Joe is a Director, Performer and Project Manager. He studied Theatre and Directing at Glasgow University and RADA before setting up Boundless Theatre Co, and touring educational theatre productions throughout Britain, Europe and New Zealand. He has run workshops with children, adults with learning difficulties and weather forecasters. He has played Iago in a kilt, the mandolin in a howling gale, and a rabbit on stilts.
He has worked with The European Theatre Company, Quantum Theatre for Science, Manchester University, The University of Mikkeli in Finland, The New Zealand Ballet, The New Zealand International Arts Festival, Les Arts Sauts and Willdworks.
Fiona Fraser- Smith
Fiona has a deep interest in creative work which reflects the uniqueness of people and place, of landscape and space, and of human relationship with our natural environments. She lives and works in the rural wilds of North Devon. With many strings to her creative bow, she’s been Director of Appledore Arts and the Appledore Visual Arts Festival, Producer & Programmer for Beaford Arts and a founding Director of the North Devon Biosphere Foundation. Fiona currently works as an independent freelance producer and fundraiser, she works with a variety of artists and companies including Burn the Curtain (outdoor promenade theatre), Ruth Mitchell (playwright and performer) and Stacked Wonky Dance (contemporary outdoor dance).
Alexander is a Performer and Writer. Studied Drama and Writing at Edge Hill University before teaching at the Theatre Royal Plymouth. Toured ‘House of No Return’ with Oddbodies in 2006. Assistant stage managed and performed for Wildworks’ ‘The Beautiful Journey’. Appeared in all Burn the Curtain’s shows so far – Henry’s Quest (2008), ‘Alice at Antony’ (2010), ‘The Adventure’s of Uncle Lubin’ (2011) and ‘The Adventures of Don Quixote by Bicycle.’ (2012-13). Also appeared in Oddbodies award winning short film ‘Mrs Lustleigh’s Fancies’ (2010) and ‘The Nature of Angrove’ (2011). He played Glebe Spalding in ‘The Bureau of Extraordinance Survey’, and is now The Huntsman in ‘The Company of Wolves’.
Ruth Webb studied Fashion and Textiles in Edinburgh,worked as a leather bag maker and Jeweller, until she finally made it back to where she always wanted to be; a costume, props and set maker and designer.
She has worked with Burn the Curtain since their first production of Don Quixote, for which she made the bikes in to animals, and toured as stage manager. Since then she has performed in and designed the set for The Bureau of Extaordinence Survey, and Made costumes,props and puppet for The Company of Wolves. She has also run workshops for children and adults running alongside these shows.
She has worked also with: The Bike Shed Theatre on The Dumb Waiter, Edgar and the Land of Lost as well as TNT Theatre, on The Little Prince. She is is currently working with Theatre Rush, on The Story Barrow and with Theatre Alibi as design assistant.
Kerrie is a community artist and project manager, based in the South West since 1998. From small community projects to large scale outdoor arts events Kerrie strives to be part of creating fresh, innovative, thought provoking and exciting work that can motivate, inspire, and engage participants and audiences. Kerrie has worked for Blind Ditch, Exeter City Council Arts, Interwoven Arts and Dreadnought South West. For Burn the Curtain, Kerrie has worked on Snarkhunters Young People’s Project, Millwey Memories, Unexpected Exeter and River of Light.
Becca was raised on a diet of Kneehigh Theatre and the Notting Hill Carnival, and has been in love with outdoor performance ever since. She studied physical theatre and devising at LISPA (London International School of Performing Arts, 2005-07), and has worked on numerous site-responsive and interactive productions, including Hotel Medea and Lament for Medea with Zecora Ura & PJM in Italy, Spain, Portugal, Brazil and the UK. Becca moved to the South-West in 2010, where she works as a performer, deviser and drama facilitator. She began collaborating with Burn the Curtain in 2011, co-founding the Exeter Performers Playground, and is co-founder and performer with Exeter-based Inventmore Theatre.
Richard’s performances with Burn the Curtain include The Company of Wolves & The Hunting of the Snark. He also performs with Wandering Tiger, most recently in The Magnificent Mysto and Humbug! and the award winning short film Hell’s Bells. He has also toured with The Common Players. He works internationally using applied theatre in work-based contexts, using the creative power of theatre for positive change. www.richardfeltham.com
Paschale Straiton is a theatre maker based in North Devon, specialising in physical comedy and outdoor performance. She has worked with a range of companies in a range of roles, with recent work including puppetry direction for The Royal and Derngate Theatre in Northampton, performance direction for the Bureau of Silly Ideas in the Fens, co-devising and performing in Full Circle for Avanti Display. She is Co-Director of Red Herring Productions, which creates playfully provocative performance that encourages audiences to take an active part in performance. The company is currently developing creative walks in North Devon.
