Cast Announced for Alan Ayckbourn's HOUSE and GARDEN at The Watermill Theatre

The Watermill Theatre announces the cast of Alan Ayckbourn's duo of comedies, House and Garden, two major productions at the heart of the theatre's 50th anniversary celebrations. The plays will be performed simultaneously by the same cast in the theatre and covered seating in the theatre's gardens, from 25 May to 1 July.

One character's entrance to House in the theatre is another's exit outside from Garden in this fast-paced duo of plays.

Directed by Elizabeth Freestone (RSC, Shakespeare's Globe) the cast includes: Teresa Banham (Trish), Darrell Brockis (Gavin), Melody Brown (Izzie), Grace Cheatle (Sally), Louise Coulthard (Pearl), Cate Hamer (Joanna), Nanou Harry (Lucille), Gareth Kennerley (Barry), Imran Momen (Jake), Robert Mountford (Giles), Gary Pillai (Warn), Sally Tatum (Lindy), Tim Treloar (Teddy), Jessica Woo (Fran). The cast will be joined by a company of 16 local children.

House and Garden's storyline can be enjoyed through the eyes of different characters in either the garden or the theatre. Both are complete plays with an interval and can be watched in any order. It is possible to watch both plays on one day on Thursdays and Saturdays when there will be 2pm matinée performances and 7pm evening performances.

In House, at the Platt country manor, womanising landowner Teddy Platt eagerly awaits the arrival of an old friend. Keen to impress his important guest, Teddy's efforts to reconcile with Trish, his discontented wife, are thwarted by flirtatious French actress Lucille, guest of honour at the annual village fete taking place outside.

In Garden, fevered preparations for the annual village fete are well underway. Amidst the manicured setting, gossip, affairs and petty feuds run rife. As a host of vibrant characters and troubled couples mingle throughout the day, emotions begin to unravel before sunset.

House and Garden are designed Neil Irish with lighting designed by Mark Dymock. Helen Skiera is composer and sound designer.

For more information about HOUSE, visit www.watermill.org.uk/house, and for more about GARDEN, go to www.watermill.org.uk/garden.

IF YOU GO:

HOUSE and GARDEN

Press Performances: Thursday 1 June at 2pm and 7pm
Performances: Monday - Saturday 7pm, Thursday & Saturday 2pm.
Saturday 1 July performances at 1pm and 6pm

Tickets for House: from £15 - £26.50.
Tickets for Garden: £15.50 - £26.50

Choose either House or Garden when making your booking.

Box Office: 01635 46044 | www.watermill.org.uk

ABOUT THE ARTISTS:

Teresa Banham (Trish)

Theatre includes: Beatrice, A View >From The Bridge (Touring Consortium); Hannah, Arcadia (Nottingham Playhouse); Enid Washbrook, A Chorus Of Disapproval (West End); Sebastiana, Heresy Of Love (RSC); Francisca, Measure For Measure (RSC); Norma, 5@50 (Royal Exchange Theatre); Honoria, The Picture (Salisbury Playhouse); Sor Juana, RSC Creative Project (RSC); Amanda Wingfield, The Glass Menagerie (Theatre Clwyd); Carolyn Sawatsky, True Love Lies (Royal Exchange Theatre); Emma, Testing The Echo (Out Of Joint); Lady Utterword, Heartbreak House (Watford Palace Theatre); Laura, The Father (Chichester Festival Theatre); Queen Anne, Speaking Like Magpies (RSC); Cornelia, Believe What You Will (RSC); Antigona, A New Way To Please You (RSC); Lady More, Thomas More (RSC); Anne Schults, One Minute (The Bush/ATC/Sheffield Crucible); Emilia, Othello (Greenwich/Northampton); Miss A, The Shawl (Sheffield Crucible); Em, My Best Friend, (Hampstead Th/Birmingham Rep Th); Anna, Anna Karenina (Shared Experience); Julia, Snake In The Grass (Old Vic Theatre); Susannah, The Herbal Bed (RSC/ West End); Isabella, The White Devil (RSC); Cath, Here (Donmar Warehouse); Anna, Anna Karenina, (Shared Experience); Gloria, Valentine's Day (West End); Mariana, Measure For Measure (RSC/Young Vic); Juliet, Measure For Measure (RSC); Frau Pflug, Blue Angel (RSC); Dinah Morris, Adam Bede (Orange Tree Theatre).
Television includes: Greta Cashell, Dark Heart (ITV Encore); Sister Knowles, Call The Midwife (BBC); Sister Knowles, Call The Midwife (BBC); Linda Underwood, Vera, (Project TV); Diane Paynter, Poirot (ITV Studios); Helen Unsworth, Doctors (BBC); Alice's Mum, Utopia (Kudos/Channel 4); Hannah, Casualty (BBC Television); Alison Ryder, Silent Witness (BBC Television); Penny Milton, Waking The Dead (Project Television); Sarah, Moving On - Skies Of Glass (LA Productions); Margeret Blair, Doctors (BBC Television); The Governor, Dr Who (BBC Wales); Rebecca, Robin Hood (Tiger Aspect); June Gray, Dalziel And Pascoe (BBC Television); Shiela Field, Trial And Retribution (La Plante Productions); Jane, Vincent (Granada Television); Davina, Rose And Maloney (Company Pictures); Linda Cosgrove, Redcaps (BBC Television); Teresa, Trust (Box TV); Sian, The Project (BBC Television); Jane Davidson, Gentleman's Relish (BBC Television); Clara, Monsignor Renard (Carlton Television); Laura, Touch And Go (Arrowhead): Liz, Out Of Hours (BBC Television).

