The Platform has run there since 2012 and other companies and groups started putting up scratch performances and showcases there and from this the idea of new permanent pub theatre at the venue was born says organizers
On Saturday 1st November 2014 The Bread & Roses Theatre will officially be launching as a new theatre and performance venue in Clapham, South London with a full programme for November and December. See notes to editors for a very busy opening season (November/December 2014) or visit:www.breadandrosestheatre.co.uk/whats-on
The new venue is located upstairs at the trade union owned Bread & Roses pub in Clapham. It is within walking distance of several tube and overground stations in Zone 2 (Clapham North, Clapham Common, Clapham High Street and Wandsworth Road
It will also be home of the in-house Bread & Roses Theatre Company which focuses on supporting new and contemporary writing
The launch night will begin at 7.30pm and include a new instalment of in-house Bread & Roses Theatre Company regular new writing night The Platform. It will be followed by a launch party. Tickets for the launch night cost £8 (including drinks and appetisers) and are available here: www.breadandrosestheatre.co.uk/the-platform
Rebecca Pryle, of The Bread & Roses Theatre Company, said “We have been running regular new writing night The Platform since 2012, and since other companies and groups have started putting up scratch performances and showcases out of which the idea to create a permanent pub theatre at the venue was born.
After some major refurbishing work of the space and the investment in lights and stages - all sponsored by the fabulous Bread & Roses Pub - we are now ready to officially launch the theatre on the 1st of November 2014!”
Tessa Hart, of The Bread & Roses Theatre Company, said “The theatre sits in a brilliant location. The Bread & Roses Theatre aims to program a wide-spread variety of productions and seeks to entertain local and far-reaching audiences as well as providing theatre-makers with a space to develop and present their work. The venue is run by fellow theatre-makers on a voluntary basis.
We are also offering an extremely attractive deal to visiting companies and producers, no up-front hire fees just a straight forward box office split and you can even use the theatre for free on certain week nights! To find out more about putting up a show at The Bread & Roses Theatre visit:www.breadandrosestheatre.co.uk/hire.
Contact Rebecca Pryle 07506 040364 or Tessa Hart 07402 814017 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.BreadandRosesTheatre.co.uk
Notes to Editors
Full Bread and Roses Theatre programme for November and December 2014 – or see
THE BREAD AND ROSES THEATRE CO. PRESENT
A PAGE TO STAGE WORKSHOP FOR NEW WRITING
· Going Down by Shaun Kitchener, directed by Victorine Pontillon
with Tom Wharnsby, Emma Hixson, Alice Etches & Natasha Santos
· The Conservatory by Dave Florez, directed by Simon Jay
with Gillian Horgan & Maxwell Cavenham
· Hopback by Tina Jay, directed by Leigh-Anne Abela
with Charlie Morgan & Connor Mills
· Elle by Rebecca Robinson, directed by Tessa Hart
with Rebecca Pryle
· The Stand-In by Brett Hursey, directed by Charlotte Peters
with Tino Orsini & Natasha Santos
The Platform has been running regularly since October 2012 and has quickly established itself as an opportunity to discover, develop and explore new scripts, whilst also providing actors, directors and writers with an opportunity to showcase their work.
SATURDAY 1ST NOVEMBER 2014
& Official Venue Launch of The Bread & Roses Theatre! - Free drinks and appetisers! -
STAGEPUNK THEATRE PRESENTS ROMEO & JULIET: A PLUNDERPHONICA
After successfully experimenting with Plunderphonics (A form of musical composition or sound collage based on the use of existing audio recordings) on a previous physical theatre show, Composer Matthew Reynolds and Theatre-Maker Simon Jay bring their unique technique to Shakespeare’s tragic love-story.
Using a backdrop of a modern art gallery, Romeo (Menno Kuijper) and Juliet (Miranda Shrapnell) are star-crossed lovers forbidden to be together because of their rivaling families. Clashing and mixing art-styles are interwoven through the story to bring new life to the age-old classic, featuring recreations of artists work as diverse as Klimt, Emin, Pollock and Escher. The brand-new musical composition consists of 100’s of archive materials and recordings to convey the Bard’s text and meaning. This music will be accompanied by high-energy movement, dance, object manipulation and puppetry for a truly immersive experience.
Tuesday 4th to Friday 7th NOVEMBER AT 8PM
& SUNDAY 9TH NOVEMBER AT 2PM &6PM
THREE BEAN THEATRE PRESENTS
IS HE A BIT SIMON JAY?
Spanning nine decades and dozens of characters, Is he a bit Simon Jay? is a unique one-man play that combines character comedy and narrative drama to create an innovative and exhilarating theatrical experience.
Eccentric mortician Dr Richard Wise delivers a live autopsy to his medical students, studying the body of the strangely deformed Simon Reuben Jay (1931-2013), who recently died alone. Using modern science “and a bit of guesswork”, Dr Wise tells Simon’s shocking life story.
