Welcome to Prospero
We are an inclusive theatre company that uses drama to improve the quality of life for adults and young people with disabilities and mental health conditions. Our dual purpose is artistic endeavour and socialisation and we believe the one feeds into the other. We work to improve the quality of life of each person by giving the opportunity to be creative, express emotions, work as a valid member of a team and have a voice.
Monday evenings, 7PM-9.30PM. Prospero’s inclusive theatre company rehearse and perform devised plays. This is a touring company that has performed in many parts of the UK. Suitable for ages 18 and over.
Saturday mornings 9.30AM-1PM. Termly curriculum including tuition in acting technique, characterisation, voice, improvisation, physical theatre, singing and dance. Suitable for ages 14-18.
In schools Prospero delivers Mind Fitness through drama workshops to help build confidence and reduce anxiety and stress.
Prospero work in partnership with Mind Fitness to design and deliver projects to reduce stress and anxiety, Reframe negative thinking, build resilience, release creativity and develop emotional controls.
Prospero Theatre’s ‘Matilda’ and ‘Life of Barry’ productions scheduled for July 2021!
We are pleased to announce that we have officially set dates for our upcoming theatre productions. If all goes to plan and government guidelines stay aligned to the roadmap, we willl be performing our plays Matilda (Prospero Theatre School) and Life of Barry (Prospero Inclusive Theatre) on the 24th and 25th July.
Please keep these dates free in your diaries!
We are really excited to share the two productions with you. After over a year of rehearsals we know our actors are also keen to perform on stage and showcase their hard work!
In case you missed these, we have created trailers for the upcoming productions so that you get a taster of what is to come!
Matilda is a play inspired by the beloved book by the incomparable Roald Dahl. The play tells the story of Matilda Wormwood, a gifted girl forced to put up with a crude, distant father and mother. Worse, Agatha Trunchbull, the evil principal at Matilda's school, is a terrifyingly strict bully. However, when Matilda realises she has the power of telekinesis, she begins to defend her friends from Trunchbull's wrath and fight back against her unkind parents.
Directed by Beth Wood, assisted by Chloe Dunne and Rebecca Riley
Life of Barry
The Life of Barry, devised by Prospero Inclusive Theatre and scripted by Beth Wood, is thought-provoking, funny and uplifting. In true Prospero ensemble style it features a hugely colourful collection of characters including gold-diggers, devoted PAs and a vicar’s wife who is into burlesque, and incorporates signing, singing and utter chaos which can only be eradicated with a fair amount of audience cooperation.
Directed by Beth Wood. Assisted by Chloe Dunne and Rebecca Riley.
Life of Barry Trailer
Performances - Dates and Timings:
Saturday July 24th:
7:30PM Matilda Performance 1
Sunday July 25th:
1PM - Matilda Performance 2
3:30PM - Life of Barry Performance 1
7.30PM – Life of Barry Performance 2
Where: The Arc
Cost: TBC - We will be in touch on costs and how to book tickets nearer the time.
In the meantime, if you have any questions please email Margot (email@example.com) to have more information.
Mental Health Awareness Week
Andy and I have been passionate advocates of better mental health for many years. We have designed and launched programmes in organisations, charities and schools and in 2018 we took on a commission for a book to help people to live and work better. The book was Unlock You. It was published in 2019 by Pearson and last year was business book of the month in August and September.
We have a bit of a secret stash of copies of Unlock You as Andy and I were about to do a big wellbeing festival just before lockdown. We’d like to give 10 copies to people who think that they would benefit. If you’d like more details about content of the book please do go onto the Mind Fitness website or Amazon to have a look. And if you would like one of the copies please all you need to do is email me. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do also get in touch if you have any questions or queries about mental health awareness. Our community is really important to us.
Wellbeing and Mindfulness
Wellbeing and Mindfulness are at the heart of everything we do at Prospero Theatre. In order to help our members and community, we regularly create webinars to offer a resource for anyone struggling on various topics. Please click here to see some of our helpful videos and subscribe to Mind Fitness Youtube channel to be notified of any new video content.
Prospero’s Weekly Sandwich Meet Ups Are Back!
On the 13th April, we had our first sandwich meet up of 2021 outside the Arc! It was great seeing everyone for a socially distanced catch up, eating some lovely sandwiches in the sun.
As part of our Creative and Wellbeing Hub activities, every Tuesday we organise a socially distanced get together outside the Arc to enjoy some nice food whilst catching up. This is an inclusive activity and everyone is welcome!
When: Every Tuesday, 11AM - 1PM
Where: Outside the Arc
Cost: £5 for a sandwich and drink (donation for the Arc)
If you want more information on how to join the weekly Tuesday meet up or have any questions at all, email Margot (email@example.com) to have more information.
Performance and Trailer Event Summary
On Friday 26th February 2021, Prospero Theatre hosted a virtual evening of entertainment and joy on Zoom to celebrate our performers’ work over the last few weeks.
As we continue to wait for the opportunity to safely perform in front of a live audience again, we have been working remotely to create trailers for our much anticipated productions: The Life Of Barry (Prospero Inclusive Theatre) and Matilda (Prospero Theatre School).
In celebration of the work of our team and members, we hosted an event packed in great performances and showcased the final edits of the trailers. We had the pleasure to have over 50 attendees watch the performances and we want to thank all those who attended for their support!
If you missed the event, you can watch the trailers for our upcoming productions via the links below.
Prospero Theatre’s Versailles Projects
In September 2020 some of our Prospero Theatre members took part in a wonderful Versailles inspired photoshoot. The project was led by our wonderful volunteer Sonia Hunt, who is a fan of Versailles and is an expert in French history! With the support of our Artistic Director Beth Wood, the concept to recreate the French court through costumes and a beautiful setting emerged and we are pleased to share some photos of the result.
Thanks to the support of Tandridge Priory Riding School, we had the opportunity to also include some majestic horses to our photoshoot. It really felt like a trip back in time!
We have been doing Versailles projects since 2018, Participants in the 2020 Versailles project included: Sonia Hunt, Beth Wood, Charmaine Bourton, Michael Hartigan, Nigel Simmonds, Dan Hawkins, Sacha Eden, Sandira Appasamy and Rebecca Riley
We are pleased to say that we are preparing a new Versailles project currently planned for August 2021 – keep your eyes peeled for updates!
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