Splendid Productions began in September 2003 and has been growing speedily since then. Splendid create high quality, professional, political theatre with theory based practical workshops for
young people across the UK.
Our specialty is bringing Brechtian technique to life for students, both in performance and by providing a workshop experience for them to explore it for themselves. Making Brecht relevant to our audience rather than a slice of theatre history, to understand and use the techniques in their own work.
Beginning September 2004 we toured ‘The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui’ by Bertolt Brecht. This was revived in Summer 2006 as part of The National Theatre’s ‘Watch This Space’ Festival, the first written play to be performed on the outside stage. Our one-hour version for 3 actors was incredibly successful within the education market and sold out in 10 days.
In September 2005 we began touring our Brechtian adaptation of George Orwell’s Animal Farm ‘Four Legs Good Two Legs Bad’. In September 2006 our adaptation of Sophocles’ ‘Antigone’ went across the country finishing in March 2007, followed by 'The Good Woman of Szechuan', Autumn 2007 to Spring 2008 and 'Woyzeck', 2008/2009. After a successful run with 'Woyzeck' at the 2009 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, we began our sixth tour, 'Dr Faustus'. In 2010 we released production DVDs of 'Woyzeck'and 'Dr Faustus', and kicked off our national tour of 'The Trial'.
We have provided workshops and performances to over 500 schools in 51 counties across the UK providing over 1500 sessions for schools in the last ten years.
Kerry Frampton The Artistic Director at Splendid Productions is Kerry Frampton
Kerry trained at Bretton Hall. She has worked as an actor, deviser and musician for the last 14 years.
Credits include: A Change of Mind (Sadlers Wells), The Orchard Skins (Lakeside Theatre), Paradise (Moray House Theatre), Midsummer Night’s Dream (Cambridge Arts Theatre). For Splendid she has played lots of character roles in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, Four Legs Good Two Legs Bad and Good Woman of Szechuan she also played the title role in Antigone. In 2008/09 she abandoned a long career of playing a selection of men by taking the part of Marie in Woyzeck – alongside a couple of male characters just in case.
As a musician she was in the original line-up of the band Aqualung on bass and double bass.
As a writer and performer Kerry devised half of the book for the epic production of Carnival Messiah and appeared in its successful runs at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in 1999 and 2002 as well as taking it to its spiritual home of Trinidad in 2004.
Kerry worked for English Touring Theatre for two years developing their successful Practitioners Unplugged workshops. Alongside Mal Smith she devised their Berkoff, Boal and Caryl Churchill sessions. She also devised the education tour accompanying their productions of Ibsens Ghosts (2002) and the highly acclaimed National Tour of King Lear starring Timothy West (2002).
Kerry has been workshop leading for ten years and has a particular passion for devising and creating non-naturalistic theatre.
Our Artistic Director also has a sideline designing the highly popular Splendid Mind Maps that are a perfect expression of her brain (in a visual form). You should check them out... they are excellent. Kerry Frampton has been driving Splendid since 2003 and has nurtured it like her own child.