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Anna X

Anna. 26. Curator. Retired intern. Previously @RAW magazine. I ♥ art, fashion, NYC. Coming soon @AnnaXStudios – a hub for artists, creatives, members. Ariel. 34. CEO of @Genesis. A new social and dating network by invitation only. #DateBetter. Venture capital experience from SF-NY-LDN. I make every line count #stillcoding #CEOswhocode #GenesisApp Immersed in an addictive world of private views, front-row fashion shows, and endless parties, Anna and Ariel find themselves struggling for ways to keep up with New York’s dazzling social elite. How far will they go to keep their new identities? And at what price? ‘Anna X’ is the story of a woman’s drive to become somebody from nobody. A new play by award-winning writer Joseph Charlton (‘Brilliant Jerks’) about the nature of narcissism, based on real events.   13 – 17 March 2019 at VAULT Festival   Written by Joseph Charlton Directed by Daniel Raggett Production Management by Anna Lavender Produced under Lipsink Theatre
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Scum

When Hector and his sister Claudia build their own private radio on the roof of their flat in Havana, they find themselves swept into the intoxicating world of an illegal music scene; underground punk clubs, smuggled tapes and tattooed revolutionaries. But how far will the music take them? Research and development as part of Park Theatre’s Script Accelerator Programme   Written by Tatty Hennessy Directed by Fumi Gomez & Joe Hufton Movement Direction by Elizabeth Williams   For enquires about the show and future performances please contact rebecca@rjgproductions.co.uk
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A Hundred Words for Snow

“it’s a bit weird to be sitting in the Arctic Circle chatting to a fit boy with your Dad’s ashes in your backpack” Rory’s Dad was an explorer. Well, not literally. Literally he was a Geography teacher. But inside, she knows, he was Bear Grylls. And when he dies suddenly in an accident, Rory knows he needs her help to make one last expedition. With a plastic compass and Dad’s ashes at her side, Rory sets off in the footsteps of all the dead beardy explorers before her, to get Dad to the North Pole. Before Mum finds out they’ve gone. A Hundred Words for Snow is about being an explorer in a melting world. It’s a coming of age story. With polar bears. Following a critically acclaimed run at VAULT Festival and a UK Tour, Tatty Hennessy’s ‘warm, witty and wonderful’ (The Stage) A Hundred Words for Snow transfers to Trafalgar Studios for a limited run, directed by Lucy Jane Atkinson (The Stage’s ‘Top talent to watch’) and performed by Gemma Barnett (Goggles, Roosting). The show has been developed with the support of the Peggy Ramsey Foundation and Arts Council England.   ‘extraordinary’ – The Guardian ‘Warm, witty and wonderful’ […]
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Misfire

One part whiskey plus one part hard cider equals a catastrophic routine and the modern man on the verge of extinction. Misfire is a blistering exposé of toxic masculinity, influence and staggeringly bad comedy. Old Sole Theatre Company presents a new short play by James Neale; an ‘anti-stand up’ exploring fragile masculinity on a post-Weinstein stage. This pint-sized play directly challenges its audience on preconceptions of gender, intimacy and power in the wake of the #MeToo movement.   11 & 12 June 2018 – Cardiff Fringe Festival 9, 10 & 11 August – Ventnor Fringe Festival   Performed by Jon Parry Written by James Neale Directed by Nerida Bradley Produced by Rebecca Gwyther for Old Sole Theatre Company  
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Precisionism

1925. New York. A city of liquor, love and jazz. When a criminal kingpin vanishes, leaving behind an empire of vice and a tantalisingly damming tale, his top lieutenants must choose – loyalty or power. Old Sole invites you underground to discover the dark underbelly of the Roaring Twenties. Precisionism explores identity, sexuality and the honour of criminals, set during America’s forgotten permissive post-war boom in the heart of New York’s emerging queer scene.   5 & 6 May 2018 – Where We Are Now LGBT+ Theatre Festival, Sligo 3 & 4 June 2018 – The Hope Theatre, Islington   Performed by Jon Parry & Emma Lundy Written and Directed by James Neale Produced by Rebecca Gwyther (for Old Sole Theatre Company)
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What Goes on in Front of Closed Doors (UK Tour)

