Squint is a London-based theatre company that asks big questions about the world we live in through exhilarating and provocative new work.
Our distinctive, ensemble-driven productions collide new writing, music, movement and multimedia to create visceral and highly visual experiences.
We research journalistically, develop collaboratively and rehearse playfully.
"AN IMPRESSIVE ENSEMBLE... SPOT ON DIRECTION"
Edinburgh Evening News on Molly
The Stage on Molly
"SEXY AS HELL"
Time Out on Long Story Short
"EXCELLENTLY PERFORMED BY A VERSATILE ENSEMBLE"
Sunday Express on Long Story Short
"STUNNING PIECE OF THEATRE"
Broadway Baby on Molly
"TYPICALLY PERTINENT, BRILLANT STAGED AND WONDERFULLY ACTED"
Time Out on Long Story Short
Led by Artistic Director Andrew Whyment, Squint was born at the University of Reading in 2009. Squint now has seven Associate Artists and actors are cast as required for each project.
AWARDS & GRANTS
Brad Birch takes Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People into the centre of a very modern scandal. How does Tom Stockmann keep both people and press on side when he makes a discovery about the town’s prestigious new Spa?
Squint are back, following 2015’s award-winning Molly - ‘sexy as Hell’ (Time Out), ‘you’ll be thinking about it long after you’ve exited the theatre’ (Edinburgh Evening News) – now in association with Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama whose acclaimed commissions have produced fifteen new plays including Alastair McDowell’s Pomona, Gary Owen’s Ring Ring and Growth by Luke Norris.
FEAR & LOATHING
"A transatlantic quest across a
fragmented political landscape"
This autumn we’re travelling around the UK and along the US Presidential Election Campaign Trail listening to voters, journalists and politicians. Inspired by Hunter S Thompson’s 1972 campaign diaries, we are confronting the West’s burgeoning nationalism, examining what has brought us here and where we are heading.
Through our part-scripted, part-devised process we will develop in early 2017 in preparation for production in autumn 2017. Supported by the Kevin Spacey Foundation Artist of Choice Award 2016.
"Listen - can you hear the music?
The band is playing and now I want to live"
For Olga, Masha and Irina, returning to London feels like an impossible dream. When hope appears in the form of the enigmatic Foreign Office diplomat, Vershinin, the three sisters believe their three years in exile may finally be over.
Chekhov's classic play is given a shot of adrenaline in this politically combustible, contemporary adaptation by Lee Anderson.
Squint offer bespoke workshops for secondary and higher education and youth theatre environments. Workshops are led by Squint facilitators for groups of up to forty people.
Secondary school workshops can be tailored to the needs of the school. Squint's secondary workshops can be anything from an introduction to the art of theatre making with music to the exploration of a set text. Higher education workshops can be designed for any module, set text or study focus.
Quotes available upon request. Squint’s facilitators are all experienced in work with young people and have up-to-date DBS certificates.
LONG STORY SHORT
“You pointed a camera at a war zone and
you let it roll and people love that shit”
With traditional newspapers in decline and journalists in the dock, we’re fast losing faith in the institutions we once trusted and becoming our own reporters. Plunge headlong into the high-octane turmoil of the modern media world, captures the desperation of a sixteen-year-old as he tries to find his missing brother and travels through the 1960’s with a young entrepreneur as he sparks revolution on Fleet Street.
Written by Lee Anderson, Adam Foster and Andrew Whyment. Produced in association with Charing Cross Theatre.
“From Land’s End to John of Groats”
A celebration of the lesser-known people and places of Britain. Extraordinary tales of voyage and heroism from the 874-miles between Land’s End and John O’Groats.
Produced in association with London Bridge Festival and IdeasTap.
“One city, seven million people,
six host boroughs”
On Friday 27th July 2012, the eyes of the world turned to London for the Olympic Games. With live music, poetry and storytelling, explore the identity of the city behind the carnival.
Produced in association with the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad and London Bridge Festival.
“My teachers called me extraordinary.
Mum called me strong-willed.
My boss said I was a great asset.
Now everyone calls me evil”
Molly’s different, but is she a monster? A warped and exhilarating journey through the mind of a sociopath by Lee Anderson, Adam Foster and Andrew Whyment.
Produced in association with Etch and Pleasance, supported by Pleasance’s Charlie Hartill Special Reserve Fund.
Edinburgh Evening News
"Harrowing and mesmerising"
A Younger Theatre
"A stunning piece of theatre"
"An impressive ensemble…spot on direcTion"
The Stage (Winner of The Stage Award for Acting Excellence)
THE DAILY PLAYS
Squint and Etch regularly present The Daily Plays. Six new short plays from six of Britain’s most exciting theatre writers, all written in rapid response to
the week’s political news.
Twelve hours to respond.
Twelve hours to rehearse.
Six new short plays.
See the week in plays at The Daily Plays.
The Daily Plays 4
Sunday 19th June 2016,
Writers: Brad Birch, Nick Bruckman, Matthew Bulgo,
Tom Powell, Afsaneh Gray, Camilla Whitehill
The Daily Plays 3
Sunday 31st January 2016,
Writers: Luke Barnes, Lisa Carroll, Alan Fielden,
Adam Foster, Sam Potter, Alexandra Wood
The Daily Plays 2
Sunday 20th September 2015,
Writers: Lee Anderson, Jerusha Green, Jake Jepson,
Sarah Kosar, Andrew Maddock, John Torrie
The Daily Plays 1
Sunday 31st May 2015,
Writers: Sam Freeman, Jenny Knotts, Ashley Scott Layton,
Jingan MacPherson Young, Kiran Millwood-Hargrave, David Mumeni
"Relevant, engaging and beautifully executed"
"Excellently performed by a versatile ensemble"
"The unfolding drama is a sobering experience for every mainstream news consumer"
"Sexy as hell - pulsating with kaleidoscopic energy"
Love Thy Neighbour
"Let the games begin"
In the wake of London Riots and Arab Springs, Love Thy Neighbour studies the resonant moments from history that define the past sixty years with six new short plays.
A FESTIVAL GUIDE
“A secret strummer in a darkened room”
First-time festival goer Tim is a misfit. His passion for music leads him to a festival, but how will he navigate the jungle alone? It’s easy to lose your way inside the pop-up empire. What Tim needs is A Festival Guide.
An original musical by Andrew Whyment and Rhys Lewis.
"Driving is very intimate”
Meet Jimmy, a London mini cab driver, over the course of one night. As each passenger's secrets are revealed, Jimmy must confront his own demons and return to the site of a tragic event from his past.
A play by Simon Stephens.
"Relevant, engaging and beautifully executed"
"This is an ensemble who can both carry it off and carry us with them"
"A tumultuous experience that resonates with intensity"
"As timely today as it was when in first appeared in 1998"
“Serial killing: a forgivable act?”
Frozen paints a chilling portrait of a child murderer and a painfully hopeful mother as their two tales intertwine.
A play by Bryony Lavery.
Andrew is a London-based theatre director and writer with a specialism in new writing and adaptations. He is a graduate of the Birkbeck Theatre Directing MFA and the University of Reading.
AARON J DOOTSON