About the Club

 

After two highly productive years at our former home Frederick’s Place in the city, where we ran a pop-up theatre, we moved to a new space in London Bridge. And this year, we have opened a new venue in Manor House. At both these facilities we provide affordable office space, rehearsal space, and meeting space, as well as holding social events across the year.

 

Over the past 5 years we have:

  • maintained consistent membership of 1,300, from across the industry, in 9 countries 
  • produced 65 paid rehearsed readingsof new pieces of work providing work for over 500 actors, writers, directors, stage managers – all free to attend
  • developed gala readings of 4 new plays in the Tate Britain, National Portrait Gallery, Hungarian Cultural Centre, and Tristan Bates Theatre
  • produced festivals
    • A Kick Up The Arts – master classes, workshops, and 7 lunchtime showcases of members’ work
    • Women In The Arts  featuring 30 different projects and a day-long free symposium attended by 150 women
    • So & So On – a week-long international festival of 13 one-act plays
    • Women & War – 14 productions from around the world running in rep across a month with talks, films, poetry, and photographs, with an audience reach of 1,500
    • Women & War: EXODUS  held at our pop-up venue So & So Streatham with productions, exhibitions, readings, and photographs by women from 15 countries in association with 3 charities
  • produced 2 rep seasons
    • HopeFull Rep at The Hope Theatre, which included 4 new plays employing 19 artists employed at National Minimum Wage
    • Ever HopeFull Rep at Frederick’s Place, which was a month-long 4-play season employing 23 artists
  • held 14 workshops on a broad range of topics; free peer-mentoring scheme and occasional series of Mentoring Mondays, and a new musical workshop culminating in a backersperformance employing 13 creatives
  • had 4 plays that began as Club Readings go on to full production
    • The Last Confession and Killjoy at the Mill at Sonning
    • Kill me Now and Casualties at the Park Theatre
  • had 6 other plays receive further life through the Club
    • The Mythmakers at NYC International Fringe
    • Lulu 7 at Drayton Arms
    • Off the Kings Road at Jermyn Street Theatre
    • The Long Road South at The King’s Head Theatre
    • a sell-out Mary Seacole at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe
    • a regional tour of Ever Hopefull’s The House
    • No Place Like Hope at the Old Red Lion Theatre.
  • Finally, we have been involved on multiple co-productions, associate productions, and forthcoming productions, with Orzu Arts, Another Soup, and Pinpoint Create and a succession of other companies – lending advice, space, casting assistance and production assistance as well as helping to market work across all of our platforms.

Alongside all of the above, we are continuing to generate work and connections through our rehearsed reading projects and, in addition, we are offering our members the chance to produce six scratch nights in our rehearsal space.

Through all of our in-house projects we intend to continue to provide paid work for as many of our members a possible and to extend the network of collaboration, which enables people to build their own work and connections.