INFECTIOUS AND PROMISING
“Theatre at its most elemental” is Encompass Productions mantra. No more than three rehearsals, a table and for added extravagance, maybe a chair or two. The flurry of activity hits the room as we’re asked to take our seats in their new West End home, the Seven Dials Club. Armed with a program/fan to combat the heat, we’re introduced to our host and given a quick run down of what has come before in previous Bare Essentials shows and leads us into our first piece.
Showcases of all kinds will have different degrees of strength in regards to the individual pieces. I found that here, and you’ll get that with new writing. What’s more important is that we have a place that highlights new talent, bringing them in direct contact with audiences in order for growth and experimentation. Both drama and comedy is on show, placing you in moments ranging from a planned murder dinner party to sitting in a waiting room. Themes are normally universal and connect easily with the crowd as they were presenting a best of Bare Essentials to celebrate their new residency.
It is well worth the trip in order to see up and coming works and the promise it holds as a new venue is where we find something special. Everyone is welcome to submit either their writing or even their acting talents to the cause as host, Liam Fleming describes during scene changes. Done with genuine affection and enthusiasm, it’s easy to get caught up in the passion radiating from the people involved with Bare Essentials.
London has an incredible amount of diverse stories to tell, from an array of different backgrounds and this would be a great platform to highlight those. I’m looking forward to seeing what the future holds for Bare Essentials and how it evolves through time. The foundations are strong, let’s see what it builds.