Past Productions

UnboundTheatre debuted in 2014, with its first full-length theatrical production taking place early the following year. Since then they have performed work by classic and contemporary playwrights, as well as brand-new material by local writers. Below is a brief summary of each project.

'The Importance of Being Earnest' - A Rehearsed Reading (February 2020)

Directed by Andrew Faber
Written by Oscar Wilde

Wilde's classic comedy of manners, in which friends Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncreiff find themselves tangled in a knot of dual identities, marriage proposals, formidable aunts and hasty Christenings. This special rehearsed reading was presented in the style of a radio recording - complete with live foley!
"A great show – a treat for Valentine’s Day"
"Excellent. Well produced and performed by all. Great choice for a reading."
"Perfectly executed."

'The Snow Queen' (December 2019)

Directed by Hannah Rogers
Written by Dario Knight & Gareth Johnson

Once upon a time there was a mirror which reflected all the evils of the world and turned people’s hearts to ice. The glass was smashed long, long ago – but now the fiendish Snow Queen and her dim-witted accomplices have a plan to put the pieces back together…
Our fifth pantomime production broke box office records, selling more than 1900 tickets and garnering glowing feedback from audiences.
"A wonderful show - brilliantly funny, amazing sets and a wonderful message."
"Just superb - a perfect pantomime."
"Our fourth year in a row, and it was the best one so far!"

'Captain Christmas' (December 2019)

Directed by Gareth Johnson
Written by Dario Knight & Gareth Johnson

Christmas is coming and nefarious villain Dr Sprout has hatched an evil scheme to transform everyone's Christmas dinner into nothing but sprouts! Only one festival superhero can save the day. Fire up the fiary lights and keep a weathered eye on the horizon - Captain Christmas is on her way!
Commissioned by Aylesbury Town Council for their 'Festive Family Fun' event at Friars Square Shopping Centre.
"Yet another great show. The script, scenery, costumes, delivery and acting were all spot on – yet again! Fantastic show that was enjoyed by our visitors – thank you, thank you, thank you."

'Epic Tales Improv' (November 2019)

Directed & Hosted by Gareth Johnson & Neil Goulder
Our third 'Epic Tales' improv evening once again broke the record for an improv audience, and saw our talented team reach new heights with their spontaneous storytelling, including some challenging new long-form formats - including the chilling tales of Dr Synistra...
"Great show! Very entertaining. Really enjoyed the short and long form approaches. Now have jaw ache - too much laughter!"
"Fabulous, fun evening! Great format, great variety of improv games. I had a good laugh, thank you!"

'Halloween Tales' (October 2019)

Directed by Dario Knight, Gareth Johnson & Neil Goulder
Written by SH Cooper, Michael Damanda, C M Scandreth & Gareth Johnson

It's Hallows Eve. The veil that parts our world from the next is beginning to fray. Spirits from the other side are stepping foot into our reality, and they've got some stories to tell...
A night of unsettling short stories, spooky improvisation and a brand new short play - the perfect theatrical treat for the most haunting night of the year.
"Fantastic way to spend Halloween. Nice to hear some new writing."
"Many thanks for a great night out."

'Tell Great Stories - 5 Years of Unbound' (October 2019)

Directed by Dario Knight, Erika Sanderson, Gareth Johnson, Beatrice Benedek & Hannah Rogers
A very special celebratory show featuring speeches, scenes, sketches and songs from Unbound's extensive catalogue of productions. Featuring a cast of 26 actors performing pieces from more that 30 different projects, our anniversary production was a truly epic way to celebrate the company's fifth birthday.
"Astounding to think how much you've achieved in five years - bravo to you all!"
"A remarkable evening... many happy returns and here's to many many many more."

'Potted Panto' (September 2019)

Written & Directed by Dario Knight
To celebrate the return of the Waterside Festival, Muddles and Merryweather have decided to cook a very special cake.
What could possibly go wrong...?
Performed at Aylesbury Canal Basin as part of the 2019 Waterside Festival.
"Hilarious! A brilliant performance."
"Always fantastic working with you!"

