Rough Cut (in development)

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By Little Soldier Productions

Directed by Ursula Martinez 

Rough Cut, is a two hander by performance duo Patricia and Mercè, exploring the universal topic of ambition versus failure and the quest for happiness. Let by Oliver award-winner artist, Ursula Martinez, this is their most personal work to date.

In July 2019, the company finished and shared their first stage of development, a very open and honest process to investigate their motives as creators. Why do we continue to put ourselves out on stage and why do we draw on our own lives as material? A show revealing their desire for recognition and status within our industry, and the reasons why they wanted to use Beckett’s Waiting for Godot to achieve this in the first place.

Rough Cut was part of Ovalhouse First Bites and was shown at Wiltshire Crative and Proteus Creation Space . In early spring 2020 Ursula Martinez will rejoin Patricia and Merce to continue the second stage of R&D, with a view to go into production that Autumn.

“I really enjoyed Rough Cut and its dual narrative- the reject of the orthodoxy while searching for recognition and achievement, and the echoes of Godot.” 

Owen Calvert-Lyons  (Head of Theatre and Artists’ Development at Ovalhouse) 


Performers: Mercè Ribot and Patricia Rodriguez
Director: Ursula Martinez
Designer: Charlotte Espiner
Lighting: Pablo Baz
Singing coach: Michael Crean
Image: Pau Ros
Producer (maternity cover): Sarah-Jane Watkinson

With thanks to Michael Crean (singing coach), Okorie Chukwu (fighting coach),  Bryony Shanahan and Chris Morton.

Recommended age 14+

Supported by Ovalhouse, Wiltshire Creative, Proteus Creation Space and Arts Council England.


Upcoming Workshops

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Comedy and Clowning (Chicago, USA)

Friday, 8th of June 2018 (10am – 1pm)

Taught by Steve Harper, Patricia Rodriguez and Mercè Ribot (Spain/UK)

Language: English

Location: Stage 773 (1225 W. Belmont Ave.)

Physical Festival Chicago |


Workshop fee: $50 | Register online

Physical Comedy (Gijón, Spain)

Saturday, 21st of April 2018 (10:30am – 2:30pm)

Taught by Steve Harper, Patricia Rodriguez and Mercè Ribot (Spain/UK)

Language: Spanish

Location: Paseo Begoña, 11, 33201 Gijón, Asturias, Spain

 Teatro Jovellanos |


Workshop Fee: 15€ (*Plus access to a discount code for the show)

To register: email (subject: Taller Jovellanos)



Journey to the impossible

Jules Verne meets The Goonies via Stranger Things

– a retro 80s adventure story for all the family.


A fun-filled nostalgia fest.’ 

The stage


Did you own a Walkman, play Donkey Kong or watch the Goonies? We made this show for you (oh, and for your kids).

The year is 1982, and three kids are in trouble. Bored one day, they try to get into their uncle’s mysterious attic and suddenly find themselves opening a door onto a parallel dimension: the city of Vernopolis, where no one has fun anymore. By means of Dip Dabs, walkie talkies and magical bandanas, you’ll be taken with them through the Improbable and the Unlikely, via the Intriguing and the Unethical, all the way back to where you started – not much older, hardly any wiser, but glad you went.

Along the way expect a play within a play, epic songs, a dash of Spielberg and Shakespeare, hip hop, and other incompatible styles in this unashamedly 80s sci-fi coming-of-age adventure for all the family.

 ‘Smart, fast and very, very funny.’


Originally commissioned by The Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter.

With the support of Activate, Pound Arts, Unicorn and Arts Council England.



JOURNEY TO THE IMPOSSIBLE-Dec 6th-Jan 6th (Bikeshed Exeter)

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Three kids are in trouble. Well, what do you expect if you knock on the door of an inter-dimensional portal and run away?

The year is 1982. Callum spends most of his time hanging out with his sister and his best friend. Bored one day, they try to get into his uncle’s mysterious attic and suddenly find themselves opening a door onto a parallel dimension: the city of Vernopolis, where no one has fun anymore. By means of Dip Dabs, walkie talkies and magical bandanas, we are taken through the Improbable and the Unlikely, via the Intriguing and the Unethical, all the way back to where we started – not much older, hardly any wiser, but glad we went.