Darrell Brockis (Gavin)

Previous theatre includes: Blithe Spirit (Sonning); Don't Dress For Dinner, Cash On Delivery (Southwold); For All Time (Fletcher Prods/Southwark Playhouse); Robin Hood (City Varieties); Across the Dark Water (The Point); A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Comedy of Errors, Twelfth Night, The Taming of the Shrew, Pocket Henry V & The Merchant of Venice (Propeller); The Trial of Jane Fonda (Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh); Batman Live (World Tour); Peter Pan (O2 Arena & US tour); Messenger (Shunt); A Number, Dick Barton, Dead Funny (Theatre by the Lake, Keswick); Hamlet, The Grapes Of Wrath, Summer Lightning, Chimneys (Pitlochry Festival Theatre); UK tours of The Lady Vanishes, The BFG and Equiano; Othello (Southwark Playhouse); Romeo and Juliet (TNT World Tour); The Taming of the Shrew (Creation); Focus Group, Flow My Tears The Policeman Said, Crash (The Oval House); The Glass Menagerie, The Arcade (BAC).

Melody Brown (Izzie)

Melody has just finished playing Bajazeth in Yellow Earth Theatre's production of Tamburlaine Reclaimed at London's Arcola Theatre and on tour. She has also toured in Selladoor's production of The History Boys and has worked with Pentabus, Forest Forge, The Watermill Theatre, Pilot Theatre, Chalkfoot, Freakshow, Mu Lan, Southwark Playhouse, Cardboard Citizens and London Bubble. She plays bass and sings and sings in the legendary Eurasian electro-acoustic power trio, Wondermare whose first CD was released last year.

Grace Cheatle (Sally)
Theatre includes: Sandra, The Weatherman (Basicspace Festival); Joanna/ Hope, Little Pieces Of Gold ( Southwark Playhouse); Juliet/ Benvolio, Romeo And Juliet (The Handlebards - UK and International tour); Girlfriend, Seven, (Deer Hunters, Brighton Fringe); Clare Baybutt?Governor's wife/ Mother-in-law/ Lodovica, The Caucasian Chalk Circle (The Brockley Jack Studio Theatre); Felicity, Ratchet (The Oxford School of Drama, Soho Theatre); Mark Antony, Julius Caesar (The Oxford School of Drama, North Wall); Woman, Terrorism (The Oxford School of Drama); Masha, Three Sisters (The Oxford School of Drama). Film includes: Eliza (lead), November Beach (UCA Farnham); Rachel, Be Careful What You Tweet (The Oxford School of Drama); Viola, Twelfth Night (The Oxford School of Drama).
Radio includes: Grace, Cruk Podcast, Curious Directive/ CRUK), Annette, God Of Carnage (The Oxford School of Drama); Ellie, Setting A Glass (The Oxford School of Drama). Further Credits: Music Video, Emily (lead) Here We Go Again - Tom Ryder.

