Announcing our 2019 Production
Our upcoming production will be a piece of new writing, premiering as part of the R C Sherriff Trust's Watch This Space Festival in October.
D.R.A.M: The Dramatic Regional Association of Muchleymarsh
by Stephen Alexander
24th - 26th October 2019 at the Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre, Walton-on-Thames.
A comedy of amateur dramatics – and dramatic amateurs.
In the little-known Shropshire village of Muchleymarsh, the local amateur dramatic society (known to its followers as D.R.A.M.) has long been a staple of the community. None of the villagers seem to notice, however, that D.R.A.M. is probably the worst theatrical group in England – or at least the West Midlands. When Kay, the chairwoman’s daughter, is forced to step in and direct their next production, she finds she must battle with difficult egos and a host of quirky characters, and face just as much drama offstage as on.
Enigma to return this year
After a hiatus, we are pleased to report that Enigma Theatre will be returning with a new production this October.
More details to follow, so watch this space!
We have a brand new logo, as can be seen at the top of this page and on our social media! Could this be a sign of things to come...?
DOUBT comes to an end
Our run of DOUBT finished on Saturday. Feedback from the production was positive; audiences found it a compelling and moving piece of drama. See photos from the dress rehearsal in the gallery.
DOUBT interview on Brooklands Radio
Yesterday on 20th October we were lucky enough to be featured on Brooklands Radio, to promote DOUBT. Check it out below!
Production announcement - DOUBT: A Parable
Enigma Theatre are set to return in October with a tightly-wrapped thriller, DOUBT: A Parable, by American playwright John Patrick Shanley.
St. Nicholas Catholic School, New York, 1964. A year after President Kennedy’s assassination, uncertainty fills the air, but, according to progressive priest Father Flynn, “Doubt can be a bond as powerful and sustaining as certainty.” Meanwhile, austere school principal Sister Aloysius has her own doubts about Father Flynn’s moral conduct. As she wages war and vows to bring him down, he strongly protests his innocence. Without proof, the only thing certain is doubt.
Stimulating, witty and powerfully dark, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning thriller is a gripping mystery wrapped in an Enigma...
DOUBT was turned into a 2008 Oscar-nominated film starring Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
The production will run at the Riverhouse Arts Centre, Walton-on-Thames, from 28th - 31st October 2015. More news on this exciting project as it develops!
The future for Enigma!
Dear supporters of Enigma Theatre,
After our extremely successful production of PYGMALION last year, the company's future was somewhat uncertain, due largely to funding concerns. I am very pleased to report, however, that it is not yet the end for Enigma. In fact, on the strength of PYGMALION, the R C Sherriff Trust, who have always been very generous to the company, have agreed to continue supporting us. We are of course enormously grateful for this! Funding is never an easy job, and we are pleased to be recognised by both the R C Sherriff Trust and the Charity of Robert Phillips as a valuable part of the local arts scene, as a provider of high-quality theatre. With that, keep a look out for an announcement very soon about our next production!
Sadly I must also report that Enigma's Associate Director, Ricky Zalman, has decided to leave the company for the time being in order to pursue his acting career. I would like to wish him the very best, and to thank him for his input and support over the last two years.
Thank you once again to all of you - keep your eyes peeled for that production announcement!
PYGMALION closes; new material added to website
Our run of PYGMALION finished on Saturday night. Audience feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, which you can read here. Have a look at photos from the production (taken during the dress rehearsal), and listen to the audio version of "We're Always Talking Eliza", the interview with cast members.
Opening Night Review of PYGMALION
PYGMALION opened very successfully last night, and Tara Ward was present to review the show for Essential Surrey. "Engaging, uplifting: very much deserved its full house." Read her full review here!
Check out our new trailer for PYGMALION below!
"We're Always Talking Eliza" - Interview
You can now read an online transcript of the interview we conducted with PYGMALION cast members. We also hope to make the audio recording of the interview available as a podcast in the near future.
Box office issue now resolved
It has come to our attention that there has recently been an issue with the online booking system for the Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre, specifically involving PayPal. This has meant that some of you have had difficulty in booking tickets for PYGMALION. Riverhouse staff have confirmed to us that the issue is now resolved, and that they have contacted those affected. If you are in doubt, please contact the box office to make sure on 01932 253354. There should not be any further booking issues!
Rehearsals begin for PYGMALION
Last Sunday, PYGMALION rehearsals got under way with a full cast readthrough. The show promises to be a real treat! Tickets are selling fast, so book now to avoid disappointment!
PYGMALION Cast Announcement
After a long and thorough audition process, we are delighted to reveal the cast for PYGMALION; see the image below and click to enlarge. We are very excited to begin rehearsals and start working with the cast!
Ricky's sky dive: UPDATE
Last month, Ricky jumped from 12,000ft for Bowel Cancer UK. The total amount raised was £1,000, doubling the initial target of £500. Ricky is thrilled and extremely grateful for all the support.
Anett Black joins the creative team
We are pleased to announce that set and costumes for PYGMALION will be designed by Anett Black, MA.
Anett trained at the London College of Fashion and has worked in ballet, opera and theatre. We are delighted that Anett has joined the creative team for the show and look forward to working with her as she turns her talents to Edwardian London.
PYGMALION to transfer
We are delighted to announce that, after its initial run at the Riverhouse Arts Centre in Autumn 2014, our production of PYGMALION will transfer to the Hampton Hill Playhouse from 5th - 7th February 2015.
Ricky's sky dive for Bowel Cancer UK
Enigma's Associate Director, Ricky Zalman, is raising money for Bowel Cancer UK by jumping out of a plane in April. Please sponsor him if you can, via his JustGiving page.
Next Production: PYGMALION
We are pleased to announce that our next production will be Bernard Shaw's PYGMALION. Visit the Upcoming Productions page for more information, and watch this space for updates!
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COMIC POTENTIAL Cast Announced!
We are very pleased to announce that our autumn production, COMIC POTENTIAL, now has a face! Below are the headshots of our lovely cast. (Click to enlarge.) Rehearsals start in two weeks!