People who work with us

We work with an amazingly experienced team of artists, facilitators and workshop leaders on a regular basis. Our current and recent collaborators include:

Jess Bernberg

Lighting Designer

Jess lit The Death of Ivan Ilyich.

She is a graduate of Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the 2018 Laboratory Associate Lighting Designer at Nuffield Southampton Theatres.  She was nominated for a 2018 Offie award for Best Lighting Designer for FCUK’D at The Bunker, and received the Association of Lighting Designer’s Francis Reid Award for Lighting in 2017.

Recent and upcoming Lighting Design credits include: A New and Better You (Yard Theatre, dir: Cheryl Gallacher), Reactor (ArtsEd, dir: Hannah Bannister), Sisterhood (Marlborough Theatre, dir: Jolie C Booth), Dungeness (Nuffield Southampton Theatres, dir: Olivia Dodson), Devil with the Blue Dress (The Bunker, dir: Joshua McTaggart), Buggy Baby (Yard Theatre, dir: Ned Bennett), Split (Vaults Festival, dir: Sara Joyce), Love and Information (Nuffield Southampton Theatres, dir: Max Lindsay), FCUK’D (The Bunker, dir: Niall Ransome), Ajax (The Space, dir: Maria Makenna), The Blue Hour of Natalie Barney (Arcola Theatre, dir: Ken Hoyt), The Death of Ivan Ilyich (Merton Arts Space, dir: Jonathan Humphreys), And the Rest of Me Floats (Birmingham Rep, Rose Lipman Building, dir: Ben Buratta), And Here I Am (UK Tour, dir: Zoe Lafferty, Co-Lighting Designer: Andy Purves), The Poetry We Make (Vaults Festival, RADA, Rosemary Branch, Old Red Lion, dir: Edwina Strobl), WAYWARD (Vaults Festival, dir: Cat McLeod), The Dowager’s Oyster (Arcola Theatre, dir: Jack Cherry), This is Matty, and He is Fucked (Winemaker’s Club, dir: Jesse Angelo), Youkali: The Pursuit of Happiness (Arcola Theatre, dir: Angeliki Petropetsioti), Flux: Shadowlines (King’s Place, dir: Richard Bermange), The Selfish Giant (Arcola Theatre, dir: Rebecca Martin), SQUIRM (King’s Head, Theatre503, Bread & Roses Theatre, C Venues, dir: Chris Davis), Glitter & Tears (Bread & Roses Theatre, theSpace UK, dir: Donya Pandkhahi), After the Dance (Upstairs at the Gatehouse, dir: Dan Usztan). 

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Fiona Branson

Elders Workshop Facilitator

Fiona ran our Elders Workshop.

Fiona has worked as a children’s TV presenter in ‘Around The World In Eighty Seconds’, and appeared as an actress in ‘Eastenders’ and ‘Silent Witness’ for the BBC. As a dramatist she has been shortlisted for both the WH Smith/West Yorks Playhouse Plays for Children Awards, and the Old Vic 12. 

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Rachael Black

Workhop Facilitator

Rachael facilitates our Many Voices, Mitcham Youth Theatre, and LEAP workshops

She is a writer, director and facilitator based in South East London. She mainly specialises in working with ESOL groups and other marginalised young people. Other organisations she has worked for include; the Kiln Theatre in Kilburn, Questors Theatre in Ealing and Mousetrap Theatre Projects in and around London.

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Tony Cealy

Workshop Facilitator

Tony ran our Pollards Hill drama workshop.

An actor, trainer, tutor, director, drama facilitator and theatre practitioner, Tony has worked for over two and a half decades with disadvantaged and disaffected groups locally, regionally, nationally, in Europe and internationally.

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Beth Flintoff


Beth wrote a new show for us in 2018, The Rebellious Women of Wimbledon.

Her previous work includes Henry I and Matilda for Reading Between the Lines. As well as also being a director she was previously the Outreach Director of The Watermill.

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Theresa Heskins


Theresa wrote the adaption of Great Expectations we performed in 2016.

She has run the incredible New Vic Theatre Stoke since 2007 and written numerous acclaimed adaptations.

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Gareth Jones

Gareth is an actor and also a workshop leader for Cricket Green School. He facilitates our LEAP workshops.

