PACIFISTS AND PROTESTERS

To mark the centenary of World War One, we created an original piece of theatre, exploring the lives and points of view of those that protested against the conflict. Funded by the Heritage Lottery, the piece included a new play, A Dangerous Woman (shortlisted for The Adrian Pagan new Writing Award) and a specially devised movement piece, inspired by the words of war-objectors. The production toured venues around the south west, receiving ecstatic audience and critical responses.

"A gripping piece of theatre, powerfully told" (Stage Talk Magazine)
"Of urgent national importance" (Martin Large, Green Party Councillor for Stroud)

The Gloucester Theatre Company is a regional ensemble, rediscovering the principles of repertory theatre

Productions


The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden

Treasure Island

Treasure Island

Zanandule

Zanandule

Audio


Pacifists and Protesters


"This most moving thing I have seen in the theatre. This should go global!" (Zambodhi Schlossmacher)


Discussions were held after the performances, at which audience-members were invited to share their reflections on the piece. To listen to an edited selection of those conversations and see photographs from the production, please follow the links below.


Youth


Othello

Othello

Hamlet

Hamlet

Macbeth

Macbeth

Waiting for Godot

Achilles, the Musical

The Crucible

The Crucible

Bugsy Malone

The Women In Black

The Grimm Tales

Arabian Nights

Europe


We have creative partnerships with a number of theatre companies across Europe. We regularly run theatre-based training courses in the UK, Georgia and Albania - funded by the EU Erasmus + programme and attended by young people from all over the continent. These are precious experiences, through which we build a real sense of social cohesion and artistic togetherness - learning and sharing from all our different theatre traditions. Participants on these courses have described them as: "more useful to me than three years at drama school", "very powerful and helpful, I received more than I thought possible". We believe that the European project is an important one, to which transnational theatre collaborations can make an important contribution. In Sept 2017, we will launch The International Shakespeare Project with a production of King Lear, staged in partnership with Ch-erete (Greece) and The House of Puglu (Lithuania).


Youth Theatre for Social Inclusion - Georgia, December 2013, Theatre for Young Europeans - Albania, January 2014, Act for Europe, Theatre for Active Citizenship - UK, October 2014, Act for Europe, Theatre for Active Citizenship - Albania, November 2014, Act for Europe, Theatre for Active Citizenship - Georgia, November, 2014, Youth Takes the Stage, Theatre and Campaigning - Georgia , May 2015, Youth Takes the Stage, Theatre and Campaigning - Albania, June 2015, Youth Takes the Stage, Theatre and Campaigning - UK, September 2015


About


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A regional company with international reach.

We began with family theatre. Resident at The Picturedrome on Barton Street, we created large-scale adaptations of classic children’s stories, using live music, puppetry and dance. Alongside these professional shows, we developed a thriving-in-the-community scheme, including a particularly popular young company. Some of our young actors were so good, we decided to put them in our professional shows – providing them with on-the-job training. We realized that, in doing this, we were effectively rediscovering the principles of regional, repertory theatre. This became our goal as a company: to work constantly on productions with casts that include both experienced professionals and young actors, learning their craft. In recognition of this work, we have received large-scale funding from The Arts Council, The Sainsbury’s Trust, The BBC, The British Council, Gloucester Council and the Erasmus + and Youth in Action programmes of the EU.

Over the years, we have developed a working relationship with a number of theatre companies around Europe, in partnership with whom we deliver actor-training courses. These courses run throughout the year and have been attended by actors from practically every country in Europe. We are currently building an pan-European ensemble with the goal of launching The International Shakespeare Project. We are also launching ourselves as a touring company, due to tour our first piece, A Dangerous Woman, in 2018.

  • “If this sets the benchmark for the company, they are in for a successful future”

    Review of our first show - The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Alexander Gifford

Alexander Gifford

Artistic Director

Adrian Locher

Adrian Locher

Executive Producer

Lucie Klein

Lucie Klein

Creative Assistant

Alexander Scott

Alexander Scott

Administrator

Contact


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Contact details
Gunn Mill House, Lower Spout Lane
Mitcheldean, Gloucester, GL17 0EA

info@thegloucestertheatrecompany.co.uk
+44 (0)1594 822330