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.
Hannah Stone is a performer and theatre maker. She wears many hats – and sometimes even gloves and scarves. She trained as a performer at Bretton Hall and has toured with various companies, to theatres, schools, community centres and even a theatre in Malaysia. She is also Artistic Director of The Gramophones Theatre Company who make playful theatre based on true stories with a focus on female voices. They have created shows and toured the UK, notably their show End to End which told the story of their real journey (on as many forms of transport as possible with only £1 per mile) from Lands End to John O’Groats. She has worked with Excavate on several projects including making a show inspired by Thorne in Doncaster and the illustrious Bolsover Bingo where she became the wonderful Deirdre. She wishes she could be Deirdre every day. She also loves cats, collecting photos of lost shoes and drinking copious cups of tea.
Ian is currently working with us as a researcher and writer on our project about the conscientious objectors communities of Holton cum Beckering and Bleasby Grange during World War Two.
Ian has written a number of plays, including ‘The Genesis Roadshow’, published by Edward Arnold, which has been extensively performed in this country and abroad; and ‘The Manuscript in a Red Box’ a Heritage Lottery funded project which toured Lincolnshire. He has also toured work he has devised with post-16 drama students. His latest play ‘Devil’s Advocate’ is an adaptation of Milton’s Paradise Lost with music written by Tim Sutton who was musical director of NT’s recent production of Ma Raimey’s Black Bottom.
Matt is a composer, musical dramatist and performer. He studied Creative Arts at Nottingham Trent University, Composition at the University of Nottingham and Musical Theatre Writing at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, where he received the Frederic Loewe ASCAP award for Musical Theatre. He has an extensive CV composing original scores for theatre, dance and performance, including work for Nottingham Playhouse, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Sheffield Crucible, Tell Tale Hearts, Retina Dance and Polka Theatre. He has had work performed in Gdansk, New York, Hobart and Shanghai.
He is also an associate artist with Maison Foo, with whom he composes, devises and performs. Matt is also a specialist in music and drama for children and adults with moderate and severe learning disabilities, particularly through his work with Nottingham Playhouse and Bamboozle Theatre Company.
As a musician, Matt plays accordion with The Balkan Express and Maniere Des Bohemiens and keyboards with the jazz trio Kiplefti as well as numerous other bands.
For more about Matt’s work please visit www.mattmarks.com
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.
Specialising in theatrical work, carnival costumes and decorative textiles, Jessica’s artistic practice uses silks and mixed media to explore the world around us through colour, scale and texture.
She is a practicing participatory artist in both educational and community settings, facilitating creative activities with a wide range of ages and abilities. In particular she enjoys working with groups to create celebratory events both large and small, making lanterns, costumes, puppets, flags and banners.
Among the many weird and wonderful theatrical props she’s been asked to create for us are: weather machines, angel wings and gallows (The Cries of Silent Men); a dragon and a church built from cake (The Fish, The Thorn and The Bishops); a giant and Noah’s Ark (The Stone); a steam train (Sparks Are Flying in Loco Town), a mountain of Spam (A Lifetime Guarantee) and a large amount of decapitated heads.
Angela is an actor and vocalist who works with community groups and gets them singing.
Over the past 16 years in Nottingham Angela has taught singing and voice classes to young people in youth club settings and at Take One Studios in Radford. She has been running and directing a community choir (The Rise) for six years. She also is choir leader for Nottingham Peoples Choir (a three year contract funded by the Institute of Mental Health)– a project for anyone who wants to sing in order to improve their mental health. More recently Angela has worked with adults with learning difficulties as a music and singing teacher at Southwell Care project. She is also the Singing for the Brain Leader in Nottinghamshire for The Alzheimer’s Society and regularly appears on local radio and television to explain the benefits of singing for people with dementia.
Angela has worked with Excavate on a number of productions helping the casts to learn and perform songs of varying styles and genres including Gregorian Chant for The Cries of Silent Men and Luddite Folk songs for The Hammer of Defiance.
Martin trained at Rose Bruford College and has a Masters Degree from the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.
Recent credits as director/associate director include: The Last Five Years (Brewery Theatre and Lakeside), The Lonesome West (Alma Tavern), A Christmas Carol, Sweeney Todd, Into The Woods, Lysistrata, Oh What a Lovely War, Little Shop of Horrors, Doctor Faustus (Lakeside Arts Centre),The Mod Crop, Make Do and Mend (Theatre Royal), Savage Children, Pictures at an Exhibition, The Last Days of Mankind (Bristol Old Vic and tour), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (West End and tour), Richard The Third (Landor Theatre), Terrorism (Greenwich Playhouse), To Kill A Mocking Bird with Harriet Walter (Bath Literature Festival), The League of Youth, Our Man in Havana (Nottingham Playhouse).
Credits in TV and radio include associating onThe Archers on Radio 4 and directing for television at BBC Bristol.
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.
Dorrie graduated from Nottingham Trent University in 2012 with a First Class Degree in BA Theatre Design. After winning the Nottingham Playhouse Prize for Stage Design 2012, she went on to design Jack for Roundabout Theatre at The Nottingham Playhouse.
She has a specific interest in site specific theatre making and in exploring the history of local communities to devise projects that celebrate the stories that make a space, a place. Her work has included devising, designing and producing Thin Walls, an exploration ofthe stories and curiosities of caravan holiday makers fpr Wirksworth Festival; assistant designing The Gathering, a four hour walking performance on the foothills of Mount SnowdonbyLouise Ann Wilson Company Ltd and The National Theatre of Wales; theatre design for Wanderlust and Wild Duck by The Gramophones, and Hansel & Gretel for Red Earth Theatre.
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.