Dr Faustess

A musical comedy with demons

Wed 22 Jan 2020 to Fri 24 Jan 2020

Dr Faustess


Produced by Likely Story
Presented by The Cockpit

In a chaotic teaching hospital, Dr Madeleine Faustess is suffering from burnout and stuck in a hell of a rut. So why not summon the great Mephistopheles, and fulfill some heart's desires before time runs out?  But instead of the great demon she gets Hal, a disgraced junior semi-demon who scarcely seems up to doing the job. In the course of a year and a day, doctor and demon must learn to accept each other for better or worse, in this sparkling black comedy about good and evil, winning and losing, love and death... and all the little things in between.

Dr Faustess will be presented as a scratch performance, continuing its development after two readings and dramaturgical refinement with director Kolja Schallenberg. 


Writer - D R Hood
Dictynna started out in theatre as a director with 'The Bacchae' and 'The Birds'.   She moved into film with award-winning short films 'The Other Man' (with Anna Maxwell Martin) and 'Journey Man' (with Ruth Madoc), followed by her debut feature ‘Wreckers’ with Claire Foy, Shaun Evans and Benedict Cumberbatch.   'Wreckers' was nominated for best debut at London International Film Festival and won the Silver George at Moscow.   It was shown on BBC1 and in Curzon Cinemas in the UK, and is distributed worldwide.  Dictynna is completing her second feature 'Us Among the Stones' with Laurence Fox, Anna Calder-Marshall, Oliver Cotton and Greg Hicks. Most recently she wrote ‘Through the Hawthorn’, an animation short about psychosis which won several major awards at festivals, and she has just written a play, 'Medea of the Islands', funded by the Wellcome Trust. 

Composer - Jamie Masters
Jamie has for fifteen years worked as an in-house composer and sound-designer at Adelphoi Music, writing, arranging, recording, and producing music for use on ads, promos, documentaries and short films, many award winning including at Cannes. Before working at Adelphoi he was a singer/songwriter and jazz accompanist.  He co-founded the theatre group 'Thiasos', and has written music for ancient Greek plays ‘Medea’, ‘Oedipus’, ‘Hippolytus’, ‘Plutus’ and ‘Peace’, as well as arrangements for ‘Lysistrata’, ‘Clouds’ and ‘Wasps’. Jamie is also a multi-instrumentalist, playing piano, clarinet, recorder, violin, viola, guitar, mandolin, ukulele and banjo. He plays viola in an orchestra (for which he has just completed his first symphony); and in what time he has left, he invents boardgames and cranky electronic gadgets.

Director - Kolja Schallenberg
Kolja trained at the University of Music and Theatre Hamburg, Germany, the theatre directors' programme at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts London, and at Shakespeare’s Globe in London.  
In Germany, Kolja's work as a director includes: 'Le Misanthrope'  - Theatre Manufacture/German Tour, '24Hrs Livestream' - an acclaimed experimental show at the National Theatre Bochum, 'Breakfast at Goethe's' - National Theatre Nürnberg, and 'The Bacchae' at Theatre League, Germany.   Most recently he has directed the German arena tour of 'Massachusetts - Bee Gees Musical', featuring original Bee Gees, and 'Hollywood Classics' at the Hippodrome.

Music Director - Anthony Ingle
Anthony Ingle has over four decades of experience in music and theatre. 
He is Musical Director and pianist of Impropera, the world’s first improvising opera company, and its recent off-shoot Muso, which takes musico-theatrical invention in the moment into museums and galleries after hours.
Anthony was the Musical Director of Tête à Tête’s acclaimed production of 'Salad Days', which ran for three seasons as Riverside Studios’ Christmas show.   Among the many musicals Anthony has MD'd recently are 'Tommy' for LAMDA, and the world première of Nigel Osborne’s opera 'Differences' in Demolitions, at the National Theatre, Mostar.
Anthony is currently touring in Opera A La Carte’s summer season, playing accordion and guitar in his own re-orchestration of Rossini’s 'The Barber of Seville', and writing incidental music for the British Comedy Company’s  1950’s radio-comedy version of 'The Hound of the Baskervilles'.

Cast to be announced.

Wednesday 22nd to Friday 24th January 2020
7:30pm, plus a matinee on 23rd at 2:30pm

All tickets: £10