Will Jarvis wrote, co-directed (alongside Niamh Marie Smith) and co-produced a theatre play whilst at Exeter University. The play’s production was originally supported by “Theatre with Teeth”, Exeter University’s theatre society for original writing, and was performed upstairs at Exeter’s Boston Tea Party Restaurant / Bar with a three night run to great reviews.
Subsequently, Sealed was independently toured, with most of the original cast, for a three night run at the OSO Arts Centre in London.
Will Jarvis had a couple interviews about his new play. One with the OSO Arts Centre and one with Expose:
- OSO -
"Everyone understands the importance of human connection with those around you yet people sometimes fail to value how necessary this ongoing reciprocity really is; Sealed explores this sensation in dramatic and comedic ways that anyone can empathise with."
- Expose -
"...it’s so easy to become invested in characters. It’s an art form where people are put before everything else"
A selection of reviews for Sealed:
"Jarvis sets up a deeply personal and philosophical play that follows many paths until reaching the locked door to open it"
"A special mention must go to writer Will Jarvis for the delicate balance between sincerity and humour which he managed to maintain, with the help of the excellent cast, throughout the two act piece. Delving in and out of these shades of emotion was, for me, what really drove the plot and made each of the seven strangers seem like just the opposite."
"Sealed is a touching piece of theatre, which deals with loneliness and the interactions that we have with the different types of people we meet through out our lives, and the way our personalities may change as we grow up"
Written by Will Jarvis
Directed by Will Jarvis & Niamh Marie Smith
Produced by Katie Jenkins
Stage Managed by Olivia Harvey
Marketing by Rhiannon Adams (Exeter) & Alex Stenhouse (London)
Amy - Lila Boschet
Barnaby - Tobias Grace
Charlie - Jacob Crossley (Exeter) & James Hawley (London)
Denise - Georgia McKnight
Edward - Jacob Hutchings
Felicity - Dani Payne
Roxy - Gabriella Drake (Exeter) & Grace O'Brien (London)