Stones Theatre Company: Closer by Patrick Marber
Olivia Stone and Rachael Head are Finders Keepers Student Letting tenants who are studying Drama and English Literature at Brookes University. In May 2015 they decided to set up their own production company as they wanted to use their passion for drama to get involved in the local community. They have achieved impressive success with their venture despite continuing their studies and working as well.
Feeling there was a gap in Oxford’s theatre scene for vibrant work to be produced in interesting venues they decided to host their current project – a production of Patrick Marber’s Closer – at Modern Art Oxford from 28th to 30th November at 7.30pm.
Their first production was; ‘Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens’ which was performed last year at Modern Art Oxford and the Oxford Town Hall. The performance portrayed the AIDS epidemic in 1980s America – they wanted to show how people were and are affected by the disease and depicted this time through songs and monologues. In addition, they formed a relationship with Oxford’s Terence Higgins Trust, an organisation which helps support people living with HIV today. They donated £650 of their profit to the continuing support within the community.
They enjoyed putting together, producing and directing this play so much that they decided to go ahead this next performance of Closer. This play is a raw look at the power and politics of relationships and was made famous by a film version in which Natalie Portman, Julia Roberts and Jude Law starred but it is rarely performed on stage, let alone in Oxford. The Stones Theatre Company went in search of four new aspiring actors around Oxfordshire and have made the play their own by featuring how modern technology has changed the way people build relationships.