Jefny Ashcroft: Drama Specialist

Latest production news

My latest production Himmat (Courage) had a great reception. At least 345 people attended over five performances. The overwhelming verdict (gleaned from Evaluation sheets, post-its and verbal comments) was positive. Eshmit Kaur, my collaborator, and I were delighted both that a substantial portion of our audiences identified themselves as Sikh (68% overall) and that many people had not visited the Wolverhampton Art Gallery, where we staged the play, before.

Himmat - final performance

I am now working on a talk-cum-storytelling session for the next Wolverhampton Literature Festival (31st January – 2nd February 2020). It will be presented at Wolverhampton Art Gallery and centres on a striking and intriguing portrait by Irene Welburn: Nurse Brown From Jamaica.

More details to follow.

Making history

I write and produce professionally-acted and directed plays. These are frequently based on actual historical events researched by myself.

My approach is three-pronged: adult drama involving communities in various venues including open-air ones; plays for children both in schools and historic and characterful buildings; and informal, sometimes promenade, site-specific pieces for adults in archives, museums and art galleries.

People’s memories of their area’s past and their own experiences are also important in my script-writing. I aim to create a rapport with audiences who may not see theatre as something they normally do.

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Would you like me to work with you?

I can write comedy or more serious drama. I have good working relations with a number of Archives and particularly welcome writing site-specific pieces for such institutions.

Plays start at 15 minutes but can be considerably longer depending on your anticipated audience. See here for a complete listing of my previous plays which have been performed.

Please feel free to contact me to arrange an informal discussion.