Louise Coulthard (Pearl)
Louise recently wrote and performed in Cockamamy, her first full length play, which opened in London to 5* Reviews. Theatre includes: Rosie, Cockamamy (Lion and Unicorn Theatre); Rehearsed Reading, The Late Wedding (Chaskis Theatre Co/Theatre Royal Stratford East); Rehearsed Reading, Lettie, Dreams Of Home (Theatre Royal Stratford East); Protestor, Dismaland (Banksy); Rose, The Perfect Boy, Jaquenetta, Love's Labour's Lost, Lady Macbeth, Macbeth, Catherine, A View >From The Bridge, Rachael, Port, Charlotte, Party Time, Bride, Blood Wedding, (all Rose Bruford College); Ensemble, The Maid Of Buttermere (Theatre by the Lake). Television: Alison Dixon, Doctors (BBC). Commercial, Chef, VODAFONE, Rattling Stick.

Cate Hamer (Joanna)

Theatre includes: The National Joke, The Swing of Things (Stephen Joseph Theatre); Suddenly Last Summer, Abigial's Party, Enlightenment (Theatre by the Lake); Crime and Punishment, A Christmas Carol (Glasgow Citizens); A Bed Amongst the Lentils (West Yorkshire Playhouse); The Heretic, Arcadia (Lowry Theatre Manchester); Rock and Roll, Larkin With Women, Beyond Belief: Shipman Enquiry (Manchester Literary Theatre); Way Upstream, The Country, Indian Ink (Salisbury Playhouse); Brighton Beach Memoirs (Watford Palace); A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare's Globe); Scenes From An Execution (Hackney Empire); A House of Correction (The Wrestling School); The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Watford Palace); A Conversation, Across Oka, Rafts and Dreams (Royal Exchange Manchester); Dona Rosita, The Tower, Volpone (Almeida); Machinal (National Theatre); Love of the Nightingale, Mary and Lizzie, The Tempest (RSC).

TV includes: Eastenders, The Town, When I'm 64, Without Motive, The Rainbow, Inspector Lynley Mysteries, Holby City, Coronation Street, Casualty, The Bill, Doctors, The Practice.

Nanou Harry (Lucille)

Theatre includes: Clara, Adopte Un Jules (Comédie de Lille), Narrator, Orphées (Le 6B), Louise, Murder in an Asylum (The Cockpit); Joy, Finding Joy (Vamos Theatre); Francine, Fragile (Voila Festival); Mother, Private Thoughts In Public Space (CASA Festival/Oval House); Maria Celia, Two Sisters And A Piano (Leicester Square Theatre); Jeanne Bonnel, The Battle Of Algiers (Old Vic Tunnels), Improviser, The Improsarios (Lyric Hammersmith, Theatre 503...); Fantine/Cosette, Les Miserables (European Tour); Various, M. Ibrahim Et Les Fleurs Du Coran (European Tour); Angelique, Le Malade Imaginaire (European Tour); Sophie, Matryoshka (Landor Theatre).
Television includes: Les Engagés (TV5 Monde), Les Petits Meurtres d'Agatha Christie (France 2); Cannabis (ARTE); Elles... Les Filles Du Plessis (France 3); Je Vous Présente Ma Femme (France 2); Commissaire Magellan (France 3); Chambre 327 (France 3).
Short Films: The News Reader, Juliet (Insolence Production/Canal); Police Officer, Chez Ramzi (Année Zéro/Canal); Doctor Nightingale, Lucid (Flock of Condors/Sci-Fi London); The Singer, A L'aube, (Chromos); Party Girl, Deep In My Heart (Marques Toliver, Emily Lucienne); Her, A Fateful Meeting On A Plane (AirAsia's Real People, Real Stories; Jenny, Music Of Love (Straight 8); Peter's Girlfriend, Déjà vu (Greenwich University); TV News Presenter, Care In The Community, (Anglia Ruskin University); Marion, La Lettre (La FEMIS). Further Credits:Training Film, Sophie, Living Our Values Gsk Code Of Conduct Elearning (Cubist Media Group); Voice Over, Service Comptabilite, Pas Completement Noir Le Gris (Les Absolus/Le 6B); Music Video, Party Girl, Dance (Artymove); Workshop, Myself, Physical Theatre (Song of the Goat); Site Specific, Jeanne Bonnel, The Battle Of Algiers (Secret Cinema/Future Shorts), Comedy, Improviser (ongoing), The Ripple Effect... (Lyric Hammersmith, Old Vic Tunnels, Theatre 503...); Workshop, Amy/Joanne, Sondheim's Company (Prima del Teatro). Radio: Mrs Western, Tom Jones (GSMD).

