Fergus Church - Writer, Feel / More


In the run up to our March performances of "Feel" and "Feel / More" we're taking the opportunity to introduce you to our fierce and fantastic group of new collaborators. First of our new tribe is the brilliant Fergus Church. 

Fergus is a writer from London and a recent graduate of the University of Exeter, where he studied English. He is currently living his lifelong dream of being a struggling writer working at Waterstones.

His recent writing credits include Like Matilda (November 2017 - Theatre503), A Bit Of Fun (October 2017 – The Hidden Theatre Company), Littleness (May 2017 – Theatre With Teeth) and The Forecast: A New Musical (June 2016 – T3 Festival). His monologue Tapestry was also longlisted for Heretic Theatre’s Heretic Voices and will be performed in February.

Fergus is also an actor and singer, having performed in numerous musicals including Argosy Theatre Company’s The House of Edgar(August 2016), which was nominated for a Brighton Fringe Award and Shotgun Theatre’s Godspell (August 2017), both at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. 

His work aims to find wonder within the ordinary and explore LGBTQ+ themes; one day he wants to write a gay version of Amélie. He is incredibly excited about Feel+, which is his first project with Proforça.

You can catch Fergus on Twitter: @Fergus_SC

Fergus has contributed a brand new piece of writing entitled "Jackie" for Feel More which will be performed on March 26th and 27th at the Lion and Unicorn Theatre in Kentish Town and featuring Melissa Phillips. Feel More is directed by Erin Read and is six new stories from the world of our main production "Feel" by James Lewis and directed for Proforca Theatre Company by David Brady. Feel will be performed over 10 performances from March 21 - 31 2018, also at the Lion and Unicorn Theatre. 

Tickets for both "Feel" and "Feel More" are on sale now from our website or from www.lionandunicorntheatre.co.uk 

Erin Read - Associate Director


We are delighted to announce the appointment of Erin Read in the newly created role of Associate Director.

Supporting the Artistic Director, Erin’s role as Associate Director will see her take more of an enhanced creative and consulting role within the company and will be responsible for directing and producing future projects. 

Erin moved to London to pursue a career in acting and to begin studying drama at Queen Mary University of London. Roles include the short films 'Unforgettable', 'Performance' ‘The Straggler’ and the award winning ‘Extra Time’ (2015).

Her passion for acting music, singing and dancing has led her to explore every part of the theatre.  In 2015, she was the Assistant Musical Director for ‘The King and I’ (The Riverhead Theatre) and ‘Oliver’ (The Embassy Theatre) and she assisted with the singing coaching and acted in productions of ‘Fame’ and ‘Footloose’ (2011 & 2012 respectively) at The Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent.

For Proforca Theatre Company, Erin was Musical Director / Assistant Director for "Saucy Jack & The Space Vixens" (Nov 2016) and Producer for the workshop productions of "Feel" (2017) and Producer for "The Ballad of Reading Gaol" (Nov 2017). Her acting roles also include “Cecily” in our production of “The Importance of Being Earnest” (Sept 2017)

Erin has been a massive and important part of our projects and the Proforça journey over the last two years and we can’t wait to see what comes of her work for the company in the future. 

Look out for details of Erin’s next Proforça project in the coming days with an announcement to follow very shortly. Congratulations Erin! 

Proforca Theatre Company is a Non-Professional Fringe Theatre Company based in London. You can find out more about us and our projects at our website which is www.proforca.co.uk You can follow Proforca on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook @ProforcaTheatre and you can follow Erin on Twitter @eoread7.

Reading Gaol - James Bowen is "Monster"

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We are delighted to welcome James Bowen to the cast of Reading Gaol and to the role of "Monster"

James is an Actor, Composer and Writer working in the UK and Ireland. Recently graduating from Exeter with a degree in Business Economics, he is involved in an ongoing theatre project "We Had a Black Dog", backed by mental health charity SANE, and David Hendon’s “Sign of the Times”. Theatre credits include Napoleon in Peter Hall’s Animal Farm (Exeter Northcott); Tom in Duncan Macmillan’s Monster (UK Tour) and Benny in Ella Hickson’s Boys (Thornlea Studios). As well as touring with improv comedy group The Exeter Revue, James is also currently longlisted for Collaborators for the Old Vic 12 and producing his own feature film. 

Twitter: @JVBowen1

Our adaption of Reading Gaol is based on "The Ballad of Reading Gaol" by Oscar Wilde, adapted and Directed by David Brady and with new material by Catrin Jones, Harriet Lambert James Lewis and Erin Read. 

Tickets for all performances are on sale now from our website at proforca.co.uk/box-office 

Reading Gaol - Jonathon Cooper is "Innocent"


We are delighted to welcome Jonathon Cooper to the cast of Reading Gaol and to the role of "Innocent"

Jonathon trained at the National Youth Theatre and now works as an actor in London. Born and bred in North Yorkshire, Jonathon spent a number of years competing around the world as a member of the England Karate Squad. He also gained a first class degree in Engineering from Loughborough University. His credits include:

Theatre: The Creature in Nick Dear's Frankenstein (Bridewell Theatre); Faustus in Marlowe's Doctor Faustus (Theatro Technis); Gorge in Dennis Kelly's The Ritual Slaughter of Gorge Mastromas (Bridewell Theatre); Billing in Ibsen's An Enemy of the People (Theatro Technis); and Alan in Stanley Houghton's Hindle Wakes (Upstairs at the Gatehouse).

Workshop & Rehearsed Readings: Dream 16 (RSC); Annajanska, the Bolshevik Empress (Actors Studio); King Lear (Theatro Technis).

Film (supporting artist): Bridget Jones's BabyStar Wars: Rogue OneBatman vs Superman: Dawn of JusticeHan Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Voiceover: The Man Came Around.

This is Jonathon's first production with Proforça Theatre Company and he is thrilled to be joining the team.

Our adaption of Reading Gaol is based on "The Ballad of Reading Gaol" by Oscar Wilde, adapted and Directed by David Brady and with new material by Catrin Jones, Harriet Lambert and Erin Read. 

Tickets for all performances are on sale now from our website at proforca.co.uk/box-office