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Posted on: 15 September 2019

The Company of Ten is asking for applications from directors interested in directing the plays below. If you’re interested in directing Beginning, The Vicar of Dibley, The Borrowers, One Man Two Guvnors or Goodnight Mister Tom, please email Karen Thomas with your thoughts on how you see the play being produced (including technical elements) and why you would like to direct it.

The deadline for applications is Sunday 17th November 2019.

Karen Thomas, Production Executive on

Beginning – David Eldridge

October 2020 – Studio

A two-hander set in the aftermath of Laura’s housewarming party at her new flat in Crouch End. Danny, having attended simply as the plus one of a friend, is the last remaining guest.The play begins with them nearly kissing and charts their journey in real time as they both seek to get back to that point. Over the course of the play, both begin to open up to one another, and share their mutual loneliness and isolation. This play premiered at the National Theatre in 2017 to critical acclaim.

The Vicar of Dibley – Richard Curtis

November 2020 – Main Stage

A British sitcom which originally ran on BBC One. It is set in a fictional Oxfordshire village called Dibley, which is assigned a female vicar following the 1992 changes in the Church of England that permitted the ordination of women. It is among the most successful British programmes of the digital era.

The Borrowers – Charles Way, adapted from Mary Norton

December (Christmas) 2020 – Main Stage

Based on the children’s fantasy novel by the English author Mary Norton, this play features a family of tiny people who live secretly in the walls and floors of an English house and “borrow” from the big people in order to survive. The main character is teenage Arrietty, who often begins relationships with Big People that have chaotic effects on the lives of herself and her family. The Borrowers has wide appeal to all generations.

One Man Two Guvnors – Richard Bean

February 2021 – Main Stage

In 1963 Brighton, out-of-work skiffle player Francis Henshall becomes separately employed by two men – Roscoe Crabbe, a gangster, and Stanley Stubbers, an upper class twit. Francis tries to keep the two from meeting, in order to avoid each of them learning that Francis is also working for someone else. Comedy chaos ensues. The play premiered at the National Theatre and went on to huge international success.

Goodnight Mister Tom – David Wood adapted from Michelle Magorian

May 2021 – Main Stage

Early in World War II, William Beech is billetted upon curmudgeonly widower Tom Oakley in rural Dorset. William is an illiterate, bruised, and starving Deptford evacuee. Oakley nourishes Beech physically and emotionally until Beech’s mother calls for his return to London. Back in Deptford as the Blitz continues around him, his mother, “a militant Christian” continues her abuse of William and a “found” baby daughter, until Tom comes to the rescue. The play earned the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Entertainment in 2013.

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