HANNAH DAVIES  (ARTISTIC DIRECTOR) 

Hannah is a writer, theatre-maker and multi slam-winning spoken word artist based in York. She trained as an actor at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, and since graduating in 2001 has appeared in theatre, radio and TV. She studied playwriting at the Royal Court Theatre in London. Her  first play was performed as part of the Royal Court Young Writers Festival in 2007. Since then she has worked with companies including: York Theatre Royal, Dry Write, Company of Angels, Trestle, Ice&Fire. Hannah regularly performs her poetry at spoken word nights across the country. She is the winner of the Great Northern Slam March 2016, Bristol Poetry Festival Slam 2016, Say Owt Anti-Slam 2016, Axis Crewe Slam 2017, and is the Word War Four Champion. She was an Edfringe Slam finalist 2017 and competed in the Hammer & Tongue National Finals 2018. She has an MA in Theatre and a PhD by Creative Practice in Playwriting from the University of York.

www.hannahdavies.work @DaviesHC 

RUBY CLARKE  (ASSOCIATE ARTIST) 

Ruby Clarke is the New Work Coordinator for Sheffield Theatres and is a York based director and writer with a passion for new writing.  Her directing credits include Quicksand (Bar Lane Studios), The Mercy Seat (York Theatre Royal), Night of the Barghest (York Brewery) and Timon of Athens (International Shakespeare Festival) as well as directing drama undergraduates in The Cosmonaut’s Last Message …Little Revolution and currently The Wheel at The University of Cumbria. She was Artistic Director of TakeOver Festival 2013 at York Theatre Royal and Resident Trainee Director at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in 2016, assisting on Charlie Miles’ Blackthorn, the Bronte musical Wasted and a production of Rudolf for under 5’s. Ruby likes miniature replicas of pretty much anything, head rub greetings from her cat and stories that make her laugh about things that you shouldn’t find funny.

@RubytheClarke

DAVID JARMAN  (ASSOCIATE ARTIST) 

David is a poet, musician and playwright. He has been writing for the stage since 2010. In spring 2017 his short play Junction was produced by Theatre 503 and West Yorkshire Playhouse as part of their new writing festival View From Here:Yorkshire, following his attachment with WYP as part of their Playwrights 1 programme. In summer 2017 a promenade production of his play Robin Hood – an entirely new re-imagining of the traditional legend – premiered at Bolton Abbey Estate in North Yorkshire, produced by Gobbledigook Theatre. He has also adapted several classic stories for large cast promenade productions, including Alice in Wonderland (York Theatre Royal 2015) and The Wind in the Willows (Gobbledigook Theatre 2016). He is currently developing a new play with Director Ruby Clarke to be produced by Common Ground Theatre in 2018.

@JarmanPoetry

JESS WATSON (ASSOCIATE ARTIST/DESIGNER) 

Jess is a crafting genius who studied at Bristol School of Art. She has a mixed media approach to her work with a specialism in leather work and textiles.