All Female Juno Theatre Announces Full Line Up For ‘Circling The Square’ Showcase

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01/11/2016 by juno theatre

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Salisbury Arts Centre, Sunday 7th February, 7.30pm, Salisbury, Wiltshire

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Tel: 01722 321744

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Guardian journalist, Lyn Gardner, said:Why keep going to the theatre if you seldom see yourself reflected there? Given that women make up just over half of the population and buy more theatre tickets than men, the industry is shooting itself in the foot if it fails to commit to real change.

Salisbury-based Juno Theatre, which was recently awarded £27,318 from Arts Council England, is pleased to announce the full line up of actors and directors for its inaugural showcase, to be performed at Salisbury Arts Centre on 7th February. Juno promises an evening of funny, poignant and thought-provoking theatre from some of the South West’s brightest women writers.

The company, which aims to support female writers and theatre makers, will perform five original plays by Lesley Bates, Clare Macnaughton, Elaine Miles, Vivian Oldaker and Clare Reddaway.  The plays were written in response to the theme ‘Circling The Square’ (reversing the expression ‘Squaring the Circle’, which implies a task that can never be achieved). In ‘Circling the Square’ we encounter women trying to overcome impossible situations with humour, defiance and stoicism.

The first half of the showcase focuses on the plight of those left behind when family members work abroad or emigrate: in Take Me to the Oscars we meet a military wife struggling with humdrum domestic chores as she dreams of becoming a journalist; Anchor tells the story of a couple about to be reunited with an adopted child who ran away from home at 17, while Cutting Corners – set in Greece in 1946 – reflects the hopes, dreams and fears of two women whose sons have emigrated to New York.

In the second half of the evening the distance is emotional rather than physical: in Canvas two women who share a bitter personal history come together to discuss a valuable painting, while Just Off the Boat sees the world through the eyes of a difficult older woman, left in a care home by her family.

At the end there will be a Q&A session when members of the public will have the chance to discuss the plays with the writers, actors and directors involved in the showcase.

Juno Theatre has been created to meet a growing demand from female theatre makers who are seeking the same opportunities as their male colleagues. According to figures compiled by Tonic Theatre in 2014, of the artistic directors working across the 179 theatre organisations in Arts Council England’s national portfolio, 63% are male and 37% are female. In organisations receiving more than £500,000 Arts Council subsidy this financial year, the situation is worse, with only 24% female representation, although women represent the majority of drama students and theatregoers, Tonic’s research – carried out alongside the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama – also revealed that among the writers of new plays produced in established theatres, such as the Almeida, Tricycle, Royal Court, Donmar, Olivier and Lyttelton at the National, only 24% were female. In 2012, only 24% of directors were female in the UK’s 10 most subsidised theatres.

Juno Theatre plans to bridge the gender gap in the South West: generating work for female theatre practitioners and encouraging women writers. The company was set up a year ago – emerging from the She Writes women’s playwriting group run by Angie Street at Salisbury Playhouse – and it has already produced two successful fringe events in Salisbury.  Further plans for Juno’s 2015/16 Arts Council funded programme include a series of professional development days for writers and a youth programme, which has also received funding from Wiltshire Community Foundation.

The showcase performance will be performed by a cast of experienced, professional actors and directed by a team of high profile directors Including Kirstie Davis (currently Artistic Director of Hampshire’s Forest Forge Theatre Company) and award-winning Bristol based director, Nancy Medina.

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The Plays

Take Me To The Oscars

Synopsis: Take Me To The Oscars

Clare is a military wife, who daydreams of Hollywood. She thinks she is meant for better things. She wants to be a war correspondent not a housewife. Her husband is preparing to go to war. She is keeping the home fires burning. She thinks she is different but she isn’t. She hates the mundanity of her life. But she has fallen into the trap of over eating and has let herself go. She can’t see this and thinks she is still young and beautiful. Her marriage is over but it will never end. But she has first got to work out what to cook for supper.

