Human Story Theatre launches third play within a year

Hot off the heels of becoming a charity Human Story Theatre are launching their latest play DRY in January. After two successful productions earlier this year: Flat 73 (supported by the Samaritans) and The Fourth Dog (supported by Against Breast Cancer and Maggie’s) Oxford based Human Story Theatre are premiering DRY at Arts at the Old Fire Station, Oxford, in January, and then touring Oxfordshire and beyond for ‘Dry January’ 2018. Venues include village halls, community centres, village pavilions and libraries as well as theatres. Human Story Theatre are continuing their ‘pop up’ small space approach and tickets at non-theatre spaces are ‘pay what you can’.

Commissioned by the NHS to write a play about alcoholism, DRY is a one-hour play with music about parenting, disappointment and middle-age drinking. Written by Human Story Theatre’s Gaye Poole, music composed by ARne Richards (Oxford Concert Party – Flat 73) and directed by Anna Tolputt. Cast: Bryonie Pritchard, Paul Ansdell and cellist Rachel Watson.

Radio Horton’s Anthony Brown caught up with Amy and Gaye from the Human Story Theatre on Sunday Checkout to talk about the upcoming performance. Listen back below:

The Wilsons maybe middle class and middle aged but there is nothing middling about their alcohol intake. Can they keep the ‘toxic’ out of ‘intoxicated’ and keep the family together, or is it a case of sorrows drowned?

DRY is supported by Turning Point who deliver the Oxfordshire Road to Recovery service for people who want to make positive change in their lives, and other local counselling services. Like with all Human Story Theatre productions there will be a Q&A after each show with guest professionals from Turning Point and other organisations to discuss the issues of the play and the impact of alcohol on our communities as well as to signpost people to services.

11 – 26 January 2018 

11 January 7.30pm Arts at the Old Fire Station, Oxford.

12 January 7.30pm Arts at the Old Fire Station, Oxford.

13 January 12noon Arts at the Old Fire Station, Oxford.

13 January 7.30pm Arts at the Old Fire Station, Oxford

16 January 2pm High Wycombe Library, Bucks

17 January 7.45pm Everyman Studio Theatre, Cheltenham

18 January 7pm The Cooper School, Bicester

19 January  7.30pm Eynsham Village Hall, Oxon

20 January 7.30pm Charlbury Memorial Hall, Oxon

22 Jan 7.30pm The Mill Arts Centre, Banbury

23 January 7.30pm Thame Library, Oxon

24 January 7.30pm Cornerstone Arts Centre, Didcot

25 January 7.30pm Bampton Pavilion, Oxon

26 January 7.30pm Neighbours’ Hall, Great Milton, Oxon

The Wilsons maybe middle class and middle aged but there is nothing middling about their alcohol intake. Can they keep the ‘toxic’ out of ‘intoxicated’ and keep the family together, or is it a case of sorrows drowned?

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