THE BAREBONES PROJECT

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Our work so far....

Over the last five years we've created a body of work to be proud of.

Looking back, the journey of the plays have been quite diverse. From Gothic to Absurd, with a little light comedy thrown in, but never shying away from the brain aching work of bringing each text to life.

The quality of the script is always our top priority and we love the challenge of creating new and exciting theatre spaces from random venues.

Consequently we've brought theatre to a grain food store, a cellar, a generator-heavy marquee on our village green, the back room of a pub and, most recently a dairy on a farm.

Proud of it all!

We also are very proud to produce many 'one-off' events by invited guests; bringing world class performance to the Ashdown Forest.

Here is everything we've done to date...

THE McCLURE SESSIONS

PVT Wars

PVT WARS by James McLure

Directed by Naomi Wirthner

With: Gary Wright as Gately

Laurie Wilson as Silvio

Jim Pople as Natwick.

October 2013 @ the Space isle of Dogs

February 2013 @ The Farm

 

PVT Wars told the story of 3 men residing in a hospital for war veterans after the Vietnam War.

Mc.clure writes with such humanity that we needed to find the muscularity of the characters and not indulge in sentiment.

What could seem initially light and insubstantial became very tender and touching as we explored what lay behind its dark humour.

The physical wounds of the men were hinted at via the psychological state they inhabited, as they tried to refind themselves and their place in society.

 

 

Lone Star

LONESTAR by James McLure

Directed by Naomi Wirthner

With: Gary Wright as Roy

Jim Pople as Ray

Laurie Wilson as Cletis.

September 2011 @ The Foresters (Forest Row Festival 2011)

May 2012 @ The Latest (Brighton Festival 2012)

 

Lonestar is a gem of a piece about a man returning from the Vietnam War to find that nothing is as it was. Especially himself.

Over the course of a night, out the back of his favourite bar, Roy hits reality head on!

It's about brothers and friendship and growing up.

REZA DE WET

African Gothic

AFRICAN GOTHIC by Reza de Wet

Directed by Naomi Wirthner

With: Jane Akuwudike as Sussie

Gary Wright as Frikkie

Colin Brown (& later Gil Sutherland) as Mr. Grove

Naomi Wirthner as Alina

September 2010 @ the Grainstore (Forest Row Festival 2010)

February 2011 @ Pertwee, Anderson & Gold Gallery, Soho

May 2011 @ Iambic Arts Theatre, Brighton (Brighton Festival 2011)

August 2011 @ The Arcola Theatre, Hackney

 

 

African Gothic was our first play as a company.

The making of it has defined much of our work.

It's a truly imaginative and unusual script; beautifully written and dealing with topics set to un-nerve and question.

Almost a fairy tale, but a savage one, without a happy ending.

It tells the story of a brother and sister on an abandoned farm in the open spaces of South Africa.

It is the tale of their survival. How they endured childhood and how their childhood games and rituals allow them to survive as adults.

And then the unwelcome arrival of a visitor!

 

Reza de Wet wrote African Gothic with such depth and yet apparent simplicity. Her writing takes us all to places that are not always comfortable but makes us grow!

EDWARD ALBEE

ZOO STORY by Edward Albee

Directed by Naomi Wirthner

With: Gary Wright as Jerry

& David Wright as Peter

December 2014 @ The Farm

 

 

Edward Albee's famous work which features Jerry who lives on the margins of society and Peter.....

Peter represents the society that is indifferent to those like Jerry.

Maybe Jerry's cage seems more obvious to us. Easier to distance from. His boundaries straying to the wilder shores.

Yet Peter's prison is no less real. Imprisoned by his class and his attachment to social convention his infantilised soul plays at being 'grown up'!

A wonderfully expressive piece of theatre.

Zoo Story

Festen by David Eldridge

Directed by Naomi Wirthner

With: Francesca Thesen, Jim Pople, Laurie Wilson, Zoe Crowder, Elsie Mortimer, Ella Yates, Laurence Folland, Sarah Jane McKechnie, David Pullan, Kim Wheatley, David Tarpey, Jeroen Markies, Manning Goodwin, Gary Wright, Steve Oliver

May 2015 @ The Farm

 

How is it to witness a truth unfolding in front of you that will shock you to the core,and yet not speak out?

That's the uncomfortable dilemma we've tried to create in this production.The audience are the invited guests to this "curious birthday party" and, because they have no words to communicate within the play, they are forced into the role of being complacent bystanders.

Festen is set within a family, a community, who does not want to see the rottenness that is living at its core .They are enchanted by an abuse of power, fear and complacency.And it is the death of an innocent feminine that precedes the play, that causes an awakening.

We called this project our "community " play. Sometimes ironically.Yet it seems an appropriately apt and strong topic to invite a community to explore.I am acutely interested in how we are complicit in the preserviation of secrets.And how we are forced into that complicity.What does it take to wake us up?

DAVID ELDRIDGE

Festen

THE PINTER SESSIONS

THE LOVER by Harold Pinter

Directed by Naomi Wirthner

With: Gary Wright as Richard

& Ella Yates as Sarah

February 2014 @ The Farm

 

 

A study of a marriage or a love affair which at the heart revolves around the couple engaging in almost seamless game playing.

To play games we have to know something of ourselves or we become completely lost.If we unlock some of the primal animal rituals to explore power and submission within our relationship,what happens to our happy bourgeois conceit of monogomous domesticity and security? But if we tame all those instincts into extinction, are we not left with only a hollow mask of intimacy, and the dreary minutiae of domestic mundanity?

The Lover

The Dumb Waiter

THE DUMB WAITER by Harold Pinter

Directed by Naomi Wirthner

With: Jim Pople as Gus

& Laurie Wilson as Ben

May 2014 @ The Farm

 

 

A play about power and partnership. Rrich and deep and menacing; informed by the emotions and atmosphere he invites actors to enter, if they truly inhabit and live his 'pauses' and 'silences'. Worth more than all the talk and dissection of what is being said, the clarity comes when the actors enter the breathing and waiting and just being without fear. A revelation..and a journey by moonlight.    

Art by Yasmina Reza

Directed by Naomi Wirthner

With: Gary Wright as Marc, Jim Pople as Serge and Laurie Wilson as Yvan

September 2016 @ The Dairy

 

The Value of ART and Friendship. What price do we put on things?  What does it cost to tell the truth? Can our relationships afford it?  Immerse yourself in this fascinating discussion about the responsibility attached to ownership played out by three men and a FAMOUS painting.

YASMINA REZA

Art

The night before Christmas by Anthony Neilson

Directed by Naomi Wirthner

With: Jim Pople as Gary, David Brett as 'The Elf', David Tarpey as Simon and Sophie Peplar as Cherie

December 2016 + 2017 @ The Dairy

 

Christmas Eve and an elf lands in a warehouse full of cheap and stolen toys. Gary, not fully convinced it is an elf, calls Simon, not fully convinced Gary is sane anymore. The intruder who pleads with them to release him. Kept away from his job and the steady supply of the almost-narcotic 'Christmas spirit' magical powder, he might just die, ruining his own Christmas, surely, and perhaps everyone else's. 'The Night Before Christmas' is a hilarious anti-pantomime, a funny but ultimately warm-hearted cri de coeur against the Christmas industry, first performed at The Red Room, London, in December 1995.

ANTHONY NEILSON

The night before Christmas