What does a writer do when he’s not writing? Marketing, obviously. Thinking. Procrastinating. Social media. But also, if he’s a playwright, he or she probably gets involved with a production company. In my case I was a founder director of Damn Cheek Productions around four years ago and this week we met to discuss the future.

Over our short existence we have established an identity as a company involved in new writing, storytelling, and performing in pubs, restaurants and village halls. We’ve had some success, produced some quality theatre, met our objective of staging shows in non traditional venues. Our productions have gone down well and travelled well. Now we’re looking to consolidate, change constitution, move to more regular performances, hone our social media. Exciting, if time consuming stuff.

So, what are the plans? First, we’re still on our sporadic rolling tour of my play The Door with performances in Malvern in November and at the Yvonne Arnaud in Guildford in February. We’re looking to add a one man play to that rolling tour and to run workshops in parallel. We’re continuing to develop Faction, Rob Swinton’s incisive exploration of the world of education. We’re rolling out the Mystery Play which was such a success in Malvern this year. And we’re presenting a show based on Blessed Assurance – a return to my current obsession!

The Blessed Assuranceshow will be on in The Dozen, the restaurant at The White Horse in Dorking, on 10th October and will feature music as well as a talented cast, a three course meal, and a chance to talk and raise questions. This will be part of Mole Valley Arts Alive festival. Bookings via the White Horse –

Tony Earnshaw

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