Creativity in lockdown

Lockdown has seen a rise in some wonderfully creative thinking from our brilliant industry when it comes to finding different ways to deliver performances to audiences despite restrictions. Here we highlight some of the work our clients have been involved with during lockdown.

Marc Zayat has been kept busy with the new and hilarious comedy play, Bog Roll Bandits. Hosted by Ethereal Theatre Company, which Marc also co-founded, and in collaboration with The Cockpit Broadcast, Bog Roll Bandits follows six neighbours in lockdown prepared to risk everything to pull off the biggest toilet paper heist of 2020. Set in the magical world of Zoom, with friendships, jobs and Banana Bread on the line, will they succeed? Marc is co-creator of the project and plays the role of the lovable, geeky conspiracy theorist, Tyler.

Another Actorum member creating brilliant lockdown-inspired work is Maria Forrester who is currently co-writing, co-producing and co-starring in new web series, The Insiders. Available to view on YouTube, the series follows the highs and lows of a couple isolating together during the Covid-19 lockdown in London. It’s a feel-good, modern series that tackles a relevant and difficult subject with loads of heart and courage. Impressively, the series is all shot on one iPhone in a small one-bed flat.

It’s not all about brand new work though, Actorum’s Ben Galpin recently took part in a live-streamed reading of Shakespeare’s Love Labour’s Lost as part of The Show Must Go Online. The project comprises a global cast in weekly readings of the Complete Plays of Shakespeare, read in the order they were believed to have been written. Ben played the love-struck Berowne, complete with a green parrot, collection of hats and a wooden spoon tree! Full show available here.

Nadia Shash can be seen on The Little Angel Theatre’s YouTube channel reading the well-loved classic Beauty and the Beast. These recordings are part of The Little Angel Theatre’s ‘Stories for Children’ series, taking tales, read by some of their brilliant actor-puppeteers, in to their audience’s homes to provide some comfort and entertainment whilst the theatre is having to be closed. Nadia has previously worked with Little Angel Theatre on both Zeraffa Giraffa and Emily Rising.

Rosie Abraham can also be seen online reading a children’s story and hers is for dramatherapy charity, Roundabout. Since the start of lockdown Roundabout has been providing therapeutic online resources for their clients, one of which is “Roundabout-A-Story”. It aims to create a bank of stories for children and their families to share at this challenging time. Rosie wrote and recorded a story called Magnificent Dolores, which is about a pony who doesn’t know she’s a unicorn.

Rosie Abraham stars in The Worst Witch

Rosie Abraham plays Mildred Hubble’s vindictive class mate Ethel in this hotly anticipated production, which is now touring the UK stopping at Leicester Curve, Birmingham Hippodrome, Liverpool Playhouse and many other UK venues, which are all listed here.

The Worst Witch and Rosie are already receiving fantastic reviews:

“mean-girl Ethel Hallow (the delectably nasty Rosie Abraham)”

The Times ★★★

“I was particularly impressed with Rosie Abraham as Ethel, as well as Danielle Bird as Mildred”

Broadway World ★★★★

“Each of the show’s stars know how to deliver a well-timed witty line, with exactly the right kind of facial expression, to send the audience into fits of giggles. This was particularly evident in Rosie Abraham’s portrayal of the snobby Ethel, who conveys so much with just a flick of the head or a raised eyebrow.”

Northampton Chronicle

“Abraham plays the part of the brat perfectly with attitude and nastiness exuding from every line she utters. A truly abhorrent character with the ever-loyal followers hanging on her every word.”

What’s Good To Do ★★★★★

“[Miss Cackle’s Academy] did have an evil witch, though, and her name was Ethel Hallow. in the Royal and Derngate’s production she’s played with chilling conviction by Rosie Abraham. Ethel is arrogant, competitive and ruthless. And she is no fan of Mildred Hubble.”

The Stage ★★★★

Long before Harry Potter there was Mildred Hubble. An ordinary girl who found herself in an extraordinary place: a school for witches. Now in her final year, accident prone Mildred and her fellow pupils are about to embark on their biggest adventure yet…

Jealous Ethel Hallow is always out to spoil Mildred’s fun. Miss Hardbroom is opposed to all fun in general. And just as Mildred sparks some inevitable mayhem certain to upset them both, an old enemy returns with a plan for revenge that could threaten not just the Academy, but the whole world.

Jill Murphy’s The Worst Witch stories have sold more than five million copies worldwide and been made into numerous films and TV series. The most recent and successful was written by playwright Emma Reeves (Royal Television Society Award for Best Children’s TV Programme and 2017 British Screenwriters Award for Best Children’s Programme) who is now bringing these stories to life on the Royal Stage at Christmas in a major new play that will subsequently embark upon a national tour.

Featuring all of Jill Murphy’s beloved characters, this original story is directed by Theresa Heskins (2017 UK Theatre Award for Best Show for Children and Young People) and features especially written music, breath-taking magic and plenty of Mildred’s unique brand of utter pandemonium!

A new play by Emma Reeves.Directed by Theresa Heskins
Made In Northampton co-production with Kenny Wax Family Entertainment, Novel Theatre and Nica Burns.

Rosie Abraham stars in Hansel & Gretal

Rosie Abraham is currently starring as Gretal in Iris Theatre’s Hansel & Gretel in the grounds of St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden.

The show has been nominated for the Offie Award for Best Production for Young People and runs until 3rd September.

“Rosie Abraham’s spirited Gretel”
British Theatre Guide

“The death song Abraham sings in the Forever is a haunting, beautiful melody”
West End Wilma