Writer: Clare Macnaughton

Clare Macnaughton

Journalist, broadcaster and communications consultant, RAF wife and mum of 2. Clare’s varied and eclectic career includes ghostwriting a Sunday Times bestselling battlefield memoir, journalist and live broadcaster for the international yacht race the Vendée Globe 2012 and directing an award winning global communications campaign for the Velux 5 Oceans. She writes regularly for Wiltshire Life magazine. This is her theatre-writing debut.

Director: Laura Jasper

Laura Jasper

Laura graduated from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in 2015 with an MA (Theatre Directing). Having initially trained as an actor she started South-west based, Ripped Script Theatre Company in 2012 whose aim is to create opportunities for people in the region, and theatre which is playful, collaborative and accessible to all.  Directing: The Boy on the Swing, (Tobacco Factory Brewery Theatre), Decadence (Nuffield Theatre Scratch night), As You Like It (small tour – Salisbury/ Bristol/ Stratford), Learning to fly (new writing – Bread and Roses Theatre), Our Space (Lost One Act Festival 2013) An Evening of David Ives (Studio Theatre Salisbury), Brothers Grimm (Wilderness Festival), A Woman Mov’d (Bristol Shakespeare festival 2012). Assistant Directing: The London Cuckholds, (Tobacco Factory Theatre), The Beaux Stratagem (Rural tour), Alice in Wonderland, (The Redgrave Theatre), Walking the Chains, (M-shed Bristol), The Fizz, (W11 Opera), His Dark Materials, (Sixth Sense Theatre Company), Sleeping Beauty, (Salisbury Playhouse). Co-directing: “Much ado about Nothing” – Sam Wanamaker festival (The Globe) “Snapshots” – Plymouth Fringe festival (The Lab, Theatre Royal Plymouth). In March Laura will be directing Midsummer Night’s Dream for Reversed Shakespeare Company at the Pleasance in London.


Claire Wyatt – Clare


Claire’s experience spans comedy, classics and new writing and she’s worked extensively in devised theatre. She’s was elected to the Equity Council in 2014 and is an associate of Parents in Performing Arts. She’s also a mum to a toddler and mini-Schnauzer! Theatre credits include: Clara, The Widowing of Mrs Holroyd (New Vic), Elsie Tanner (and 10 others!) Coronation Street on Stage (#1 tour NZ), Claire, Boston Marriage (Cockpit London) Rosaline, Loves Labours Lost and Ragueneau, Cyrano de Bergerac (Oxford Shakespeare Co.), Lady Macbeth, Macbeth (Courtyard Theatre) Clara and Clootie, In Flame (Jermyn Street, Yvonne Arnaud), February, The Little Month (The egg, Theatre Royal Bath).  
TV includes Absolute Power for the BBC.

Her radio work covers everything from aliens to countesses for the Doctor Who series and the Wireless Theatre Company. 
Claire trained at Guildford School of Acting.


Anchor By Elaine Miles

Synopsis: Anchor

Dan was adopted at the age of three. His relationship with his adoptive parents, John and Pauline, has always been difficult and, after a long absence, he’s arranged to meet them. But at 27, is Dan ready to face his past? He knows that if her is to go forward, he must go back. Will he be able to face the reunion with his parents? Or will his past rise up to overwhelm him?

Writer: Elaine Miles

Elaine Miles

Elaine began writing for the theatre in 2007 and is a member of the Rondo Writers’ Network in Bath. Elaine enjoys writing comedy, and has a particular interest in writing for women. A number of her short plays have been performed both in the South West and in London. Some highlights:

‘Who Wants to be Normal’, a piece dealing with body dysmorphia, was performed as part of the Little Pieces of Gold writing showcase at the Southwark Playhouse in 2013. ‘Dead Gorgeous’ which first appeared at the Rondo in 2013 as part of an evening of new writing, was selected for performance at the International Convention of the Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Society of Medicine in London in 2014 . ‘Dog Day Sunday Afternoon’ a comedy about women and friendship, was performed at The Mission Theatre in Bath in 2013. ‘In the Line of Fire’, a play about the competing demands of motherhood and career as experienced by a female war correspondent, will be staged at the Rondo Theatre in February 2016 in ‘Quartette’, a production by the Old Bag Theatre Company. Elaine regularly writes and performs her own short stories, and is a presenter at a local radio station.

