Plays

More Frog King Love

The review of The Frog King by Alfred Mann for the Bromyard Info Magazine (1st edition August 2017) "Having seen Offbeat’s last production The Raven ("The Killing of Poe" - Ed), which was quite dark with lots of obscure literary references, I wondered just how Barbara Hockley would turn her wordsmith mastery to a show suitable for children of all ages. (more…)

By Barbara, ago
Plays

Sharing the Frog King Love…

At the beginning of August, Offbeat Theatre had an absolute blast performing The Frog King in Bredenbury. Our unusual location required us to convert 4 rooms and a few corridors into a magical fairytale-land - which we did over the months preceding the show. The audience moved from room to room with the action - not quite 'immersive', but a blurring of the lines that usually separate audience from actors. (more…)

By Barbara, ago
Plays

The Frog King – early days

The next Offbeat Theatre production has been a long time coming. After the darkness that was The Killing of Poe in February 2016 we had the promise of a lighter one act play courtesy of The Space in December 2016, which we cancelled for our own inexplicable reasons. But now ... we have the emergence of THE FROG KING! Hooray! (more…)

By Barbara, ago
Offbeat News

The Frog King Cometh!

The new Offbeat Theatre production is based very very loosely on the Frog Prince and we've called it The Frog King. Immediately you see the looseness of the story! In fact if you hop over (sorry) to the blog you might find a more detailed synopsis. (more…)

By Barbara, ago
Plays

Perilous Tales Revisited

Perilous Tales was a strange, twisted, funny and rather dark series of ‘cautionary’ tales that I created for the Youth Theatre years ago. We had a lot of fun with it, as we did with just about every show we produced. So, I thought … how about revisiting Perilous Tales, Read more…

By Barbara, ago
Ideas & Inspiration

Ghosts on Stage

What is it about ghosts? Why are they so fascinating on stage? Personally, I just love the murky, shady world of the unknowable land of the dead. Putting them on stage is a challenge I relish. They crop up rather a lot in my plays as well, so that’s just Read more…

By Barbara, ago
Plays

How to get your dreams on the stage!

You know when you wake up and you've just had the most amazing dream. You'll never forget it! Until, of course, a few minutes later when it's completely slipped away and no matter how hard you try you can't get it back. So you try to keep a dream diary, but half the time you don't write your dream down (the pen doesn't work/isn't there at the right time and/or a cup of tea/coffee/more sleep beckons....) (more…)

By Barbara, ago
Plays

Beauty and the Beast

My version of Beauty and the Beast has now been tried and tested! We’re into our second week here in lovely Herefordshire at our local theatre in Bromyard and the reviews are fantastic!! I had faith in the notion that children (and adults) actually like stories and that you didn’t Read more…

By Barbara, ago