Unfolding backwards - from his death, to his birth - we meet a plethora of delightfully disturbed characters who shaped Simon’s life, from his jailbird mother to his ‘jolly-hockey-sticks’ wife. Over the course of the hour we will come to learn how Simon ended up alone, why he looks so alarmingly strange, and what dark secret has been kept from him, that might make his story the most important in history.
Told from the perspectives of those he encountered, this is the tragic tale of a life never truly lived, as seen by the people who got in the way.
TUESDAY 11TH TO SATURDAY 15TH NOVEMBER AT 7.30PM
THE MURDERETTES PRESENT
MURDERETTES - MURDER MYSTERY COMEDY
Improvised murder mystery comedy. We murder people for your enjoyment. And ours.
You create 4 new characters - one is dramatically murdered. Our detective hero dashes from place to place, encountering romances & adventures along the way.
Will we discover whodunnit? Will the murderer be punished? Find out as a brand new story unfolds during each improvised comedy performance.
Plus join us on-stage to play some deathly improv games!
THURSDAY 20TH TO SATURDAY 22ND NOVEMBER AT 7.30PM
FEMALE ARTS PRESENT
FEMALE ARTS SCRATCH
Female Arts present an evening of exciting short plays, comedy and performance. Including new work in progress from The Minty Crimples, Katie Richardson, Carmen Ali, Wendy Thomson, Naia Headland-Vanni, Shapour Bernard, Amie Taylor and Effie Samara.
Female Arts - the gender equality arts review magazine was founded in 2011 at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. This is our first production featuring new work from our talented review team who are also playwrights, directors, actors, theatre-makers, comedians and artists striving to improve the representation of women on stage and screen (screen as in tablet, phone, laptop. Wish it was the big screen. See Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media).
SUNDAY 23RD NOVEMBER AT 7.30PM
DAN & JOE PRESENT
DAN & JOE: PEOPLE YOU LOVE TO HATE
Come and witness the dawning of a glorious new era in double-act sketch comedy. Fresh-faced frenemies Dan Collard and Joe Johnsey perform a series of short scenes and sketches of their own devising, portraying a host of characters and situations inspired by the kinds of people we all love to hate. There’s something for everyone: Odious politicians! Patronising call-centre operators! Pretentious fashionistas! Estate agents!
Since their they began performing together earlier this year, they've created more buzz than a meth dealer’s pet bumblebee, and it’s no exaggeration to say that the Twittersphere has been on the verge of collapse due the positive responses. Superlatives describing them included “sharply observed”, “cleverly written”, “sidesplitting”, “daring”, “energetic”, “dynamic” and “brilliantly funny”. One girl even liked the show so much she wanted to punch them both in the face! Now, if that isn't high praise…
MONDAY 24TH NOVEMBER AT 7.30PM
LONDON PLAYWRITING LAB RESULTS
The London Playwriting Lab is an eight week development programme aimed at bringing new full length plays to the fringe. The results performances are script in hand semi-staged extracts developed over the proceeding workshops. The event is free and the intention is to provide The Playwriting Lab writers with industry feedback.
TUESDAY 25TH & WEDNESDAY 26TH NOVEMBER AT 7.30PM
STARS OR MARS THEATRE PRESENTS
SUM BY SUSAN GRAY
A world that will change the concepts of self, of others, of love, of death...
This is just the pilot.
Following the pioneering technology of the new hivemind, we follow the stories of six women in their experiences of this new life. Who will thrive and more importantly, who will survive?
THURSDAY 27TH TO SATURDAY 29TH NOVEMBER &
THURSDAY 4TH TO SATURDAY 6TH DECEMBER AT 7.30PM
GOBLIN BABY THEATRE CO. PRESENTS A REHEARSED READING OF
BEING JOHN BARROWMAN BY TESSA HART
Christmas Eve. On top of a skyscraper. Sky is right at the edge.
Sky is also convinced of actually being John Barrowman.
Can Sky’s oldest friend Alex, together with an overeager police officer, a shopping centre Santa Claus, a depressed workplace counsellor and a window cleaner who really just wants to go home, stop Sky from jumping?
A story told in real-time.
Goblin Baby Theatre Co. presents a one-night-only rehearsed reading of a new play currently in development, directed by Leigh-Anne Abela.
SUNDAY 7TH DECEMBER AT 7.30PM
LEVELUP THEATRE PRESENTS
DEAD... BUT HAPPY BY MARC ERMISCH
Sitting in his favourite spot in his Garden he begins to think, what can I do to give my life meaning? What is a fulfilled life? Is faith and the belief in the divine necessary to appreciate the world, life and everything it has to offer? Or it is it all irrelevant anyway?
The play is a sharp, witty and challenging philosophical piece which ponders the concept of an afterlife and it's relevance in the pursuit of fulfilment.
Originally performed across Germany, "Dead... But Happy" made it's English language premiere at Baron's Court in 2013 and LevelUp Theatre are proud to bring the original English cast to Bread & Roses this Winter and to show this exciting and challenging piece of new writing with audiences again.
TUESDAY 9TH TO SUNDAY 14TH DECEMBER AT 7.30PM