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Folio is a Wiltshire based theatre company, founded in 2014 by Lizzie Stables, specialising in developing and touring new plays for regional and rural audiences that challenge and redefine how contemporary rural living is perceived. We work with venues, theatre companies and charities, to engage under-represented audiences and provide participation opportunities for those whose stories we tell. Our work reflects a national need to share main stage quality work in under-served areas, inspiring artists and audiences to re-connect to arts and culture in the place they call home. 

 

Folio’s debut show, ‘Unearthed’, received critical acclaim and was listed in The Guardian as one of their 'readers' favourite stage shows of 2015'. As part of the ‘Unearthed’ tour we established a partnership with Carers’ Trust to deliver creative workshops for young carers in the West Country.  Since then, Folio have created new plays for UK tours with partners including Salisbury Playhouse, Brewhouse Theatre, St James Theatre, Pound Arts and English Touring Theatre (ETT). Artists from rural areas who started their careers with Folio have gone on to write for the BBC, direct for The RSC and win a Tony Award.

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Our PortFOLIO

2015 - ‘Unearthed’ Debut Tour

Venues including the Arcola, New Wimbledon studio, The Bikeshed)

Supported by Proteus Theatre, The Brewhouse Theatre and Arts Council England

Charity partners: Carers Trust and The Stroke Association

Written by Alys Metcalf

Directed by Kim Pearce

The Guardian - readers favourite stage shows of 2015

 

2016 - ‘Reel Life’ tour 

Venues including The St James Theatre London (now the other Palace) and Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal Bath

Supported by Old Vic Workrooms, Trowbridge Arts

Charity partner: Coppafeel!

Written by Alys Metcalf

Directed by Adam Lenson

 

2016 - 'Unearthed' Remount Tour & Young Carers Programme

Venues including Salisbury Playhouse, Hull Truck, Cheltenham Everyman 

Supported by Arts Council England, The John Thaw Foundation, The Mortimer and Sackler Foundation and Split Infinitive

Charity partners: Carers Trust and The Stroke Association

Written by Alys Metcalf

Directed by Kim Pearce & Hannah Joss

2018 - 'Our Blood Is An Ocean'

at Bristol Old Vic Studio 

Supported by BOV writers room

Written by Jack Sanderson-Thwaite

Directed by Alex Moxon

 

2019 - 'The Edit' UK Tour

In association with Salisbury Playhouse

Supported by Arts Council England. 

Written by Sarah Gordon

Directed by Joe Hufton

 

2019 - 'Believe' tour

In association with Pound Arts & Rural Arts Wiltshire

Supported by Jack Lane Foundation

Written by Russ Tunney

Directed by Lizzie Stables

 

2020 - 'Nanny' (in development)

In association with English Touring Theatre

Written by Jenny Rainsford, Alana Ramsey and Lizzie Stables

Directed by Jenny Rainsford

2021 - World Wide Wiltshire 

A Folio & Wiltshire Creative co-production

Directed by Jo Newman

2021 - #GRIMMTALES

Folio & Arts University Bournemouth

Adapted by Hannah Treadaway

Directed by Sepy Baghaei

2021 - LEAVE ALONE

Written by Alys Metcalf

Directed by Joseph Hancock