The folk at Deadpan Theatre are really quite wonderful. These guys all met at Bristol University, and their brand of dry, blunt, hilarious comedy has taken Edinburgh by storm for two years now. Here’s the people behind the logo…
Deadpan produces new writing, written or commissioned by co-founders Artemis Howard and Eliot Salt, who met during an incredibly boring technical rehearsal in Bristol and decided to write a play. By the time the play was finished, the pair had been joined by producer Zak Khan and director/actor Bryher Flanders on the team and Low Tide in Glass Bay began it’s sell out run at the Alma Tavern Theatre in February 2014. Low Tide then previewed at the Landor Theatre before completing a month long run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014, selling out at Underbelly Cowgate before returning to Bristol and the White Theatre for a short autumn run.
The company continued with sell out runs in Bristol of two new plays, Max Kirk’s Just Before Sunrise and Salt and Howard’s Changing Partners which gained critical acclaim at the Rialto Theatre as part of the Brighton Fringe 2015.
Get Your Sh*t Together is a musical debut from Deadpan.
Jude is about to begin her second year studying English (BA) at the University of Bristol. She has recently directed Transpeare and assistant directed Dramsoc’s His Dark Materials Parts One and Two before directing Get Your Shit Together at the Underbelly this August. Prior to university, Jude directed Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Hedda Gabler and adapted and directed Roald Dahl’s The Twits at the Michael Croft Theatre.
Jude has previously performed in two Deadpan productions: Just Before Sunrise at the Alma Tavern and Changing Partners in both Bristol and at the Brighton Fringe 2015. She has performed in a number of productions with Bristol drama societies this year including Posh, S-27 and The Pillowman. Prior to university, Jude played Fantine in Bearpit Productions’ Les Misérables and starred in the short film Wanderland, which was selected to show at the London Short Film Festival 2015.
Eliot has just completed her English degree at the University of Bristol. She co-wrote Low Tide in Glass Bay, Deadpan’s first production which premiered at the Alma Tavern Theatre in Bristol and went on to have runs at the Landor Theatre, the Underbelly (Edfringe 2014) and the White Theatre. She co-wrote a second play, Changing Partners which had a sell out run at the Alma Tavern Theatre before moving to the Rialto Theatre (Brighton Fringe 2015).
This year she was selected as a writer for the Bristol Old Vic New Writing Scheme. She worked with their Literary Producer to develop a short play, Specifics which was performed at the theatre in the Summer. This is Eliot’s second onstage role with Deadpan Theatre, having also played Bronnie in Low Tide in Glass Bay. She was also in a range of musicals and plays whilst at University, including Cabaret, Parade, NSFW and Hedda Gabler. She also performed in 1945 Productions’ Take It Interns at the Edinburgh Fringe 2013.
Artemis co-founded and is joint Artistic Director of Deadpan Theatre. She has previously co-written three shows before Get Your Shit Together, this being their musical debut. Artemis trained as a classical musician winning the EPTA piano competition as a child and performed at the Purcell Room and Cadogan Hall, London. She has recently graduated in Drama from Bristol University, where she was involved in the Drama Societies taking roles including Annette in God of Carnage and Helena in Look Back In Anger. She performed Look Back In Anger in Oxford and at the Edinburgh Fringe 2013 as well as in Karen in Deadpan’s first show, Low Tide In Glass Bay, to sell out audiences and 5 star reviews at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014. Artemis has also directed Music Theatre Bristol’s annual musical, Parade, at the Redgrave Theatre in 2014 and assisted Max Stafford-Clark on his latest show Crouch, Touch, Pause, Engage on its national tour with Out of Joint and National Theatre Wales. She is very excited to return to The Landor with Deadpan’s fourth production.
Gavin Dale is a recent music graduate from the University of Bristol, and currently works as a Pianist at the Bristol Hippodrome and Radisson Blu Hotel. He composes and arranges in a range of styles including pop and jazz songs, musical theatre and film music. Recent composing and musical direction credits include 1983 (Musical Theatre) and Bristol DramSoc’s His Dark Materials (Theatrical Underscoring); he has also worked as the Musical Director of an independent production of Reefer Madness and as Assistant Musical Director of Bristol University’s production of Cabaret.
Zak is one of the core group of Deadpan, acting as financial manager and company producer. Beginning as an actor, Zak didn’t discover producing until his second year, when he premiered with the first show from Deadpan, Low Tide in Glass Bay at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014. Having caught the bug, he produced eight shows during his final year at the University of Bristol, both with Deadpan and the university’s leading drama society, Bristol DramSoc. After graduating with an honours degree in Chemistry in July, he produced Get Your Shit Together at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015 before taking up his new position as the Resident Producer at the Oxford Playhouse and at Magdalen College School, Oxford.