2018 – Stella

Written by David Tuffnell

Directed by David Tuffnell

produced by less is MORE Productions


Stella: Laura Lonsdale

Jean: Doreen Frankland

Doreen : Victoria Holtom

Greetings from the Giant’s Causeway 1967!

It’s the annual social club trip for a group of knicker factory workers from Industrial Middlesbrough, busy enjoying the sights, sounds and smells of Northern Ireland’s Coast. But Stella, Jean and Doreen have slipped away from the group for an hour, and here alone on the rugged rocks it becomes clear there’s more to this trip than sand between your toes and sticks of rock. Though separated in age – these three women are united in desire, desperation, passion and regret. Secrets are revealed, pain uncovered; will their lifelong friendship buckle under the dark revelations? Or will they find a way to reconnect – to each other, and to the earth?

Stella is inspired by an old photograph writer David Tuffnell discovered whilst clearing out his Aunt’s house. Standing there on the rocks with the wind in her hair – it painted a very different picture of the Auntie he had known and loved – one filled with dreams, desires and an unquenched thirst for life.