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We are an ambitious, dynamic and forward-thinking theatre company exploring the interplay between different media, genres and forms to push at the boundaries of what is possible onstage and beyond…
We innovate in form and content to create new, original work that makes visible the invisible, explores alternative perspectives, and asks urgent social questions.
We create socially and environmentally conscious theatrical experiences that ask urgent questions about our world and our place within it.
live performance multimedia productions cross-arts collaborations practical workshops creative consultancy
Robyn is Artistic Director of Liminal Stage Productions, Associate Artist at Omnibus Theatre (Peter Brook Royal Court Support Award Winner 2016), and Education Associate Practitioner at the Royal Shakespeare Company. She has recently been awarded an Arts Council England (ACE) Developing Your Creative Practice grant with which to undertake an international residency with Katie Mitchell and develop a new multimedia production.
Alongside her directing work, Robyn is a Visiting Lecturer at Royal Holloway University London, a Directing Tutor at Mountview, the youngest founding Board member of Stage Directors UK, a trustee of the Directors Charitable Foundation and a member of the Equity Directors & Designers Committee. She is generously supported by Live-In Guardians.
Robyn Winfield-Smith artistic director
Samantha Peters associate artist
Samantha is an actor, writer and voice artist originally from Toronto, Canada. Sam is a graduate of Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts with an MA in Performance (Acting). Recent credits include: Amy in Happily Ever Now (Play Reading, The Other Palace); Maya in Grey Man (R&D, Liminal Stage Productions); Lear in King Lear, Lizzie Monteagle in 5/11, Alice in The Truth, and Diana in Tipping the Velvet (Mountview). Sam also holds a BA (Hons.) in Women’s and Gender Studies & Drama and a B.Ed. in Teaching and Learning for Change in Urban Schools. Her past lives have included being a community counsellor, yoga instructor, and high school drama teacher.
Liminal Stage Productions (formerly REND Productions) launched in 2015 with a gutsy, critically-acclaimed "exhilarating and provoking" (The Stage) Howard Barker Double Bill at Arcola Theatre. This gritty Double Bill comprised the London premiere of Howard Barker’s The Twelfth Battle of Isonzo, featuring the voice of celebrated NT and RSC actor Nicholas Le Prevost in a groundbreaking binaural sound design and immersive blackout plunging spectators into the sensory experience of the two blind characters, paired with a timely revival of Judith starring acclaimed actress Catherine Cusack. This £34,000 ACE GFTA-funded project provided Arcola Theatre’s first ever touch tour and audio-described performance for blind and partially-sighted audiences, as well as a unique participatory workshop for blind and partially-sighted people exploring barriers to theatre for people with disabilities.
In 2016, we presented the transfer of Grey Man by Lulu Raczka from its site-specific premiere in an iconic 1880s Shoreditch warehouse to Olivier Award-winning "new writing powerhouse" Theatre503. Responding to The Stage's review, which praised the piece as "a gorgeous, haunting monologue" and said that "the full-length version should be commissioned at once", we are currently working to develop a new version of this play, exploring how the audience's literal perspective might alter their perception of the narrative...
In 2017, we co-produced the South West tour of Judith by Howard Barker with Lighthouse, Poole's Centre for the Arts. Judith returned to Arcola for a week before going on a small-scale national tour to venues including the Sherling Studio at Lighthouse, Poole's Centre for the Arts, and the Mercury, Colchester.
This year, we are focusing on the development of a number of new partnerships - for example, with Royal Holloway University London - that will enable us to commission and deliver two major new projects over the coming three years. We are fascinated by the interplay between different forms, media and genres, and are constantly committed to pushing the boundaries of what constitutes live stage performance, and will be launching a website soon to help promote our artistic projects...