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OUR MISSION STATEMENT

To nourish our “child-like” sense of wonder.

To investigate the relationship between fantasy and reality…dreams and tangible world.

To explore the exciting and magical realm where the imaginary meets the mundane.

To create visceral, outlandish and visually striking performances.

To inspire, challenge and empower our audiences.

Artistic Director

CHIARA D’ANNA

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Panta Rei Theatre is an ensemble of artists. Collaborators vary from project to project. Artistic Director Chiara D’Anna founded the company in 2010. Chiara is a Physical Theatre and Commedia dell’Arte specialist with international experience as a director, a lecturer and Movement Coach. Chiara has many stage credits to her name with both Panta Rei Theatre and Elastic Theatre. As screen actress Chiara’s credits include Berberian Sound Studio (2012), The Duke of Burgundy (2014) directed by Peter Strickland.; The Rook (2015), Native (2016), Circe and the Boy (2016) and Stars and Bones (2017).

Chiara runs regular workshops and masterclasses, and has taught at some of the UK’s top educational institutions and drama schools including: RADA, East15 Acting School, Rose Bruford College, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Goldsmiths University, National Centre of Circus Arts, Laban Centre, Young Vic Theatre, Royal Holloway University and Central School of Ballet.

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AUDIENCE RESPONSES

I really enjoyed the performance and the interactive element gave it a unique dimension unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. Brilliant acting, amazing production design and exceptional lighting. Brilliant!

Rocinante! Rocinante!CLF ART CAFÉ

It represents everything theatre should be. It was moving…really moving

Don Quixote! Don Quixote!EDINBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL

A stunning piece of theatre. At the end of the show I was left in silent contemplation: now I understand the world I create. Thank you Panta Rei Theatre!

Rocinante! Rocinante!CLF ART CAFÉ

Thanks for reminding us what theatre is! Your performance was simply amazing. Top level actors and a mastering direction. Music, lights and – above all – actors: everything concurring to an awesome and moving result. The final scene left me breathless.

Rocinante! Rocinante!CLF Art Cafe

I guess tonight I understood Don Quixote. He was my hero and then he was only a madman. Frail and alone. Bereft of his imaginary world…as are we all whenever we give up our dreams and hopes.

Rocinante! Rocinante!CLF ART CAFÉ

A beautiful visceral thing.

The CaveBATTERSEA ARTS CENTRE

A wonderful space of dreams and fantasies. A performance that opens our imagination and invites us into the world inhabited by the characters and their journeys.

Rocinante! Rocinante!CLF ART CAFÉ

Rocinante! Rocinante! Is filled with joy: the joy of play, the joy of spectacle, the joy of the absurd. This company is blessed with a group of actors who relish the irreverent and command the stage with a delightful manic energy. From riotous melee to haunting stillness the piece drags the audience on a rough, earthy, mesmerizing journey that trills and provokes. Joyful, joyful, joyful!

Rocinante!Rocinante! (R&D)HOLLOWAY ARTS FESTIVAL

You created a wonderful atmosphere for Halloween – warm, dark, sad but with some very moving moments.

Samhain Night & Halloween PartyOFF THE GRID

“Imagination can be very powerful”…indeed! Beautiful and intriguing use of the space, a great ensemble work and a fantastic involvement of the audience. We were taken “into a surreal journey” with you. Thank you!

Rocinante! Rocinante!CLF ART CAFÉ

Excellent. The cast were superb and the performance space was brilliant. Totally inspiring!

Rocinante! Rocinante!CLF ART CAFÉ

Absolutely brilliant! Fantastic! I’ve never been mesmerised like that for a long time.

Don Quixote! Don Quixote!EDINBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL

Visually stunning. The umbrella scene was amazing. The use of the space was excellent and the music/soundscape was outstanding.

Rocinante! Rocinante! CLF ART CAFÉ

A very intriguing piece: I loved the physical and the comical, balanced with the poignancy of fear.

The CaveBATTERSEA ARTS CENTRE

Absolutely an amazing experience! Would love to see the play again…so many surprises.

Rocinante! Rocinante!CLF ART CAFÉ

I was transported to another realm and returned to an elemental time where action speaks louder than words and light is truth.

The CaveBATTERSEA ARTS CENTRE

Amazing performance. Incredible atmospheres. So many unexpected moments and beautiful ones! Wonderful imagery.

Rocinante! Rocinante!CLF ART CAFÉ

A wonderful Mephistopheles, just the right amount of mischief, knowingness and sadness.

Samhain Night & Halloween PartyOFF THE GRID

I loved it. I thought it was stunning! A sensitive topic talked with such sensitivity and flare.

Don Quixote! Don Quixote! EDINBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL

The show was brilliant! Love the use of space and how the actors made it interactive, interesting and gripping.

Rocinante! Rocinante!CLF ART CAFÉ

Amazing production! So refreshing to see something creative, physical and unique. Great physicality from all performers. You totally created a captivating world and engaged me throughout.

Rocinante! Rocinante!CLF ART CAFÉ

Beautiful and mesmerizing…loved the costumes, effects and symbolism. Fantastic performances from the whole cast.

Rocinante! Rocinante! CLF ART CAFÉ

Absolutely brilliant. I hope to hear from you soon as I can’t wait to see your next big production. Very ingenious and the performers were outstanding. Congratulations!

Rocinante! Rocinante!CLF ART CAFÉ

I really enjoyed the show. It took me to so many places! Excellent physical work: well done to all the cast!

Rocinante! Rocinante!CLF ART CAFÉ

Thank you for performing such a thought-provoking and unique play!

Rocinante! Rocinante! CLF ART CAFÉ

Great actors, visually stunning and a beautiful interaction with the audience.

Rocinante! Rocinante!CLF ART CAFÉ

Excellent use of space and lighting; excellent performances from all the cast; very atmospheric music and soundscape: the piece was moving and thoughtful.

Rocinante! Rocinante! CLF ART CAFÉ

Really original! A really good work with an amazing mise-en-scene and strong atmospheres. I loved the audience interaction and the transformation of the space scene after scene.

Rocinante! Rocinante!CLF ART CAFÉ

I liked the use of space, the lighting and sound and even the smell- that cold air smell! All the moving around was a little disorientating but it worked within the play and put the audience within Don Quixote’s state of mind.

Rocinante! Rocinante! CLF ART CAFÉ

Fantastic location and set design. Loved the use of light and movement. Really interesting the theme (madness) and the ‘marriage’ of Don Quixote and Hamlet.

Rocinante! Rocinante!CLF ART CAFÉ

Very interesting the promenade nature of the piece and the constant transformation of the spaces.

Rocinante! Rocinante!CLF ART CAFÉ