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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!

By Encompass Productions, Apr 21 2015 09:00AM



**** LondonTheatre1 **** The Upcoming **** Female Arts **** Grumpy Gay Critic **** I Am Boards



Entering their fifth anniversary year Encompass Productions present the world premiere of Stasis at the White Bear Theatre, Kennington for two weeks from 14 April 2015.

How far are you willing to go to say you’re sorry?

Stowaway Ren is on a Union spacecraft. Mission uncertain. What is for sure, is that she shouldn’t be there. With the whole crew in stasis and only a hologram and the ship’s computer for company, Ren must cope with isolation and depleting oxygen whilst trying to find her way home.

An intimate and bold new vision from Emily Holyoake and Encompass Productions, Stasis is a thrilling science fiction drama with a ‘spellbinding narrative saturated with imagination, sincerity, and humour’ (Impact – preview).

Reviews and press for Stasis at the White Bear Theatre:

‘Incredible. Will strike a chord with any viewer. ’ **** LondonTheatre1

'Takes theatre to a place it has not yet been.' **** The Upcoming

‘Superb...evocative. More like this for theatre please.’ **** Female Arts

'Incredibly impressive. Astonishing new writing.' **** Grumpy Gay Critic

'A classic piece of sci fi. Wonderful.' **** I Am Boards

'I was totally invested. An excellent script and talented actors. Marvellous.' A Younger Theatre

'Utterly credible. You really should see Stasis.' Glass Magazine

Encompass are a London-based theatre and production company that have been making bold and visually arresting new work since 2010. They explore the psychological and emotional, drawing from cinematic influences to tell stories through heightened reality. Their mission: to challenge, move and entertain.

Directed by Liam Fleming

Produced by Jonathan Woodhouse & Liam Fleming

Written by Emily Holyoake

Designed by Sarah Buller

Music and sound by Alex Burnett

Lighting by Owen Pritchard Smith

Associate Producer: Rachael Owens

Press releases/touring/feature requests: press@encompassproductions.co.uk


Naomi Stafford – Ren

Naomi trained as an actor and graduated from the Poor School in 2012. She also gained a first class degree in Maths from the University of Leeds. She tours regularly with the award-winning Bootworks Theatre Company with A Little Box of Horrors and La Boite Noire. She has also appeared in more classical theatre; as Dunyasha in The Cherry Orchard and Olga in The Parasite, an adaptation of Turgenev’s A Poor Gentleman. Most recently she had the pleasure of working with Roundhouse Radio, recording two new radio plays; Tiger and The First Day of the Rest of Your Life. Naomi is the co-founder of The Watermark Collective; a company of actors who provide a bespoke script reading service for new writing of screen, stage and radio.

Ceridwen Smith – The Hologram

Ceridwen trained at Drama Centre London, which included work at Shakespeare’s Globe, London and the Vakhtangov Institute, Moscow. Since graduating, her work has included Venice Preserv'd (Spectators' Guild); The Wind in the Willows (Lord Chamberlain's Men); The Girl With No Heart (National tour with Sparkle and Dark); Audience with the Ghostfinder (Etcetera); Olga’s Room (Arcola); Rhinegold (The Yard); Mervyn Peake’s Noah’s Ark (Blue Elephant); The Clockmaster (National tour with Sparkle and Dark) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Cochrane).

Scarlet Sweeney – The Computer (voice)

Theatre credits: As Ye Sow (Pleasance, Edinburgh – Nominated Best Actress by The Stage at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival Awards for Acting Excellence), The Ruth Ellis Show (George Wood Theatre), Blood Wedding (Waterloo East Theatre), Potholes (Theatre 503), Love Vs Hate; Wounds (Tristan Bates Theatre), St George’s Day (New Diorama Theatre), 7 Year Itch (Barbican), Le Justes (Cockpit Theatre – in French/co-directed), Grand Guignol (Etcetera Theatre), Revenge of the Grand Guignol (Courtyard Theatre), We Are Scorned (Bloomsbury Theatre), The Censor (BAC), Mariana Pineda (Arcola Theatre), All Together Now (Barbican), In Camera (Rosemary Branch), Jocasta (Chelsea Arts Theatre), Coffee Cigarettes & Paranoia (King’s Head Theatre). Film: Mother (Contra Image), Keith and Val (Beckton Alp Cinema).

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