Olivia Stone is a current second year English Literature and Drama student who has set up her own theatre company alongside fellow English student, Rachael Head. Stones Theatre Company is currently presenting their debut production, Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens. They are the only company in the UK with the rights to perform Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens - a challenging piece which presents thought-provoking stories about how it was to live with HIV and die of AIDS in the 1980’s in America.
The cast are predominantly formed from Oxford Brookes students, with many from the drama department - although some actors who have attended drama school and some who are primarily based within the film industry are taking part. Olivia says that “it has always been my ambition to pursue becoming a theatre director and 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! I look forward to seeing you there!
Stones Theatre Company will be donating 75% of their profits to Oxford’s Terrence Higgins Trust (THT), who provide invaluable support and information to the community about HIV and AIDS, a disease which is still ever present in our society. Olivia comments that “we found out last week that government funding for THT in the new financial year will be cut which is devastating. It makes our production that much more poignant and important, with its evidence that stigma is certainly still present over 30 years after the epidemic”.
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
Senior lecturer in Drama, Dr Eleanor Lowe
Tuesday 1 December is National AIDS Day, so 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 Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens at Modern Art Oxford at 7.30, Tuesday 3 December, and on Thursday 3 December there will be a gala performance at Oxford Town Hall. Tickets can be bought here: https://stonestheatre.yapsody.com