What makes a person take a stand? Is it the sudden impulse of a single moment, or one small part of a lifelong commitment?

What makes a person elect to stand up and be counted? And would you do the same?

Chris Goode & Company and Oxford Playhouse present STAND: real life stories of courage and conscience from ordinary people who stood up for something, or someone, they believed in.

Six people who chose to act; and six actors, telling their stories in their own words. Stories about justice and sustainability, about friendship and risk, about bravery and kindness. Extraordinary moments from everyday life.

STAND is a moving, inspiring celebration of the power of people to change their corner of the world.

Richard Davenport


Conceived and directed by Chris Goode
Designer – Naomi Dawson
Lighting designer – Anna Watson

Cast: Spencer Brown (2015 only), Michael Fenton Stevens, Kelda Holmes, Christian Roe (2014 only), Gwyneth Strong, Cathy Tyson, Lawrence Werber

A Chris Goode & Company and
Oxford Playhouse production
Supported by Arts Council England

Oxford Playhouse Arts Council England
“A reminder that small gestures matter. ”
Lyn Gardner
The Guardian
“Goode does this better than anyone. He takes an ostensibly simple idea – taking a stand – and reveals all its hidden depths. … A deeply thoughtful, careful piece of theatre.”
Matt Trueman
What's On Stage
“Essentially lovely and optimistic (particularly if you’re a bit of a would-be leftie revolutionary).”
Andrew Haydon
Postcards from the Gods
“With delicate moments of humour [and] droplets of poignancy, ... this is a simple and brilliantly affective piece of theatre.”
Liz Allum
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Time Out
star star star star

Show History

May/June 2014
West Oxford Community Association, Oxford
April 2015
Old Fire Station, Oxford
Corn Exchange, Newbury
South Street Arts, Reading
The Mill, Banbury
Battersea Arts Centre, London
May 2015
Mayfest, Bristol
June 2015
Pulse festival, Ipswich
Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
The Arches, Glasgow