20 Jul 2021 - 24 Jul 2021

New Writing

Encompass Productions Presents
A New Theatre Festival

After celebrating over a decade of theatremaking and a critically acclaimed online run, Encompass Productions return to the White Bear Theatre 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 20 July – 18:30 & 20:30


Created by Faith Brandon and Jonathan Young – world premiere


Wed 21 July – 15:00, 18:30, 20:30

A world premiere and debut play by Jordan Paris

Co-produced by Metamorph Theatre & Encompass Productions


Thur 22 July – 20:30 & Fri 23 July 18:30 & 20:30
Tramp presents STILL WATER by Hannah Kennedy – world premiere


Sat 24 July – 15:00, 18:30, 20:30

BARE ESSENTIALS: HOMECOMING by Encompass Productions – world premiere


Created by Faith Brandon and Jonathan Young

A madcap, true-life saga of passion, crushing despair and salvation by bath bombs. Join Faith on a quest into the dark heart of Love’s enchantments - and if there's any life worth living without them. Whether you’re a seasoned Lothario or yet to taste your first kiss, if you've ever experienced the pain of impossible love, Faith's here to help. Help you feel less alone. And less crazy. Maybe by falling in love with you.


‘Witty and woeful...an exhilarating freight train of pain and hope’
Amelia Hunt, Evening Standard


Faith Brandon is a performance artist whose work focuses on playful autobiographical exploration through live art, comedy, theatre and clowning. Faith is an LIPSA graduate and works as a performer, outside eye, puppeteer and movement director.

Jonathan Young is an award-winning theatremaker, director, writer and teacher. He trained with Jacques Lecoq in Paris, before studying clowning with Philippe Gaulier and Sue Morrison. He work as a director and freelance creative, as well as teaching movement and theatre at LAMDA, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and LISPA.


WED 21 JULY: RISE by Jordan Paris

A world premiere debut play co-produced by Metamorph Theatre & Encompass Productions

'My name is Rex Carrow. You know my Voice. You know my name. It's time you knew my face.'


Rex Carrow was born into a world in turmoil. On the day of her birth, her city voted to build a wall around itself. Why? That’s not important. What’s important is what happened after the wall went up - and what Rex Carrow plans to do about it. Spanning fifty years, and looking through the lens of one room in a former hospital, RISE depicts how rapidly inequality can grow and society can deteriorate when the outside world is prevented from watching.


Press for Metamorph Theatre:

'Michael Ross, a writer whose words are a gift to actors' - The Guardian on The Good Landlord

'The script is sharp with clever content.’ ★★★★ Once a Week Theatre ★★★★ Theatre Weekly

'An interesting commentary on the current social climate.’ ★★★★ Within Her Words ★★★★ The Spy in the Stalls

Press for Encompass Productions

On 4 X Offie-nominated Chummy by John Foster at the White Bear Theatre:

‘Wonderful. Poetic, stylishly genre.’ ★★★★ Grumpy Gay Critic ★★★★ LondonTheatre1 ★★★★ Breaking the Fourth Wall

On Stasis by Emily Holyoake at the White Bear Theatre:

‘Incredible. This sci-fi will strike a chord with any viewer. ’ ★★★★ LondonTheatre1

‘Takes theatre to a place it has not yet been.' ★★★★ The Upcoming ★★★★ Female Arts ★★★★ Grumpy Gay Critic


THUR 22 & FRI 23 JULY: STILL WATER by Hannah Kennedy

Presented by multi-award-winning theatre company Tramp


If time stood still, who would you spend eternity searching for? Hannah Kennedy’s debut full-length play is a funny, surreal, and heart-wrenching sci-fi fable about time, love .. and plumbing. STILL WATER will star Lizzie Aaryn-Stanton (Book of Monsters - Feature Film, Doctors - BBC, Confessional by Tennessee Williams - Southwark Playhouse).


Directed by Offie-nominee Jack Silver (Confessional by Tennessee Williams - Southwark

Playhouse, Blow - Vault Festival) and presented by multi-award-winning theatre company Tramp (Angry by Philip Ridley - Southwark Playhouse, The Beast Will Rise - Online, The Sweet Science - Ed Fringe, The Poltergeist by Philip Ridley – Southwark Playhouse).

Praise for Lizzie’s previous stage performances:

'Lizzie Aaryn-Stanton absolutely smashes it.' - Fringe Guru         

'A powerhouse leading performance.' - Broadway Baby

'There’s something magnetic about Lizzie Aaryn-Stanton.' - The Gay UK


Tramp was founded in 2014 specialises in powerful, accessible work. Their Offie-nominated production of Tennessee Williams’ Confessional, restaged in a pub in Southend, (‘A mini-masterpiece of theatre’ ★★★★ The Stage) broke the box office record when it transferred to Southwark Playhouse. 2020’s Blow: A Deaf Girls Fight was a finalist for the Charlie Harthil Award and nominated for a Vault Festival Origin Award. The Beast Will Rise, a series of 15 Philip Ridley world premieres produced in lockdown had over 20,000 views, great reviews and an Off West End Award (‘Masterly.’ ★★★★ The Arts Desk, ‘Powerfully haunting.’ ★★★★ The Upcoming).



New writing from award-winning Encompass Productions


The Homecoming festival culminates with the triumphant in-theatre return of Bare Essentials, the UK's longest-running and best-reviewed independent new writing night. Returning to the White Bear Theatre, Homecoming festival creators Encompass Productions (Chummy, Stasis), will stage short plays by established and emerging international playwrights, presenting dynamic new theatre at its most elemental. Featuring:

Angeline Getting Married by Emma Dawson

Mummy is a Tree by Heloise Thual

Claire Avenue by Henry P. Gravelle

Science Friction by Ken Preuss



WINNER - OnComm Award for Online Shows - awarded by the Off West End Awards (Bare E-ssentials)

'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 while making us laugh and cry.’ ★★★★★ Theatre Weekly

'One of London's best-known companies for new writing' ★★★★ The Reviews Hub

★★★★★ West End Wilma  ★★★★★ London Unattached ★★★★ Everything Theatre ★★★★ The Upcoming ★★★★ Corr Blimey ★★★★ Theatre Bubble ★★★★ London Pub Theatres


£16 Full Price

£14 Concessions


Concessions Notice

Concessions are only accepted for pensioners, unemployed, students and under16s.


Please Note:

This performance runs for 1 hr without an interval

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