‘It’s amazing, how certain you can be about things going one way and then, a couple of decisions later, they end up somewhere completely different.’ How do you actually get to the point of losing your home? And once you’re out there, where are you going to go? And how do you get back on your feet? Are you in danger? Today, you’re finally going to meet Molly. Emma Bentley (To She or Not to She) returns following a critically acclaimed run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with a new show about how everyone is only a few steps away from homelessness.   9 & 10 February – The Mill Studio, Yvonne Arnaud, Guildford 18 & 19 February – King’s Head Theatre, Islington 16 March – Playbox Theatre, Warwick 19 & 20 April – Burton Taylor Studio, Oxford Playhouse, Oxford   Performed by Emma Bentley Written by Emma Bentley and Calum Finlay Directed by Katharina Reinthaller Produced by Rebecca Gwyther for joue le genre Design by Rasa Selemonaviciute Sound Design by Phil Hewitt Dramaturgy by Anna Beecher
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A Hundred Words for Snow

“it’s a bit weird to be sitting in the Arctic Circle chatting to a fit boy with your Dad’s ashes in your backpack” Rory’s Dad was an explorer. Well, not literally. Literally he was a Geography teacher. But inside, she knows, he was Bear Grylls. And when he dies suddenly in an accident, Rory knows he needs her help to make one last expedition. With a plastic compass and Dad’s ashes at her side, Rory sets off in the footsteps of all the dead beardy explorers before her, to get Dad to the North Pole. Before Mum finds out they’ve gone. A Hundred Words for Snow is about being an explorer in a melting world. It’s a coming of age story. With polar bears. The show has been developed with the support of the Peggy Ramsey Foundation.   7 – 11 March 2018 – VAULT Festival   Performed by Gemma Barnett Written by Tatty Hennessy Directed by Lucy Atkinson Produced by Rebecca Gwyther for RJG Productions
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Great Again: The Musical

‘We’re making history remember? You and me. Best friends making history’ It’s summer 2016 in Beavercreek, Ohio. Josh and Kelsey are young conservatives surrounded and silenced by a sea of liberal friends and family. But politics is changing and a storm of excitement and controversy swirls around a uniquely unlikely candidate: Donald Trump. When the prospect arises to join the Trump campaign trail, Kelsey and Josh grab the opportunity to make their voices heard and chase the chance for change. Through rallies, canvassing and catchy chorus numbers, they push for the notion of a nation that belongs to them – a nation for the forgotten America. Along the road of their fight for something new, Kelsey and Josh become close friends. However, when doubt, opposition and fanaticism creep in, will their attempt to unite a nation build a wall between them? This is a journey that will change America as they know it. From the writer of VAULT Festival and Brits Off-Broadway hits ‘Underground’ and ‘The Litterati’ comes an entertaining new musical about friendship, adventure and voting for Donald Trump.   24- 28 January 2018 – VAULT Festival   Book & Lyrics by Isla van Tricht Music by Guy Woolf […]
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Small Traumas

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A show about love, miscommunication and responsibility, using the songs of the late, great Leonard Cohen. This series of playful vignettes tackle yearning, isolation, and hope; a series of small traumas against the backdrop of a modern world in an identity crisis. ‘And isn’t it just the cherry on top, of everything.’ A man leaves his life behind to become a Siberian monk. A person telephones an old flame to talk about Leonard Cohen’s death. A father mourns sadly, a sister mourns wrongly, a mother worries. A woman discusses the right way to have an orgasm. A teacher considers reporting a student for radicalism. And where is Suzanne in all this?   18 & 19 December 2017 at The Lion & Unicorn Theatre   Written by Jesse Haughton-Shaw & Kay Dent (Blue Guitar Theatre) Directed by Jesse Haughton-Shaw Produced by Rebecca Gwyther for Blue Guitar Theatre
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What Goes on in Front of Closed Doors

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Molly is unpacking the in/consequential moments of her life. The un/usual, in/significant, un/interesting moments. But these un/remarkable moments brought about a un/remarkable change in Molly’s life.  At just nineteen years old, following the death of her mother, with deteriorating mental health, and no network of support, Molly finds herself homeless.  ​What Goes on in Front of Closed Doors is the culmination of eighteen months of research by writer/performer Emma Bentley. Having spent a year volunteering for homeless charity St Mungo’s, time on a writing placement at Cardboard Citizens, and with advice from young people’s charity New Horizons, this show explores how everyone is just a few steps away from homelessness.   9 July 2017- Theatre N16, Preview Performance 23 & 24 July 2017- Old Red Lion, Preview Performances 2 – 28 August 2017- The Attic, Pleasance Courtyard during Edinburgh Festival Fringe   Performed by Emma Bentley Written by Emma Bentley and Calum Finlay Directed by Calum Finlay Produced by Rebecca Gwyther for joue le genre Designed by Anna Souter Sound Designed by Phil Hewitt Dramaturgy by Anna Beecher
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Claustrophilia

