How Do You Do!
How do you do! ‘Owdyado Theatre produce original work that tours across the UK. We are based in Cornwall and make intelligent, entertaining theatre – normally about people who find themselves in unexpected situations from which everyday philosophical dilemmas arise. Our shows are funny, thought-provoking and we love a good plot twist! Our influences include The Coen Brothers and Charlie Kaufman, Pinter and Pirandello, and retro classic The Twilight Zone. Since we started in 2010, we have produced three shows: About a Bench, Wrongdoings and Wake Up Calls at the Stop-Off Motel and Above Bored. And in 2017 our fourth show A View From the Edge will begin. In 2015 ‘Owdyado were made a Resident Company of Hall For Cornwall. We are supported by Arts Council England and FEAST Cornwall.
Meet The Team
Our Creative Minds
Catherine made the decision to move down to Cornwall 7 years ago and hasn’t looked back. She has been working with various theatre companies during that time, principally with Miracle Theatre (Romeo & Juliet, Beauty and the Beast from Mars, The Death of Sherlock Holmes, The Importance of Being Ernest, TIN, Waiting for Godot, The Tempest, The Magnificent Three, Life’s a Dream, Cinderella and The Third Policeman), O-Region (Brian Gravy and The Dead Monkey), and Canvas Theatre (The Star Child), as an actor, and also as a musical director/community choir co-ordinator. She is thrilled to be working with ‘Owdyado for the first time in their forthcoming tour. Alongside acting, Catherine runs drama/music workshops with Keri Jessiman in Falmouth for 9-14 year olds, and has co-created a lyrical storytelling tale, called ‘The Wanderer and the Selkie’ with Olivia Lowry, which will be shown to audiences in various museums in autumn. Later on this year she is looking forward to collaborating with Emily Dobson fusing verbatim theatre, dance and music, which will come to fruition in 2018.
New ‘Owdyado cast member: Jason Squibb (playing Wanchek, Jason and other characters)Jason is a producer, director and actor. He is Artistic Director of Collective Arts Ltd, a theatre company that specialises in large scale, epic events such as the Falmouth Charter celebrations; Love and War, a play on Admiral Nelson for the SeaBritain Festival; and The Trench, a First World War commemorative event at Levant Mine. He also co-produced The Zigzag Way with Trebiggan Productions during 2016. Jason has been extremely fortunate to work on all the Cornish miracle plays (excluding The Life of St Kea) – assisting on four seasons of the Ordinalia, and directing both The Life of St Piran and the Life of St Meriasek. He has also greatly enjoyed working with community theatre companies from Penryn and Perranporth, with three successful pantos in the Seven Stars pub – Swallows and Amazons, Peter Pan and Escape from Penryn. Jason has also performed regularly since 2007 with Miracle Theatre in Jason and The Argonauts, Cat’s Cradle, Tartuffe, The Revenge of Rumplestiltskin, Romeo and Juliet, The Magnificent Three and Cinderella. Jason was fortunate to be cast as Reverend Rupert Longfellow in Miracle’s first feature film Tin, and has then gone on to play many vicars including his latest role as Reverend Clarence Odgers in the BBC’s Poldark. He has also performed regularly with Trebiggan Productions enjoying seasons at the Minack theatre performing Jamaica Inn, King of the Choughs and most recently Cider with Rosie. Jason also co-produced a production of Anita Desai’s The Zigzag Way with Trebiggan in 2016. Jason has also toured with a variety of small-scale theatre companies throughout the UK, Europe and the Far East. TV and film roles also include the taxi driver in Doc Martin (Buffalo Pictures); Reverend Painter in The Apple Tree; Job Centre Manager in Skynt – the musical; Henry Ford in The Car – Great Inventions series (BBC); Carl Mason in The Bill (Thames); Gunner Holmes in Steps (HTV/Westernlights). Commercials include Radio 1 Sounds of Summer, Smile HIV charity, and Axe/Lynx.
Grace is a dancer, aerialist and a Pilates teacher. She completed her training at Roehampton University gaining a 1st Class BA (hons) degree, and went on to complete an MA in Dance Performance at Chichester University whilst touring with Map Dance Company. Since then she has toured, choreographed and taught across the UK.
Her performance work includes unapologetically performing in fringed pants and smeared makeup in Liz Aggiss’s homage, or should we say, challenge to femininity in 20th Century Dance in Don’t Put Your Daughter on Stage, dancing through gardens with Cscape Dance, puppeteering The Man Engine by Golden Tree Productions and dancing on 52ft high walls, and zip-lining over 15 thousand people at BoomTown Festival with Yskynna Aerial. It’s safe to say that Grace likes to push her limits in a number of different worlds!
Grace is co-artistic director of Freefall Dance, a small-scale dance company based in Cornwall. She also is an associate lecturer at Falmouth University teaching Dance Technique and Movement Skills for actors.
