Amplify Theatre, based in Norwich, is a new amateur theatre company. We aim to create theatre with a message about our society, using theatre to battle through a haze of British awkwardness and emerge with unashamed expression.
Our first production for our company is a double bill of plays, 'Breathing Corpses' a pre-established play written by Laura Wade and 'Tommy' a piece of new writing by Sebastian Garbacz, a student at UEA. We are producing the two plays alongside eachother to raise awareness of male suicide within the local community and hopefully make a real impact. The plays are going to performed in March at a venue in Norwich, tbc, and will begin casting and rehearsals in the new year. The productions will also help us to fund our next social stigma defying venture, a new piece of writing debuting at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
'Bodily Functions and Where to Find Them' explores attitudes towards and experiences with our own bodies and how they work, and challenges the taboo and stigma surrounding them. Exploring poo, wee, sweat, vomit and periods - this play will be unlike any other at the fringe and will use humour and audience interaction to get people talking, start a discussion and change perceptions.
'Bodily Functions and Where to Find Them' is written and directed by Izzy Cutler, Artistic Director of Amplify Theatre, and co-director of the 2018 Edinburgh smash-hit 'Good Vibes Only', a comedy-play exploring attitudes towards sex toys.
A multiple sell-out show and rated four stars by Three Weeks and Everything Theatre, Amplify Theatre also brings back co-director and writer of 'Good Vibes Only', Charlotte McEvoy, and actor, Will Norris, to the cast of 'Bodily Functions' along with a fantastic group of young talent, all bringing something new to the show.
Maisie Dadswell completes our trio of actors, and Jemima Rohde, Marie Brooks and Tristan Pollitt make up the production team. All graduates or current students from the University of East Anglia, this play is giving a platform for emerging talent in the theatre industry.
Our double bill exploring male suicide will be performed on the 1st and 2nd March 2019 in Norwich. 'Bodily Functions and Where to Find Them' will be at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019 at theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, Theatre 1, 7.05pm - 7.55pm, 2nd - 10th August (exc. 4th).
We have a team of incredibly passionate people and amazing creatives behind the company and all three productions. We hope that anyone who sees any of our shows will be able to find a connection with a story, character or emotion within the play, and walk away feeling different in some way. However, there is a lot to be done to get three whole productions out there in our first year as a company!
With the cost of the venues, props, sets, marketing, travel, insurance and more, it's no easy task for a small group of people - which is why we need you!
We are hoping to raise on crowdfunder £1200, which will give us the finance needed to kickstart these productions which we have so much faith in and believe spread important messages! Throughout the year we are holding fundraisers in Norwich, but we can't fundraise everything we need without your help!
So for anyone who has ever been embarrassed about needing to poo in a public toilet, who has suffered in silence with Bulimia, has experienced the death or suicide of a loved one, is feeling like they need some help to say how they really feel or even those that just want to see theatre with a point to make - this company and these productions are for you - so please help us! Even the smallest amount would be a huge help to us!
Thank you x
Praise for 'Good Vibes Only':
"With freshness and a liberal use of puns...(the company) wants to fight the taboos surrounding pleasure... and rightfully sets out to expose the matter to the public eye" - Everything Theatre
"This show is absolutely hilarious... it's a must see... one of the best shows i've seen!" - Audience review
"The story cleverly interweaves various opinions on masturbation and sexuality, displaying the casts impressive dexterity in multi-rolling." - Three Weeks
"Definitely worth seeing! Uses humour to hold a mirror up to some of our deepest taboos." - Audience review
"...a brilliant representation of a diverse variety of voices...the energy the actors brought to the piece...was nothing short of captivating and their humour and passion had the audience begging for more." - The Feminist Fringe