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Hello one and all Ollie here artistic director of Further Theatre, serial New Years resolutionist  and over the moon to welcome to the brand spanking new Further Theatre website, and wishing you all a happy prosperous and healthy New Year. Further Theatre is a theatre company that specialises in creating work that furthers our collective knowledge of little known narratives both personal and political, historic and current. When not producing shows with some of the country’s top fringe theatres such as the Park theatre and the Bush we work with schools, community groups and local councils to create theatre in education in the arenas of stem, history and literature. 

 

After the bumper success of 2022 with having our first show professionally produced by the Park theatre  2023 has been a year  of consolidation and also getting  the opportunity to work with new partners and deliver some truly exciting work. 

 

Our 2 main projects this year have been our ‘Knowing Newton’ workshop and show and our audio soundscape project with Theatreship ‘ The River Runs East’. 

 

‘Knowing Newton’ is a show we debuted across 5 libraries in the London Borough of Dagenham Bridge last  summer as part of Dagenham and Redbridge’s Megamix project, which brings theatre into local libraries to entertain and educate young audiences. Knowing Newton tells the story of mathematician, physicist, inventor and all round brain box Isaac Newton, he also could do many other things but if we start to list them here the blog might run into 2025. The show follows Issac from his humble beginnings on a farm far from mostly anywhere to the head of the royal society to fame and fortune. The show featured live experiments featuring Isaac’s 3 laws of motion, light refraction and of course his major discovery – the force of gravity. The show had a range of interesting and zany characters from the great guy’s life including his dear old Grandmother, his headmaster and his two most loyalist friends, a talking cow and chicken. The show was a great success and we have been asked to come back with a new show for 2024. Megamix  loved it so much we thought we would share some of their feedback below. 

 

This was a fun child friendly event with lots of audience interaction, good acting and an engaging workshop delivered after the show. In our post show survey over 90% of respondents said ‘They learned a lot’ from Further Theatre’s Knwoing Newton show.  – Viktoria Nourpeissova Culture and Development Officer 

 

For 2024  we’re planning a ton of science themed events for British Science Week running from the 8 -17 th of March. This year’s theme is time – so please head to our contact page cos its Time to make a booking. 

 

2023 also saw us partner with a a very special brand new theatre that is opening up in Canary Wharf East London. Theatreship is a brand new theatre, arts space opening up in Canary Wharf that promises to deliver world class theatre, music and all manner of exciting events to the heart of the London Docklands. If that wasn’t cool enough it’s also housed on an actual boat. Further Theatre was commissioned to create an audio installation about the London Docklands, its past present and its future. 

 

Our piece ‘The River Runs East’ tells the story of the London Docks through the voices of three generations of the same family, mty family to be precise.  My Family have lived and worked on the London Docks for generations and so this became a great opportunity  to take there unique stoires and build a narrative around them on the place we call home. The first interview is conducted with my Nan –  Stella. Stella talks about the thriving industry of the East and West as India docks, that at one time had nearly a quarter of the world’s shipping pass in and out of it. Stella’s story also recounts her first hand experience of the Second World War when she was a child and her experiences as a blitz kid as the Nazi bombs rained down on her hometown. The second interview is with my parents Janice and Micheal. Jan and Mike talk about growing up in Canning Town the decline of the area’s traditional industries and their decision to up sticks and move to the promised land of the cockney’s  – Essex. Following the river east to find a new home in the leafy suburbs of Brentwood and reminiscing about the gangs, dances, pubs,  friends and family left behind on the other side of the M25. The Final interview is with Ollie’s Cousin Tom whose parents also moved out of east London to start a new life in Essex. The only difference being that Tom has gone back to work in Canary Wharf  working as a banker in the great steel and glass constructions that have replaced the cranes and crates of the old London Docks.  Our Narrator follows a Fox as the embodiment of the East End as he is transported through the docks across time as he and the fox and the river run east.  

 

The audio project will be made available on Theatre Ships website and live from the boat itself in the heart of the London Docks in the new year. 

 

At the moment plans are afoot to create dynamic and entertaining shows for the new year including original new writing, shows and workshops for World Book Day as well as British Science Week, National Poetry Day and many more cultural, historical and educational events. 

 

I named this company Further because I felt the work I wanted to create should always have the potential to go further than to be the hour or so’s traffic on a stage. That, at its best, theatre can educate and inspire as well as entertain. 

 

If this maxim interests you as much as us please do get in touch. You could be an educator looking at a way to further engage your students, a theatre or festival  looking for shows or a curious creator like myself looking to colab or learn more. 

 

Happy New Years one and all. 

 

 Now let’s begin again. 

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