Club Achievements

The club has sustained a consistent membership of 1200 from across the industry, in nine countries.

It has produced 48 paid rehearsed reading airing 48 new pieces of work an providing work for over 240 actors, writers, directors, and stage managers. All artists are paid £40 and the readings are free to attend and people can invite anyone they wish to come and see them perform.

2017

  • Sold-out rehearsed reading of Giles Smith’s Colour In The Darkness, held in the National Portrait Gallery, starring Ian Reddington and Ann Mitchell, as well as six other club members.
  • New partnerships with both Applecart Arts and the East London Fringe Festival.

2016

  • In December, we moved to our new headquarters, So & So At The Bridge, where we have rehearsal and casting space, as well as our offices. We will be holding our rehearsed readings there as well as a few one-off events throughout 2017.
  • So and So On – a weeklong international festival of 13 one-act plays each playing five performances in a week.
  • The club produced its first Edinburgh show: The Marvellous Adventures of Mary Seacole starring Cleo Sylvestre.
  • The Long Road South, featured in first rep season went to full production, co-produced by the club at The Kings Head Theatre
  • The Women and War Festival ran at Frederick’s Place for the month of July. This innovative festival featured fourteen productions from around the world running in rep across a month with talks, films, poetry, art, and photographs.
  • We produced a two week new musical theatre writing competition, Musical Box, in conjunction with The Lost Theatre. Sixteen musicals were involved.

2015

  • We hosted a day long free symposium “Women In the Arts”discussing the portrayal of women in the media at St James Theatre attended by 150 women from media, journalism, and the performing arts.
  • We co-produced a three day festival which was free both  to attend and participate in with the Actors Centre – Women in the Arts. This featured 30 different projects, talks etc., including our own showcase production of Lulu 7, starring 7 members.
  • Lulu 7 – a two week run at Drayton Arms.
  • We produced a week long workshop of a new musical, culminating in a Backers performance providing work for 8 actors, director, writer, and three musicians.
  • We produced Hopefull Rep, a month long Rep season of four new plays employing 19 artists.Held at the Hope theatre.for which we received Arts Council funding. We co-produced each play with members and  all cast, crew and creative team were club members.
  • The Mythmakers – taken to NYC international fringe for three weeks.
  • Kill me Now, developed through club reading scheme went to full production at the Park Theatre.
  • In addition, we produced our second Ever HopeFull Rep – month long four play rep season in which we employed 23 artists.

2014

  • The club moved to Frederick’s Place and ran it for two years, building our own pop up theatre . This can be moved to any future venue, and hired out collectively or in separate elements. Currently on loan to Applecart Theatre, where we will be presenting Women and War: EXODUS this July.
  • We produced our first week long festival, A Kick up The Arts, with different master classes and workshops every day, seven lunchtime showcases of members work, and a showcase production of The Last Confession.
  • We worked on the development and gala reading of new play about the Magna Carta, with a cast of 14, director, and stage manager performed in front of the Magna Carta Society.

Here are some of the plays that have received further life through the club

  • The Mythmakers: taken to NYC international fringe for three weeks.
  • Lulu 7: two week run at Drayton Arms.
  • The Last Confession and Killjoy were both plays developed through the club reading scheme which then went on to have full productions at the Mill at Sonning.
  • Kill me Now, developed through club reading scheme went to full production at the Park Theatre.
  • The Long Road South, featured in first rep season went to full production, co-produced by the club at The Kings Head Theatre
  • The Women and War Festival ran at Fredericks Place for the month of July 2016. This innovative festival featured fourteen productions from around the world running in rep across a month with talks, films, poetry,art and photographs.
  • In 2016 the club produced its first Edinburgh show: Mary Seacole starring Cleo Sylvestre.
Women and War So & So At The Bridge