Along the way expect a play within a play, epic songs, outbreaks of opera, hip hop, and other incompatible styles in this unashamedly retro adventure for all the family.

Originally commissioned by The Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter.


Directed by Mercè Ribot & Patricia Rodríguez
Devised and performed by Dan Armstrong, Lucy Bishop & Duncan Cameron
Written by Mercè Ribot & Patricia Rodríguez in collaboration with Matt Harvey
Design by Sophia Clist
Sound design by Dan Lees
Music composed by Dan Lees with additional content by Joe Darke and the company
Lighting design by Seth Rook Williams
Production Manager Elaine Faulker
Stage Manager Charlotte Evans
R&D Collaborators Joe Darke, Madeleine Hyland, Fionn Gill
Photography by Matt Austin

With huge thanks to Wendy Petitdemange at Activate, Sophie Moysey at Pound Arts and Sarah Turner-Higgins at the Bay Theatre,
Weymouth College and Tim Bell and Chloe Whipple.



DERAILED- Interview with Patricia and Merce

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What IS Derailed?? We are about to start the next stage of development for our latest show Derailed and we want to share our process with you.

*Please note that there are a few spoiler alerts.


Interview by Andrea Holland


What was your main inspiration for developing “Derailed”?

Patricia: Creativity comes from the most random places. Sometimes you start with an idea, in this case, it was the derailment of the train in Santiago (2013). Then, when you verbalize that idea, you actually realise there might be other things that are more appealing, more attractive and more engaging. Then you ‘derail’ (excuse the pun) into different ideas. That was the starting point, then the better idea comes through which was inspired by that initial idea and so on.

Merce: So in our case the starting point was the accident. And and then we started asking ourselves: who was responsible? Was it just the driver? Was it the government for not putting safety measures in place? And it got us thinking, OK, this isn’t as simple, this has got more to it than we anticipated. It’s about citizens, the government and their relationship. Then conversations about activism arose, about how can we, as individuals, hold our governments accountable. And do WE actually have enough power? What are our tools for doing that? And we started to look at our own lives to share our hopes, desires and feelings about a better world.


Why did you choose to make it autobiographical?

Merce: Because we wanted to talk about a really big topic “changing the world”. And the only way you can really tackle this is by going into detail, by looking around you, thinking how am I, in a world of millions, contributing to making it better? And, can my little actions have such an effect that they will eventually work towards positive change?

Patricia: Also because we like to think of making it engaging, attractive for the audience. And after many hours of talking about it and improvising on it, our final conclusion for this particular process was that actually our own stories were the most exciting to tackle the topic. We can talk of activism better from our own experiences, if not, it becomes too broad, too distant.

Merce: there is someone that at some point becomes big and relevant and people follow them. But the real changes have to be powered by normal people in order to succeed.







‘A riot of invention and risk-taking’



Twelve years after arriving in the UK, with too many heartbreaks to count, one child, half a marathon, 5 drum lessons and a permanently overdrawn bank account, Patricia and Mercè are feeling the post-Brexit blues. Fuelled by rage at the state of world, they want to turn anger into positive action. So what else is there to do apart from host the mother of all leaving parties with gazpacho, live rock music, dancing, pig noses, Theresa May, the Dalai Lama, and Cava to toast an uncertain future.

As riotous and joyous as it is silly, this is their unpredictable but heartfelt story of belonging, failure, and wanting to change the world. Are they really going to say goodbye to the UK for ever?

A show for anyone who’s ever hoped to make a difference, from the award winning company Little Soldier, mentored by Spymonkey, makers of The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha.




Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, and by the Unity Theatre Trust.

Developed at Battersea Arts Centre, originally commissioned by HOME, Manchester.



