Who we are

Who we are

How we began…

Splendid Productions began in September 2003 and has been growing speedily since then. Splendid create high quality, professional, political theatre with theory based practical workshops for young people across the UK.

Our specialty is bringing Brechtian technique to life for students, both in performance and by providing a workshop experience for them to explore it for themselves. Making Brecht relevant to our audience rather than a slice of theatre history, to understand and use the techniques in their own work.

Beginning September 2004 we toured ‘The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui’ by Bertolt Brecht. This was revived in Summer 2006 as part of The National Theatre’s ‘Watch This Space’ Festival, the first written play to be performed on the outside stage. Our one-hour version for 3 actors was incredibly successful within the education market and sold out in 10 days.

In September 2005 we began touring our Brechtian adaptation of George Orwell’s Animal Farm ‘Four Legs Good Two Legs Bad’. In September 2006 our adaptation of Sophocles’ ‘Antigone’ went across the country finishing in March 2007, followed by 'The Good Woman of Szechuan', Autumn 2007 to Spring 2008 and 'Woyzeck', 2008/2009. After a successful run with 'Woyzeck' at the 2009 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, we began our sixth tour, 'Dr Faustus'. In 2010 we released production DVDs of 'Woyzeck'and 'Dr Faustus', and kicked off our national tour of 'The Trial'.

We have provided workshops and performances to over 500 schools in 51 counties across the UK providing over 1500 sessions for schools in the last ten years.

Kerry Frampton

Kerry Frampton The Artistic Director at Splendid Productions is Kerry Frampton

Kerry trained at Bretton Hall. She has worked as an actor, deviser and musician for the last 14 years.

Credits include: A Change of Mind (Sadlers Wells), The Orchard Skins (Lakeside Theatre), Paradise (Moray House Theatre), Midsummer Night’s Dream (Cambridge Arts Theatre). For Splendid she has played lots of character roles in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, Four Legs Good Two Legs Bad and Good Woman of Szechuan she also played the title role in Antigone. In 2008/09 she abandoned a long career of playing a selection of men by taking the part of Marie in Woyzeck – alongside a couple of male characters just in case.

As a musician she was in the original line-up of the band Aqualung on bass and double bass.

As a writer and performer Kerry devised half of the book for the epic production of Carnival Messiah and appeared in its successful runs at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in 1999 and 2002 as well as taking it to its spiritual home of Trinidad in 2004.

Kerry worked for English Touring Theatre for two years developing their successful Practitioners Unplugged workshops. Alongside Mal Smith she devised their Berkoff, Boal and Caryl Churchill sessions. She also devised the education tour accompanying their productions of Ibsens Ghosts (2002) and the highly acclaimed National Tour of King Lear starring Timothy West (2002).

Kerry has been workshop leading for ten years and has a particular passion for devising and creating non-naturalistic theatre.

Our Artistic Director also has a sideline designing the highly popular Splendid Mind Maps that are a perfect expression of her brain (in a visual form). You should check them out... they are excellent. Kerry Frampton has been driving Splendid since 2003 and has nurtured it like her own child.

Mal Smith

Mal Smith The Associate Director at Splendid Productions is Mal Smith

Mal directed ‘Woyzeck’ with Lucy Cuthbertson and contributed additional script and songs to Ben Hales’ excellent adaptation.

Mal trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama, Graduating in 1996 with First Class Honours.

He has worked as an actor, director and writer with companies including, English National Opera, Welfare State International, The Young Vic, Centred Theatre, Pumpkin Productions, Lock-in Theatre, Oldham Theatre Workshop and Really Useful Company.

Credits include: Jesus Christ (Jesus Christ Superstar), Chino (West Side Story), Radu (Mad Forest), Punk (A Small Green Space), Dog (Robinson Crusoe Castaway), Caliban (The Tempest), Wong (Good Person of Szechwan), Arlecchino (Il Lirica Punka), Dan/Pig (A Mouthful of Birds), Robin Hood (Secrets of Sherwood). He played numerous roles in three actor tours of ‘Arturo Ui’ and ‘Four Legs Good, Two Legs Bad’ and ‘Antigone’ with Splendid. Recently he donned wig and nylons to play ‘Vera’ in ‘When The Lights Go On Again’ – although the nylons were an optional extra.

Adaptations include Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, Freak Like Me, Four Legs Good, Two Legs Bad, Antigone, Frankenstein. In 2006 he created a new street theatre piece, ‘Little Red’, touring England, Edinburgh and Slovenia. He has also devised and directed ‘Out of Our Faces’ and ‘Get out of MySpace’ – two TIE pieces on alcohol abuse and cyberbullying respectively. With Kerry Frampton, he directed and adapted ‘Jason and The Argonauts’ for the 2007 Fringe.

