The Limit

Sophie Germain. Mathematician. Trailblazer. Woman.
Neglected by history. Until now.
The extraordinary true story of a forgotten genius explodes onto the stage in the premiere of this new musical.

Set against the backdrop of the French Revolution, we bring Sophie's story to life through an ebullient pop-rock score, charting the highs and lows of a woman determined to succeed in a system not built to allow it. THE LIMIT celebrates one woman in science who can inspire anyone today.

Review for THE LIMIT include:

“A superbly-written and brilliantly-performed show. Maths has never been so exciting, or so vibrant.” ★★★★★ Fringe Guru 

“Writers Freya Smith and Jack Williams establish themselves as sound creators of the musical theatre genre and combine a sharp and clever book with a score that is polished and catchy as hell.” ★★★★★ Within Her Words

 

“I wouldn’t be at all surprised if we’re not hearing much more about this show and these writers in the near future.” There Ought To Be Clowns 

*WINNER* of VAULT Festival's Origins Award for Outstanding New Work

*WINNER* of VAULT Festival's People's Choice Award

 

About Us

We are Freya Smith and Jack Williams. Together, we aim to create bold, new, accessible and thought-provoking musical theatre. We want to show that musicals can educate and politicise. We believe the arts can impact positively on everyone, and so we prioritise driving engagement with members of the public who are less likely to attend the theatre regularly. We build on this engagement by leading workshops with community groups and schools, which encourage creativity and increase participants’ confidence.

We want to change the minds of people who believe musicals are not for them. How do we do this?

  1. By creating something that feels contemporary: something that they can relate to, through our music, our dialogue and our characters

  2. By moving away from musical theatre tropes that can turn audiences off, such as singing every line for no reason or initiating an unjustified glitzy tap routine (that’s not to say we don’t personally enjoy these!)

  3. By listening to feedback and regularly evaluating our approach

We want to give all of our audience members the opportunity to see someone like them on stage, which is why we prioritise working with actors and creatives currently underrepresented in theatre.

And finally, we aim to entertain. Our goal is for audiences to enjoy our productions, to feel inspired, to share their responses with those around them and to return to our future productions.

 

Part A

Our first show PART A was originally performed at the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe, where it had a sell-out run. The piece explores the highs and lows of a house party through observational comedy and a pop-rock score. PART A has been produced as one-off performances at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (2012); The Roundhouse (2013); The Actors Church (2013); The Leicester Square Theatre (2014) and the Union Theatre (2015).

Reviews for Part A included:

“With some excellently written tunes and believable characters, this is a remarkable musical debut from this welsh company and if they continue to produce productions of this calibre they have a great future ahead.” ★★★★★ Broadway Baby 

“Beautiful harmonies... held the audience rapt. This six-piece ensemble deserved all the whooping and cheering they got from the audience; if this is Part A, when can we expect the next instalment?” ★★★★★ ThreeWeeks

 

“The house party you wish you were at. Jack Williams and Freya Smith are two composers that we really need to keep our eyes on.” ★★★★★ Musical Talk

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"Part A repeatedly quotes Jean Paul Sartre’s ‘hell is other people’, but in this case, ‘other people’ have created something akin to musical theatre heaven. One of the most original and amusing pieces I have seen at the Fringe."  ★★★★  EdFringeReview

 

The Suicide Shop

THE SUICIDE SHOP, is a black comedy musical adaptation of Les Magasin Des Suicides by Jean Teulé. The piece centres around the Tuvaches: a family living in a near apocalyptic society who sell death inducing products.

With support from FTG Productions, the show has received two week-long development workshops at Arts Educational and the Musical Theatre Academy, London, the latter culminating in a rehearsed reading at The Other Palace. In 2017 THE SUICIDE SHOP was shortlisted for the Stiles and Drewe Mentorship Award. We are currently finishing the fourth draft of the show, having received bursaries and support from the KSF, Goldsmiths College Annual Fund and IdeasTap.

The Suicide Shop

THE SUICIDE SHOP, is a black comedy musical adaptation of Les Magasin Des Suicides by Jean Teulé. The piece centres around the Tuvaches: a family living in a near apocalyptic society who sell death inducing products.

With support from FTG Productions, the show has received two week-long development workshops at Arts Educational and the Musical Theatre Academy, London, the latter culminating in a rehearsed reading at The Other Palace. In 2017 THE SUICIDE SHOP was shortlisted for the Stiles and Drewe Mentorship Award. We are currently finishing the fourth draft of the show, having received bursaries and support from the KSF, Goldsmiths College Annual Fund and IdeasTap.

Contact Us

If you would like to get in touch, please drop us a line at BottleCapTheatre@gmail.com.

 

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