Gareth Kennerley (Barry)

Gareth's credits encompass classical; musical and physical theatre as well as new writing. He is Artistic Director of Scaffold State Ltd. Theatre includes: 5 Guys Chillin' (King's Head Theatre); Hook Up (Outbox); Sanguine (Scaffold State); Pedal Pusher (Theatre Delicatessen); Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (TNT/ADG Europe); Stand Up Diggers All (Pentabus); Rush; Pavement (both Theatre West); The Comedy Of Errors; Richard II (both Shakespeare At The Tobacco Factory); Carmen (Stephen Joseph Theatre); Sweeney Todd (Dundee Rep); Compression (Write Now); Doctor Faustus; The School For Scandal (both Greenwich Theatre); War Horse (National Theatre/West End); Saint Joan (National Theatre); Fiddler On The Roof (Sheffield Crucible/Savoy Theatre); Under Milk Wood (Tricycle Theatre); The Pendulum (Jermyn Street Theatre); Arden Of Faversham (Skin and Bone Theatre); King Lear (Creation Theatre); Henry V (Bright Angel Productions).Film includes: Husband in Retro, short film directed by David Nguyen. Radio includes: Daniel in Tumanbay (Series 1 and 2) for BBC Radio 4.

Imran Momen (Jake)

Theatre includes: Romeo, Romeo & Juliet (Guildford Shakespeare Company); Hamlet, Hamlet (Fox and Chips); Hastings, Richard III (Bunch Backed Theatre); Site Specific, Sherlock Holmes / Inspector Gregson, The Sherlock Holmes Experience (Les Enfants Terribles); Florizel, The Winter's Tale (Guildford Shakespeare Company); 2nd Lieutenant Hibbert, Journey's End, Benny, Rent, Vernon, King Henry Iv Part 1, Nick, The English Game, Daniel, Offliners, Marcus Andronicus, Titus Andronicus, Shamraev, The Seagull, Felix, The Wonder, Pentheus, The Bacchae, Vermandero, The Changeling, Comdr. Bill Rogers, French Without Tears, Lenny, In Arabia We'd All Be Kings, ( all LAMDA).

Robert Mountford (Giles)

Robert trained at RADA where he won the Lilian Baylis Award. Robert's professional debut was as regular Hussein Ali a pupil barrister in Channel Four's award-winning drama North Square. Subsequent television appearances include Torn (ITV), One Night, Eastenders, Casualty, Doctors, Reverse Psychology, The World According to Bex and Michael Wood's Story of India (all BBC), London's Burning (LWT), A&E (Always and Everyone for Granada ITV). Most recently he has filmed episodes of Silent Witness and Holby City for the BBC. His one man show Vagabonds - My Phil Lynott Odyssey has recently played in Edinburgh, London and Dublin and has just finished touring Anita and Me for Birmingham Rep.

Other Theatre Roles include: Much Ado About Nothing (RSC and West End), The Merchant of Venice (RSC, World Tour). Chili in The Black Album (RNT/Tara). As You Like It, Merlin, Much Ado About Nothing, Hercules (Grosvenor Park Open Air, Chester), The title role in Macbeth, Prospero in The Tempest (Tara Arts and West End), Stockman in Enemy of the People, Bassanio in The Merchant of Venice, Baron Von Munchausen, The Penal Colony, Medea (All for Tara Arts where he is an Associate Artist), The Dishonoured, Gandhi and Coconuts, Tagore's Women (All for Kali Theatre), The Winter's Tale (Guildford Shakespeare Company), Much Ado About Nothing (Byre, St.Andrews), As You Like It (Sphinx), Romeo in Romeo and Juliet (UK Tour) and East is East for Leicester Haymarket. He has extensively toured the United States in Shakespeare productions including Laertes in Hamlet, Leontes in The Winter's Tale and Jaques in As you Like It.

Robert has also appeared in several short films, radio and audio books, recently recording for Norton Shakespeare an audio version of The Complete Works playing, among others Hamlet and regularly takes part in the Read not Dead readings for Shakespeare's Globe Theatre.

