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Help us make a Splendid plan for 2022/23

Traditionally at this time of year, we Splendids announce plans for the new production we’ll be touring in the next academic year. This year our announcement is a bit different: we have decided that there won’t be a new tour for Autumn 2022 and Spring 2023 – our first break since Arturo Ui in 2004.

In part, this is because of some other projects that have changed our usual schedule, including Midsummer Mechanicals, our co-production with Shakespeare’s Globe that’s running over the summer holidays. It’s also a reaction to the upheaval of last two years; we don’t know yet how much will be back to ‘normal’ in drama departments around the country, and investing in a new production and cast feels more of a risk right now. It’s also a good opportunity to have a break, try some new things, and have a long think about a suitable way to celebrate our 20th birthday in September 2023.

We will continue to offer our usual programme of workshops throughout the year – fill in a form or send us an email to book something in – and our unique range of teaching resources is always available, including our highly entertaining self-introduction ‘Being Splendid’, and over 11 hours of top quality theatre on film. There’s even a spectacularly foul-mouthed sweary colour-in-sheet over at Kerry Frampton’s Etsy shop you can use to vent any excess frustration.

One of the things we’d like to do more of this year is work directly with YOU, marvellous teachers of drama. Kerry very much enjoyed the online CPDs we ran during lockdown, along with the various sessions she ran with Eduqas/WJEC last year. And so we’d like to offer some periodic CPD sessions over the next academic year. We were debating which subject areas might be most popular, then we thought we should ask YOU what YOU think!

So please welcome our 22/23 Splendid Survey, where you get to tell us what is the kind of thing you like. We have suggested some subject areas and practitioners we feel are particularly Splendidy, and we’d love you to tell us what you’d be most interested in. Depending on your answers, we will then look at scheduling online and/or in-person CPDs with Kerry to cover the most popular choices. The survey doesn’t take long and any responses will be incredibly helpful.

You’ll notice at the bottom we’re checking interest for a mini-revival of our UBU production in Spring 2023. At the moment this is very much a provisional idea, but if there is interest then unleashing the cheerful tyrant again would be a lot of fun.

We’re also offering in-school performances of a new devised piece of autobiographical theatre from Kerry Frampton and her daughter Matilda Wilde called I Love You But F*** Off (suitable for ages 16+ only – for obvious reasons!). Tick the box for more information.

Thank you so much for your support, and we look forward to hearing from you!

Midsummer Mechanicals: Splendidly Shakespearean summertime shenanigans at the Globe

Design: Michael Cranston

We are beyond excited to announce a collaboration between Splendid Productions and Shakespeare’s Globe in London: MIDSUMMER MECHANICALS.

Midsummer Mechanicals is a new play written by Splendid’s Kerry Frampton & Ben Hales (with a little help from Shakespeare). It’s performing in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse from 28 July to 21 August 2022 – a delightful theatrical treat for audiences of all ages.

It’s a year after the events of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. The wonderful troupe of actors from Shakespeare’s play have gathered for the debut performance of their brand new piece, written by their own Nick Bottom (played by Kerry Frampton), an astounding original work which tells the story of his own adventures in the deep forest, one midsummer night not so long ago…

But as every theatrical artisan knows, anything can happen on opening night!

It’s a relaxed, family-friendly show full of songs, joy and expert foolishness; perfect for the midsummer holidays.

Find out more at the Shakespeare’s Globe website.

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UBU on film: online and on DVD now

Notorious tyrant UBU may (or may not) be locked up in his cell, but we can announce that the film of our production has now been released!

The multi-camera film is a live recording of our performance at The Quarry Theatre in Autumn 2021, and provides incredible detail for those writing about the production, and incredible entertainment for those who enjoy high-quality theatre.

The film is available now to buy on DVD (from £35) or to stream instantly online from our shop (£7.50 for 30 days’ access).

Also available is the UBU script (including extensive notes and production photos, £15) and our 44-page UBU education pack (£12) – or you can combine DVD, script and pack in our £55 UBU Super Pack offer.

FREE STREAMING OFFER: We are continuing our COVID offer of including free streaming with all DVD purchases for the foreseeable future – we’ll send more information about this when we confirm any DVD orders. We’re also happy to facilitate sharing streaming rentals to allow students to watch remotely. For more information about this email ben@splendidproductions.co.uk.

Welcome to our updated website

We are very pleased to launch our updated website, which finally makes use of the full width of the internet (and hopefully works a bit better on phones!)

We’ve taken the opportunity to cram in more Splendidness than ever. We’ve got:

We hope you enjoy exploring our site. Please let us know if you have any problems accessing what you need.

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NEW at the Splendid Shop: Epic Theatre Mind Map

We present the latest of Kerry Frampton’s theatrical artworks, the EPIC THEATRE MIND MAP!

Explore the history, definition and techniques of this highly influential movement that has inspired practitioners from Brecht to Splendid.

The Epic Theatre Mind Map is available in three sizes: A4 (£12), A3 (£20) and A2 (£30), and can be ordered as part of our massively money-saving A4 & A3 4-pack offers at the Splendid Shop.

While you’re ordering your Epic Theatre Mind Map, why not pick up our new Performance Skills Top Tip Sheets? –  a set of four upright A4 mind map packed with useful advice on key areas of performance: Characterisation, Physicality, Vocality and Monologues.

Close-up section of Epic Theatre Mind Map
SPLENDID STREAMING TRAINING VIDEOS SPECIAL OFFER!

Can’t get enough Splendid streaming? Rent more, save more with our special streaming offer.

Rent any 2 of our streaming training titles ‘Splendid Style: Being Splendid‘, ‘Devising Political Theatre online CPD‘ or ‘Practical Guide to Brecht online CPDand save £5. Rent all 3 and save £10!

The discount is automatically calculated during checkout and applies to instant streaming access and access codes purchased for other users.

Please note: this offer only applies to rentals purchased in the same transaction. 

A4 & A3 size 4-pack discounts

Save money on A4-sized Mind Maps and Top Tip Sheets and A3-sized Mind Maps!

A4 Mind Map/Top Tip 4-pack: £40 (choose any 4 titles save £8 – combinations of Mind Maps and Top Tips are fine)
A3 Mind Map 4-pack: £70 (choose any 4 titles, save £10)

Scale up your discounts! Choose titles in multiples of 4 for best price, eg. buy 16 x A4 titles, save £40! 

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Prices

Production Resources

Beautiful production-based physical resources that arrive in the post!

Single DVDs: £35
Scripts: £15
Education Packs: £5 /£12

Special offer Production Super Packs (DVD, script & education pack by title): £55

Special offer DVD discounts: 2xDVD £60 / 3xDVD £85 / 4xDVD £110 / 5xDVD £140 / 6xDVD £160 / 7xDVD £180 / 8xDVD £195 / 9xDVD £210 / 10xDVD £230 / 11xDVD £245

Streaming production videos

High-definition films of our productions to watch online any time at vimeo.com:

£7.50 for 30 days’ access

Mind Maps

available in 3 sizes, laminated for extra protection

A4: £12  / A3: £20  / A2: £30

Performance Skills Top Tip Sheets

laminated, A4 size only

Special offer Mind Map 4-pack 

Any 4 x A4 Mind Maps and/or Tip Sheets: £40
Any 4 x A3 Mind Maps: £70

Splendid Streaming Training videos

Splendid Style: Being Splendid £35 for 1 year’s access

Online CPDs: £20 for 30 days’ access
Devising Political Theatre online CPD
Practical Guide to Bertolt Brecht online CPD

Special offer rent any 2 training video titles, save £5 – rent any 3 titles save £10

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