Welcome to Making Productions
Making Productions was created by actor and writer 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 co 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 stage play (King’s Head Theatre), and Outlaws to In-laws, where he, along with playwright Matt Harris, 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). The universally acclaimed and Offie Award winning production of Doubt, A Parable starring Stella Gonet was the first revival of the play in 10 years (Southwark Playhouse). Darren was also part of the producing team behind the King’s Head Theatre West End Season with successful transfers of La Bohème (nominated for an Olivier Award for Best New Opera Production) and Australian play, Strangers in Between (Trafalgar Studios). In 2018 he successfully produced the European premier of The Unbuilt City and the highly critically successful and 4 time Off West End nominated world premiere of Old Fools (Southwark Playhouse). 2018 also saw our opening of some other brand new works with another collaboration with King’s Head Theatre where we produced Hamilton (Lewis) premiering at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and then transferring to King’s Head Theatre, London. January 2019 started the year transferring the successful production of Coming Clean to the West End (Trafalgar Studios). We brought together two of Tennessee Williams’ short plays Something Unspoken and And Tell Sad Stories Of The Death Of Queens – his only plays with out gay characters – to King’s Head Theatre which headlined their 2019 Queer Season. Next up we bring back Jerker or The Helping Hand – A Pornagraphic Elegy back to the London stage for the first time in 32 years (King’s Head Theatre), billed as one of the most important gay plays ever written. 2020 starts with Coming Clean returning after it’s highly successful run at Trafalgar Studios in 2019 and two of Puccini’s greatest opera’s in a double bill titled Opera Undone where we have stripped back Tosca and La Bohème to an hour each and brought them together like never before. In the pipeline is Lally Katz’s incredible biographical play Atlantis.
Darren’s community reach work involved producing West End Bares (2015-2017) on 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, engaging with key audiences that share an interest in the themes of the 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 Monochrome, both new writing projects by Matt Harris.
SUPPORT MAKING PRODUCTIONS
The theatre is a wonderful world to be involved with. We are always looking for potential investors and donors.
The benefits are:
- Complimentary tickets to the opening night and gala performances
- Invitations to meet the cast and company at exclusive opening night parties
- Invitations to open dress rehearsals
- Observe a rehearsal
- signed merchandise from the cast
- Advance notice of future investment opportunities
For more information on how you could make a difference and help seed a production by investing in a Making Productions production or to donate to a project, please email Darren Murphy on darren@makingproductions.