With many years in the performing arts between us we, (Katie Bottoms and Jeremy Holloway) initially formed Ratchet Theatre Company to oversee a tour of the Southwest of Philip Ridley's seminal play "Dark Vanilla Jungle" during the Spring of 2016. In 2017 they had the rights to perform the play in London at the Etcetera Theatre in Camden and to help with this they undertook a crowd-funding campaign which raised over £1,000 towards the cost of the production. Supporters who have pledged can be seen here and can we say a huge thanks to all those who pledged support for our project.
The production was a huge success, the latest review said:
"Katie Bottoms gives a blistering performance as Andrea, able to capture the sweetness of a young child and the brutal hostility of a suffering teenager….” – spyinthestalls.com Full review
RATCHET THEATRE COMPANY HAS TWO MORE PRODUCTIONS IN REHEARSAL AT THE MOMENT….
– 1 BED, 2 PLAYS – are 2 plays that go very well together; they’re both set in one bed. And they’re both about love. Well sex actually. But in very different ways. The Bed Plays are still about desire and the search for love but both have a different take on the processes involved in getting there.
Taking the form of a series of monologues which eventually converge on each other, FREAK by Anna Jordan tells the often painfully frank stories of Leah and Georgie as they come to terms with their sex lives. Georgie is 30 and in a downwards spiral, having just quit her job, broken up with her long-term boyfriend, and taken a job at a strip club. Leah is 15 and is nervously anticipating her “first time”, and spends her time practising different sexual positions on the double bed which the two share.
As these two deeply personal and at times very sad monologues finally interlock, the play finds a way to suggest that women need to really talk with each other. Because too many women feel isolated, pressured – and, yes like freaks – if they don't conform to the pressures piled upon them to look and behave like porn stars.
AFTERGLOW - by Eric C Peterson is not as intense as Freak and is written as a comedy. Though for those who might have been in the protagonists’ position it might not be that funny. Called simply “a man” and “a woman” the couple find themselves in bed together through circumstance. Although the woman appears to hold the experiential high ground the couple repeat the situation several times more, each time the passion becoming less evident and the boredom factor increasing.
– a performance piece looking at how we see ourselves when we have nothing to hide, literally. When we are posing for an art class being analysed, scrutinised and objectified how do we feel? Or are we immune to media perceptions of “normal” “acceptable” and “beauty”? Is an art class in fact a “sanctuary” where no rules concerning “the other” apply? Warning – this production may contain perceptions of beauty that some may find offensive….
Both Katie and Jeremy have experience in most areas of the arts, from managing to dance, from singing to circus and clowning, as can be seen here.
And of course there are other shows in the pipeline. For example: “7TH DAY” is a play about the demise of the earth in 7 days through the eyes of Adam and Eve using the words and philosophy of E. F. Schumacher
“Male Aesthetic” is all about life modelling and how men have it hard.... And then there’s the horrific story of the Lebensborn and one woman who not only survived....
If you would like to contact Katie or Jeremy about booking “1 Bed, 2 Plays”, or “Objective Bodies – The Sanctuary please get in contact below: