Sophie’s parents find silver lining

MHBG-23-02-12-sophie's barn 'Cherry and Stephen Large are excited that a play written about their daughter Sophie is to be performed by a group of American actors at the theatre they set up in her memory. Sophie died more than 10 years ago in a car accident at the age of 19 and wanted to be an actor.
MHBG-23-02-12-sophie's barn 'Cherry and Stephen Large are excited that a play written about their daughter Sophie is to be performed by a group of American actors at the theatre they set up in her memory. Sophie died more than 10 years ago in a car accident at the age of 19 and wanted to be an actor.

THE memory of a Banbury girl is being honoured with a play derived from her personal diary entries.

Aspiring actor Sophie Large was 19 years old when she was tragically killed in a car accident near her Chacombe home in 1998.

Her parents Cherry and Stephen Large coped with their loss by setting up a charity in their daughter’s name.

Sophie’s Silver Lining Fund was inspired by Sophie’s own words: ‘How can the end be the beginning again when all seems lost?’ and has raised about £40,000 to help needy young artists with the considerable expenses of their training in acting or singing.

Mrs Large said: “The play was written using extracts Sophie had written and thought about.

“It was originally a book called Sophie’s Log, which we sent to American playwright Bryan Willis.

“It has done well, it was performed at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, which was something Sophie always hoped to do.”

The play will be performed for family and friends by a cast of two young American actors from the Western Washington University Theatre at Sophie’s Barn in Chacombe, a space converted into a private arts venue by the Silver Lining Fund. A public performance of the touching story will also be held at The Mill Theatre in Banbury on March 23.

The charity’s patron Dame Judi Dench said: “I’m absolutely thrilled at the success of Sophie’s Silver Lining Fund.

“It’s wonderful that Cherry and Stephen have turned the tragedy of Sophie’s death into something positive for so many needy drama and singing students.”

For more information go to www.sslf.org.uk