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Christopher Killerby

Choir Master

Christopher leads our Older Peoples Singing Workshops.

An experienced choir master, musical director and opera singer, alongside his work for Attic he runs the Colliers Wood Chorus.  Despite a very busy choral schedule Christopher also manages to teach singing privately and sing professionally as a tenor for various opera companies in London.

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Stephen Sharkey


Stephen adapted The Death of Ivan Ilyich for Attic in 2017.

His many credits include plays for Northern Stage, Liverpool Everyman, the Gate and Southwark Playhouse. His world premiere adaption of Zadie Smith’s White Teeth opens in 2018 at the Kiln (formerly Tricycle) Theatre.

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Claire Minnitt

Claire facilitates our Many Voices Workshops.

She has worked for several years as a drama practitioner with disadvantaged and EAL groups.

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Jack Tarlton


Jack performed The Death of Ivan Ilyich last year.

His many credits include productions at the National Theatre, Lyric Hammersmith. As well as acting, Jack has directed extensively.

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Grace Venning


Grace designed The Death of Ivan Ilyich.

She is a graduate of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Recent and upcoming design credits include: La bohème (Clonter Opera), Stop Giving Me Grief (From the Forest Festival), Masti Maja (Sansaar Theatre Company),  FCUK’D (Bunker Theatre), The Death of Ivan Ilyich (Attic Theatre Company, Merton Arts Space), Semele (Mid Wales Opera Tour), The cosmonaut’s last message to the woman he once loved in the former Soviet Union and Road (both Bute Theatre, RWCMD). Grace will commence the role of Design Studio Assistant at the National Theatre later in 2018, and has written for Blue Pages, the Society of British Theatre Designers’ journal.

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Chris Bush


Chris wrote our play with songs ‘The Last Noël’.

Chris is an award-winning playwright, lyricist and theatre-maker. Her recent productions include STANDING AT THE SKY’S EDGE (Sheffield Theatres), THE LAST NOËL (Attic Theatre/UK tour), THE ASSASSINATION OF KATIE HOPKINS (Theatr Clwyd, UK Theatre Award winner 2018), PERICLES (NT – Olivier), STEEL (Sheffield Theatres), THE CHANGING ROOM (NT Connections) and SCENES FROM THE END OF THE WORLD (Yard/Central School). Other plays include A DECLARATION FROM THE PEOPLE (NT); A DREAM, THE SHEFFIELD MYSTERIES, DICKENSIAN, GOODWILL TO ALL MEN, WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER and 20 TINY PLAYS ABOUT SHEFFIELD (all Sheffield Theatres); LARKSONG (New Vic, Stoke-on-Trent); CARDS ON THE TABLE (Royal Exchange Manchester); TONY! THE BLAIR MUSICAL (York Theatre Royal); SLEIGHT & HAND (Edinburgh Fringe/BBC Arts and live-screened into cinemas); POKING THE BEAR (Theatre503); THE BUREAU OF LOST THINGS (Theatre503/Rose Bruford); ODD (Perfect Pitch/Royal & Derngate Northampton) and WOLF (NT Studio). Chris has won awards at the UK Theatre Awards two years in a row, the National Young Playwrights’ Festival, Perfect Pitch, Sunday Times Edinburgh Competition, and a Brit Writers’ Award.

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Matt Winkworth

Musical Director

Matt arranged and was MD on ‘The Last Noël’

Matt is an Oxford-born composer.  He was artist-in-residence at The Oxford Playhouse 2016-17, won the KSF Artist of Choice award in 2015 and the Perfect Pitch Award in 2014.

Recent credits include: The Assassination of Katie Hopkins (Theatr Clwyd) UK Theatre Award Best New Musical; Elves And The Shoemaker (Jacquline du Pré, Oxford); High As Sugar (Brighton Fringe, Kings Head Theatre, OFS); Death and Chocolate (Lost Theatre); Nell GwynnAttempts On Her LifeUnder Milk WoodAnimal Farm (Oxford Playhouse Young Company); The Bureau Of Lost Things (Theatre503); ODD (Perfect Pitch/Royal & Derngate Northampton: concert performance).

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