WE ARE PLAY THEATRE COMPANY

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We are an award-winning theatre company with a new approach to new writing. 

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UPCOMING PROJECTS


 

WORK BITCH

Written & Performed by Jessica Siân Directed by Blythe Stewart


VAULT Festival 2019 / 27th Feb - 3rd March

Produced by Rebecca Durbin in collaboration with PLAY Theatre Company

Waitress never thought she’d end up here, 32, clearing plates, taking orders. How did she get here? And what if this is it? 

A story of pulling pints and sweeping floors - from a Saturday job refilling coffee cups in South Africa’s young rainbow-nation to a curry house in Camberwell nearly two decades later, we follow Waitress through a life well worked. The lovers, the friends, the adopted families and the terrible tips that made her. 

This play is for generation side-hustle. The three jobs and shared flats and no property prospects. Work Bitch is a play about the work we do and how it defines us.

What do we really value? And are we working at it? 

THE TEAM

Written & Performed by Jessica Siân

Jessica is an actor and playwright, she is a Royal Court Young Writers alumnus and her work has been supported by The National Theatre Studio and the Almeida. She has been commissioned by Southwark Playhouse, The Bush Theatre and Sphinx Theatre for their Hampstead Theatre Take Over.

‘A striking debut from South African writer Jessica Siân. Klippies is a well-crafted snapshot, a delicate look at burgeoning youth and the burden of history’
**** Time Out
Klippies, Southwark Playhouse directed by Chelsea Walker

‘Every now and then a show comes along with little fanfare or expectation and quietly knocks your Christmas stockings off.’
**** What’s On Stage
Kiki’s Delivery Service, Southwark Playhouse directed by Kate Hewitt

Directed by Blythe Stewart

Twice nominated for the Off-West End Awards for Best Director, Blythe is a freelance director based in London who specialises in premiering the most exciting new writing by UK and international artists. Recent productions include: the award-winning SKIN A CAT by Isley Lynn (UK Tour/The Bunker/VAULT Festival 2016); FINDING FASSBENDER by Lydia Larson (Pleasance Edinburgh/VAULT Festival 2018); CONDITIONALLY by Danusia Samal (Soho Theatre); THE MOOR by Catherine Lucie (Old Red Lion Theatre)

Beyond its silly and plentiful humour is a genuinely moving and effortlessly charming production … Lynn deliberately blurs the line between the clinical and the erotic. It’s born out in Blythe Stewart's intelligent direction too
****  TimeOut  
Skin A Cat, Bunker Theatre written by Isley Lynn

Blythe Stewart’s production is a stylish, sympathetic staging of some seriously important new writing

Skin A Cat, A Younger Theatre

Design by Luke W. Robson

Sound Design by Anna Clock

Lighting Design by Jamie Platt

Stage Manager - Roshan Conn

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Bitch Talks

A roundtable discussion with the creatives behind some of the most exciting, provoking one-woman shows premiering at the VAULT Festival in London. Bringing more women into our 'girl band' fold.

Featuring: Jessica Sian (Work Bitch), Ffion Jones, (The Wrong Ffion Jones), Molly O'Shea (Miss Fortunate), Lekhani Chirwa (Can I Touch Your Hair), Chloe Florence (Smoke Weed Eat Pussy Everyday)

Hosted by director Blythe Stewart. Produced by Play Theatre Company

Here's what they have to say... 

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Recent projects...

 

The Subterranean Season 

VAULT Festival 2017

 

WE'RE BACK UNDERGROUND!

And extraordinarily excited to share with you eight brand new PLAYs as a finale to our Subterranean Season at VAULT Festival 2017. 

After sell-out success at VAULT Festival 2016, award-winning PLAY Theatre Company are back with a brand new season of bold and brilliant work. Over the course of the Festival we’ll be presenting eight box-fresh new PLAYs, created by the brightest and best emerging theatrical talent.

The Subterranean Season sees the return of PLAY’s distinctive brand of extreme theatre sport. We’ll be bringing together a company of – wait for it – THIRTY SIX of the hottest actors, writers and directors to share a PLAYroom. They’ll have just two weeks to collaborate, devise and create new work exclusively for VAULT Festival ‘17.

One hour, four short PLAYs packed full of variety. This is theatre at it’s freshest and most vital, brimming with bite, wit and charm.

‘An extraordinary success – the best tenner you can spend this week’ – There Ought To Be Clowns


'The Subterranean Season proves that a cast of young talent can its own with some of the most established and exciting acts out there' - Theatre Fullstop

'A thrilling example of exactly what can be achieved in just two weeks' - LondonTheatre1

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ALL I WANT FOR XMAS IS...PLAY!

ARCOLA THEATRE 2016


 

A huge big "Thank You!" to everyone who joined us to kick-start the festive season at our Christmas Party!

We took over the Arcola Theatre for a big old knees up, with food from Hill & Szrok’s wonderful Jamie Allan, booze from the Real Al Company, a killer raffle and plenty of dancing.

Sundays should always be this way! 

 

Photos © Jack Sain Photography

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