Past Plays

 

What follows is a selection of our most significant productions to date.

This portion of the website is still under construction (currently the "Learn More" buttons are for decorative use only...), but eventually each play listing below will lead through to its own section, each containing full production details, a photo gallery, archive and research materials.

 
 
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Storyteller

"Storyteller" is a one man show which changes with every performance. "A blistering, unexpected, unpredictable tour of folk tales, myths and legends ... unravels the importance of stories, the development of stories and the place they still hold in our culture today."

Using folktales local to the specific area in which it is being performed (and never the same set of stories twice), Storyteller explores the importance of stories, of why we tell them, and of how they work. It also tells the story of the folk mythologies local to the area, and allows the tales and their narratives to speak for themselves in performance. Storyteller has, in various iterations, been ongoing since 2010 at locations throughout the South of England.

 
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Mummers Plays

Just over a hundred years ago every village in England had its own unique variation of a “Mummers play,” handed down from family to family for generations, for centuries, a living piece of Christmas folk tradition. With ridiculous costumes and bizarre plots involving turkey snipes, duels, Beelzebub and rising from the dead, today most have been lost and of the few that were written down only a minority are still performed, by local enthusiasts and revived folk groups. The origins of these strange folk plays are lost in history, and nobody knows how long they'd existed for before first being written down in the 1700s.

The MUMMERS project began at the The Old Red Lion Theatre Pub in November/December of 2017, and continued to develop over the following February run at London's VAULT Festival 2018. Marketed as an offshoot of DROLL, the aim was to use the structure and concept of DROLL to explore another obscure form of theatre from a different point in history, and to see whether the same carnival style of rough theatre would unlock Mummers Plays in the same way they had unlocked the Drolls before them. So far, the Owle Schreame have performed  six different Mummers Play scripts.

 
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DROLLS

A strange form of early sketch comedy, "Drolls" were the illegal scenes and sketches performed during the interregnum outlawing of the theatres. Approximately 40 "Drolls" survive, and the Owle Schreame have so far performed just over a third of them. They are the first theatre company to have touched them since the 17th century.

The DROLL project began at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016, and is still ongoing, with other venues including Vault Festival (London), Standon Calling Festival (Hertfordshire), Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017 (Scotland), Old Red Lion (London), The Brick Lane Theatre Festival (London), The King's Head Theatre (London), Theatre N16 (London), the Rosemary Branch Theatre (London), and private houses and events throughout England.

 
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The Way To Win

by Edward Knoblock, 1915

Performed as the concluding part of Theatre Deli's 2017 "Unsung Heroes" scratch night, at The Old Library, Peckham.

 
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Ralph Roister Doister

by Nicholas Udall, 1552

The Bread and Roses, Clapham, London
February 23rd-28th, 2015

The first production on record to use the complete, unedited text.

 
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Honoria & Mammon

by James Shirley, 1659

St Giles-in-the-Fields Church, London (the burial place of the author)
September - December 2013

This production is believed to be the first performance in history.

Performed in rep as part of the 2013 Cannibal Valour Rep Season.

 
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The Unfortunate Mother

by Thomas Nabbes, 1640

St Giles-in-the-Fields Church, London (the burial place of the author)
September - December 2013

This production is believed to be the first performance in history.

Performed in rep as part of the 2013 Cannibal Valour Rep Season.

 
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The Cannibal Valour of Bussy D'Ambois

by George Chapman, 1603-1607

St Giles-in-the-Fields Church, London (the burial place of the author)
September - December 2013

Performed in rep as part of the 2013 Cannibal Valour Rep Season.

 
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Measure for Measure

by William Shakespeare, 1603-1604

November 4th - December 4th, 2011
The Rose Playhouse, Bankside

This production included the first Stage Jig on the site of the Elizabethan "Rose Theatre" in almost 400 years.

 
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The Tell-Tale Heart

by Edgar Allan Poe, 1843

September, 2008
The Footlights Basement, Round Church Street, Cambridge