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Emma is an award winning theatre director, Associate Artist at the Traverse Theatre Edinburgh, Co-Artistic Director of Theatre Uncut and a Leverhulme Scholar at the Bristol Old Vic.  Emma has directed Theatre Uncut's work at the Young Vic London, Paines Plough's Roundabout, Bristol Old Vic, Traverse Theatre, GROB Theatre Copenhagen, Arches Glasgow and Latitude Festival.  Directing for the Traverse Theatre includes: Cuckooed by Mark Thomas (winner of a Fringe First and the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award) Crash by Andy Duffy (nominated Best Play at the Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland).  Emma will be directing The Merthyr Stigmatist by Lisa Parry at the Sherman Theatre, Cardiff in October 2020.


TESSA GAUKROGER - stage manager

Tessa trained at Cygnet Training Theatre, Exeter.

Previous stage management roles include The Last Noël (Attic Theatre, Arts at the Old Fire Station), Where the Lines are Drawn (Little Fish Theatre, South London Tour), Murder, She Didn't Write (Degrees of Error, The Pleasance at Edinburgh Fringe & UK Tour), Kiss'n'Tell (Little Fish Theatre, South London Tour), as well as 5 separate UK tours (The Way I Look, The Good Stuff, O&O Don't Do Edinburgh) for her own award winning company, O&O.


GREG HALL - sound design

Greg is a composer, sound designer, musician and performer. 

Theatre credits include Beauty & The Beast (NIE), I Will Be Everything (NIE), Cupboard Of Surprises (The National Theatre), Peter Pan (The Northcott Theatre), Elegy For A Lady/The Yalta Game (The Salisbury Playhouse), Rex The King (Wassail Theatre), The Comedy Of Errors (Orange Tree Theatre), My Brother, My Sister and Me (Polka Theatre) and Luna (Theatr Iolo/Theatre Hullabaloo). Greg is a member of Minima, one of Europe’s leading silent film accompaniment bands. He has had songs and compositions featured on film and television worldwide, including on Shane Meadow’s ‘Le Donk & Scor-Zay-Zee’ (Warp Films). He has also worked as an ethnomusicologist for the British Library. www.greghallmusic.com



Kesty trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She has performed and taught drama and music all over the world, including London, Amsterdam, Czech Republic, Hong Kong, China, Brazil, Spain Germany, and India. 

She has toured verbatim theatre with Alecky Blythe and Theresa Heskins and worked extensively with Theatre Uncut (Heralds Angels, Fringe First and Spirit of the Fringe award winners) most notably at The Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh and the Young Vic in London. Other Theatre work includes The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe with the Royal Shakespeare Company, directed by Adrian Noble, Hamlet at The Globe Theatre in Germany, directed by Stephen Jameson, Oleanna at The Hong Kong Arts Centre directed by Sam Yates, Guild Of Cheesemakers national tour (including Summer Hall at Edinburgh Festival and The Royal Shakespeare Theatre) and The Arcadia Stage Live Show at Glastonbury Festival both directed by Emma Callander. Film work includes The Fourth Wall (Film installation) at The Barbican Theatre London and Badmouth, Raindance Film festival Best Short nominee. Television includes No Naked Flames (HTV) Dish Of The Day (TCC) and Psycho-Bitches (SKY TV).


JULIE READ - designer

At the age of nine Julie began her design career buying fabric from jumble sales and craft interesting outfits that her mum did not really want her to wear out. In 1983 she graduated from Wimbledon School of Art.

Her design work has included national & international opera, TV, Film, Musical Theatre, Youth Theatre, Drama, ballet and dance. At Yeovil College she designed many large scale annual college productions including Cabaret, Sweeny Todd and Little Shop of Horrors. For Wassail, Julie has designed for The Giants, The Somerset Charabanc and Pete's Od Day.



Eoin trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. His theatre work includes, The Crucible (Selladoor/Queen's Hornchurch), The Plough & the Stars, Juno & the Paycock (National Theatre), Living Quarters, The Adventures of Pinocchio, Butterfly Man (Tobacco Factory), The Weir (Donmar West End), Ablutions (Fellswoop), Look Back in Anger (Red Rope), Bonnie & Clyde (Fairground/ Theatre 503), Horizontal Collaboration (Traverse Theatre), Hamlet (Cork Opera House), Moira (Bath Theatre Royal), Rum & Vodka, Women on the Verge of HRT (natonal tours), Weldon Rising, Faust is Dead (Samuel Beckett Theatre), Sive, Lovers:Winners (Everyman Palace, Cork) Beats n' Pieces (Meridian), The Trial of Jesus (Corcadorca). Film and TV include Who Killed Daniel Blake (Channel 4) Casualty (BBC), Borstal Boy (Hell's Kitchen), Eye for an Eye (RTE), Jewel Intentions (Elysium Films), Rosamund Pilcher's My Cousin and I (FFP New Media), The Thing That Ate the Birds (BFI)



