- We use alternative art forms to explore the world of our plays.
- Our work is known for integrity, quality and excellence.
- All of our work has a theatrical narrative and is relevant to the times.
- Theatre is inspirational and relevant to everyone.
- Making theatre is an opportunity to collaborate with people from a wide spectrum of disciplines.
- Theatre has significant social value.
The Blueprint Theatre Company was founded by Sally Grey, Mark Rose and Mark Sands. We all met up in the year 2000 whilst working on a No.1 European tour of Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap. They were the best of times, they were the worst of times.
2018, Rich Mix
A celebration of community, an analysis of class and part of an artistic and social groundswell to end the so-called housing crisis. This is a naturalistic play, with a fantastical counter reality, examining the impact of the Olympic legacy and corporate investment on estate residents and their health. Over 50,000 families have been shipped out of London in the past 3 years – a result of welfare cuts and soaring private rents. Official figures show that councils are currently moving homeless mothers and children out of their boroughs at a rate of close to 500 families each week. That number is increasing. The main inspiration is Mary Finch who, since 2010, has lived in uncertainty when plans to demolish part or all of the Estate, her home for the past 40 years, were proposed. Since then, she has witnessed the gradual decanting of her neighbours and has been vociferous in the campaign to repopulate the estate.
2015–present, Wellcome Collection
Since 2015, Blueprint have delivered workshops, readings and contributed to exhibition content at Wellcome Collection. Most recently, we edited and narrated an excerpt from David Lodge’s “Nice Work”, exploring the subtext of the advertising behind the Silk Cut cigarette campaign. This was part of the hugely successful Can Graphic Design Save Your Life? exhibition earlier in 2018. You can listen to the excerpt below.
Speaking with the Body, delivered by Jacqui McKenzie Gray and Sally Grey, is an interactive public engagement workshop exploring body language and received excellent feedback with one participant claiming “It changed my life!”
By Bryony Lavery
18 March–11 April 2015, Park Theatre
On April 17th 1980 my daughter, Rhona, walked out of my house to go to her Grandma’s. She never got there. She never came back. She was 10. For years after her disappearance, Nancy keeps hope alive by imagining her daughter growing up. Then a man is arrested and Rhona’s remains are found.
By Michael Wall
2–27 October 2012, Old Red Lion Theatre
Michael Wall’s black comedy takes us from the garden of a house in suburban London to the grounds of a mental asylum, where two couples fight for their lives amidst the inner-city frustrations and aspirations of the 1980s. Women Laughing received two OFFIE nominations.
25 June 2012, Screen on the Green Cinema
A film about 80s Islington, based on interviews with Islington residents and the traders of Chapel Market. It centres on an urban myth, perpetuated by locals, and harks back to a comparatively innocent era – before mobile phones and the Internet changed our lives forever.
Designed by Archmongers
January-March 2012, Islington Libraries
Partnering Every Time I Think of You, a photographic exhibition offering a unique snapshot of life in Islington during this vibrant and defining decade. The exhibition was shown for two months at Islington Local History Centre and Islington Central Library.
By John Hopkins
31 October-24 December 2012, Old Red Lion Theatre
DS Johnson has been on the force 20 years, and he’s seen too much. When another young girl is brutally attacked on her way home from school, a suspect is brought in for questioning. Against orders, Johnson decides to interrogate Baxter alone, and this time he wants answers.
By Sally Rose & Mark Sands
March 2010, Islington Assembly Halls
It’s Christmas 2010 and 80-year-old Frank Roberts didn’t expect to spend Advent with three teenagers doing community service in his garden. Soon the girls are dipping into a forbidden treasure chest of secrets – taking us back to war-torn Islington 1940, when Community Service was very different.
This is the sort of small-scale gem that could easily slip under the radar in the face of noisier shows with better publicity budgets. Blueprint Theatre Company offers a scintillating revival of Bryony Lavery’s Frozen, a grimly compelling and multi-award-winning drama about the after-effects of the murder of a child.Fiona Mountford