19 Jan 2021 - 23 Jan 2021

New Writing

Encompass Productions Presents
A New Theatre Festival

Award-winning* genre explorers Encompass Productions return to the White Bear Theatre with HOMECOMING: A NEW THEATRE FESTIVAL. A celebration of theatre returning to its true home - the stage - Homecoming features 4 world premieres from a wide array of London's very best theatre companies and award-winning talent including:

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TOO CLOSE TO THE BONE by Louisiana & Splutter Theatre
A riveting psychological comedy-thriller, or perhaps a tale of survival and the meaning of justice? Or a reunion of sorts but what are they hiding? Are they hiding anything? Or are we just listing catchy phrases to fill the blurb?

Theatre companies Louisiana and Splutter Theatre finally come together for the long-awaited debut collaboration that nobody asked for: Too Close to The Bone. Combining Splutter’s hefty experience of horror and Louisiana’s love of dad jokes to create a darkly absurdist world of unhinged characters they'll try their best to play. It's not to be missed!

Reviews and press for Louisiana:
The Fairytale Revolution, Theatre503
'Silly, Sublime and at times Surreal' British Theatre Guide
'A rollercoaster ride...marvellous.' ★★★★★ Plays To See
‘Entertaining and Energetic.' ★★★★ The Stage
‘Brilliant, laugh out loud.’ ★★★★ Everything Theatre
★★★★ The Spy in The Stalls ★★★★ Within Her Words ★★★★★ Plays To See ★★★★ LondonTheatre1 ★★★★ Theatre Film and Art

Reviews for Splutter Theatre:
The Harrowing at COLAB Theatre:
'The Harrowing is fundamental fear at its finest' - DesignMyNight
Chickens at Richmix:
'The League of Gentlemen meets The Demon Barber of Fleet Street…I felt dirty just sitting in the front row' - A Younger Theatre
Old Gristle at Space Venue 45:
'Some are left cold, others audibly delighted… brilliantly done' - Broadway Baby

WED 20 & THUR 21 JAN: Metamorph Theatre presents SCAB by Luke Stapleton
Set in a coastal town in the north of England, Scab explores the themes of trauma, family and loneliness through the story of an alienated young man’s fateful encounter with a stranger. Walking home after a night shift, a young man reluctantly performs an act of goodwill for an older man lying injured outside a pub. What begins as a comedic commentary on social responsibility develops into an exploration of loneliness, trauma and family as the young man embarks on a journey into the hidden depths of the older man’s life. To what extent can we delve into the lives of others?

Previous press on The Good Landlord by Michael Ross:
'Michael Ross, a writer whose words are a gift to actors' - The Guardian
'Sharp with clever content...quality shines through.' ★★★★ Once a Week Theatre
‘Fantastically funny and energetic.' ★★★★ Theatre Weekly
'Delightfully weird.' ★★★★ The Spy in the Stalls
'An interesting commentary on the current social climate.’ ★★★★ Within Her Words

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 - Edinburgh Fringe)

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 semi-immersive 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 online and great reviews (‘Gloriously surreal. Masterly’ ★★★★ The Arts Desk, ‘Powerfully haunting.’ ★★★★ The Upcoming)

New plays from award-winning Encompass Productions
The Homecoming festival culminates with the triumphant return of Bare Essentials, the UK's longest-running and best-reviewed independent new writing night, fresh from its award-winning*, critically acclaimed online run. Returning to the White Bear Theatre, Encompass Productions (ChummyStasis), will stage short plays by established and emerging international playwrights, presenting dynamic new theatre at its most elemental. Plays include:

Angeline Getting Married by Emma Dawson

Mummy is a Tree by Heloise Thual

Claire Avenue by Henry P. Gravelle

Science Friction by Ken Preuss


Reviews and press for Bare E-ssentials/Bare Essentials:

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

★★★★★ West End Wilma ★★★★★ London Unattached

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

★★★★ 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.

Tues 10th - Too Close to the Bone by Louisiana & Splutter Theatre

Weds 11th & Thurs 12th - Metamorph Theatre presents Scab by Luke Stapleton

Fri 13th - Still Water by Hannah Kennedy

Sat 14th - Bare Essentials: Homecoming

Please Note:

This performance runs for 1 hr without an interval

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