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One Foot in the Door Productions is based across the UK, but our network is not restricted by country borders. If you are creative and want to get involved, no matter where you are in the world, then throw us an email at ofitdarts@gmail.com or a tweet @ofitd with what you have to bring and we’ll get you involved. We are a collective, and members come and go on a project by project basis. OFitD is led by Jemma Rowlston, Sean Brady and Jozef Raczka as the Creative Producers. It’s their role to guide productions, make sure there is a program of projects within the collective and keep all the paperwork and budgets in check. OfitD came together with the aim to continue being creative once leaving the bubble of university. Our long-term goal being to open a community multi-arts centre with versatile studio spaces, programs and opportunities, in order give artists of any medium a place to come together and create. There are no limitations in the company: no project too big or too little! We're always looking to try new things. We're more than just theatre, and we’ll venture into any medium that suits a project best - whether that’s a radio play or web series. OFitD strives to never avoid any creative medium.

A change of plans…

Hello wonderful people! 

Earlier this year we decided that now was the time to finally reboot our engines and come back to life. We have spent a couple of years realigning, working on other projects and preparing for our big come back, and had shows, podcasts and more ready and waiting to enthral you all this year. Then the world changed. 

As the theatre, entertainment and live industries quake in their boots, with our favourite festival – The Edinburgh Fringe Festival – cancelled, and a sudden inability to see people in person, we here at OFitD suddenly had our comeback thwarted. We could choose to wallow in our despair, buckle down the hatches and Netflix until it’s safe to come out – that would be entirely fair and on some days necessary – but we were working toward something…

This something has been in the works for years. It is our Endgame. And it is why were coming back with such a force at the beginning of this year. But I guess we’ll just have to bring it forward now…

Yes, bring it forward. 

Like the avengers dragged into revolution, we are scrapping that 5 year plan and making it a now plan. We stand for opportunity and creativity here, so that is exactly what we are doing and creating. We have some very exciting huge news coming this weekend.  But before we do that, we need you.

If you are a creator or creative who has had a show cancelled, someone who is inspired to make something, a teacher or workshop leader with courses cancelled, or someone who just needs that outlet whether it be photography, art, performing or dancing, REACH OUT TO US. We want to know who you are and what you’re doing/were planning on doing. Email us at ofitdarts@gmail.com or DM us here.

We also want to hear from you if you work with or around those in need, caring for others, or in a place that could benefit from access to the arts.

Whilst you do that, keep your peels glued to these pages. 

Artists… Assemble.

The Good, The Bad & The Mad EPISODE 1 : The Shakespeare Sisters

It’s here!

 

Welcome to the first episode of The Good, The Bad & The Mad! In this episode we sit down with the Shakespeare Sisters – two independent filmmakers – about making indie films, being a female filmmaker and how they went from studying computer science, physics and German lit at university to writing, directing and producing two films and seeking out that third one.

Watch on Youtube and listen on Anchor.fm:

https://anchor.fm/the-good-the-bad–the-mad

Find tickets to the screening of Soundtrack to Sixteen here: https://www.shakespeare-sisters.com/

Follow the Shakespeare Sisters! @shakespearesistersfilm

Don’t forget to subscribe! Here and anywhere you find your podcasts!

Hosted by Meg Elys @meg_elys

Produced, shot and edited by Jemma Rowlston @ofitd_jem

An OFitD Productions and ElysM Productions Production.

The Good, The Bad & The Mad – A NEW PODCAST

We told you we were back! We’re kick off the decade with a new podcast; The Good, The Bad & The Mad!

 

Hosted by the wonderful Meg Elys, this podcast is all about sitting with real industry professionals and talking about their journey to get to being an industry pro, and spilling the beans about the good, the bad and the mad things about their jobs.

The first episode is a lovely chat with the Shakespeare Sisters – a young female filmmaking duo from London who have independently created two films so far, with eyes on bigger and broader projects.

They have their film ‘Soundtrack to Sixteen’ publicly screening on March 14th at the Prince Charles Theatre in Leicester Square in London, UK, so we are talking to them on March 6th! Keep your eyes out for links and where to listen (and watch!)!

We’re BACK!

2020

That’s right! We’ve been away for a while plotting and scheming and this year we’re bringing it all to you this year!

We’re very excited to share news with you: we have new people involved, new projects, new shows and new directions (eventually we’ll get another new website!).

So keep your eyeballs peeled and your ears perked up. MORE SOON!

-Jem, Sean, Joe AND MORE.

New Year, New THINGS

Happy New Year!

All of us here at One Foot in the Door Productions hope you had a happy New Year and are finally settling down into 2019. We sure are!

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One NEW Foot in the WEBSITE

We’re starting the new year with a new website! It’s simpler, easier, and we’re very excited about it. Have a gander around, wander down memory lane with our previous shows on the left, and why not sign up to get a little notification whenever we post news.

One NEW Foot in the VLOG

As we jump into the new year we land with a couple of new videos! Jem has been busy answering your questions on all things arts and creation, and the first two videos have dropped already! Give them a watch, subscribe so you never miss one again, and send us your questions for Jem to figure out How to…

One NEW Foot in the OPPORTUNITY

This year we’re running at a solo show, and we need a DIRECTOR to point us in the right direction.

Jem is a young girl living in the post-apocalyptic world where zombies roam the streets. But despite the hardships of this new life, she’s started an Anonymous Group for Happiness; because everyone deserves to be happy, even if the world is ending.

