the trulyuselesscompany is the theatre management and stage entertainment arm of thrupiecemedia. It was created in 2016 following thrupiecemedia's acquisition of a controlling interest in the Nearly Useless Theatre Group. The new venture (under the chairmanship Louis B Threadbone) aims to bring state-of-the-art cinema production values to "the crusty and jaded world of the West End theatre".
In 2016 the company signalled its intent by purchasing and renovating London's iconic Savaloy Theatre with the aim of making it the epicentre of musical theatre in the capital.
In addition to its ownership of theatres, the company plays a leading role in both ticket touting (trulyuselessticketing) and artist management (trulyuselessartistes). The latter's roster includes actors Jason Stourpaine, Jennifer Aniston-Threadbone and Eleanor d'Acquitaine, director Oliver Threadstone and acclaimed glamour model, burlesque artist and children's author Camilla Indoor-Bowls.
In association with the Savaloy Theatre Company, the trulyuselesscompany pursues an educational mission via The Thrupiece Academy for the Performing Arts (TAPAs). A recognised centre of excellence, TAPAs identifies young talent, nurtures the gifted and helps create the stars of the future by guiding its students through the choppy waters of London's perilously tidal theatrical scene.
The Academy offers 1,2 and 3 week courses leading to TAPAs Record of Attendance, TAPAs Record of Good Behaviour, TAPAs Quite Good at Acting, TAPAs Quite Good at Dancing and TAPAs Not Bad at Singing certificates. Fees start at £3,500 per session (4 hours with lunch break; cost of food not included).
the trulyuselesscompany is planning to build a second theatre as part of its new Arts Complex in Great Heaving. The designer is acclaimed Swedish architect Bengt Forkessonsson.
The Savaloy Theatre, London: epicentre of the trulyuselesscompany.
Elevations of The Savaloy Theatre [above] before restoration and [below] after the sympathetic 2016 rennovations
Whilst supporting the widest range of dramatic arts (including theatre, dance, musicals and ten-pin bowling), the trulyuselesscompany specialises in the promotion of stage musicals - old, new and deplorable (Les Deplorables)
Beginning with an investment in the musical Twist! (based on the card game by Charles Dickens), the Company went on to sponsor the regional tour of The Book of Moron and has, most recently, co-produced the West End sensation "Brian and the fair-trade ethically-sourced Chocolate Factory", currently playing at the Theatre Royal, Bradpole.
In close association with parent organisation thrupiecemedia, the trulyuselesscompany has recently commissioned world famous composer Addinsell Threadbone to write a new stage musical to commemorate the opening of the Great Heaving Arts Centre (2026). Based on life in a small Norfolk seaside town this exciting and innovative work (provisional title Hunstanton!) will push the boundaries of conventional musical theatre by featuring fully-clad heterosexual dancing choreographed by American avant-gardiste Thwyla Twarp. The book and lyrics are by Edna Award winning wordsmith Tim Rice-Crispie.
LEFT: The Company's iconic production of twist was in man ways its finest achievement to date. RIGHT: the trulyuselesscompany has, recently, co-produced the West End sensation "Brian and the fair-trade ethically-sourced Chocolate Factory", currently playing at the Theatre Royal, Bradpole
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Brian and the fair-trade ethically-sourced Chocolate Factory
The trulyuselesstheatregroup is equally proud to announce the revival of its production of Addinsell Threadbone/Tim Rice-Krispie's The Screaming. Based on Roald Diwali-Festival short story Charlie and the fair-Trade Ethically-sourced Chocolate Factory is, according the The Sydling ST Nicholas Sun "a musical like no other".
It currently on a three day run at the Theatre Royal, Bradpole before moving on to the Community Pavilion Theatre, Chetnole.
The trulyuselesstheatregroup is proud to announce the revival of its production of Addinsell Threadbone/Tim Rice-Krispie's The Screaming. Based on Rowena Westlake's She Came Like Thunder and a "flop" when first produced at the Cattlemarket Theatre Buckland Ripers (closing after only 3 performances) it has since languished unremembered and unloved.
However, Roger Lloyd Webbing has long remained fond of this orphan child and was determined to take the first opportunity to revive it. "I have long remained fond of this orphan child", he explained. "and I was determined to take the first opportunity to revive it. Perhaps audiences weren't ready for its uncompromising message of female awakening back in 2015. Let's face it the book was pretty shockingly written. But I think we have all grown up since then."
Assembling the original production team including near professional director Dominic Damian Dudley Dinsdale OBE,MPG,CP3O, QC, RSCBE, it will open at the Theatre Royal, Litton Cheney on 10 March, moving to The Centre for the Performing Arts Hinton Martell on 12 March.