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The Creature by Lucy Gough at Chapter

October 1, 2019 at 8pm to October 10, 2019 at 9pm
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
Jul 17, 2019
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Company of Sirens at Chapter

June 11, 2019 at 8pm to June 12, 2019 at 9pm
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
Apr 26, 2019

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What I do:
theatre director
A little more about me:
Artistic Director Company of Sirens and founder Winterlight productions.Also freelance director. Acting tutor and workshop leader
Projects I’m working on:
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

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


Old Red Lion
6th 7th September 8.00

Riverfront Theatre
11th 12th September 7.45

Grand Theatre
16th 17th 18th 8.00

Torch Theatre
St Peters Road
Milford Haven
19th September 8.00

Aberystwyth Arts Centre
25th September 8.00

Mumford Theatre
10th October

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
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Company of Sirens new production will be The Wolf Tattoo a new play by Lucy Gough. The production is supported by the Arts Council of Wales and Chapter and directed by Chris Durnall. It runs at Chapter Arts Centre Cardiff from 19th to 30th of June 2018 with further dates in…


Posted on March 29, 2018 at 10:00

The Nether

Company of Sirens with / a good cop bad cop present the Welsh premier of / yn cyflwyno’r perfformiad cyntaf yng Nghymru


The Nether by / gan Jennifer Haley | Directed by / Cyfarwyddwr Chris Durnall

“At the play’s end, the world - both real and virtual 

simply doesn’t look quite the same”



Posted on January 20, 2017 at 12:00


Winterlight are looking for an experienced young actor 18 – 25 with good physical skills to play the leading role of “Carl” in the upcoming production of Touch Blue Touch Yellow by Tim Rhys

To be presented in the theatre at Chapter Arts Centre from 1st  till 5th December 8.00 (matinees Wednesday and Saturday)

Rehearsals from 9th November. Company wage.


Carl understands stars, galaxies and other planets but the…


Posted on October 9, 2015 at 11:37

Winterlight productions present The Boy the Broke the Pegs by Tim Rhys directed by Chris Durnall

The Boy That Broke the Pegs follows dramatic episodes in the lives of three autistic young people, whose lives have diverged widely as they have reached adulthood. Their different stories show different facets of the autistic experience but all of them are centred on the difficult interface between people with autism and wider society and on different manifestations of acceptance and exclusion, of friendship and loneliness, of making connection and…


Posted on July 20, 2015 at 9:20

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