The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha


‘Straight-up, funniest most charming theatre company I’ve come across in an age’ Andrew Haydon, Postcards from the Gods

Edinburgh Festival 2014: The shows you can’t live without. THE GUARDIAN

Inspired by Don Quixote’s wanderings, two feisty señoritas and a downtrodden Englishman embark on a journey through Spain taking on one of the most accomplished works of fiction ever written. Accompanied only by an otherworldly virtuoso guitarist whose presence there makes no sense whatsoever, they will lead you to joy, pain and ultimate wisdom. A madcap rendition concluding with a common sentiment: “These guys did not read the book”.

Little Soldier presents a hilariously inventive adventure of immense proportions, to be taken with a pinch of salt and a handlebar moustache.

The show is produced in association with Jacksons Lane and supported by Arts Council England and the Spanish Embassy in the UK.


★★★★★| THE STAGE

Technically brilliant and jaw-droppingly entertaining.


The three players put the audience in fits of laughter.

★★★★| TIME OUT

Hilariously dirty adaptation.

★★★★| EXEUNT

An unpretentious, inventive and smartly silly delight.


Hilarious and undeniably charming.


Their display of physical comedy ranges from charmingly traditional to brilliantly innovative.



You and me

‘impeccably-timed physical theatre’ -The Stage

Winner of the Argus Angel Award at Brighton Fringe 2013, ‘You and Me’ is a funny yet touching story which explores old age with humour, imagination and tenderness.

Two elderly sisters live in a foreign land against the backdrop of a battered rug and a mountain of mysterious boxes. They share an existence of outrageous defamation, tender reminiscing and pure madness, careering between affection and annoyance. But is their behaviour just eccentricity or something more destructive?

You and Me is based on original script ‘Tu i jo’ by Roger Simeon. Adapted and directed by BBC performing arts fund winner Bryony Shanahan, the show opened at Rich Mix in 2012 and enjoyed a successful month run at the Blue Elephant Theatre. In 2013 ‘You and Me’ has toured the UK and was presented at PAM Festival (New York).


Brighton Fringe Argus Angel 2013



★★★★Exeunt (London)
★★★★ Everything Theatre
★★★★ Fringe Guru
★★★★ Views from the Gods
★★★★ Exeunt (Exeter)

‘impeccably-timed physical theatre’ |The Stage

‘a compelling masterstroke of physical comedy’ |A Younger Theatre

‘masterpiece. Stellar performances. The best of the Fringe’ |The Argus (Brighton Fringe)

‘Beautiful, strident harmony’
★★★★ Exeunt (London)

‘Refreshingly different. Character acting at its best.’
★★★★ Everything Theatre

‘very funny show; great moments of surreal lunacy’
★★★★ Fringe Guru

‘You and Me takes some difficult themes and makes them thoroughly entertaining’
★★★★ Views from the Gods

‘funny, insightful and poignant piece ‘
★★★★ Exeunt (Exeter)

‘Rodriguez and Ribot are consummate performers’ | Female Arts

‘A bitter-sweet comedy’ | Artez Blai. Spain



Pakita: stimulating, bitter and necessary

“Rodriguez’s conviction and the power of her despairing delivery makes it compelling” -The Scotsman

Pakita joins a “lonely hearts” group unfolding an unexpected confession. From broken hearted lover to psychiatric patient, Caballero paints a picture of love and addiction before unveiling an audacious final act in which life imitates art in the most tragic way.

In 2010, Greenwich Theatre co-produced Pakita: Stimulating, Bitter and Necessary, by award winning playwright Ernesto Caballero. This show- performed both in English and in Spanish- enjoyed very successful runs at the New End Theatre in Hampstead, Sala Triangulo (Madrid) Teatro Latea in New York and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.


‘Patricia Rodriguez delivers a powerfully engaging and believable show …the barrier between the audience and the performance disappears, Flawless, outstanding.’-Three weeks

‘Rodriguez has a natural ability to bring her emotions to the surface and manages to create a wonderfully layered and enormously watchable character.’
-Edinburgh Guide

“Pakita: a charming, captivating one woman show. Powerful text, pulls in the audience with an intense performance.”
-Bexley Times

‘Patricia Rodriguez, a young Spanish actress who seems to revel in the performance and who exudes so much vulnerability, charm and sense of humour.’
-Ham and High