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Celebrities Line Up for Playhouse Show
18 November 2012
submitted by h&dh 05 November 2012
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There is a fantastic show on at the Oxford Playhouse in November - in aid of Helen & Douglas House - that you may want to see! See below for more details and for biographies of the line-up so far:

Celebrities Go Full Circle for Helen & Douglas House
Actress Sheila Hancock, BBC Arts Editor Will Gompertz, famous writer Anthony Horrowitz and Helen & Douglas House' very own Doctor Emily Harrop, are the names so far taking part in ‘Full Circle’ at the Playhouse, Oxford in aid of local children’s and young adults’ hospice Helen & Douglas House. A further guest will be announced in the next day or so.
The show on Sunday, 18 November 6.30 p.m, is based on Radio 4’s hugely successful ‘Chain Reaction’, where a group of guests take it in turns to interview each other until they come ‘Full Circle’.
Tickets priced £20 are available from the Oxford Playhouse Box Office T: 01865 305305 or W: A booking fee may apply.
Line Up so far:
·         Sheila Hancock has worked extensively as an actor in theatre, TV and film.  Recent work includes The Last of The Duchess directed by Richard Eyre at the Hampstead Theatre and Sister Act at the London Palladium.   TV Nellie & Melba, Just Henry and Moving On.   Recent film includes The Boy in Striped Pyjamas.   Books include Ramblings of an Actress, The Two of us and Just me.  She is now working on a novel.    She was first woman Artistic Director with the Royal Shakespeare Theatre Company.
·         Anthony Horowitz:  Anthony has written over 35 books including the bestselling teen spy series Alex Rider, which he adapted into a movie that was released worldwide in 2006. The Alex Rider series is estimated to have sold 13 million copies internationally. Anthony is also an acclaimed writer for adults and was commissioned by the Conan Doyle Estate and Orion Books to write a new Sherlock Holmes novel. The House of Silk was published in November 2011 and was internationally lauded as the top title of the autumn. His next novel, Oblivion, is much anticipated for October 2012.

Anthony is responsible for creating and writing some of the UK’s most beloved and successful television series, producing the first seven episodes (and the title) of Midsomer Murders. He is the writer and creator of award winning drama series Foyle’s War, which was the Winner of the Lew Grade Audience award for BAFTA. DCS Foyle was voted the nation’s favourite detective in 2011. Anthony has also written other original complex dramas for ITV, particularly thrillers. Collision, a major five part “state of the nation” piece was transmitted on ITV1 in November 2009 to seven million viewers a night. Legal thriller Injustice - created and written by Anthony for ITV1 - transmitted in June 2011, to widespread acclaim. Anthony has just completed writing a new series of Foyle’s War in which Foyle enters the world of Intelligence and the Cold War - the series will be filming in September 2012 with transmission due in 2013.

His stage thriller, Mindgame, premiered off Broadway in 2011. Anthony is currently working with Stephen Spielberg and Peter Jackson writing the sequel to the Tintin film and is also working on a screenplay for Warner Brothers.
·         Will Gompertz joined the BBC as Arts Editor in December 2009.  Prior to joining the BBC he spent 7 years as Tate Media Director and was responsible for Tate Online and Tate Etc, the UK’s highest circulation art magazine.  He also set up a TV and film production unit devoted to creating arts programmes for Channel 4, ITV, Aardman Animation and many more.  He has covered the arts for major publications such as The Times or Guardian since the early 1980s.  Will was named one of the world’s top 50 creative thinkers by New York-based Creativity magazine.  His new book ‘What Are You Looking At?’ is published by Penguin.
·         Dr Emily Harrop MBBS, BSc, PhD, MRCPCH, DCH, DPM:Emily has been a Consultant in Paediatric Palliative Care at Helen & Douglas House in Oxford for almost three years, and also holds an honorary contract at the John Radcliffe Hospital. While training as a paediatrician she undertook a PhD in Neuroscience, focused on pain in early development, as well as spending some time studying paediatric clinical pharmacology. Following this she completed her specialist training in children’s palliative Care at Great Ormond Street hospital.
·         Emily is a member of the Association of Paediatric Palliative Medicine Executive committee, and has recently joined the Medicines for Children Research Network Pain & Palliative Care clinical studies group.
·         She has presented a number of papers both nationally and internationally on behalf of Helen & Douglas House.
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