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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)