Alumna Stephanie Martin's new play "Joy" has been featured on Channel 4 news

joy_680x400pxA new play written by LEH alumna Stephanie Martin (1997-2004) has appeared on Channel 4 news.
https://www.channel4.com/news/the-actors-with-learning-difficulties-who-are-treading-the-boards.


The play is the raw, urgent, and celebratory coming-of-age story of a young woman with Down’s syndrome.  This play explores themes of disability, control, sexuality, family, friendship and freedom.

Joy is on at Theatre Royal Stratford East from 24 October to 4 November. 

Stephanie wrote: I have the fondest memories of my time at LEH. As a writer and actor I spend a lot of time considering what makes people “tick”. So much of what makes me “tick” was formed at LEH, surrounded by staff and students who encouraged me and my peers to be powerful, driven and spirited women who continually challenge themselves and the world around them, whilst always retaining a certain “twinkle in the eye” as we so admired in our headmistress, the late Elizabeth Candy. Never take yourself too seriously but take your work extremely seriously and with the utmost respect. Cementing my passion and career path during my A-Levels in Theatre Studies and English Literature whilst at LEH, I went on to read English and Theatre Studies at University of Birmingham and have worked as a theatre-maker, writer and performer ever since. My work centres on new narratives, perspectives and voices too long kept in the margins.

Follow Stephanie on twitter @steph_martin_