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By Encompass Productions, Jun 20 2016 02:01AM

It is with great sorrow that today team Encompass has learnt of the death of Graham Christopher, beloved actor and friend. We send our sincerest condolences to all of his family and friends at this difficult time.


We first met Graham after a performance of This is Not a Christmas Play, he came to support one of our cast members whom he had just been in a production with. He then came to a Bare Essentials show. Even from these early encounters his warmth was entirely evident - and it was a true delight to see his passion for theatre and acting. A few weeks later he would send us his showreel - and from this we knew that he was a talent we'd be privileged to work with.


In the summer of 2015 we finally had the pleasure of Graham acting for us in Confessions A Deux, a comedy play for Bare Essentials that would end up being his last theatre role. Playing 'Father Gregory', Graham took complete ownership of his character and revelled in the chance to make people smile and laugh, as we're sure he did in everyday life. He was a pleasure for all to work with and his performance was a true highlight - the loudest laughs and cackles came from this little gem every night! Yet despite being a real 'star of the show' Graham remained humble and thankful to 'have been given the opportunity' - wonderfully failing to see that it was actually us, who had been given the opportunity to work with him.


So enthused were we by our first collaboration, that it wasn't long before we contacted him for another role. Unfortunately the phonecall we got from him in return wasn't necessarily the one we were expecting. Yet speaking to Graham about his illness it was incredible to see the bravery and optimism he had, in the face of so much pain and suffering. That, perhaps even more than his talent, was most inspiring.


Whilst we won't ever get to work with Graham again, we are supremely honoured that we had the chance to when we did. And whilst the news of his passing is one of life's great disappointments, it is our time with him that has given us some of our fondest memories. The Graham we remember will be the man who had great humility as a person, yet as an actor performed with aplomb. The Graham we remember always had the kindest smile. The Graham we remember wasn't afraid to dance in the rain as we all celebrated another night of doing what we love. Those memories are everlasting. Thank you for everything Graham, may you rest in peace.


Encompass Productions


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By Encompass Productions, Apr 6 2016 09:00AM


Our first Bare Essentials of the year was another fantastic success. We at Encompass Productions are very appreciative of the fantastic reception the run received and to top it all off, we have a 4 star review from London Pub Theatres!


★★★★ 'Entertaining, compelling pieces of theatre. All involved should be commended for an entertaining evening.'


You can read the full review here.


We have big things planned for Bare Essentials in the future so watch this space! In the meantime Encompass continue to work on our next main house productions as well as other yet-to-be-announced projects. Don't forget you can now follow us on Instagram as encompass_productions. Enjoy the video from the last night of the run and more production photography below!



By Encompass Productions, Feb 29 2016 10:00AM

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London's best reviewed new writing night returns for its first 2016 edition!


‘A critical cornerstone in new theatre writing. Utterly perfect.’ ★★★★★ Grumpy Gay Critic

‘Should be applauded. Talented writers, directors and actors.’ ★★★★★ LondonTheatre1


A critically acclaimed series of events staging new plays by established and emerging theatremakers from all around the world... BARE ESSENTIALS showcases high quality theatre at its most elemental - and all for less than a tenner! Expect thrilling drama, hilarious comedies and more, fresh from the pens of award-winning playwrights and the hottest up-and-coming talent. Join Encompass Productions for ‘an outstanding international new writing night’ (London Pub Theatres) and experience stripped-back, bare bones theatre at its best!


PERFORMANCES:

TUES 29 MARCH - FRI 1 APRIL, 7.30PM TAKE COURAGE THEATRE @ THE AMERSHAM ARMS

388 NEW CROSS ROAD, LONDON SE14 6TY


Nearest Overground: New Cross (2min walk) & New Cross Gate (5min walk)


TICKETS:

Tickets are £9.50 and are available online and on the door. Book via Eventbrite, turn up by 7.15pm and get the best seats! Please note: priority seats will be released at 7.20pm if not claimed.


#BareEssentialsLDN @EncompassOnline

PRESS FOR BARE ESSENTIALS:

'Encompass Productions should be applauded...a talented pool of writers, directors and actors.' ★★★★★ LondonTheatre1


'Consistently brilliant. A critical cornerstone in new theatre writing. Utterly perfect.' ★★★★★ Grumpy Gay Critic


'Sheer creativity throughout. Gives new ideas a voice.' ★★★★ Everything Theatre


‘High quality acting and equally impressive directing. A breath of fresh air.’ ★★★★ Theatre Bubble


'One of the most exciting new writing nights in London. Repeat audiences and newcomers alike are hooked.' ★★★★ Female Arts

By Encompass Productions, Dec 9 2015 12:00AM



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London's best reviewed new writing night returns...with a seasonal twist! An acclaimed series of events featuring new work from established and emerging international theatremakers, BARE ESSENTIALS showcases theatre at its most elemental - all for less than a tenner! Performing everything from gripping drama and laugh-out-loud comedies, join Encompass Productions for a night that celebrates everything you love and hate about the festive season!


PERFORMANCES:

TUES 15 - WEDS 16 - THURS 17 - FRI 18 DECEMBER, 7.30PM TAKE COURAGE THEATRE @ THE AMERSHAM ARMS 388 NEW CROSS ROAD, LONDON SE14 6TY


Nearest Overground: New Cross (2min walk) & New Cross Gate (5min walk)


TICKETS:

Tickets are £9.50 and are available online and on the door. Book via Eventbrite, turn up by 7.15pm and get the best seats! Please note: priority seats will be released at 7.20pm if not claimed.


#BareEssentialsLDN @EncompassOnline

PRESS FOR BARE ESSENTIALS:

'Encompass Productions should be applauded...a talented pool of writers, directors and actors.' ★★★★★ LondonTheatre1


'Sheer creativity throughout. Gives new ideas a voice.' ★★★★ Everything Theatre


‘High quality acting and equally impressive directing. A breath of fresh air.’ ★★★★ Theatre Bubble


'Astonishing.Utterly thrilling...unmissable theatre.' ★★★★ Grumpy Gay Critic


'One of the most exciting new writing nights in London. Repeat audiences and newcomers alike are hooked.' ★★★★ Female Arts



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