Swivel's strapline is classic theatre … with a twist. Their aim is to perform two shows a year, and to support various charities and local projects through their work. They want to inspire people to love theatre as much as they do.
They are here:
Othello is here:
Please do check these websites out. They have videos which show how they went about planning and putting the production on. They have interviews with their cast. They have a video of how they put their fight sequences together.
Anyway, they are AMAZING – check them out and tell me what you think!!!
On Sunday 13 February 2011 I went to see a production of Othello by the Swivel Theatre Company at Barons Court Theatre. The production blew me away. I have never in my 20 years of theatre going written in to a theatre company about their production. I have never written to the National for example.
However, this is the email I sent to the Swivel Theatre Company on Monday 14 February:
Dear Swivel Theatre Company
I am a major London theatre geek and have been hacking around the London theatre circuit for about 20 years. I am a Supporting Cast Member at the National, a friend of the Old Vic, and a friend of the Globe. Last night I saw your production of Othello at the Barons Court Theatre.
To put it simply, I was blown away by it – it is OUTSTANDING.
I knew nothing about you and went to see the production purely because it was Othello. I am an Othello obsessive and every time there is a production of Othello in London I am there!!!
I had assumed (wrongly as it turns out) that you were a youth theatre company. Anyway, you were amazing … outstanding … genius!!!
I have seen over 50% of the productions that the RSC are currently fronting at the Roundhouse. Your production of Othello blew the RSC out of the water!!!
All the actors were outstanding but in particular I wanted to mention Tom Stanley as Cassio and Tom Fava as Iago. Please tell them both that I loved them!!! I have seen countless productions of Othello and they are by far and away the best Cassio and Iago I have seen in a long long time!!!
Anyway, what I would like to say was that I would like to find out more about you and get involved. Is this possible? Let me know how best to take this forward.
Best wishes and very well done on such a sensational production!!!
Swivel Theatre Company came back to me the very next day. They were made up by my email. The producer had sent my email round the whole of the theatre company and they were bouncing off the walls!!!
I met them for coffee on Wednesday 23 February. They fronted their Director, their Producer and their Finance Manager all to meet little old me!!!
Swivel Theatre Company began because a household of slightly bored Londoners were desperate for some good theatre … so they decided to produce it themselves. Sitting round the kitchen table one evening the idea of Swivel was born …
Othello was their first production. The director was a first time director and the producer a first time producer. They all have full time jobs and put this production together in their evenings and weekends. They are a bunch of 20 something Londoners. They are young, lively, enthusiastic and I love them all to pieces. They are the sunshine in my life.
I have said that I will try and help raise funds for them to be able to put Othello on for another 3 week long run in London.