Associate Artists

Jessica Beck


Jessica is a freelance Director. She directed the acclaimed Bike Shed/Viva Voce co-production of the Exeter Blitz Project, and has also directed productions of Up the Gary (Edinburgh, Theatre 503 and tour) and Alice’s Adventures in the New World (Old Red Lion and tour), amongst others. She recently completed her PhD at the University of Exeter.


Write By Numbers


Write By Numbers is Estelle Buckridge, Corinne Furness and Charlie Whitworth along with associates Lucy Grace and Andy Kelly.

Together they make performance work which challenges both the perceptions around what ‘new writing’ is (or should be) and how audiences interact with the work. Their work focuses on ‘Now’ and tackles the issues of today that most excite, scare or intrigue them.


Rachael Duthie


We think Rachael is the best lighting designer in the world. She’s worked for Pilot, Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre and The Courtyard Theatre, Hereford. She’s beautifully lit countless productions in The Bike Shed, most recently Eloise and the Curse of the Golden Whisk.


Rose Biggin


Rose Biggin’s writing includes solo pole-dancing show The Very Thought, genderqueer retelling Victor Frankenstein, coffee comedy PLUNGE and jokes for Radio 4’s The News Quiz. She has a PhD in Drama from the University of Exeter, specialising in immersive theatre.




AMINAL is an emerging Exeter-based company led by performing artists Kelly Marie Miller and Jonny R. Rowden, both theatre-makers working in Exeter.

It was formed following conversations regarding their shared interest in current social and environmental issues, and performance. They explore relevant ways in which they can encourage audiences to consider these issues, and discover creative and playful ways in which they can be examined, while maintaining a sense of their urgency.


Natalie McGrath


Natalie McGrath is a playwright and Co-Director of Dreadnought South .

Natalie has been produced by by Bristol Old Vic (Coasting), Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton (Rift), Box of Tricks NWxSW Tour (Exodus), also produced by Ripped Script at Plymouth Fringe 2015, Paines Plough (Scottish Kiss) as part of Come To Where I’m From; which is now part of an online app, Wild Doves for Bristol Old Vic’s Short Fuses season, Electric Spaces for We’ll Meet In Moscow’s In Other Words.  Her first play Metal Remains, was produced by Theatre West, Bristol and was shortlisted for the 2009 Meyer Whitworth Prize.  Natalie was long listed for the 2015 Bruntwood Prize.

Natalie is also an Associate Lecturer in Theatre & Performance at Plymouth University, and an Associate of the Bikeshed Theatre, Exeter


The Wardrobe Ensemble


The Wardrobe Ensemble are an emerging group of theatre artists working together to make new plays that dissect the twenty-first century experience. They consist of nine core members, one producer and a constantly growing community of associate artists.

Flashy, rough, silly and serious, they explore the big ideas of our time through intimate human stories. We are usually energetic, often irreverent and dedicated to finding the place where the intellectual and the emotional collide.



Rhum and Clay


Rhum and Clay are a theatre ensemble that tells stories: original shows that are inventive, ramshackle and cinematic.

They formed the company at l’Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris, where they learnt their craft. They would also spend long hours into the night drinking ‘rhum’ and making masks out of clay. It was these happy memories that inspired the name under which the company perform.


Theatre Rush


Theatre Rush was formed in 2012 through a shared interest in stories, autobiography and the power of a story exchanged. The Exeter based company went through a number of wonderful incarnations and is now made up of a core group of female artists, Katie Villa and Chloe Whipple, supported by Lizzy Humber.




Made up of Cheryl Gallacher and Tess Seddon they are based in Essex and London.

Their current muse is the dialogue at the start of this video.



Third Man Theatre


Third Man Theatre are an award winning theatre company based in London and Cornwall. They create entertaining, inventive and accessible theatre that aims to challenge and provoke.


Scratchworks Theatre Company


Scratchworks are a physical ensemble of four women who create playful, accessible theatre from scratch. Their work collides modern issues with traditional storytelling techniques.


Ed Rapley


Ed is a performer and theatre-maker. He trained at École Philippe Gaullier in Paris. His work embodies a sense of liveness, play and pleasure to perform in every moment he is with an audience. He is a founder and member of Bristol’s Residence.