WHO

ARE WE?

Elysium Theatre Company started with a conversation between director Jake Murray and actor Danny Solomon in the cafe in Waterstones in Manchester in 2016. Jake was in Durham, Danny was in Manchester. They had worked together before. Why not create a company to bring theatre to the North?
SO ELYSIUM WAS BORN

The goal was to start with northern premieres, plays that had been seen all across the world - London, New York, Dublin etc - which had never been done in the north east or north west. Gradually we would work our way up to classics and new plays of our own.

All our shows would focus on great writing, poetic but gritty, emotional but real, with real focus on fantastic acting and big themes. We would develop creative relationships across the north, with a special focus on the north east, build an ensemble of actors who be at the core of our productions,

We started in 2017 with the Durham and Manchester premiere of Owen MacCafferty's adaptation of J P Miller's 'Days Of Wine And Roses'. Starting at the Assembly Rooms, Durham, it transferred to 53two in Manchester. It got rave reviews in both cities, put us on the map and saw Danny Solomon nominated for Best Fringe Performance at the Manchester Theatre Awards.

We followed that with the northern premiere of American playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis's powerful metaphysical prison drama 'Jesus Hopped The A Train'. The first time this hard-hitting play had been seen outside London, this played at the Assembly Rooms, Durham before transferring to HOME, Manchester. Once again it got rave reviews in both cities.

Since then we have done a double bill of Samuel Beckett plays, 'Footfalls' and 'Krapp's Last Tape' as part of the Durham Festival of Arts at the Assembly Rooms, and the north east premiere of Jez Butterworth's 'The River', this time at the City Theatre, Durham and the studio space at Queen's Hall, Hexham, where we sold out.

In one short year we have gone from strength to strength, and are very excited for what the future holds...

Come join the adventure....

Elysium TC is a new theatre company based in Durham. Its goals are:

ONE

to bring the best of world theatre to the north

TWO

to create an ensemble of actors, artistes, technicians and other practitioners from which our work will emerge.

THREE

to find and commission emerging playwrights to write new work for Elysium’s ensemble.

FOUR

to stage a mixture of
new and contemporary plays, all of which will
be a northern premiere of some kind, thus bringing cutting edge writing to new audiences.

FIVE

to present dynamic productions of modern and ancient classics in a way that appeals to Northern communities.

SIX

to give voice to as wide a range of our modern society as possible - male, female, young, children, old, LBGT and BAME.

SEVEN

to present work which deal with pressing issues of our day but with a universal appeal, humanistic, idealistic work which confronts the darkest as well as the most inspirational aspects of our nature.

MEET

THE TEAM

JAKE MURRAY
DIRECTOR / PRODUCER

Jake has 25 years experience in the theatre, ranging from the London and Edinburgh fringes to the Chichester Festival Theatre, the Nottingham Playhouse, the Salisbury Playhouse, the Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich and London’s West End. From 2001 to 2008 he was at the Royal Exchange, Manchester, before leaving to go freelance. Notable productions include premieres of ‘Wolfboy’ by Brad Fraser, ‘Sitting Pretty’ by Amy Rosenthal, ‘The Sanctuary Lamp’ by Tom Murphy, ‘A Conversation’ by David Williamson and ‘Shoot The Crow’ and ‘Days Of Wine And Roses’ by Owen McCafferty. His production of ‘Romeo And Juliet’ at the Royal Exchange starred Andrew Garfield and Gugu-Mbatha Raw and his production of ‘A Whistle In The Dark’ by Tom Murphy transferred to the Tricycle in London. He has directed all of Elysium TC's productions, including 'Days Of Wine And Roses', ‘Jesus Hopped The A Train’, 'Two By Beckett' and 'The River'.

DANNY SOLOMON
ACTOR

Danny trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts before leaving in 2011. Founder member of Elysium TC. Danny worked extensively in London in productions such as Shakespeare’s 'King Lear', 'The Spanish Tragedy' by William Kyd, The Man Who by Peter Brook, 'The Rivals' by Sheridan and Consolation an original production by Mick Wood for which Danny was nominated for an ‘Offie’.

He moved to Manchester in 2015. Since then he has worked at The Hope Mill, The Lowry and more recently at 53two as Donal Mackin in Elysium’s 'Days of Wine & Roses' (for which Danny was nominated for a Manchester Theatre Award) Angel Cruz at HOME with 'Jesus Hopped the A Train', and the Man in 'The River'.

HANNAH ELLIS RYAN
ACTOR / PRODUCER

Hannah Ellis Ryan is a Manchester-based actor and producer, originally from Australia. She co-founded Play With Fire Productions, who have staged two productions a year, focusing on giving voices to the invisible, telling great stories and daring greatly. She is the proud Theatre Manager at Hope Mill Theatre in Ancoats and co-founder of community group Manchester ADP.

Hannah is so proud to work with Elysium Theatre Company as both a producer & actor. Acting credits include: 'Sans Merci' (Hope Mill Theatre), 'Women of the World' (Rochdale Literature Festival), Mercutio in Girl Gang Manchester’s all-female production of 'Romeo & Juliet' and portraying villain Hannah Gilmore in ITV’s 'Coronation Street'. She played the Woman in Elysium's production of 'The River'.