Doppelganger Productions is a not-for-profit theatre company based in Bournemouth.
Our strong ties with Bournemouth University and Arts University Bournemouth has led to collaborative projects with student groups, including the formation of the Doppelganger Young Critics forum. It is our aim to forge more creative pathways where programmes of student playwriting can be performed under the auspices of Doppelganger Productions.
We specifically produce innovative new writing and stage new work by emerging and established playwrights with a focus on Dorset-based writers. We aim to create a vibrant theatre culture in Bournemouth and to present our work to audiences nationally and internationally.
As part of our commitment to new writing, we run (unfunded) Doppelganger Dialogues, a free monthly writing workshop which nurtures innovative writing of all kinds and offers support to emerging playwrights. Selected projects originated in Doppelganger Dialogues are developed through rehearsed readings and workshops to produce full-length works.
Doppelganger Productions is a none-profit company limited by guarantee (company no: 8174535) formed in 2012. A new writing theatre company based in Bournemouth, we produce innovative stage work by emerging and established theatre makers with a focus upon Dorset-based playwrights. We aim to create a vibrant theatre culture in Bournemouth and to present our work to audiences nationally and internationally.
We have performed work at the Lighthouse, Poole; Bournemouth University; the Rex Cinema, Wareham; Vita Nova (Boscombe Fringe), Boscombe; the Winchester Arts Pub, Bournemouth; the Shelley Theatre, Boscombe; Chaplin’s Bar, Boscombe; Bournemouth Town Hall; Regent’s College, London; the Charing Cross Theatre, London; the Bread and Roses Theatre, London – and additionally in a number of site-specific venues in Dorset. We have staged a number of plays in the Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival and in Bournemouth University’s Festival of Learning. In 2014, funded by Arts Council England, we mounted a ten-venue South-West tour of a play evoking local history – Robert Louis Stevenson in Bournemouth struggling to write The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hide – underwriting our commitment to local theatre and to local subject matter which avoids parochialism.
A recent development has been in the creation of specialist workshops – radio and television scriptwriting, poetry, Twitter fiction, graphic fiction. Production opportunities are offered in radio and television projects. Last year we launched Doppelganger Firsts, a spin-off from the workshop involving a series of rehearsed readings of new stage plays we would like to subsequently put into production.
View a selection of our most recent work
Doppelganger Productions currently receives no core funding, and our work is made possible by individuals, & businesses. This support enables Doppelganger Productions to thrive & provides us with the resources to produce innovative work of the highest quality, both nationally & internationally.
Friends of Doppelganger Productions commit to an annual sum that helps to support our work and brings with it a range of benefits. Contact John Foster, Artistic Director, on firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Here at Doppelganger we are always on the look out for original plays.
If you have a play that you’d like to send us please make sure to include:
– Your name and address.
– Contact telephone number.
– E-mail address.
– Short synopsis (under 200 words.)
– The script in either Word or .pdf format.
Please send your work to email@example.com
Submitted scripts are read thoroughly by our team of professional readers. Once read they are discussed at a monthly script meeting where or writers we’d like to develop a relationship with are identified.
If we feel like your script would benefit from our development programme then we will contact your personally. The way we move forward depends entirely upon the stage the script is at.
Doppelganger Young Critics, mostly composed of Bournemouth University undergraduates, meet regularly to discuss current productions. If you would like to get involved, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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