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Mon, 26 Jul



Haven - Fringe/Rep Theatre Project.

Site Specific - Multi Media - Rep Theatre project for 13 -24 year olds, work with award winning Theatre Practitioners and Actors in this exciting Dark Drama with humour a twist or two, a message & ultimately hope. Ten Days Workshops and Performance £250 per participant sibling/PQA discount 10%

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Haven - Fringe/Rep Theatre Project.
Haven - Fringe/Rep Theatre Project.

Time & Location

26 Jul 2021, 10:00 BST – 06 Aug 2021, 22:00 BST

Reading, Broad St, Reading RG1 7QE, UK

About the Event

In just 2 weeks for £250 you will work on a double cast fringe/rep theatre production, culminating in 4 live performances and a recording available to stream at the largest cultural event in the world #Edfringe.

You'll work alongside experienced trained actors with other student and graduate cast members aged 13-24.

Directed by Lou Kendon-Ross. Produced by award-winning Producer/Director Doug Kirby.

Part of a "Site Specific" (the theatre space is the location/set, relevant to the play) Multi media show (use of Video and Audio to add to the experience).

Being Fringe based it is cut back and sparse, relying on your incredible story telling through believable naturalistic performance.

Why don't we know the exact location yet? We are trying to secure the very best adaptable covid safe venue to rehearse and perform in, though rehearsals may be in an alternative venue. all near Reading Town centre.

The play has been written as non-binary. Cast will work with the Director to find their own truth; opposite casts may differ in their approach and choices. This is part of the joy of live theatre and a great experience for young and relatively new talent.

Lou Kendon-Ross - Director

Lou trained at Arts Educational School London and has over 20 years experience as an actress, director and facilitator. Directing credits include NT Connections for The National Theatre and Stephen Joseph Theatre, Alice's Adventures at PQA by Les Enfants Terrible for PQA Reading and numerous Youth Theatre shows across Lincolnshire. She has worked professionally as an actress since she was 19 and taught in a variety of settings for the past 20 years. Recent work includes Lyric Hammersmith, Cockpit Theatre and a four star show at Edinburgh Fringe in 2019 where she also creatively consulted on another 4 star show.

Doug Kirby - Producer

After raising a family putting acting on hold, Doug found himself drifting into Film production, winning Best Director for Edge at iFilmmaker Marbella, a one-shot short ( now on Amazon Prime). In 2019 he produced and 1st AD the feature film The Black Spot available on Troma Now in which he has a small cameo.

He has written/adapted and Directed several stage productions since college for provincial theatre, in 2017 returning to the stage touring Polly Stenham’s ‘That Face’ as Hugh, initially in theatres then to A’level colleges and a 4 star review at Edfringe. In 2018 with Stage D’Or productions - After Today, achieved 5 stars at edfringe Directing and in 2019 took 2 new plays with them to Edinburgh Fringe (Directing again), both achieving multiple 4 star reviews and whilst there creatively consulted on another 4 star show. He is Principal at the local Pauline Quirke Academy of Performing Arts, PQA Reading, and is in Pre Production on several projects for the Silver screen and Stage.

Jak Ford-Lane - Playwright

Local Actor/playwright Jak Ford Lane (Matida the Empress – Rabble Theatre). Jak started assisting and teaching at 19 with The Watermill outreach programme, before he went to study at East 15. Alongside acting he still teaches regularly with; The Watermill, RABBLE LAMDA, BTS and has worked for PQA and is hired by other companies. Jak teaches both LAMDA and specialised drama workshops.was approached by Doug after working together at PQA. Doug briefed an idea and Jak ran with it completing out a fantastic expanded 2 Act play, (artfully edited for Fringe by Director Lou).


  • 6 hours

    Day 1 Table Read & character workshops

    Rehearsal space

  • 6 hours 30 minutes

    Pair work, Character Development - Back Story, scenes

    Rehearsal space
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