Townsend Touring Productions is a small collaboration of artists that have come together to create live theatre of the highest possible artistic standard for audiences in theatre venues that is genuinely accessible and relevant, innovative, imaginative, challenging and that entertains with integrity and humour. We aim present touring theatre to audiences who are not within easy reach of theatre centres, or to those who are not normally theatre goers in non-theatre venues, such as village halls, community centres, youth clubs, schools, working men's clubs, Trades Union conferences and galas. We have also formed links with Trades Unions and artistic and educational organisations that represent the disadvantaged in society to produce work that explores themes and issues of special interest to those who feel they are disadvantaged, that still remains accessible to a wider audience.
Producer/director/company founder has been involved in every aspect of theatre production in all scales of theatre, and directed both of Town's End Touring's critically acclaimed productions to date, RTP and WWBF! Prior to this she was a casting director, mainly with Pippa Ailion Casting, working on large West End productions, such as Lion King for Disney Theatrical, Original cast We Will Rock You for Phil McIntyre, Tribecca and Queen, Simply Heavenly for National Theatre and Young Vic, All You Need Is Love for John Miller Pete Brookes, Theatre De complicite & DV8 and DeLovely, a film for Winkler Films. On her own she cast seasons for Haymarket Basingstoke and Quondam Theatre Company in Penrith. Full Biography
Neil Gore (Writer/Actor/Musical Director)
Actor/writer/company founder who has always been known as a vibrant performer and musician for thirty years in all types of theatre from small scale to West End and has toured to every corner of the country with over several theatres and theatre companies. He started by joining S.U.Fringe Theatre whilst at university in Sheffield and wrote and performed comedy with Eddie Izzard at successive Edinburgh Festivals in the early 1980s. After university he co-founded Metro Theatre Co-operative with Stephen Daldry and appeared in their production of The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists and their subsequent commissioned new plays. He returned to RTP to adapt it and write We Will Be Free!, both for two actors, to excellent reviews and audience reaction over the last three years for Towns End Productions.
John Kirkpatrick (Musical Director) Is the finest player of melodeon, button accordion, and anglo concertina in the country, and is one of the most prolific figures on the English folk scene, performing solo and as a member of the Richard Thompson Band, Steeleye Span, Brass Monkey, and Band of Hope. As songwriter, composer, choreographer, and musical director, he has worked for the National Theatre in Lark Rise to Candleford, and for many shows at The Victoria Theatre (later The New Vic) in Stoke and Orchard Theatre in Devon.
Amy Yardley (Designer) Amy works across the spectrum of theatre practice; designing large and small scale productions, creative learning projects, tours, site-specific and open air theatre. She trained in Design at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School with Andrea Montag and Michael Vale and studied Theatre at Leeds University. She has designed over 40 shows in the last 4 years working with Southampton Nuffield, Colchester Mercury, Hull Truck, Creation, Red Ladder, Headlong, Foursight, Heartbreak Productions, Brute Farce, Arcola, The Yard, Lakeside Theatre, Tangle, Planet, East 15, The Point and Chalkfoot. She was nominated for an 'off west end' best set design award for I am a Camera (Rosemary Branch).
Designers she has assisted include Pip Leckenby, Ricard Foxton, Beck Rainford, Sara Perks, Miriam Nabarro and Michael Vale.
Amy periodically leads development projects in East Africa working with displaced communities and spent a year living in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Her approach to design is strongly influenced by her ability to effectively combine action-enabling practical solutions with visually exciting designs.
Stephen Lowe, Writer and dramaturgical mentor on this activity. His best known plays are Touched, about a group of working-class women in Nottingham; The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists and Old Big ‘Ead in the Spirit of the Man, in which football hero Brian Clough comes back from the dead to inspire a playwright. He has had plays produced by the Royal Court, Royal Shakespeare Company, Riverside Studios, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Hampstead Theatre, Joint Stock; and at regional theatres across the country including Scarborough Theatre in the Round, Sheffield Crucible, Liverpool Playhouse, Derby Playhouse, Birmingham Rep, Salisbury Playhouse and Plymouth Theatre Royal.
Charlotte Powell, Actor and musician, trained at Drama Centre London and her theatre credits include: The Duchess of Malfi, See What I See (Eyestrings Theatre Company), Julius Caesar, The Tempest (Orange Tree Theatre), Much Ado About Nothing, The Canterbury Tales (RADA Graduate Company), A Rat’s Tale (Shanty Theatre Company) and for television she has appeared in Across The Line (CBC Canada),and The Worst Witch (GlobalArts/ITV).
Elizabeth Eves (Actor/ Musician)Liz lives in Newark, Nottinghamshire. She graduated from Rose Bruford College in 1996 with a B.A. (Hons.) Actor-Musician degree. Since then she has worked with many theatre companies performing in 'straight', Actor-Musician and physical theatre. Her credits include playing Caliban in ‘The Tempest’ with Blunderbus
Theatre Company; 3 years with Mikron Theatre Company playing Imogen in ‘Imogen’s War’, 13 different roles in ‘Don’t Start from Here’ and Jennifer in ‘On the Line'; Olivia in ‘Twelfth Night’ and the Nurse in ‘Robin Hood’ with the Nuffield Theatre, Southampton. Lately she has worked in physical theatre for The Rude Mechanical Theatre company, with Quondam for three Actor-Musician productions, performing in 'Unruly Women', 'The Last Waltz' and 'Unruly Women II', and also with Lincoln Theatre Royal in 'A Christmas Carol'. Liz plays the violin to a high standard, the piano and the accordion.