Hello. We’re Phone Box Theatre. We make new shows with themes of connection, isolation and communication. We combine abstract storytelling with stylised technical designs. We strive to make accessible and environmentally sustainable theatre.
Laura has previously produced ‘The Escape Room’, ‘Quiz Show’, ‘Trainspotting’, and ‘Wishful Thinking’ (The Nottingham New Theatre), alongside working as an Administrative Assistant at Lakeside Arts and Derby LIVE’s Marketing Assistant. Since January 2021, she has been the Marketing Assistant at Akash Odedra Company. In 2019, she joined Paradise Green as a technician for the Edinburgh Fringe, having been Technical Manager for ‘Working Class Hero’ (The Nottingham New Theatre) at the Festival the year before.
Photo: The Nottingham New Theatre
Sam is a Freelance Production Manager and Theatre Technician based in the East Midlands. He has lit productions of ‘Pomona’, ‘Rhinoceros’, and ‘Order From Chaos’; sound designed ‘Vincent River’, ‘Vehement’ (both The Nottingham New Theatre) and ‘Mercutio’s Romeo and Juliet’ (Anegada Theatre). He has also worked with Lakeside Arts (Technician), Paradise Green (Technical Manager), Barn Theatre (Technician) and YESYESNONO (Production Manager). He has produced new writing such as ‘Do I Wanna Know’.
Photo: Miguel Barrulas
Daniel is a Director, specialising in adaptations of classics, such as ‘Doctor Faustus’ and ‘Franz Woyzeck’, the latter of which went to the Edinburgh Festival (‘Franz and Marie: Woyzeck Retold’) in 2019. Also in 2019, Daniel led StuFF (The Nottingham New Theatre’s summer arts festival) as Festival Coordinator, leading the overall organisation of the festival (logistics, health and safety, marketing). He now works as the Programme and Production Coordinator at Nonsuch Studios.
Photo: The Nottingham New Theatre
It’s 7:28. Work is done and the evening is ahead of you. What are you going to do? Watch some TV? Look at some photos? Scroll down the socials? Look at the stars? You could do anything. Take a seat. Grab your laptop. Are you comfortable? Are you relaxed?
In two minutes’ time, at 7:30, you might have been about to sit down in a theatre ready to watch a play, but things have changed. It’s 7:28, or any time other than 7:30, so what happens next?
7:28 is an online treasure hunt across the internet — solve the riddle, unlock the next video, and jump into a new world. 7:28 is about comfort, contentment and feeling connected. This is your journey through these stories. It is about you in those moments on your own, and about you in those moments spent together.
Alexi is driven to a place beyond reality, called to a dimly lit room overlooking the city by a force they don’t understand. All they find is Sam, a person who seems to know everything about them and willing to serve their every need. It’s only when Alexi reveals their deepest secrets, that they are faced with the terrifying nature of what they’ve found.
Three people have decided to say something. Something important to them, supposedly. But things are going wrong (and it’s not just their internet bandwidth).
No matter how hard they try they can’t agree on a way to say it.
No matter how hard they try they can’t seem to do it right, the way they planned.
And no matter how hard they try: Z can’t help but be a Tennyson poem, X can’t help but be a Russian antihero, and Y can’t help but be the world of L. Frank Baum.
Things are going to have to change.
PAREIDOLIA 2020 is a 75-minute film, recorded and produced in isolation during the Covid-19 pandemic. It was released on 30th September, 2020, and was available online until 31st October. It combines monologues, video conferences and public domain footage.
Bella, Marcus and Danni struggle to communicate through the digital isolation they’ve found themselves trapped in. Bella tries to help two desperate customers; Marcus watches the people he loves slip by; and Danni finds a hole inside her that absorbs her most precious memories. In the midst of their distorted world, the three attempt to break through the endless streams of media that corrupt their existence.
INTERFACE explores the facets of human beings who are desperate to have one real, tangible conversation before they are swept away entirely by our devastating obsession with technology.
Incorporating live audio playback with traditional performance, INTERFACE belongs to black-box studio spaces of any size and is for anyone who doesn’t want to feel alone anymore.