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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, 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:

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, Sep 30 2015 02:06PM

Are you a writer with a short play you want to see realised? Want to see it performed at London's best reviewed new writing night? Then Encompass Productions want you! Submissions are open for BARE ESSENTIALS, acclaimed events created to showcase emerging and established theatrical talent. And this time it's a special CHRISTMAS edition!

That's right, in addition to our normal brief you can choose to write a play set at or on the subject of the festive season!

Visit our submissions page for more info on how to enter your play.

#BareEssentialsLDN will return...

Dec 15 - 18

Take Courage Theatre at the Amersham Arms

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It's becoming a bit of a cliché to say that our recent Bare Essentials was our best one yet, but it really was and boy did you let us know it! Thank you to our enthusiastic audiences who packed out the event over the summer. We are dedicated to producing the best new writing night around, and your continued support has certainly helped us become London's best reviewed! Here's what the critics had to say:

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

'Sheer creativity throughout. Gives new ideas a voice, the best, the brilliant and the diamonds in the rough.' **** Everything Theatre

'Bare Essentials isapproaching something of a cult status on the fringe scene. Repeat audiences and newcomers alike are hooked you won’t find a warmer, more open and engaged audience anywhere.' **** Female Arts

Bare Essentials returns for a special Christmas edition this December. We have some more announcements coming soon...watch this space!

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