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By Encompass Productions, Jun 29 2017 12:03PM

After producing 4 time Offie-nominated show CHUMMY, Encompass returns to bringing you London's best reviewed new writing night BARE ESSENTIALS. We're still at the heart of the West End, but now at a swanky new venue: The Arts Theatre in Covent Garden!

BARE ESSENTIALS has received repeated critical acclaim for bringing 'Micro Theatre' to new audiences since 2012. Featuring texts from the world over, brought to life by emerging and established theatremakers, every show promises to both move and surprise by presenting dynamic new work at its most elemental - all for just a tenner!

Expect thrilling drama, hilarious comedies and more, fresh from the pens of award-winning playwrights and the hottest up-and-comers. Join us for ‘an outstanding international new writing night’ (London Pub Theatres).

**Recommended by British Theatre, YPlan, Empty Pocket Guide, Theatre Bubble and London Pub Theatres**



Sat 15 July, 7.30pm & Sun 16 July 4.00pm

Above The Arts - Arts Theatre

Great Newport Street, London WC2H 7JB (map)

Tickets £10

Available through the Arts Theatre Box Office

#BareEssentialsLDN @EncompassOnline

Chummy by John Foster completed its run earlier this month, our neo-noir thriller proudly finishing with 4 Offie nominations. Here's what the critics had to say:

'Wonderful...poetic and stylishly genre. A proper thriller.' **** West End Wilma

'Enthralling and chilling tale of murder, misery inner demons.' **** LondonTheatre1

'Psychologial food for thought.' **** Breaking The Fourth Wall

‘Provocative and edgy. A sleek and polished production.’ - London Pub Theatres

‘Charismatic and inventive.’ - The Reviews Hub

Nominated for 4 Off West End Awards including:

Best New Play - Best Director - Best Male Actor - Best Set Designer

We've been working on Chummy for two years and we are immensely thankful for the many of you who came to see it and told others to see it too! Here's a lovely picture of the production team and cast prior to the get out (and the aftershow party...):

Feeling the post-show blues like we are? You can listen to Alex Burnett's highly acclaimed soundtrack for the production below. We hope to see you all at Bare Essentials July 15 & 16!

By Encompass Productions, Jun 1 2017 08:39PM

Chummy by John Foster has been nominated for FOUR Off West End Awards! Currently playing at the White Bear Theatre, the production has been recognised for achievements in the following categories:

Best New Play - John Foster

Best Director - Alice Kornitzer

Best Male - Calum Speed as 'Chummy'

Best Set Designer - Michael Leopold

We're very humbled by our nominations - thank you to all who have supported the show so far! If you haven't seen it, we're playing until 10 June and you can get tickets right here. We've also received some great reviews:

★★★★ 'An enthralling and chilling tale of murder, misery and inner demons.' - LondonTheatre1

★★★★ 'Psychological food for thought.' - Breaking The Fourth Wall

‘Provocative and edgy. A sleek and polished production.’ - London Pub Theatres

‘Charismatic and inventive.’ - The Reviews Hub

Need another reason? Our brand new trailer should tempt you:

By Encompass Productions, May 23 2017 05:25PM


How do you counsel someone who wants to kill?

Chummy explores the mind of a serial killer in the moments before his first murder. Desperate to control himself, the mysterious psychopath known only as 'Chummy' pleads with private investigator Jackie Straker to keep his mind from succumbing to its strongest, most evil desire. With nowhere else to turn in fear of getting locked up for his thoughts, Chummy becomes desperate for someone, anyone to stop him killing.

This gripping psychological thriller by BAFTA award-winning writer John Foster (Letters from a Killer, BBC's Omnibus), explores the mind of a serial killer desperate to subdue his impulses without risking his life. With nowhere to turn, this neo-noir is a thrilling story of addiction, obsession and the lack of support that drives people to act on their most secret desires.

Press for Encompass Productions:

★★★★★ ‘A talented pool of writers, directors and actors.'


★★★★★ ‘Theatre, to the point.’

West End Wilma

★★★★★ ‘Brilliant, innovative. Extraordinary new talent.’

London Unattached

★★★★★ EdFringe ★★★★★ Grumpy Gay Critic ★★★★ Official Theatre ★★★★ Everything Theatre ★★★★ Theatre Bubble ★★★★ The Upcoming ★★★★ Female Arts

Directed by Alice Kornitzer

Written by John Foster

Designed by Michael Leopold

Music & Sound by Alex Burnett

Lighting by Owen Pritchard Smith


Jackie Straker - Megan Pemberton

Chummy - Calum Speed

Lucy Edwards / Karen Armitage - Jessica Tomlinson


23 May – 10 June 2017


23 - 25 May

Tuesday – Saturday 7.30pm

Sundays @ 4pm

Sat matinees @ 3pm (not 27 May)


138 Kennington Park Road

London SE11 4DJ

Nearest station:

Kennington – Northern Line

(2 min walk)

Tickets: £15 Concessions: £13

Tickets also available via:




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