'Tudor Tales' (September 2019)

Directed by Gareth Johnson
Written by Dario Knight & Gareth Johnson

A whirlwind tour through one of the most exciting, fascinating and downright bonkers periods of English history. Meet the monarchs who defined a nation and learn some truly barmy facts about their reigns in an hilarious, fast-paced thirty-minute show.
Commissioned by Aylesbury Town Council for their 'Tudor Fayre' event at Bucks County Museum.
"Brilliant, simply brilliant. You and the team interpreted our requirement perfectly, creating a script that was spot on, brilliantly acted, engaging, entertaining and informative for our visitors – perfect – thank you!"

Unbound Sketchbook - 2019 Tour (August-October 2019)

Directed by Gareth Johnson
Written by Gareth Johnson, Brian Murray, Dario Knight & Pete Benson

The first tour from our comedy team, comprising a compendium of comic characters drawn from their first five sketch shows. Sketches featured the nefarious Professor Chaos, a self-aware self-service checkout and the team's classic showdown between a farmer and pirate...
Performed at venues in Exeter, Aylesbury, Hemel Hempstead, High Wycombe, Tring, Thame and Watford.
"An entertaining hour of sketches with lots of laugh-out-loud moments [Four Stars]" Camilla Joyce
"Great show - well done everyone"
"Best thing I've seen all year - thank you!"

New Writing Showcase (July 2019)

'Percy & Camille' written by Jo Pratt, directed by Beatrice Benedek
'Tales from the Fright House - Corydon Ovium' written by Sandy Jack & Jennifer Dommeck, directed by Jennifer Dommeck

This special showcase highlighted local talent, with two fantastic new plays penned, directed and performed by local theatre makers. 'Percy & Camille' explored the fetishisation of foreignness and the real motivations behind our good deeds, whilst 'Tales from the Fright House' offered an anthology of comedy horror with three spine-tingling stories.
"Some of the best theatre I've seen in a very long time."
"Something completely different - however I am now afraid of clowns!"
"A fascinating, thought-provoking and powerful piece of theatre."

'Overactors Anonymous' (July 2019)

Directed by Gareth Johnson
Written by Gareth Johnson, Brian Murray, Dario Knight & Jamie Drew

The Unbound Sketchbook return with their fifth night of all-new sketches. Step inside a self-help group for over-the-top thespians, find out what happens if the rules of fishing were applied to land animals, and discover why you really should Mind the Gap on the London Underground...
"Excellent writing, excellent acting, and overall wonderful night out."
"Some excellent sketches - fabulous writing and very accomplished performances!"
"Your shows get better and better each time."

'Treasure Island' (July 2019)

Directed by Erika Sanderson
Written by Robert Louis Stevenson
Adapted by Dario Knight

When young Jim Hawkins befriends a mysterious old sailor, he finds himself flung into a whirlwind adventure on the high seas, bound for an island full of pirate treasure. But not everyone on the good ship Hispaniola can be trusted - least of all the mysterious Long John Silver...
Performed in Vale Park as part of Aylesbury Town Council's 'Aylesbury-on-Sea' event.
"Your entire team were totally brilliant. Please could you pass on my sincere thanks to the team / crew / technicians, everyone was amazing. Your skill, knowledge professionalism and creativity helped to create a brilliant free day for local families."

'500 Words - The Final Chapter' (June 2019)

Hosted by Dez Kay
The culmination of Queens Park Arts Centre's innaugural 500 Words Challenge, we appeared in the Grand Marquee at WhizzFizzFest to read out the top six stories, and to announce the two overall winners!
Part of the 2019 WhizzFizzFest.

'An Unbound Brief History of Britain' (June 2019)

Directed by Gareth Johnson
Written by Gareth Johnson & Dario Knight

A rip-roaring half-hour race through British history, from the dark ages to the present day, stopping off in Roman Britain, the court of King Henry VIII, England under Oliver Cromwell and a jaunt through Victorian London.
This special production was commissioned as part of the 2019 WhizzFizzFest, and was performed at The King's Head Inn.
"So entertaining - thank you for a lovely afternoon"
"My kids loved it! Perfect mix of facts and jokes (for all ages!)"
"Hysterical! Please do more!!"

