Troupe, run by Ashley Cook, aims to present the boldest new writing and the bravest rediscoveries. Troupe’s latest production was The Sweet Science of Bruising by Joy Wilkinson at Southwark Playhouse, which later transferred to Wilton’s Music Hall, and was nominated for an Off West End Award for Best New Play. Other recent work includes Rasheeda Speakingby Joel Drake Johnson at Trafalgar Studios, which starred Tanya Moodie, Elizabeth Berrington, Sheila Reid and Bo Poraj and was nominated for five Off West End Awards, including Best Production. Other productions at Southwark Playhouse include the centenary year revival ofDear Brutusby J. M. Barrie andThe Cardinalby James Shirley, directed by Justin Audibert, which starred Stephen Boxer and Natalie Simpson for which she won the Ian Charleson Award. It was supported by an inaugural MGCfutures Bursary Award. Troupe’s previous rediscoveries at the Finborough Theatre – Rodney Ackland’s After October, Robert Bolt’s Flowering Cherryand R. C. Sherriff’s The White Carnation, which later transferred to Jermyn Street Theatre – have been nominated for a total of five Off West End Awards.
'This full-blooded play… is a knockout.'
The Times on The Sweet Science of Bruising
‘A vigorous production that would look at home in Stratford-on-Avon.’
The Guardian on The Cardinal
'One of the best new plays I have seen in years.'
Daily Express on The Sweet Science of Bruising
‘An ebullient production of infectious energy.’
Evening Standard on After October
‘A riveting piece of theatre.’
The Telegraph on The Cardinal
'Highly recommended… fiercely intelligent.'
WhatsOnStage on Rasheeda Speaking
‘Exquisite revival… A wonderful evening’s theatre.’