Curtain’s up on foursome’s ‘bite size’ theatre company

The Saturday Matinee Company in Oxford. Clockwise from top left: Steve Hay, James Card, Amy Enticknap and Gaye Poole
The Saturday Matinee Company in Oxford. Clockwise from top left: Steve Hay, James Card, Amy Enticknap and Gaye Poole
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A professional actress who grew up in Thame has set up a ‘bite-size’ theatre company with three friends.

Amy Enticknap teamed up with thespian colleagues to set up the Saturday Matinee Company, and now the foursome are reeling from their first sell-out run of Shaun McCarthy’s play Collider this month.

Originally director Katie’s Read’s idea, Amy and her colleagues Steve Hay and Gaye Poole jumped on board and secured a one-hour Saturday lunchtime slot at the Old Fire Station in Oxford – hence the name, Saturday Matinee Company.

Amy, in her 30s, first got the acting bug at the age of seven with Thame Players before joining the Thame Youth Theatre as a teenager.

She said: “The idea of Sat Mat Co is that it’s an intimate, stripped back, bite-sized theatrical experience to attract not only the Saturday shopper but those who don’t normally go to the theatre, as the shows are only one hour long.

“We’re also focusing on new writers as a lot of theatre seems to be London-centric, but we want to show that there can be just as much buzz over new writing in Oxford.”

And the team have done so well with Collider that the Old Fire Station has already invited them back for a second play, Connie’s Colander, in late May during the Oxfringe festival.

Amy, whose parents Catherine and Andrew still live in Yeates Close, Thame, said: “It’s so exciting. The reason I became an actress is because I love the theatre and that electric current that runs between the actors and the audience. It feeds my soul.”

The team plan to put on four performances a year around their other acting commitments. Search Saturday Matinee Company on Facebook or follow @SatMatCo on Twitter.