Our Projects to Date

Our inaugural work was The Dissolution of Percy (2014/15) a unique piece of theatre about the final few years in the life of Branwell Brontë, focusing on male mental health and the value of feminism in a man’s world. The piece was funded by Arts Council England and performances took place at The Kings Arms Theatre in Salford and Parkside Social Club in Haworth.

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“Gripping… Fine performances… Excellent…” *****

———————————————————- RemoteGoat (The Dissolution of Percy)

The company delivered the first ever performance adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s Shirley as part of a tour around Farfield Mill in the Yorkshire Dales National Park on the 16th and 17th of September 2017. The piece studied the Luddite uprising and its parallels with worker displacement today.

Programme (including cast and contributors)

“Authentic. The cast captured the sense of the time and portrayed it beautifully.”

“Acting and entire performance wonderful. Felt myself transported back in time.”

“It was original, deftly adapted… Excellent use of space and actors’ adaptability to character. Altogether a surprising, engaging production.”

“Very moving. It was superb in every respect.”

—————————————————————- Audience comments (Shirley)

Theft of a Girl – our first multimedia work, based around a simple and striking live monologue accompanied by a stop-motion film about a real abduction case in 1826 – was performed as part of Live at Lyme, a collaboration between Trust New Art and Creative Industries Trafford. The piece explored the manipulation and under-education of young girls. It was shown at the National Trust’s Lyme Park in Disley in September 2017.

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“I have really enjoyed the more emotional stories… some quite difficult subjects spoken about, like the abduction of Ellen Leigh – or Ellen Turner as she was then.”

————— Caroline Heap, Lyme Park Visitor Experience Coordinator (Theft of a Girl)

On Me was our first production set in the “modern day”. The show ran from 27th – 30th July 2022 at the Seven Oaks pub as part of the Greater Manchester Fringe festival.

Following the blossoming relationship between true crime docudrama actors Shona and Christian, the piece explored today’s extreme awareness of the very real threat of gender-based violence – and its impact on “genuine” romance – while underlining the need for the assurance of female safety before we can truly be spontaneous and secure.

The play received the Manchester Off West End award in summer 2022, and was also shortlisted for the Write for the Stage Prize for New Writing and the Greater Manchester Fringe Award for Best Drama.

Programme (including cast and contributors)

“A thoughtful examination of a society in which violence against women is accepted as a casual occurrence and the impact upon people who might be regarded as bystanders rather than perpetrators.”

[British Theatre Guide]

“A play that resists easy answers.”

[North Manchester FM]

“A worthy and thought-provoking addition to a very important and vital conversation.”

[Upstaged Manchester]

“Caroline Lamb’s script is just about as close to verbatim writing as one could get; it’s visceral, simplistic, and poignant.”

[Reviewer Number 9]


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