Who we are

Rebecca Tortora – Artistic Director

Rebecca is a director, writer, actor and visual artist.  She has developed a broad skills set from theatre making and arts facilitation to project management and creative/participation producing. Rebecca has worked extensively in participatory arts while developing her own theatre practice. She has worked on shows and projects for companies including Soho Theatre, The Blue Elephant Theatre, The Arcola, Kendal MintFest, the UKCCA and EEA. Rebecca trained in Drama at Hull University, carnival arts with Kinetika Art Links International and devising and physical theatre at L’Ecole Internationale de Jacques Lecoq in Paris.

Last Night I Met You Dreaming First Bites Team, 2018

Coproduced by Ovalhouse, Fit to Burst and Upstart Theatre and supported using public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England and The Unity Theatre Trust. The animation was created in collaboration with London Metropolitan University.

Producer:  Emma Sampson

Director, Writer and Illustrator: Rebecca Tortora

Cast: Roxanne Douro, Rodrigo Penalosa, Cinthia Lillen, Luisa Guerreiro

Costume Design: Alberta Jones

Composer and Musician: Matt Scott

Lighting Designer and Video Programmer: Liam Wise

Assistant Director: Yusuf Niazi

Stage Management: Yusuf Niazi and Shannon Walker

Projection Consultant and Support: Clarisse O’Dell

Animation Consultant: Angelous Squid Marr

Animators: Jessica Elizabeth Nancy, Tony Do, Cleopas Makaza and Gustav Freudenthal

Animation Compositing Team: Rebecca Rose Crystal Dyer, Luxi Rong and Rebecca Tortora           

Seer Mask Fabrication: Katy Eldridge

Vines Fabrication: Shannon Topliss

Set Construction: Daniel Cheyne, Rebecca Tortora, Alberta Jones

Set Maintenance: Daniel Cheyne

2016 – 2017 Collaborators:

#TheMarket – Phase 1 R and D

Emile Clarke – Actor, Writer

Emile is a  LIPA trained actor having  appeared in a number of commercials, recordings and plays performing at the Bristol Old Vic and other established theatres. He is a writer of comedy from spoken word  to sketches online with ‘The Hard Comedy’ . He has toured the Uk and Paris working in children’s theatre with  Disney and other companies.

Sepy Baghaei – Sound Designer

Sepy is a freelance theatre director and sound designer currently based in London. She trained at the Australian Academy of Dramatic Art (Bachelor of Performance) and the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (MA Advanced Theatre Practice.)

2015 Collaborators:

Adwoa-Alexis Mintah – Performer and Deviser

Anna Danezi – Performer and Deviser

Bryony Thomas – Performer and Deviser

Sean Matthews – Performer and Deviser

Collette Creary-Myers  – Designer and Maker

Daniel Cheyne – Set Builder

Maria Sarcinelli – Sound Designer

Clarisse O’Dell – Projection Designer

2014 Collaborators:

Nobuntu Sizolibusa – Performer and Deviser

Nobuntu, also known as BusaBuntu, is a Freedom Fighting Storyteller of Zulu decent who uses her diverse creative skills to develop stories aimed at uniquely connecting and sharing with a multi-cultural audience. Busabuntu has a BA in Live Performance, Acting, Direction and Writing from the South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance, an honours certificate from L’Ecole Internationale de Theatre Jacques Lecoq and an MA in Creative Economy from Kingston University. Her acting credits include The Market Theatre’s Brer Rabbit production and in HBO and BBC’s No.1 Ladies Detective Agency series.

Dimitra Barla – Performer and Deviser

Dimitra trained at East 15, Embros Drama School and LeThal Theatre Research Organization. Theatre credits include: Solo (Laridae Performing Arts), Eortasmoi (National Theatre of Greece), Dona Rosita or the language of flowers (Battersea Arts Centre). Film credits include: Mission: Impossible (Future Cinema).

Stephanie Greer – Performer and Deviser

Stephanie trained at Bretton Hall graduating with a first class honours degree in Acting. Theatre credits include: The Disappearance of Sadie Jones (National Tour), Twisted Christmas (The Alligators/Liverpool Playhouse), Beauty and the Beast (The Dukes) and Ajax (Altitude North/National Theatre of Cyprus). Film credits include: Deadlock (Directors UK, BAFTA screening) and The Surface of Impenetrable Things (RTS NW Best Fiction Short). Radio credits include Liverpool to Dieppe (BBC) and Radio 3′s The Verb (BBC).

