Aunty Jen Productions is a professional theatre company based in Studley in Warwickshire, between Redditch and Stratford-upon-Avon.
We are a direct legacy of the work of Studley Isolation Support Group (SISG), a volunteer group set up to respond to the needs of our community during Covid-19 Lockdown. Professional actress and director, Jennifer Rigby, created the character of Aunty Jen to bring to life stories and comedy monologues filmed in her garden shed to keep both young and old entertained.
After 107 days and 182 individual posts Jen closed the door on her Story-shack to contemplate how to entertain a community emerging from Lockdown. At the same time, the founders of SISG were considering the legacy of the volunteer group. Happily these two things collided and Aunty Jen Productions was created!
As soon as the Government announced its plan to re-open theatres the company leapt into action. In 3 weeks, and with a budget of just £500, we pulled together a professional production of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ performed outdoors on the back of a 45ft truck! With the support of local businesses, the Parish Council and a HUGE team of volunteers, the event was an resounding success. Take a look at our Reviews page!
We finally performed our Arts Council funded pantomime ‘Sleeping Beauty’ during May Half Term 2021 and our production of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ ran with huge success in June and July 2021. Since then, AJP has gone from strength to strength as we continue to entertain and bring our community together! Take a look at our What’s On page to see what we’ve got planned next!
We have created a community-led professional company, breathing life into the heart of the village by working with local venues and businesses. Our efforts have been acknowledged through a Volunteer Group Recognition Award for South Warwickshire WCAVA Awards for our work in the community!
We’d love to hear from you! If you are interested in joining the company as a volunteer, or are a local business with ideas on how we can work together, please get in touch.
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