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By Encompass Productions, May 28 2020 04:40PM

Get the lowdown on the next Bare E-ssentials and get your free tickets here.

Playwright? You can find out how to submit your play for the next Bare E-ssentials event here.

Want to watch the last Bare E-ssentials event? Watch on our YouTube Channel - and why not give us a subscribe while you're there?

We can't wait to bring you this exciting new edition - and hopefully this time without any awkward technical issues! In the meantime check out the review roundup of the last event below.

By Encompass Productions, Jul 25 2017 01:00PM

Wow, what a pleasure it was to bring you the transfer of Bare Essentials to the Arts Theatre in London's West End! Two full houses and as ever an incredibly entusiastic audience (two of whom were involved in one piece...) really gave the Encompass team a warm welcome to our new home. Thank you! Here's a recap of what the reviewers had to say:

'The relaxed and informal atmosphere combines with high-quality acting to provide a worthwhile and admirable experience.' ★★★★ LondonTheatre1

'A diverse, entertaining and lighthearted night..talented theatremakers.' - The Theatre Reviewer

'Bare Essentials was such a great night, I'm definitely coming along to the next one.' - The Mortal Fool

'What makes Bare Essentials so special is the incredible talent that is produced on such a minimalistic stage.' - The Spy in the Stalls

For many of us at Encompass this was a journey coming full circle - the first version of Bare Essentials ran at the Battersea Barge and The Visual Collective in 2012/13. When we re-thought and relaunched Bare Essentials in Summer 2014 we were in three spaces; the Amersham Arms in New Cross and the Top Secret Comedy Club and Savoy Tup in the West End. Sustaining regular shows in the West End venues ended up proving too difficult, so we spent 2 years developing the show into what you see today in New Cross before venturing back into the West End last year via the Seven Dials Club. This came a few months after the Arts Theatre approached us asking if there was anything we wanted to perform at Above The Arts. Now we're finally here! We have long wanted Bare Essentials to be associated with a theatre and we're incredibly excited by the possibilities our new residency at the Arts Theatre will bring. The best is still yet to come. Big thanks to the Arts Theatre team for having the faith, and to all of you who keep pushing us to succeed at our mission to make Bare Essentials THE theatre night to go out to in London town.

We have something very special planned for Bare Essentials before the end of the year. Want to get involved or be notified when tickets are on sale for the next one? You might want to subscribe to our mailing list.

In the meantime we're going to take a short break whilst Liam and Róisín Walsh work creative for Boomtown, Sofi heads up Iris Theatre's Summer season and many of us head to the 70th Edinburgh Festival Fringe (where we first started!). Peace and love to all - support new writing!

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, Jul 17 2016 05:33PM

★★★★★ 'Encompass delivered a fantastic evening. Ultimately, theatre is all about the writing and acting and once again Bare Essentials has delivered that in style.' - LondonTheatre1

★★★★ 'The stunning minimalism presented by Encompass is precisely the kind of theatre London needs more of.' - Pursued by Bears

We're also rated 5* by YPlan users - Shirley M. calls Bare Essentials 'Bloomin' brilliant!'.

There's only ONE SHOW LEFT this Friday 22 July so make sure you book your tickets!

Bare Essentials cast members Pip Barclay and Matthew Leigh were guests on Soho Radio's What's Offstage last Friday, talking all things theatre with a very special Bare Essentials-themed playlist! Listen to the show again right here:

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