Hopefully everyone had a brilliant Christmas and is now busy recovering in time for the New Year. If you're receiving this email it is because you are one of the thousands of people who have been involved with Smoke & Oakum Theatre over the last twelve months. This might be as someone who has taken part in one of our shows, an audience member, a donator or work at one of the many venues we've had shows on over the last 12 months. I thought I'd take this as an opportunity to do a quick round up of how the year has gone and also to pass on a sincere thank you for all the commitment, generosity and hard work that has gone into making this Smoke & Oakum's best year to date.
The year began with our boxing drama 'Cornermen' in full swing, having finished off 2015 with our first ever show at New Diorama Theatre we soon found ourselves heading down to Brighton to do a few shows at Otherplace's The Basement. This was Smoke & Oakum's first return to Brighton since 'The Cow Play' in 2013 and was a great success, packing out the venue and opening our work up to a whole new audience as well as squeezing in seaside fish and chips between tech and dress rehearsals.
Following our trip to Brighton we found ourselves hugely honoured to be invited to bring 'Cornermen' to the 2016 VAULT Festival to perform in the final week and bring the curtain down. As well as being thrilled to share a platform with so many other brilliant artists, we were also very happy to have 'Cornermen' published by Nick Hern as part of the festival.
Two days after 'Cornermen' came to an end at the equally fantastic 2016 Incoming Festival we began rehearsals for the next show. 'Happy Dave' marked a real step up for the company in terms of scale, as well as having an exceptional team of actors we also brought on board a wonderful group of composers, sound designers and script consultants who all played an integral part in making the show such a success.
'Happy Dave' ran twice at New Diorama Theatre with a trip to The Pleasance Courtyard in Edinburgh in between. As well as selling out a number of shows and receiving 4 and 5 star reviews the script was also published by Methuen Drama and was performed as part of the final year showcase by East 15 Acting School.
Shortly after finishing 'Happy Dave' we found ourselves at The Park Theatre where our first short play 'Beast' was performed, bringing some new faces into the company, as well as welcoming back some former collaborators.
The final days before the Christmas break saw us sitting down for the first official read through of our upcoming show, 'Kings'.
That takes us to the end of a brilliant year, with 2017 set to be even better. We've just entered pre-production for 'Kings', a piece of new writing about power struggles and homelessness in the UK, which will see us returning to the VAULT Festival from March 1st-5th and is shaping up into something really special.
We're also thrilled to announce the rights for 'Cornermen' have been bought by a theatre company in York and will be going on around the York/Leeds area in February which we'll of course be making the trip up to see.
That's it from us, thanks once again for all the work you've put in and the support you've given the company, it's greatly appreciated and has enabled us to grow so much this year.
Happy New Year,
Smoke & Oakum Theatre