what is scoot theatre?
Scoot Theatre is a touring theatre company based in the Southeast.
We are passionate about engaging new audiences by presenting exceptional productions in non-traditional theatre spaces.
Our Mission is to inspire young people to make a positive impact on the world.
We aim to achieve this through:
Engagement with Schools and Community Groups
Our own Youth Theatre, "Scoot Youth"
by artistic DIRECTOR, max
I started Scoot in summer 2020 to offer safe live events after lockdown. I wanted to try and bring local communities back together again after months of being indoors.
Our first production was a 60-minute,
family-friendly, Actor-Musician version of
"A Midsummer Night’s Dream" that toured outdoors to 10 local cricket clubs.
Over 2500 people came out to see that production so we carried on!
A bit sentimental really...My eldest son was learning to ride his first scooter during lockdown. I also hope the word is representative of the energy of the work we create!
I want our shows to ‘scoot’ along!
max's son - the original "scooter"
the original cricket dream cast, summer 2020
the original cricket dream cast
since 2020 we have...
ADapted our own version of a christmas carol which played at east molesey cricket club in december 2020
toured our production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream along with The Comedy of Errors in summer 2021
...and in summer 2022 we were supported by the "house scheme" run by farnham maltings and the arts council to tour cricket clubs with our "a midsummer night's dream" again, visiting a wider area of the south east and reaching an even bigger audience
in april 2022 we set up our own youth theatre, scoot youth.
we meet every saturday during term-time at the riverhouse barn in walton. scoot youth is a safe space for anyone aged 11-19 to expand their drama skillset, make friends and build their confidence. You can learn more about Scoot Youth here.
(written by real people)
what people say...
"There are lots of laughs to be had, a few cricket jokes and live music, which lends itself beautifully to both the play and the delightful setting"
“I loved it...
A well played,
al fresco production.”
“I never thought I'd see
my children laughing hysterically at Shakespeare
at such a young age...
it was incredible”
real audience members
(not my mum)
"We can safely say that Scoot will surprise you...we're completely converted by their accessible adaptations which are unpretentious, silly fun."
a bit about max
(our artistic director)
Max trained at Rose Bruford College. He is an actor, writer, director and producer
His acting work in theatre includes: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (West End); The Woman In Black (West End); One Man, Two Guvnors (West End); The 39 Steps (Barn Theatre/Theatre Royal Windsor); The Hound of the Baskervilles (Jermyn Street); A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Merchant of Venice, The Comedy of Errors (Propeller); NT 50 Gala (National Theatre); An Ideal Husband (Chichester Festival Theatre); Anything Is Possible If You Think About It Hard Enough (The Vaults); The Notorious Mrs Ebbsmith (Jermyn Street); Murder On The Nile (UK Tour).
Film includes: Dream Horse and Downton Abbey.
Writing and directing:
Max was assistant director on productions of The Outsider (The Coronet) and The Grapes of Wrath (Nuffield Theatres and Nottingham Playhouse). With Scoot he has adapted and directed A Christmas Carol and is currently working on an adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s short story The Selfish Giant. He also directed Scoot’s 2021 production of The Comedy of Errors and the 2022 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
He has recently become an associate artist of Farnham Maltings.