A local woman has combined her passions for writing and performance to launch her own theatre company and is now heading to the bright lights of London with its debut production.
Emily Elfer, who lives in Gaddesden Row, works as a magazine editor but also trained in acting at Rose Bruford drama school. Wanting to combine her two loves, she recently launched The Roses Theatre Company.
Emily said: “I am lucky that I get to pursue my passion for writing every day but it is difficult to fit auditions around a busy journalism job. I’ve kept in touch with several graduates of my acting course and discovered many were in similar situations.
“It was then that I had a brainwave – why not make opportunities for ourselves and launch our own theatre company?”
Several Rose Bruford graduates are now lending a hand with The Roses, with Emily as Artistic Director and James Sheppard taking on the role of Director for their debut production – No Exit by Jean-Paul Sartre.
Emily added: “After deciding on our first play we pitched it to off-West End theatres and a handful expressed interest. We chose to work with The Bread & Roses Theatre due to its intimate and adaptable performance space.
“No Exit centres on three deceased souls who have to spend eternity together in a locked room! It’s really good fun to produce and put our own spin on. We hope this will be the first of many plays for The Roses.”
No Exit will be at The Bread & Roses Theatre, London, from July 19 to 21. For tickets and more information click here
Pictured: Left to right – Cast members Nicole Wood and Matthew Stewart, play director James Sheppard and artistic director Emily Elfer.