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Much Ado About Nothing Cast Announced!

We are delighted to announce the very talented cast for our upcoming production of Much Ado About Nothing.

Cast Announcement

Beatrice – Lucy Dobson
Benedick – Carl Blades
Hero – Kasia Le Witt
Claudio – Matthew Morrison
Don Pedro – Neil Gardner
Don Joan – Marilii Saar
Dogberry – Callum Robertson
Verges – Katie Overstall
Borachio – David Lenik
Leonato – Rus Kallan
Margaret – Carrie Hill

Much Ado About Nothing will be performed at the RSC’s Dell stage on Saturday 1st July and will be directed by Victor Correia. We are finalising London dates as we speak, so keep an eye on our production page for further announcements!

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Let The Write One In

We are delighted to announce the writers, directors and cast for our upcoming new writing showcase, Let The Write One In, which will be performed at The Vaults on March 12th.nwn3-a4-final

Following the success of their previous nights of new writing, Front of House Theatre Company returns to The Vaults with their third new writing showcase, Let the Write One In.

Join us for tales of incompetent kings and missing memories, old friends and civil liberties, war zones and waking up with someone you can’t quite remember…

With a mixture of new and returning writers and directors, the show features six brand new pays produced and performed by the Front of House staff at a certain large concrete building on the South Bank.

Full details of the show are available on our production page.

Book your tickets now!

London Short Film Festival

We are pleased to announce that ‘Hark, Villains!’, one of our short films made for #Shakespeare400 will be screened at the Institute of Contemporary Arts on Sunday 8th January at 18:30 as part of the London Short Film Festival‘s ‘New Shorts – Experiments: Left-field and Luscious’.

Reacting against the global backdrop of patriarchally-instigated brutality, warfare, and anti-humanitarian action, ‘Hark, Villains!’ attempts to question notions and expectations of gender in relation to violence, power, and retribution.

Carrie Hill stars as Titus Andronicus in this short film directed by Neil Clarke and Dana Olarescu.

You can find more details about the other films we produced for #Shakespeare400 here.

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.

 

 

Write Here, Write Now – Reviews

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Sunday 15th March saw Front of House Theatre Company return to The Vaults after their sell-out debut show in December.

Write Here, Write Now (another new writing showcase) proved to be another success for us, with not only a sell-out audience, but glowing reviews.

LondonTheatre1 said,

“it’s obvious to everyone in the room that there’s a great deal of talent in the Front of House Theatre Company. I expect many more great pieces from them”

and gave us a fantastic **** rating!

While Edward Lukes from Once a Week Theatre described the show as,

“the best theatre atmosphere I’ve experienced in a long time”

Congratulations to everyone who was involved in the show, and thank you to everyone that came down to support us.

 

You can read the full review from Once a Week Theatre here

and London Theatre’s review here.

Front of House Writer Shortlisted for Prize

Michael Ross, writer of Front of House Theatre’s Nothing But Mammals and Preoccupied, is one of 10 writers shortlisted for the inaugural Liverpool Hope Playwriting Prize.

His shortlisted play, Happy to Help, tells the story of Tony Manning, UK managing director of a giant multinational supermarket chain who decides to work undercover for a week at one of his stores to see what life is really like on the shop floor, and ends up getting a far more authentic experience than he’d have ever wished for.

The winner is announced on Wednesday 1st April.

Good luck, Michael!