Company of Sirens are looking for a versatile,experienced Wales based performer to play the role of Dorothy Edwards in our production of “A Beautiful Rhythm of Life and Death” by Gary Raymond. Age range 25-40.Rehearse from 9th May to 29th May Perform 30th May to 3rd June in its initial run.This production will reach out nationally and internationally in 2024/5Venue and support from Chapter Arts Centre.We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all areas of…See More
Company of Sirens with Sightlife Wales present How My Light Is Spent What lies beyond the purely visual?Nine people with varying degrees of sight loss find themselves trapped in the heart of a forest. They make a fire and tell their stories as day turns to night. What they see in the dark night is a light from inside each other. A light that needs to stay alight and burn. A light they all share.Stories both desperate and amusing of lock-down and more, the piece features live music and film with…See More
Winterlight in association with Company of Sirens present the premier of ‘Stone the Crows’ by Tim Rhys.Directed by Chris Durnall with original live music by Eren Anderson. “I got an altar. I call it Walter the Altar…Together, we watch the dead come creeping out, one by one, till the wholesky is full of them, gazing down at us, cold as ice.” When nature meets commerce which prevails. This powerful play from the writer of Touch Blue Touch Yellow is an eco parable for our times, and much…See More
"The heatwave continued and it became clear she had been taken away, against her will.There is a purity to friendship not found with lovers.With lovers we edit. We cut out what we don’t wish to see and add what we wish to be there. And so we build a lie.True friends have no need for that. They need to be as honest and pure as possible.We spoke the truth through our eyes, words often sounded cheap and contrived.We climbed a dusty hill, both nursing a hangover. It was the morning after the night…See More
We at Company of Sirens are excited by the developing online possibilities emerging by sharing the development of our new piece Souvenirs of a Killing. Working with Angharad Matthews in Berlin and members of Sightlife Wales are proving to be unique and thrilling collaborations.Look out for the online material to appear. The piece is the second of our explorations into the the nature of grief and its connections to art. It follows on from last years production of Twelve Cabins Twelve Vacancies…See More
COMPANY OF SIRENSWith the assistance of the Arts Council of Wales,The National Lottery and ChapterpresentThe premier of a new play THE CREATURE by Lucy Gough Directed by Chris Durnall ‘Misery has made me a fiend’ When someone kills, when their crime is so terrible, so incomprehensible, can we still call them human? Who is to blame? Who and what creates monsters? Taking Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein as inspiration, THE CREATURE takes place in the mind and the prison cell of a young boy in a…See More
NORMAN BATES IS INNOCENT! How much do we really know each other, even those we love? TWELVE CABINS TWELVE VACANCIES interlinks personal tragedy with the events of Alfred Hitchcock’s seminal sixties horror classic PSYCHO. “Dad died during the first broadcast of Psycho on network TV. Earlier that evening it had been scorching hot in the back yard. There was no breeze. I was 12. And I knew.” At the same time Marion stepped into the shower. This is the moment” Blending memory with poetic imagery…See More
Artistic Director Company of Sirens and founder Winterlight productions.Also freelance director. Acting tutor and workshop leader
Projects I’m working on:
COMPANY OF SIRENS
With the assistance of the Arts Council of Wales,The National Lottery and Chapter
The premier of a new play
THE CREATURE by Lucy Gough
Directed by Chris Durnall
‘Misery has made me a fiend’
When someone kills, when their crime is so terrible, so incomprehensible, can we still call them human? Who is to blame? Who and what creates monsters?
Taking Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein as inspiration, THE CREATURE takes place in the mind and the prison cell of a young boy in a secure unit, as he attempts to avoid taking responsibility for what he has done, but also tries to understand it.
Following last years acclaimed production of THE WOLF TATTOO by Lucy Gough, COMPANY OF SIRENS present a specially commissioned play from the same award winning author that explores the origins of criminal behaviour and asks what it is that makes us monsters.
Developed through work with young offenders in prisons and secure units. THE CREATURE is a powerful new play dealing with an issue central to our lives.
“It is this feel of almost continuing menace that holds us throughout the gripping story and the extraordinary performances of the cast that gives us such an amazing and satisfying theatre experience” (Theatre in Wales on The Wolf Tattoo)
“Gough’s text deftly shifts between the naturalistic and the surreal—the universe she creates encompasses not only lupine youths tearing people apart in forests, but also supermarkets and mobile phone signals” (Wales Arts Review on The Wolf Tattoo)
Chapter 30th September till 10th October at 8.00 Tickets £12.00/10.00 chapter.org companyofsirens.com
Company of Sirens
Dark Vanilla Jungle
By Philip Ridley
Tour September/October 2015
Seren Vickers as Andrea
Directed by Chris Durnall
Following its acclaimed Welsh premier in March Company of Sirens are touring Philip Ridley’s extraordinary one woman play about a young girls search for love and home.
Seren Vickers plays Andrea a young girl abandoned by her family, groomed and abused by sexual preditors and rendered homeless. Depressing? In part , but Ridley allows her spirit and sense of hope and possibility to shine through in sections of Bleak Humour that are breathtakingly brilliant.
What critics said
"go and see this remarkable, unmissable performance now! Seren Vickers... gives the most, captivating, strong and charismatic performance" Theatre in Wales
“I am speechless after Dark Vanilla Jungle the best solo performance I've ever seen” New Welsh Review
“Committed performance, committed writing of the highest order. Relevant, topical, unbearable. Unmissable” Guardian
Astonishing Theatre. Vitally important work. All women should see this.Do yourself a favour..Go!” Big Issue
“Dark Vanilla Jungle is theatre with the additives taken out Company of Sirens make great theatre”
Supported by the Arts Council of Wales the National Lottery and Shelter Cymru
By kind permission of Knight Hall Agency, London
Aberystwyth Arts Centre
25th September 8.00
About the Author
Playwright Philip Ridley was born in the East End of London, where he still lives and works. He is a contemporary artist, poet, novelist, film-maker and one of the country's most celebrated living playwrights. Ridley has been described as 'probably a genius' (Time Out), 'a visionary' (Rolling Stone), 'the master of modern myth' (Guardian) and 'the best British playwright of the last 20 years'.
About Company of Sirens
Company of Sirens was founded in 2009 to present productions of uncompromising contemporary texts to Welsh audiences for the first time. Recent productions are Anthony Neilson’s Stitching and The Censor, Sean Tyrone by Mark Ryan, Revelation by Patrick Jones and Troyanne by Ian Rowlands. Last year the company presented Welsh premiers of two Philip Ridley plays Tender Napalm and Mercury Fur
What the critics said about Company of Sirens production of Tender Napalm first premiered at Chapter in April 2014
“A mind blowing piece of writing”
“Clever, witty, poetic and emotive, this play has it all”
“Performed to perfection by Matthew Bulgo and Jannah Warlow”
“Takes your breath away and leaves the watcher stunned by the experience”
“Company of Sirens have produced an incredible piece of theatre”
“This is important theatre and feels like it, see it!”
Company of Sirens work is steely, unflinching and entirely unsentimental” New Welsh Review
Company of Sirens are looking for a versatile,experienced Wales based performer to play the role of Dorothy Edwards in our production of “A Beautiful Rhythm of Life and Death” by Gary Raymond. Age range 25-40.
We at Company of Sirens are excited by the developing online possibilities emerging by sharing the development of our new piece Souvenirs of a Killing. Working with Angharad Matthews in Berlin and members of Sightlife Wales are proving to be unique and thrilling collaborations.
Look out for the online material to appear. The piece is the second of our explorations into the the nature of grief and its connections to art. It follows on from last years…