What’s Up?

We’ve got a number of exciting upcoming projects, so here’s what’s up!

Merely the Dreams of Children

Our first full length show, Merely the Dreams of Children is a semi-verbatim play charting the extraordinary journeys taken by the children in the Kindertransport programme during WWII.

The project will be written by Katie-Ann McDonough and Daisy Watford and directed by Katie-Ann McDonough, with puppetry direction by Harriet Ziebell.

Two performers animate a puppetMerely The Dreams of Children tells the stories of 6 children making their way from Nazi Germany to Britain in 1938 as part of the Kindertransport movement. We follow the refugees as they make their way by train and boat to London’s Liverpool Street Station. Focusing on the journey itself, we follow the children’s first steps away from their lives in Germany and explore their hopes and expectations as they escape persecution. Merging reality with fantasy, each child’s dreams, hopes, and expectations are brought to life using puppetry, movement, sound, and music.

Keep an eye on our current productions for more details as they emerge.

Museums at Night: Stormy Seas and Starry SkiesStormy Seas and Starry Skies - May 13th and 14th - Rainham Hall

As part of our Outreach scheme, we have been approached to create a piece of theatre for the National Trust’s newest property, Rainham Hall in Essex. Exploring the world of the 18th century coffee house and the lives of sailors from the era, the piece will be performed on May 13th and 14th as part of Museums at Night. Tickets go on sale in early April.

Ballroom and Latin Workshop

Our next Skills Exchange workshop will be on Sunday 3rd April, when Helen Thomas will be leading a workshop on Ballroom and Latin dance (time TBC). Over three hours, participants will learn four dances, Waltz, Quickstep, Cha Cha and Jive. The workshop is suitable for complete beginners, although more experienced dancers are welcome too, and there is no need to bring a partner. This workshop will be open to anyA couple ballroom dancingone who works in the building, whether front or back of house.

Helen has been dancing since she was 2 and has trained and competed in ballroom dance for the last 10 years. She was the Captain of her University Dancesport team and led them to their first national title at Blackpool.

Email us at fohtheatrecompany@gmail.com with the subject line ‘Ballroom and Latin’ to reserve your place now.

New Writing Showcase #3

We’re currently going through submissions for our third new writing showcase. Look out for more details coming soon.

All Change!

As you may have noticed, Front of House Theatre Company has been a bit quiet for the past few months, but with good reason! We’ve been undergoing some changes, so thank you for bearing with us. We are now ready to get things moving again, alongside our shiny new website, so here’s what’s been going on:

Team Changes:

After nearly two years with the company we say goodbye to Samantha Schofield as Co-Artistic Director as she goes onto new and exciting things in Canada. Sammy is off to Toronto to fulfil her dreams of theatre, and is very sad to be leaving the position of Co-Artistic Director at FOH Theatre Company. She is extremely excited to hear of the relaunch of the company and wishes all who get involved all the love and luck in the world. “This Company promises good opportunities to staff at the NT and has certainly given her the confidence to move forward as a potential producer in future projects. Go FOH!”

We also say farewell to Vander da Silva who is heading to Australia to pursue exciting new opportunities.

Associate Director, Brigitte Adela will be stepping down from the Front of House Theatre Creative Team to concentrate on running her own theatre company, Written Foundations.

We would like to welcome two new members to the team, Katie Overstall and Carla Almeida. Katie will be joining us as an Associate Artist and Carla as an Associate Producer.

Your new look Front of House Team now looks like this:

Check out our Who’s Who page for more information.

Website

As we mentioned above, we have a new website! This is the place to come for information on our upcoming projects, previous productions and Skills Exchange and Outreach programmes. We’d especially like to thank Alex Grey for designing our fantastic new logo.

To find out more about our talented members, head to our Previous Production pages and click on the links. We’re also introducing a new feature, a monthly update of what all our lovely members are up to. Keep an eye on the homepage for that.