Before the birth of their imaginative worlds, C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien developed a strong and inseparable friendship that was one of the founding and fuelling elements of Narnia and Middle-Earth.
The Fellowship, written and directed by Bryan Hodgson, will receive its UK premiere at The Hen and Chickens 13-19 August, as part of Camden Fringe 2016.
It explores the very beginning of such an unlikely bond between a devout Catholic and an ardent non-believer, and their continued support and love of each other’s work.
Bryan said: “They first met at Oxford University, where they both worked, and this play is about the first conversation they had over beer and whiskey.
“It is just those first couple of hours, exploring everything from mythology to religion. They were both completely different people but shared a lover of story telling and they both influenced each other and were friends until the very end.”
The Fellowship is also the first production by newly formed company, Hodgson Creed Productions, which has been set up by Anita Creed and Bryan Hodgson after working together as actors.
Bryans first play, Dorothy, based on The Wonderful Wizard of Oz author L. Frank Baum, was well received at its preview in 2015.
Anita said: “We have long term aims of telling the story of the storyteller. We are aiming to make Dorothy bigger and better as out second production.
“Longer term we would like to do a 60-minute play about a writer and then a 60-minute adaptation of one of their plays. So there would be a crossover between the real life that influenced the characters.”
Anita has recently worked with Andrew Wright (double Olivier Award nominee) and producer Amy Anzel (Happy Days UK tour, Casa Valentina at Southwark Playhouse, and most recently Sideways at the St. James. She has also just completed filming with Alan Ford, who worked previously on Snatch and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrells.
Bryan has just completed a tour of Chaplin, The Charlie Chaplin Story with Nicole Faraday and also worked as Assistant Director for Amy Anzel’s production of Casa Valentina at Southwark Playhouse.
For more details on The Fellowship and Camden Fringe 1-18 August 2016 visit www.camdenfringe.com
Photograph by Shay Rowan