Shrapnel Theatre began in January 2015 with the primary goal of putting Isla van Tricht’s first two plays – As Thyself and Threadbare – on the stage as a double bill titled The Remnants. But our first production was the 25th London anniversary of Jim Cartwright’s Two, with our friends at Hartshorn – Hook Productions in the brand new Above the Arts space – in fact, ours was the inaugural production in the space as it turned into a full-time theatre venue.
Later that year The Remnants went on to perform in Above the Arts and at C venues at the Edinburgh Fringe, where we also general managed Vampi: The Cabaret. In May and July, we presented two New Musicals Nights. That September, we celebrated the work of the MA Text & Performance graduands from RADA with Paperwork, and also transferred Deadpan Theatre’s hit musical Get Your Sh*t Together to the Landor Theatre in Clapham.
2016 saw Isla’s third play, Underground, open VAULT Festival in January, and that summer we took David Hendon’s The D-List to Underbelly in Edinburgh alongside a new variety night, CabFab, at C venues. We were also associate producers on Tooth+Nail Theatre Company’s Hummingbird at ZOO and Infinity Repertory Theatre’s Dark Heart, a new musical from the States.
This year, we returned to VAULT Festival with Isla’s play The Litterati, and as many of you know, are heading to New York City this summer with Underground, where it’s performing for three weeks as part of Brits off-Broadway at 59E59 Theaters – marking most of our US debuts.
So we are writing to you today to let you know that from the end of this month, Shrapnel Theatre is restructuring and Isla van Tricht will be leaving the company. We haven’t fallen out – quite the opposite – but it feels like the right moment in both of our careers to part ways and pursue opportunities without feeling obligated to one another.
Isla will continue to write – in fact her first non-Shrapnel production, The Two Gentlemen of the Hollow Heart, will premiere at RADA Festival 2017 with a public rehearsed reading directed and produced by Charlie Parham of Antic | Face. She’s also writing a new musical with Guy Woolf about Donald Trump voters, and continuing to develop her unperformed work, including Gonzo and Spring Daughter.
Paul will be keeping Shrapnel alive, where it will continue to be the main outlet for his producing work. Following a successful run of Honk! this Easter at the Union Theatre with Dot By Dot Productions, Paul is exploring future opportunities for the show. This summer he’s the marketing manager for Iris Theatre’s summer repertory season, and will also be returning briefly to Hartshorn – Hook Productions – which he left in September – over the summer.
Our website and social media will slowly transition to mark this change over the next few weeks, but in the short term there is little change as we go headfirst into New York with Underground.
We hope that there will be more life in the UK for the show, but for those of you stateside, you can catch it at 59E59 Theaters between June 14th and July 2nd.
Moving forward, you can contact Isla on firstname.lastname@example.org, while Paul’s contact details will remain the same.
So, signing off for the last time as a pair…
With our best, and our thanks for the last two and a half years,
Isla and Paul xx