Past Work


Garden Of Delights by Fernando Arrabal

Diving head first into the psyche of a tortured artist, Dirt [contained] Theatre Company takes you on a promenade immersive journey through a transformed warehouse gallery and into the surreal depths of human imagination. 

"Garden of Delights" follows Lais, a charming, yet self-loathing actress, through a bizarre and unflinching look at her sadomasochistic experience of love and art. Isolated in her home with only her caged beast-like partner and flock of childish sheep to protect her from the outside world, she spirals down into painful memories and erotic fantasies that blur the line between reality and imagination.

People Are People

Pragmatic Species

 People Are People, (performed just after the presidential election) uses satire to accentuate the extreme difference in the two primary political parties, and asks what will happen if/when we are forced to work together. 

Pragmatic Species explores the "pragma" of longterm relationships as a naturalistic, romantic relationship reaches absurd levels of multi-media and dance, after one half of the couple identifies her spouse as "a different species".

Original, devised work created in collaboration with Long Island City Artists (LICA), at The Plaxall Gallery, 2016/2017.

Easy Laughter

A Sunday Times Award-winning play written by Robert Shearman, a Shirley Jackson and World Fantasy award winning author and Hugo-nominated writer for the hit BBC series Doctor Who.

In this expertly executed satire, we join the Simpson family as they frantically prepare for their annual celebration of “Christtide”. Christtide is almost like Christmas, in very much the same way that the world of Shearman’s play is almost the world we live in today: mothers worry about wrinkles, fathers drink whiskey, and children play, but something is amiss.  

Easy Laughter premiered in New York on April 30th, at The Alchemical Theatre Laboratory, 2015.

                                                                                                             Image courtesy of WIll Charlton

                                                                                                            Image courtesy of WIll Charlton

The Last Eden

The story of a young girl who escapes a harsh concrete dystopian world to embark on a journey in search of the last place on earth with trees.

The Last Eden, an original science fiction play written by Maria Swisher and directed by Tana Sirois, premiered with support from the Arts Council England at the Kazimier in Liverpool, September of 2011. 

TANA SIROIS               MARIA SWISHER                                                                     

Tana Sirois grew up acting in various theatres around the seacoast. She moved to the UK to pursue a degree in Acting at the Liverpool Institute For Performing Arts in 2008, where she was able to work with Slung Low Theatre Company at the Everyman Theatre, assistant direct a scene for the Wanamaker Competition at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, and receive directors training  from the Royal Shakespeare Company.  In 2011, she graduated with a 1st class Honours Bachelor of Arts degree.  She went on to direct The Last Eden with Dirt [contained] Theatre Company.  Other directing credits include Alice In Wonderland (The Players’ Ring), The Yellow Wallpaper (Edinburgh Fringe Festival), A Slight Ache (Jimmy’s No. 43) and AD A Clockwork Orange (LIPA).

Acting credits include Jenny (Loyal Women), Nina (The Nina Variations), Bebe (A Chorus Line), Jill (Equus),  Juliet (Romeo & Juliet), Froggy (Blackbird), U/S Corrie (Barefoot In The Park UK Tour), Tracy (Seascape With Sharks And Dancer) Adele (Adele In Berlin), and Judy (Easy Laughter). She is a current cast member of Katie Goodman's Broad Comedy, (National Tour & The SoHo Playhouse). 

Maria Swisher is an actor, writer and theatre-maker originally from Marshall, Missouri. Maria studied at New York University and Strasberg Studio for Theatre and Film. She then moved to the United Kingdom where she graduated with a first class degree from the Liverpool Institute for Peforming Arts. While at LIPA, she completed her dissertation on science fiction in the theatre, and wrote her first play, The Last Eden, which was produced with support from the Arts Council England under Dirt [contained] in 2011. While in England, she has trained with the RSC and Complicite. Most recently, she worked with Craft Theatre Company in devising a physical theatre rendition of Dante's Inferno. Her short play, The Trip, was produced at the Lyric Hammersmith and was shortlisted this year for the John Petherbridge Award for New Writing.

Acting credits include Elizabeth (When the Rain Stops Falling), Freda Caplan (Dangerous Corner), Mrs. Lovett (Sweeney Todd), Lady (Orpheus Descending.)