The Shoebox Theatre Company
Our community theatre company runs at least one performance project per year, focusing on contemporary scripts and new work.
By taking part in a Shoebox Theatre Company project you can expect the direction and support you need to develop as an actor, whilst building on your performance experience and repertoire within a professional theatre setting.
"I had the privilege of being in a Shoebox community production, which was great. It offered me the opportunity to be in a show that felt professional."
Who can take part?
Each project is ideal for those who have had some training and would like to add to their performance experience and for those who are looking to build on their technique whilst working towards a show. You might be a taking a year out before drama school, or an actor looking to widen your repertoire or develop your skills. Participants must be 18 or over.
Why is this project different to amateur theatre companies?
The focus for our performance projects is Actor development, each participant can expect to be challenged and given the support and direction they need to develop as a performer.
How much will it cost?
The cost to take part in our next project is £75 - this can be paid up front or in 5 instalments of £15 per month (Sept - Jan). This helps us to cover the cost of the performance rights, set and props. We also ask participants to purchase their own script, which is normally £5-£10 depending on the production and supplier.
How much commitment is needed?
Rehearsals run over approx 20 weeks (depending on the production and show dates) and take place on Wednesday evenings between 7pm and 10pm. In addition to regular weekly rehearsals, you will also be required to commit to a couple of full-day Sunday rehearsals closer to the performance and the performance week (weekday evenings and weekend performances are typical). A full rehearsal schedule will be sent to you when you apply to audition.
Who will lead the project?
The company is led by Luke Marquez, the Artistic Director of Wrong Shoes Theatre Company and the Shoebox Theatre. Luke is a trained actor and graduate of the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, where he gained an MA in Applied Theatre. He also holds a BA (Hons) in Performing Arts and a PGDE specialising in Drama. He is an experienced Director, Theatre Practitioner and Workshop Leader specialising in contemporary and devised theatre.
Our next project...
We are excited to announce that our next community theatre production is Human Animals by Stef Smith - to be performed at the Shoebox Theatre in 2019!
In the overcrowded city, nature is getting out of control. The mice are scratching between walls, the pigeons are diseased and the foxes are beginning to rule the streets. The problem is growing. It's contagious. It has to be stopped, before it's too late...
If you would like to audition, please email with a bit about yourself and the part you would like to be considered for.
John - Male in 50s
Si - Male in 40s
These characters can be any race.