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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**


THE UK’S NO. 4 TRENDING TWITTER TOPIC ON FRIDAY 27 JANUARY 2017!



PERFORMANCES & TICKETS:


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, Mar 5 2017 07:51PM

Bare Essentials kicked off 2017 with a sell-out run of our 'new beginnings' edition! With a record number of audience in attendance at the Seven Dials Club, check out these lovely reviews from our most successful Bare Essentials yet:


★★★★★ 'This is not a scratch night, these plays are tight and well-rehearsed. If you like your theatre short and to the point, you’re in luck.' - West End Wilma


★★★★★ 'A brilliant innovative platform...extraordinary new talent.' - London Unattached


★★★★ 'The whole night was full of amazing theatre. Absolutely deserve[s] to be seen by wider audiences.' - Carn's Theatre Passion


'Encompass Productions must be doing magnificently well. Smoothly executed...deftly performed.' - BritishTheatre.com


'A powerful and creative night. It is quite rare to see an evening of new writing which is of such a consistently high standard.' - Kate J Wilson (The Culture Diary)


And once more Bare Essentials was also rated 5* by YPlan users! As always we appreciate all the support and enthusiasm for our work - we can't wait to show you what's next. Speaking of which...


Those who came to Bare Essentials were treated to a the reveal of our next full-length play. As for everyone else, WATCH THIS SPACE!



Finally we'd like to officially welcome award-winning producer Sofi Berenger to the team. Sofi previously worked on Encompass productions Stasis and This is Not a Christmas Play and will be producing our next show coming soon. More info on Sofi below:


Sofi is an Australian producer working in film and theatre production. In addition to her work for Encompass Productions Sofi is also the General Manager at Iris Theatre which has recently won an Off West End award for their production of Treasure Island in 2016 and produces London's Free Open Air Theatre Season at The Scoop at City Hall. For Iris Theatre, Sofi has produced Much Ado About Nothing, Treasure Island and Xmas Factor as well as running their new musical theatre showcase opportunities Workin Process, this year they will produce Macbeth and Hansel & Gretel. Independent credits include: Quentin Crisp : Naked Hope, The Silence of Snow, Noa : Live in Concert (Arts Theatre), An Evening of Webborn and Finn (St James' Theatre), Happy Ending (Arcola Theatre), Romance/Romance (Landor Theatre) and Macbeth (Greenwich Theatre). As a film producer, Sofi has produced award-winning short films such as The Suitcase and The Rusted Heart and produced work for Cornetto, HSBC, World Vision, Live Nation, Top Shop and London's ZSL Zoo.


By Encompass Productions, Jan 2 2017 12:31PM


London's best reviewed new writing night returns to the West End with 6 plays focusing on 'new beginnings.' Like drama? Comedy? Everything in between? We've got something for everyone! Get an earlybird discount by using the promo 'BEEARLY' here: bit.ly/YPLANBE


By Encompass Productions, Nov 21 2016 10:00AM


Want to see your play performed in the West End? Encompass Productions want you! Submissions are open for BARE ESSENTIALS, London's best reviewed new writing night.


- Pieces can be any genre: comedy, drama, monologues etc. but must take the form of a theatrical script with dialogue.

- Submissions can be self-contained pieces OR extracts from longer work

- Must be between 5 & 20 minutes long

- Keep things technically minimal. It's called Bare Essentials for a reason!


ADDITIONAL BRIEF

We are also requesting plays on the additional theme of 'New Beginnings'. For many, 2016 was a challenging and unexpected year - and we lost many of the world's greatest actors and storytellers. So let's leave 2016 in the past, move on and start fresh!


Use that as a starting point for something new or send a piece of work that fits into this theme.


DEADLINE: Wed 30 Nov for the next show. Submissions are otherwise open all year round.


SUBMIT TO LIAM FLEMING (CREATIVE PRODUCER) AT: thinktank@encompassproductions.co.uk (Subject: 'Bare Essentials 2017')


Dates for the next Bare Essentials will be announced soon!

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