Jefny Ashcroft: Drama Specialist

Latest production news

Arts Council England has agreed to fund my latest play Himmat (Courage).

Fifty years ago this year an important campaign to gain Wolverhampton Sikh bus drivers the right to wear beards and turbans was successful.

Himmat will celebrate this victory with five performances from Thursday September 26th to Sunday 29th, in the Georgian Room , Wolverhampton Art Gallery. The hour-long play will be professionally-acted and directed and is suitable for adults and children 14 plus. The play is not suitable for younger children. Disturbing subjects, such as self-immolation, are central to the plot.

Tickets will be available through EVENTBRITE from the beginning of September and will be £3 and £2 concessions (Pensioners/benefit holders).

Himmat has been given the accolade of appearing as a preview performance for the fourth Wolverhampton Literature Festival (WOLF) which runs from 31st January to 2nd February 2020.

More on the true story behind the play and some details of both the writer (myself) and the script editor and director Eshmit Kaur and what made us want to tell this particular story. There are further details of my most recent previous productions, and a complete listing of my previous plays which have been performed.

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.

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