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


“Blighty One! Blighty One! You’re lucky, Johnny; they’re sending you home, son.”

An injured young soldier returns from the Front Line of the First World War to Netley Military Hospital, where, as an eight-year-old boy, he delivered newspapers to patients on the very same ward.

This specially commissioned puppetry performance links one of Hampshire’s most recognisable landmarks – the Chapel that remains in Royal Victoria Country Park – to the history behind this inspiring true story.

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Acting UP

Our sister company, Acting UP, runs drama classes in Fareham, Gosport, Southampton, Eastleigh and Wickham, for children aged four to 16. Acting UP currently teaches more than 160 students a week. For details, click here. Called Acting UP – or U.P. as a nod to us at Unexpected Places – these not-for-profit classes focus on fun, curiosity, imagination and confidence.

Summer Workshops

We’ve just announced a series of exciting drama workshops for adults, to take place at Cobbett Hub & Library over the summer. The workshops include learning puppetry skills, the art of physical theatre, and the importance of drama games to provide inspiration and expand your repertoire. For more information about the workshops and how to book, click here.

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. There are a few trips and socials planned too, so it’s going to be a fun time!


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.

These sessions are engaging and dynamic, and aim to encourage children and teenagers to benefit from involvement in the arts.

They focus on building confidence, imagination and curiosity, and they promote 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, with more locations to be announced shortly. Visit our website for further details.



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 roles in arts marketing and administration.

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Rebecca – Producer

Becky has been working in the arts for the past five years, and covered many different roles in arts management. These have included: general manager and stage manager for Wet Picnic; project assistant for Bicycle Ballet; and directing for her own company, Curious Pheasant Theatre.

Becky is also a performer and drama coach, having recently trained at Rose Bruford and at Bernard Hiller’s acting masterclasses.





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 Co-ordinator

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.

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Saturday 26th August & Sunday 27th August
Royal Victoria Country Park
11am & 2pm
Suitable for ages 9+
Book tickets here

Hold on to your seat and sound the bell! A Wheelie Excycling Adventure will be back on the road again soon! It has previously been performed at the Tunbridge Wells Puppetry Festival. For more details about this production, email Rosanna.


Unexpected Places is pleased to announced a series of summer workshops for adults.

Puppetry Skills

July 30th

A one-day workshop introducing those taking part to the skills needed to puppeteer. Suitable for anyone with an interest in puppetry, and those looking to brush up on their technique.

All Theatre Should be Physical

August 12th & 13th

A two-day performance bootcamp for drama enthusiasts, budding actors, creatives and professionals, leading to a performance at the end of day two. Each workshop day can be booked separately, but booking both is recommended to get the most of out the sessions.

Drama Games

September 3rd

One-day workshop of games and starter activities to give you inspiration and a few more tools to add to your repertoire. Suitable for teachers, directors, actors and those who love to play and have fun.

Each workshop runs from 10am to 4pm at Cobbett Hub & Library in Bitterne Park, Southampton, and costs £30 per day.

To book two workshops/days costs £55; to book three is £80; and to book all four workshops days costs £95.

To find out more about each workshop, or to places, email info@unexpectedplaces.co.uk.






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