Take the Space (Touring Theatre Company)

South East

We are an artist led company, formed in 2005 and committed to creating and touring new work of high quality across the whole range of the touring circuit – from small village halls and studio theatres, to midscale arts centres, to the classic proscenium no 1 theatres. We try to be flexible enough to play any space {hence the name} and accessible to all those in our diverse society. Most of all - we just want to entertain and inspire our audiences.

Our first play was Sam & I, the story of the marriage between Elizabeth St Michel and Samuel Pepys - a solo show, written and performed by Siobhán Nicholas and directed by Chris Barnes; it had initially been commissioned for the City of London’s Tercentenary Pepys Festival. We then got an arts council grant for the production and ....our very first tour. After one of our performances at Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud’s The Mill, the theatre manager, Brian Kirk asked what would be the next one “ A play about a C17th genius called Robert Hooke” Siobhán said. Instead of running a mile, Brian became our co producer on Hanging Hooke! He also co produced Dolce Via, our homage to Fellini’s La Strada. Dolce Via was also a small homage to Siobhán’s great great granny from Donegal and to Chris’ misspent youth during which he had spent two seasons working with Barnum and Bailey’s Ringling Brothers Circus!
Two great women astronomers, Jocelyn Bell Burnell and Caroline Herschel inspired "STELLA, a story of women, their men and astronomy" whilst two great men of Boxing inspired our fifth play - White Feather Boxer: Barry McGuigan and Muhammad Ali. Both men had been involved in peace movements and in development, we discovered that in the early C20th, there had actually been three Boxers who were also Quakers.
The play became above all a tribute to the extraordinarily brave conscientious objectors of WW1.

“This tiny company punches way above its weight – see them and experience meticulously researched theatre that stimulates, entertains and relies on skill and imagination” The Public Review

Our shows have played all over the UK including The Mill @ Guildford's Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, The Unity Theatre Liverpool, Greenwich Theatre in London, a church hall, a church, a tent, The Rose Theatre in Kingston, Minerva Theatre at Chichester Festival Theatre, The One Culture Festival at the Royal Society London, Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough and The Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh

Artform

  • Drama

Focus

  • New Writing

Organisation Type

  • touring

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