Sudden Impulse Theatre Company was formed in April 2004 with the remit of producing challenging drama in Nuneaton. Since then we have continued to grow in strength and quality. The Company is renowned for the high professional standard of its work and has won a number of awards at National Festivals.
The work includes a diverse range of contemporary and classical work and has included some original new writing. Past productions include ‘Equus’ ‘Punk Rock’ ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ ‘ One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest” “The History Boys” and “Noises Off”.
Artistic Director Simon Winterman enjoys taking on plays that challenge the audience and over the years has assembled a first class company of actors of the highest calibre. The Company perform at The Abbey Theatre in Nuneaton and also bring a unique brand of pub theatre to The Crown Inn, Nuneaton. The company regularly take productions to the Buxton Fringe Festival. In 2013 they received three nominations and won the award for best actor. Recently the company won the 2014 Lighthorne Drama Festival and qualified for the national finals in the Isle of Man. In 2016, the company made their debut at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival gaining four star reviews for a brand new adaptation by Viv Wood of George Eliot’s ‘Felix Holt: The Radical’.
Each June the company embarks on an outdoor tour taking a summer Shakespeare to historic and interesting venues in partnership with the Landmark Trust.
Our commitment to quality and actor training
We believe that quality in our shows is of the highest importance and although our actors are amateur in the sense that they do not get paid, the quality of the work is paramount and our performances are regularly judged as on a level with most professional productions. Many of the actors we have developed over the years have gone on to work on other projects.
We think it’s important that the actors in the company are given opportunities to develop and explore their talent. In 2013 we were privileged to welcome Michael Corbidge to come and work with the company. Michael is a professional voice coach and associate practitioner with the Royal Shakespeare Company and we are delighted to call him a friend of the company.
The Sudden Impulse Theatre Academy
The Academy provides classes for ages 7 upwards in Acting, Singing and Dance. Although there is no guarantee that this is a direct route into the company it will give you the skills and disciplines required. Recently students from the Academy have been involved in productions of “The Sound of Music”, “Whistle Down The Wind”, “The Pied Piper” and our own “Lord of the Flies”. For more information about the Sudden Impulse Theatre Academy click on the link.
Sudden Impulse acts as a Theatre Company and not as a society so there is no paying a membership and joining the company as such. However once you have successfully auditioned and become part of a production you become part of the wider Theatre Company.
We cast our productions in a combination of three ways:
- If a suitable actor exists within the company to play a specific part they may be approached directly and asked if they are interested.
- We may have internal auditions opening parts up to any existing member of the company.
- We may have open auditions which is a chance for anybody with the relevant experience and ability to become part of the company.
It is worth noting that 65% of the parts cast in the last 12 months were given to new company members. Anybody who is interested in becoming part of our acting company should send a covering letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, keep checking our website and Facebook page for upcoming audition details.
There are also ways to get involved behind the scenes. We are often looking for support in set construction, lighting, sound and stage management. We can offer some training towards these roles.