Tom McCarron – Performer and Deviser

Tom has recently finished a West End Production of “Potted Panto” (Vaudeville Theatre/Seabright Productions) and this year played Edgar in LEAR (Union Theatre). Last year Tom was nominated for Best Actor at the L.A Film Festival for his performance in “Black Hill”. He has devised and created shows with Slingshot theatre and Strong Ideas. Other theatre credits include: Rob ”There But for the Grace of God” (Southwark Playhouse). Demetrius “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (Little English Theatre). Robert Rutherford ”The White Witch of Rose Hall” (Okai Collier Company) Mercutio “Romeo and Juliet” (New Triad Theatre). Don John “Much Ado About Nothing” (Rain or Shine Theatre). Sonders “On the Razzle” (Lichfield Garrick Rep). Mr Daviner “Dido” (The Birmingham Repertory Theatre). The Venticelli “Amadeus” (Aberystwyth Arts Centre Productions).

Matt Scott – Composer and Musician

Works include soundtracks for feature films, dramas, animations, and documentaries screened worldwide and on the major TV and radio channels, music for plays at the National Theatre, choreography at the Thailand Cultural Centre in Bangkok, collaborations with celebrated Chinese poet and author Xiaolu Guo, and concerts in the US and Europe including a commission for the Apriticielo Festival in Italy where he built instruments from discarded medical equipment found at a decommissioned mental hospital.

Carmen Cortes Martin – Stage Designer

Carmen trained in Art Direction for Film from Central Saint Martins, Art History at Universidad Navional de Educacion a Distancia UNED and Cinematography and Film Production at San Diego State University. Her credits include Sunset (San Diego Latino Film Festival). Wounded (San Diego State University), El Barquero (Not Chicken Producciones), Longfellow (Polaris Film Production Ltd), How I didn’t become a piano player (National Film and Television School), Mnemophrenia (EK Productions), Point of no return (Blurred red) and The Rite of Rosemary (Rebel Sum Productions).

Hannah White – Stage Designer

Costume design for theatre and screen from Central Saint Martins, BA in French and Drama from Birmingham University. Design and Art Direction credits include Ballantines/CuteCircuit viral (Somesuch Productions), Young Apprentice (Boundless Productions ), Guide Dogs Association commercial (Expose Productions) Lynx Millions viral (Benjie Croce), Record Films Bank Forum commercial( Cap Gun Collective), Something in the Air (Oily Cart theatre company), You Me Bum Bum Train, Too Fresh feat. Marvell – ‘Hotel Party’(Co-op Productions).

2013 Collaborators:

Sheena Khanna – Production

Sheena has been involved since the start of the production process for Last night I met you dreaming. She is a producer and arts administrator and has held marketing, administrative and Front of House positions at Kinetika, Gate Theatre Notting Hill, EMG Media & Marketing; and currently Arts Council England. Since graduating in 2008 from Birmingham University,Sheena has been committed to the arts sector, and is an active committee member of Young People in the Arts.

John Webb – Composer/Musician

John Webb is a composer and music educator with a wide experience working with community and educational contexts.  He has worked on projects for London Philharmonic Orchestra, Academy of St Martins in the Fields, Philharmonia Orchestra, English National Opera, Spitalfields Music, Royal Academy of Music, Operahouse Music Projects, The Stables and Britten Sinfonia.  For several years he has led the Wigmore Hall’s Early Years programme, Chamber Tots, and the Philharmonia’s Stepping Stones KS1 Project. Recent projects have included work with the Academy of St Martins in The Fields and Slough music service exploring composition with A level and GCSE students, work with vulnerable adults, dementia sufferers and intergenerational projects, as well as early years and schools-based projects.  He has written two operas for children to perform: ‘Lionhunt!’ (for KS1) and ‘The Ballad of Slippery Jack’ (for KS2), commissioned by English National Opera, and last year his piece ‘Nelson’ was performed by Royal Academy of Music musicians and 120 children from Tower Hamlets Primary Schools.  Recently his work was shortlisted as part of the Britten Sinfonia’s Opus 2012 prize.

As well as working with Fit to Burst, he is writing a 5 minute opera (‘Cat-Astrophe’) for Tete a Tete Theatre’s opera festival at the Riverside Studios.

