Founded in May 2020, Harpy Productions was created by Noga Flaishon and Katie Pratten.
Our motto "WICKED WOMEN TELLING WEIRD TALES" is a perfect summary of what we do. We strive to bring women to the forefront as Directors, Producers, Artists, Writers and Actors.
Our work focuses on new and original works by primarily undiscovered talent - bringing to life stories that may not otherwise be told. We use narrative devised from the worlds of Science Fiction and Horror cinema to examine real social issues, and shine a light on dark corners.
How did we go about choosing the name of our production company? Harpies are mythical creatures, depicted in ancient Greek writings as being a bird with the face of a woman. Half human, half bird, all storm. They are the raging hounds of karmic justice, spirits of wind and guardians of the underworld. Later on, with the influence of Shakespeare, they became a name for a nasty or annoying woman...and that term stuck! As such, we chose to embrace the angry, strange and feminine creature of the Harpy as our symbol.
WHO WE ARE
(CO-FOUNDER / ARTISTIC DIRECTOR)
An actor, writer, singer and Dungeon Master. Noga classifies herself as a storyteller. She began writing plays at the age of 16 and hasn't stopped since.
She moved to the UK from Israel to train in the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, which she graduated at 2017.
Noga's writing is influenced by New Wave Sci-Fi, modern horror cinema and some very dark humour she inherited from her family.
(CO-FOUNDER / PRODUCER)
Katie trained as an Assistant Producer with 'Pixeleyed Pictures', an independent production Company from Pinewood Studios. Originally an aspiring novelist, Katie moved onto writing original screenplays and producing a number of projects, including the award-winning short film 'From A To Q' and the upcoming feature horror film 'Cherry Pickers' written by Darren 'Daz' Black and Huw Samuel.
Her main influences in the world of film include Christopher Nolan, Hans Zimmer, Ridley Scott and Jordan Peele.
First OnComm Winner of 2021
"Megan, James, Luke and Holly meet every year in their
hometown to remember Ellie, who died 5 years ago. This
year, due to lockdown, they have to hold their yearly
memorial on Zoom. Not long into their call, Ellie joins the
Harpy Productions teamed up with 'Living Record Productions' to perform at the 'Living Record Festival'.
BROKEN LINK was written by Noga Flaishon especially for the virtual medium, utilising the genre to it's fullest to bring the audience a live theatre experience. This is a bone chilling and touching story of betrayal, hope, and who we are when adolescence is over.
Director Kitty Ball worked with Harpy Productions on their previous virtual online theatre event 'Like No Tomorrow: An Apocalypse Anthology'.
The full cast is Harry Ryan, Ida Regan, Kieron Michael and Rachel Chima.
Catch BROKEN LINK at the Brighton Fringe Festival. Dates TBC.
More tickets for BROKEN LINK will be on sale soon!
"What starts as a glimpse into a private chat between
friends becomes something much more complicated
- Lou Reviews
"Thought provoking and is well performed by the cast. Having been created especially for the digital stage gives this play a starting advantage"
- Theatre weekly
This story by Edwin Crowe has been adapted into an Audio Drama by
Noga Flaishon and Harpy Productions.
Using a cast of highly talented actors, we were able to bring this truly amazing Creepypasta to life.
Blindness consultation and advice was provided by Joe Strechay, best known for his work on See (2019) the American science fiction drama TV series produced for Apple TV+ starring Jason Momoa, and Daredevil (2015) the TV series about the blind Marvel Super Hero starring Charlie Cox.
Starring Harry Ryan, Edina Hadley, Angus Easener, Shady Murphy, Helena Muir and Penny Ashmore.
Audio Editing by Kaleb Lindelvaldsen.
Feel free to check out our press kit to find our more about the project.
For accessibility you can now find our transcript available for viewing.
MY FATHER PUNISHED ME WHEN I TALKED
LIKE NO TOMORROW:
Due to COVID-19, creative industries across the world have been hit hard.
Numerous projects and festivals have been cancelled or postponed, leaving hundreds of thousands of creatives in an extended period of little to no income and instability. Theatres are shut and may be the last public spaces that reopen. In response to this, Harpy Productions teamed up with writer and actor, Sophie Rivers, in order to bring the world of Theatre online.
For one night only, a variety of artistic creators came together to stream works of original Theatre that were themed around the Apocalypse and the end of days. This subject (swaddled in real anxiety) was approached with satire, dark humour and hope.
You can now watch the performances via the Harpy Productions Youtube Channel using the below link:
The money raised from patrons and audience members went to The Samaritans Organisation, who provide support to people affected by emotional distress and need just someone to talk to. During the pandemic, Samaritans are actively enhancing their services to accommodate this growing need, as well as establishing a new confidential support line for NHS and social care workers.
The standout piece for writing, acting, and directing is Hannah Kennedy’s touching play "Fire". Director Nell Bailey makes the perceptive choice not to pretend that the actors are in the same space. Instead, she stages this drama as a reading, with attention to character and story. Mogali Masuku and Sam MacGregor are allowed space to respond to each other with emotional acuity, delivering compelling performances.
- Theatre Reviews Hub
"We were really impressed by the diversity of plays and the different explorations of the theme; some really superb writing and performances"
- Encompass Productions
"Each director used Zoom to create such unique performances. This is the most inspired I’ve been about digital theatre"
- Alistair Wilkinson
"Issues such as shopping, technology, relationships, looting, cosplay, pop culture and storytelling run through this collection. Two hours of lockdown drama, pitched, planned and rehearsed in a matter of weeks, tightly performed and directed. Moments are captured, whether trivial or profound, long or short"
- Lou Reviews
EVENT DATE: TBA
Directed by Coral Tarran, "Bunker" is a post-apocalyptic one-act thriller Theatre Production, which explores the inner mechanism, cruelty and perseverance of the human mind.
In a desolate world, the "Bunker" is the only safe space left. Two women are stuck inside. One is desperate to leave; the other will stop at nothing to keep them both there.
The play was supposed to have it's debut in the Camden Fringe 2020. We respect and understand the need to delay this year's festival, but are determined to give this play the debut it deserves in due course!
(The irony that a play about two women in a confined space being delayed due to lockdown is not lost on us!)
Harpy Productions has ongoing fundraisers in order to keep our projects alive and to ensure security for future projects going forward!
All funds will go towards the actors, writers, directors and other creatives who have chosen to work with us. If you are unable to donate, please share instead with a friend or on your social media platforms!
If you would like to donate to our generic fundraising page, please see the link below.
If you would like to contribute to the BUNKER project which we are hoping to bring to theatres early next year, please see the link below.
"Written a spooky story? Heard a weird urban legend in your area? Is it unique? We wanna hear it and bring it to life!"
- Noga Flaishon
Actor /Director/ Writer
Co-Founder, Harpy Productions
"We know how difficult it is to break into any creative industry. We had very little knowledge starting out, but through making connections and expanding our network, we hope to provide assistance to those dedicated individuals out there!"
- Katie Pratten
Writer / Producer
Co-founder, Harpy Productions