Director: Nancy Medina

Nancy Medina

Bristol-based theatre director, Nancy Medina, has an MA in directing (Bristol Old Vic Theatre School) and has directed for the Redgrave, New Vic, Shakespeare’s Globe, the Tobacco Factory, Edinburgh Fringe, Juno, Theatre West and the Salberg Studio theatres, as director and assistant director. She is currently working with two playwrights on R&D projects to develop their scripts.


Pen Wildgoose – Pauline, Dan’s Mum

Penelope studied at Dartington College of Arts (BA (Hons) Theatre), and is a professional performer, educator, writer, facilitator and director. Penelope is the Co’ director and founder of Shared Syndicate Arts, and co’ writer of the screen play ‘Where Did You Go?’- An artistic short film profiling a woman with early onset Lewy Body dementia, due for public release in 2016. Penelope plays the leading role of Jean Rose in this film. Professional credits as a performer include; ‘Antigone’-(Antigone), ‘The Snow Queen’-(Gerda), ‘Voices in Love’ and ‘Silenced’(ensemble) , ‘Pinocchio’-(Gepetto), and ‘Sleepwalk on the Severn’ –(ensemble), (TaurusVoice Theatre Company- National tours), ‘The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe’-(White Witch), ‘The Secret Garden’-(Mrs Medlock), ‘Treasure Island’-(Meg) and ‘The House of Bernada Alba’-(Bernada) (Gloucester Theatre Company). She has written and performed two one woman plays, ‘Preparing For Elizabeth’ premiering at the Cheltenham Everyman Theatre (sell out show) and ‘Re-Membering Anne’-(Dartington College Festival).

Mark Kempner – John, Dan’s Dad

Headshot and portfolio shoot.

Cheltenham based actor Mark Kempner has made many featured appearances in a variety of roles on TV from Eastenders to Dr Who and on film from “The Worlds End” & “Kill List” to the soon to be released “Criminal” starring Kevin Costner and Ryan Reynolds.   He has featured in many stage productions and Musicals including playing Fagin in “Oliver” to just about every silly old dodderer role there is in Panto. Mark also runs his own corporate team building company providing film making days and writing and performing in several Murder Mystery stories and comedy shows. Mark is also an experienced director and film editor and specialises in writing, filming and editing professional actor showreel scenes.

Sean Pogmore – Dan

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Sean is an actor from Bournemouth who trained at the Oxford School of Drama. He has recently finished filming on the BBC’s second season of Poldark, where he will be appearing as Nick Vigus. His recent feature film credits include K-Shop directed by Dan Pringle and My Saviour directed Steven Murphy. Sean has also starred in several short films, The Egg directed by Steve McCarten and International Men’s Day directed by Ella Jones, both are currently being shown at several international film festivals in the US and Europe. Selected theatre credits include playing Dorian Gray in a modern adaptation of A Picture of Dorian Gray, Sidney Hopcroft in Alan Ayckbourn’s Absurb Person Singular and playing the Count D’Aublaye in a revival of The Duke in Darkness, a play that had not been performed in over 50 years.

Cutting Corners by Clare Reddaway

Synopsis: Cutting Corners

Cutting Corners was inspired by a story that Clare’s father told her about his days as an RAF pilot in Northern Greece in 1946. The country was deep in a traumatic civil war, and was achingly poor. He walked into a village and in the main square saw a long, long table piled with tiny pieces of fur. Women were seated in lines at the table, sorting and grading the minute scraps. They then stitched them together to make fur stoles, hats and shrugs. The fur offcuts were the sweepings from furriers in London, Paris and New York. The play looks at the lives of two of the women working on that fur.

