We are an artist led company, formed in 2005 and committed to creating and touring new work of high quality across the whole range of the touring circuit – from small village halls and studio theatres, to midscale arts centres, to the classic proscenium no.1 theatres.
Our name reflects our hope that we are flexible enough to play any space, that we are accessible to all those in our diverse society and most of all that we entertain and inspire our audiences.
The Story so Far
Our first play was Sam & I, the story of the marriage between Elizabeth St Michel and Samuel Pepys. This solo show, written and performed by Siobhán Nicholas and directed by Chris Barnes, had been commissioned for the City of London’s Tercentenary Pepys Festival.
We then got an arts council grant for the production and ....our very first tour. After one of our performances at Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud’s The Mill, the theatre manager, Brian Kirk asked what would be the next one
“ A play about a C17th genius called Robert Hooke” Siobhán said.
Instead of running a mile, Brian became our co producer on Hanging Hooke! He also co produced Dolce Via, our homage to Fellini’s La Strada. Dolce Via was also a small homage to Siobhán’s great great granny from Donegal and to Chris’ misspent youth during which he had spent two seasons working with Barnum and Bailey’s Ringling Brothers Circus!
Two great women astronomers, Jocelyn Bell Burnell and Caroline Herschel inspired STELLA, a story of women, their men and astronomy whilst two great men of Boxing inspired White Feather Boxer: Barry McGuigan and Muhammad Ali. Both men had been involved in peace movements and in development, we discovered that in the early C20th, there had actually been three Boxers who were also Quakers.
The play became above all a tribute to the extraordinarily brave conscientious objectors of WW1.
What People say about Us
This Autumn, we are touring our two solo shows: Sam & I - an account of the Pepys marriage from his wife’s point of view and Hanging Hooke, the story of the great polymath genius, Robert Hooke. We open both shows at Sands Films Studios in Rotherhithe on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th October https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sam-and-i-tickets-65117620556
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/hanging-hooke-tickets-65119177212 And then we take Hanging Hooke to The Mill, Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud on Friday 1st November and to Exeter Cathedral Chapter House for two shows on Thursday November 7th Sam & I will be at The Cramphorn Studio, Chelmsford Theatres on Saturday November 9th and at Norden Farm Centre for the Arts on Thurs 14th November. These performances celebrate Elizabeth Pepys’ 350 year anniversary. More information to follow.
Officially now in Research and Development for our new play. as well. For now - just saying that it’s a two hander about an iconic singer, Identity and isolation.