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By Encompass Productions, Oct 11 2020 04:22PM


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PLEASE NOTE: If you have tickets for the Homecoming festival's original November run your tickets will automatically be transferred to the new dates of 19 - 23 January, 2021.

Award-winning genre explorers Encompass Productions return to the White Bear Theatre 10-14 November with HOMECOMING: A NEW THEATRE FESTIVAL, hosting four world premieres. A celebration of theatre returning to its true home – the stage – Homecoming features new work from a wide array of London’s very best theatre companies and award-winning talent.


Tues 19 Jan

Too Close to the Bone by Louisiana & Splutter Theatre companies – world premiere

★★★★★ Plays To See ★★★★ The Stage

★★★★ Everything Theatre ★★★★ The Spy in The Stalls

Wed 20 Jan

An Evening With…Out by Lolo Brow and Roann McCloskey – world premiere

'A congenial storyteller…there is a lot of truth here.’ – The Stage

* Burlesque Idol (runner up) & Top 10 Burlesque Performers UK (5)

** WINNER: Origins Award at Vaults 2019 – Outstanding New Work

Thur 21 Jan

Metamorph Theatre presents Scab by Luke Stapleton – world premiere

★★★★ Once a Week Theatre ★★★★ Theatre Weekly

★★★★ The Spy in the Stalls ★★★★ Within Her Words

Fri 22 Jan

Tramp presents Still Water by Hannah Kennedy – world premiere

★★★★ The Stage ★★★★ The Arts Desk ★★★★ The Upcoming

Sat 23 Jan

Bare Essentials: Homecoming by Encompass Productions – world premiere, plays TBA

***WINNER - OnComm Award for Online Shows - awarded by the Off West End Awards

'Gripping theatre at its most elemental.' ★★★★★ Time Out

‘Shows that the arts will survive. The future of theatre.' ★★★★★ LondonTheatre1

‘Important work. Encompass continue to push boundaries.’ ★★★★★Theatre Weekly

★★★★★ West End Wilma ★★★★ The Reviews Hub ★★★★ The Upcoming

By Encompass Productions, May 23 2017 05:25PM


How do you counsel someone who wants to kill?

Chummy explores the mind of a serial killer in the moments before his first murder. Desperate to control himself, the mysterious psychopath known only as 'Chummy' pleads with private investigator Jackie Straker to keep his mind from succumbing to its strongest, most evil desire. With nowhere else to turn in fear of getting locked up for his thoughts, Chummy becomes desperate for someone, anyone to stop him killing.

This gripping psychological thriller by BAFTA award-winning writer John Foster (Letters from a Killer, BBC's Omnibus), explores the mind of a serial killer desperate to subdue his impulses without risking his life. With nowhere to turn, this neo-noir is a thrilling story of addiction, obsession and the lack of support that drives people to act on their most secret desires.

Press for Encompass Productions:

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


★★★★★ ‘Theatre, to the point.’

West End Wilma

★★★★★ ‘Brilliant, innovative. Extraordinary new talent.’

London Unattached

★★★★★ EdFringe ★★★★★ Grumpy Gay Critic ★★★★ Official Theatre ★★★★ Everything Theatre ★★★★ Theatre Bubble ★★★★ The Upcoming ★★★★ Female Arts

Directed by Alice Kornitzer

Written by John Foster

Designed by Michael Leopold

Music & Sound by Alex Burnett

Lighting by Owen Pritchard Smith


Jackie Straker - Megan Pemberton

Chummy - Calum Speed

Lucy Edwards / Karen Armitage - Jessica Tomlinson


23 May – 10 June 2017


23 - 25 May

Tuesday – Saturday 7.30pm

Sundays @ 4pm

Sat matinees @ 3pm (not 27 May)


138 Kennington Park Road

London SE11 4DJ

Nearest station:

Kennington – Northern Line

(2 min walk)

Tickets: £15 Concessions: £13

Tickets also available via:




By Encompass Productions, Mar 18 2017 01:18PM

The police. The law. They know nothing of Chummy.

Someone out there is afraid. Afraid of becoming a murderer. Terrified of killing someone. Anyone. The phone calls keep coming from a pleading man desperate for help. A man desperate for someone to stop him killing.

Private investigator Jackie Striker is hired by an anonymous serial killer for the biggest case of her life. Paid to stop him murdering, Jackie must face the consequences of counselling the mysterious ‘Chummy’ on a dark journey that will push her to her limits.

BAFTA award-winning writer John Foster and critically acclaimed company Encompass Productions present the world premiere of Chummy: a dark and cinematic neo-noir thriller that promises to be an unforgettable theatrical experience.

Reviews and press for Encompass Productions:

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

‘Theatre, to the point.’ ***** West End Wilma

‘Brilliant, innovative. Extraordinary new talent.’ ***** London Unattached

***** EdFringe **** Official Theatre **** Everything Theatre

On Little Boy by John Foster, staged by Encompass Productions:

‘Haunts you to the core. Remarkable and unsettling.’ ***** Grumpy Gay Critic

‘Brilliant. A first-class performance.’ **** Theatre Bubble

On 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

‘Astonishing new writing. Inspiring, stirring, and gripping.' **** Grumpy Gay Critic

