Monday, 20 March 2017


The police. The law. They know nothing of Chummy.

Someone out there is afraid. Afraid of becoming a murderer. Terrified of killing someone. Anyone. The phone calls keep coming from a pleading man desperate for help. A man desperate for someone to stop him killing.

Private investigator Jackie Striker is hired by an anonymous serial killer for the biggest case of her life. Paid to stop him murdering, Jackie must face the consequences of counselling the mysterious ‘Chummy’ on a dark journey that will push her to her limits.

BAFTA award-winning writer John Foster and critically acclaimed company Encompass Productions present the world premiere of Chummy: a dark and cinematic neo-noir thriller that promises to be an unforgettable theatrical experience.

Reviews and press for Encompass Productions:
‘A talented pool of writers, directors and actors.' ★★★★★ LondonTheatre1‘Theatre, to the point’ ★★★★★ West End Wilma‘Brilliant, innovative. Extraordinary new talent’ ★★★★★ London Unattached★★★★★ EdFringe ★★★★ Official Theatre ★★★★ Everything Theatre

On Little Boy by John Foster, staged by Encompass Productions:
‘Haunts you to the core. Remarkable and unsettling.’ ★★★★★ Grumpy Gay Critic‘Brilliant. A first-class performance.’ ★★★★ Theatre Bubble

On Stasis at the White Bear Theatre:
‘Incredible. Will strike a chord with any viewer. ’ ★★★★ LondonTheatre1
‘Takes theatre to a place it has not yet been.' ★★★★ The Upcoming
‘Superb…evocative. More like this for theatre please.’ ★★★★ Female Arts‘Astonishing new writing. Inspiring, stirring, and gripping.' ★★★★ Grumpy Gay Critic
‘An excellent script and talented actors. Marvellous.’ A Younger Theatre

Directed by Alice Kornitzer                 
Written by John Foster            
Music & Sound by Alex Burnett          
Lighting by Owen Pritchard Smith
Produced by Sofi Berenger & Jonathan Woodhouse
Associate Producer: Róisín Walsh

23 May – 10 June 2017
Tuesday – Saturday
Sundays @ 4pm
Sat matinees @ 3pm (not 27 May)

Thursday 25 May, 7.30pm

138 Kennington Park Road
London SE11 4DJ
Nearest station:
Kennington – Northern Line
(2 min walk)

Tickets: £15
Concessions: £13

Tickets available via:



Sunday, 5 March 2017


Bare Essentials kicked off 2017 with a sell-out run of our 'new beginnings' edition! With a record number of audience in attendance at the Seven Dials Club, check out these lovely reviews from our most successful Bare Essentials yet:

★★★★★ 'This is not a scratch night, these plays are tight and well-rehearsed. If you like your theatre short and to the point, you’re in luck.' - West End Wilma

★★★★★ 'A brilliant innovative platform...extraordinary new talent.' - London Unattached

★★★★ 'The whole night was full of amazing theatre. Absolutely deserve[s] to be seen by wider audiences.'  - Carn's Theatre Passion

'Encompass Productions must be doing magnificently well. Smoothly executed...deftly performed.' -

'A powerful and creative night. It is quite rare to see an evening of new writing which is of such a consistently high standard.' - Kate J Wilson (The Culture Diary)

And once more Bare Essentials was also rated 5* by YPlan users! As always we appreciate all the support and enthusiasm for our work - we can't wait to show you what's next. Speaking of which...

Those who came to Bare Essentials were treated to a the reveal of our next full-length play. As for everyone else, WATCH THIS SPACE!

Finally we'd like to officially welcome award-winning producer Sofi Berenger to the team. Sofi previously worked on Encompass productions Stasis and This is Not a Christmas Play and will be producing our next show coming soon. More info on Sofi below:

Sofi is an Australian producer working in film and theatre production. In addition to her work for Encompass Productions Sofi is also the General Manager at Iris Theatre which has recently won an Off West End award for their production of Treasure Island in 2016 and produces London's Free Open Air Theatre Season at The Scoop at City Hall. For Iris Theatre, Sofi has produced Much Ado About Nothing, Treasure Island and Xmas Factor as well as running their new musical theatre showcase opportunities Workin Process, this year they will produce Macbeth and Hansel & Gretel. Independent credits include: Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope, The Silence of Snow, Noa : Live in Concert (Arts Theatre), An Evening of Webborn and Finn (St James' Theatre), Happy Ending (Arcola Theatre), Romance/Romance (Landor Theatre) and Macbeth (Greenwich Theatre). As a film producer, Sofi has produced award-winning short films such as The Suitcase and The Rusted Heart and produced work for Cornetto, HSBC, World Vision, Live Nation, Top Shop and London's ZSL Zoo.