'The Doctor's Dilemma' (June 2019)

Directed by Hannah Rogers
Written by Bernard Shaw

Sir Colenso Ridgeon has developed a revolutionary new treatment for tuberculosis. However, his resources are limited and soon he must choose whom he shall save and whom he shall let die - a decision complicated by matters of the heart...
"What a wonderful performance! Well done."
"Amazing show. The cast are so professional."
"Very thought-provoking, and still relevent today."

'Lost in Time' (May 2019)

Directed by Dario Knight
Written by Dario Knight & Gareth Johnson

Professor Chronomier has lost her time machine. Now, ghost from Aylesbury's past are walking into the present - and the Professor needs your help to put things right before the fabric of time itself comes apart at the seams. Commissioned by Aylesbury Town Council, this site-specific interactive, immersive production was performed at Bucks County Museum.
"Not seen anything as good as this done elsewhere in this way."
"Loved the use of the spaces and the way the story hung together."
"I thoroughly enjoyed the show... can't wait for the next one!"

Live Comedy Podcast Recording (May 2019)

Directed by Gareth Johnson
The Unbound Sketchbook's fourth live podcast recording included a brand new script entitled 'Wildsden Butterfly Sanctuary', plus a very special tribute to founding member of the Sketchbook, Matthew Doherty, who passed away in early 2019. The tribute included reprises of his best-loved sketches and a special episode of Inspector Murder Inspects...
"You guys were brilliant last night as always and what an amazing tribute to Matthew he would have love to know that it had happened and who was involved too!"
"Loved it, well done to all involved."

'Antony & Cleopatra' (April 2019)

Directed by Dario Knight
Written by William Shakespeare

The old world is changing. Wars will be fought that could topple empires, and the Triple Pillar of the world and his serpent of Old Nile have such a very great distance to fall...
Our biggest production to date was performed at the Limelight Theatre, Bucks County Museum, St Mary's Church and The King's Head. Made possible thanks to the generous support of Aylesbury Town Council.
"You don’t have to go to the West End for great theatre, sometimes it’s on your doorstep."
"Wonderful show! Great staging and ceremony, hilariously funny in all the right places and some absolutely sterling performances all round!"
"It was magnificent! Excellent staging and top class acting."

'Epic Tales Improv' (March 2019)

Hosted & Directed by Gareth Johnson
The Unbound Sketchbook team's first show of 2019 once again broke the audience record for an improv show at the Limelight Theatre. Audience suggestions saw the team telling tales about stolen works of art, capturing aardvarks and how to toast a muffin in a volcano.
"It was absolutely brilliant guys, I've never been to one before and I've not laughed as hard in a long time!! Loved it!!"

'Falstaff! An Evening with the Fat Knight' (February 2019)

Adapted & Directed by Dario Knight
Based on the works of William Shakespeare

A riotous evening of speeches and scenes taken from Shakespeare's Henry IV, interspersed with songs from the Bard's plays. This 45-minute show told the story of two great English kings and one of Shakespeare's most lovable rogues. Performed at The Old Millwrights Arms in Aylesbury.
"It was brilliant! What a fantastic event to stumble on. Brilliant night thank you!"
“Really enjoyed worked so well, as though a troupe of mummers had wandered into the pub, which I guess they had! Loved it!”

'The Hypochondriac' - A Rehearsed Reading (February 2019)

Directed by Dario Knight
Written by Moliere

Argan is ill. Very ill. Quite unfathomably ill. No rememdy seems to cure him - but that's not going to stop him trying them. As his medical bills mount up Argan hatches a plan to marry his daughter off to a dimwitted - but wealthy - young doctor. It's a sickening plan - one that needs a cure...
" It was a terrific production, huge energy. Deserves a repeat."
“Absolutely hilarious! Well done everyone!”

'The Sword in the Stone' (December 2018)

Directed by Lara Pipistrelle
Written by Dario Knight

Dark forces are stirring in the kingdom of Albion. Morgana La Fey is out to steal the throne from King Arthur, who is warned by a prophecy that there's a traitor in Camelot. Will Arthur find the conspirator before it's too late? Will Morgana's quest for power succeed? And what will it take for Arthur's daughter Anwyn to prove she’s a worthy Knight of the Round Table?
"Absolutely stunning - the professionals couldn't out-do you"
“What a clever show, covers all sorts of emotions, full of action, best dragon ever, and best of all full of jokes.”

