“A deeply impressive new theatre company.” Time Out

Bringing a spark of life to stories that have been forgotten or looking for creative re-invention. The company has a growing reputation for delivering inspiring and entertaining theatre in both conventional and non-theatre settings.


ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

James Hillier

James received an OFFIE nomination for directing the World Premiere of Mike Bartlett’s first play Not Talking. He created The Hotel Plays by Tennessee Williams which premiered at the Grange Hotel, Holborn in 2012 and later moved to The Langham, London in 2014. Other productions include Sam Shepard’s A Lie of the Mind, Hard Feelings by Doug Lucie, The Armour by Ben Ellis and Insignificance by Terry Johnson in New York. For film, James has directed a number of shorts, winning awards at Tribeca Film Festival in New York, Cannes Film Festival and SXSW. He trained at RADA and has worked extensively as an actor in theatre, film and television. As a director James is represented by United Agents


PRODUCER

Jack Holden

Jack trained as an actor at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and has worked on numerous screen projects and in theatres across the country, most recently appearing in James Graham’s Ink. He is a writer and is under commission with Out of Joint. He is a freelance theatre producer, working with The Handlebards and is founder of Watersmeet Productions.


WRITERS IN RESIDENCE

Dexter Flanders

Dexter trained at RADA as an Actor and upon graduation in 2017 his writing career took shape as his debut play Foxes was shortlisted for the Alfred Fagon Award in 2018. He was chosen to participate in the Royal Court Theatre’s Introduction to Playwriting Group 2019 and is currently in the Writers Room for a TV series with Sky. Foxes will be premiering at Theatre 503 in Spring 2021.

Gemma Lawrence

Gemma trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. She has worked extensively as an actor and appeared in Defibrillator’s production of Not Talking at the Arcola Theatre. Previous writing includes straight vodka for Theatre503’s Rapid Write Response, Ribbons performed at Bloom Theatre’s SAPLINGS, and REWILD, performed at Omnibus Theatre and now being developed into a full-length piece as part of the London Playwrights 2020 programme. Homecoming was commissioned for The Space’s Locked Down Looking Up season.


CASTING DIRECTOR

Annie Rowe

Annie has cast numerous Defibrillator productions, readings and workshops including The Hotel PlaysNot Talking and The Armour. Annie trained as an actress at the NYT and RADA. She then went on to become an independent Casting Director in 2009. Annie is a member of the CDG, RSA fellow, and BAFTA Crew alumni. www.annierowe-casting.com

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CONSULTING PRODUCERS

Angela Bull for Epsilon Productions

For Epsilon Productions Angela has produced shows including Crystal Springs, Skin Tight, Extremities, the award winning The State vs John Hayes by Lucy Rosyln and West End Frame’s Best London Fringe production Chicken Shop by 2013 Bruntwood Playwriting Prizewinner Anna Jordan.

Trish Wadley

As Executive producer for Defibrillator between 2013-2017 Trish produced A Lie of the Mind, Speech&Debate, The Hotel Plays, Hard Feelings, The One Day of the Year, The Armour and Insignificance. As an independent producer, The Red Lion (Trafalgar Studios) Burning Bridges (Theatre503) and as co-producer, My Night With Reg (Apollo Theatre). Trish is a Stage One Bursary recipient and director of The Uncertainty Principle.