A Still Life

A Still Life

Our début show was darkly comic play A STILL LIFE at Upstairs at the Three and Ten as part of the Brighton Fringe on Friday 16th, Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th May at 3pm, and again on Tuesday 27th & Wednesday 28th May at 7pm. 

We would like to extend our warmest thanks to everyone who helped A Still Life happen and to all those who came to see it.

The show was received extremely warmly, with strong audiences, excellent feedback and some wonderful reviews – including a five-star rating on Remote Goat, and ‘Highly Recommended’ by Fringe Review, which you can read here. Watch the teaser trailer below.

Written & directed by A Bunch of Actors co-founder Christophe Philipps MA, A Still Life was first produced in Portsmouth in 2006 under his FakeAwake theatre company to rave reviews, and Christophe was nominated for an ‘Audience Choice’ award.

Following our success at Brighton Fringe, we are planning a revival tour around the UK and beyond.

Teaser Trailer

Dr Proctor’s 12 Steps on the Road to Recovery!

We also launched www.drproctors12steps.co.uk, a website written in the ‘voice’ of Dr Proctor himself – acting as a nice tie in with the show on stage, and providing a little background (in character, of course!) on the story of A Still Life to help attract our audience.

The Story


A comic odyssey into the obscure…

When Jude awakes in a mental hospital with no idea who she is or how she got there, so begins a comic odyssey into the obscure, where reason is treason, sanity is a sickness and the only truth is that everything is a lie.

Self-proclaimed genius Dr Proctor, intent on diagnosing Jude with Proctor Syndrome, his simple-minded assistant Cardigan, ‘disorderly’ orderly Ford, an idiot savant named Serenity and the enigmatic Kahleela conspire to lead Jude through an existential maze of moral conundrums, head-scratching psychobabble – and the dreaded ‘Shock Therapy.’

A Still Life is a mind-bending comedy where nightmares are real and reality is an illusion – and challenges what it means to be insane, or even sane.


Our venue for A Still Life was the award-winning Upstairs at the Three and Ten – one of the key Fringe venues – in bohemian Kemp Town, just off the Old Steine and St James’ Street, at 10 Steine Street, Brighton BN2 1TE.

Three and TenIt won the ‘Best Venue Award’ at The Brighton Festival Awards in 2008 and 2009, and plays host to regular comedy, drama, new writing, music and cabaret events. 

Upstairs at Three and Ten is a wonderfully boutique theatre space with a seated capacity around 45 – perfect for the Brighton Fringe, and perfect for A Still Life.

In fact, so keen were the proprietors to book A Still Life, they went so far as to personally invite us – something virtually unheard of for a new company with a new production.


Jude – Rebecca Probyn

Rebecca ProbynRebecca is is an alumni of London drama school The Poor School. Since graduating, she has enjoyed a varied career in theatre and film, both in the UK and Italy. Rebecca’s credits include the award-winning The Treason Show in Brighton, The Newsrevue at the Canal Café Theatre in London, Carol in ‘The Beguiled’ at the Hen & Chickens theatre

See more at www.castingcallpro.com/uk/view.php?uid=70251.

Dr Proctor – Ian Angus Wilkie

Ian Angus WilkieA native Scotsman, Ian now lives in Brighton and has carved a wide-ranging career in acting, especially comic roles, and is a regular in Fringe productions, stage comedy, and film and TV roles.

Alongside comedy and character acting, Ian works as a university tutor and college lecturer.

See more at www.iananguswilkie.com.

Cardigan – Michael Armstrong

Michael ArmstrongMichael is an experienced and diverse London-based actor with a unique energy, huge devotion to the craft, and striking presence. He is also a prominent member of ‘fun therapy’ charity The Flying Seagull Project, having brought a smile or two to disadvantaged children in the UK and all around the world.

See more at www.castingcallpro.com/uk/view.php?uid=81095.

Serenity/Kahleela – Rachel Cohen

Rachel Cohen

Rachel trained at The London International School of Performing Arts (LISPA) in 2010 and has since toured with Chapterhouse, Quantum and Playtime Theatre all over the UK and Europe. She performs with interactive theatre companies and creates her own street theatre acts, particularly as co-director of Sideways Arts.

See more www.castingcallpro.com/uk/view.php?uid=378057

Ford – Christophe Philipps

Christophe Philipps

A Bunch of Actors co-founder and A Still Life writer/director, Christophe works primarily as an actor, but also as a writer/director, musician, live event/festival creative director and writing & performance workshops teacher. Christophe is a regular on the Brighton theatre scene, and has appeared in several feature films.

See more at https://www.spotlight.com/interactive/cv/7657-9052-8636 and www.christophephilipps.co.uk.

We’re also keen to collaborate with creative professionals in all aspects of the show. If you would like to get involved please get in touch.