Bernadette Russell is an author and storyteller who has created work for National Theatre, Southbank Centre, Birmingham Rep, Thames Festival, National Trust, English Heritage, BFI and LIFT Festival amongst many others. Her new book “The Little Book of Wonder” was published by Orion in November 2018. She is Writer In Residence for Talliston House and Community Artist at the Royal Albert Hall.
Claire Rammelkamp is an actress, theatre maker, and writer from Bristol. She studied literature at Oxford University then joined the National Youth Theatre where she founded her all-female theatre company, Wonderbox. In 2018 Wonderbox became associate company at The Space Theatre in London, although Claire writes their material at home in Bristol. Claire’s plays focus on feminist themes with a comic edge, and her play ‘A Womb of One’s Own’ was a BBC Comedy Writersroom finalist. She loves to work with other theatre companies to learn new skills. Working with Burn the Curtain in 2017 taught her to perform out in the elements and was the spookiest performance adventure she’s ever been on.
Alice Robinson is a theatre practitioner specialising in playful approaches to performance from clown and mask performance and training to direction and movement direction. She is experienced in devising theatre that incorporates movement, comedy and ensemble play as well as text based work. She teaches at RADA, Brunel and Colchester Institute and has worked at many more schools in the past. She has directed for Les Femmes Ridicule, Goofus Theatre, Sophie Willan, Hotcoals Theatre Ensemble, Molly Orange and numerous student productions including adaptionations of Mark Ravenhills ‘Pool no Water’, Peter Handke’s ‘The hour we knew nothing of eachother’ and Alan Bennett’s Kafka’s Dick. She co runs Clown lab, training organisation offering workshops to actors and creatives interested in play.
Bryony Reynolds is an actor, trained at the University of Exeter, graduating with a BA Honours degree in Drama. She has since toured Macbeth with the Young Shakespeare Company (YSC); performed Twelfth Night with Midsummer Madness at RSC Dell (2013), and with Sun & Moon Theatre at Mission Theatre, Bath (2017); and she has performed both Shakespeare in Hell (Brite Theatre co.) and Twelfth Night (Anthos Arts) at Exeter Northcott Theatre. In addition to performing Shakespeare’s classics, Bryony has worked in screen and as a physical theatre workshop facilitator. She has been thrilled to work with Burn the Curtain as Wolf Alice in The Company of Wolves (2017) and Captain Isabella in The Hunting of the Snark (2018).
Over 20 years Jonty (a PhD qualified Chemical Engineer) has portrayed many characters on stage, including a duke, a policeman, a jester, a ghost and an executioner! As the UK’s most versatile Johnny Depp character impersonator he works around the country, and has appeared at many events in the South West. He is currently the entertainment supplier for the themed weeks at Powderham Castle near Exeter. With the assistance of his wife Claire who is the make-up artist, co-star, co-director and co-writer, he also portrays Willy Wonka, The Mad Hatter, Sweeney Todd and others. He became involved with Burn The Curtain when the services of his Mad Hatter were required for “Alice at Antony House”, Uncle Lubin in “The Adventure’s of Uncle Lubin” and Peter the Priest in “The Company of Wolves” in 2014.
Alice studied for her BA in Drama at Manchester University, graduating with a first she went on to live, work, and perform in New York, London and Berlin. Before returning to Univeristy to study for her MFA in Theatre practice. As a researcher and a theatre maker, her key interests are; site based, promenade performance, verbatim theatre, and storytelling. Alice has performed In Battersea Arts centre, Kensington Palace, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Manchester’s Hazard Festival, a Cornish mine, and on a boat in Plymouth, plus a few more unusual locations. Currently working on a solo show, and collaborating with Bristol based artist Martha King, Alice can also be seen in Wild Works Enchanted Palace, in London.
Matt Lawrenson is a theatre maker and actor. He has toured physical and cabaret theatre performances with ‘The Medicine show’ and teaches drama locally. His most recent role has been as artistic director of ‘Eccentric Exeter’ (comedy history tour) which is due to be performed again this year. After years of being fascinated by promande performance possibilities Matthew Lawrenson has happily joined ‘Burn the Curtain’. This cycling collaboration has stepped things up a gear and realigned him to become the bike obsessed Duke of a distant quixotic kingdom.