ABOUT US

Human Story Theatre was established by Amy Enticknap and Gaye Poole, with an aim to explore health and social care issues through the medium of theatre and to raise awareness of important issues that affect communities everywhere.

Human Story Theatre harnesses the power of theatre to convey important messages about real issues faced by the health and social care sectors today. Human Story Theatre works to unite communities, to raise awareness of the support available by signposting local resources and making support networks more accessible. The ‘pay what you can’ policy means that performances, taking place in local community centres, libraries and theatres, are open to all and fully accessible.

Human Story Theatre not only informs but actively involves their audience, encouraging people to share experiences and to play an active part in the discussions and debate surrounding the issues faced. An important by-product is the resultant understanding between individuals within communities affected by the themes, the further strengthening of relationships and the promotion of  individual responsibility regarding the particular issues. Human Story Theatre partners with local community groups, health and social care professionals, charities and organisations working to support those affected by the issues explored in each play. Members of these groups lead post-show Q&As with the aim of signposting the audience to relevant resources within their local services.

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"We work to unite and inform communities through the medium of theatre"

Our Aims

To tour quality one hour innovative new plays on health or social care issues.

To create theatre that is accessible to all. Both from a ‘pay what you can’ policy and from the ‘shared light shared space’ simplicity of each production.

To create hard-hitting drama that is used to disseminate information and start conversations amongst audiences.

To choose topics that resonate with the people around us and that can help our communities in some way.

To partner with organisations pertaining to the topic. To tour with local representatives of these and other organisations to deliver the post-show discussion at every show.

To create intimate settings, inches from the stage area, to draw the audience into the world portrayed and subsequently into the post-show debate.

To help create more supportive, cohesive communities that are more pro-active about the health and social care issues that affect their communities.

Our Progress

Human Story Theatre was formed in August 2016 and registered as a charity (CIO) in June 2017. The company has already achieved national acclaim for its outreach work to date, in raising awareness of health and social care issues through new writing, and delivering accessible performances in studio theatres and community spaces.

Human Story Theatre has established a strong portfolio of partnerships since it was established and has a strong track record of reaching new audiences.

Thus far Human Story Theatre have created more dementia aware communities with Connie’s Colander, recruited volunteers for organisations that support lonely and isolated people with Flat 73, spread breast-checking messages with The Fourth Dog and encouraged audiences to interrogate their own drinking habits in DRY.

MEET THE TEAM

Amy and Gaye met over twelve years ago while on a medical role-play job, in Oxford. Together, and separately, they work as role-players and facilitators in teaching communication skills to medical students, qualified nurses, doctors and midwives. Straddling the two worlds of make believe and the real life certainly crystallised the idea of Human Story Theatre which has become the perfect vehicle for Amy and Gaye’s concerns regarding health and social care. They would like to help communities in some way and as actors the tools available to them are to convey important messages in theatre form.

Amy Enticknap

Amy Enticknap

Actor / Producer

After completing her degree in Drama and Theatre Studies at Roehampton University, Amy trained at The Oxford School of Drama. She has worked as an actor for over 18 years, mainly in theatre but also in film, TV and radio. She works regularly as a voice-over artist, often voicing children and squeaky animals and has narrated over 60 children’s audiobooks. She honed her theatre producing skills on the job, first in co-running SatMatCo and now Human Story Theatre.

Gaye Poole

Gaye Poole

Actor / Writer

After training as a general and then a psychiatric nurse, Gaye retrained as an actor at East 15 Acting School. Always favouring community theatre, Gaye set up WILD an integrated youth theatre company for people with and without learning disabilities and has enjoyed running reminiscence workshops for older people, in between acting jobs. Restarting her acting career after raising her sons, she toured Memory Exchange to day centres which also kick-started her love of writing.

Keith Martin

Keith Martin

CEO

Biography

Keith started his career in the RAF before moving into the services and construction sectors. More recently he has been running his own management consultancy business focusing on strategy development, business planning and business growth within the government services sector. Specialising in the setting up and management of Local Authority Trading Companies (LATCO), Keith has supported a number of organisations across the UK including a large services group, a newly established law firm and most recently Oxford City Council’s new social enterprise, Oxford Direct Services. Keith’s voluntary unpaid role as CEO of Human Story Theatre includes everything from managing the accounts to building the sets! Keith is also a trustee (chairman designate) and director of Film Oxford.

