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We are now enlisting directors for our next week-long textual analysis coursewith renowned theatre director Irina Brown. This course will explore the European tradition of textual analysis, providing a toolbox for unlocking complex dramatic texts and for discovering your own creative vision. Email us if you would like to know more.

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48 plays in 24 weeks.

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St Dunstan's is the National charity for blind service and ex-sevicemen that has a training and rehabilitation centre near Brighton within a nursing home. Using interviews with St Dunstaners of different generations this research and development project will conclude with performances based on their heroic testimonies.


Prompted by the recent deaths of young people in both the UK and South Africa at the hands of guns, OTC begin development on a long-term conflict resolution project in London, Birmingham, Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Patrons: John Kani, Janet Suzman

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A PLACE OF SAFETY by Susan MacLaine

From Maria Colwell to Victoria Climbie and beyond, society has always been content to devolve responsibility for child protection to a group of professionals. It is New Year's Eve 2001; the Climbie inquiry is at its height.For Diana Lees, retired children's social worker, it should be an evening for family and celebrations but events conspire forcing her to confront her actions during the Colwell case 30 years ago.

A Place of Safety, drawing on the minutes of proceedings from the Colwell inquiry, is a fictionalised exploration of the personal cost to those who take responsibility for our children and the ultimate price society has to pay.

IMMORTALS by Richard Vincent

1980. Les and Mike are happy being nobodies. They blend in. They are invisible. This way they can fulfil their ambitions: to kill the beautiful and the famous. So they can die young. So they become immortals.

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