“If we can use theatre to address face-on some of the very complex, worrying issues that affect our young people, then surely we shouldn’t be ashamed to do so.”

Matthew Emeny is a Freelance creative producer and theatre-maker. He trained as an actor at Bath Spa University, graduating in 2015. Since then he has worked professionally in the industry as an Actor, producer and director. In May 2017, Matthews debut written piece, Footprints, Directed by Josh Whatsize opened to rave reviews and a 5* rating from the Bath Fringe Festival. He is now going into a research and development stage for his newest production under the working title of ZAP.

ZAP will be exploring and investigating the pressures and fears many of us experience within our community. Deconstructing the stress and anxiety that can be caused by our current culture and how we or others, escape and hide from this growing paranoia.

“When you do it, you’re free. You no longer feel that stabbing pain in your gut. It lets you be everything you have always wanted. You’re in the moment, you’re out there living your dreams and you don’t give a flying fuck what they think about you. That’s the beauty of it. That’s what makes it so sexy.”

The company is seeking professional, student and community actors from all backgrounds and experiences to participate in a series of evening workshops over the coming months. The workshops will involve developing ideas, creating a new ensemble of actors and building the foundations of a new piece. A public sharing will take place mid-January. The project will then be seeking to raise finance for a full production for 2018.

The workshop will be at Bath Spa University Newton St Loe: The dates are as follows:

14th November 6pm until 9pm
21st November 6pm until 9pm
28th November 6pm until 9pm
5th December 6pm until 9pm

And then Sunday 10th December. (All day)

Even though it is desired for participants to be able to attend all the sessions, please do still apply if you can only or wish to attend one or two. More sessions in January are to be added, once an ensemble has been formed. With aims for a small sharing towards the end of January.

Due to the nature of this project having a community focus and being the foundations of a new project, the workshops as not paid due to there being no budget. The project is eager to combine local creatives and the theatre community to develop a new story with a large engagement focus. The ensemble will be treated as equals in building a new socially creative company.
This project is, however, striving to raise funds for a full production later in the year, that will hopefully tour and participate in fringe festivals.

If you are interested in the project or would like to know more information, please do get in touch, with a headshot/photo and a small bio of previous work or interest in the theatre.

Please send all applications and questions to Matthew on matthew..

We look forward to hearing from you and working together to build this new company.