History

Random Acts Theatre was founded in the Summer of 2001 by then undergraduate students of the Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts, Adam Brummitt and Khnemu K. Menu-Ra. Since its inception, Random Acts has mounted successful inaugural productions of, most notably, a review entitled 'Trunk Songs' compiled and joint-directed by Menu-Ra and a production of Pulitzer Prize winning dramatist Harold Pinter’s 'The Dumb Waiter', directed, designed and featuring Brummitt.


In of October of 2006, Random Acts’ operations relocated to St. Louis, where both artistic directors excelled in the theatre practice of metropolitan St. Louis, involved with such reputable companies as New Line Theatre, Hydeware Theatre, and St. Louis Shakespeare Company (through which both were involved in the company’s production of William Shakespeare's Othello featuring Alfonso Freeman, eldest son to Morgan Freeman).

With a production slated for late August 2007 (a staging of Stephen Belber’s 1999 Humana Festival Offical Selection 'Tape') as well as organising a reading of David Rabe's 'Hurly Burly' it was established that the company would continue in its tradition of presenting challenging, cogent, thought-provoking material as a means of invigorating what is at times mistakenly regarded as an obsolete art form.

Beginning in October of 2008, Artistic Director Adam Brummitt undertook study to receive a Masters Degree in Drama Research at the University of Exeter. Here, Random Acts Theatre presented its second production penned by Pulitzer Prize Award-Winning Playwright Harold Pinter with 'Death etc'. The production examined contemporary themes of pseudo-patriotism and their consequences in a piece the company hopes might well see subsequent incarnations.


The future of Random Acts had appeared uncertain, and it was towards this uncertainty that the company proceeded undaunted. It was not the continued existence of the company that was in question but in what manner it would reemerge with so much of the company dispersed over Countries, Continents, States, and so forth. However, being that we of Random Acts recognised the inherent fallacy of spatial perception (inconveniencing though it may be), the company was nonetheless confident that the rise of Random Acts would come.


In October of 2009, prior to obtaining his Masters Degree with Distinction in Drama Research from The University of Exeter, Brummitt spent a stint Stateside during which he and Menu-Ra reaffirmed the continued life of Random Acts. Menu-Ra, amidst the hiatus, continued to thrive in Saint Louis' metropolitan theatre.

Returning to the fair City of Exeter in 2009, Brummitt embarked upon PhD study having been awarded a substantial AHRC scholarship for his efforts. In June of 2009 a production of Jean-Paul Sarte's 'Huis Clos (No Exit)' was developed and mounted at Exeter's Barnfield Theatre with inclusion as part of the Exeter Autumn Festival.

Since these recent developments, Random Acts Theatre has not terried in its commitment to its mission in introducing seeds of revolution in theatre's fertile soil. In the course of the past year, Random Acts Theatre has seen the highly successful productions of Patrick Marber's CLOSER, Jason Lindner's The Gog/Magog Project' and the first installment of Artistic Director Adam Brummitt's forthcoming Void Cycle, This Go 'Round for which Menu-Ra journeyed to Exeter to realise fully the vision of this original piece.

In January of 2012, Random Acts Theatre was privileged to stage the second professional production of Steven Fechter's highly controversial The Woodsman. Working closely with the playwright, Random Acts adapted the piece to be set in a nondescript, industry-based English city and met with wonderful reception.


Further in the year, as part of his continuing study, Brummitt's original piece entitled NARRATIVE will be staged at The University of Exeter's Roborough Studios. A departure for the playwright, NARRATIVE represents the author's first foray into the personally unexplored conventions of post-modernist drama and features a performance by theatre veteran Peter Thomson, continuing in the challenging, experimental tradition to which Random Acts Theatre has devoted its efforts.

Developments continued in late 2012 and early 2013
, with Menu-Ra relocating to The City of Chicago and Brummitt - being awarded the degree of his studies - relocating to The City of Plymouth (and with him Random Acts Theatre).


AN ACCOUNT OF FURTHER ACTIVITIES IS CURRENTLY UNDER DEVELOPMENT...