Film company launches into theatre with Writers & Anglers Theatre Troupe and new play ‘Mercy’
Film company launches into theatre with Writers & Anglers, a London based Theatre Company of Artists, dedicated to developing and producing daring, provocative, and soulful new plays with an eye on championing incendiary and underground voices. WATT was founded in July 2019 by Kevin Fitzmaurice Comer and Mandi Riggi who originally met as filmmakers on a set of a short film in Maine (United States). They partnered to write, direct and produce a number of award-winning narrative films as well as branching off to develop a TV series for the Showtime Network. Their first outing together into the world of theatre is a rehearsed reading of the play ‘Mercy’ written by Mandi Riggi to be presented at London’s Clapham Fringe Festival under the motif “Beyond Borders”.
‘Mercy’ is a dark comedy with a spiritual twist, centring on a British-Iranian family. The story is told through the prism of an end-of-life decision, bringing into question the very nature of the soul.
WATT strives to create a collaborative and all-inclusive home for Performers and Creatives alike. They are proud to announce their collaboration with the talented and award-winning Thespians, Mandana Jones, Andy Lucas, Adam Sina, David Charles, Michael Bertenshaw, Peyvand Sadeghian, and Louise Young.
The rehearsed reading of ‘Mercy’ at the Clapham Fringe is directed by Nicky Allpress who is a staff director at the National Theatre and assistant director to the play, ‘My Brilliant Friend,’ which opens at the National this coming fall. Her most recent production, ‘Market Boy’ written by David Eldridge received rave reviews.
Mandi Riggi’s last play ‘Leviticus’ produced by the NY company Where Are They Going Now was presented at the 2018 Edinburgh Festival after a sold out run Off Broadway at 59E59 (NY). It met with great acclaim in Scotland, “If Bret Easton Ellis and Tennessee Williams had split a pitcher of margaritas and a mountain of cocaine, the result might have resembled this entertaining examination of 90s excess.” -The Scotsman
There was no question after the success of her last play in Edinburgh and New York that Comer and Riggi would branch off and form their own theatre ensemble with WATT.
WATT is excited to unveil ‘Mercy,’ a stunning, emotional, comedic and ultimately hopeful play on Sept 27, 28 (7pm) at The Clapham Fringe (Bread and Roses Theatre).http://www.claphamfringe.com/mercy.html