Mrs Armitage and the Big Wave

The Team

Let us introduce the talented team for our new show “Mrs Armitage and the Big Wave”…

Adam Barnard
Adaptor and Director

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Adam Barnard is a theatre director and playwright. Recent writing for young audiences includes Invisible (Theatre Royal Plymouth) and Too Small To Be A Planet (Company of Angels / Latitude), which has also been translated into German and Norwegian. Other stage plays include buckets and Closer Scrutiny (both Orange Tree Theatre, London); he is currently under commission to the National Youth Theatre. As director he has directed many productions across the UK and in Europe for audiences young and old, and is also writer-director of a series of short films about human rights that are shown widely in British schools. He was previously joint director of Company of Angels, which specialises in new and experimental theatre for young audiences.

Julian Butler

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Julian wrote the music for GaGa Theatre’s Up and Down in 2013. He has composed for lots of other shows for young audiences, including:Charlie and Lola’s Best Bestest Play and Charlie and Lola’s Extremely New Play (BBC Worldwide/Polka Theatre), which have toured internationally over the last eight years. He has written songs for three musicals with Olivier award-winning playwright Mike Kenny, including Red Riding Hood (Engine House), which has toured the UK, the USA and Canada. Other shows he has composed for recently include: Off West End Award nominated The Box of Photographs and Gorilla (Polka Theatre), Just So Stories (Stephen Joseph Theatre), Leaf (Tam Tam Theatre), Under the Rainbow (Polka Theatre), Snow White (Engine House) and Julia Donaldson’s The Paper Dolls (Little Angel Theatre). His own musical, Neverland, premiered at Lakeside Arts in Nottingham last Christmas.

Verity Quinn
Set, Costume and Prop Designer

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Verity is a theatre designer and maker with a background in visual theatre and puppetry, installation and site specific performance and has designed extensively on theatre for young audiences.

Verity founded and co-ran the design-led theatre company, Left Luggage Theatre from 2007 – 2011 and she currently co-runs visual theatre company Club Adelphi who are Associate Artists at ARC, Stockton.

Verity trained at Nottingham Trent. Her design credits include: Dame Nature (Tim Bell & Havoc Theatre); How To Win Against History (Aine Flanagan Productions); Septimus Bean and His Amazing Machine (Unicorn Theatre); Under the Rainbow (Polka Theatre); Big Wow (Half Moon Theatre & Justin Coe); Once Upon A Christmas (Unicorn Theatre); Holy Mackerel (Eastern Angles & Shanty Theatre Company); Beast Baby (Theatre-Rites & Polka Theatre); Alpha Beta (Finborough Theatre); Free (Half Moon Theatre); The Fourth Wise Man, Seesaw, When I Think About the Universe I Laugh For No Reason and Dora (Unicorn Theatre); Blue Boy (New Writing North & Northern Stage); Apples (Company of Angels & Northern Stage); The Girls from Poppyfield Close (Live Theatre); Heartbreak Soup (The Empty Space & Laura Lindow)

Verity was nominated for Best Set Design in Off West End Theatre Awards 2016 for Alpha Beta.


Matt Brown
Projection Designer

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Matt studied a BA (Hons) in Theatre Production Arts at Mountview Academy before working under the tutorage of Nina Dunn. Matt combines the use of film, photography, animation, and illustration to create stunning integrated visual elements for theatre and live events.

Matt’s theatre credits include:
OFF THE KINGS ROAD (Jermyn Street Theatre); MATILDA THE MUSICAL (Cambridge Theatre); THE DAMNED UNITED (West Yorkshire Playhouse); PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (Her Majesty’s Theatre); THE FORCE OF DESTINY (Which was nominated for the Best New Opera at the Oliviers, London Coliseum); ALICE’S ADVENTURES UNDERGROUND (Which won a Knight Of Illumination award for Video Electronic Content and a nomination for Best in Family Entertainment at the Oliviers, The Vaults); USAGI YOJIMBO (Southwark Playhouse); THE SMALL HAND (UK Tour) SECRET CINEMA: BACK TO THE FUTURE (Secret Location)

Ben Jacobs
Lighting Designer

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Ben trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Recent design credits include: Sister (Ovalhouse), Maggie & Pierre (Finborough), The State We’re In, EleXion, Red Like Embers (Theatre 503), People We Didn’t Quite Meet, Red (The Place), Cuncrete (Camden People’s Theatre, Summerhall, Smock Alley Dublin), Side by Side by Sondheim (Jack Studio), Citizen Puppet (New Diorama Theatre), The League of Youth (Theatre N16), Free Fall (Pleasance), Fanny & Faggot, The Lost Happy Endings, I Love My Love (Tabard Theatre). Recent assistant credits include: The Lorax (The Old Vic), Out of His Skin (UK Tour), Finding Joy (UK Tour). 

Clare Barrett
Mrs Armitage

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Clare is an actress and physical performer. Theatre has taken her all over the world, on many great adventures. She has been: a camel on stilts in Abu Dhabi; puppeteered a giant bird in Austria; travelled all over the UK as an astronaut and scientist on a ‘Mission to Mars’ (Unlimited/Polka); and been a Cornish Pirate Queen, a Welsh Vet and Virus-whisperer, a Cockney knife-grinder, French chef and a sheep (origin unknown) in The Night Kitchen Cabaret. She is delighted to be on this adventure with Mrs. Armitage, Breakspear and Ga Ga Theatre.

Sophie Crawford

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Sophie Crawford trained at Cambridge University. Her theatre work includes War Horse (NT), The Used Blood Junkyard (Arcola) and FastBurn (Kneehigh)

Katie Russell
Co-founder/Co-Producer/Marketing Manager

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Katie and Rachael are long-time friends who share a passion for theatre and the Arts. They came together with a vision to create high-quality, unique and accessible theatre experiences that can be enjoyed by all the family.


Rachael Richards
Co-founder/Co-Producer/Marketing Manager

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Rachael and Katie are long-time friends who share a passion for theatre and the Arts. They came together with a vision to create high-quality, unique and accessible theatre experiences that can be enjoyed by all the family.

Hannah Mathieson
Assistant-Producer/Box Office Manager/Social Media Manager

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I recently graduated from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, with an Upper Second Class Honours degree in Drama, Applied Theatre & Education. I have co-ordinated drama workshops with all ages in the UK as well as internationally. Last year I travelled to Mumbai, India where I ran several projects with a diverse range of participants. I have been involved in a variety of productions in many different roles such as actor, producer and stage manager. These include a piece of family theatre commissioned by the Fuse Arts Festival in Kent and a children’s show at the Polka Theatre in Wimbledon.

Sarah Hand
PR Manager

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Sarah is the founder of Hands On PR. After 20 years in the PR and communications industry, working with some of the UK’s best loved brands, she has streamlined all that is great about PR to offer effective, intelligent and affordable PR packages to smaller businesses doing brilliant things!

Ollie Downton
Production Manager

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Ollie is a freelance Production manager who also worked on Ga Ga Theatre’s last production, ‘Up and Down’. Ollie has travelled the world with various production companies including Big Wooden Horse and Kids Entertainment.


Lucy McVeigh
Front of House Manager

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In 2015 Lucy graduated from the University of Manchester studying BA Hons Drama. Following on from this she began working in London as a Tutor at The Complete Works Charity, using creative methods to educate and engage GCSE students who have been excluded from mainstream education. Lucy has had much experience acting, notably playing Hecuba in The Women of Troy, and Mrs Lintott in The History Boys. She spent two years Acting in and Directing the Theatre Uncut festival in Manchester, and is about to start Producing and Directing this years event in South East London.