Unexpected Places – Creating theatre from, in and leading to unexpected places
Creating theatre from, in and leading to unexpected places



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Acting UP

Our sister company, Acting UP, runs drama classes in Fareham, Gosport, Southampton, Eastleigh and Wickham, for both children and adults. Acting UP currently teaches more than 150 students a week. For more information visit www.actinguphants.co.uk. Called Acting UP – or U.P. as a nod to us at Unexpected Places – these not-for-profit performing arts classes focus on fun, curiosity, imagination and confidence.

Adults’ Acting Class

Acting UP’s drama class for adults runs on Wednesday evenings at Peartree Church Hall in Bitterne, Southampton. This term we are really getting stuck into theatre, taking a quick tour of different styles, and practically exploring what theatre was at different times in history and how it relates to today. These classes are in preparation for a play that will be performed next term. There are a few trips and socials planned too, so it’s going to be a fun few weeks!


We are seeking a motivated and experienced Producer to join the growing Unexpected Places team. The role will be based at Cobbett Hub & Library in Bitterne Park, Southampton, and is initially for eight ‘core’ hours a week. However, this will fluctuate with funding, developing projects and workload. For more information about this role, click here.


Unexpected Places provides memorable arts-based opportunities by delivering workshops, theatre projects and by creating performances in, from and leading to unexpected places.

We are a community driven theatre company whose main aim is to deliver not-for-profit arts and cultural services for the general public, with a focus on the South of England and Hampshire in particular.

We exist to provide community orientated projects that promote social cohesion, wellbeing and access to cultural opportunities for all, taking both our audiences and our participants to unexpected places.

Unexpected Places is also the first theatre company in the country to be full-time residents of a community library, Cobbett Hub & Library in Bitterne Park, Southampton.


Education plays a strong part in the creation and delivery of the projects we do and so, as well as our performance schedule, Unexpected Places has a strong and vibrant education subsidiary, called Acting UP, which provides fun, affordable and accessible performing arts education through extracurricular weekly classes. The sessions are engaging and dynamic, aiming to encourage children, teenagers and adults to benefit from involvement in the arts. They focus on building confidence, imagination, curiosity, teamwork, reflection and independence, as well as a practical learning about the many facets of theatre and performance. Classes currently run in Southampton, Fareham and Gosport, Wickham, Hamble, Botley and Warsash. Visit our website to find out more.



Rosanna Sloan – Artistic Director

Rosanna trained as an actress and theatre practitioner on Rose Brufords’ European Theatre Arts course. When graduating she toured internationally with 50 Letters Theatre Company performing ‘Pages from the Book of…’ directed by Andrejz and Teresa Wełmiński , founding members of Kantor’s Cricot 2 Theatre Company.

She also trained in authorial acting, puppetry making and manipulation at D.A.M.U. in Prague.

She has worked as an actor, puppeteer and director, alongside role in arts marketing and administration.

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Eloise Tong – Creative Producer.

Eloise has a postgraduate degree at the University of Exeter where she specialised in theatre production and stage management. Her training has been largely grounded in audience interactive, immersive and site-specific performance which deals with place, identity and social cohesion. Outside of her academic interests, Eloise has acted in and directed several productions in and around Devon. She has also served as producer and stage manager for New Model Theatre’s April; a new piece of writing that examines social media and the dangers of establishing an online persona. Her role within Unexpected Places will allow her to engage with a diverse group of people and continue her work within local communities exploring challenging and stimulating themes.


Amy – Producer & Practitioner

Unexpected Places are lucky to work with a number of freelance actors, directors and creatives. Most recently we have been working with:

Amy is an independent producer and practitioner. Her work is process driven, including and engaging local communities in the making of theatre. Amy’s recent work saw her direct Silver Stage, a group of older adults for Theatre Royal Winchester, she is currently Hat Fair’s Assistant Producer and has previously worked in Youth Theatre, touring opera companies and the Barbican Centre.


Nicole – Marketing Coordinator

Coming to this role from a background in print media and live music promotion, I’m keen to help get the word out about Unexpected Places.

I love being surprised and delighted by the unexpected in theatre performances, wherever they take place, and I’m keen to help Rosanna put Hampshire – particularly Southampton – on the map where culture and the arts are concerned.

I also do the same work for our education subsidiary, Acting UP, and outside of this I work as an exam invigilator for a Hampshire County Council school.


Saturday 14th January
Southampton City Gallery
7pm & 8.30pm
£8 per ticket
Book tickets here

Saturday 26th November 2016
Cobbett Hub & Library
2.30pm & 7.30pm
£6 per ticket
Book tickets here

Hold on to your seat and sound the bell, A Wheelie Excycling Adventure is being performed at UK tour festivals in 2017. Dates coming soon.
Previously performed at:
Tunbridge Wells Puppetry Festival


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