Stephen Israel, director and Suzi Hopkins, writer of The Company have been confirmed for our play. We are very excited they will be helping us to make things happen in Mayfield. They have lots of experience in writing and staging new plays that tell the story of a particular place (site specific theatre).
Stephen and Suzi set up The Company in 2006, as a non-profit making organisation, with the aim of bringing accessible, quality theatre into the heart of rural communities. In 2015 The Company became a CIO (charitable incorporated organisation).
The Company create specialist workshops to run alongside their performances, working closely with groups to develop an historical & social understanding of the performance they are seeing. Stephen and Suzi also create workshops for participants with special needs, to enhance their experience of the performance. Workshop groups have included: Chailey Heritage School, Slindon College, the Sussex Youth Parliament, Families for children and many other groups/schools.
This July Stephen and Suzi worked with Ashford Borough Council, to create a site-specific play called Ashford Tales as part of the Create Festival, Ashford 2017.
This Autumn, The Company has been developing a new drama and film project about mental health challenges amongst young people, in partnership with CAMHS.
And during Autumn half term 2017, the Company devised a short play through improvisation with members of the Bourne Free Youth Club in Eastbourne (part of SASBAH – The Sussex Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus).
Last year The Company put on ‘Cyrano’, a tale of love, swashbuckling honour, torn allegiances and a large nose!
This outdoor promenade production was created for the award winning Weald & Downland Open Air Museum, in West Sussex, in association with the Chichester Festival Theatre and the Pallant House Gallery.
The play was based around John Well’s adaptation of Rostand’s classic, and developed specially to be performed at the Weald & Downland’s beautiful medieval market place, with a ‘Sussex Chorus’ of young people.