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About Us

"Thrillingly talented people" Guardian

We make theatre with a wild sense of humour, strength of character and a delight in bringing people together.

Past productions include the award-winning Building Palaces, Best in the World and Lands of Glass. We tour nationally to theatres and festivals, as well as creating site-specific performances.

Participation fuels our creativity. Every show we make sits within a programme of artistically ambitious projects with children, young people and community groups. Their thoughts, ideas and stories are at the heart of our creative process.

We work with artists we admire to help them develop exciting performances and projects. Recent collaborations include Kathryn Tickell's Northumbrian Voices and The Sage Gateshead's Honky Tonk Angels.

Download our 2016/17 Annual Report here
And if that leaves you wanting more, here's our 2014/15 Annual Report, 2013 Annual Report and 2012 Annual Report too!

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Artistic Director: Annie Rigby

For Unfolding Theatre Annie has directed Putting The Band Back Together, Lands of Glass, Best in the World, Building Palaces, Noah and the Fludd and Strange Voyage.

Other recent projects include directing David Almond's opera for Sunderland, Miracle! with Music in the Minster.

Before founding Unfolding Theatre, Annie was Resident Director at Northern Stage (2003-08). Productions included the large-scale young people's piece, On Top of the Town, performed on a car park rooftop at Noordenzon Festival, Holland; theatre for young children, Tattercoats, Thumbelina, and The Golden Bird; and devised work, such as From the Beginning. She recently returned to Northern Stage to direct Up & Out Christmas Sprout.

Annie was Northern Rock Foundation Fellow (2007/08) on the Clore Leadership Programme. Her fellowship included secondments to the V&A Museum, Edinburgh Festival Theatre and research into theatre made by non-professional performers. Annie studied English at Downing College, Cambridge University.

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Associate Artist: Alex Elliott

Alex is a performer and filmmaker. For Unfolding Theatre, he has been part of the creative team and a performer in Putting The Band Back Together, solo show Best in the World, What If? and Building Palaces. He produced the visuals for Let Me Tell You, which told the stories of people in recovery.
Alex is also Artistic Director of Operating Theatre, creating thought provoking theatre and film on health and social issues. He has just written Squirrels, a piece about Mental Health as part of a larger project examining wellbeing called State of the Nation.

He was a founder member of Northern Stage Ensemble (1998-2005), playing major roles in productions including Clockwork Orange, Edmond, Homage To Catalonia and Manifesto for a New City.

He has performed with highly respected theatre companies including Quarantine (Frank, Grace) Kneehigh (Pandora’s Box) and Traverse Theatre's international tour of David Grieg's Damascus.

His latest film project is Bosc a feature length with acclaimed film director Ian Cottage.

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Company Producer: Morag Iles

Morag is a freelance producer and project coordinator working across theatre and contemporary art.

She has been company producer for Unfolding Theatre since April 2016.

Alongside her work for Unfolding Theatre, Morag is an Associate for Arts&Heritage, The Empty Space and Coney, delivering exciting programmes of work across the North.

She is a co-founder of Space Six CIC, an artist-led-organisation connecting talent, resource and opportunity for the development and provision of performing artists in the North East.

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Producers (National Touring): LittleMighty

LittleMighty is an independent producing company led by Gloria Lindh and Dick Bonham.

From their home in Leeds they work with remarkable artists from across the UK to make brilliant theatre happen. They collaborate with Unfolding Theatre to help get their work on tour and raise their national profile.

They also collaborate with an exciting portfolio of theatre-makers, including Testament, Silent Uproar, Jack Dean, Fidget Theatre, Odd Doll, Rich Seam, Matthew Bellwood and Adam Robinson.

Photograph of Building Palaces production team

Working with Unfolding Theatre

We are proud to have worked with talented, inspiring and inventive artists and technicians on all of our projects.

Since the company was founded in 2008 we have worked with writers, David Almond, Chloe Daykin and Carina Rodney, actors Jane Arnfield, Michael Blair, Hannah Boyde, Maria Crocker, Alex Elliott, Ruth Johnson, Kat Pierce, Pady O'Connor, Mark Lloyd and Tom Walton, designers Lily Arnold, Imogen Cloet and Andrew Stephenson, musicians Tom Bancroft, Ross Millard, Brendan Murphy, Beccy Owen, Fred Phethean and Kathryn Tickell, sound and AV artists Reed Ingram Weir, Nick John Williams and Andy Playford, lighting designer, Kev Tweedy, architect Tim Bailey, dancer Tim Rubidge and production managers, Jill Bennison and Simon Henderson.

We are also proud to have worked with producer, Leyla Asadi, who helped the company grow from an idea into a palace-building, darts-throwing reality. She left in 2013, after 4 fantastic years, to pursue her own adventures in Australia.

Unfolding Theatre Board

Unfolding Theatre has a fantastic board, who support and guide the company's development.

Anna Disley (Chair), New Writing North
Tim Bailey, xsite architecture
Mark Robinson, Thinking Practice
Wendy Smith, Sage Gateshead