A THEATRE group is taking its latest play out on a tour with a difference.

Living the Drama will stage 'Go for it Girl' in ten care homes across Oxford from next week.

Intending to take drama out to hard-to-reach audiences, the Arts Council-supported project hopes to stimulate the imagination of audiences and provoke memories and laughter.

It's the second time the group has toured the city's care homes and 'assisted living' settings after a highly successful tour last year.

Starting on Wednesday, September, 19 in Fairfields Home, Summertown, the play will also visit locations in Headington, Cumnor Hill and Iffley over the course of a week.

With two performances held each day, residents of ten homes will benefit.

Carolyn Lloyd-Davies, the artistic director of Living the Drama, said: “We produce professional theatre for all ages, but one of our aims is to take theatre out to ‘hard to reach’ audiences, who may have been regular theatre go-ers in the past, but now find it more difficult to get out.

“There’s something very special about live theatre.

"It stimulates the imagination, provoking memories and laughter, as well as a sense of well being and community."

Described as a short, light-hearted, prize winning new play, 'Go for it girl' was written by Pauline Massey.

She is a member of Third Act, a playwriting group for older aspiring playwrights, supported by AgeUK Oxfordshire.

Her play was voted the group's best play in an annual competition because of its funny, fast moving storyline and cheerful use of dance.

Each thirty minute performance is directed by Fran Godsal and is brought alive by professional actors Helen Mosby, Stephanie Connell, Matthew Staite and David Shackleton.

The tour has been funded by the Oxford City Council Culture Fund and Arts Council England.

Ms Lloyd-Davies added: "This type of tour is exciting for us too, as you never know what to expect, but even an audience with complex needs like dementia, become involved at some level.

"We were so warmly welcomed last year, we can’t wait to get out there again."

Oxford's care homes have trialled a series of different initiatives to support their residents with dementia including bringing in penguins and robotic seals to visit.