Living the Drama is a not-for-profit theatre company founded in 2015 and incorporated as a company limited by guarantee in 2016.


  • To encourage creative new writing for people of all ages, ability and experience, including those with many years experience of life and ‘living the drama’.  Drama is a powerful medium making us laugh, cry, rage and reflect.  Our normal, everyday lives witness comedic moments, tragic loss, ethical dilemmas and grave injustices.  It is through writing memorable plays that we reach out to touch the hearts and minds of others.
  • To take the best plays forward to full professional production, creating a Community Project for all to join in and support.
  • To look for ways in which we can widen participation in theatre, by connecting to audiences in ‘hard to reach’ venues.

We’re very grateful to have received funding for specific projects from the Arts Council England and Oxford City Council, as well as enjoying support from AgeUK Oxfordshire.  We’re proud to have signed up to the aims and values of Age Friendly Standards, created by the Family Arts Campaign.

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We treat each individual with respect, offering friendship and encouraging open communication. We deeply appreciate our volunteers who work with us on Community Productions.


We cherish artistic freedom; freedom to play, risk and experiment, to express opinions and feelings however controversial.


We follow sound commercial business practice – always striving for quality and efficiency, aiming to bring out the best in what we do and who we are, so the company can thrive as a social enterprise.


We try to cut through unnecessary bureaucracy, adopting a straightforward approach which everyone can understand, keeping promises and always following up.


Carolyn Lloyd-Davies: Artistic Director

Carolyn is the founder of Living the Drama Ltd, and as a professional actor, playwright and experienced teacher, she brings a mix of knowledge and experience to all her projects. Working closely with her creative team, her role is to lead, manage and develop the company’s vision and ensure its values are upheld. Carolyn trained at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts (ALRA) in London, and was a Trustee for seven years. She is on the Development Committee of Pegasus Theatre, Oxford, a thriving Performance Arts Centre for young people. She has written four full length plays (one with Stephanie) plus two short screenplays, and two audio comedies. In 2016/17, she was attached to the Oxford Playhouse Playmaker scheme for a year, and has published over 30 articles. She is a member of the Oxfordshire Theatre Makers Steering Group, and one of the judges for the ‘Performing Shakespeare‘ competition for schools, run by the English Speaking Union.

Jo Boston: Production Manager

Jo is our Production Manager and makes sure our productions run smoothly with minimal disruption. Jo originally trained as a dancer and clown, performing in the UK and France and now is a Pilates teacher.

She shames us all by walking or cycling everywhere, regardless of how many miles.

Stephanie Connell: Creative & Casting

Stephanie is an actor, playwright, medical roleplayer and web designer.

She has played numerous theatrical roles, appeared in commercials, films and corporates.

She joined Living the Drama after appearing as Gemma Briggs in Carolyn’s play Silent on the Matter in 2015. 

Following that, Stephanie wrote a full length play Birds of Prey, (with Carolyn), an one act play, The Curious Case of Lady Fowler, which toured the Care Homes in 2019; and Broken Heart, a short play, winning first prize at Actors & Writers London Competition, toured in 2017.

When she’s not acting, she takes on the creative role of design, casting and marketing, and even as lighting operator and sound designer.


David Trevaskis: Director

David directed two of our previous productions, Silent on the Matter and Swallows, and will be directing Carolyn Lloyd-Davies’ new play, #Penetration in 2021. David has a degree in Divinity from the University of St Andrews and a postgraduate qualification in Professional Acting from the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts (ALRA). He runs his own company, Acting for Change, which provides an interactive alternative to traditional executive learning by equipping leaders with the confidence and skills to find their voice, and the ability to help others find theirs.

Emma Webb: Movement Director

Emma is a director and facilitator with a background in movement working in the UK and abroad. She has worked as a movement director for Leaning House productions, Human Story Theatre, UnderConstruction Theatre, the Oxford Playhouse and the Old Fire Station/ Crisis, and creates her own work ranging from choreographic to one woman shows, street performance and theatre based. Most recently Emma developed The Elves and The Shoemaker for Wild Boor productions for younger audiences as well as devising a separate, sensory show for an audience with differing needs.

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