Rina is a Bristol-based playwright, dramaturg, theatre journalist and translator of Dutch plays, and has a background in European theatre. Her recent work includes Owl At Home a family show in development for Theatr Iolo in Cardiff, and Our Time With Miss X for Theatre Royal Plymouth’s PLAYHOUSE project. She has worked as dramaturg with NIE (Snow White), bert&nasi (Eurohouse), Fellswoop (Ablutions), Wassail Theatre (The Somerset Charabanc: Egg Day) and female comedy duo Spitz & Co (Les Gloriables and Glorilla). She was a Leverhulme Scholar on The Egg’s Incubator 2016 and her concept for Harold: The Game, inspired by the Bayeux Tapestry, is being produced by leading French object-theatre companies Bob Théâtre and Vélo Théâtre.   Rina is also a comedy emcee and performs her own spoken-word, poetry and songs accompanied on harmonium. She organises affordable writing retreats, and has run courses for emerging European and British playwrights in association with The Arvon Foundation and BOV. She co-founded Theatre Orchard with Fiona Matthews and believes in bringing live arts to the people, especially in rural areas and non-theatre spaces.



George is an actor, songwriter and theatre-maker based in the South West. His credits include The Wrong Crowd’s The Girl With The Iron Claws, Little Angel’s We’re Going On A Bear Hunt, Long Nose Puppet’s Penguin and several productions including Flit, Flap, Fly, Beneath The Blizzard, Neither There Nor Here, Dumbstruck, Midnight At The Boar’s Head with award-winning actor-musician devising company Fine Chisel.  More recently he could be found on Westhay Moor aloft a Suffolk Punch drawn Victorian miller’s cart as wily Pete Steel in Wassail’s Somerset Charabanc: Egg Day.  He is well chuffed to be part of the original Horses! Horses! team revising the role of emotionally incontinent, Karaokemicrophone-wielding pub landlord Johnny.

06 Feb The Barton Inn, 7.30pm

07 Feb The Queen's Arms, Corton Denham, 8pm

08 Feb The Wyndham Arms, Kingsbury Episcopi, 8.30pm

10 Feb The Greenbank, Easton, 8pm


13 Feb The Redbrick Building, Glastonbury, 8pm

14 Feb The Art Bank, Shepton Mallet, 7.30pm

15 Feb 23 Bath Street, Frome, 7.30pm

16 Feb The Tap Room, Southville, Bristol, 8pm

20 Feb The Phelips Arms, Montacute, 7.30pm

21 Feb The Plough Inn, Taunton, 7pm

22 Feb The Plough Inn, Taunton, 7pm

23 Feb The Plough Inn, Taunton, 7pm

24 Feb Eli's, Huish Episcopi, 8.30pm


26 Feb The Barley Mow, St Jude's Bristol, 8pm

27 Feb The Black Horse, Clapton-in-Gordano, 8pm

28 Feb The Plough, Wrington, 8pm

01 Mar The Dolphin, Uphill, Weston-super-Mare, 8pm

02 Mar The Old Inn, Congresbury, 8pm

03 Mar Princes Motto, Barrow Gurney, 8pm

04 Mar The Old Farmhouse, Nailsea, 8pm

05 Mar The Parish Pump, Worle, 8pm

07 Mar Blisland Village Hall, 7.30pm

08 Mar Calstock Village Hall, 7.30pm

09 Mar Noah's Ark, Plymouth, 7pm

11 Mar The Church House Inn, Harberton, 7.30pm

12 Mar The Kings Arms Inn, Stockland, 7.30pm

13 Mar Tradesmans Arms, Scorriton, 8pm

17 Mar The Anchor Inn, Exebridge, 7.30pm

18 Mar The Fox and Badger, Wellow, 7.30pm

19 Mar The Castle Inn, Axminster, 7.30pm

20 Mar The Tippling Philosopher, Milborne Port, 8.30pm

21 Mar Ashbrittle Village Hall, 7.30pm

25 Mar The Black Horse, Hurdcott, 7.30pm

26 Mar The George Inn, Croscombe, 8.30pm

27 Mar The Ciderworks, Haselbury Plucknett, 8pm

28 Mar The Choughs Hotel Chard, 7pm

29 Mar East To East, West Coker, 7pm

30 Mar The Dolphin Inn, Ilminster, 7pm