Fake Escape was created by David Shopland, Matthew Grace and Lewis Oatley in 2013 with a view to uncovering new voices in theatre throughout the South West region. Shopland, Grace and Oatley first met in 2004 while attending City of Bath College’s Performing Arts course. After exploring their individual artistic paths over the next several years, taking them to different parts of the country and across the world; work would sporadically cause them to reunite and work together, eventually leading to the formation of this company.
Fake Escape has been created with a view to producing work that may have difficulty getting a platform elsewhere. The company is committed to spearheading exciting new artistic projects that not only entertain and engage audiences, but open a dialogue with a new generation of theatregoers and theatremakers alike. Fake Escape creates work that is unpretentious, based in truth and contemporary in nature – while championing diversity and inclusivity to create a broad spectrum of work in each season.
Through the annual 20:20 Vision New Writing project, based at the Bath Fringe Festival, Fake Escape have been able to uncover voices within the next generation of playwrights aged 18 –30; giving a public platform to writers who otherwise may remain unheard. Many of the writers that have been involved with 20:20 Vision have developed lasting relationships with Fake Escape, with some receiving writing commissions and further development within the company.