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Check out our projects for 2020 season

21 April - 9 May 2020

The Jack Studio Theatre

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Richard II

"Mock not flesh and blood with solemn reverence.
Throw away tradition, form, and ceremonious duty."

Amidst worldwide political turbulence, England faces crisis and open rebellion. Living a life of luxury within the crumbling Palace of Westminster, King Richard is increasingly unwilling to face the calamity his failing government has created. As the façade of power begins to dissolve around him, the dramatic downfall of an extraordinary individual begins; an individual who is in equal measures both vivaciously captivating, and excruciatingly cruel.

We Are Animate are proud to present this new version of Richard II. With a strong focus on queer representation, this production explores the power and strength of femininity, and questions what traits are expected, and respected, in a leader.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

“Urgent and deeply'll leave you hungry for more."


22 Feb 2020
The Place Theatre Bedford
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Bitesize Chekhov

Bitesize Chekhov brings to life some of the great writers lesser-known works to a modern audience. 

'The Dangers Of Tobacco’ - a man's fragile self-esteem is unpicked whilst giving a public lecture.

'The Proposal' - a hypochondriac attempts to woo a less than appealing maiden.

‘Swan Song’ - the tragic tale of an ageing actor as he comes to terms with the end of his career, and indeed, life  

★ ★ ★ ★ 

“Compelling, insightful and relevant play."


Love Lab

In a society of screen dwellers, can we connect to more than just the wifi? Meet Livia and Perry, two people looking for The One. Love Lab, a new dating show claims to have the answer…but how will they fair under the microscope of an international audience? Are these singletons really willing to expose themselves?

This one act original explores our obsession with the digital and comments on how social media and reality TV is affecting our pursuit for true love.


Love Lab picked as Time Out's Top 10 show to see at The Camden Fringe 2019.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

“Exceptionally good acting and deliciously absurdist humour."


Hunter & Johnny

“So Johnny… would you like to shoot something?” – Hunter S. Thompson


Spring 1997.

Actor Johnny Depp moves into the basement of literary pioneer Hunter S. Thompson for four months, in preparation for his role in the motion picture Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

This show, a culmination of 6 months research into the lives of these two iconic figures, documents the ensuing events. Follow Colonel Depp & Doctor Hunter S. Thompson into the dungeon, on an electric trip through their 11-year friendship. 

★ ★ ★ ★ ★




A back-to-back re-imagining of Samuel Beckett’s ‘Roughs for Theatre 1 & 2’.

 In ‘Rough For Theatre One’ we see the rise and fall of a gripping alliance between a cripple and a blind beggar. Joining the two pieces is a devised vignette, using powerful movement, comedy and music to fuse these two worlds. In ‘Rough for Theatre Two’ we see two bureaucrats debate the fate of a man on the verge of suicide.