Writer: Clare Reddaway

Clare Reddaway

Clare Reddaway writes scripts and short stories. Her plays have been staged, performed and recorded, mainly in the south-west but also in London, Wales, Cambridge and Edinburgh. In the last six months she has had a short monologue at the Rondo in Bath, a comedy at the Bath Fringe (Onset Productions), a short play on a national tour as part of War 100 (Andarta Theatre), a short at St James’ Wine Vaults (Rapscallion Theatre), a monologue and a children’s Christmas show at Zion Chapel, Bristol (BS13). As well as plays, she writes site-specific stories, and was a writer-in-residence for Hidden City (Part Exchange Company) in Bristol this year. She curated and produced a site-specific event at a derelict Georgian lido in Bath this summer, dubbed ‘a huge success’ by the Bath Chronicle. Her stories have been published in anthologies, in magazines, in print and on the web, and have won and been shortlisted for a number of national competitions. She runs a spoken word event in Bath, Story Fridays, where she regularly performs her own work. She has read her stories at many events and festivals across the country. Before turning to writing she was a script editor and drama development executive for BBC TV and Granada Television.

Director: Kirstie Davis

Kirstie Davis

Kirstie has worked at many theatres around the country including the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith and Salisbury Playhouse. For six years she was the Associate Director and then Acting Artistic Director of Watford Palace Theatre. Plays included: The Caucasian Chalk Circle, The Crucible in History, Mother Courage and her Children, Fear and Misery in the Third Reich, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, The Daughter-in-Law and Top Girls. She has also directed Fable and Brecht’s Lehrstucke for the Nuffield Theatre and she ran the Studio Theatre at Cheltenham Everyman where she directed Man to Man and led on their New Writing, Outreach and Professional Mentoring programmes. Since joining Forest Forge as Artistic Director in January 2009, Kirstie has directed Around The World In 80 Days, Ashputtel – the Cinderella Story, Free Folk (2009), For The Record, The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, Peeling, The World Outside, The Phoenix and The Carpet, Bloom, Midnight is a Place, The Boy at the Edge of the Room, Free Folk (2013), Anne of Green Gables, Battle Lines Woman of Flowers, Stardust, Hansel and Gretel and Leaves on a Line.

She is on the Board of Stage Director’s UK (SDUK).


Kiki Kendrick – Maria

Kiki Kendrick

Kiki is from Warrington and studied in Liverpool. She was in the stage productions of the award winning Waiting for Hillsborough (Liverpool and London) and My Beautiful Laundrette (National Tour). Kiki has toured extensively with John Godber’s Hull Truck Theatre; Reunion, Fly Me to the Moon, I Want That Hair. Other theatre credits includes; The Woman who Cooked her Husband (Winchester Theatre Royal), Lip*Service (Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh) Crime & Punishment (Finborough Theatre). Kiki wrote and produced Babooshka (Pleasance Theatre, Fringe First) Mutton (Gilded Balloon) and ‘Next!’ (The Assembly Rooms, Fringe Report’s Best Creative: Actress and Writer) all at The Edinburgh Festival for her own theatre company Liberated Theatre. She recently toured Oysters with Eastern Angles Theatre Company. Her TV appearances include The Office, Fat Friends, Cold Feet, Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, My Family, Casualty, Holby City, Night & Day, Waterloo Road, Doctors and Funland. Feature Films; Do I Love You?, Gridiron UK, The Violators, Nine Lives of Tomas Katz and Frontman (Best Actress at the SoCal Film Festival). Award winning short films include Phobias, The Stomach, Egg, Plastic Fingers and Recession. She was the lead in The Kaiser Chiefs’ ‘Angry Mob’ video.

Maxine Fone – Katrina

Maxine Fone

Maxine has performed professionally from the age of 18 all over the world including Broadway, The West End and Numerous European Tours. As an Actress she has played in many Rep Theatre companies and won Best actress award for her performance of Rita in Educating Rita. She has appeared in British soaps such as Eastenders, Merseybeat, Coronation st, Doctors and Emmerdale and BBC films. As a Dancer she was a principal in Matthew Bourne’s company Adventures in Motion Pictures and performed and created productions including Swan lake, Cinderella, Highland Fling, Nutcracker, Late flowering lust and Play without words. Frequenting The Ahmanson theatre in LA and BAM in NY . As a Singer she has performed in Theatre and The Mediaeval Baebes. As a voiceover artist she is currently recording the Lead character voice in the feature film ‘Trampires’. As a Film Director, her Award Winning film ‘Araneae Dei’ is currently showing at International Festivals. This was a predominantly female cast and crew. She is currently in pre production for her next film ‘Sometimes’ about a woman who leaves her mind on the bus. As a Choreographer she has worked for West end and Rep, Opera Zuid, Opera Maastricht, ENO and ROH.



