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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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WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT US

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!

Audience Response on Rocinante! Rocinante!CLF ART CAFÉ

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

Audience Response on 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!

Audience Response on 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.

Audience Response on Don Quixote! Don Quixote!EDINBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL

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.

Audience Response on Rocinante! Rocinante!CLF ART CAFÉ

A beautiful visceral thing.

Audience Response on 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.

Audience Response on 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!

Christopher Holt – Senior Lecturer at London Metropolitan UniversityHOLLOWAY ARTS FESTIVAL

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

Audience Feedback on 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!

Audience Response on Rocinante! Rocinante!CLF ART CAFÉ

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

Audience Response on Rocinante! Rocinante!CLF ART CAFÉ

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

Audience Response on 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.

Audience Response on Rocinante! Rocinante! CLF ART CAFÉ

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

Audience Response on The CaveBATTERSEA ARTS CENTRE

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

Audience Response on 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.

Audience Response on The CaveBATTERSEA ARTS CENTRE

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

Audience Response on Rocinante! Rocinante!CLF ART CAFÉ

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

Audience Feedback on Samhain Night & Halloween PartyOFF THE GRID

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

Audience Response on 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.

Audience Response on Rocinante! Rocinante!CLF ART CAFÉ

The cast of seven take us on a journey, performed entirely mise-en-scene that is always thought provoking and at times quite unsettling.

Jonathan GrantTHE PUBLIC REVIEWS

Slowly, inevitably, a vision of Hell takes hold of our senses – eyes and ears assaulted and the chill biting… the overall impression is one of being inside a painting by Hieronymus Bosch.

Filled with vivid flights of fancy, Rocinante! Rocinante! is an intriguing piece. Sweeping parasol oceans and miniature tin-pan solar systems make this a sophisticated visual work …We are manipulated with ease by an intuitive company whose physical work is superb.

Honour BayesTIME OUT

Don Quixote! Don Quixote! is imaginative and engaging, with a compelling and twisting narrative that will make an audience both laugh and cry

The pilgrimage through the light and dark crevices of the mind are beautifully evoked in Panta Rei Theatre Collective’s Rocinante! Rocinante! Taking its subject matter from the originality of Cervantes’ Don Quixote, the setting for the production masterfully constructs madness as a kind of ecstatic and passionate state. The technical accomplishments of director Chiara D’Anna’s creative team is vividly apparent.

Josephine De RossiTHE FRINGE REVIEW

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.

Audience Response on Rocinante! Rocinante!CLF ART CAFÉ

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

Audience Response on 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!

Audience Response on 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!

Audience Response on Rocinante! Rocinante!CLF ART CAFÉ

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

Audience Response on Rocinante! Rocinante! CLF ART CAFÉ

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

Audience Response on 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.

Audience Response on 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.

Audience Response on 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.

Audience Response on 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.

Audience Response on Rocinante! Rocinante!CLF ART CAFÉ

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

Audience Response on Rocinante! Rocinante!CLF ART CAFÉ