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We love to WORK IN new places
& SPACES.

 

At Theatre Orchard we love live performance. We love North Somerset’s amazing array of inspiring indoor and outdoor spaces. We love to create new places to perform, that have something for everyone. Shakespeare by the sea, moving tales of immigration in an empty shop, sci-fi in a pub, circus on the streets… we tell diverse stories in inspirational settings.

As well as providing great nights out, we provide opportunities for local people to get stuck in. Why not volunteer with Theatre Orchard and help shape and deliver North Somerset’s performing arts programme? Or take part in a community project – find your voice, develop new skills and share your skills with us.

Theatre Orchard partners with many companies and individuals on its journey to transform North Somerset into a region that is an increasingly dynamic, playful and stimulating place to live, work and visit. Or take part in a community project – find your voice, develop new skills and share your skills with us.

If you would like to know more, please get in touch at info@thetheatreorchard.org.uk.

As well as providing great nights out, we provide opportunities for local people to get stuck in. Why not volunteer with Theatre Orchard and help shape and deliver North Somerset’s performing arts programme? Or take part in a community project – find your voice, develop new skills and share your skills with us.

Theatre Orchard partners with many companies and individuals on its journey to transform North Somerset into a region that is an increasingly dynamic, playful and stimulating place to live, work and visit. Or take part in a community project – find your voice, develop new skills and share your skills with us.

If you would like to know more, please get in touch at info@thetheatreorchard.org.uk.

IMAGINATIVE & COLOURFUL

“Theatre Shop’s imaginative use of vacant retail space for performance art attracted my support for Theatre Orchard, first as a volunteer and more latterly as the Shop’s Steering Group Chair. My interest stems from a desire to see in Clevedon more colour, performance art and variety.”

Rod WHITE      THEATRE ORCHARD TRUSTEE

Who’s Who?

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The Team

The Trustees

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FIONA MATTHEWS

Fiona Matthews

Executive Producer

 

Fiona was instrumental in setting up The Theatre Orchard in 2007 as Arts Development Officer for North Somerset Council.  Fiona steers and oversees Theatre Orchard’s work, as well as fundraising, programming (Theatre Shop/Theatre Tropicana) and producing (Nutshell Nutcracker, as well as a host of community engagement projects).

Fiona’s wider independent producing work in recent years includes Living Spit, Company of Angels, Shoofly Theatre and Bristol Old Vic. Before moving to the South West, Fiona ran Sainsbury’s nationwide Arts Sponsorship Programme, developing and managing award-winning partnerships with national and regional arts companies, theatres and galleries.

FIONA TRIM

FIONA TRIM

Technical and Stage Management

 

Fiona TrimFiona studied at the University of Leeds and trained in Stage Management at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

She has worked as Assistant/Deputy Stage Manager for companies including Opera North, Opera Holland Park, the Royal Court Theatre, and as Company Manager for English Touring Opera and Grange Park Opera.

Fiona has been involved with Theatre Orchard since 2012 providing technical support for performances across North Somerset, and she works regularly with Living Spit, most recently as Company Stage Manager on Living Spit’s Frankenstein at Theatre Tropicana in Weston-super-Mare.

She has been Stage Manager at The Theatre Shop since its first season in 2015.

JESSICA RAY

JESSICA RAY

Arts Consultant


Specialisms: PR, youth engagement, board development

 

For the last fifteen years, Jessica Ray has worked in Education and the Arts. Jessica has worked in both the private and public sectors. She began her career at the young PR agency, Hobsbawm Macaulay Communications managing accounts for clients including The National Gallery, The National Portrait Gallery, The New Art Gallery Walsall as well as commercial Art Galleries such as Anthony d’Offay.

Jessica has worked for Arts Council England’s Creative Partnerships (£40 million government funded creativity programme to encourage long term and sustainable partnerships) and Teachers TV (the government funded but independent channel) in key Public Relations and Public Affairs positions.  She has worked in a 24 hour press office across policy areas including Licensing and Broadcasting.