Canvas by Lesley Bates

Synopsis: Canvas

Canvas is about retribution, revenge and reconciliation. It centres on a work of art that brings together two women with serious hatchets to bury – possibly in the other’s back. Bea specialises in medical research while Adele is an expert in modern art. Once students who shared digs, they have followed different paths through life, but once upon a time they had a great deal in common – more than was comfortable. When a legacy initiates a reunion, old grievances easily surface.

Writer: Lesley Bates

Lesley Bates

Lesley Bates is a freelance journalist, writing features for glossy magazines and theatre reviews for a number of websites and publications including The Stage. She has also worked in publicity, public relations and marketing. She worked for the Salisbury Journal for 14 years, latterly as its features editor. She has spent much of her working life and spare time in theatres, interviewing actors for entertainment features, reviewing productions both amateur and professional, or as an enthusiastic amateur actor and director for Studio Theatre in Salisbury. In 2012, her production of Hamlet won the All England Theatre Festival and the National Shakespeare Competition run by the Royal Shakespeare Company, resulting in an invitation for the company to perform in the Swan Theatre at Stratford-upon-Avon. Two years ago, she joined the all-female She Writes group at Salisbury Playhouse, led by Angie Street, with a view to having a crack at play-writing. Since then she has had short pieces performed at the two Juno showcases included in the Salisbury Fringe and in the Fringe itself.

Director: Claudia Leaf


As a director Claudia Leaf has worked on site-specific Shakespeare productions (including the first ever Shakespeare play to be performed in Canterbury Cathedral), taken new writing into village halls and created innumerable theatre projects working with (and for) young people. From 2003-2013 she was Associate Director of the acclaimed, Kent-based Chalkfoot Theatre Arts, which was regularly funded by Arts Council England. As a writer she has recently worked with Salisbury Playhouse and Salisbury Cathedral on their interactive Magna Carta project and assisted Dorset Writers’ Network with the creation of a new flash fiction e-book.



Kerry Angus – Bea

It is 14 years since Kerry last appeared on stage. Her priority for these years has been on being a mother and it feels very apt that her first step back is with the Juno new writing project and she is thrilled to be playing Bea in Canvas. Past work has included a mixture of: community theatre such as LiveTheatre, Century, Channel; rep including the Dukes Playhouse Lancaster and The Lyric Belfast  and West End. Plays have ranged from new writing (eg Song of an Honorary Soul Man, Round Robin) to actor-musician work (eg. Cabaret, Oliver, A Christmas Carol, Barnstormers, Buddy) and Shakespeare (Taming of a Shrew, Twelfth Night). TV work includes Coronation Street, Brookside, Byker Grove, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Goodnight Sweetheart and a Catherine Cookson drama: The Girl.

Louise Thomas – Adele

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Louise is thrilled to be making her debut performance with Juno Theatre, playing Adele in Canvas.Having acted in her teenage years, she took a long break whilst raising her family of four children, who have since produced six grandchildren to date! Returning to the stage over the last decade, Louise has enjoyed such roles as Paulina in Death and the Maiden, Amanda Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie, and Mrs Johnstone in Blood Brothers. She also revealed rather more of herself as Annie in Calendar Girls! She thoroughly enjoyed performing two seasons at Edinburgh Fringe, and has more recently begun venturing into the world of film. Louise has a love of fine wine and motorbikes – though not together of course; and also has a first class degree in mathematics and a classical ballet training. She recently traded off living by the sea in busy Bournemouth for the tranquillity of the Hampshire countryside, and is loving it!