Find out more at https://sites.google.com/site/johnwebbcomposer/

Catherine Russell – Stage Designer/Maker

Catherine is a London-based artist, performer, maker and writer. She has worked for several years in the industry, both performing and designing all over the world for successful theatre and film companies, live art collectives and world-class fashion magazines. Collaborators and credits include include the Theo Adams Company, Liberty London,  Robert Wilson, ICA London, Tate Gallery, Louis Vuitton, W Magazine, I-D Magazine, Dazed and Confused, Ponystep Magazine,  Laura&Lauren, Beggars’ Velvet, Black Francis, Scene 2 and James Glancy Design.

Recent work uses upcycled materials and centres around street art and public sculpture. She fuses humour with pain and glamour with the grotesque.

www.bespokelifedrawing.wordpress.com          www.theoadams.com

Amy Davidson – Stage Designer

Amy is a designer and artist, who has a diverse background across visual arts, set, prop-making, costume and graphic design.

She likes to work with found objects which encompass story around them. These are often street-finds and salvaged materials. Inspired by storytelling and experiential theatre, her work explores the narrative within and aims to uncover the obscurities of the universe by stirring-up a disremembered curiosity.

Amy has worked on West-End production Fiesta at Trafalgar Studios, Crafternoon Tea Club commissions for The National Theatre, Bestival and London Legacy and international Trend Forecasting company, Stylesight.

www.amy-davidson.com // www.cosmicsurgery.com

Charlotte Mafham – Performer/Deviser

Charlotte’s previous work in theatre includes ‘The Dark Entry’ (Canterbury Festival), ‘Theseus is Dead’ (Edinburgh Festival), ‘The Caucasian Chalk Circle’ (The Space), ‘Just So Stories’ (Kings Head), Julius Caesar and Much Ado About Nothing (The Scoop) and Timon of Athens (Baron’s Court). She toured a production of ‘George and the Dragon’ to London primary schools and completed the feature-length film S|T|R|A|Y|S. Charlotte trained at Arts Ed. She also plays the viola for the Whitehall Orchestra, the charity fundraising Amici Orchestra and folk band Reel Society.

Mairi Hayes – Performer/Deviser

Mairi trained at The Central School of Speech and Drama. Her recent theatre credits include; The Soho Theatre, Theatre Delicatessen, The Lowry Manchester, The Roundhouse,The Underbelly Edinburgh, The West Yorkshire Playhouse, Theatre 503, The National Theatre Studio, The Space, The Assembly Rooms Edinburgh, Latitude Festival and The Southbank Centre.

Screen projects include various shorts for the UK Film Council, music videos, Holby City, The Bill and award winning film The Women of Troy. You can view her spotlight page and showreel at www.spotlight.com/3310-9088-8804

Sophie Steel – Performer/Deviser

Sophie Steel is an actress, comedian and cabaret artist. She is a long standing member of Crescent Theatre Workshop whose previous productions include A Harlot’s Progress on London’s South Bank, Baby Talk and Listen in Camden and The Wizard of Oz in Oxford. She also played Imogen in their first film, Help From the West and has just finished shooting their second short, Leads and Follows, set in the world of swing dancing.

Sophie is also a founder member of Dotted Line Theatre whose show The Lonely One enjoyed a successful run at the Underbelly at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe having started life at the Little Angel Theatre. The show was a reworking of a chapter from Ray Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine using live action, shadow puppetry and light manipulation.

In 2012 Sophie appeared as the Beggar Woman & Mourner in The House of Bernarda Alba at the Almeida, Islington and she is the star of hit webseries, Raptured, which will be returning for a second series later in 2013. Her two-woman show, Miss Information’s Booth, debuted at Greenbelt Festival and is currently visiting assorted British festivals.

Sophie’s solo cabaret show Thirty Dancing debuted at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe before moving on to a sell out show at the Leicester Square Theatre. The youtube video of her lindy hop themed reworking of Creep is currently taking the swing world by storm! www.spotlight.com/5654-4537-4640

Alexander Devrient – Performer/Deviser

Alexander is a multilingual German/Lebanese actor. He trained at Drama Studio London and has worked in both film and theatre within the UK and abroad. Notable stage credits include Orsino in Twelfth Night (Greenwich Playhouse), Harpagon in L’Avare (European Tour), Haleb in The Tragedy of Soliman & Perseda (Rose Theatre Bankside) and Hanus in Silent Chalk (Old Theatre Royal Bath). Notable film credits include Viktor in award-winning short Periphery, a featured role in Sherlock Holmes 2 and Philippe in urban feature Voodoo Magic.