Catalyst Festival 2021
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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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