28th - 30th April 2022
Encompass Productions presents
Written and Performed by Samara Neely-Cohen
Directed by Guy Masterson
with Development by Tom Keegan
Snatched! is an excoriating new comedy about surviving sexual assault, seeking justice, and what I wore. Directed by Guy Masterson (Director of Olivier Award-nominated 'The Shark Is Broken' & Olivier Award winner for 'Morecambe') and presented by acclaimed company Encompass Productions, Samara Neely-Cohen's writing grips from start to finish in a performance thriving with heart and humanity.
This production is part of the Homecoming Theatre Festival running 26 - 30 April at the White Bear Theatre, presented by Encompass Productions.
Press for Encompass Productions:
'Gripping theatre at its most elemental.' ★★★★★ Time Out
'Punchy. Authentic. Slick and precise.' ★★★★ A Younger Theatre on RISE at the White Bear Theatre
★★★★★ West End Wilma
★★★★★ Theatre Weekly
★★★★★ London Unattached
★★★★ The Reviews Hub
★★★★ Everything Theatre
★★★★ The Upcoming
★★★★ Corr Blimey
★★★★ Theatre Bubble
★★★★ London Pub Theatres
★★★★ Grumpy Gay Critic
CAST & CREATIVE TEAM
Samara Neely-Cohen - Writer and Performer
Samara Neely-Cohen has appeared in the Los Angeles Opera, the Los Angeles Shakespeare Festival, New York Stage and Film, the Santa Fe Theatre Festival, Theatre Workshop of Nantucket, the Weathervane Theatre, and Dorset Theatre Festival. TV and Film: The Wedding Belles (Fox), Walk Hard (Sony Pictures), and In the Crossfire (ABC). Samara has an MFA from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
Guy Masterson - Director
Guy studied drama at UCLA and LAMDA. Globally acclaimed as a solo performer, Guy began directing in 1991 with Peter Shaffer's 'The Public Ear & The Private Eye' In 1993 he directed his first one-person play, 'Playing Burton' about his uncle, Richard Burton. Since then he has directed 40 more shows, of which 25 were solos. Over 27 consecutive seasons at the Edinburgh Fringe since 1994, Masterson has presented over 140 shows and directed several of its most celebrated hits: ‘Adolf’ (1999); '12 Angry Men' (2003) - which smashed all box office records, and for which he received Edinburgh's most prestigious prize - The Jack Tinker 'Spirit of the Fringe' Award among several others. In 2004, he originated the West End hit, 'One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest' starring Mackenzie Crook & Christian Slater. In 2005, he directed Edinburgh's biggest box office hit to date, 'The Odd Couple’, starring Bill Bailey and Alan Davies. In 2008, 'Scaramouche Jones'. In 2009, 'Morecambe'- which transferred to the West End and won WOS & TMA awards, plus a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Entertainment and a nomination for the performer. In 2018, Guy co-wrote and directed 'The Marilyn Conspiracy’, and in 2019 'The Shark Is Broken’ - which finally transferred triumphantly to the West End in 2021/22 and was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Comedy or Entertainment.
Tom Keegan - Development
Tom Keegan’s work encompasses decades of experience in theatre, dance, film, voice, and video games. He has created and appeared in many original theatre, dance, and performance pieces as part of the duo 'Keegan & Lloyd' and with many companies in New York and Los Angeles. Currently, Tom is one of the world’s top performance directors for video games. His work includes AAA franchises, including Battlefield, Star Wars, Wolfenstein, Call of Duty, Resident Evil, Need for Speed, Mirror’s Edge, VR titles Archangel and The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners. He received a BAFTA nomination for his work on “Wolfenstein: The New Colossus” and his products have won multiple BAFTAs, Game Awards, and the Golden Joystick. In film, his short, 'Sweet Life' is part of the Frameline: New Voices collection, has won awards at festivals and has been shown on television internationally. His activist feature documentary, 'Out in India: A Family’s Journey', about the intersection of HIV/AIDS and the arts, as seen through the eyes of a gay family, won the jury prize at the Torino LGBT Film Festival, among other awards.
Encompass Productions - Producer
Encompass Productions are an award-winning company that has been making bold, visually arresting new theatre since 2010. Their mission: to challenge, move and entertain. Encompass have a passion for genre, with acclaimed plays exploring the future (RISE), noir (4 x Offie nominated Chummy), sci-fi (Stasis), comedy (This is Not a Christmas Play; Life in a Sketchbook;) neuroscience (What It Feels Like) and World War III (Who is Moloch?). They are the creators of London's best-reviewed new writing night Bare Essentials, sell-out events staging new work by established and emerging theatremakers.
In 2021 they produced Homecoming: A New Theatre Festival hosting four world premieres at the White Bear Theatre. A celebration of theatre returning to its true home – the stage – the festival was critically lauded and featured new work from a wide array of London’s very best theatre companies and award-winning talent.
£16 Full Price
Thurs 28th April - 20:30
Sat 30th April - 15:00
Concessions are only accepted for pensioners, unemployed, students and under16s.