Witch Hunt: A Century of Murder

Two Actorum clients in Channel 5 Drama-Doc

Lots of Actorum talent can be seen in the fascinating drama-documentary Witches: A Century of Murder appearing on Channel 5 on October 13th. This program tells the story from four hundred years ago, when hundreds of innocent people were killed as an obsession to stamp out Satanism swept the British Isles. Dr Suzannah Lipscomb investigates the events of this dark period in our history.

The trailer can be viewed here:

Sally MortemoreDavid Broughton-DaviesThe program gives the opportunity to Sally Mortemore and David Broughton-Davies to play the dark and disturbing characters from this wild and uncivilised part of history.

Further details on this two-part documentary series can be found at DRG website.

Great Acclaim for Darren Benedict’s Interpretation of Nigel Farage

UKIP! The Musical is a rollicking satirical swipe at one of the most radical political parties of our time. Written by Cath Day and directed by Jessica Williams, the show took the 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe by storm, winning Darren Benedict and the cast multiple four star reviews such as this one in The Stage, a specially great review for Darren in The Bristol Post and this glowing one in the Fringe Review.

The high profile of UKIP at the last UK General Election, meant that the show received a lot of attention at the festival, selling out in its run and winning the The Stage Award for Acting Excellence (held by Darren in the middle picture, above.) The coverage of the show went international with television reports not only in England and Scotland but the story also being picked up in Germany and Los Angeles.

Further details on the production can be found at Hellbent Theatre Company website.

Company of Angels ensemble

Exciting Script Development Work for Amy Loughton

Amy Loughton in the Company of Angels ensemble created for Woolwich Festival

Amy will join a talented bunch of actors and theatre creatives for 6 new scripts being developed as part of the Company of Angels Theatre Cafe Festival in Woolwich this May.

Following successful industry events in York, Oslo, and Berlin, City of Angels will be joining forces with the University of Greenwich and Greenwich and Lewisham Young People’s Theatre to create a special two-day festival across two venues in Woolwich.

All six texts are now confirmed. Look out for further announcements about the response pieces from young participants at GLYPT.

Obsession by Arnost Goldflam (Czech Republic)
Standa is thirteen and likes to hide. He is obsessed with escape and endurance. In the past his mother hid from the Nazis in a wardrobe, and now Standa prepares for an all-day-long catastrophe survival.

Still Life In A Ditch by Fausto Paravidino (Italy)
The body of a young girl is found in a ditch. Who is she and who murdered her? A gripping thriller constructed entirely of powerful monologues, the play builds on a classic noir premise to become a wider critique of contemporary Italian society.

Megan’s Story by Tuomas Timonen (Finland)
Winner of the 2010 Lea Award for the best Finnish play of the year, Tuomas Timonen’s play follows 13 year-old Megan, subjected to online bullying and then ultimately committing suicide. The play is based on real events and the identity of the bully comes as a shocking revelation.

Stuttgart Tehran by Reihanah Youzbashi Dizaji (Germany)
Sami arrives in Stuttgart as a child, her family having fled political persecution in Iran. The food tastes bad, the language is unknown, and they live in a cramped room. Sami finds her way around her strange new world but keeps dreaming of Tehran. As she grows into a teenager, she realises she has no ‘home’, only a place to live.

Jump Out of Skin by Zuza Ferenczova (Slovakia)
Almost fourteen and pregnant – what does she do? No-one can provide the answers she’s looking for, so she finds the courage to feel the touch of death and see what happens… Jump Out of Skin was developed as part of the European Project Platform 11+.

Against Progress by Esteve Soler (Spain)
Described as “seven candies filled with sulphuric acid”, Against Progress consists of seven surreal scenes reflecting the monstrosities and sinister contradictions of the contemporary world. Winner of the Godot Prize 2013.

See more here.