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Sparkhaus Theatre invite you to an evening of new ideas from some of the UK's exciting emerging writers, directors and actors.

This is a pay what you can event, with a recommendation of £3. 

Pet Grief by Joel Brooks - dir. Natalie Denton

Joel Brooks

Joel Brooks studied MA Screenwriting at London College Of Communication. Since then he has had short plays produced at The Notting Hill Gate, Theatre 503 and a short run of four short plays at Slam in Kings Cross. He has just finished recording a pilot for his radio sitcom “Culturally Speaking: With Penny Haymaker” starring Nina Wadia and Tracy Wiles. 

Natalie Denton

Natalie is Artistic Director of In The Attic Productions and was one of the Jerwood Assistant Directors at the Young Vic in 2017. Most recently she assistant directed  the UK Tour of Teddy and directed Nuclear as part of the Five Plays at the Young Vic Theatre. Other theatre includes: Birthday Party (Theatre 503), All in the Same Boat (Oxford House Theatre) and Fingertips (Edinburgh Fringe 2016).  

His and Hers by Amy Evans - dir. Rosalind Brody

Amy Evans

Originally from Bristol, Amy is a playwright, dramaturg and disability activist. Her play Libby's Eyes debuts at the Bunker in June as part of their breaking Out festival and her monologue To Be My Eyesfeatured at Theatre 503's The Words are Coming Now. She worked with Roy Williams on Graeae's radio adaptation of Midwich Cuckoos, has been a writing mentor for Extant. His and Hers is developed from her monologue, Klutz, which featured at Graeae's slot in the Women Centre Stage Festival 2016.

Rosalind Brody

Rosalind Brody is a recent graduate from the University of Oxford, where she read English Literature (BA, MSt). In 2012, she directed an all-female production of The History Boys. She has appeared as an actor in Motherland (Young Vic Theatre), Star Child (Almeida Theatre), Monkey Bars (Burton Taylor Studio) and The Crucible (Sheldonian Theatre). She returned to directing in 2017 when she co-founded her own theatre company, Sounds Like Thunder, with whom she is taking her verbatim show Kidding to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2018 (Zoo Southside Studio). So far in 2018, Rosalind has worked as Assistant Director on Rothschild and Sons (Park Theatre) and as Assistant Producer on The Fever (Omnibus Theatre). She is currently engaged as Assistant Director on Monogamy by Torben Betts, starring Janie Dee (UK Tour & Park Theatre)

 Poll TAX by Robyn Addison - dir. Alex Mill

Robyn Addison

Currently part of the Bush Theatre Emerging Writers’ Group 2017/18.

As an actor Robyn appeared on stage at various theatres including Hampstead Theatre, Bush Theatre, Soho Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre and The Theatre Royal Haymarket. She’s also appeared on television in shows such as Survivors, George Gently and The Street for the BBC and Doc Martin for ITV.

Alex Mill

Alex Mill creates film, photo, text and occasionally pours her thoughts into paint. She has been working in the assistant directing department on commercials and in film since 2013, before that she dipped her toe into indie production and still produces short films from time to time. She has also been a photographer for Carnival Cruise Lines, occasionally snapping away half-immersed in the Atlantic Ocean. Even before this she edited a great deal, and learned that fixing it in post is just reinventing from scratch.

Sisters by Emma Grier - dir. Lucy Grace McCann

Emma Grier

Emma has always loved creating; moulding and being a part of new work in any capacity.  She is fascinated by the way that we behave and communicate with others and is particularly interested in family relationships and how they shape and form us into who we are as adults.   As an actor and singer Emma has taken on a variety of roles including Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, roles in Titus Andronicus, Timon of Athens, Louise in Gypsy and new writing pieces such as Together for the Everyman Theatre Cheltenham. On her Youtube channel she regularly posts vlogs and discussion based videos on self-care, working as a freelancer and a weekly monologue series Black Box monologues.

Previous writing includes A Chorus Line of Women, a musical which explores the roles and stereotypical character types for women in Musical Theatre. Sisters is Emma’s first play and she is excited for its debut performance. She is currently developing Sisters and working on new pieces.

Lucy Grace McCann

Lucy Grace McCann is a freelance theatre director based in London. Lucy was previously the director in residence at the Oxford Playhouse, Magdalen College School and Surbiton High School. Lucy is currently working on a new play by Annie Jenkins to be performed at the 2018 Camden Fringe Festival. 


Interested in performing at a future Sparkhaus night?

Writers & Theatre Makers
Sparkhaus Theatre are looking for writers and theatre makers who have brand new ideas to try out as part of our second scratch night, IGNITE. We are interested in; presenting a space for new ideas to grow, encouraging writers to take risks in a safe space and bringing together writers, directors and actors to form new collaborations. We hope to hear from writers and theatre makers who are interested in work that responds to the here and now. 

What we offer
• We can offer a 4 hour rehearsal space
• We can match writers up with directors and actors
• We can offer dramaturgical support to scripts

The rules
• No more than 3 actors - we have limited space
• No tech
• 10 minutes MAX

If you have an idea for a theatre piece or a script that needs airtime then send us your proposal (no more than 500 words), or your 10-minute script to Please put IGNITE as the subject. The deadline is 5pm on Tuesday 3rd April. Only 4 pieces will be chosen to perform on the night and all who express an interest will hear back by Tuesday 24th April.

Directors & actors
We’d love to hear from Directors and Actors who would like to be part of this scratch night. This is a great opportunity to meet other artists and to keep flexing that acting or directing muscle whilst also supporting the growth of new ideas. Please let us know if you are interested in being part of this event by introducing yourself and sending over your CV/spotlight account to, with the headline DIRECTOR or ACTOR as the subject. 

Rehearsal: 4 hours available for each company
Ignite: Tuesday 24th April, 7:30pm-10pm
Where: Gallery Cafe, Old Ford Rd, Bethnal Green, London, E2 9PL

About Sparkhaus
Sparkhaus are a new writing theatre company set up by Artistic Director Anna Poole in 2017. They make exciting, ambitious and bold theatre responding to the state of the world today. They collaborate with bold writers, theatre makers and artists to make new dynamic work. As a way to meet new artists, support writers and to explore new ideas they've set up IGNITE, a scratch night at East London's vegan café and community hub The Gallery Café.

Earlier Event: April 23
Crafting is Connecting
Later Event: April 25
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