By Jove Theatre
By Jove Theatre was established in 2011 by recent graduate and then MA student David Bullen, along with a number of other actors, directors, writers, and musicians – many of them Royal Holloway graduates. Along with David, the company is co-directed by Drama Department alumni Lauren Green and James Walker-Black. Of the company’s 14 permanent associates, 12 are Royal Holloway graduates, of which nine studied in the Drama Department.
David set up By Jove with the intention of exploring the myths and legends present in our own culture, as well as cultures of the past, seeking their contemporary resonances in 21st Century Britain. The company are greatly influenced by a shared materialist feminist ideology, and aim to reflect this in self-consciously political theatrical statements. However, the company are committed to the belief that this should not result in dry pseudo-theatrical lecturing; instead, they deploy a number of strategies to create original work. These include: experimentation with genre and form; use of alienation, illusion and misdirection; appropriation of perceived canonical works, both theatrical and literary; and investigation into the relationship between music and the actor.
The company’s London debut in 2012 was The Women Screaming Beyond, a feminist appropriation of Aeschylus’ Oresteia, which was developed directly from a production first mounted at Royal Holloway. That year, By Jove won the Drama Department’s Next Stage award, as well as the Arora Award for Innovation, and WestFocus Enterpreneurship’s BrightIdeas competition. The production received high praise from academics and theatre practitioners alike. By Jove’s Pride and Prejudice: The Panto, also in 2012, was selected by LoveTheatre.com as one of the top pantomimes of the season.
In addition to full scale productions, By Jove maintain an acting ensemble, training as a group with a variety of invited practitioners and developing new work. In addition, the company run an active education programme, delivering workshops to secondary schools and community groups.
By Jove also host LoveArts, a monthly new writing night at the Gallery Café in Bethnal Green, celebrating the diversity of London’s fringe art community. The night showcases new writing of all kinds, including poetry, spoken word, short scenes and one act plays, music, and short films. If you are interested in submitting a piece, or getting involved in the event as a performer or director, get in touch!