Gbolahan is a playwright, director and actor. He was previously Genesis Fellow/Associate Director of the Young Vic Theatre. His play Mad About The Boy, directed by Ria Parry, won a Scotsman Fringe First Award. His recent adaptation of Chigozie Obioma’s The Fishermen for New Perspectives toured to The North Wall in September 2018. As an actor, he starred in Katori Hall’s The Mountaintop as Dr Martin Luther King Jr as part of a national tour in 2018.
Monica Dolan is an actress and writer. Her debut play, THE B*EASTS, directed by John Hoggarth, was nominated for a 2017 Oliver Award for Best Production in an Affiliate Theatre. She has recently appeared in Mid Morning Matters With Alan Partridge, W1A, Wolf Hall, The Casual Vacancy, Complicit and The Witness For The Prosecution. She received a BAFTA for best supporting actress in ITV’s Appropriate Adult, and an Olivier Award in 2019 for best actress in a supporting role for her performance in All About Eve at the Noël Coward Theatre.
The Pappy Show
The Pappy Show are a playful physical and visual ensemble theatre company. Formed in January 2013 by Kane Husbands in order to provide a much needed space for actors to train in physical theatre, they use exercise and training to devise and create work. They offer physical training opportunities for actors and non-actors alike, with community cohesion and working together being key to the company’s ensemble ethos. With their performing company, they are currently developing two new pieces of work, BOYS and GIRLS, touring in 2019.
Laura is a theatre director. Recent credits include Parakeet (Boundless Theatre); Robin Hood & One Million Tiny Plays About Britain (Watermill Theatre); Dennis of Penge (Ovalhouse/Albany Theatre); Ladykillers of Humber Doucy Lane (Eastern Angles); My Beautiful Black Dog (Bush Theatre/Roundhouse/Southbank Centre); Turning a Little Further, The Lost (Young Vic); Used BloodJunkyard (Arcola Theatre); I Know Where the Dead are Buried (24/7 Theatre Festival) and Guilt and Shame (Edinburgh/Latitude/Bestival/Soho Theatre).
Ellie is an independent theatre producer. She has worked with Thelma Holt Ltd, the Oxford Playhouse and the Cameron Mackintosh Foundation. She has produced with The North Wall, Forward Arena, Barbican, The Big House, The Pleasance, Up In Arms and Heretic Productions. Ellie is a Director of LGBT+ youth charity Just Like Us and a Trustee of The King’s Hall Trust for the Arts. She is co-founder and director of Greater Space, a new initiative launching in autumn 2018 that aims to help women from underrepresented backgrounds reach positions of leadership within the arts. In 2019, she set up a company, Ellie Keel Productions, taking four productions up to Edinburgh Fringe.
Ad Infinitum is an international ensemble based in Bristol, developing new and original theatre. Founded in 2007, Ad Infinitum is led by Co-Artistic Directors, Nir Paldi and George Mann. They create shape-shifting socio-political theatre to provoke, move and inspire. Their theatre draws upon the power of the body, engages audiences with urgent issues, and ignites passionate debate. They have been creating and touring critically acclaimed, award-winning productions for over 10 years, including Odyssey, Translunar Paradise, Bucket List and No Kids.
Sam Potter is a writer and director. As a director, she has worked at Hampstead Theatre, the Trafalgar Studios, the RSC, the National Theatre and Glyndebourne Opera. Her debut play, Mucky Kid, earned her a Most Promising New Playwright Offie nomination and a place on the Channel 4 Playwrights’ Scheme. In 2015/16 she was Papatango’s Resident Playwright, supported by the BBC Performing Arts Fund, and was one of five writers invited to take part in the Tricycle’s inaugural New Writers’ Programme, NW6. Sam was Writer-in-residence at The North Wall in 2017.
Dom Coyote is a composer, performer and writer of songs. He is an associate artist with Kneehigh Theatre and Musical Director of Bristol based Extraordinary Bodies. He was the first (British Council funded) International Fellow at the Steve Biko Centre in South Africa. Dom Coyote Productions explores the boundaries between music and theatre in unusual ways. His most recent work, We Can Time Travel, was commissioned by Shoreditch Town Hall and is toured 2018-2019.
Poltergeist Theatre are an experimental company that misbehave. They breaks rules and engage with big ideas, making work that is generous, hilarious and human. This year, the breakout Lights Over Tesco Car Park was recipient of the Samuel French New Play Award 2018, as well as Outstanding Ensemble and Director’s Commendation at the NSDF 2018. After development at the North Wall, Lights went on to become a sell-out smash hit at the Edinburgh Fringe 2018. Their next production, Art Heist, will open at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe festival.
Tom is a theatre director, playwright, and occasional actor. His company, The Wardrobe Ensemble is an associate company of Complicite and Shoreditch Town Hall. Their work has been performed across the UK and USA. He was resident director at the Almeida Theatre on Rupert Goold’s production of Mike Bartlett’s Albion and Richard Jones’ production of Anne Washburn’s Twilight Zone. His music video for Dodie’s ‘In The Middle’ has been viewed over 1,500,000 times. His short film Tracks won The BFI future film award for Most Promising Young Talent in 2009.
Karim Khan is a playwright and screenwriter from Oxford. His award-winning play Brown Boys Swim, produced by The North Wall, completed a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe, before transferring to Soho Theatre. In 2023, he was invited to be in the Soho Six, and was co-commissioned to write a play for Soho Theatre and Tara Theatre. His previous stage credits include Corrosive (Pegasus Theatre, 2019), Beyond Shame (Derby Theatre, 2018) and Orange Juice (Tristan Bates, 2019). Karim’s first TV credit was on Channel 5/PBS show All Creatures Great and Small, for which received a New Voice Award for Best Debut. He has a number of original TV projects in development. Karim graduated from the NFTS Screenwriting programme in 2019 and is an alumnus of both the Soho Writers’ Lab and Royal Court Writers’ Group.