For the last six years Jessica has worked 1:1 with children with social, emotional and behavioural needs in primary schools. THRIVE trained, she uses her arts background to nurture young children and enable them to feel proud of their achievements. Jessica loves the Arts and is committed to the development of creative education.

MARIE-DOMINIQUE DEMERS-KING

MARIE-DOMINIQUE DEMERS-KING

Photographic Artist

 


Marie-Dominique has always had a passion for Art, Music and Dance.After completing a Photographic Arts degree at the University of Wales in 2004, she spent some years doing freelance photography in England as well as in Australia.

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DAVID FAIRCLOUGH

DAVID FAIRCLOUGH

David has been involved in theatre finance and administration for over thirty years at RSC, Royal Exchange, Manchester, and a number of other regional subsidised theatres. Fifteen years ago he joined the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School as Finance Director and amongst other things set up the BOVTS Friends organisation and became involved and interested in the theatre life of Bristol. He is now retired and is Company Secretary of the Tobacco Factory Theatre, and Treasurer of North Somerset Arts.

TRACEY FARQUHAR-BECK

TRACEY FARQUHAR-BECK

Tracey is the Operations Director at Walton Castle in Clevedon and a Hospitality Management Consultant  passionate about Hospitality and Leisure on all levels. Tracey’s key strengths are social media marketing, general operational and financial management and teaching the true value of delivering exceptional service across any discipline.

In her spare time, as well as hiking and volunteering for Samaritans, Tracey joined Theatre Shop at its inception as a volunteer, inspired by how Theatre Shop not only introduces young people to the world of theatre through fun and engaging performances but the widespread joy that live theatre brings to the community of Clevedon and beyond.

Will Hahn

WILL HAHN

Will has worked in both marketing and education within the creative sector with Cameron Mackintosh Ltd and Lyric Hammersmith, and most recently overseen partnership engagement for Creative & Cultural Skills. Currently part of the new College of Liberal Arts at Bath Spa University, Will is interested in supporting learning and training within arts companies allowing communities to tell their own stories.

EMILY MALCOLM

EMILY MALCOLM

Emily’s experience in the arts is very varied and she has held positions in education, theatre and local government. Emily enjoys all art forms but her heart lies with dance and theatre. She has danced since she was three years old and enjoys introducing people to the world of performance for the first time. Emily is really pleased to be supporting Theatre Orchard as a trustee as art in the community is so important for so many reasons and so many people.

 

CAROLINE MATTHEWS

CAROLINE MATTHEWS

Caroline has worked for over 20 years within voluntary sector organisations and brings experience of strategy, marketing and fundraising. Living in Portishead with an extended family that includes 3 daughters, Caroline is passionate that people should be able to access arts and creativity close to home. Having graduated with a degree in theatre studies, performance is close to her heart but these days this is entirely in the role of facilitator and spectator!

ROD WHITE

ROD WHITE

“Theatre Shop’s imaginative use of vacant retail space for performance art attracted my support for Theatre Orchard; first as a volunteer and more latterly as the Shop’s Steering Group Chair. My interest stems from a desire to see in Clevedon more colour, performance art and variety.  I bring to Theatre Orchard a fund of experience from a professional career as a senior civil servant with the Ministry of Justice.”

RACHEL STARK

RACHEL STARK

With a background in education as a lecturer, school governor, and representative on the North Somerset Council Children and Young People’s Services Policy and Scrutiny Panel and a Degree in International Business and Management, Rachel is keen to ensure theatre is inclusive, accessible, positive and sustainable.

She is passionate about performance and the benefits it brings to both performers and audience, and is particularly interested in the merging of the two via audience participation, interactive performance or immersive theatre. Rachel works as a murder mystery actor, performs regularly with amateur dramatic companies and is a percussionist in a wind band.

As a Director of That Creative Thingy Wotsit CIC Theatre Company Rachel delivers theatre and workshops to sectors of society are often excluded. She believes that partnership and collaboration are important for theatre to move forward.