MOZART & SALIERI


Opera by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov 

March - August 2017: UK/Denmark Tour
August 2016: Arcola Theatre (Grimeborn Festival)

"Villainy and genius can never be compatible?"

The opera follows the apocryphal legend that Antonio Salieri poisoned Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart out of jealousy over his talent. Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908) used the short story Mozart and Salieri by Alexander Pushkin as libretto, which also inspired Peter Shaffer's famous play and film Amadeus.  


Pamela Schermann's inventive production is unique to every venue it appears at by using the venue as part of the setting. The immersive character of the production puts the audience in the centre of the action, making them witnesses, if not conspirators of Salieri's plan to poison Mozart. 
In a new English translation and staged by an award-winning team, this innovative take on Rimsky-Korsakov's rarely performed masterpiece captivates its audience.

Musical arrangement and English translation by Andrew Charity.


Supported using public funding by Arts Council England. Supported by the Austrian Cultural Forum London, the Austrian Embassy Copenhagen and the Russian House of Culture and Science, UK. 

Finalist: Off West End-Award 'Best Opera Production' 

"Engaging singers and clever staging...the intimate and immersive nature of the setting perfectly suits this opera" 
                                - Fringe Opera, 5*****

"A brilliantly successful production"
                                          - Bachtrack, 4**** 
 
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OTHELLO
February - July 2016: England Tour 
10 - 21 August 2016: Theaterlab, New York City 
Time Zone Theatre's acclaimed production under the direction of Pamela Schermann toured through England in 2016, followed by a 2-weeks-engagement in New York City.

The stylish, fast-paced adaptation of William Shakespeare's classic transfers the action to the cutthroat world of London's financial district. We dive into an abyss of power and intrigue, riddled with suspicion and jealousy. 

Touring venues 2016: So & So Arts Club (London), Crossrail Place Roof Terrace (London), Rose Playhouse (London), Broadway Theatre Catford (London), Charlton Park (Canterbury), Catford-Upon-Avon Festival (London) & school tour to Norwich, Oxford, Cambridge and Kent.

New York performances presented by Luvas Theatre Company, NYC.


Publicity photo (left) by Josh Redman, production shots (below) by Lidia Crisafulli (c). 

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CONTACT
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15 Opus Studios
214 Plaistow Road
London
E13 0AQ
 
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VEILS 
4 - 30 July 2016: The Theatre Room, City of London
An award winning play by Tom Coash.

Intisar, a veiled, African-American Muslim student, thought she might finally fit in when she enrolled for a year abroad at the American Egyptian University in Cairo. However, the Arab Spring soon explodes across the Middle East, threatening to overwhelm the young American and her liberal Egyptian roommate, Samar. In the struggle to find their footing in this political storm, the young women onstead find themselves on opposite sides of a bitter and dangerous cultural divide. 

Produced by So & So Arts Club at the Women and War Festival, City of London. 


"Director Pamela Schermann shows a fine attention to detail, giving the piece a very fluid dramatic tension" 
                                - British Theatre Guide
 
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THREADS
A thriller by David Lane
​April 2017, Hope Theatre
"All over the world, there are these invisible threads stretching between lovers and husbands and wives and couples, that if you could see them, you'd get caught up in them. You'd suffocate."

Vic's moved on. Charlie is a medical mystery. And their world doesn't make sense anymore. Two people held together by their past, torn apart by their present and unsure of there even is a future. 

Charlie and Vic were happy for a long time, then one day it all changed. After five years apart, their explosive encounter makes them question everything they know and ask why they can't break free of the threads that bind them together. 

David Lane's thrilling two-hander offers many unexpected turns and twists. It explores love, loss and what happens when life goes on, but you can't. 

Presented by Arteria Theatre in association with Time Zone Theatre Ltd.

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IPHIGENIA IN TAURIS

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16 June - 4 July: The Rose Playhouse, Bankside 
A new production of the German classic by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe presented in a new, english translation by Roy Pascal. 

The play is based on the Greek tragedy by Euripides and tells the story of Iphigenia and the curse of the Tantalid family. The daughter of Agememnon is in exile in Tauris, where she serves as priestess in the temple of Diana. Longing to return to her home country, she needs to make a crucial decision when her brother Orestes and his friend Pylades arrive at the Island. 

