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Who, When, Where, What?

Who: We welcome anybody who wants to explore performing in the theatre, there are no auditions and there is not a required standard. Members should be aged 14-21, those over 16 are welcome to join us for our tour to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Under 16s may certainly perform in our summer performances at The Corn Exchanges and may come to Edinburgh but only with … Continue reading Who, When, Where, What?

The Glorious Invention of Emmanuel Stork 2017

Following a number of successes working with adaptations and scripts, we realised that we hadn’t devised a production from scratch since The Lost Letters of Mr Corrigan in 2009. So with that, and copy deadlines looming, we put forward a title and some copy that would read well but be generic enough for us to get away with, more or less anything. Our only rule … Continue reading The Glorious Invention of Emmanuel Stork 2017

Fairies and Dragons of the Desolate Plain 2016

In late 2015 we realised that it had been over a decade since we had tackled a fully scripted play. Inspired by the story of The Cottingley Fairies and by letters from soldiers to their children during WW1, we decided to write a piece that brought together the wide-eyed hopefulness of youth and the horrors of trench warfare. The result was, luckily widely praised by … Continue reading Fairies and Dragons of the Desolate Plain 2016

Cautionary Tales 2015

In 2015 we returned to Hilaire Belloc’s deliciously dark morality stories for children. There’s something about the irreverent playfulness, rhyming couplets and grisly death sequences that draws children in. In order to keep this production separate from our previous version, we tackled some different tales from the collection and even devised our own one! Cast: Tom Hazelden, Jake Mawson, Abi Quaintance, Katie Gale,  Lydia Schofield, … Continue reading Cautionary Tales 2015

The Bee Man of Orn 2014

We found a copy of Frank R. Stockton’s beautiful story in the Children’s section of the library. There was something about the philosophical tale, in conjunction with the magical illustrations by PJ Lynch, that was truly captivating. We felt that, although a children’s story, it didn’t patronise or speak down to its audience. The result was tremendous fun to put together and perform, incorporating the … Continue reading The Bee Man of Orn 2014

The Curious Case of the Ugglie Wump and Other Mysterious Monsters 2013

Four years had passed since we had last devised a play, as a company from scratch, so we decided to return to this style of original storytelling. Inspired by Edward Gorey’s alphabets and John Kenn Mortensen’s Sticky Monsters, we became interested by the fears that adults have for their children being alone in the world. The result was a strange compilation of children encountering (real … Continue reading The Curious Case of the Ugglie Wump and Other Mysterious Monsters 2013

The Portrait 2011

Nikolai Gogol’s haunting story of greed and narcissism was a difficult tale to adapt for the stage. However, such is Gogol’s cult status that, in 2011, we received a record NINE reviews for one of our shows, with many members of the press and audiences giving us the highest possible praise. Cast: Matthew Hodgkin, Rob Lees, Callum Battersby, Lola Wingrove, Georgia Scarr, Lucy Kane, Lizzy Hayes, Kathryn Kaiser, Tom Serruya, Tom Norman, Josh … Continue reading The Portrait 2011

The Lost Letters of Mr Corrigan 2009

With a number of relative hits at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe already, this completely devised show based on the concept of an office that sorts missing letters marked our first award for consistently producing high quality work. The Three Weeks Editor’s Choice Award was presented to Robin Strapp in the last week of the festival. It cemented our reputation as one of the best young … Continue reading The Lost Letters of Mr Corrigan 2009