Normal Times

Normal Times

Written by Leanne Baines. Directed by Joanna Carrick
6 May at 8pm  – Online premiere and Q&A  

NORMAL TIMES is an incredible new short film about disability in times of crisis, written by Leanne Baines, who is a member of ‘ACT’, The Avenue Community Theatre Company. 

Leanne’s powerful writing uses her own experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic as a mother of her disabled son, Mark, drawing parallels to the persecution of people who were different during the 17th Century witch hunts led by Matthew Hopkins. We filmed the play during lockdown using green-screen technology with actors Victoria Gee and Ricky Oakley.

Join us on 6 May for a special online event for the premiere of the film, including a special Q&A about the piece with the cast and creatives. Tickets are free, but must be booked to receive the link to stream the online event. 

Have you got a question for our live Q&A with the cast and creatives of NORMAL TIMES? 

Send us your questions before the premiere and on the night! You can send your questions to us on twitter, Facebook, Instagram or email us!

Ricky Oakley

Ricky returns to Red Rose Chain’s screens this Spring after his role as the White Knight in ALICE IN WONDERLAND. Ricky is also known for his roles in Red Rose Chain productions including Joanna Carrick’s PUT OUT THE LIGHTS, PRIVATE LIVES, and MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING.


Victoria Gee

Victoria is returning to Red Rose Chain after ten years performing in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM at Theatre in the Forest 2010. Victoria has also been in BED BUGS, a hard hitting film about child poverty.

With Mark Baines

Writer – Leanne Baines

Director – Joanna Carrick

Editor – David Newborn

Background design – Katy Frost

How to watch

If you have booked a free ticket for the premiere event, we will send your link 24 hours before the event to access the live stream to the email address you provide when you book. If you have not received the link two hours before the performance, please check your junk folders and then email 

Click on the link or copy and paste it into your browser to access the live stream. Please note that you will only be able to watch via the links.

The event will be approx. 45 minutes


Need help?

We know technology can sometimes be difficult, so if you have any trouble accessing the event, please contact the team at or 01473 603388

The Avenue Community Theatre ‘ACT’ is a group for adults with disabilities, learning difficulties and adults struggling with mental health and addiction. ACT come together in weekly drama workshops to create thought provoking theatre and film that challenges the way society views vulnerable adults and those who are different.

The group have a keen interest in heritage and explore stories that draw parallels between the past and now in how society treats those who are different. ACT are working on their new project, exploring the society and beliefs in 17th Century Puritan Suffolk and the life of the self-proclaimed ‘Witch Finder General’ Matthew Hopkins. During lockdown in 2020, the group have created scripts that explore themes of mental health, disabilities and persecution for being different in both the 17th and 21st century societies. This work is part of a community project funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, including plays by The Chainers Youth Theatre and residents at HMP Warren Hill.

By making a donation to today, you will be helping us to continue to deliver our community programme to some of the most disadvantaged and overlooked individuals and groups in the community – giving them a voice, positive outlet and sense of well-being that can be especially hard to find these days. These projects take people away from often very difficult lives and environments and gives them moments of fun, joy, as well as equipping them with skills and helping to build confidence; all of which makes a huge difference to the rest of their lives.


Just a £10 donation pays for a member of our community company ‘ACT’ to have a shared lunch and participate in a drama workshop. This small opportunity could spark a lifelong friendship or be the confidence boost someone desperately needs.


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