“Some of these things are true and some of them lies. But they are all good stories.” ― Hilary Mantel, Wolf HallLearn More
("On a sunset:) I cannot speak or move. I am drunk with beauty!" Marianne North (1830-1890)Learn More
"His own heart laughed: and that was quite enough for him." Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol.Learn More
“Dance first. Think later. It's the natural order.” ― Samuel BeckettLearn More
"Creativity is contagious, pass it on." Albert EinsteinLearn More
"I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life's a bitch. You've got to go out and kick ass." Maya AngelouLearn More
"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." Helen KellerLearn More
"Embrace the trees and Save them from being felled; The property of our hills, Save them from being looted." Sunderlal BahugunaLearn More
"Tis Vegetation’s Juggler - The Germ of Alibi ." - Emily DickinsonLearn More
"Ring all the bells sing and tell the people everywhere that the flower has come." Minnie RipertonLearn More
"The arts are not just a nice thing to have- they define who we are." Michelle ObamaLearn More
"Love the world as your own self; then you can truly care for all things." Lao TzuLearn More
"These things are mysterys not to be explained But you will understand when you get there alone..." PunchdrunkLearn More
“Bed rest and perhaps a large, steaming mug of hot chocolate. I always find that cheers me up.” — Albus DumbledoreLearn More
"Give me but one firm spot on which to stand on and I will move the Earth." Archimedes.Learn More
A trilogy of plays in development. Written and devised by the company. Focusing on the history of women's mental health, the judicial system and media exploitation.
Playwright Rebecca Prichard's first work, Essex Girls, was performed at The Royal Court Young Writers’ Festival in 1994. Fair Game, her adaptation of Edna Mazya’s Games in The Backyard opened at the Royal Court Theatre Downstairs in 1996 and her play Yard Gal (co-commissioned by Clean Break Theatre Company and Royal Court) was staged at the Royal Court Theatre, followed by a national tour. In 2013 Yard Gal was named one of the most influential plays in contemporary British Theatre (V&A, Played in Britain: Modern Theatre in 100 Plays). Her other works include: The Slow Death of Ecstasy(comm. Royal Court 1995); An East Side Story (comm. Out of Joint 2000); Delir’ium(Royal Court 2003); Futures (Theatre503 2005); Porn Etc (comm. University of Essex 2008); Carnevale (comm. Royal Shakespeare Company 2010); Dream Pill(Clean Break 2010, touring through 2015); Parallax (Almeida 2012); Congo Boy(comm. National Theatre 2014); Covfefe (comm. VCA, University of Melbourne 2017) and she is currently under commission to the Royal Court Theatre. Her short play Bury Her (2019) was recently performed at Queer Upstairs at The Royal Court, an event marking fifty years since the Stonewall Riots. Her work has been produced in Europe and the United States and she has written for radio (Something Blue, The Good Doctor) and television (Butterfly World, Channel Four Jumpcuts). Awards and residencies include: Critics' Circle Award for Most Promising Playwright (1998); Writer-in-Residence, Royal Court Theatre (1999-2000); Literary Associate, Hampstead Theatre (2004-2005); AHRC Creative Fellowship (2007-2010); Yale University Fellow at the Gilder Lehrman Centre for Modern Day Slavery (2014-2015); International Research Scholar, University of Melbourne (2015-2019)
Eugenie is a Therapeutic Social Worker and Child and Family Mental Health Specialist, working within many communities across London. Eugenie is a respected and established community figure, well known to families and staff working within Education, Clinical settings, GP Surgeries and Voluntary Organisations. Eugenie is passionate about the importance of creativity within mental health and has facilitated the development of creative play skills through parent and child interaction and attachment. She has also provided mental health training and consultation in the community for groups and has developed workshops around Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and mental health resiliance and self regulation. Eugenie is a strong advocate for groups that are at a social or economic disadvantage and she also consults with public services and other organisations on structured inequalities, enabling changes towards accessing supportive and inclusive services for all. We are truly delighted to welcome Eugenie to the Bespoken family. We feel that her expertise and knowledge will enable us to shape inclusive theatre and performance for everyone. Supporting us in our hope to promote the importance of the arts within mental health and the community.
