A key feature of Human Story Theatre is that after every show we have a 20 minute Q&A, which we feel is of equal importance to the play itself.
An informal atmosphere is created for the Q&A, facilitated by the two actors, with local specialists able to signpost people to their local services.
Building on the story within the play, the audience is also encouraged to share their own experiences, both to 'offload' and also to help support fellow audience members, if appropriate.
Human Story Theatre Post-Show Q&A

The purpose of the Q&A is to further engage with the audience:

To exchange information.

To raise awareness.

To encourage responsibility for own health/social care and for that of the community.

To signpost people to services.

To create a safe environment to share feelings and experiences, where appropriate.

To create an opportunity for reflection and possible change.

Q&A Audience Feedback

Audience Member

Connie's Colander

"I found the show & Q&A very informative.  It will help me when dealing with my aunt who has dementia."

Audience Member

Connie's Colander

"As a carer I was very familiar with the relationship between Connie and her daughter.  It was comforting to know that I am doing something right at times, because it often seems as though I am floundering."

Audience Member

Connie's Colander

"Thank you very much for such a wonderful performance (a few tears were shed) and thank you to Dementia Oxfordshire for kindly answering all our questions in the post show Q&A."

Lucy Askew

Chief Executive & Producer, Creation Theatre

"As with all Human Story Theatre productions the post show talks are far more than an add on and an integral part of the production. For DRY the post show talk I attended was incredible, the audience fully engaged in the topic sharing their own experiences in a moving and inspiring way."

Audience Member

DRY, Old Fire Station, Oxford

"Very impressed by Turning Point. I also appreciated hearing people in the audience share their problems."

Audience Member

Connie's Colander, Headington Library

amazing info which I can draw on & use to pass on to others.

Audience Member

Connie's Colander, Library at The Curve, Slough

"Emotional! But in a good way. Helpful to learn more + feel among friends."


Our Q&A specialists are members of local groups and supporting organisations relevant to the theme of the play

Please see the list of all our shows below.

Click on the tabs to get more information about the individual services available in your community.


Ongoing Shows

Connie’s Colander  is our most toured play, notching up over 45 shows since 2015. It depicts the relationship of a mother and daughter and the impact of the mother’s dementia on their shared cookery show, and their lives. We have partnered with a range of dementia specialists from the NHS , Alzheimer’s UK and many local dementia advisory services.

Supporting Organisations



Rachel Oscroft

Alzheimers Society

Kate Czeczko


Maureen Cundell (RNU) Oxford Health


Wellbeing Team

Michelle Berry, Neighbourhood Co-ordinator

Alzheimers Society

Carole Allen


Home Instead, Chichester & Bognor Regis

Lisa Kail, Registered manager

Dementia Friendly, Worthing

Lynsey Tran, Communities Coordinator


Alzheimers Society

Brian Canning


JAN 2018

As part of 'Dry January' 2018, commissioned by the NHS, we toured our play DRY  to highlight the affects of alcohol on middle aged middle class families. Below is a list of supporting organisations that formed part of our Q&A panel, as well as resources for further reading relating to addiction and recovery.

Supporting Organisations

Further Reading


Below is a list of recommended books relating to addiction and recovery.

  • Living Sober AA book

  • The Road Less Travelled

    By Scott Peck

  • Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget

  • Wondering Who You Are: A Memoir

  • Why Don't They Just Quit? What Families and Friends Need to Know About Addiction and Recovery

  • Dark Wine Waters: My Husband of a Thousand Joys and Sorrows


JULY 2017

The Fourth Dog  focused on three generations of a family with breast cancer as it’s central theme. Partnering with Against Breast Cancer in 2017 following the Q&A’s we were able to offer afterthought tables for people to receive personal advice such as the correct breast checking procedure.

Supporting Organisations


Hannah Gray, Engagement Lead for Oxfordshire

The Hummingbird Cancer Support & Therapy Centre

Mechelle Harris

Bosom Friends

Jan Backhouse

Against Breast Cancer

Dr Nicola Winstone

Felicity Denham

Medical Tattooist

Karina Atthwal

Nutritional Advice

Baz Oldershaw


Flat 73

Autumn 2016 & Spring 2017

Flat 73 explored the themes of loneliness and suicide in the lives of four very different people and also the role of the Samaritans. We partnered with Samaritans for two tours of this play in 2016 and 2017 and recruited volunteers for them and other organisations who support isolated individuals.

Supporting Organisations


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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