Mal was central in the creation and development of English Touring Theatre’s Practitioners Unplugged programme, devising and touring workshops nationwide and recruiting and training new workshop leaders between 1999 and 2004. Alongside performing, workshopping and fight choreography, he runs INSET sessions and is a regular at the NISDA conference.

He is the author of "Artaud and his Legacy" - a study guide for A'Level.

Lucy Cuthbertson

Lucy Cuthbertson

Our current Director and Education Advisor is Lucy Cuthbertson

Lucy is Head of Drama at Kidbrooke School and an Advanced Skills Teacher in Drama for Greenwich LEA. Prior to teaching she trained at The Poor School and was a founder member of Ridiculusmus Theatre Company with whom she toured 'The Third Policemen' for two years throughout UK & Eire. As a freelance director she worked with The Hush Hush Ensemble ('Tamburlaine' and 'The Changeling') and other productions included 'King Lear' at the Tabard Theatre; 'Bloodlust' at the White Bear and 'Radio City' at Jermyn Street Theatre.

As a teacher she has directed numerous productions with success in several festivals including 'Hamlet' chosen to be performed at The Duke of York's (Schools' Shakespeare Drama Festival) and 'Just' by Ali Smith chosen to be performed in the Olivier Theatre (National Theatre Connnections Project).

Her most recent project with Kidbrooke students, a world premiere adaptation of Ali Smith's booker shortlisted novel 'Hotel World', played for a week in the main programme at Greenwich Theatre and Theatre Workshop, Edinburgh Festival. It was awarded Best Play in the Fringe Report Awards 2008.

Ben Hales

Ben Hales

Ben Hales has been a key creative member of Splendid Productions since 2004 and has composed music and film segments for all of its touring shows. He also adapted the scripts for Splendid’s versions of Bertolt Brecht’s ‘The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui’ and ‘The Good Woman of Szechuan’, Buchner's 'Woyzeck' and Marlowe's 'Dr Faustus' as well as contributing scenes to ‘Antigone’.

Other composition credits include soundtracks for the BBC, commercials for Mitsubishi, Wrigley’s and Chrysler and original music for Actors Touring Theatre productions of ‘Gizmo Love’ and ‘Bad Jazz’.

Ben has also toured extensively as a guitarist and multi-instrumentalist for Aqualung, Duke Special, David Ford, smallwhitelight and The Fray.

His first play, ‘(In Parenthesis)’ won Ambassador Theatre Group’s Metamorphosis 08 Playwriting competition, and was performed at The Churchill Theatre in Bromley in June 2008.

Genevieve Say

Genevieve Say

Genevieve Say is an independent dance artist, performer and choreographer based in the UK. In 2003 she trained at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, graduating with First class BA(Hons) in Dance and Performance. Since then Genevieve has been working professionally as a dancer nationally and Internationally for many companies, including Splendid Productions, Gary Clarke, Collision (Lisi Perry), Flukt (Norway), Anna McDonald, Eee-Motion, Sweetshop Revolution, and Cheshire dance.

Genevieve was mentored by Jude Kelly MBE as part of Dance Uk's future leaders mentorship scheme. She is currently artistic director and co-founder of the Birmingham Dance Network, an artist-led organisation which creates networking, performance and discussion opportunities for West Midlands based dance professionals.

Since 2006, Genevieve has been choreographing her own work under her own name and as The Mustdashios, a company she set up in 2010. Genevieve was commissioned by Urban Moves International Dance festival (2012) to choreograph 5IVE, an outdoor dance piece. She has also been commissioned by various institutions, organisations and companies including Manchester Metropolitan University, UcLan University, Merseyside Dance Initiative, Dance Initiative Greater Manchester and the Brindley Arts Centre, Runcorn. She has choreographed original work for Seven, Contact Theatre Manchester, Hot August Fringe London, LEAP Festival Liverpool, Word Of Warning Sampler series Manchester, Up The Walls Chester, DEDA, and Turn Festival Manchester.

Genevieve works as a workshop facilitator, and has been leading sessions for all age groups for over 10 years. She often delivers sessions on contemporary technique, dance and theatre devising processes, physical theatre technique and contact improvisation.

Scott Smith

Scott Smith

Scott has been a professional actor since 2001 mainly touring projects of varying styles with a number of different companies. Some of his credits include Mike in 'East', Mick in 'The Caretaker', Bill Sykes in 'Oliver Twist', a one-man show and Katrina in 'Taming of the Shrew'.

Scott has featured in a number of adverts and a feature film ('The Plague') as well as writing/producing his own work 'The Monster' and 'Shooting the White Eagle'.

Scott has been a proud member of the splendid ensemble since 2009 when he was Woyzeck and has since worked with splendid again on 'Dr Faustus', 'Woyzeck' (again), 'Macbeth' and 'Metamorphosis'.

