Elysium Theatre Company is an award-winning, independent theatre company based in Durham. We tour regularly across the North East and in Greater Manchester. We have produced six highly acclaimed productions so far, including northern premieres of plays by Jez Butterworth, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Owen MacCafferty and Athol Fugard, and revivals of modern classics by August Strindberg and Samuel Beckett. Our Northumberland-set adaptation of 'Miss Julie' won Best Revival in the North East in the British Theatre Guide in 2019.
Covid-19 forced us off the stage and online. As well as producing a host of online workshops on the great dramatists of Europe and America, we produced the Covid-19 Monologues, nine specially-commissioned pieces of new writing that can be seen online on our YouTube channel Elysium TC. These won us a prestigious Olwen Wymark Award from the Writers Guild of Great Britain in 2021 for support for new writing.
We also produced our first live streamed production, 'Hello And Goodbye' by Athol Fugard, featuring Elysium TC co-founders Danny Solomon and Hannah Ellis Ryan. Produced with our long-term collaborators QHA in Hexham it was live streamed from the Northern School of Art's beautiful theatre in Hartlepool and remained online for a week to immense critical acclaim. Students of the Northern School of Art designed and built the set and customer and operated the live stream cameras. It was a very exciting experience.
We have big plans for the future. Stay tuned!
The Covid-19 Monologue Vol 2 are on their way!
Launching on April 8 2021 we will be presenting 5 new monologues, one every two days:
FAKE by Chris Barlas, performed by Karren Winchester - In the midst of the pandemic, Marion is here to tell us the truth about Covid-19. Chemtrails, vaccines, 5G, the New World Order, its all here!
ONE SMALL GLOBE by Janet Plater, performed by Jake Jarratt - Joe is an actor. Thanks to Covid he's not that busy at the moment. That's why he's taken a fantastic new job, one that's out of this world.
BY THE WAY I HATE MYSELF by Hannah Ellis Ryan, performed by Laura Littlewood - After a hard day putting on a sad face at her mum's funeral, Beth is home alone with a glass of red to unburden her feelings about her dearly departed mother.
I JUST CALLED TO SAY by Rani Moorthy, performed by Alex Townson - As his father lies unconscious in an ICU, a young man opens up about their relationship and the pain he has overcome.
BLACKMAIL: A REIVER'S TALE by Steve Byron, performed by Micky Cochrane - A gripping story from the era of the Reivers, when the borders of England and Scotland were lawless territories terrorised by powerful families ready to use violence and extortion to get what they wanted. A lone man takes his stand as he pushed to the edge of his endurance.