Past Productions

Unbound’s first full-length theatrical production was staged in spring 2015. Since then they have performed work by classic and contemporary writers, as well as brand-new material by local writers. Below is a brief summary of each show

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.

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.

'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."

'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."

'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."

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.

'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.

'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!"

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.

'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"

'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!"

'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 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."

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.

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'.

'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 (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.

'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!"

'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."

'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!"

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...

'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."

'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 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."

'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!"

'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."

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!"

'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

'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!"

'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.”

'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!”

'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!”

'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!!"