Goethe's play is a powerful tale of loyalty and sacrifice, which examines how ideals can be corrupted and how a women torn between hesitance and action can overcome discord. Iphigenia finds herself in the middle of four men who want to win her for their cause. In contrast to Euripides' tragedy of the same name, in which the Gods eventually help the humans, to conflict in Goethe's play can only be resolved by human strength and courage. All power lies within the protagonists, who need to overcome their fears, make their own decisions and take actions in order to succeed.

Presented by the Rose Playhouse, Bankside.


Production shots (c) Lidia Crisafulli 


"DIRECTOR PAMELA SCHERMANN HAS NOT ONLY ACHIEVED GREAT CLARITY IN HER STORYTELLING BUT ALSO USES THE UNUSUAL THEATRE SPACE TO ITS BEST ADVANTAGE...A RARELY SEEN GEM IN MANY, MANY WAYS!" 
                                - FEMALE ARTS, 5***** 
 
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OTHELLO
3 - 28 February 2015: The Rose Playhouse
10 - 21 March 2015: Waterloo East Theatre 
The stylish, fast-paced adaptation of William Shakespeare's classic transfers the action to the cityscape of modern London. In the cutthroat financial world, we dive into an abyss of power and intrigue, riddled with suspicion and jealousy. 

In times like these, competition is high. The cost of living in London raises massively year on year, and we are pushed to our limits. But how much can and should we sacrifice to reach our career goals? What if in the end there is nothing left worth fighting for?

Presented by Time Zone Theatre in association with Pamela Schermann and the Rose Playhouse, Bankside.

Production shots (c) Robert Piwko

"IT SHOULD BE A SHOE IN FOR A TRANSFER TO THE WEST END WHERE I WILL HAPPILY BE QUEUING
TO SEE IT AGAIN" 
                   - LONDON THEATRE ONE, 5*****
 
 
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SHOOT, I DIDN'T MEAN THAT
By Catriona Kerridge 
THE LAST DAYS OF MANKIND
By Karl Kraus 
23 September - 18 October: Tristan Bates Theatre
A thrilling double-bill that hauls the realities of WW1 into the present moment. Marking the centenary of the outbreak of WW1, Time Zone Theatre invited British playwrights to respond to Karl Kraus' epic The Last Days of Mankind. Out of all submissions received, Catriona Kerridge's dazzling dark comedy Shoot, I didn't mean that was choosen to be performed alongside the Epilogue of Karl Kraus' epic play.

The resulting double-bill aims to encourage an intercultural dialogue about past and current global conflicts by combining a play by one of the most influential Austrian writers of the 20th Century with the work of emerging British talents.

Produced by Time Zone Theatre and supported by the Austrian Cultural Forum and Arts Council England. 

"AN ABSOLUTE
MUST-SEE"
  - BARGAIN THEATRELAND
ORPHEUS AND EURYDICE
3 - 28 June: Rose Playhouse, Bankside 
The tragic love story of Gluck's opera Orpheus and Eurydice comes to life in a new production which takes place in the ruins of the historic Rose Playhouse. 

Presented by Time Zone Theatre in association with the Rose Playhouse and Opern Space, Vienna. 



Production shots (c) Robert Piwko

"ONE OF THE MOST INTIMATE OPERA EXPERIENCES YOU WILL EVER GET" 
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Abe & Hans 
9 - 13 July: Theatre503 
A new comedy by Mark Knightley and James MacLaren about friendship, hope and Vergangenheitsbewältigung (or moving on). 

Hollywood director Abe Rothstein and German producer Hans Reittinger are making a World War Two epic. As deadline day looms the production spirals out of control and the pair are at each others throats. 

Produced by Brave Badger Theatre in association with Theatre503. 





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"A JOY TO WATCH" 
                - Views from the Gods, 4****
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Ernest
"A MUST-SEE" 
                - Mouth London, 5****
26 November - 8 December: Etcetera Theatre
"YOU'LL LAUGH OUT LOUD!" 
                - The Good Review, 4****
It's Wilde but not as we know it!

Oscar Wilde's absurdist comedy The Importance of being Earnest gets a musical twist in this new version written and composed by Phil Jacobs.

Produced by All in One Theatre Company. 

