Who we are

The Play’s The Thing Theatre Company

(www.playsthethingtheatrecompany.co.uk)

This is an exciting professional company for Milton Keynes. Our aim is to produce thought provoking and exciting theatre and pay everyone Equity and ITC rates. The work is often about plays which deal with difficult subjects. Our belief is that it is the theatre that gives us time to think about, discuss, understand and perhaps make some sense of the darker aspects of human existence and experience. This can be achieved in many ways and it is often through comedy and dark humour that we can find coping mechanisms. As well as providing Milton Keynes with excellent theatre experiences, the company also tours. 

We are also seriously committed to training, professional development and education. We run regular workshops, master classes and acting courses which are open to professional and non professional actors. We offer training for business people using role play, forum theatre, voice coaching and creative thinking. We also plan and facilitate bespoke corporate training days or we can provide actors for role play for events already planned. Our theatre in education department provides sessions for GCSE, A Level and the International Baccalaureate on set texts and key practitioners such as Stanislavski, Brecht, Grotowski, Artaud and Boal. We can also provide sessions on Theatre of the Absurd, Commedia dell’arte and devising new work. We believe in the power of collaboration to extend the artistic experiences we can offer.

Our sister company is the inclusive company – Pepper’s Ghost Theatre Company. This is open to anyone to join so no experience is necessary just a love of theatre and a desire to learn.

Our Artistic Director is Rosemary Hill

Rosemary is an accomplished and experienced series producer, writer, director and consultant, working in media, the arts and education. She is also a trained teacher of English and Drama. She has particular expertise in the areas of creativity and leadership. Experienced in managing large teams of staff and budgets, she has twelve years experience working with the BBC as a TV and radio producer, working on both drama and documentary strands. Since 1999, she has worked as a freelance theatre director, facilitator, workshop leader and producer as well as continuing her media work and consultancy. She has also recently trained as a psychotherapeutic counsellor and works for Mind and  YiS (Youth Counselling)  

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The Gray Circle

(www.thegraycircle.com)

Thomas D Gray is an artist, filmmaker and founder of The Gray Circle. Based in Milton Keynes, Thomas has been creating large-scale, socially engaging and interactive installations and environments for over 25 years. His artworks, called Lightscapes, incorporate light, colour, sound and moving image, and are often designed to transform particular spaces and contexts into evolving aesthetic experiences for viewers. Research based, he often starts with sourcing archive and found materials which are then mixed with contemporary cinematic imagery and interviews to create evocative, time-based compositions.

Thomas’ work has been commissioned by numerous public and private clients around the globe and include: Daniel Burnham Centennial Pavilion, film installation with Zaha Hadid Architects, Chicago; Undercurrents, outdoor light installation and competition winner, Pittsburgh; Egypt Pavilion, installation with Zaha Hadid Architects, Shanghai World Expo; Rebirth, Russian Art Week light installation event, Saatchi Gallery London; Samsung Olympic Pavilion, large-scale performance event, Sydney Australia; Whispers, outdoor daylight video installation, Greenwich & Docklands Festival, London; and Hippodrome Casino, 57-screen video installation and projection-mapping, London.

Thomas has also collaborated extensively in the performing arts and has created moving-image scenography for dance, opera, and West End musicals. Credits include: Wicked, Copenhagen; The Lord of the Rings on stage, London & Toronto; Memory Puzzle, Taiwan; Spiral, China; and DV8 Physical Theatre, international tour. He also regularly lectures about expanded cinema in the environment and leads practice-based workshops, most recently at UAL Central Saint Martins, London and University of Science & Technology of China.

As well as large-scale international events Thomas is very interested in using art to engage and inspire young people and is a founder member of Grid Arts a MK based artist collective that specialise in multidisciplinary community engagement projects.  

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