Radius is a registered charity
Radius has always campaigned for the highest possible standards of performance in religious drama. The society’s founders believed that a good play reflected God’s creative powers and should always be the best its interpreters could offer. The fact that good production standards are now taken for granted in the churches owes a great deal to Radius’s work over the years.
People of vision
Dame Judi Dench, one of our Patrons, started her career in the York Mystery Plays revived by Radius's second President E Martin Browne in 1951. We draw inspiration from all those who have achieved the highest standards in the theatre and who have felt that the society deserved their support.
What we do
In the 21st century Radius is run from the homes of volunteers, providing resources to members through its collection of playscripts, an assessment service for authors, a regular magazine supplemented by a newsletter and regular training events.
How we do it
The society does not mount its own productions but works with local groups who ask for assistance in putting on a performance. Radius has six published plays currently in print in addition to over 40 plays which can be hired in copiable typescript. A major publishing venture in recent years has been a series of drama-based study courses.
Recent events and performances
Radius hosts a regular series of workshops in association with local groups round the country.
Recent workshops have included Voice with Yvonne Morley, Acting with Will Featherstone (pictured below) and film-making with Matt Harris.
In association with the Friends of St Mary’s, North Stoke, Radius helped to mount a Julian of Norwich festival in 2016, including performances of
Cell Talk by Dana Bagshaw, and in 2017, again at St Mary’s, we staged extracts from plays on the Faustus theme as part of an illustrated talk. Plans for 2018 include an acting workshop with David Sturzaker, as well as Radius’s major initiative with our Playwriting Competition 2018. We are also launching a new volume of performance pieces on the subject of Reconciliation.
Radius welcomes people seeking to explore spiritual, social and ethical themes through drama. As a forum for discussion it encourages a relationship between theatre and faith within contemporary culture and promotes plays that throw light on the human condition.
Radius offers scripts for performance, an assessment service for new plays, a series of study guides, a magazine and a programme of workshops.
Pages are currently being updated or added to the Radius website, so be sure to check it out again shortly.