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The Taming of the Shrew 
3 - 28 September: Rose Playhouse, Bankside 
A contemporary take on Shakespeare's famous play about love, possession, obedience and power which tackles current issues such as independence, emancipation and the right of self-determination.

The play is set in a world where men buy and sell women and treat them as their possession. This production doesn't try to 'soften the edges' of this often called misogynist play, but highlights the brutality in Shakespeare's text and searches for its relevance in our time and society by drawing a parallel to modern slavery and human trafficking. This take on Shakespeare's controversial play offers a new angle and aims to raise awareness for an often overlooked issue. 

Presented by Time Zone Theatre in association with the Rose Playhouse, Bankside.

"One of the most unique, outstanding and meaningful Shakespeare productions" 
                - Remotegoat, 5*****
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Vivaldi meets Werther 
May 2013: Minoritenkirche, Vienna/Austria 
A fusion of Antonio Vivaldi's famous violin concert The Four Seasons and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's novel The Sorrows of Young Werther for Actor, Solo-Violin and Orchestra, created by Pamela Schermann.

In Spring, Werther meets Charlotte for the first time and falls in love with her. After a turbulent and passionate Summer, Werther's days start to get darker when autumn knocks. He dies in Winter. The production combines Goethe's text and Vivaldi's music to take the audience on a journey through Werther's troubled mind.

Commissioned by Stadtfeste Wien, Vienna. 

Presented by Opern Space and Pamela Schermann. 


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PAST
PRODUCTIONS
 
2005 - 2012
 
 
Selected full-length plays 
  1. DEBRIS
    DEBRIS
    BY DENNIS KELLY MARCH 2011 MOUNTVIEW ACADEMY OF THEATRE ARTS, KARAMEL CLUB
  2. DORIAN GRAY
    DORIAN GRAY
    BY OSCAR WILDE ADAPTED BY PAMELA SCHERMANN JULY 2011 COCKPIT THEATRE
  3. WERTHER'S SORROWS
    WERTHER'S SORROWS
    BY DUNCAN GATES BASED ON A NOVEL BY J.W.VON GOETHE AUGUST 2012 EDINBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL
  4. SALOME
    SALOME
    BY OSCAR WILDE AUGUST 2012 EDINBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL
  1. THE LAST DAY
    THE LAST DAY
    ADAPTED AFTER VICTOR HUGO'S NOVEL THE LAST DAY OF A CONDEMNED MAN JANUARY 2012 WATERLOO EAST THEATRE
  2. LA TRAVIATA
    LA TRAVIATA
    KLASSIKFESTIVAL SCHLOSS KIRCHSTETTEN, AUSTRIA JULI/AUGUST 2009 CASTLE KIRCHSTETTEN
  3. THE BACCHAE
    THE BACCHAE
    VERSIONALE: INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF THEATRE DIRECTING NOVEMBER 2010 TUFA TRIER/GERMANY
  4. MOZART & SALIERI
    MOZART & SALIERI
    OPERA BY NIKOLAI RIMSKY-KORSAKOV MAY 2011 SKYBAR, VIENNA/AUSTRIA
PAST
PRODUCTIONS
 
SELECTED SHORT PLAYS
PASSENGER INCIDENT BY DUNCAN GATES 
RAPID WRITE RESPONSE, THEATRE503, JANUARY 2012
 
IN DETENTION BY BEN GALLACHER
RAPID WRITE RESPONSE, THEATRE503, JUNE 2012
 
PUBLIC IMAGE BY EDDIE ROBSON
ORXY PRODUCTIONS, 93 FEET EAST, APRIL 2012
 
LOCKS OF LOSS BY DENISE ROSE HANSEN
SPEARSHAKER COMPANY, TARA ARTS, MARCH 2013
 
NO MOVEMENT BY DUNCAN GATES
MINIATURISTS, ARCOLA, JUNE 2013
 
THE EVE OF ST AGNES BY JOHN KEATS
STAGED READING, THE ROSE PLAYHOUSE BANKSIDE, JANUARY 2014
 
VSC BY DAVID MILDON
RAPID WRITE RESPONSE, THEATRE503, SEPTEMBER 2015
 
NOTHING TO HIDE BY NICOLA JONES
ARTS THEATRE WEST END, 2015