The Company

Warts and All Theatre is based at Delapré Abbey in Northampton.
Our Mission
Warts and All Theatre exists to inspire and encourage artists, audiences and members of the community to engage in theatre. We actively seek out new ways of making theatre in a variety of forms. We tailor the creation process to fit each project's specific objectives. The company provokes artistic engagement by presenting bold and playful theatre, created with a diverse range of artists. We are ambitious and strive for excellence in all that we do.

Our Aims
• To provoke the artist in everyone.
• To present opportunities for artists of any age or experience to realise their potential.
• To promote the craft of collaborative theatre making.
• To produce high quality theatrical experiences.
Warts and All Theatre is governed by a Board of Directors
The Company

Christopher Elmer-Gorry
Artistic and Executive Director

Christopher trained at East 15 Acting School and on the National Theatre Directors Course, London.
As a Director he has worked for Almeida Theatre, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre, The Point in Eastleigh and Theatre Royal Plymouth.
He created the model of the Young Company at Northampton's Royal & Derngate, during his time there as the Youth Theatre Director. He is passionate about high quality process for participatory activity and developed the Practitioner Training Scheme, which worked with local artists to develop their skills in workshop delivery for  children and young people. Christopher directed numerous productions for Royal & Derngate, most notably Oh No! Not Snow!, Immune, Sweeney Todd and Oliver!
His process when working with Children and Young People has been highlighted as a model of excellent practice in reference to Arts Council England's 7 Quality Principles by Theatre Royal Plymouth. In addition to directing and producing theatre, Christopher is also a writer and has been commissioned to create new work for various organisations over the last few years. Christopher regularly directs productions for Universities and Drama Schools and has worked internationally on projects in Calgary and Madrid for The British Council.
More information on his directing work can be found here. @gorrylikelorry
Hazel Barnes Creative Producer
Hazel has worked in various roles within the theatre industry since training as an actor at East 15 Acting School. Hazel has a succesful history as a both a freelance fundraiser and as Fundraising Coordinator for Northamptonshire County Council's Arts Development Team. She founded Colourhouse Theatre for which she produced and directed a number of their productions. Hazel is currently a board member for both the Artists in Learning Network and Tools for Self Reliance. In addition to her fundraising and producing experience, Hazel has also worked as an Assistant Director at Royal & Derngate on four of their Christmas shows for young children and their families.
Sarah Thursby
Associate Director: Heritage and Learning
Sarah is a teacher and director who has over 25 years experience of the formal education sector. She has worked at the University of Northampton on the BA Drama and Performance Studies courses. Sarah is currently course leader for HND Theatre Practice at Northampton College. She has experience of teaching Drama, Acting and Performing Arts across levels 2-5. She is an Advanced Practitioner at Northampton College. Sarah completed her teacher training in 2003, and her experience in FE and HE tracking spans over 25 years. As a director, Sarah promotes an ensemble ethos and is artistically interested in Greek theatre in adaptation and political theatre. She is committed to the process of learning and regularly takes part in projects with the National Theatre including Connections, and New Views.
Associate Artists
Subika Anwar, James Clements, Carl Davies, Kate Hearn, Luke Nunn and Lucy Thackeray

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