Happily Even After- Touring Oxfordshire in October

Here is a message from our good friends at Human Story Theatre. We are collaborating with them in their touring production of Happily Even After. More details of the shows are on the link below:

Oxford-based Human Story Theatre (HST) takes an up-close look at domestic abuse in the company’s latest play, Happy Even After, touring the city and Oxfordshire in October. The actors go behind closed doors in their intimate style to bear witness to the joy and eventual carnage of two couples’ relationships. 

The performance is part of what critics have called the company’s innovative, ‘compelling’ and ‘excellently acted’ work taking health and social care stories into communities to encourage audiences to share their experiences with visiting experts. 

Gaye Poole, joint artistic director of HST and the play’s writer, says: ‘It appears society is moving in the right direction by recognising a life that too many people have to endure. We hope our work brings the stories behind domestic violence out into the open to help people understand it and hopefully stop it happening.’ 

In the play, ebullient Peter, a hard-working policeman and all round ‘good egg’, finds love a second time around with cautious Kate, an office worker who finds it hard to trust again. Ash, a charming and ambitious history lecturer, and caring Naomi, a talented, aspiring dress designer, marry on the same fateful day as Peter and Kate. 

We go inside their lives over several anniversaries, sharing happy and more difficult moments. We see how domestic abuse comes in too many forms and is hidden from too many people. Questions abound. Should I leave? Where will I go? What will they do to me? Who should I tell? Should I report my neighbour? 

In the accompanying Q&A, people with lived experience and professionals who work with domestic abuse help us to be more alert to unhealthy relationships and recognise when and how to support people in reaching their own ‘happy even after’. 

HST is partnering with A2 Dominion Housing and Reducing the Risk of Domestic Abuse for the tour, which is funded by Arts Council England, the Lottery and several other local organisations.