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Southwark Playhouse to stream six new audio plays

All productions are performed by the Elders Company, a drama group for participants aged 65 and over.

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As well as Southwark Playhouse presenting new productions year round, their community outreach projects see playwrights working with the local community. As part of the Southwark Playhouse Elders Company, six audio plays will be released throughout the month, available from 1 - 21 February.

For the series, two members of the Company devised and wrote a piece in tribute to Leslie Gay, a member of the Company who died in 2020. Speaking about the audio plays, performer and company member Mina Temple said: “Realising my voice was my only tool to convey the nuances. twists and shades in the story was a challenge.”

The details on all six audio plays are as follows:

Puffins: Sophie Ellerby’s drama sees Gwyneth scatter the ashes of her late husband, reminscing about him with her friend, Rose. Available from 1 February.

Time Lapse: Stewart Melton’s play sees three sisters discuss how science has impacted the future. Available from 4 February.

Red Tide: Justina Kehinde’s play sees two sisters, separated by continents, deal with their Kenyan homeland. Available from 8 February.

Melancholy: Four friends gather for dinner in Abraham Adeyemi’s drama, but previous issues still run rife. Available from 11 February.

They Also Serve: Dedicated to the memory of Elders Company member Leslie Gay, who passed away in 2020, Wendy Buckley and John McRae’s play journeys across one hundred years of the important work done by Blind Veterans UK through the lives of some of those it has touched. Available from 15 February.

How To Kill Your Mother: A mother tries to persuade her daughter to go for assisted suicide to avoid suffering in Georgia Green’s audio play. Available from 18 February.

The audio plays are available at Southwark Playhouse from 1 - 21 February. More information can be found here

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