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! Since we started in 2010, we have produced five shows: stylistic sketch show About a Bench, Las Vegas black comedy Wrongdoings and Wake Up Calls at the Stop-Off Motel, office-based psychodrama Above Bored, meta-noir A View From the Edge and dark comedy triple bill Twisted Tales. In 2020 keep your eyes pealed for our new show Twisted Tales 2 – three brand new comedy thrillers touring across the UK. ‘Owdyado are a Resident Company of Hall For Cornwall. We are supported by Arts Council England and FEAST Cornwall.
Meet The Team
Our Creative Minds
and and has had work shortlisted for the Best of Edinburgh Award in 2015 for . Jon Welch writes emotionally-driven drama and is well-known in the south-west. His work has been performed in major venues such as & . For 'Owdyado Jon wrote one of our Twisted Tales-
Liz has supported 'Owdyado with marketing the Twisted Tales tour 2018/2019. She is one of the founding members of Blystra Arts, a creative producing company and Director of Treehouse - Newquay's newest and only Play and Art Cafe. Liz is an experienced Project Manager, Producer, Community Producer, and Communication Manager and headed up the work of Hall For Cornwall's Community Club, funded by Paul Hamlyn Foundation.
Hannah frequently works with Miracle Theatre as performer (The Magnificent Three, Cinderella, The Third Policeman, Aladdin), choreographer (Dr Livingstone I Presume, Christmas Carol) and recently as assistant director (The Cherry Orchard). Hannah has also collaborated with Pipeline Theatre (Transports, Spillikin), Near-ta Theatre, Trifle Gathering, Collective Arts (The Trench) and You Should See The Other Guy. She is also a Restorative Practice Facilitator for RJ Working, delivering training and workshops for schools. Hannah is also lead singer of the all-girl all rocking band Shagrat and joins 'Owdyado for their second tour of Twisted Tales.
Chloe is a young Cornish actress from Truro who’s trained with Hall for Cornwall Youth Theatre and Playrite Theatre since 2014/2010. Theatre credits include: West End debut as Kendra in 13 The Musical, (Ambassadors Theatre); West End Live 2017, 13 The Musical; Viola in The Musicians (National Theatre Connections at The Dorfman); Gonietta in Hells Mouth (Hall for Cornwall); Shprintze in Fiddler On The Roof (Minack Theatre and Hall for Cornwall), Evita in Evita and Anita in West Side Story (Redannick Theatre); Grace in Annie Jr (Redannick Theatre); Marie in Piper The Musical (The Burrell Theatre); Johanna in Sweeney Todd and Angie in Our House (Penair Academy). Film credits include: BAIT - a Mark Jenkin feature film; ‘Slow Decay’ - Sarah McQuaid music video directed by Brett Harvey; Slo-Worm (short film, Falmouth Uni, 2016). Chloe joined ‘Owdyado Theatre for their first tour of Twisted Tales.
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. Cat played lounge-singer 'Dolores' in 'Owdyado's A View from the Edge.
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 and Bodmin Regimental Museum. He also co-produced The Zigzag Way with Trebiggan Productions during 2016. 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 toured with 'Owdyado on their production A View from the Edge.
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. 2016 however was spent in Kneehigh's Asylum on the production of 'FUP’ which then toured nationally in 2018. 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. For 'Owdyado, Ben designed the soundtrack for our meta-noir A View from the Edge and trilogy of dark comedies Twisted Tales.
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. For ‘Owdyado, Rosanna directed the first tour of A View from the Edge. Credits include: 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 tour books for 'Owdyado Theatre as well as booking for other compaies in the region. 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. Ellen is also 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. Dan has since worked in a professional capacity for Miracle Theatre, (Jason, Cat’s Cradle, Tartuffe, The Cherry Orchard),Trifle Gathering Productions (A Curious Evening of Trance and Rap) Trebiggan Productions (King of the Choughs, Cider with Rosie) Cube Theatre ( 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 co-written, produced and acted in all of the company's shows.
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 Hireth (o-region/Palores Productions). 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 second tour, Twisted Tales (current project) 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, performed in and co-produced all of the company's shows as well as working as a freelance actor with Cornish companies Trebiggan Productions (King of the Choughs, Cider with Rosie), The Eden Project (Christmas and Summer shows) and Collective Arts (The Trench). She has also appeared in a number of local short films.
Alan has designed and built theatre and opera sets for many companies including Miracle Theatre, Pipeline Theatre (which he co-runs) and English Touring Opera. For 'Owdyado, Alan designed sets for both Wrongdoings and Above Bored and designed the set for A View from the Edge. Alan has also art directed on a number of short and feature length films, notably the Oscar shortlisted "Sailcloth". In addition to his work in the Arts, Alan builds public space furniture that can be found all over Cornwall, and was lead designer at the Eden Project for seven years.
Emma is a freelance graphic designer and has designed promotional material for Wrongdoings and Wake up Calls at the Stop-Off Motel, Above Bored, A View from the Edge and Twisted Tales.