Tuesday, 27 August 2013


Big news for Stormin' Norman as Encompass' film debut has been selected for the 2013 Portobello Film Festival in London! The film was written and directed by Paul G Raymond and is scheduled to be shown on Sunday 8th September at 'Having a Laugh' which screens the latest and greatest comedy films.

Stormin’ Norman follows Norman (Christopher O'Shaughnessy), a homeless man living in London. We journey with Norman through the ups and downs of his everyday life until he meets Sarah (Eva Lea), a young woman who dares to break the routine. A heartfelt comedy drama by writer-director Paul G Raymond, Stormin' Norman is a moving snapshot of an unlikely friendship between a grieving man and an aspiring musician.

We're very proud to have Stormin' Norman screened at the UK's biggest independent film competition and hope you can join us and say hello!

You can find a map to the event here and a full schedule for the entire festival (running 28 August - 15 September) can be viewed here. You can find out more information on this huge event by visiting the Portobello Film Festival website.

Don't forget you can go behind-the-scenes on the film's blog and also watch the trailer below!

Wednesday, 14 August 2013


Life in a Sketchbook a hit!

Last month saw Life in a Sketchbook hit London's West End at the Top Secret Comedy Club, Covent Garden!

Written by Emma Minihan and directed by Encompass artistic directors Jonathan Woodhouse and Rachael Owens, Life in a Sketchbook was made in association with Pen & Rose Productions and was Encompass' first collaboratively-produced show. It was also a hit with the critics:

Fresh...funny and fast-paced. A true delight to watch.”
★★★★ Official Theatre
"Incredibly witty...strong and intriguing. Funny and engaging performances." ★★★★ Female Arts
Clever. Poignant....hilarious. An hour of honest laughter and genuine entertainment." A Younger Theatre
"A delightful little series of tales...beautifully rounded little fragment of theatre." The Londoneer
"Excellent...splendid style. Well written and funny. It will have you smiling throughout." Everything Theatre
"Enjoyable...really spoke to me. On-point comedy timing. This show is worth seeing." Bargain Theatreland
"Great concept. Outrageous characters and a dose of humour.
The Public Reviews

A massive thank you to all who came and made Life in a Sketchbook a big success! It's certainly been the most fun we've had on any production and we look forward to revisiting the sketchbook again in the future.

If you've enjoyed the wonderful photos above be sure to see the full album on our Facebook page! We'd also like to thank Jack Anthony Ewins who produced the beautiful artwork for the show - you can visit his website here.

Don't forget to give our collaborators on the project Pen & Rose Productions a follow on Facebook, Twitter and their blog too!