'Call Off The Apocalypse' (November 2018)

Directed by Brian Murray
Written by Gareth Johnson, Brian Murray and Dario Knight

More pages from the Unbound Sketchbook - their fourth sketch show attracted a record-breaking audience, and featured a self-aware self-service checkout, an unusual take on the problem of climate change, and a performance review for the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse...
"Good night out. Well done all."
"Your best one yet."
"A fabulous show! Highly recommend seeing this group of talented performers, many of whom are involved in writing their own material - they are very funny!"

'Voices of the Great War' (October 2018)

Directed by Dario Knight
Commissioned by Bucks County Council as part of their 'Great War Showcase', this 45-minute show featured readings of war poetry and biographies of local men who served in the First World War, and was performed at the Church of Christ the Cornerstone in Milton Keynes

Drama Festival (October 2018)

Directed by Hannah Rogers, Gareth Johnson, Beatrice Benedek and Lara Pipistrelle
Written by Michael Dines, Eddie Robson, Joe Laredo and Lara Pipistrelle & Matte Black

Our first drama festival included six one-act plays staged by our talented team of local theatre makers, including work from established playwrights and two of the three winning entries of our 2017 Playwriting Competition.
"Brilliant performances and excellent direction."
"I was so so so impressed!"

'Marvin's Room' (September 2018)

Directed by Shaun Nolan
Written by Scott McPherson

Bessie is dedicated to caring for her bedridden father, but when she herself receives a devastating diagnosis she must face she must turn to her estranged sister for help…
"Fantastic production! Congratulations to you, Shaun and all the cast."

'Antigone' (September 2018)

Directed by Beatrice Benedek
Written by Bertolt Brecht
Translated by Judith Malina

Where does your loyalty lie? Who are you faithful to? Which voice will you follow? The voice of the Many? The Few? Or the One? A story of love, torment, righteousness and ultimate sacrifice. Antigone.
"Great first performance everyone."
"Well done. You were amazing!"

'The Unbound Sketchbook' @ Wycombe Arts Centre (August 2018)

Directed by Gareth Johnson
Written by Gareth Johnson, Brian Murray, Dario Knight, Matthew Doherty & Pete Benson

Our comedy team headed out on the road with their mighty book of sketches, stopping off at Wycombe Arts Centre to perform a selection of the best sketches from their repertoire, including much-loved characters like Professor Chaos and Inspector Murder.
"Great night, thanks!"
"Thank you for such an entertaining evening."

'Old Times' (July 2018)

Directed by Beatrice Benedek
Written by Harold Pinter

Kate and Deeley have a visitor. Anna was once a friend of Kate’s – although she’s not, perhaps, quite how Kate remembers her. But then again, how far can you really trust your memory?
"It’s ages since I saw a Pinter play and to see it locally at a reasonable price was wonderful. The direction and acting was wonderful and I look forward to future productions."
This production was revived for a one-night only performance at Wycombe Arts Centre in November 2018.

'The Wind in the Willows' (July 2018)

Directed by Erika Sanderson
Written by Kenneth Grahame
Adapted by Dario Knight

This special outdoor production debuted at Aylesbury Town Council's 'Aylesbury On Sea' event. A rollocking thirty-minute re-telling of the timeless tale of the Riverbank in which Ratty, Badger and Mole try to stop Mr Toad's obsession with motorcars ending in disaster!
"Please could you pass on my sincere thanks to all of the team for your amazing contribution to the success of this year’s Aylesbury on Sea. Everything you and the team did was perfect and it’s a pleasure to work with you all."

Live Comedy Podcast Recording (June 2018)

Directed by Dario Knight
Our third live podcast recording went down a storm with the audience. The Unbound Sketchbook team recorded another installment for 'Everything Wrong With Politics' and the final two thrilling episodes of 'Inspector Murder Inspects...', in which the Inspector finally comes face to face with his nemesis - the dastardly Travers Steve O'Justice...

