Introducing the Performing Arts Mission Enabler (PAME)

PAME LogoI started my role as PAME for the circuit on 2 January this year. I have created a logo – with a spotlight on the cross. I am passionate about the power of theatre and the arts to touch the soul and transform lives, with the message of the hope we have in Jesus. I did a joint honours degree in Drama and English nearly thirty years ago, when I first began working as a professional actress in a Christian context.

Over the years I have taken part in many events and missions, mainly with the late Rev. Rob Frost. I worked at the Lantern Arts Centre for many years and loved being part of a Christian arts community. As well as helping to run a theatre café and children’s theatre clubs, I have been involved in dozens of productions with the LAC – my favourite roles include Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof and Tirzah in Ben Hur.

I have worked for several theatre companies and performed in hundreds of schools doing Theatre in Education – my favourite role being the horrible ‘Vandalgraff’ in an anti-graffiti show. My background is theatre and therapy – for six years I managed a Therapeutic Community in London for adults with severe mental health problems. I did a post-graduate diploma and later an MA in Dramatherapy – specialising in ‘the use of the labyrinth as a tool for dramatherapy in a faith-based context’ (I haven’t been practising as a dramatherapist since my daughter was born ten years ago).

Anne and Darren MiddletonI have been married for thirteen years to Rev. Darren Middleton (Minister of Ridgeway and Woodford Methodist Churches), who also has a theatre background. In 2007 I wrote a passion play which we produced together in Rotherham and then again in Cardiff. We are producing, possibly, the most powerful production of ‘Passion’ yet, at Ridgeway Methodist Church, Plympton – this will be the first circuit production as part of my new role. I hope that all the churches will use this as a resource for Holy Week. We have other ideas in the pipeline – but I need to write them yet! I have also been requested already to put on smaller scale productions in two churches.

Anne MiddletonI am an author and storyteller – I started writing children’s stories when Darren was a Padre in the Army and we had to move regularly. I have many stories and I am available to book for storytelling sessions for Reception, Year 1 & 2 classes in local schools, as well as groups taking place in the churches.

I am in the process of visiting all the churches in the circuit to share my role and look at the possibilities for arts-focused mission. I will rely on each church to be pro-active in contacting me to book me in. So, if you need some drama / something creative for a specific event / date, do give me plenty of notice.

God bless and I look forward to hearing from you!

Anne Middleton
Performing Arts Mission Enabler (PAME)
Plymouth and Devonport Methodist Circuit
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Upcoming Events

Plymouth and Devonport Methodist Circuit Presents


Written by Anne Middleton
Devised, Directed and Produced by Reverend Darren & Anne Middleton

‘Passion’, is the first production in a new arts vision for the Plymouth and Devonport Methodist Circuit. The one act play is written by the new Performing Arts Mission Enabler and produced and directed with her husband, the Reverend Darren Middleton. Passion is a powerful representation of Jesus’s last few days on earth, depicting the harsh reality of the cruelty and suffering he endured and ending on his glorious resurrection. Underscored with emotive music, ‘Passion’ brings to life the wonderful story of the one who came to Earth to die, in order to give us life in abundance.

The staging of the play enhances the intensity of the drama – be prepared to be transported to Jerusalem to witness, up close and personal, the unfolding of events right under your noses. As well as being a powerful performance, ‘Passion’ is an effective resource for Holy Week, engaging with the journey to the cross to its fullest possible measure. (Due to the nature of the violence experienced by Jesus, the play is not suitable for children under the age of twelve years old.)

Join with us this Holy Week, as we take Jesus out of the stained-glass window and discover the depth of amazing grace…


We are very sad to announce that, due the current situation, the Passion has had to be postponed. We think that the best course of action is to come back to it for Holy Week 2021. For everyone who has booked a ticket, we are asking for your understanding and cooperation in this difficult situation – to help make it easier, we would ask you to keep your ticket and transfer it to the same day of the week next year (i.e. if you have a ticket for Tuesday of Holy Week this year – you would come on Tuesday of Holy week next year). We will try to contact each person who booked tickets and gave their contact numbers. If you have any queries, think that you did not leave your contact details or would rather not keep your ticket, please call the Box Office: 01752 348 178. Otherwise, we hope to contact you soon. Please bear with us…

We would just like to say a huge thank you to all the cast, costume ladies, prop makers and tea makers and everyone else who was waiting in the wings. We are very grateful for all your support and commitment. The rehearsals so far have been a real blessing and we have all been on a powerful journey together. We look forward, as a cast, to getting back together next year to finish what we have started!

Thank you for your understanding.

God bless,

Anne and Darren Middleton