Playing Up was launched in 2003 as a Bath-based theatre company. Since then we have built a justified reputation for superb acting performances and technical excellence. Our shows regularly sell out and we have a loyal and growing support base. We pride ourselves on our attention to detail we are firmly dedicated to the idea that live theatre should teach us all something. Playing Up has built a strong reputation performing plays that are relevant to GCSE and A Level students, whether they are curriculum set texts or simply works by studies practitioners and playwrights. We have welcomed students from across the UK and even the continent to our productions, offering workshops, discussions with Director and cast and even teaching resources.
The company draws on the expertise and skills of teachers, directors, professional and ex-professional actors and technicians with decades of experience in theatre between us. This ranges from pantomime to open air Shakespeare, medieval street theatre to musicals, Greek tragedy to farce. Our experience of different staging styles ranges from theatre in the round to traverse, thrust stage to proscenium arch, static open air to mobile street performances. We have worked for other companies, professional and amateur, large and small and performed in theatres in Bristol, Bath, Stroud, London, Winchester and Cornwall.
Playing Up holds a shared ethos that theatrical productions should be occasionally thought provoking, often challenging and delivered with a degree of professionalism that makes being in or watching one our shows a pleasure you want to repeat.
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