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By Encompass Productions, Nov 26 2017 01:30PM

'The perfect Christmas present.' ★★★★★ Grumpy Gay Critic

‘If you like your theatre short and to the point, you’re in luck.’ ★★★★★ West End Wilma

Santa’s in town and he’s got a sackful of new festive plays in BARE ESSENTIALS X-MAS – London’s best reviewed new writing night! Whether you love or loathe Christmas, every show promises to both move and surprise by presenting dynamic new theatre at its most elemental - all for just a tenner, playing at both the Arts Theatre West End and the Amersham Arms in New Cross. And as it is our go-home show from an incredible 2017 we'll also be celebrating with a Christmas afterparty after our Sunday performance - ho ho ho!

Join Encompass Productions and feast on a unique collection of yuletide tales from award-winning international playwrights and up-and-coming talent. It’s festive theatre at its best: without the stuffing!

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



Please note there are two performances in two different venues(!)

Sat 9 December, 7.30pm

ABOVE THE ARTS - Arts Theatre

Great Newport Street, London WC2H 7JB

Tickets £10 available via

Sun 10 December 4.00pm followed by Christmas Party


388 New Cross Road, London SE14 6TY

Tickets £10 available via https://iristheatre.ticketsolve.com/shows/873581757

#BareEssentialsLDN Encompass

‘Extraordinary new talent.' ★★★★★ London Unattached

‘A talented pool of writers, directors and actors.' ★★★★★ LondonTheatre1

★★★★★ Grumpy Gay Critic ★★★★★ YPlan ★★★★ Everything Theatre ★★★★ Theatre Bubble ★★★★ Female Arts ★★★★ London Pub Theatres ★★★★ Pursued by Bears

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

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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

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