March 2017 at the Old Fire Station
Swallows by Bob Whorton, was
performed to great reviews at The Old Fire Station, Oxford on 23 and 24 March, 2017.
Set a few years into the future, Swallows probes the impact of a controversial new law, demanding all hospices, hospitals and residential homes provide a suitable 'dying room' for those who wish to end their lives. This moving play explores with sensitivity the choices facing Professor Raymond Parker and the conflict which exists between the different ethical and emotional viewpoints of the Professor, his son and the medical profession.
Bob Whorton brings his direct experience of working within the hospice movement to this heart warming play, which has a running time of just over one hour, followed by the opportunity for discussion between the audience, the playwright and members of different professional communities.
Read our blog on the Old Fire Station website.
Backstage: Judith Thorp and Stephanie Connell
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.