Over the years we have worked with many different people, but our core team has remained pretty much the same. Other than Andy and Tim we do not have any permanent members of the company, but rather a group of associates, who work with us on different projects. Some of these have been with us throughout the years, and others are just starting work with the company now (and we hope will become part of the Excavate family). As part of our work with our associate team we have been engaged in a training and development programme (funded by ACE) which you can find more about here.
Andy co-founded the previous incarnation of Excavate (Hanby and Barrett) with Julian Hanby in 2000. Since then he has written all of the company’s shows, and has co-directed the majority of them. His work for stage and radio has included a Sony Award winning series; ‘Dolly’, a cloning meets country and western musical, which The Times chose as one of their top five shows of 2010; and the first ever stage version of Ibsen’s ‘The League of Youth’, which was premiered by Nottingham Playhouse and which is published by Nick Hern Books. In 2010 he wrote ‘The Story Traders of Sichuan’ for an English and Chinese cast, following a period of research in Chengdu and Chongqing; and in 2013 he was funded by the British Council to work in Kosovo. His most recent play, again for Nottingham Playhouse, ‘Tony’s Last Tape’, is based on the diaries of Tony Benn and has just finished a national tour that ended with a special performance at the House of Commons.
Tim Harris has been working in the arts since the 1980s, and has been a venue manager, arts officer, promoter and producer. He first worked with Hanby and Barrett in setting up the Luddite anniversary drama “Hammer of Defiance” in Ashfield in 2011. He co-produced the Lincolnshire Cultural Olympiad project in 2012 (“Golden Fables” which involved two actors, four Poet Laureates, four composers, a musical ensemble and a one hundred strong choir) , and the “Managing a Masterpiece” Heritage project in 2012-13 to engage people in the rich artistic history of the Stour Valley. He has been Business manager for a West Midlands mask company, raising the funds to keep them touring for the past 5 years. He is currently producing a Poem for Suffolk (fortunately, with a poet!) for publication, and live performance in winter, 2015.
Has has produced, or commissioned, or delivered a number of site-specific dramas over the years. He is a firm believer in the importance of local stories, rooted in history, to engage people in creative activity on their own terms and the lasting impact they can have.
Jo is a documentary photographer who has also worked in community arts for the last 20 years. Using this experience, her image making aims to demonstrate the value of each project, capturing the essence of the experience for all involved. She specializes in imagery for arts events, festivals and performance. Clients include Broadway Media Centre, the YWCA, Engage, New Perspectives Theatre, Leicester University, Nottingham Contemporary, Village Ventures touring theatre, Nottingham Trent University, and the National Trust.
Many of the photos on this website have been taken by Jo, and she has been working with the company since 2006.
Kate is a director and producer of theatre and radio. Since 2004 she has produced audio drama for BBC Radio 4 and developed new work for theatre, most recently in the Making Tracks programme which enabled the development of seven new theatre works by leading East Midlands practitioners. Kate was director of Bradford’s Theatre in the Mill (1995 – 1998), SCRIPT in the WEst Midlands 2002 – 2004 and Theatre Writing Partnership in Nottingham 2009 – 2012. Since 2005 Kate has created and produced a number of audio installations for parks and urban spaces including Walk With Me (2005), Walk Through Walls (Worcester Festival 2007), Amplifying the Map (Midlands Arts Centre 2010) and Light from the Shadows (Birmingham Rep 2013). Kate has made theatre and radio drama with groups in schools, universities and prisons, and the Sheppey Horticultural Society.
Formed to provide the rebel folk rock soundtrack for The Hammer of Defiance, The Army of Redressers – featuring Chris Lewis Jones, Beth Noble and Joe Danks at its core, along with various other troubadours – is primed to play whenever the call is raised.