Lee Simpson, writer and performer is also the Artistic Director of Improbable Theatre. Lee is also well known and loved for being a member of The Comedy Store Players. Bespoken Theatre have been huge fans of Improbable Theatre for many years and are delighted to have Lee Simpson as a patron for the company. Lee explores social attitudes to disability, mental health and aging amongst other issues through theatre, comedy and improvisation. He recently directed the show Still No Idea for The Royal Court with Lisa Hammond and Rachael Spence which explores attitudes towards disability and inclusion. Lee collaborated with Paul Merton on the comedy show Out Of My Head which dealt with issues around mental health. In 2017 Lee directed Lost Without Words for The National Theatre with Phelim Mcdermott. An improvised show with older actors in their 70's and 80's using just props, no script but their own words. Lee is also a dedicated pioneer in the art and skill of improvisation and also teaches and delivers workshops with performers and artists. He has also facilitated story telling and drama workshops for the Bethlem and Maudsley Hospital school.
Our primary /middle department at the Bethlem and Maudsley Hospital School was recently lucky enough to have a visit from the Bespoken Theatre Company. We invited the company to provide a session as an ending to our project on the Greek myths. It proved to be a glorious conclusion to a very successful exploration of these great stories: it was truly memorable. Abi from Bespoken came for the whole morning and provided a multisensory exploration of the myth of Persephone and how the seasons were formed. Not always an easy group, Abi was still able to engage all the pupils putting them at their ease and building up participation gradually in a gentle, non-threatening way. The story was told with clarity and beauty but what made it unusual was the cross-curriculum reach. After the story there was Greek food to sample as well as Greek music and locating the country geographically. We then had a paper flower workshop which the pupils enjoyed as the tasks were achievable and the outcomes, in terms of end product, were delightful. I would recommend Bespoken Theatre Company unequivocally and we have a second workshop in our diary for next half term. Again, the session has been bespoke for us and fits in with our new topic of transformation. Chocolate tasting will be included and a design task incorporated into the morning. It sounds like a recipe for another stimulating morning and we are very much looking forward to it. Thankyou Bespoken from all of us.
"The story of chocolate was a fabulous workshop of two parts. Starting with Cocoa butter hand cream and Willy Wonka singing a world of imagination wonderful the story telling started. We moved into our very own rain forest to meet the Mayans and Aztecs through to the conquistadors and then into Europe and Pepys's London and the chocolate houses of the 17th century. With kinaesthetic chocolate factories and questions to keep the engagement we ended with tasting the 'bitter water' and then the ever sweeter samples of chocolate the sensory backdrop continued as we were moved into some lovely design work of our own wrappers in part 2. We made some lovely design work with chances to think about the language of bar names and discussions around prices and flavours as we worked. Pitch perfect."
"The most striking aspect of this tale of the underside of life in a London boarding house is that the four male characters are played by woman and the one female character is played by a man. "This has the effect of making us consider the kind of behaviour and conversation that, in certain circles, define gender: the men swagger, swear and swap sexist remarks, and the woman gently gives way to them, while actually being the strongest of them all. The performers imitate the manners and the mannerisms of members of the opposite sex most effectively. An entertaining and quite illuminating piece."
"The young company twists Kathy Burke's play by having women play the male roles and a man the female. This neatly perturbs the audience's expectations about male bonding, focusing attention on the way men do - and don't - touch each other. This is an attractive and questioning production."
"Witty and moving. Women In Technicolor is a thought-provoking piece of theatre. The performances of Abigail Halley and especially Cherie Pruden in the dual role of Cathy and Marlene Dietrich are excellent."