After the huge success of 'Great Train Robbery', Scratchworks return with the second in their trilogy of comedy theatre shows about history's forgotten women.
It’s 44BC, Ancient Rome. Our hero, Leta has been declared a traitor by the Roman Senate. She is given a punishment worse than death: “Damnatio Memoriae” – to be erased from history. Whilst noble gladiators and infamous emperors are becoming legends around her, Leta's name will be scratched out and forgotten forever. But with the help of some mischievous muses, she decides to rebel against the Republic.
Join Leta’s determined journey to reclaim her place in the history books. From crashing the Colosseum to freeing the slaves, she will go to the ends of the empire to make her mark. A feast for the eyes and the ears with physical comedy, clowning and original music, WOMANS is a riotous tale of the first female resistance.
Scratchworks Theatre Company is an award-winning ensemble of four women who work collaboratively to create highly visual, playful theatre from scratch. Founded in Exeter in 2013, we share a passion for creating original stories that use a diverse mix of physical movement, puppetry and live music to entertain and inspire our audiences.
This year Scratchworks will be making it's 4th appearance at VAULT Festival, after winning VAULT’s ‘Festival Spirit Award’ in 2017. We were also awarded NSDF's ‘Best Overall Body of Creative Work’ at the Edinburgh Fringe 2013, and nominated for the IYAF: Best of Brighton Fringe Theatre Award 2017 and Pleasance’s Charlie Hartill Award 2016. Our work is supported by Arts Council England and we are Core Associates of the Exeter Phoenix.
“One of the South West’s most exciting and inventive emerging theatre companies.”
Dan Baker, Barbican Theatre Plymouth
Scratchworks makes playful & inventive productions including: Rebellion Playground (2018), The Snow Beast (2018), Great Train Robbery (2015-19), Nel (2015-16), A Fool’s Proof (2013).
Members of the company have also worked with Theatre Ad Infinitum, The Wardrobe Ensemble, Rogue Theatre, Scripts for Supper, Theatre Royal Plymouth, Diverse City, Barmpot Theatre & Tremolo Theatre.
Annabella/Leta: Alice Higginson
Polyhymnia: Sian Keen
Melpomene: Laura Doble
Collaborator & Outside Eye: Hanora Kamen
Dramaturg: David Lane
Praise for previous work
‘Great Train Robbery’ Reviews:
‘They painted a picture so clearly and with so little that the show was a marvel to behold. The Great Train Robbery is a must-see’ Plymouth Herald
'Genuinely funny... an engaging performance.' **** The Peg Review
'Inventive and intelligent physical theatre... Wondrously enjoyable.' **** Theatre Bubble
'This is a great show that can be enjoyed by all the family – and you might even learn something on the way.' **** Broadway Baby
'Charming and inventive' - **** The Stage
'A talented and disciplined group with fantastic imagination' ***** StageTalk Magazine
'Nel will knock your socks off!' ***** Inter:Mission Bristol
'This beautifully executed show is quirky, original and bursting with genuine creative talent' **** Theatre Bath
'The play is a love song to imagination, creating something from nothing with a child-like sense of exploration' Plymouth Herald
'Joyous, sad and surreal. Nel is for anyone who has ever found it hard to make a friend.' **** The Public Reviews