THEATRICAL productions will be returning to The Chapel next month, with the fourth play written by a Salisbury writer.

Lost Souls, produced by Loosely Based Theatre Company, will be directed by Calum Robshaw.

The first part of Lost Souls comprises three pieces from the original online production in 2020, which they rehearsed as a company on Zoom and were then recorded by the individual actors.

Now each one has been re-written and re-imagined for the stage, with rehearsal and performance issues constantly adapting to the changing rules around Covid.

The second part is the world premier of a new play, and is being performed here in Salisbury for the first time.

Each of the characters in Lost Souls is struggling in their own, very different, ways to make positive and meaningful human relationships.

Ray, in Beautiful, has lost the only true connection he has ever made, while in Chains, Laura’s seemingly perfect life with her new partner hides a darker and more dangerous reality.

In contrast, Woebot is a humorous take on what might happen when we let technology control our emotional needs.

Finally the longer play, A Perfect Crime, is a new black comedy, where a couple find the pressures of lockdown lead them to uncover some disturbing things about each other.

Writer and director

Salisbury Journal: Jayne Woodhouse and Calum RobshawJayne Woodhouse and Calum Robshaw

Writer Jayne Woodhouse is the author of many successful non-fiction books and novels for children, school curriculum resources and an eBook collection of short stories for adults.

She teaches creative writing in Salisbury, and has encouraged many new writers to achieve their own successes.

Since she began writing for the stage in 2015, Jayne has had short and full-length plays performed in theatres in London, Brighton and Salisbury, to critical acclaim.

In 2017 she created Loosely Based TC with co-artistic director Calum Robshaw, to further their shared vision of contemporary theatre.

Calum is a multi-talented actor, writer and theatre practitioner based in London. Having graduated from East 15 Acting School, Calum went on study Commedia dell’Arte in Italy, with one of the world’s leading practitioners in physical comedy: Antonio Fava.

He returned to Italy to further his physical training in the Advanced Diploma in Commedia dell’Arte.

In 2015 Calum trained with Fourth Monkey Theatre Company on the ‘Year of the Monkey Course’ and performed at the Edinburgh Fringe.

The performances are at 7.45pm on Friday, July 16, and Saturday, July 17, and run for 60 minutes.

The Friday showing will be followed by a question and answer session. Tickets are £10 / £8 concessions (students, benefits). Covid precautions will be in place, socially distanced seating with max group size of six.

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