It is 1623, and 17-year old John has come to London to work as an apprentice typesetter, under the mentorship of printer Isaac Jaggard, on a potentially game-changing new commission.
But having persuaded Isaac to let him progress to setting from a confusing manuscript of ‘Macbeth’, John’s trauma begins to spill out onto the print shop floor. Why were those men so scared of his mother? And why are these children scurrying around with sheets of drying ink called… ‘devils’?
A play about the hidden fingerprints of history – produced in conjunction with the 400th anniversary of the publication of the First Folio – that asks who the storytellers really are.
Charlie Dupré graduated from the Jerwood/Arvon Playwriting Mentorship scheme in 2020.
His first ensemble play 'Macblair' told the story of Tony Blair as a Macbeth-style tragicomedy. It played the Brighton and Edinburgh Fringes to critical success, and was one of The Scotsman’s Top 6 hot picks for political shows in 2017. In 2019, it's sequel 'Boris Rex' was nominated for an Off-Westend Award during its run at the Tristan Bates Theatre, London.
'Compositor E' is the third production by Charlie for Falling Sparrow, and was longlisted for the Bruntwood playwriting prize in 2022.
Press & Reviews
The Scotsman ****
'Witty, satirical script... talented, energetic ensemble'
Broadway Baby ****
'An exceptionally clever show - highly entertaining'
For 'The Stories of Shakey P':
Broadway Baby ****
'Rip-roaring entertainment.. a jaw-dropping feat of characterisation'
The Stage Must-See
'Physical, fizzing...incredibly lyrically rich.'
Cast & Creative Team Writer: Charlie Dupré
Director: Amie Burns Walker
Harry Pudwell as John
Charlie Dupré as Isaac
Stage Manager: Roshan Conn
Sound Design: Adam McCready
Video Design: Rachel Sampley
Lighting Design: Danny Vavrečka
Graphic Design: Martha Hegarty
Marketing Consultant: Alex Chisholm
Dramaturgy: Ben Spiller (1623 Productions), Dogmouth Theatre
A Falling Sparrow Production