The show is funny, whimsical and pointed. A one woman show, this show deals with the themes of happiness, unhappiness, addiction and a phobia of zombies.

But it needs a director. If you’re interested, send your CV and examples of your work to ofitdarts@gmail.com by February 1st. If you aren’t a director and want to get involved, also reach out to us! And do feel free to share with anyone you think might love this project as much as we do.

There you go! A little round up of the month. We’re very excited about this year and can’t wait to see where it takes us all.

Until next time,

Jem, Sean and Joe

EDFRINGE 2018 OUR TOP FIVE

In our last post we bought you our BEST SHOWS OF THEM ALL selections of the shows we saw at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2018. In this post, we’re bringing you our TOP FIVE, which was oddly harder to narrow down than the absolute top show. Sean has developed an elaborate colour coding system of his liked shows, and after hours decoding it, we’re bringing you the lists.

Joe managed to see a completely new and different set of shows than Sean and Jem, who were in Edinburgh at the same time, so let’s start with Joe’s less at-war list:

Joe’s Top Five

  1. Max and Ivan’s Prom Night – Max and Ivan aren’t known for doing things by half and this applies quite fully to their quite bonkers, fully brilliant plan of taking over a real school sports hall and turning it into a 50s High School Prom. Complete with everything you could want: keg stands, pissing cheerleader pyramids, the church of the three headed snake. Star-studded, lunatic genius. Do not miss what they do next.
  2. Rose Matafeo : Horn Dog
  3. Tinder Swinton answers adverts on Craig’s List
  4. Tim Key : Megadate
  5. Sian Docksey Interdependent Woman

Honourable Mention: Adam Riches’ in Coach Coach 2 : Coach Harder.

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Max and Ivan’s Prom Night

We just think Joe likes shows with long names…

And now onto Sean and Jem’s lists. Sean saw most everything Jem saw, which lead to our two producers arguing over who could have which show as their favourites… there are just so many…

Jem’s Top Five

  1. John Robertson’s Dark Room – Jem dislocated her jaw laughing so hard in this show. That’s a winning action right there.
  2. Two Little Dickheads – These two wonderful cat-crazed Aussie dickheads take on the end of the world head on filled with love, laughter and glitter balls. You haven’t seen this show unless you’ve felt the banana.
  3. #Jollyboat – Jem is cheating here, because these fantastically funny nerdy brothers had two shows that she and Sean saw. Jem refused to choose between the two shows, and now owns not only their CD but also their t-shirt. They have bought her more around to the idea of puns. These two are legends just for that alone. 
  4. Police Cops in Space – The second instalment in The Pretend Men’s Police Cops comedy shows, this wise ass parody had Jem enthralled throughout. She may not have seen the original Police Cops (Sean has!) but the joy found in this show instantly made them a hit with Jem. Top quality, top banter, top show.
  5. Rik Carranza’s Still a Fan – Rik is already one of Jem’s most beloved comedians, and a dear friend. But this recommendation is nothing to do with that. This nerdy comedy show not only tickled Jem (and brought to light just how deep a nerd Sean is) but also used it voice to talk about issues that really need to be talked about more. Both funny and touching. Now there’s a skill worth mentioning at least.
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Jemma’s new thing to fan girl over… JollyBoat!

Honourable Mention: Magic Faraway Cabaret – Jem discovered this gem of a cabaret way back when she was in Edinburgh for the first time and will always be her first recommendation for a Fringe Show. It has the perfect host, in the perfect venue, at the perfect time, always with a lineup of the best the fringe can offer you. It has all the classic tropes of a cabaret, and will grab you by the balls to satisfy you with it’s line up. And this year, Sean even got a milk covered shard lap dance from a pink kitty!

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Two Little Dickheads

Sean’s Top Five

  1. Lady Rizo: Red, White and Indigo – No one commanded the stage just like Lady Rizo at this year’s fringe. For 70 minutes she had the audience wrapped around her finger after each song. Everything you would want from a performance at the Edinburgh Fringe is found in this show.
  2. Shitfaced Shakespeare: Hamlet – This Shakespeare troupe just keep getting better each year. Alcohol plus Shakespeare, who ever thought of this concept is an genius! 
  3. Notflix – There were a lot improv musicals amongst the ‘big 4’ at the Edfinge this year, but Notflix was the clear best. Aced the comedy that comes from improv, and they made it look effortless. Plus the band were on point, the sax and keyboard players were amazing!  
  4. Battle Acts – Short form improv at it’s best, with what can only be described as a masterclass in how to host a show! Sean’s states this is the best show on the free fringe!
  5. Olaf Falafel: There’s no i in idiot – Another uniquely stellar show from Sean’s favourite stand up comic. Jokes so good they end up on Dave’s Funniest Joke of the Fringe top 10 list.

Honourable Mention: Colt Cabana and Brendon Burns do Comedy and Commentary to Bad Wrestling – By far the most crazy show on the fringe each year. Wrestling Clips + stand up + one crazy audience = comedy gold!

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Sean likes to keep the flyers

Also Sean just wanted to throw a little shade at two shows… “Marvel is better than DC and DC is rubbish” is not a joke. Don’t claim to be comedy for comic book nerds and start with that.

This is but a fraction of all the shows and acts we saw this year, and it was really hard to choose which ones we loved best. Go check out and support these great acts, and we’ll check in soon with a few more insights to our crazy week in our favourite place.

Until then,

OFitD Team

What shows have you seen at the Fringe or away from the Fringe that have stayed with you long after you saw them? What are your fringe theatre recommendations?