At This Stage
At This Stage
Past Performance
In The Theatre
November 2nd 2019

Presented by Miniver Theatre

Have you ever loved a show so much that you wished you could kidnap the actors, keep them in your basement and get them to perform it again for you? No? Just Rupert?

After a successful three week run at the Miniver Theatre, a troupe of young actors are ready and willing to let go of their most recent production and move on to bigger and better things, but Rupert isn’t going to let that happen. He loves the piece to the point of obsession and can’t let their show die. There are a few things you should know when trying to save a play from death. Thing number one: the actors aren’t gonna like it. Trapped in a basement, forced to rehearse and fearing for their lives, there is only one way for the performers to gain their freedom. They must act their way out.

This dark, metatheatrical piece of new writing focuses on the dangers of obsession and the unavoidable ephemeral nature of theatre. Designed to thrill and surprise, this show will leave audiences questioning the lengths they would go to for the things they love.

Saturday 2nd November
Run time: 45 - 60 minutes (no interval)
£10 / 8 (Concession)


About the Company:
Miniver Theatre was founded with the intention of creating innovative and engaging pieces of new writing that play with form and experiment with traditional theatre conventions.

The company was founded by writer and director Megan Young and producer and actor Andrei Cotocu after graduating from Queen Mary University of London in 2019 through their shared desire to continue making exciting, dramatic work. 

Writer & Director:
Megan Young
Lighting and Sound design & operator: Robyn Bedford
Stage manager: Roma Radford
Producer: Andrei Cotocu

Rupert - Connor Mcphee
Colin - Lewis Grimshaw
Maisie - Bridget Russon
Tiff - Lizzi Egan
Red - Andrei Cotocu

Trigger warnings: Sudden blackouts, strong language, food onstage, references to suicide, blood, expletives, physical violence. Please get in touch for further information.

Press Quotes
"'At This Stage' is a play which gleefully, and knowingly, joins the millenia-old queue of those commentating on the gap between life and art."
"Absolutely incredible, easily the best show I’ve seen at the fringe. I felt I was on the edge of my seat the whole time.The actors were amazing and believable and the storyline was so different."
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Creative Team
Megan Young Writer & Director

An experienced choreographer from the North of England, Megan has also worked as a ghost writer, a writer of both children’s theatre and thrilling dramas with a staged reading at Sheffield Theatres. After graduating Queen Mary University of London this year and following the two-week run of her show At This Stage at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019, Megan wishes to continue writing and directing thought-provoking thrillers.

Connor Mcphee Actor - Rupert

Connor is currently in his third year of studying Drama at Queen Mary University of London. Along with various lead roles in Queen Mary Theatre Company, he has worked internationally for three summers and in 2018, he was the Theatre Director for Camp Barney Medintz.

Lewis Grimshaw Actor - Colin

Lewis trained at the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain. He is an avid member of Queen Mary Theatre Company, performing as leads in many of their recent London productions and also at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019. He has recently portrayed William in Mark Jenkin’s new film Bait which has been shown worldwide and is currently in U.K. cinemas.

Bridget Russon Actor - Maisie

In her early years of training, Bridget completed her Bronze to Gold LAMDA examinations. After leaving Sixth Form, Bridget trained as an actor at Vancouver Film School for a year before studying Drama at Queen Mary University of London. She has also done various film work as an extra around Central London.

Elizabeth Egan Actor - Tiff

Lizzi has pursued Drama throughout her education and currently studies BA History. She was also involved in Nuffield Youth Theatre and is an active member of Queen Mary Theatre Company. Having just completed a successful two-week run at Edinburgh Festival Fringe, she is looking forward to future performances with Miniver Theatre Company.

Andrei Cotocu Actor - Red

Having acted since he was sixteen years old, Andrei has performed many roles from Chekhov to contemporary new-writing. He is fluent in three languages (English, Romanian and German) and has performed in each of those three respective countries, from a showcase on the stage of the Romanian National Theatre in 2015, to a two-week run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2019.

Roma Radford Stage Manager

Roma studied History at Queen Mary University of London but found a passion for Stage Management whilst volunteering at Iris Theatre. She has since worked as a Stage Manager for many plays at Queen Mary Theatre Company, as well as working as an Assistant Stage Manager and Operator for other projects. She hopes to continue to pursue backstage work in her future career.

Robyn Bedford Lighting and Sound Designer & Operator

Robyn is studying Drama at Queen Mary University of London where they developed their love for tech. They have worked on many shows around London and they have most recently designed and operated the tech for At This Stage at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019.