People

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Rachel Mary

Artistic Director

Rachel is an emerging Theatre Maker with a background in Physical Theatre and Clowning. She studied Drama at the University of Essex before training at Fourth Monkey Theatre Company and the Commedia School in Northern Italy. Since then Rachel has worked as an Actor & Director in London and the South East, developing her professional practise working alongside established theatre makers and companies. Rachel grew up in Reading and is passionate about creating theatre that engages and involves local people. In the last 18 months she has directed 3 community shows here and set up her own acting classes designed to draw more local adults into theatre. StrikeUp is her realisation for a theatre company that works to actively engage the audience at every level of the theatre making process. For Silent Generation, this has spanned from all of our wonderful interview participants, to the Chimney Court Residents who sat for our poster photo shoot, the youth groups we’ve invited for post-show workshops, and the special guests we’ll be talking to in our first podcast. Rachel is proud to present this first sharing to you all, we couldn’t have done it without you


Associates

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Joe Marsh

Associate Playwright

Joe Marsh is Playwright on Attachment at the Finborough Theatre, where his second play "We Struggle" was staged last year as part of Vibrant 2017. His first play, "Black July", was workshopped at Theatre 503, and his latest play, “The Glass Will Shatter” was recently longlisted for the Papatango prize. Short plays include "Safe Space" and "National Mourning", produced for Theatre 503's Rapid Write Response nights; "Mogg's War" for Interscratch at the Old Red Lion Theatre; and "It Arrives As Your Friend" for Reading Between the Lines Theatre Company. He is a member of the Finborough Writers Group and is a regular attendee of In Good Company’s workshops at Derby Theatre. Joe is a trained actor and graduate of Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Joe is also a qualified teacher and is First Story Writer in Residence at Landau Forte College Derby.

Benjamin Hudson

Associate Composer

Benjamin Hudson is a composer working predominantly in film, TV and games. He recently worked on short films ‘The Sermon’ (Palms Springs Film Festival) and ‘Satan’s Bite’ (Cannes Film Festival) and is currently working on theatre productions with RBL (Genomes) and In Bed with My Brother (Tricky Second Album). He was nominated for a Music and Sound Award for his work on a projection mapping on Battersea Power Station, and has scored commercial films for Lexus, MTV, Nokia and Unicef among others. As a music producer and DJ (Brain Rays) he has performed all over the world including two live sessions at Radio 1's legendary Maida Vale Studios.