'Epic Tales Improv' (May 2018)

Directed & Hosted by Gareth Johnson
Unbound Sketchbook's first improv event was all about Epic Tales. Using story-focused improvisation games to create brand new characters and scenes based on audience suggestions, the team took a trip to ancient Egypt, discovered a cure for the common cold and created a brand new major motion picture: E.T. vs Jaws. The show also drew the biggest audience for an improv show to date!
"It was a fabulous evening! You really are a talented bunch!"
"Wow! What an evening! I did expect fun and laughter, but truly, my sides hurt through laughing so much. Can't wait for the next one - thank you!"

'Twelfth Night' (April 2018)

Directed by Dario Knight
Written by William Shakespeare

Viola finds herself shipwrecked on the shores of a strange world known as Illyria, where a bittersweet web of mistaken identity, wicked humour and tangled love awaits her...
This very special production was performed at the Limelight Theatre, Bucks County Museum and in Market Square. Made possible thanks to the generous support of Aylesbury Town Council.
"Excellent show. Congratulations to you all."
"The most professional theatre show we've seen at an event"
"I must've seen more than a dozen productions of Twelfth Night and that was one of the absolute best, well done."

'Deploy the Emergency Sketch Show' (March 2018)

Directed by Dario Knight
Written by Gareth Johnson, Brian Murray, Dario Knight, Pete Benson and Matthew Doherty

Unbound Sketchbook's third sketch show featuring a wealth of all-new material. This time around there's a look inside a top-secret meeting of the Fairy Council, a Barbershop Quartet going for a job interview, and the truth about War & Peace
"It was so fab to watch. Well done everyone."
"Brilliant performance by everyone! Thoroughly enjoyed it!"
"Wonderful sketch show. So funny! Very talented writers and actors! So very proud of you all!"

Live Comedy Podcast Recording (February 2018)

Directed by Dario Knight
Following on the heels of Unbound's first podcast evening, a second night of recording took place in early 2018. Two further episodes of 'Inspector Murder Inspects...' were recorded, as well as some improv games a selection of the team's very best sketches.

'Pinocchio' (December 2017)

Written & Directed by Dario Knight
When Fairy Celestia grants Geppetto’s wish for a son, his treasured puppet Pinocchio magically springs to life! But there’s danger afoot as Mangiafuoco – ringmaster of the Traveling Toy Circus – plots to steal the little wooden boy away to become his new headline act!
"Absolutely fantastic. My children loved it and will be talking about it for quite a long time to come. Thanks to all the cast & crew who made it such a brilliant night."
“A brilliant show – best panto yet by a long, long way.”

Live Comedy Podcast Recording (November 2017)

Directed by Dario Knight
Building on the success of their sketch shows, Unbound Sketchbook recorded two brand new podcasts live at the Limelight Theatre. The shows included two episodes of sleuthing sitcom 'Inspector Murder Inspects...' and the panel game 'Everything Wrong with Politics'.

Improv Comedy Evening (October 2017)

Directed & Hosted by David Pustansky
The second improv night of 2017, featuring a host of familiar faces alongside a few new members of the cast. Another night of quick-fire 'Whose Line...?' games, physical comedy, on-the-spot scenes and audience participation.

'A Doll’s House' (September 2017)

Directed by Beatrice Benedek
Written by Henrik Ibsen

“I've existed to perform for you” - Nora finally understands the illusion she's been living in for eight years – and realising that the person you lived with is a stranger to you can trigger the most unthinkable action...
"Congratulations on such a beautiful production."

'Farmers vs Pirates' (July 2017)

Directed by Gareth Johnson
Written by Gareth Johnson, Brian Murray, Dario Knight and Matthew Doherty

A cavalcade of brand-new comedy sketches courtesy of ‘The Unbound Sketchbook’. Favourite characters Inspector Murder and Professor Chaos return, alongside new sketches including visits to a humane Hitman and the World’s Greatest Uncle, and dinner with Immanuel Kant.
"Thoroughly enjoyed this! Good job everyone."
"A great show! Really enjoyed it.

