Welcome to Making Productions

Making Productions was created by Darren Murphy to produce bold new writing 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 performing arts. Darren is passionate about exploring relevant and current work for education and community organisations for the betterment of all and is unique in this practice by championing Women, BAME and LGBT+ creatives.

Darren is establishing a reputation for producing dynamic, engaging theatre and artistic excellence. Since forming Making Productions in 2014, he has produced the critically acclaimed Shutters (Park Theatre), a triple bill of unique American plays that explored the extraordinary journey of women over the last century.  Featuring an all-female ensemble performing both male and female roles.  This was followed by the hugely successful Strindberg play – The Father (Trafalgar Studios), Disaster! The Musical(Charing Cross Theatre) Bug (Found111), the 35th anniversary production of Coming Clean, Kevin Elyot’s first play (King’s Head Theatre) and Outlaws to In-laws, were he commissioned seven writers to each write a short play exploring the choices gay men have made within a social history of oppression, violence and hate (King’s Head Theatre) and the universally acclaimed and Offie Award winning production of Doubt, A Parable starring Stella Gonet (Southwark Playhouse).  He was also 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 Australian play, Strangers in Between. Our most recent work includes: The Unbuilt Cityand the highly critically successful and 4 time Off West End nominated Old Fools(Southwark Playhouse) both new writing premieres.

This year in collaboration with the King’s Head Theatre he will be producing the world premiere of Hamilton (Lewis) (Edinburgh Fringe and King’s Head Theatre) and transferring Coming Clean to the West End (Trafalgar Studios) in January 2019.

Darren’s community reach work involved producing West End Bareson behalf of the Make A Difference Trust, whose goal is to bring the theatre community together to raise funds for their HIV & AIDS research and awareness and related social projects. Old Fools was a collaboration with Alzheimer’s Research UK. A project that engaged with key audiences that are interested in an specialist play relating to Alzheimer’s and related diseases.

Currently in development with 2084, a new musical exploring what the world would be like if ‘straight’ people were the minority.  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 and Pink Diesel, both new writing projects by Matt Harris.

★★★★ “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 on Disaster! ★★★★★ “A gloriously funny comedy. I can’t wait for (Another) Disaster! to hit the West End” Stage Review on Disaster! ★★★★ "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 ★★★★★ “excellent, with all the passion and sensitivity expected of this timeless score” British Theatre on La Boheme ★★★★ "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 ★★★★ “worthy of a place in your memory” The Independent on Old Fools ★★★★ “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 ★★★★ “Old Fools is brilliant devastating theatre, marking Bernays out as an outstanding talent amongst his generation.” Jonathan Baz on Old Fools ★★★★ “A powerful, important look at queer history” - Broadway World on Outlaws to In-laws ★★★★ “tender, warm and funny” Gay Times on Strangers In Between ★★★★ "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 ★★★★★ “energising, gallant and joyful – a production which will ruminate with audiences for a long time” West End Wilma on Strangers In Between ★★★★ "Deft, restraining and moving theatre." Time Out on Old Fools