'there are snakes' at OSBTT week

For the last few weeks, we at simple8 have been hard at work on developing a new piece of work for the Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust award. We were selected as one of 12 finalists and asked to perform a short excerpt from our proposed work: a piece based on ‘Don’t Sleep, There Are Snakes’ by Daniel Everett. This is a book detailing Everett’s own experiences as a Christian missionary attempting to learn the arcane language of the Piraha, deep in the Amazonian jungle.

OSBT Award and many other things!

We at Simple 8 have been hitting the summer hard. We're now working on not one, not two, but three new pieces. We should soon be able to formally announce the two productions we'll be putting on in the first half of 2013 but for now we'd like to tell you about some exciting new developments.



Our week of R&D finished on a high. Working on the second of our two pieces we’re faced with a great deal of physical work and these R&D sessions are invaluable when trying to figure out how to ‘do’ something.

the difficult second blog post

So here we are a couple of days on. It’s been a rainy week here in Chacombe which has been terrible news for the tennis fans among us. On the other hand it’s probably been quite conducive to our work ethic not being able to dash on down to the court in every five-minute break.

production diary

Hello there website visitor. First, thanks very much for stopping by on your interweb travels. This year we hope to maintain a bit more of a web presence, beginning with this production diary/blog. On Saturday we began our production process on two new bits of work and we’re going to use this site and old faithfuls Facebook and Twitter to try and document the whole lamentable endeavor.

New year, new project

First of all, apologies for not posting more on the website. It's been a busy few months for the company and exciting things are happening. We're not quite at the stage where we can announce our next project yet but we had an extremely productive week of R&D at the incomparable Sophie's Barn, working on two potential new projects. We're now at the point where we're speaking to venues and planning exactly where and when our next piece will be performed. 


Thanks for still checking the website, we hope we'll be able to announce something definite in the near future. 


Hello to one and all. Just a quick post to say we have not died and are hard at work and on a new piece. As soon as more information about our next project is available we'll broadcast it to the world.

Four Stages Survey

For anyone who's seen the production (or who sees it), we'd love it if you could fill out our Travel and Show Survey, which will help us with our environmental audit and give us some artistic feedback. It should take about 60 seconds and is anonymous. Thanks so much.

Book now!

We're heading into our fourth week of performances now and ticket sales are really starting to spike. We've been sold out the last few nights and hope to fill the theatre for the rest of the run so if you haven't already bought tickets but want to see The Four Stages of Cruelty, click here to get booking.

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