Gary Pillai (Warn)

Theatre includes: Various, Chilcot, Lung (The Lowry/Battersea Arts Centre; Shiraz Maher, Another World (National Theatre); Don John, Much Ado About Nothing (Royal Shakespeare Company); Shabir, Mustafa (Birmingham Rep); Mohan, Tagore's Women (Kali Theatre Company - at Southwark Playhouse); Gandhi, Gandhi & Coconuts (Kali Theatre Company - at Arcola); Vijay, Wuthering Heights (Tamasha/Lyric Hammersmith); Friar Francis, Much Ado About Nothing (National Theatre); Krishna, Mahabharata ( Sadler's Wells & Gita Productions); Sister-in-Law, The Good Woman Of Setzuan (Leicester Haymarket); Mr. Lawrence, Cancer Tales (New Wolsey Ipswich); Duncan, Macbeth (Leicester Haymarket); Mahmoud Ali, A Passage To India (Shared Experience/UK tour & BAM New York); Phipps, An Ideal Husband (Leicester Haymarket Theatre);, Aamir Desai, Bollywood Jane (Leicester Haymarket Theatre); Hotel Doorman, The Witches (Leicester Haymarket Theatre); Ashok, Unsuitable Girls (Leicester Haymarket / Pilot Theatre UK tour); Howard Wagner, Death Of A Salesman (Leicester Haymarket); Gasparo, The White Devil (Leicester Haymarket Theatre); Mem, Unsuitable Girls (Contact Theatre, Manchester); Priest, Oedipus (BAC); Joseph, Staying On (Theatre of Comedy / Yvonne Arnaud); Shiraz Maher, Another World (National Theatre).
Television includes: Mr Ghopal, Citizen Khan (BBC); Merchant Captain, Game Of Thrones, (HBO); Tam, Casualty (BBC); Pathologist, Remember Me (Mammoth Screen/BBC); Doctor, Emmerdale (ITV); Stephen Morris, Silent Witness (BBC); PC Bansal, Eastenders (BBC); Headmaster, Love & Marriage (Tiger Aspect); Court Clerk, Coronation Street (ITV); Doctor, Dirk Gently (ITV); Doctor, Emmerdale (ITV Studios); Lincoln, Survivors (BBC); The Merchant, The Passion (BBC / HBO); Mark Briscoe, Torchwood (BBC Television); Magnus Tozier, Dalziel & Pascoe (BBC Television); Dr Ramesh, Mysterious Creatures, (Leopardrama for ITV); Zubair Patel, The Bill (Live Episode) (Talkback Thames); Maung, Adventure Inc (Tribune Entertainment Company (American Network); Reporter, Footballers' Wives (Shed Productions / ITV); DC Maclean, Family Affairs (Pearson Television); Dr Stevens, Green Eyed Monster (BBC Television); Vijay, Men Only (World Productions / Channel 4 Television); Suresh, Choices (BBC Television); Hama Rajendrah (Lead), The Bill (Thames / Pearson Television).
Feature Films include: Jana, Tooting Broadway (Tooting Broadway Films);, Ivar, Far North (The Bureau/Celluloid Dreams); Doctor, Franklyn (Recorded Picture Company).
Radio includes: Various Roles, Sparkhill Sound (BBC Radio); Vikram, The Archers (BBC Television); Narrator/All Characters, Funny Boy/Book At Bedtime (BBC Radio).

Sally Tatum (Lindy)

Theatre includes: Miss Erikson, Present Laughter (Theatre Royal Bath/UK Tour);? Mable Orreyed, The Second Mrs Tanqueray (Rose Theatre); Christina, Red Light Winter (Theatre Royal Bath); Queenie, This Happy Breed (Peter Hall Company); Helena, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare's Globe); Nancy, Gaslight (Old Vic Theatre); Mayella Ewell, To Kill A Mockingbird (West Yorkshire Playhouse/Birmingham Rep); Hisperia, As You Like It (RSC); Viola, Twelfth Night (RSC) Sita - lead, Solstice (RSC).
Television includes: Monica, Boy Meets Girl (Tiger Aspect); Jenny - series regular, My Mad Fat Diary 2 (Tiger Aspect); Lily - series regular, Episodes (Hat Trick);? Harriet Sheridan, Holby City (BBC); Nurse, Consuming Passion (BBC); Fiona Nicks, Doctors (BBC); Carol Peters, The Bill (Talkback Thames); Anna, Holby City (BBC); Sandra Lewis, Trial and Retribution (ITV); Fanny, Miss Austen Regrets (BBC);?Mary Whitehouse (Wall to Wall Television); Rachel James, Doctors (BBC); Bad Girls (ITV);?Dream Team (Sky);?Holy Smoke (BBC1/BBC3).

