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.
The Owl and the Pussy Cat - What Happened Next by Viv Peto and The Wet Peacock by Caroline Morrell
March: Swallows at the Old Fire Station
Backstage: Judith Thorp and Stephanie Connell
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.
June: Rehearsing Birds of Prey in London
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
directed by David Travaskis. Set and lighting designed by Lauren J Cameron.