The course proved to be so successful; members didn’t want to stop and continue onto the next level and named their group, "Third Act".   When the second course finished, its members became part of "Third Act".

Third Act scribbled away finishing off their scripts whilst the team started crowd funding and we ended up raising well over £4,000.   By December, 11 plays had been submitted to the independent judging panel, which consisted of Anna Glynn, joint Artistic Director of Flintlock Theatre, Lucy Maycock, Artistic Director of The North Wall Arts Centre and David Trevaskis, our director on Swallows.   The panel deliberated on a very difficult decision, and finally Bob Whorton’s play Swallows was chosen, based on the quality of his writing, the compelling story line and the contemporary nature of the play.    Bob, a hospice chaplain at Sobel House, wrote what he knew about.

This was our crowdfunding video.

June: Rehearsing Birds of Prey in London


Maurice Thorogood, director, and playwrights Carolyn Lloyd-Davies and Stephanie Connell, working with actors from Actors & Writers London,  June 2016.

L to R  (back row):   Lenora Fyfe, Sophie Morris Sheppard, Joan Blackham, Gaye Poole, Sam Portlock and Lianne Tucker
April: The Commission by Meryl Walker
Carolyn Lloyd-Davies directing Keith Merrill, Iris Baratier and Peter Saracen in Meryl Walker's The Commission at Actors & Writers London's Spring Competition.
February : Course in Directing a Stage Play, Oxford Playhouse

Photos courtesy of Chris Sivewright (Almost Random Theatre Company) and Mezze Eade (Oxford Playhouse)


May: Silent on the Matter at the Old Fire Station, Oxford

The cast involved were Bhavnisha Parmar, Hannah Timms, Ashraf Ejjbair, Garry Manion, Sakuntala Ramanee and Stephanie Connell
directed by David Travaskis.  Set and lighting designed by Lauren J Cameron.

Our Indian partnership with PrayasKala Sangam - Natya Manch