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Tea-Powered Theatre

We are a Bristol based trader with a plan to launch a theatrical tea emporium in the city centre in the not to distant furture.
We aim to be a not for profit organisation with the intent of working with students, steampunks, writers and dramatists to produce artistic works, whilst enjoying the finest warm beverage of the former British empire: Tea.

We are launched the company with a joint production of Not Smart by Wilbur Daniel Steele and Jerome Bixby's Man From Earth in July 2014 at the Bierkeller theatre, in association with UWE Drama Society and Makeshift Wings. Since then we have started our Teatre sessions, a cream tea followed by theatrical performance. The first of which was in June 2015, featuring Oscar Wither's The White Room. We are in the process of developing our second session, a showcase excerpt of the Bard's A Midsummer Night's Dream, due to be performed early November.

Key Projects

Launch show double bill: Jerome Bixby's The Man From Earth and Not Smart

Steam-Powered Tea launched with a theatrical double-bill at Bierkeller Theatre from the 14th to the 17th of July. The night will opened with Not Smart, Directed by Stuart Coutts: Not Smart is a one act farce set, in a small fishing village in Massachusetts, on the turn of the 20th Century with the action focusing on a pair of married artists, and their desire to move beyond the antiquated and "Victorian" viewpoints their parents held. However the ideals are shaken as it becomes obvious that, when faced with the potential consequences of their progressive choices, they instinctively abandon all they claim to stand for and humourously revert back to the very traditional institutions and postures that they themselves had derided. After an interval the show continued with Jerome Bixby's The Man From Earth adapted by Richard Schenkman, Direct by Naomi Curston and Rupert Bathurst: An impromptu goodbye party for Professor John Oldman becomes a mysterious and in-tense interrogation after the retiring scholar reveals to his colleagues he is an immortal who has walked the earth for 14,000 years. Acclaimed science fiction writer Jerome orig-inally conceived this story back in the early 1960's. It would come to be his last great work, finally completing the script on his deathbed in April 1998.

Teatre: Tremendous Tea and Theatre ft. Oscar Withers The White Room

The first of Steam-Powered Tea's Teatre events. Do not be baffled, that is not a spelling mistake. Teatre is our own mix of Tea and Theatre, that's right you can finally two of the greatest pleasures on this green earth at the same time! The doors opened at 4pm and you were greeted by our waiting staff and seen to a table, before having your order taken and a scrumptious cream tea brought to you. There was a bountiful selection of black teas, provided by Bristol Tea Company, for you to choose from. The scones, cream and jam was sourced from local organic producers. Once you'd partaken in our tea time delicacies, at 5pm the metaphorical curtain rose and you were be treated to a performance of Oscar Withers The White Room: Four dysfunctional villains. One briefcase. The White Room follows Xavier, Morrigan, Castiel and Epsilon as they attempt to break in to a briefcase for their employer. Inspired by Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, tensions rise in The White Room as we learn about our collection of cads, and that the job at hand may be the least of their problems.

Key Personnel

Rupert Bathurst
Artistic Director