Ben cut his musical teeth in the classical world as a choirboy at Tewkesbury Abbey and virtuoso violinist. At a young age he began to compose for theatre which opened him up creatively to many styles of world music. He is the co-founder and front man of the urban-roots project The People's String Foundation which tours internationally as a trio, a festival band and an orchestra. Currently Ben is MD for a select number of Cornish theatre companies of which Rogue Theatre has been the most prominent. Summer 2016 however was spent in Kneehigh's Asylum on the production of 'FUP’. Working with Trebiggan Productions on multiple projects introduced Ben to the Minack Theatre; a relationship that turned organically into position of Director of Music for the Minack Youth Theatre. Ben is now working as Musical Director for ‘Owdyado Theatre on A View from the Edge designing the soundtrack of the show.
Rosanna is a Director, Dramaturg and Artistic Director of Canvas Theatre. She trained with the National Youth Theatre as an actor and assistant director and has a First Class BA hons in Drama from the University of Exeter, where she specialized in Directing. She works for the National Theatre as an associate director on the Connections programme and is a member of the Young Vic Genesis Directors Network. She regularly directs new writing in development and runs dramaturgy workshops for writers in association with The Hall For Cornwall, where she is an associate artist. She is also an Associate Lecturer on the Acting course at the University of Falmouth. Rosanna will make her ‘Owdyado debut directing A View from the Edge.
As Director and Dramaturg: The Crucible, cube theatre, The Coastguards Daughter, Oh My Clementine Productions, The Star Child, Canvas Theatre. Cider with Rosie, Trebiggan Productions.
As Assistant Director: Be Prepared by Ian Bonar, as part of RSC new writing development programme ‘The Other Place’; 1984, Headlong (UK Tour); The Girl Who Never Looked Up, dir. Ria Parry, National Youth Theatre.
Ellen coordinated four tours of ‘Owdyado’s Above Bored as well as booking for Bedlam Theatre Company, Pindrop Theatre and The Philharmonia Orchestra. She is a founding member of Blystra Arts, Newquay’s newest performance art company, and worked with Newquay Art8 to programme the festival in 2016. She is a writer, director and coordinator of arts activity in Cornwall, specialising on projects with young people.
Co Artistic Director, writer and actor
Dan co-founded his first theatre company, Near-ta Theatre at the age of sixteen and co-wrote, directed and acted in ten shows in six years. Near-ta's first professional show Christmas. Time. has now earned cult status in Cornwall and this year will have toured for eight years in a row. Dan has since worked in a professional capacity for Miracle Theatre, (Jason, Cat’s Cradle, Tartuffe),Trifle Gathering Productions (A Curious Evening of Trance and Rap) Trebiggan Productions (King of the Choughs, Cider with Rosie) Cube Theatre (After the Accident, The Crucible). In 2008 he met Charlotte via Miracle Theatre during a particularly wet summer where they toured an outdoor show across England dressed in togas (Jason.) Two years later he founded 'Owdyado Theatre with Charlotte so that they could both act in a show where they wouldn't get rained on. Dan has devised, written and acted in all three of the company's shows: About a Bench (2010-11), Wrongdoings and Wake Up Calls at the Stop- Off Motel (2012-13) and Above Bored (2014-15).
Simon is an Associate Director of Kneehigh and Artistic Director of o-region; a theatre and film production company with whom he has produced and directed One Darke Night and Laughing Gas and Stay Brave Brian Gravy. He also produced and performed in Superstition Mountain by Carl Grose. His work in film includes producing the feature length film The Midnight Drives by writer / director Mark Jenkin and o-region feature films Weekend Retreat and Brown Willy by Brett Harvey. Outside of o-region he is a performer and a part-time Lecturer in Film at Falmouth University and freelance director for companies Blackfish and Rabbit Theatre. His most recent credits include adapting/directing Fup for Kneehigh and performing in Trevithick! with Kernow King. For 'Owdyado, Simon has directed About a Bench, Wrongdoings and Above Bored.
Associate Director/promo films
Brett Harvey is a filmmaker and director based in Cornwall and an Associate Director of o-region production company. His first feature film Weekend Retreat won Best Director at the London Independent Film Festival 2012 and his second feature Brown Willy is currently on general release. He’s directed promos for Kneehigh Theatre, Plymouth Theatre Royal, Freefall Dance Company, Cscape Dance Company and Theatre Damfino. As well as film, Brett has an solid background in theatre. Credits include directing for Cornwall Youth Theatre, performing with o-region in Laughing Gas, Superstition Mountain and One Darke Night and directing Gogmagog for Golden Tree Productions in 2014. Brett directed A View from the Edge in R&D and directs the company's promo trailers.
Co Artistic Director, writer and actor.
Charlotte studied Theatre Studies at Lancaster University, before training as an actor at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. She appeared in fringe shows in London, Cardiff and Bristol before getting her her first professional touring job with Miracle Theatre. Realising Cornwall was probably one of the best places to live in the world, Charlotte hatched a plan to stay after performing in Jason in 2008 with Dan and thus, 'Owdyado Theatre was formed. Charlotte has co-written and performed in all of the company's shows as well as working with Cornish companies Trebiggan Productions (King of the Choughs, Cider with Rosie),Cube Theatre (Freddie Dare and the Ginger Robber) and Scary Little Girls (Dracula– second tour). She has also appeared in a number of local short films.