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#Penetration Update - Covid-19


We're living in unprecedented times and following yesterday's U.K. Government announcement we, like most theatre venues, have taken the very difficult decision to postpone our next production, #Penetration.

Having spoken with The Cockpit plus considering various scientific predictions, we believe it's impractical to book anything firm until the first quarter 2021. There are three main reasons for this:

  • Living the Drama has a duty of care to ensure the dates for the production will be as safe as possible for your health. The worst situation would be to book too early and then have to postpone again.

  • The virus is unknown. Some scientists predict there will be a 'second wave' in the autumn/early winter which could infect more people (but hopefully build up further immunity).

  • Ticket sales. The economy will take a while to recover and entertainment is often the first item to go when your income is reduced.

The cast, crew and The Cockpit are in total agreement with this approach and The Cockpit have been extremely co-operative. They will give a full refund of all tickets booked.

Please contact The Cockpit Box Office on 020 7258 2925


#Penetration by Carolyn Lloyd-Davies, April-May 2020 at The Cockpit

No one lies about rape. You either consent or you don't, that's absolutely clear. But what about when memories aren't as clear?

When Sean is accused of rape by Anna, his arrest throws his world into turmoil. His mother Felicity, a lifelong feminist, knows women don't lie about rape just as surely as she knows her son is innocent.  As the story of that drunken night swings between Anna's credible account and Sean's own recollection, the line between verbal and non-verbal consent becomes increasingly blurred.

'Innocent until proved guilty' is ripped up as Sean is exposed in the press, publicly abused and barred from his university, his course and his future. The interminable wait for prosecution finally drives Felicity from grief to a dark obsession.

Written by Carolyn Lloyd-Davies and directed by David Trevaskis, #Penetration is inspired by seven true stories between 2014 and 2019. 

This controversial play explores sexual boundaries, the pervasive damage of social media and exposes the hidden snares of a 'hook up' culture.

Wednesday 29th April to Saturday 16th May 2020 - 7:30pm
Plus 2:30pm matinee on Thursday 30th April 2020
No shows on Sundays or Mondays

Group Discount: Buy 9 tickets and get the 10th free.

Age Guidance: 16+, sexual language, swearing and reference to rape. 

For all Press enquiries regarding #Penetration, please contact Chloe Abley on [email protected] or 020 3627 2960.

Full price: £16, Concessions: £14, Preview (April 29th): £12


August: Funding from Oxford City Council Culture Fund

We've just heard that we have got the funding we requested from Oxford City Council Culture Fund for The Curious Case of Lady Fowler, which will tour the Care & Residential Homes in September! So excited, thank you very much.

June: The Cast for The Curious Case of Lady Fowler by Stephanie Connell


Hetty Bentley plays Ruby Rouge

Stephanie Connell plays Mrs Cream

Dominic McChesney plays Detective Inspector Curious

Matthew Staite plays Dr Damson


May: September Care Home Tour

We are delighted that The Curious Case of Lady Fowler, by Stephanie Connell, has been chosen for our September Care Home Tour, and that we have also secured the wonderful Emma Webb to direct for us.

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.


April:  Staged Reading of #Penetration


We have just finished auditioning actors to perform in a staged reading of Carolyn Lloyd-Davies' new play, #Penetration, directed by our Associate Director, David Travaskis, on 29 April at ALRA, London.  We are planning to produce #Penetration in 2020.  Details of our cast for the play reading can be found on our What's On page.


March: Plans for our Care Home Tour

We are in the middle of planning our next Care Home Tour later this year, again in Oxfordshire.  This will be our fourth tour.  More details to be announced very shortly.  All very exciting!


January: Playwriting Course

Our lovely playwrights who attended our last eight week course, in Summertown, Oxford this January.

Following its success, we have been asked if we would consider doing an advance writing course, to include workshops with actors.

More news of that to come.


October:  Age of Creativity Festival

As part of the Age of Creativity Festival, we held a free 'taster session' to showcase our playwriting course for the over 50s.  

It was hugely successful and everyone who came enjoyed the couple hours learning how to, at least, start off writing your own stage play.

If you're interested in joining our  2019 course, which starts on 15th January,  please contact us.

Have a look at our Course page for further details.


September: Care Home Tour


We will be doing another Care Home Tour in September, and this time, going to 10 homes with Go for it, Girl! by Pauline Massey, one of our original Third Act playwriting members.   Pauline won the Care Home Writing Competition we held in December 2017.

The play will be directed by Fran Godsal, and stars Helen Mosby, Stephanie Connell, Matthew Staite and David Shackleton.
We are delighted to hear that we have been awarded a small grant towards our tour from Oxford City Culture Fund.

Also our funding application was very recently granted for our Care Home tour, which is  wonderful!


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



May: Playwriting Course

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.
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)