'The perfect Christmas present. ***** Grumpy Gay Critic
‘If you like your theatre short and to the point, you’re in luck.’ ***** West End Wilma
Santa’s in town and he’s got a sackful of new festive plays in a special edition of BARE ESSENTIALS – London’s best reviewed new writing night! Whether you love or loathe Christmas, every show promises to both move and surprise by presenting dynamic new theatre at its most elemental - all for just a tenner, playing at both the Arts Theatre West End and the Amersham Arms in New Cross. And as it is our go-home show from an incredible 2017 we'll also be celebrating with a Christmas afterparty after our Sunday performance - ho ho ho!
Join Encompass Productions and feast on a unique collection of yuletide tales from award-winning international playwrights and up-and-coming talent. It’s festive theatre at its best: without the stuffing!
**Recommended by British Theatre, YPlan, Empty Pocket Guide, Theatre Bubble and London Pub Theatres**
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Sat 9 December, 7.30pm
Above The Arts - Arts Theatre
Great Newport Street, London WC2H 7JB (map)
Available through the Arts Theatre Box Office
Sun 10 December 4.00pm followed by Christmas Party
The Amersham Arms
388 New Cross Road, London SE14 6TY (map)
Available through the Iris Theatre Box Office
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THE BARE ESSENTIALS MISSION:
As London’s best reviewed new writing night we put established and emerging talent on the same stage, where audiences are entertained by theatre at its most elemental. We read submissions from all around the world, previously staging work by BAFTA winners, Netflix and Dreamworks producers, published playwrights and exciting new talent. We're one of London's longest-running independent new writing nights, giving Bare Essentials the same commitment as our full-scale shows, answering the demand for fresh new theatre right here in the theatre capital of the world.
Bare Essentials is produced in association with Scripts Spotlight, which features performances of new writing in podcast form. You can listen to podcasts of work previously performed at Bare Essentials by heading to the Everything Theatre website.
PRESS FOR BARE ESSENTIALS:
'Clear enthusiasm for the work. If you like your theatre short and to the point, you’re in luck.' ***** West End Wilma
'Encompass Productions should be applauded...a talented pool of writers, directors and actors.' ***** LondonTheatre1
'A brilliant innovative platform...I was remarkably impressed with the high standard. Extraordinary new talent.' ***** London Unattached
'Consistently brilliant. A critical cornerstone in new theatre writing. Utterly perfect.' ***** Grumpy Gay Critic
'Sheer creativity throughout. Gives new ideas a voice, the best, the brilliant and the diamonds in the rough.' **** Everything Theatre
‘High quality acting and equally impressive directing panache. A breath of fresh air.’ **** Theatre Bubble
'The whole night was full of amazing theatre. Absolutely deserve[s] to be seen by wider audiences.' **** Carn's Theatre Passion
'One of the most exciting new writing nights in London. Repeat audiences and newcomers alike are hooked.' **** Female Arts
'Entertaining, compelling pieces of theatre. All involved should be commended for an entertaining evening.' **** London Pub Theatres
'Stunning....precisely the kind of theatre London needs more of.' **** Pursued by Bears
'A diverse, entertaining and lighthearted night..talented theatremakers.' - The Theatre Reviewer
'What makes Bare Essentials so special is the incredible talent that is produced on such a minimalistic stage.' - The Spy in The Stalls
'Bare Essentials was such a great night, I'm definitely coming along to the next one.' - The Mortal Fool
'A powerful and creative night. It is quite rare to see new writing of such a consistently high standard.' - Kate J Wilson
'Encompass deserve the recognition and applause. A great evening of theatre' - Hello Emma Kay
'Wonderfully put together and presented. It is for good reason this is London’s best reviewed new writing night.' Elvesabout
'Minimal staging...maximum polish. A great mix of work, Encompass achieved a very entertaining evening.' London Reviews
'Admirable...a great chance to see a good selection of theatre audiences possibly wouldn’t be exposed to.' Bargain Theatreland
'Raw, edgy, with distinctive eloquent performances. Terrific direction...this is real theatre.' John Foster (BAFTA award-winning writer)