Amelia Gardham – Jenna

AMELIA Gardham

Amelia Gardham is a freelance actor living in London, having trained at the Arts University of Bournemouth. Amelia’s most recent roles have included playing the eccentric Henri Wotton in ‘The picture of Dorian Gray’ directed by Charmaine Parkin at The Shelley Theatre in Boscombe and The Bread and Roses Theatre in Clapham, London. The mysterious emotional Martha in Kieran Bourne short film ‘And Counting…’ Which is being entered into film festivals this year. Amelia is currently shooting a series called ‘no code’ written by Jack Raposa, playing Winter, the lead guitarist of a rock band. Amelia is delighted to be working with Juno theatre company on ‘Canvas’ and hopes to be returning to Salisbury soon.


Just Off The Boat by Vivian Oldaker

Synopsis: Just Off The Boat

Elizabeth Baron is 86 years old. Elizabeth tells us about her life (or, as she puts it, the ‘edited highlights’) and our initial view of this well-off, well-to-do, seemingly privileged woman alters. She had been looking forward to her annual holiday in Mevagissey with her son and daughter-in-law. But its seems that this year they have other ideas and so Elizabeth is in Respite Care in a Residential Care Home, Mycroft Manor.

Writer: Vivian Oldaker

Vivian Oldaker

Vivian was born and bred in Surrey. Her childhood ambition was to be a detective – freelance, rather than the kind who has to go to work at a police station every day. She has always written stories, often involving Murder and Mayhem. Many of these early efforts were blatant rip-offs of the Famous Five by Enid Blyton, but fortunately no-one was unkind enough to point this out, probably because they only pretended to read them. She has absolutely no first hand experience of Murder but has experienced a quantity of Mayhem suitable for a woman of her age and experience. Having had three children, she found herself driven to write a great many unremarked Young Adult novels. Finally, in 2009, her book: “The Killer’s Daughter” was published by Andersen Press. “Just off The Boat” is her first play. Vivian lives in Wiltshire with her husband and younger daughter. Over the years she has had a variety of employment, including working in a bottling factory, a bookmaker and a bookshop, but nothing else beginning with b. She loves Greek olives, Spanish Cava and Belgian chocolate and thus considers herself a true European. Her ambition is to write more and live by the sea.

Director: Charmaine K Parkin

Charmaine K Parkin

Charmaine trained under the theatre practitioner and teacher Brian Astbury on the pioneering Acting and Contemporary Theatre course at the East 15 Acting School. After graduating she worked intensively as an actor under her maiden and stage name Charmaine Szecowka. In 2011 she created bθk Theatre in Bournemouth with the aim of using the powerful tool of theatre to benefit everyone. She has written and directed many shows, which have toured schools, events and theatres across the South of England. Charmaine is also a co-founder of SISATA, which brings to life classic plays adapted for four actors to produce energetic, fun and playful pieces of theatre that are suitable for all ages. She has a huge passion for Shakespeare and making theatre as inclusive, interactive and accessible as possible. Charmaine is now a visiting director for White Horse Theatre in Germany and in 2014 directed MACBETH 2070, for Dramatic Productions at Poole Lighthouse. Dedicated to helping produce new writing in the theatre and creating an alternative theatre scene in Bournemouth and beyond, she is also an active member of Doppelganger Productions having previously directed The Murder Wife, The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Weevil in the Biscuit for them. She is delighted to be working with Juno Theatre on their first showcase and helping towards giving the female voice a platform in theatre.


