Catalyst Festival 2021

Catalyst Festival 2021: a colourful and exciting theatre festival that challenges, entertains, and connects audiences. Catalyst, now in its sixth year, will showcase Mountview’s graduate producing and directing talent as they contribute to the development of theatre’s new stage. 
 
This year, Mountview’s MA Creative Producers and MA Theatre Directors have collaborated to bring you a festival with 22 shows, and supporting events.
 
The Catalyst Festival will run from 29 June to 1 August in Mountview’s Backstage Theatre and online via live and on-demand stream. 
 
Tickets for the live performances will be £4-£5 and will be available from 21 May and can be purchased through the Mountview Box Office. All shows and events will be ticketed separately. 
 
More shows and events will be announced weekly, so watch this space!
Meet the team

Upcoming festival events

Glaucus

Written & Performed by
Chandler James

Produced by Ed Paget

Directed by Alistair Henfrey

Stuck in a rut of denial and questionable life choices, a young man takes a chance on an unexpected offer from an artist. Inspired by the myth of a fisherman turned demigod, this is a story that asks what happens where we’re given the chance to see ourselves through another person’s eyes.

AMA

Written & Directed by
Désiree Wenger

Produced by
Rachael Nolan

Antigone, Medea, and Atalanta are sitting in a cell waiting for their execution. Female legends told throughout history by Men. Shouldn’t they be allowed their side of the story? Watch them reclaim the narrative.

Love Love

Written by
Aisling Lally

Produced by
Lotty Holder

Directed by
Rachel Flannagan

Love Love follows theatre fanatic Fran as she embarks on a self-prescribed “sex training” course. A story about finding self-worth outside the confines of societal ideals, challenging whether ‘true love’ has to be sexual or romantic.

Milkteeth

Written by
Hector McCormick

Produced by
Ruan Evans

Directed by
Penny Gkritzapi

Alex returns to his childhood village on the eve of his father’s wedding. As he struggles to reconcile the past, a darker force emerges, revealing fragments of his troubled upbringing. This play explores heritage, identity and diaspora against the backdrop of economic decline and commercial exploitation in modern Greece.

Confessions of a Rabbi’s Daughter

Written by
Emily Rose Simons

Produced & performed by
Tanya Truman

Directed by
Grace Taylor

Rachel is a budding Jewish matriarch in a prominent Orthodox London synagogue, weeks away from obtaining the last essential requirement to follow in her departed mother’s footsteps - a husband. Will she manage to keep herself, her community and family together, or find the courage to follow her heart in another direction?

Sandcastle

Written by
Ryan Mellish

Produced by
Alex Conder

Directed by
Liam Maddin

It's 1987, Howard has one night to write his masterpiece, but his relationship with the love of his life is straining. Watch to see how a couple's desire to love one another for who they are inspires the song.

Every Sinner Has A Future

Written by
Frank Skully

Produced by Sarah Verghese

Does choice or chance make a criminal? From paperboy to prison, Frank Skully’s life is a rollercoaster of coincidences. The criminal justice system: rehabilitation or punishment? It churns out more criminals than it lures in.

The Bandaged Woman

Written by
William Proudler

Produced by
Jing Bi

Directed by
Ruby Etches

Hera’s running off the fumes of her father's fading career, staring in her own one woman play. She deserves to be there. But a crowd is gathering outside her family's estate. They have other ideas of what she should do with her privilege.

Beg for Me

Written by
Rosa Maria Alexander

Produced by
Alex Conder

Directed by
Olivia Munk

January 6 -- A day replayed on repeat in RealAmerican99’s head. What more can be said about it? In this tumultuous piece, explore the mind of an extremist and follow the journey he takes to get where he ends up.

Fisheye

Written by
Sam Pout

Produced by
Ruan Evans

Directed by
Rosa Higgs

In a technologically governed future, Fisheye scrutinises the impact of isolation on our capacity to express emotion. Participants are invited into an AI world which brings buried memories to light in an attempt to repair a corrupted sense of self.

Joanne

Written by
Deborah Bruce, Theresa Ikoko, Laura Lomas, Chino Odimba, and Ursula Rani Sarma

Produced by
Amy Mann

Directed by
Jessica Millward

Public servants, & strangers to each other, Stella, Grace, Kathleen, Alice, & Becky, share a common connection, and that's JOANNE. This thought-provoking play tells the story of how a public system designed to save its victims, can ultimately fail us all.

Rattlesnake

Written by
Harvey Badger

Produced by
Ryan Jacques

Directed by
Emelia Hutchinson

What happens when you get everything you ever wanted? You want more. This one man Actor-Musician musical is a deep dive inside the mind of a rock star. As the blur of fast living and rumble of the runaway fame-train intensify, what happens to the soul at the centre of it all?

Rewritten

Written & Produced by
Sophie Kilgannon

Directed by
Kate Bauer

Rewritten follows our central female character as she attempts to navigate the stories of four notorious Shakespeare women, attempting to remedy their treatment. Looking at what it means to be a woman within literature our character attempts to find answers, all the while aware of her own author watching her every move.

What Do I Wear to the Apocalypse?

Book by
Nina Georgieff and Claire Bowman

Music/Lyrics by
Natalya Georgieff

Produced by
Jonathan Pohl

Have you ever wondered whether you would be happy with the life you’ve lived, if the apocalypse arrived tomorrow? Join Ant in this one-woman musical about facing the big questions, and celebrating the little moments in life.

You Did This To Me

Written by
Peter Buzzerio

Produced by
Chloe Stally-Gibson

Directed by
Paul Bradshaw

The lackluster heir to a dog-food empire cuts a deal with their largest competitor. After publicly humiliating himself and losing the deal, he soon finds himself without an inheritance and disgraced from his family. As his debts continue to mount, he scrambles to find a way to survive.

Letters to Morrissey

Written by
Gary McNair

Produced by
Rachael Nolan

It’s 1997. You’re 11. You’re sad, lonely and scared of doing anything that would get you singled out by the hopeless, angry people in your hometown. One day you see a man on telly. He’s mumbling, yet electrifying. He sings: 'I am human and I need to be loved, just like everybody else does'. You write to him. A lot.

Small Hours

Written by
Lucy Kirkwood and Ed Hime with Katie Mitchell

Produced by
Jing Bi

Directed by
Sharon Willems

It's 3 o'clock in the morning, a young mom spends the night in a flat while her baby sleeps fitfully in the next room. Her husband is away and she cannot sleep. Small hours is an intimate dissection of the claustrophobic world of a new mother struggling to cope on her own.

My Bedsit Window

Written by
David Glina

Produced by
Amy Mann

Directed by
Andy O’Reilly

Standing on the edge of a rooftop, William recounts how his blind ambition provided him the opportunity to make his dreams become a reality. Now his dreams have been twisted and the voices in his head have returned.

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