About us

“Evolving at an impressive rate. Real Circumstance are that rarest of things, a company which combines the immediacy of the best devised work with the precision of anauthored text. They are very exciting indeed.” Royal National Theatre

About Real Circumstance

Real Circumstance Theatre Company is dedicated to exploring new ways of playmaking; to developing emergent artists; and to raising the profile of the East of England as a source of creative work.

Based in Colchester, England, Real Circumstance delivers work nationally and internationally.

What’s next

We have two new plays by Dan Sherer currently in development – Under a Tree at the End of Time and The Silence of Stars.

The Team

Dan Sherer, Artistic Director and Co-Founder
Dan is a director, writer, teacher and academic in both the United Kingdom and the United States. He specialises in directing new writing for the stage, teaching improvisatory directing and acting methods, and conducting anthropological research. Dan trained at RADA and the National Theatre. For more information, please visit his website.

Scott Gray, Associate Director

Emily Slack, Producer

Michael Sherer - Chair
Director, Essex Business School; Professor of Accounting & Auditing, University of Essex

Lilli Geissendorfer
General Manager, Almeida Theatre; Creative Producer, Strawberry Vale Productions

Dr Martin Holbraad
Department of Anthropology (Social Anthropology), University College London

Reggie Lloyd
Associate Solicitor, Birkett Long Solicitors

Gemma Rawlinson
Account Manager, Mosaic Publicity

Anthony Roberts
Artistic Director, Colchester Arts Centre

A new way of playmaking

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