My name is Martin Rossen. I am an actor and a few months back in 2016 after appearing in my third lead role in a production of an Alan Ayckbourn play, I suddenly had the thought of creating a theatre company (non profit) to bring theatre to a wider audience in London and beyond. As an actor, I believe that Theatre should be an inspiring experience for the audience. I want to bring plays by great British writers, as well as new writers to audiences.
Being a big fan of Sir Alan's work, I decided to go ahead and write to him, and to advise that I was creating this theatre company and calling it Bournyack Theatre Company (using Ayckbourn as a link)
I received a wonderful reply, full of support from him and so I went ahead and decided to move forward with this. I then became busy with acting work and I'm currently appearing in 'An Inspector Calls' at the Playhouse Theatre, London (Ensemble). The planning of the first production was delayed therefore. I acquired the professional 'rights' from Sir Alan's literary agents and decided to go with a peice that is not performed as regularly as much as his other work. I chose 'Drowning on Dry Land' as it had a similar theme to one of the plays I appeared in 'Man of the Moment'. It is about Fame, Celebrity Status and how fickle fame can be.
I am thrilled to say that we are bringing this gem of a play to the New Wimbledon Studio Theatre in April. I have a wonderful director, set designer and costume designer on board and we have just cast the production. We have a terrific cast and we believe we have a brilliant production coming to Wimbledon.
As you can appreciate, it is very expensive to produce a play, even on the London Fringe and I am financing this myself and currently looking for additional sponsors also.
We have the 'Stroke Association' on board as our affiliate, and we hope to raise awareness (and funds) to help them in their great work.
I have also created our website which tells you more about me and Bournyack: https://www.bournyacktheatre.co.uk