A lot has changed in the months since lockdown first shut theatre curtains up and down the UK, but Encompass Productions have kept the online party going as they return with their fifth instalment of Bare E-Ssentials, new writing night. It’s fresh, live theatre, made with their ‘bare’ hands (a joke that, like the format, has endured).
Episode 5, Bare E-ssentials: Far From Home is actually much closer to home or at least to ‘Homecoming’, the festival that will stage the company’s first live shows on a physical stage in 2020. Homecoming festival should be gracing the London stage in November, but first, the final act in Encompass Productions’ online saga (for a long while at least) must play out true to form in their usual hilarious, poignant fashion. As a parting (for now!) gift, there are six new plays to enjoy.
Every month, the creatives at Encompass push the boundaries of what can be streamed (live) online and Suburban Buffalo Sighting directed by Encompass regular Rachael Owens and written by Elizabeth Speckman, adds a new achievement to the list; it appears to take place outside. This short and sharp monologue delivered straight to camera finds us at the scene of a road collision between a car and a mailbox. Was a suburban buffalo involved? Jennie Delaney’s perfectly pitched, slightly crazed and pleading laugh might suggest otherwise.
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