Chickenshed: An Awfully Big Adventure
By: Elizabeth Thomson
In 1974, musician and composer Jo Collins met Mary Ward, a teacher and director. With a shared belief in harnessing the creativity in everyone and anyone, they started a theatre company. In a chicken shed.
The rest, as they say, is history. Forty years on, Chickenshed is a unique theatre company that makes beautiful challenging, pioneering and inspirational theatre, and the concept of inclusion that seemed so obvious to Jo and Mary is now an international movement with a mission to change the world. Thousands of people have enjoyed Chickenshed shows, major figures such as Princess Diana and Judi Dench have supported their work, and many lives have been changed by the company’s ability to bring together young people from all backgrounds, races and abilities.
Chickenshed: An awfully big adventure charts the story of this incredible theatre company, to commemorate its 40th anniversary.
A heartwarming and informative celebration of the landmark 40th anniversary … Thomson’s storytelling as she recounts the history makes for an illuminating read
- The Stage
Wtih Christmas looming on the horizon, the pressure to buy the perfect gift grows by the day … But with the launch of Chickenshed theatre’s coffee table book, the answer of what to get the person who has everything might just have arrived
- The Enfield Advertiser
[Chickenshed’s] story is told in this celebratory coffee-table book, with spotlights on individual company members and an affectionate foreword by Judi Dench
- New Statesman