Six actors, armed with instruments, pirate hats and a set that easily packs into the back of a van, bring a fun, imaginative and surprising take on Robert Louis Stevenson‘s swashbuckling adventure to The Isis River Farmhouse in Iffley on Saturday August 7.
Their latest show Treasure Island, is FREE to attend, with donations accepted on a Pay What You Decide basis, to ensure that theatre is affordable for everyone.
Half Cut Theatre was set up in August 2020 in response to the pandemic and its disastrous effect on the theatre industry by actors James Camp, Alex Wilson, and local Oxford boy George Readshaw.
A year on from their debut production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream: The Hour (read about it here: https://www.oxinabox.co.uk/what-do-you-get-if-you-cross-shakespeare-with-a-pub-garden-half-cut-theatres-twelfth-night-at-oxfords-isis-river-farmhouse/ Half Cut Theatre has established itself as an outdoor touring company, passionate about making theatre that is safe, fun, accessible and for everyone.
Founders George, Alex and James are all trained actors who have toured the country extensively in theatrical productions, and when their industry was brought to a standstill last summer decided to something about it.
Inspired by an article written in summer 2020 by playwright James Graham, in which he urged theatre makers to make “anything, anywhere, anyhow”, they did just that.
They enlisted friends and colleagues from the industry and decided to make an collective, collaborative company, working with composers, designers, performers and dramaturgs whose livelihoods have been so affected by the lack of live performance of the last 18 months.
James Graham explains: “If we can’t for the moment go big, we go local, which resonated with us all.”
Half Cut Theatre is a collaborative company which divides the shows between themselves and work with young composers, designers and movement directors to help all young theatre-makers.