Scott has a genuine love of Brecht and specialises in Brecht and Epic Theatre Workshops.

Jimmy Whiteaker

Jimmy Whiteaker

Since 2006 Jimmy has worked exclusively in theatre as a performer, writer, dramaturg and director. Among others, he worked with Hearth in Birmingham performing and writing work concerned with mental health and the arts; with Myrtle theatre company in Bristol writing an opera with looked-after children and their carers; with Idiot Child in Bristol making and performing work which toured nationally and was nominated for a Total Theatre Award; with Bristol Old Vic theatre performing work by Tim Crouch; with Oddly Moving and Turtle Key Arts directing a circus-theatre show which is touring nationally; and he has been lucky enough to work with Splendid since 2009, performing in five tours and leading a variety of workshops.

Prior to working in theatre Jimmy worked extensively in mental health and with children in early years and after school clubs. During his whole career in theatre he has continued to work with children and young people to foster their creativity and further their education in a responsive and supportive way - led by them, for them.

Grace Goulding

Grace is a freelance movement director, choreographer and performer based in the North West. She was a member of both the National Youth Dance, and National Youth Theatre Company of Wales and was Movement Director on the Hope St Ltd Emerging Artists Programme in 2010. She graduated in Dance with Theatre from Liverpool Hope University where she also completed a MA by Creative Practice in Interdisciplinary Collaboration and Performance. Recent theatre credits include; Young Everyman and Playhouse (YEP); 'Intimate', 'Papertown', 'Until They Kick Us Out', 'The Environmentalists', 'he Establishment', 'Quantum', 'The City'. Everyman Theatre; 'A Midsummer Nights Dream', 'The Story Giant'. Liverpool Empire Theatre; 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland', 'Cats'. Hope Street Limited; Alice Through the Winter Gardens', 'Free Radical Follies', 'The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir who got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe'. Unity Theatre in collaboration with Physical Fest; 'Creature'. Bluecoat in collaboration with Young Fest; '17', 'Our World'. Barefeet Theatre, Zambia; 'Tujuka Must Die'. Off The Ground Theatre Company; 'A Comedy of Errors', 'Jason and the Argonaughts', 'The Musketeers', 'Zorro', 'Around the World in 80 Days'. New Adventures and Re:Bourne; 'Lord of the Flies'. Re:Bourne and the Canal and River Trust; 'Dance on Water'.

She has also choreographed work for Cheshire Dance, the U.Dance 2017 regional platform with NEWDance Youth Dance Company, Go Dance at the Theatre Royal, Glasgow with the Liverpool Empire Theatre and the Re:Bourne Liverpool Legacy Company. She recently choreographed the opening ceremony for the European Taekwondo Championships at the Echo Arena and under director Hilary Westlake choreographed the Leather Sellers section of the 2017 London Lord Mayor’s Show.

Grace is also passionate about training and equipping young people so her work has taken her into institutions such as; Contemporary teacher at Merseyside Dance and Drama Centre and Physical Theatre Lecturer at LIPA Sixth Form. She was the Dance Context Lecturer at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts was selected by New Adventures and RE:Bourne for their Community Dance Artists Programme in 2015.

As a workshop facilitator Grace specialises in Stage Combat, Physical Theatre, Contemporary Dance, Devising and Physical Storytelling and has worked for companies such as; Splendid Productions, Altru Drama, Off The Ground Youth and Theatre Company, the Young Everyman and Playhouse, National Youth Arts Wales, the Liverpool Empire Theatre as well as leading master classes in schools and colleges throughout North West England and Wales. She is is co artistic director of Random Acts of Wildness Drama, a theatre company for adults with learning difficulties.

John Cooper

John Cooper

John is a theatre maker and teacher specialising in comedy, improvisation and devising. A trained teacher with a twenty-year career as an actor and director to draw upon up, John’s work includes performing in seasons at the Barbican, National Theatre and Northern Stage.

He has taught across school curricula and is very experienced in working with young people. His workshop delivery is dynamic, encouraging high levels of focus, commitment and creativity.

Wendy Frost

Wendy Frost

Wendy is a Teaching Fellow and Drama Subject Lead for the PGCE trainees at the Centre for Teacher Education at the University of Warwick. She is completing her Doctorate focusing on Physical Theatre in the 16-19 educational context. She has been a Performing Arts teacher and Programme Manager for over 18 years and has been a director of several of her own companies.

Wendy has worked with Youth Theatres for many years including the National Youth Arts Trust and Shared Experience. She has also worked on collaborative projects with The Roundhouse and Hampstead Theatre, and more recently been a Stage Director for the Shakespeare Schools Festival.

Wendy has a vast experience of directing full scale productions, coaching monologues for drama school entry, and working in a verbatim context with the Holocaust Educational Trust producing performance work with survivor testimonies.

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