21st – 25th February.
Oxford Playhouse welcomes Sandi Toksvig’s world première production Silver Lining. This new comedy from English Touring Theatre is a female powerhouse of acting. Touching on how we treat elderly people in this country, this funny and moving play spins the way we view old age on its head.
On a dark and stormy night in the upper day room of the Silver Retirement Home, five elderly ladies give a glimpse into their remarkable, rich and tangled lives. With the storm floods rising and no rescue team in sight, the ladies are faced with the sudden realisation that in order to survive they are going to have to do what they have done for their entire lives – do it themselves! These five extraordinary yet forgotten women come together one treacherous night to recreate The Great Escape – senior citizen style.
Written by Sandi Toksvig, writer, actor, presenter and political activist, this is a clear offering of meaty parts for older women in British theatre. Sandi is the host of BBC television quiz show QI – the first woman in the UK to host a prime time panel show. Rebecca Gatwood, winner of Broadcast award and soap award-winner (Eastenders – best episode and scene), directs with previous work as Company Director on This Is Our Youth with Matt Damon and Casey Affleck at the Garrick Theatre.
Starring a remarkable cast which includes Sheila Reid who plays Madge in ITVs Benidorm, Rachel Davies, a previous series regular in Emmerdale and TV show Band of Gold and Maggie McCarthy who has previously worked with Headlong at Bristol Old Vic. Joanna Munro also joins the cast, with stints on the West End and as a series regular on BBC Radio 4 series Homefront, alongside Amanda Walker, who has worked on big budget films such as The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Captain America: The First Avenger and Cloud Atlas. Keziah Joseph will make her professional debut as Hope.