FRONT ROOM THEATRE
Front Room Theatre aims to bring quality productions to as wide and diverse an audience as possible. We began in 2011 with a performance of 'Lie Back and Think of America' at Edinburgh's Festival Fringe. With the advice and support of Ian Redford and Naomi Jones, we redeveloped the script and subsequently toured a new version of the play in 2013. In the following years we have produced several more productions, which have included adaptations of existing material and our own original work.
Front Room Theatre exists to create interesting, non-literal, fully immersive, quality story-telling. To engage the audience to be an integral part of the performance rather than just passive observers. Front Room Theatre aims to make exciting, original, intimate theatre for community venues, living rooms, theatres and arts centres. We are dedicated to producing theatre that they have always wanted to see, to entertain and challenge audiences.
To create truly theatrical, non-literal, immersive theatre that is entertaining but also challenges audiences. Through producing interesting theatre, we want to encourage new people to access the arts and retain these audiences that do not necessarily have much access, if any, to professional theatre, so that they come to see productions again, but not only that, we want them to discover and access other arts activities available in the venues in which we perform. We show performances to invited audiences and gather feedback prior to charging for public performances. We exist to create opportunities for artists and audiences to find each other, to make affordable but high quality work that enables artists to make their living through their art. If you are visited by us then your fee will go towards artists' wages and costs associated with our work.
In addition to theatre, we have also initiated other community projects, including weekly tap dancing classes at Shrewsbury House Community Centre in London England, and also Improshrews, which is now run by Helen Beecher-Bryant. We also have a regular tap class in Reading, England, at the Rising Sun Arts Centre. We aim to make our sessions and theatre inclusive.
To this end we have become interested and better and better at producing multi-sensory performances. Other productions include/ have included: A Christmas Carol (an adaptation with music), Secret Garden Shakespeare (Shakespeare monologues with some original music and text), Maya and Natalie's Marvellous Mishmash of Musicals (with Joseph Finlay and some original artwork displayed as part of the production).
Front Room Theatre is run by Natalie Wilcox with support from Jim Penn. With other freelancers, we create performances for venues ranging from living rooms to West End theatres.
Natalie's grandmother used to call their living room the Front Room, although it was at the back of their lovely council terrace in Smith's Wood Birmingham, hence the name Front Room Theatre, named after Violet Lillian Wilcox.
Natalie would like to thank her nan for taking her to tap classes from the age of three, as this has led to work in 'La Cage aux Folles' as a dancer on national tour as well as Natalie's work as a tap dancing teacher at Shrewbury House Community Centre in Shooters Hill, London, UK, and currently, at the Rising Sun Arts Centre in Reading, UK. Natalie has also enjoyed topping up her tap skills at the Mark Morris dance agency in New York.
Natalie's CV, showreel and voice clips can be found on the Spotlight: http://www.spotlight.com/7016-7865-1898
Photo by Sukey Parnell