Kidnapped. A prisoner. 563 Days. But what happens after she escapes? Alice spent much of her adolescence held prisoner in a single room. Now an adult, her life seems fine- she has a lovely home with five kinds of pasta in the kitchen cupboard! However, Alice is unsure how to break out of her own head and form meaningful connections with the rest of the world, as she continues to live in the internal imaginary realm she created as a refuge from a horrific environment. Determined to take back power and control of her own narrative, Alice is fuelled with rage against a world that simultaneously seeks to victimise her and exploit her victimisation. But, after years of fighting for escape, her real struggle for freedom is with herself.   1 June 2016 – The Lion & Unicorn Theatre 17 & 18 February – VAULT Festival   Written by Naomi Westerman Directed & Produced by Rebecca Gwyther Performed by Eleanor Crosswell    
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Glockenspiel

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Three funerals. One town. The longest war in its history. Far from the war waging overseas, a small American town is rocked by the deaths of three soldiers. As we meet the relatives we discover none of the dead were killed on active duty; the conspiracy behind each inglorious death preventing families from coming to terms with their loss. ‘Glockenspiel’ explores the lives of those left behind on the home front, celebrating the humour and spirit of ordinary people trapped in an extraordinary situation. Duty, Loyalty, Patriotism:                 What is the true cost of the War on Terror?   4 – 14 January 2017 – Tristan Bates Theatre   CREATIVE TEAM Director & Writer – Steven Dykes Company Producer – Darius Thompson Co-Producers – Jon Parry & Rebecca Gwyther Composer – James Neale Designer – Justin Williams Assistant Designer – Jonny Rust Sound Designer – Edmund Shaw Lighting Designer – William Steggles Casting Director – Ewa Kolodziejska   CAST Andre – Parys Jordon Carmen – Lolade Rufai Debra – Tolu Stedford Eloise – Katie Glaister Josh – Jon Parry Justine – Hebe Renard Soldier – Aruna Jalloh Yolanda – Laura Asare Zinnie – Coren Lawrence
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Finders Keepers

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The lives of two endearing and quirky scrapyard dwellers on the fringes of society are turned upside down when they discover a tiny baby amongst the rubble… But where did it come from? Does it come with a manual? Is it a gift from above or did it simply get washed down the river? To uncover the truth, join these loveable vagrants and step into the strange, murky world of Mr. Pharoah and his daughter. Hot Coals Theatre invites you to join these two charming oddballs as they grapple with a new routine and seek to discover the origin of their little friend. Inspired by the story of Moses, Hot Coals Theatre’s second show is a fun filled, touching piece incorporating music, puppetry, and Chaplin-esque comedy. Highly visual and with no dialogue, Finders Keepers was created to be accessible to all, (d)Deaf, hard of hearing, and everyone who enjoys good theatre no matter what language they speak. In this inventive and eccentric production, the whole audience can enjoy this wonderful little world together, in a shared experience.   5 – 27 August 2016 – ZOO Venues, Edinburgh Festival Fringe   Created & Performed by Hot Coals Theatre Ensemble Produced by […]
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Cain

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A world untouched by death. Cain, a governmental minister, stands for order: for peace. His brother Abel advocates and spreads radical beliefs, which threaten to bring death into the world. Can he be stopped? Lucifer – aka Lucy – offers Cain the answers, a brilliant journey, and a fatal choice. Once you see the unseeable, and know the unknowable, can you do the unthinkable? Between two worlds, one story is told. Cain is a re-telling of the first killing: the murder of Abel by his brother Cain. Created by Blue Guitar with extracts from Lord Byron’s verse play, ‘Cain: A Mystery’, this production was made to wonder and worry over what is worth killing for.   5 & 6 June 2016 – The Hope Theatre 25 September 2016 – New River Studios   Created by Blue Guitar Theatre Produced by Rebecca Gwyther for Blue Guitar Theatre   CAST Abel – Tom Shah Adah – Hannah Morley Cain – Joey Bartram Lucifer – Kay Dent      
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