Brave refugees ignite actor’s creative flame

Acting Alone is at Buxton's Pavilion Arts Centre on January 22.
Acting Alone is at Buxton's Pavilion Arts Centre on January 22.

Revered actor Ava Hunt was approached by Amnesty International, Derbyshire to create a play to raise money when the humanitarian crisis in Palestine was at its height in 2014.

The reports in the news about what was happening to the Palestinians in Gaza were so upsetting, and after Ava’s own visit to Palestine the year before she felt it was something she wanted to write about.

The result was Acting Alone, a one-woman play inspired by the brave and engaging people Avam et in West Bank refugee camps.

In her unique performance style, Ava weaves together stories of immense complexity and fragile humanity with tales of the frequently funny and occasionally downright bizarre experiences of touring as an actor, performing alone.

The audience’s feedback to the first few outing of the play (including Buxton Festival Fringe 2015) was so positive, that Acting Alone is now on tour nationally, and visits Buxton again this month.

Ava, who lives in Matlock, has worked in theatre, television and film for over 30 years. Her television credits include A Touch of Frost, Emmerdale and Coronation Street.

Acting Alone is at the Pavilion Arts Centre on January 22.Tickets £16. Call 01298 72190 or www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk