About Us


About Us
Empire Street Productions is an independent production company that is committed to producing quality theatre, film and TV. With experience nationally and internationally it has the ability to develop material from idea to finished production whilst also being able to offer bespoke management/consultancy services to creative partners.

ESP was set up by independent producer James Bierman, to develop and produce work across theatre, television and film. Recent Theatre credits include Sam Shepard's TRUE WEST starring Kit Harington and Johnny Flynn at the Vaudeville Theatre, Tracy Letts’ KILLER JOE at the Trafalgar Studio starring Orlando Bloom, and Samuel D Hunter’s THE WHALE at the Ustinov, Bath.

BALLYWALTER, a BFI, Screen Ireland and NIS supported feature film by Stacey Gregg and directed by Prasanna Puwanarajah is in post production. THROUGH THE DUNES, a short film starring Ian Hart written & directed by Tim Price is in competition.  Documentary CHAPLIN, directed by Peter Middleton & James Spinney is in Post Production, and HOW TO FAKE A WAR by Tim Price, directed by Rudolf Herzog, was released in 2019. ESP are currently developing Television projects with Anonymous Content and Content Superba.

Ballywalter


BALLYWALTER by Stacey Gregg

IN POST PRODUCTION

Ballywalter is a life affirming story about the unexpected connections that can pull us back from the edge.

Eileen (Seána Kerslake) is a sardonic University drop-out whose dreams of a successful life in London have died. Back at home in Belfast with her mum and pregnant sister, she is trying to make ends meet by working as an unlicensed driver in her ex-boyfriend’s minicab.

Shane (Patrick Kielty) has exiled himself in Ballywalter following the break-up of his marriage, but now he’s trying to get his life back on track by enrolling in an evening comedy course.

Eileen accepts the weekly return fare from Shane. As the two spend time together on the road between Belfast and Ballywalter, shuttling back and forth over several months, a surprising connection is made and a unlikely friendship develops, saving them both from a downward spiral.

BELFAST, January, 2021 – Filming has completed on location in Northern Ireland on BALLYWALTER, the feature debut of director Prasanna Puwanarajah. Written by Stacey Gregg, the film stars IFTA award nominee Seána Kerslake (A Date For Mad Mary, The Hole in the Ground) and BAFTA award nominee Patrick Kielty (My Dad, The Peace Deal and Me), who is best known for his comedy and television work.

The film is financed by the BFI awarding funds from the National Lottery, Screen Ireland, Northern Ireland Screen and Salmira Productions. Bankside Films are handling worldwide sales.

Cast:
Seána Kerslake - Eileen
Patrick Kielty - Shane

Creatives:
Prasanna Puwanarajah - Director
Federico Cesca - Director of Photography
Tom Bowyer - Production Designer
Susan Scott - Costume Designer
Robyn Wheeler - Hair & Make Up Designer
Sarah Brewerton - Editor
Composer - Niall C Lawlor
Amy Ball - Casting

Producers:
James Bierman
Nik Bower

Co-Producers:
Alan Maher
John Wallace
Brian J Falconer

Executive Producers:
Deepak Nayar
Natascha Wharton
Celine Haddad
Sam Frohman
Salman Al-Rashid
Ballywalter

Through The Dunes


THROUGH THE DUNES written & directed by Tim Price


On the cusp of adulthood, Lily is furious that she’s still sidelined from the annual tradition of burying the family Christmas tree at Formby dunes. When Granddad Tony dies, it falls on Lily to somehow keep the tradition going and keep her family together.

Liverpool, 2020 – Filming has completed on location in Liverpool on THROUGH THE DUNES, the short film debut of writer director Tim Price. The film stars Evening Standard Film award winner Ian Hart (Backbeat, The Hollow Reed, Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone), Helen Carter, David Williams and introduces Bo Bragason.

The film is financed by the BFI awarding funds from the National Lottery. It has won awards at the Short Film Festival and is in competition at Aesthetica FF in Nov 21.

Cast:
Ian Hart - Andy
Bo Bragason - Lily
Helen Carter - Karen
David Williams - Tony

Crew:
Writer & Director - Tim Price
Director of Photography - Diana Olifirova
Designer - Polly Sullivan
Editor - Jennifer Tividad
Lucy Watt - Sound Designer
Composers - Ben & Max Ringham
Casting - Thomas Adams
1st AD - Mark Roberts
3rd AD - Finn Ella
Runner - Sean Toshach
Runner - Luke Haughton
Runner - Lydia Clarke
Runner - Joe Gurski
Production Asst - Lydia Grainge
Script Supervisor - Sara J Doughty
1st AC - Sim Bala
2nd AC - Dann Cooper
Trainee - Cécile Mulombe Mbombo
Grip - Jon Head
Camera Car - Joe Armstrong
Gaffer - Ian Sykes
Spark - Lewis Bolland
DIT - Christy Kail
Sound Mixer - Andy Low
1st AS - Jack Lynskey
1st AS - Zak Wundowa
Costume & Art Assistant - Georgi Cheers-Aslanian
Hair & Make Up - Zara Bray
Photographer - Leah Bierman
Location Manager - Chris Webb
Dining Bus - Arthur Timmins
Trailer - Nigel Furby
Honey Wagon - Phil Robinson
Director of Post Production - Rob Farris


Producers:
James Bierman
Siobhan Daly

Executive Producer:
Jess Loveland
Through The Dunes

The Pillowman


THE PILLOWMAN by Martin McDonagh

NEW DATES TBC

Duke Of York's Theatre

BOOK TICKETS

“’The first duty of a storyteller is to tell a story’. Or was it ‘The only duty of a storyteller is to tell a story’”

In a totalitarian state a Writer is questioned by the authorities about a spate of murders that bear similarities to his short stories. Is this life imitating art or something more sinister? This black comedy widely regarded as one of the greatest plays of the past 25 years, examines the role of the artist in society and asks what price do we pay for freedom of expression.

With an all-star cast including Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Steve Pemberton, Matthew Dunster directs the West End Premiere of Martin McDonagh’s electrifying and savagely funny Olivier award-winning play, THE PILLOWMAN at the intimate Duke of York’s Theatre for a strictly limited season.


Cast:
Aaron Taylor-Johnson - Katurian
Steve Pemberton - Tupolski

Creatives:
Matthew Dunster - Director
Anna Fleischle - Designer
Neil Austin - Lighting Designer
Ian Dickinson - Sound Designer
Dick Straker - Video Designer
Amy Ball - Casting
The Pillowman

True West


An audio recording of this show is available to order from Audible here: TRUE WEST AUDIO

TRUE WEST by Sam Shepard

23rd November – 23rd February 2019

Vaudeville Theatre


Kit Harington and Johnny Flynn star in the West End Premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winner Sam Shepard’s ferociously funny, modern classic, True West.

Austin is working on a movie script that he has sold to producer Saul Kimmer when Lee stumbles back in to his life. Never content to watch from the sidelines, he pitches his own idea to Kimmer, an action which has far reaching consequences…

Set against the searing heat of the Californian desert, Shepard’s critically acclaimed drama pits brother against brother as a family tears itself apart, exposing the cracks in the American Dream.


Cast:
Kit Harington - Austin
Johnny Flynn - Lee
Donald Sage Albery - Saul
Madeleine Potter - Mom

Creatives:
Matthew Dunster - Director
Jon Bausor - Designer
Joshua Carr - Lighting Designer
Ian Dickinson - Sound Designer
Johnny Flynn & Joe Zeitlin - Composers
Amy Ball - Casting


Reviews:
★★★★★ – ‘True West is one to put on your ‘not to be missed’ list this winter.’- Broadwayworld.com

★★★★ – ‘Matthew Dunster’s production is a powerful, punchy evening’ – Mail on Sunday

★★★★ – ‘Kit Harington and Johnny Flynn electrify’ – Evening Standard

★★★★ – ‘Matthew Dunster’s terrifically performed production’ – Metro

★★★★ – ‘Intense and Seductive’ – Radio Times

★★★★ – ‘Wickedly funny’ – The Stage
True West

Killer Joe


KILLER JOE by Tracy Letts

18th May – 18th August 2018

Trafalgar Studios

This really isn’t somethin’ we can afford to cut corners on … Killer Joe’s a professional, and he’ll do this right.
Hollywood star Orlando Bloom (Legolas in The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit trilogy, Will Turner in the Pirates of the Caribbean series) plays a cop who moonlights as a killer-for-hire in the West End production of multi award-winning Tracy Letts’ violent and darkly comic, Killer Joe.

The Smith family hatch a plan to murder their estranged matriarch for her insurance money. They hire Killer Joe Cooper, a police detective and part-time contract killer, to do the job. But once he enters their trailer home, he comes face to face with the innocent daughter and their simple plan spirals out of control…

“A tense, gut-twisting thriller ride” (Chicago Tribune)

Killer Joe asks where the moral line is drawn in the fight for survival.

Cast:
Orlando Bloom - Joe
Sophie Cookson - Dottie
Adam Gillen - Chris
Neve McIntosh - Sharla
Steffan Rhodri - Ansel

Creatives:
Simon Evans - Director
Grace Smart - Designer
Richard Howell - Lighting Designer
Edward Lewis - Composer & Sound Designer
Ellie Collyer-Bristow - Casting

Reviews
★★★★★ – ‘A sharper, tenser, more violently entertaining night in the theatre you will not find’- Libby Purves

★★★★★ – Orlando Bloom’s mesmerising performance’ – the Sun

★★★★ – ‘unnerving and darkly comic – The Guardian

★★★★ – ‘Simon Evans’ gripping production – Metro

★★★★ – The Times

★★★★ – Financial Times

★★★★ – Daily Mail


Killer Joe

The Whale


The Whale by Samuel D.Hunter

26th April – 2nd June 2018

Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal Bath

In a small town on the outskirts of Mormon Country, Idaho, Charlie, a reclusive online writing instructor, lives marooned on a couch. Weighing in at six hundred pounds, he is slowly eating himself to death.

But redemption may be within reach as he tries to reconnect with his sharp-tongued daughter, estranged from him for 15 years. A conveyor belt of visitors – welcome and otherwise – move through his living room, from his friend and nurse Liz, the sister of his deceased boyfriend, to Elder Thomas, a hopeful young missionary and Mary, his ex-wife. Can any of them help him to see a future?


The Whale, an Off Broadway smash hit, is the huge-hearted and fiercely funny story of a father’s final chance at salvation, and of finding hope and beauty in the most unexpected places.


Cast:
Shuler Hensley – Charlie
Ruth Gemmell – Liz
Oscar Batterham – Elder Thomas
Rosie Sheehy – Ellie
Teresa Banham – Mary

Creatives:
Laurence Boswell - Director
Tim Shortall - Designer
Ben Ormerod - Lighting Designer
Jon Nicholls - Composer & Sound Designer
Ginny Schiller - Casting


Reviews:
★★★★★ “Shuler Hensley is SUPERB … In an exceptionally strong cast, Rosie Sheehy is a knockout … Sheehy is one of the finds of the year” Observer

★★★★ “A little beauty of a drama…Laurence Boswell’s sharp, sympathetic production. Shuler Hensley is OUTSTANDING” The Times

★★★★ “A SUPERB performance by Shuler Hensley … utterly plausible” The Sunday Times

★★★★★ “It’s the depths of passion in the text and masterclass in performance that holds you spellbound … it knocked the stuffing out of me. UNMISSABLE” WhatsOnStage

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