The following principles guide our programming process and artistic intentions:
1. Brand new adaptations of classic fiction
2. Plays with live original music and/or actor musicians
3. Theatre that explores unheard stories or perspectives
4. Rural and regional touring
5. Accessible performances for first time audiences
6. New work that responds progressively to social or political concerns
What we're interested in right now:
1. Stories that champion women's experiences and voices
2. Acting companies that represent the diversity of our society on stage
3. Female led creative teams and artistic leaders
4. Changing the status quo of the theatre industry in either form or content
5. Increasing diversity in within our creative teams and partners
6. Sustainably minded artistry for climate justice
Theatre6 was established in 2009 and has consistently created work of artistic excellence and is now a multi award winning company. Theatre6 won a Stage One Award for its touring production of 'Gabriel' staring Paul McGann and Belinda Lang. We are currently the winner of the Evening Standard Award for Best Musical 2014 for The Scottsboro Boys. In the past we've been nominated for Off West End Awards, Time Out Fringe Show of the Year and received Time Out Critic's Choice. In 2011 we were 'No.2' in London's '5 Best Shows'.
Our Collective of 6 theatre makers -
When our company was founded, the name 'Theatre6' existed to bring together 6 newly-graduated artists to adapt and produce a new version of Dostoyevsky's 'The Double'. Since then we've grown and expanded. Our current collective of 6 are made up of both artists who have been with us from the beginning and new collaborators. As theatre changes, we keep changing too. A special mention goes to Heather Gibbs who helped to produce, fundraise for and act in
Theatre6's first shows.
Theatre6 are a member of The National Rural Touring Forum (NRTF):
Who We Are
Theatre6 is an award-winning theatre company and registered charity. We specialise in touring inventive, visual theatre with original live music.
To provide audiences with magical theatre that promotes new and unheard stories and/or new perspectives on classic literary works.
Where We Are
Theatre6 are based in the south-west of England and create shows that tour nationwide.
Meet The Team
Founder & Artistic Director
Kate splits her time between running Theatre6 and working freelance as a director, adapter, producer and dramaturg. She is currently writing a new adaptation of Great Expectations entitled, 'Estella' for a UK tour in Spring 2021.
Kate trained at the Chicago Director's Lab, Drama Studio London and the National Theatre Studio. She recently directed and produced Theatre6's brand-new adaptation of Jane Austen's Persuasion by Stephanie Dale. Her critically acclaimed revival of Moira Buffini's Gabriel, also toured to main stage theatres across the UK. She is currently working with the New Conservatory Theater Centre in San Fransisco on new play called, 'Before the Sword' by Andrew Alty.
Kate’s other directing credits include David Mamet’s The Water Engine and Mr Happiness (Old Vic Tunnels, both short-listed for Time Out Fringe Show of the Year and Off-West End Award winners), Kinetics (UK Tour), Honest (UK Tour), Grace (New Wimbledon Theatre), The Ripple Effect (Richmond Theatre),
Dracula (London libraries tour), Shout Across the River (Courtyard Theatre), Script Slam (Soho Theatre), Never Any Fruit (Pleasance Theatre, Islington), Ben Jonson’s, The Devil is an Ass and
Dostovevky's The Double (White Bear Theatre).
Kate firmly believes in the power of theatre to empower emerging artists and young people. She has worked for organisations including Shakespeare's Globe, Goodman Theatre Chicago, Young Actors Company (New Wimbledon Theatre) and
Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.
Maria Haik Escudero
Maria trained at Goldsmiths, receiving her MA in Musical Theatre Composition in 2009 and has been Resident Composer for Theatre6 since its inception in 2010.
With Theatre6, credits include The Double (The White Bear), Beyond Therapy (Hen & Chickens), Mr Happiness & The Water Engine (TimeOut Critics Choice), Gabriel (UK National Tour) starring Paul McGann and Belinda Lang and more recently two UK tours of Austen’s Persuasion, adapted by Stephanie Dale.
Other credits include Mary Rose (Jack Studio Theatre and Off West End transfer to Riverside Studios), The Cherry Orchard (Jack Studio Theatre), Nina (Spanish Theatre Company) and Antigone (The Hope Theatre). Musicals include Fidel (Iris theatre), Moments (concert readings at Wimbledon Studio Theatre and Chichester Festival Theatre), Zipporah (George Wood Theatre) and workshop of new musical Mio, based on Astrid Lindgren’s children’s story.
As lyricist Maria collaborated with musician Omar Puente on musical Mi Cubita Bella (Hammersmith Arts Festival) and with composer Eralys Fernandez, creating Mr and Mrs Hake and the Magic Princess Fish (North Finchley Arts Depot) a short opera for the very young. Recently, she composed the music for radio play The Party Animal (Open Theatre).
Maria currently lives in Tenerife with her husband and son.
Charlotte trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and is a freelance set and costume designer.
Charlotte designed Theatre6's Persuasion
UK tour and is now working on Estella.
Her recent credits include: Charlie Chaplin (Arrows and Traps Theatre), Macbeth (The Shakespeare Project), Jekyll and Hyde (Arrows and Traps Theatre), Boomtown Springs 2019, Rudolf (Pins and Needles Production), Boudica (Theatre Royal Bath Theatre School), Vanity Fair (TRB Summer Company) Punk Rock (Bristol Old Vic Young Company), Thames Tales (WCTT YAC with Merton Music Foundation at the Royal Albert Hall) To Walk on Water and The Interference (New Wimbledon Studio).
Previously studying a degree in Jewellery design Charlotte makes bespoke jewellery for a range of private and theatrical clients including jewellery for the Spice Girls World Tour 2019.
Charlottes work is often influenced by a love of nature and a concern for the environment.
Resident Production Manager
Vivienne has been working with Theatre6 for almost 10 years, most recently working on the Theatre6's 'Persuasion' UK tour.
Vivienne is also Production Manager for the Linbury Theatre at The Royal Opera House and prior to this was Deputy Production Manager for the National Theatre.
As a freelance Production Manager Vivienne’s credits include: Turn of The Screw (Dermot McLaughlin Productions & Mercury Theatre/ UK & Ireland Tour), The Space Between & And Yet it Moves (Young Vic TheatreCompany/The Clare). I told My Mum I Was on a RE Trip (20 Stories High & Contact / National Tour), Tomorrow I Was a Lion (Belarus Free Theatre/ Tour); Moat Island & Ignite! (Greenwich and Docklands International Festival); Full Stop! & Playground Victories (Scribbled Thought &Light The Fuse/ National Tour); Chalk Farm (ThickSkin/ International Tour); Mr Happiness and the Water Engine (Theatre6/The Old Vic Tunnels); Mare Rider (Arcola and European Tour).
Associate Playwright & Dramatherapist
Alice is a freelance dramatherapist, therapeutic life story practitioner and playwright. She is the playwright for Theatre6's 'Honest' touring to venues in London and the south-west.
Alice graduated from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in 2007 and has worked as Education Officer (The Belgrade Theatre) and Creative Learning Associate (Sherman Theatre). She graduated from Roehampton University as a Dramatherapist in 2014 and specialises in working with children in the post adoption field.
Alice is a passionate writer with the majority of her plays written for young audiences. Credits include: Cinderella (Creative Youth Network, Christmas show); Christmas Turkey (Creative Youth Network, Christmas Show), Artist in Residence, 2016-17 at Creative Youth Network, Eclipse, (Creative Youth Network). Awards include; Advancing Healthcare Award Rising Star (2018), finalist for the Original Drama at Salisbury Playhouse (2014).
Alice is also a mother to a wonderful little boy who inspires her and her creativity every day.