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Dr Marion Lynch

Special Projects Advisor

Biography

Marion (Maz) holds senior posts in the NHS as a Deputy Medical Director and in academia as a Visiting Professor. Her strategic role ensures person centred care is at the heart of policy making, her  professorial work enables her to gather the evidence needed to support arts in health.

She is also a Charity Founder and Director of Fiona Foundation for Kids an international charity to care for children in need and empower women.

She is Trustee for Paintings in Hospitals developing social media campaigns and volunteers with Alzheimer’s Cafes and Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust  by being the medic on recovering children’s sailing manic holidays

Alex Wright

Alex Wright

Design & Digital Marketing

Biography

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Christine Adames

Christine Adames

Chair

Biography

Christine has over 30 years’ experience working in the third sector, both professionally and as a volunteer, with board level experience in strategic planning, change management and business development. She has been a volunteer trustee for 25 years, working in a diverse range of charities, including involvement in setting up two, one of which is now a national children’s’ charity and she is currently chair of the second one in the area of domestic violence. Her particular interests are in charity governance, trustee development, strategic planning and income generation.

Christine now runs her own business providing coaching and change management services to individuals, teams and organisations. 

She is also a mentor with The Aspire Foundation and a member of the Clare Foundation Charity Advisors Network. Christine has been an avid Amdram performer, director and backstage crew member for over 25 years and is passionate about the theatre and the power of storytelling.

Dr Ruth Wilson

Dr Ruth Wilson

Trustee

Biography

Ruth qualified as a doctor in 1985 and has been a family doctor in East Oxford since 1992. She is also a lecturer at the University of Oxford and teaches undergraduate students in their clinical years.
Ruth says it's a tremendous privilege to be allowed to share in the lives of her patients and to witness their own human stories. She believes the rich knowledge and insights gained, help in her general practice work but also help in her teaching, where she tries to add human and real life context to more purely academic studies.

Ruth's favourite definition of culture is "the stories we tell of ourselves".
It's therefore with great excitement that she has become a trustee of Human Story Theatre.
She hopes her experience will add additional authenticity to writing as well as making sure stories are factually correct when referring directly to clinical issues.
Her connection with wider communities and support groups mean that Ruth can suggest and enable more wider access and involvement to promote the true value to us all of the shared human story.

Maureen Fairweather Hole

Maureen Fairweather Hole

Trustee

Biography

Having been helped to read by my first drama teacher I have had a life-long interest in drama and theatre.  After leaving school, having unsuccessfully auditioned for drama schools, I was not sure in what direction I wanted to go and started working in a library, as a personal assistant and then in an occupational therapy department of a psychiatric hospital engaging patients through drama and music.  This helped me make my decision to train as a teacher with drama as my specialism initially with the view to working specifically with pupils with learning difficulties.

I have since been privileged to work in schools, with a wide range of students, in Kent and Oxfordshire as a drama teacher, head of department and faculty, Senior management and my final role was as Director of Visual and Performing Arts specialism which entailed working with the arts across the school, local community, partnership primary schools and with artists and companies developing projects in a range of arts medium.  This was a role I thoroughly enjoyed and where you could observe the difference the arts can make to community well-being and cohesion.

Being involved with Human Story Theatre is a way of supporting a theatre company that is delivering exciting opportunities, promoting health and well-being but also thought provoking theatre that is reaching out to wider audiences.

Neil Crossley

Neil Crossley

Treasurer

Biography

Neil has worked in the retail financial services sector for 30 years, holding senior executive positions that have included leading large UK based operational teams, and building and maintaining strategic partnerships with operational third party providers both in the UK and India, with responsibility for operational budgets of up to £35m. He was awarded Nationwide Building Society “Leader of the Year” and “Employee of the Year” in 2011 in recognition of his transformational impact on his part of the business.

Neil is delighted to join Human Story Theatre as a trustee, and is enjoying applying his commercial experience to a theatre group that offers such a relevant, challenging and inclusive programme of work.

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