The Grey Area Theatre Company was founded in April 2020 with the aim of supporting new musical theatre in a particularly challenging time for our industry. We provide script feedback, dramaturgy work, production support and are committed to supporting new musicals in any way possible. In September of 2020, we produced a rehearsed reading of 'Before After' streamed live from the Southwark Playhouse. This was the first ever live-stream from the venue and exceeded expectations by reaching audiences in 44 countries and trending on Twitter in the United Kingdom. For this, we were awarded an OnComm commendation for our work and shortlisted for the 2021 OnComm Awards. We were the first new production to open at Southwark Playhouse in over a year with 'You Are Here' which ran for four weeks and received 3 OFFIE nominations, including 'Best Performance' for Wendi Peters.
To create theatre that excites both us and our audiences. With musical theatre as our speciality, we are focused on socially relevant revivals and challenging new works that speak to the world around us.
To find a sustainable fringe theatre model for musical theatre. This means finding that elusive balance between production quality and financial viability, all the while ensuring that everyone involved is paid for their work.
To provide emerging creatives with the opportunity to learn, explore and create.
Favourite Word: Melancholy
Favourite Food: Fajitas
Pet Peeve: Loud eating
Matthew enjoys long walks, cuddly dogs and a good Sondheim score.
They have a BA(Hons) in Musical Theatre from the Guildford School of Acting and have always had a flare for staging their own productions after charging the neighbours 50p to watch them perform a one person version of 'Annie' in their garage. Other work includes regional productions of Sweeney Todd and Spring Awakening, Book & Lyrics of 'Perfectly Ordinary' at the Hope Mill Theatre and Assistant Directing the UK Tour of Salad Days.
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Favourite word: Pedantic
Favourite Food: Hummus and Almonds
Pet Peeve: Impossible to narrow it down!
Samantha enjoys getting lost in a good book and listening to the Goddess that is Tori Amos.
She trained at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama then went on to work as a voice coach in various top drama schools, alongside working with professional companies up and down the country. In another life she was also a part of the Northern Stage Technical Team that curated and produced Edinburgh Festival venues, focussing on North East Talent. Alongside her current role at ArtsEd Schools she brings all of this knowledge together in order to tell Matthew when he is being an idiot (her favourite job by far).
Favourite Word: Serendipity
Favourite Food: Pringles
Pet Peeve: Lateness
Laura enjoys an early night, cooking for friends, and anything vaguely french.
With a profound adoration for admin, Laura has spent much of her time organising numerous friends’ diaries and taking immense pride in email etiquette. She has a BA(Hons) in Musical Theatre from the Guildford School of Acting, and had her calling to the theatre at 8 years old having won the school’s christmas talent show miming to Mary’s Boy Child.
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Rosalie Craig in rehearsals for 'Before After' in 2020