Wed 3rd – Mon 29th Aug 2011


“Meet former employee Laura and her pet goldfish Toby and watch as she transforms the world around her ”





How It Ended Productions


Inspired by store closures in the company’s home town Luton, Waterproof is a one woman show exploring the world inside these abandoned buildings- in fact one in particular- the fictional ‘Aqua Town – Luton’s best (and only) Aquarium’. Meet former employee Laura and her pet goldfish Toby and watch as she transforms the world around her – books become buildings, staircases lead us up to the stars and a dusty old record collection conjures memories of a doomed romance.

How It Ended Productions are associate artists of The Hat Factory, and their work is heavily informed by their experience of living in Luton. Formed in 2008, the company is actor and theatre maker Eva Sampson and playwright and poet Teresa Burns, who met at the University of Birmingham. They also work with sound and lighting designer Madeleine Scott Cree. Past productions include Seneca’s Oedipus (Joseph Chamberlain’s Clock Tower, 2008-09) and The Museum of Us (the Hat Factory, 2010).

Teresa Burns graduated from the University of Birmingham’s prestigious Playwriting Studies M. Phil. course in 2009. Past work as a writer includes The Museum of Us (the Hat Factory); Sounds Like Home (University of Birmingham) and Paper Poetry in the City (London and Luton). As a producer and administrator she has worked for Scamp Theatre, the Hat Factory and Experiment86, and assistant directed John Retallack on Company of Angels’ Theatre Café.

Eva Sampson is a graduate of East 15’s MA in Acting (’09). Past work includes Graceless (Assembly Halls) and Digging Up the Flight Path, both directed by Fringe First Award winner Jamie Wood. She has also appeared in Treasure Island (New Theatre Royal Portsmouth), Lost in Space (White Horse Theatre), and Crowd (Wandsworth Arts Festival, Crow Theatre).

The Hat Factory opened in 2003 and is Luton’s main provider of contemporary theatre, dance and music. The venue works with both emerging and proven producers and artists, through programming, engagement programmes and its Associate Artists scheme. Other Associate Artists include Shams, currently touring with Reykjavik, and Peut Etre Theatre.


Admission: £5(£7) – £9(£8)

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