Tim Treloar (Teddy)

Theatre: Most recently Tim played Vershinin in Three Sisters at the Lyric Theatre Belfast. Earlier credits include: The Heart Of Robin Hood, Thomas More, Sejanus, Believe What You Will, Back To Methuselah , Richard II , Romeo And Juliet (all for RSC); King Lear (Chichester/Brooklyn Academy Of Music); Birdsong (Original Theatre Company Tour); I Kiss Your Heart, Realism (Soho Theatre); Duchess Of Malfi , Volpone, Doctor Faustus and School For Scandal (Greenwich Theatre); Macbeth (Chichester/West End/BAM & Broadway), Twelfth Night (Chichester); A Midsummer Night's Dream (Squerryes Court), Sing Yer Heart Out For The Lads (Pilot Theatre Tour); Henry V (Royal National Theatre); The Beggar's Opera (Richmond Orange Tree); Rose Rage (Haymarket); Mountain Language (Royal Court).

Television includes: Dark Heart (ITV Encore); Father Brown, Framed, Casualty, Silent Witness, Doctors, Holby City, The Bench (BBC); Mayday (Kudos); Mammon (NRK Norway); Crossing Lines (Film United); Lewis, A Touch Of Frost (ITV); The Liquid Bomb Plot (Raw Television); The Bill (Talkback); Bombshell (Shed); The Brief (Carlton); Mine All Mine (Red); Single (Tiger Aspect); Foyle's War (Greenlit); Midsomer Murders (Bentley); Bomber (Zenith). Film includes: A Hundred Streets (One Square Mile); Maleficent (Briar Rose Prods); The Crown And The Dragon (Arrowstorm); Macbeth (Illuminations); Wondrous Oblivion (Apt Films). Tim has also worked extensively in Radio and Audio, and is The Third Doctor Who for Big Finish Productions.

Jessica Woo (Fran)

Jessica studied at Durham University, has trained with Yellow Earth Theatre at ALRA and is a Tamasha Developing Artist. Theatre includes: Dark Earth (Eastern Angles); Hidden Vice (Pokfulam Road Productions); Song of Four Seasons (Tamasha); Intercult: Responses to Consumed (Border Crossings) and The Chang Institute (Yellow Earth Theatre). Film includes: Simana (Tony Sebastian Ukpo); and the shorts No Jet Li (Lab Ky Mo), Another Day (Jodie Welham), and Hotel Infinity (Amanda Boyle). Jessica is a keen musician and has previously worked as a marine scientist.

The Watermill is celebrating 50 years as a successful, producing theatre.

In the early 1960s David Gollins, with the support of his mother Judy Gollins, had the vision and the foresight to create one of the smallest and most beautiful professional theatres in the country from a derelict watermill. On the banks of the River Lambourn, in the hamlet of Bagnor, just outside Newbury, West Berkshire, the mill, dating from 1830, was used as a corn mill, a fullers mill and a fine paper mill before it was converted into a theatre. The first professional theatre season was in 1967 and included a production of Under Milk Wood in which David Jason performed at the beginning of his career. Bill Nighy worked as an assistant stage manager at the theatre in 1969 before making his professional acting debut on The Watermill stage in Neil Simon's Plaza Suite. Three years later, in 1971, a young David Suchet performed in The Price by Arthur Miller.

Over the years The Watermill, a small local theatre seating just 220 people, has built a national and international reputation. It creates award-winning work with a bold artistic ambition, from Shakespeare, classic plays and new writing to the reimagining of large-scale musicals. Alongside West End and Broadway transfers, and national tours, The Watermill also creates productions for small-scale touring, ensuring that those living in rural isolation are able to enjoy high quality theatre on their doorstep. Attracting the very best artists and creative teams, both established and at the Early Stages of their careers, The Watermill has earned itself a reputation as one of the most successful producing theatres in the country.

The Watermill is proud to be a leading force in cultivating the theatre-makers of tomorrow, offering opportunities for professional development to directors, designers, composers, stage management and technical staff. It nurtures a unique sense of community, with acting companies, stage management and creative teams all living and working on site to enable practitioners to develop their craft and learn new skills from the theatre's experienced and passionate in-house team. The Watermill also trains administration staff for careers in the arts from casting to marketing and fundraising, with an extensive outreach programme that offers facilitation roles to those wishing to pursue a career in education and outreach work. Through its numerous development opportunities, The Watermill strives to give confidence and guidance to those starting out, and provide a creative springboard for work on a larger scale.

The Watermill Theatre has been recognised as one of the most welcoming venues in the UK, shortlisted twice in the UK Theatre Awards 'Most Welcoming Theatre' category.




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