Welcome to Making Productions
Making Productions was created by Darren Murphy to produce bold new plays and existing work in new and exciting ways to engage and entertain audiences. Combining newly discovered talent with experienced collaborators, partner organisations and other producers the aim is to extend the scope of creativity in the theatre. MP is passionate about exploring relevant and current work for education and community organisations for the betterment of all. The Company is unique in its practice by championing ethnic, LGBT and female creatives.
The company is establishing a reputation for dynamic theatre and artistic excellence. Since its formation in 2014, Making Productions has produced the critically acclaimed Shutters (Park Theatre) followed by the hugely successful Strindberg play – The Father (Trafalgar Studios); Disaster! The Musical (Charing Cross Theatre); Bug (Found111), and West End Bares (Novello Theatre). Recent work includes: the universally acclaimed production of Doubt, A Parable (Southwark Playhouse, winner of an Offie for Best Supporting Actress – Jo Martin), the 35th anniversary production of Coming Clean, Kevin Elyot’s first play (King’s Head Theatre) and Outlaws to In-laws which explored through seven short stories the choices gay men have made within a social history of oppression, violence and hate (King’s Head Theatre). MP were part of the producing team behind the King’s Head Theatre and Trafalgar Studios Season with successful transfers of La Bohème (nominated for an Olivier Award for Best New Opera Production) and Strangers in Between.
Future work includes: Old Fools (premiering March 2018 at the Southwark Playhouse), The Unbuilt City by Keith Bunin (King’s Head Theatre, June 2018), Monochrome – based on the Tennessee Williams short story Desire and the Black Masseur, Happy Like Us – long listed for the Bruntwood Prize and winner of the ‘And The Band Plays On’ new-writing competition at The Greenwich Theatre.
★★★★ “Making Productions presents an evening of thought-provoking entertainment.” Islington Gazette ★★★★★ “One of theatre’s comedy events of the year - this is one disaster that the West End sorely needs” Musical Theatre Review ★★★★★ “A gloriously funny comedy. I can’t wait for (Another) Disaster! to hit the West End” Stage Review ★★★★ "It feels timely, uncomfortable, and riveting: a worthy revival... Che Walker’s production is often breath-holdingly tense” - Theatre Cat on Doubt ★★★★ "Triumphant revival" The Times on The Father ★★★★ "This strong production, directed by Ché Walker, strips the play back to its basics & is riveting" - The Times on Doubt ★★★★ "A collection of moving pieces that stir the imagination: magnetic, heart-wrenching" The Upcoming on Shutters ★★★★ "An electric clash of the titans" The Stage on The Father ★★★★ “A brilliantly entertaining send up of disaster movies.” Everything Theatre on Disaster ★★★★ “An extraordinary set of plays” - Remote Goat on Outlaws to In-laws ★★★★★ “One of my favourite experiences of the year and I laughed til tears!” Theatre Bubble on Disaster ★★★★ “A powerful, important look at queer history” - Broadway World on Outlaws to In-laws ★★★★ "A breathlessly tense production. A timely revival, tautly directed. Recommended." The Independent on Doubt ★★★★ “Outlaws to In-laws is a pure delight. A truly magical theatrical experience. Theatre like this is to be treasured and celebrated.” Boyz Magazine on Outlaws to In-laws