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Sam & Zoe Vs Evermore

by Cherwell Theatre Company

comedy, theatre

This game theatre piece explores men's mental health with a light touch as Sam & Zoe battle to save their relationship with an audience.

about the production

Sam and Zoe Vs Evermore is a new Dungeons and Dragons inspired "game theatre" comedy, which explores communication in relationships and men's mental health with a light, comedic touch. Arts Council funded research and development was undertaken with young people in March 2020, bringing together young people, students, mental health charities and an award winning game theatre dramaturg who devised approaches for the audience to influence story outcomes. This 90 minute theatrical game of ‘DnD’ incorporates interactive storytelling, physical theatre battles and puppetry, as Sam, Zoe and their audience construct an epic quest, whilst re-living about their own romantic history.

about the artist

Since 2004 CTC has created a safe environment where young people can be themselves, make new friends and make theatre in collaboration with professional artists. Our recent work includes Pete Stays Home, a musical three hander about a bear going into hibernation, created to help young children express their feelings about lockdown. The play was funded by Cherwell District Council and Sanctuary Housing which toured schools and early years centres in June/July 2021. We’ve also made theatre in a range of quirky site-specific venues from a decommissioned nuclear bunker to a castle. Our patron is Sir Trevor Nunn.

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stage dimensions

width: 6 metres

height: 0 metres

depth: 3 metres

Ideal audience number between 50-100.
Lighting - A minimum of warm wash, cold wash, and spotlight.
Lighting plan can be adapted to suit each venue
Sound - PA system with audio jack connection
Special Effects - None requiring risk assessment.
Access - Small van, ideally parking space near venue, though not
Get-in & get-out - Four hours get-in, 90 minutes get out.
Venue technician required.
Size of the company - Three on the road (two performers and one
production manager).
Performance duration - 75 minutes. Can be performed with or
without an interval. Q&A and workshops also available

A key segment of our audience is young people aged 16-25, and we’ve involved them in the play’s development.
In partnership with CALM, we’ll raise awareness of men’s mental health issues and signpost support services at each touring location, distributing free, original comic-books and collecting for the charity after each performance.
In addition to 16-25 year olds, the play appeals to a wide range of audiences including:
• People with an interest in Dungeons and Dragons
• People with experience of mental health issues
• People who like new writing with an interest in seeking out experimental work.
• People interested in relationship comedies
• Students

“Gripping and unpredictable... enjoyed the slick in-out of the interactive game and the character development”

Audience Member, R&D sharing performance, Pegasus Theatre

“What a pleasure Butterfingers and Cherwell Theatre Company are to work with. And how superbly their performance in extract at Emanate 2020 connected with the audience. The play reflects some pretty universal truths about relationships and the indomitable human instinct to try to resolve them with pathos and humour. The performances were terrific - funny, warm, real. The audience loved the interaction with them and responded to it wholeheartedly, the game format working really well on stage. I'm hugely looking forward to seeing the full length piece.”

Emma Dolman, Producer, Oxfordshire Theatre Makers Emanate Showcase

“Funny, sharp and a whole lot of fun! Sam and Zoe Vs Evermore is a show brimming with energy and heart.”

Emma Nooney, Programme Manager, The Mill Arts Centre

Our production is 'relaxed' in its style and suitable for those with autism and sensory impairments. We wish to work with venues to make this production accessible to all, although we have no plans to tour with a BSL interpreter. Should this be required at a venue we could enter into discussions about the feasibility of this.

We wish to partner with venues in audience development and can offer free practical drama workshops for young people and students (if the cost of this is incorporated into the financial deal with the venue), as well as post show Q&As if required.

Ideally we require a guarantee of £750 against a 70/30 split but this deal is negotiable with venues depending on their location, capacity etc.