Established in 2018, Somna Theatre is a brand new, London-based theatre company. We give voice to guilty pleasures, bottom drawer secrets, and the ‘this’ll never work’ ideas. STC aims to focus its body of work on both new writing and established pieces. in short, we love bringing weird sh*t to life.

 

Somna Theatre asks one question before selecting a production; 'why now?'  Why this play, at this specific point in time? We believe in  engaging with the current cultural landscape through theatre, and producing shows that reflect that principle. With an affinity for dark comedy, satire, absurdism, surrealism, and modernism, STC believes in the staging of bold, unique pieces. Our core focus comes down to creating theatre that is, accessible, practical, and story driven. 

 

Founders

Company Administration

 
 
Morgan Noll  Artistic Director

Morgan Noll
Artistic Director

 Morgan is a Masters student at RCSSD studying Advanced Theatre Practices. She moved to the UK in 2016 from Vancouver, Canada. Morgan has directed at both a student and commercial level. Her work has been featured by Bedlam Theatre Festival,The London Horror Festival, and Lyric Hammersmith’s Evolution Festival. Morgan is a current member of the 2019 Director’s Club, volunteer at the Space Theatre, D.O of Jackson’s Lane Theatre, and an amateur bass player. Morgan continues to pursue her dedication to creating quality productions with a practical focus.

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Robbie Heath  Sound Designer

Robbie Heath
Sound Designer

Robbie is a Graduate from the University of Glasgow, from a joint honours course in Literature and Philosophy. He has lived internationally since the age of nine, returning to the UK to finish his academic career. Despite always moving, theatre has remained a constant in his life, as has his keen appreciation for storytelling. Notable credits include: BBC's Still game and Glass Knunckles Productions 2017, Deep Fried; which sold out at the Edinburgh Fringe. His acting experience is varied and abundant, and it is his belief that an actor’s duty is, first and foremost, to the text.

 

Production Team

Creative + Design + Technical

 
Annys Whyatt  Director

Annys Whyatt

Director

Annys is a performer, director and writer originally from Bristol. She initially trained with the Bristol Old Vic Young Company and appeared in many of their productions. In 2012 she co-wrote the semi-autobiographical play, Only Us, which was put on at the Bristol Old Vic as part of their Ferment Festival. More recently Annys co-founded the theatre company, Damsels:Reconstructed and took their show, Three Bloody Mary’s Please, to the Battersea Arts Centre in 2018 as part of their Homegrown Festival. The company often give talks on behalf of The Period Project charity around London. Currently, she is doing her masters at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in Advanced Theatre Practice.

Hannah Batt   Production Designer

Hannah Batt

Production Designer

Hannah is a scenographer, performer and photographer working across the South of England. A graduate of the BA English & Theatre program at the University of Warwick, Hannah has worked as a designer, technician and stage manager throughout her academic life. Her interest in interactive and site-specific work has led her to a diverse range of projects, from Punchdrunk Enrichment’s TYA project The Invisible College (2014) to Short Periods of Structured Nothingness, a new work by Blast Theory commissioned as part of Science Gallery London’s inaugural exhibition HOOKED (2018). She is currently studying for an MA in Advanced Theatre Practice at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. 

 
Pénélope Hervouet  Dramaturg

Pénélope Hervouet

Dramaturg

Pénélope is a director, performer, dramaturg, critic, and everything in between. After an MSc in Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Edinburgh, she went to train at LISPA for six weeks in physical theatre and devising. Penelope is interested in intersectional and experimental ways of making performance. Recent projects include Like Drowning, an absurdist production written by Artificial Intelligence and exploring the internalization of social norms (Edinburgh Fringe 2018), and a stylized rendition of Sam Steiner’s Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons. She is currently part of the Directors’ Club, a professional training network in London, and Annexe Arts, an emerging artists’ collective.