Judy Norman – Elizabeth Baron

Judy Norman

Judy is a character actress with numerous TV and theatre credits. She has worked in the business for 40 years.  Repertory Companies Include: MANCHESTER ROYAL EXCHANGE, DERBY PLAYHOUSE, SALISBURY PLAYHOUSE, PLYMOUTH, NEWCASTLE, POOLE LIGHTHOUSE. TV appearances include: DOCTORS (BBC) SiLK (BBC) DOC MARTIN (ITV) CRIMINAL JUSTICE (BBC) DOCTOR WHO (BBC), HOLBY CITY (BBC), PASSER BY (BBC), WITHOUT MOTIVE (Meridian), CASUALTY (BBC) and WYCLIFFE (HTV). Very recent theatre productions: Woyzeck, Omnibus Clapham, Home Sweet Home, (tour) Freedom Studios, Blithe Spirit, Dramatic Productions. She has just finished filming the black comedy feature ‘DEAD FRED,’ (produced by TR Film Productions and Gull Films in Hampshire) in which she plays one of the lead roles opposite Sandra Dickenson and Jane How. Judy worked for five years in GUYS MARSH prison, writing, workshopping and directing. Productions include BLOOD BROTHERS and BLUE REMEMBERED HILLS. She has directed three plays for Dramatic Productions at the Lighthouse, Poole: OF MICE AND MEN, AN INSPECTOR CALLS and A PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY. She is thrilled to be joining JUNO THEATRE. Judy also teaches French.  She lives in Wiltshire with playwright Sam Snape. They have two daughters, Daisy and Tallulah and a grandson, Jack.


Circling The Square Showcase

Executive Producer: Moira Townsend-Williams

Moira Headshot

Moira Townsend Williams is a local producer and writer living in Bradford on Avon. Her background includes being a copywriter for Saatchi and Saatchi, creating and producing The Casting Couch, Britain’s first acting showcase in the West End in the 90’s, and casting for theatre, film and TV. She is currently running Characters Stage Company for young people, at the Arc Theatre, Trowbridge, which is taking part in The National Theatre Connections competition next year. She has written and produced 4 new plays for young people.

Artistic Director: Claudia Leaf


As a director Claudia Leaf has worked on site-specific Shakespeare productions (including the first ever Shakespeare play to be performed in Canterbury Cathedral), taken new writing into village halls and created innumerable theatre projects working with (and for) young people. From 2003-2013 she was Associate Director of the acclaimed, Kent-based Chalkfoot Theatre Arts, which was regularly funded by Arts Council England. As a writer she has recently worked with Salisbury Playhouse and Salisbury Cathedral on their interactive Magna Carta project and assisted Dorset Writers’ Network with the creation of a new flash fiction e-book.

Set & Costumer Designer: Bex Kemp

Bex Kemp

Bex is a freelance set and costume designer and costume supervisor. She trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Designs include; Andy Capp The Musical (Finborough), Fuck The Polar Bears (Bush Theatre), Othello (Greenwich Theatre + UK Tour), Becoming Mohammed (The Space), About Miss Julie (King’s Head), As You Like It (The Dell @ RSC, Bristol Shakespeare Festival), Our Space (Lost Theatre), Pentecost, Variations on The Death of Trotsky, Scenes From The Big Picture, Common Chorus, Seventh Continent (RCCSD, Derby LIVE), Kleinkunst 3 (Roundhouse), Cinderella (Primrose Gardens). Design Assistant to Miriam Buether; The Haunting of Hill House (Liverpool Playhouse), The Trial, The Government Inspector (Young Vic), Boris Godunov (Royal Opera House), Chariots of Fire (Hampstead Theatre), Decade (Headlong), Carmen (Salzburg Festival). Other Design Assistance; The Bodyguard (Tim Hatley/Adelphi Theatre), The Boy Who Climbed Out Of His Face (Rachel Good/ Shunt), Sleeping Beauty (Keith Orton/Salisbury Playhouse), The Duchess of Malfi (Punchdrunk/ENO).

Stage Manager: Catherine Kapff

Catherine Kapff

Catherine has worked in theatre for many years, starting out as an ASM and Designer on student productions, and working her way up.  Experience gained along the way includes festivals, touring, and opera.  She recently undertook a year’s production management training at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and now works as a professional Production and Stage Manager.  Recent Stage Management credits include two UK tours for English Touring Opera (Werther, The Tales of Hoffmann, Pelléas et Mélisande, The Siege of Calais, The Wild Man of the West Indies, La Bohème) and a pantomime production of Sleeping Beauty on the Isle of Man.



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