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Exciting Q&A with Simon Evans!

A huge thank you to Simon Evans who Zoomed in with us for a Q&A.

Simon is a well known actor, writer and director. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he wrote, directed and co-starred in the extremely funny BBC television series Staged, playing an exaggeratedly inept version of himself, alongside equally exaggerated versions of the show's stars, Michael Sheen and David Tennant. The series was notable as it was made using video conferencing technology following lockdown. 

He was generous enough to join us for a Zoom Q&A last month, when he told us exactly how the drama was created while he was in lockdown with his own family. He was so warm, approachable and knowledgeable about the production, giving us an hour of his time, while he was writing in LA. We had all thought the completely natural script had to be partly improvised, especially the Judy Dench appearance, but he assured us it was all scripted, except for one tiny shot, when Michael Sheen went a little 'off piste'.  A lesson to all us aspiring playwrights! 

His recent email is a great example of his generosity:

 'I had a such a lovely time talking with the group. I'm so pleased people got something from it. It's always so strange, trying to offer any insight on something which was made in such peculiar circumstances. So if any of it made sense, I'm delighted. Do reach out again if I can help with anything, and pass on my very best to your wonderful group. It was a delight.'

COVID 19 update on #Penetration 

Last March, The Cockpit in London, along with all other theatre venues, sadly had to postpone the production of our new play, in line with Government directives. BUT.........

We are now delighted to announce dates for 2021. Our opening night will be on Wednesday April 28th with a three week run until Saturday, May 15th 2021. Please come and support us!

More details to follow or contact the Box Office on 020 7258 2925. 

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 28th April to Saturday 15th May 2021 - 7:30pm

Plus 2:30pm matinee on Thursday 29th April 2021

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 28th): £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!


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)