'A Number' & 'Far Away' (June/July 2017)

Directed by Dario Knight
Written by Caryl Churchill

Two plays from one of the country’s leading playwrights, rarely performed together. These two searing short plays examine the nature vs nurture debate, explore the relationship between father and son, and speculate on just how catastrophic the politics of fear can be.
"Two challenging plays really well delivered - thought provoking indeed!"

'Macbeth' (April 2017)

Directed by Dario Knight
Written by William Shakespeare

A sinister prophecy foretold on a battle-scarred heath leads Lord and Lady Macbeth to commit a terrible crime. Power and privilege awaits them, but blood will have blood – and what is done cannot be undone… Made possible thanks to the generous support of Aylesbury Town Council.
"A wonderfully full-blooded and imaginative interpretation; beautifully choreographed and acted"
"An excellent and very moving production"

Improv Comedy Evening (March 2017)

Directed & Hosted by David Pustansky
Featuring a larger cast than ever, our third improv evening drew its biggest audience yet. Once again, performers took part in a series of improvisation workshops leading up to the night itself.

'Alice in Wonderland' (December 2016)

Directed by David Pustansky
Written by Dario Knight

Something is amiss in Wonderland – time has stopped, the Queen of Hearts is embarking on her latest evil scheme, and there’s a beast lurking in the shadows… Can Alice discover who broke the Great Clock of Wonderland? Will she stop the evil Queen (without losing her head)? And just why is a raven like a writing desk?
"A well written fun show, with a friendly welcoming staff and cast. All things considered a great evenings entertainment."
"A very impressive show - hilarious and perfect for all family, well done!"

'Transcendental Mongoose' (November 2016)

Directed by Matthew Doherty
Written by Gareth Johnson, Brian Murray, Dario Knight and Matthew Doherty

The debut production from Unbound’s comedy contingent – ‘The Unbound Sketchbook’. A riotous night of brand new sketches and stand-up comedy including a Postcode Lottery gameshow, the fiendish plans of Professor Chaos and the sleuthing skills of Inspector Murder – plus stand-up comedy from Tarquin and Mysterio.

Improv Comedy Evening (May 2016)

Directed & Hosted by David Pustansky
Following on from our first Improv event, this second show featured more rapid-fire games and devised scenes based on audience suggestions, and included some returning performers in the cast alongside new improvisers from our weekly drama class.

'A Celebration of Shakespeare' (April 2016)

Directed by Dario Knight
Written by William Shakespeare

A one-night-only production celebrating 400 years since Shakespeare. A selection of speeches, scenes, sonnets and songs from the greatest writer of all time, brought together to explore his work in comedies, tragedies, histories and romances. Made possible thanks to the generous support of Aylesbury Town Council.
"Congratulations to all the cast and crew; you did a great job - lovely performances!"
"The rude mechanicals scene was to die for. I laughed myself silly."

'Beauty and the Beast' (December 2015)

Directed by Erika Sanderson
Written by Dario Knight

Leaving behind the quiet town of Folly, plucky young Rosalind sets out to save her impoverished family by venturing through the Forbidden Forest and into the Castle of the Fallen Prince – wherein lives the fearsome Beast of Folly. Trouble lurks at every turn – but heroes and villains aren’t always as they appear…
"Exactly what a proper pantomime should be."
"I felt like a child again, shouting out and singing along."

'Betrayal' (March 2015)

Directed by Dario Knight
Written by Harold Pinter

Hindsight can be a devastating thing - imagine living your entire life again, knowing precisely what was about to happen each day. When the bad times rose to meet you - wouldn't your heart break all over again? Jerry and Emma’s affair is over. Now it’s time to see how it unfolded – starting at the end...
"A fantastic show."
"It was superb."

Improv Comedy Evening (February 2015)

Directed & Hosted by David Pustansky
Our first Improv Comedy evening took place in the spring of 2015 and featured a talented cast of performers, who took part in a series of workshops leading up to the performance. A night of 'Whose Line Is It Anyway? style games and challenges.

Unbound Launch Night (September 2014)

Hosted by Dario Knight
Unbound launched at the Limelight Theatre with a special event previewing the company's programme, as well as showcasing the talents of its writers, directors, actors and tutors. The show included performances and readings as well as live drama and creative writing workshops.