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BAZ PRODUCTIONS


For that audience seeking something alive and limitless

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BAZ PRODUCTIONS


For that audience seeking something alive and limitless

We create theatre in unusual spaces. We respond to classical texts. We love to play.

Our work to date has seen us take over a crypt in Central London, an art gallery in Shoreditch and a Lookout Tower on the coast of Aldeburgh. We have dabbled in Shakespeare, woven Greek myths together and delved into the nightmarish dreams of Strindberg. Our quest is always to make work that fizzes with life.

Photos: Paul Biver

We want to create ...


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We want to create ...


We want to create… theatre.

“the area in which something happens”

Not the same stuff shown day-in day-out. 

We want to create… excitement.

That intoxication theatre lovers relentlessly pursue for years, but rarely find.

When we say we put the audience at the centre of the projects, its not a theatrical cliche. It's a tangible aim and something we work hard to achieve.

We don’t want to have an audience watching a group of actors on autopilot, but give them the dizzying excitement of a sporting event, where the action is undecided, and the audience sit forward, their hearts in their mouths, where they are emotionally involved in the action of each player. 

We want to create… a group of theatrical athletes.

We train our actors to be muscular and reactive. We develop our method project by project with specific aims – so they can perform in a way that excites the audience. So they can deliver surprises. So they can be truthful to the moment. Our rehearsals are not about blocking and line learning, stand here, say this – move upstage, don’t forget to close the blinds.

We want our actors to be spontaneous. We want them to be agile. We want them to be free.

To achieve this we train our actors to be ready. For anything.

We want to create theatre. We want to create excitement. We want to create theatrical athletes.

We want to create.

The People


BAZ is run by Catherine Bailey, Sarah Bedi and Emma Luffingham

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The People


BAZ is run by Catherine Bailey, Sarah Bedi and Emma Luffingham

Catherine Bailey

As an actor Catherine’s theatre credits include: Julius Caesar (Shakespeare's Globe); 39 Steps (Criterion); Twelfth Night (Ludlow Festival); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Middle Temple Hall - live televised); Hamlet (The Factory at The Rose); House of Agnes (Paines Plough); The Country Wife (Theatre Royal Haymarket); Walk Hard - Talk Loud (Tricycle Theatre); Sit and Shiver (New End Theatre & Hackney Empire), The Life & Times of Young Bob Scallion (Northcott Theatre, Exeter); ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore (Young Vic); Spring Awakening (RSC).

Television credits include: And Then There Were None; Mr. Selfridge; House of Anubis; The Sarah Jane Adventures; The Bill; Doctors; Eastenders; Holby City; My Family; The English Harem; Egypt; Rosemary & Thyme; 55 Degrees North; Urban Gothic; High Stakes; Peak Practice; The Infinite Worlds of H.G. Wells; Residents.

Radio credits include; ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore; Homefront; The Changeling.

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Sarah Bedi

Sarah's directing work includes: Macbeth, Prophesy (BAZ Productions); Planets (Young Vic); Reality (Oval House); City Love (Bussey Building); Antigone (Year Out Drama Company); The Pot Banks (V&A).  

Sarah teaches at Central School of Speech and Drama, and is currently directing a project for the Unicorn Young Company.

Sarah will direct Dream Play for BAZ at The Vaults, Waterloo, in September 2016.

 

Emma Luffingham

Emma has produced 9 shows, with credits in both London and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Emma has worked for the BBC for 8 years, initially as a Talent Rights Executive for Radio Drama and Comedy before moving into Television Drama development. Currently Emma works as a Script Editor, having developed and worked on a variety of projects including: In The Flesh (BAFTA winning), What Remains, Silk Series III, The Interceptor. Filming has recently finished on Emma’s next project, Undercover, a new 6 part conspiracy thriller for BBC1 starring Sophie Okonedo, Adrian Lester and Dennis Haysbery. Written by BAFTA winner Peter Moffat (Silk, The Village) Undercover will be on screens in Spring 2016. Currently Emma is developing a slate of original ideas for BBC Drama with her next project, a single film based on the real-life journey of 6 boys from Portsmouth to Syria due to begin filming in Summer 2016. Emma has an MA in Modern and Contemporary Literature from Birkbeck, University of London.

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Thank yous


Our amazing supporters!

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Thank yous


Our amazing supporters!

PATRONS

Dame Harriet Walter & John Caird

Big BAZ thank yous to ...

 
Harold Pinter Estate - The Really Useful Group - Lindi & John Bailey - Eve Best - Irene & Bob Carr - Barbara Flynn
Stephen Fry - Esther Hall - Sir Nicholas Hytner - Jeremy Irons - Martin Jarvis & Ros Ayres - Gemma Jones
Roger Lloyd Pack - Anna & Mark Luffingham - Joanna Lumley - Carole Mason - Guy & Katie Munnoch - Maxine Peake
Mark Rylance - Alison Steadman - Kate Solomon - Tom Stoppard -  Peter Swinburn - Rhys Swinburn - Sophie Thompson
Jan Topham - Julie Walters - Zoe Wanamaker - Joe Webber - Sam West - Richard Wilson