‘An excellent script and talented actors. Marvellous.’ A Younger Theatre

Directed by Alice Kornitzer

Written by John Foster

Music & Sound by Alex Burnett

Lighting by Owen Pritchard Smith

Produced by Sofi Berenger and Jonathan Woodhouse

Associate Producer: Róisín Walsh



John Foster – Writer

John is Practitioner-in-Residence at the Faculty of Media and Communication at Bournemouth University, where he teaches screenwriting and playwriting. He has published fiction in the The Guardian and The Spectator, broadcast talks for BBC Radio 4, worked as a script editor, researcher and associate producer in television. His credits include episodic dramas for many television series, beginning with Z-Cars through to The Bill. He has written children’s’ serials, single dramas and dramatized documentaries, including a BAFTA award-winning BBC Omnibus on crime novelist Raymond Chandler. He scripted the Patrick Swayze movie Letters from a Killer and was contributor to the award-winning crime fiction collection, Mean Time. He is currently writing for theatre and has had a number of full-length and short plays produced, including hit production Shot at Dawn, HAP – A Comedy About Happiness and The Picture of Dorian Gray. Other work also includes contributions to Encompass’ new writing showcase Bare Essentials, Bierkeller Theatre’s New Writing Platform in Bristol, Page to Stage at the Battersea Arts Centre, Paperback Pictures’ A Foot in the Door at the Arts Theatre, London and the Nuffield Theatre’s showcase, Experiment. He is co-founder of Doppelganger Productions.

Alice Kornitzer – Director

Alice is a British-born director, who spent the beginnings of her career in theatre in Berlin and touring Europe extensively. Working in Germany, Austria, Scotland, England and the USA, Alice thrives in bringing new stories to audiences everywhere, and is delighted to be directing Chummy. She has directed numerous and well-reviewed plays across London, most recently at Theatre503, and Seven Dials Club in Covent Garden. Theatre credits include: Ibsen’s Peer Gynt (Berliner Ensemble, Berlin, Germany), Wallace Shawn’s The Fever (Theater Unterm Dach, Berlin, Germany), Yasmina Reza’s God of Carnage (Landestheater Linz, Austria), Jules Horne’s Allotment (Edinburgh Fringe First winner 2011), Christopher O’Shaughnessy’s The Ruth Ellis Show (Goldsmith’s University of London), Eleanor Appleton’s The Terrace ([email protected], London, UK), and two short plays for Hidden Vice at Theatre N16; Gregor Collins' The Accidental Caregiver (Robert Moss Theatre, New York, US); David Shirreff's Broke Britannia (Bridewell Theatre, London). The short Cold Callers is premiering at the BFI at the end of March 2017, on which she worked as 1st AD. Current projects include collaborations with Heather Uprichard, Shakespeare in repertoire with Tales Retold, and Pokfulham Rd. Productions. Alice facilitates workshops for actors at ‘ActorsBootCamp’; and regularly directs for new writing workshops. She is also a writer and public speaker. Represented by Union Management.

Alex Burnett – Music & Sound

Alex is a composer for film, television, theatre and game. A regular Encompass collaborator, Alex has composed the critically acclaimed scores for Encompass Productions’ Stasis (White Bear Theatre); This is Not a Christmas Play (Top Secret Comedy Club) and What It Feels Like (New Wimbledon Theatre) amongst others. He has written music and designed sound for a variety of media including stage plays, films, corporate videos, dance productions, documentaries and video games. His clients to date include Channel 4's award-winning The Last Leg, Panasonic, ZSL London Zoo and Icon Films. Currently, he is working on a number of video game projects including PC strategy game Spy Agency Tycoon, and most recently his music was featured in two documentaries on Channel 4 (Never Seen A Doctor and Bodyshockers).

Owen Pritchard-Smith – Lighting Design

Owen Pritchard-Smith (Spirit Design) works as a lighting designer across a wide variety of productions. Working on concert touring, theatre and live events allows him to approach designs from sometimes unusual angles, as well as having studied film at degree level which gives a cinematic feel to his stage lighting. Owen has operated and designed for numerous Brit and Grammy award artists including Sam Smith, Old Crow Medicine Show and De La Soul. He recently designed Stasis (White Bear Theatre), and is currently designing a new show for DJ Shadow.

Sofi Berenger – Co-Producer

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.

Jonathan Woodhouse – Co-Producer

Jonathan is a London-based producer, director and actor. He works as a freelance creative, recently producing shows at the Arcola Theatre and Park Theatre. He was formerly the marketing manager for the award-winning White Bear Theatre and previously worked at the Theatre Royal Stratford East coordinating Open Stage. He is a masters graduate of Royal Holloway, University of London. Recent credits include: Out There on Fried Meat Ridge Rd for Pacific Resident Theatre; Men from the Ministry for the White Bear Theatre; Lena for Mihara Donegan Productions, How to Murder Someone and Make Sure They’re Absolutely, Definitely Dead for Encompass Productions (Seven Dials Club); No Broken Bones for Encompass Productions (Take Courage Theatre): The Divided Lang for Cabinet of Cynics (Arcola Theatre); SLAMAGEDDON: Underground Battleground for In(ep)trepid (The Vaults); Good King Richard for Golden Age Theatre Company (White Bear Theatre); Pieces by Spare Parts Theatre Company (Rosemary Branch Theatre); Stasis for Encompass Productions (White Bear Theatre); Contact.com for Spellbound Productions (Park Theatre).

Róisín Walsh – Associate Producer

Róisín is a Rose Bruford graduate hailing from Derby. She worked at the Battersea Arts Centre for a year and a half, working for the Outreach and Producing department. Róisín is currently part of the Battersea Arts Centre’s Young Producer’s Programme, working to curate a cross-arts festival taking over the building this April. Alongside this, Róisín most recently produced The COLAB Factory this year, selling out the run of The Harrowing (2017). Other credits include: Female Intuition by Original Impact Theatre Company (Blue Elephant Theatre); Shadow Play (Short Film – 2017).

Production Artwork by Grant Kempster

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: [email protected]


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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