Student theatre company presents debut performance in aid of Oxford’s Terrence Higgins Trust

Tuesday, 01 December 2015

World AIDS Day

A theatre company set up by Oxford Brookes students is currently presenting its debut production of Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens.

Olivia Stone, a current second year English Literature and Drama student, set up the Stones Theatre Company alongside fellow English student Rachael Head.

I am an extremely proud director and I feel we’ve created a dynamic, important piece of theatre with actors who were a joy to work alongside and the audiences have loved it so far

Olivia Stone

They are the only company in the UK with the rights to perform the production which is a challenging piece presenting thought-provoking stories about how it was to live with HIV and die of AIDS in America in the 1980s.

The cast is predominantly formed of Oxford Brookes students with many from the drama department. In addition, some actors who have attended drama school and those who are primarily based within the film industry are also taking part.

Olivia commented: “It has always been my ambition to pursue becoming a theatre director and I decided there’s no time like the present! Using the Oxford Brookes ‘black box’ rehearsal space has been a fantastic help as it is on campus and the facilities have added a real professionalism to our process.”

“I am an extremely proud director and I feel we’ve created a dynamic, important piece of theatre with actors who were a joy to work alongside and the audiences have loved it so far.”

The theatre company will be donating 75 per cent of its profits to Oxford’s Terrence Higgins Trust which provides invaluable support and information to the community about HIV and AIDS, a disease which is still ever present in our society.

Dr Eleanor Lowe, Senior Lecturer In Drama at Oxford Brookes, said: “Stones Theatre Company have prepared a polished and engaging production which additionally highlights important issues. I’m delighted to see so many Brookes Drama students involved, led by Olivia Stone and Rachael Head.”

As today (1 December) is World AIDS Day, Olivia and Stones Theatre company are encouraging everyone to wear a red ribbon to stand up against the stigma of AIDS. The cast will also be wearing these ribbons throughout tonight’s performance.

Stones Theatre Company will be performing Elegiesfor Angels, Punks and Raging Queens at Modern Art Oxford today and tomorrow, and move the production to Oxford Town Hall for a performance on Thursday 3 December (7.30pm start at both venues).

Tickets can be bought online.  Further information is available on the Stones Theatre Company Facebook page.