Human Story Theatre

We focus on new plays with a health and social care issue at heart.

We are passionate that theatre is for all and believe by highlighting health and social care issues within our productions, that it is an exciting way to engage, entertain and raise awareness.

Our aim is to be accessible to all. We ‘pop-up’ in any designated space with minimal set, giving a shared light shared space experience. We also operate a ‘pay what you can’ policy where possible.

Human Story Theatre partners with local communities, groups and organisations relevant to the issue being explored in each play. Professionals/members of these groups then come to lead post-show Q&As with the aim of signposting the audience to their local services.


Our post-show Q&As are as important to us as the plays themselves.

They offer a 20 minute discussion with experts from supporting organisations relevant to the theme of each play. The aim is to raise awareness and signpost audience members to the local support and services available to them.

Alison Graham

***** The Oxford Times

"Humour, pathos, shock, pain are provoked as you watch the drama unfold. […] Yet despite the serious nature of the subject matter, it doesn’t lecture. I laughed, was close to tears, and at times also deeply uncomfortable.”

Sophie Hums

Daily Info

"I would urge everyone to keep an eye on this theatre company. They bring difficult subjects to life and provoke discussion on ways in which they can be tackled. The show was brilliantly performed […]"

Michael Billington

Theatre critic

"Much taken with DRY by Gaye Poole, which I caught in the basement of St James's Piccadilly and which offers a salutary warning about the dangers of middle-class alcoholism. Presented by a lively Oxfordshire company […]"

Audience Member

Connies's Colander, High Wycombe Library

"Excellent - easy to follow and very captivating and emotional. I wasn’t sure what to expect but this has been an amazing experience and homed in on real issues."

Jeremy Spafford

Director, Arts at the Old Fire Station

"We have been working with Human Story Theatre since their inception because they produce the kind of work that we are keen to present: new, well written, well executed, thought provoking and reaching out to new audiences."

John Terry

Artistic Director, The Theatre at Chipping Norton

"Human Story Theatre are a valuable and useful addition to our programme, tackling social and community issues as fits our remit as a local theatre, but doing so with engaging, well made pieces of theatre."

Joanna Trollope


"I was so impressed, and really moved, by DRY. It is a stunning piece of theatre, both in the writing and the acting, and should be seen nationwide. It’s also a most effective marriage of theatre and therapy."


As a registered charity we do not receive any regular funding. Please help by making a one-off or monthly donation to enable us to continue our work.

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