The Terrence Healy Initiative to Repopularise Dramatics
THIRD, the Terence Healy Initiative to Repopularise Dramatics, was set up by theatre director Terence Healy and standup comedian Sofie Hagen after she performed her acclaimed theatrical comedy show Bubblewrap at the Newport Arts Centre in 2015.
Terrence, Sofie and their team tour the UK holding galas, talks and classes for both young and old to encourage involvement in comedic and theatrical arts. They also help the drama teachers, theatre directors, and community organisers that they meet to establish THIRD groups of their own to assist with the cause and help further promote dramatics in their areas. Already THIRD groups have been established in London (several!), Bristol, Colchester and Leicester, with far more hoped to be created in 2017 and beyond.
So passionate is she about the project, Sofie's 2017 show 'Dead Baby Frog' will be THIRD's first official production of its own, and features many anecdotes about the journey Sofie has gone on in helping get the THIRD movement off the ground.
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Terrence Healy trained with the RSC between 1971 and 1974, playing roles in King Lear and Henry IV Part 1 before turning his hand to directing. He directed multiple plays at the Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, including Osborne's Look Back in Anger and Beckett's Waiting for Godot. He was later given the role of Artistic Director, curating and overseeing all productions at the theatre until 2007, when he was put in charge of programming at the Newport Arts Centre. It was there that he first met Sofie, and where THIRD was conceived.
Tackling taboo subjects with charm, razor-sharp timing and a hugely likeable personality, Danish comedian Sofie Hagen is revered in her home country and across the UK. A multi award-winning comedian, Sofie has taken out multiple Best Newcomer awards and has gone on to appear on TV and radio in both Denmark and England.