Our goal and our passion has been to work hard, entertain our fans - and bring excellent theatre to the regions.
We now provide workshops with relevant performances, and are looking to reinstate the values of old school repertory theatre. We consist of an integral team of highly-talented artists, working together to develop classical and contemporary works utilising far-reaching techniques.
We are also working towards bespoke performances for children with learning difficulties, in conjunction with our mainstream shows.
Theatrical Niche are a Kent-based theatre company, but often use professionals from the Capital, and further corners of the UK.
Currently, we are expanding our tours across the regions...
WHO WE ARE
COMPANY DIRECTOR - Venetia Twigg
Venetia is an Actress and Playwright. Having graduated from Edinburgh University with an MA (Hons) in Philosophy and Psychology, Venetia went on to study at Richmond Drama School in London. As well as working for several years in theatre and film, Venetia wrote dark moral comedy, Decency/Discretion - performed to great success in the Phoenix Artist Club in London's West End in July 2011, and Theatrical Niche Ltd was thus formed.
Theatre credits include Jack Frost (Laila), Othello (Emilia), The Good Person of Szechwan (Mrs. Shin), State of Fear (Hannah), Lysistrata (Lysistrata), Still the Beating of My Heart (Mrs. Witham), Blood Wedding (Maid / Neighbour), Last of the Red Hot Lovers (Elaine Navazio), Proof (Claire), Debris (Michelle), Two (Landlady etc), Love's Labour's Lost (Princess of France), Abigail's Party (Beverly), The Crucible (Elizabeth), Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (The Player).
Film/TV Credits include Crownton Dobby (Anna) - Web & TV Series, The Rise of the Krays (Laura) - Feature Film, Brothers With No Game (Charlotte) - London Live TV, The House of Silence (Jane, Lead) - Feature Film, Marriage (Heidi) - Feature Film, Darren H Christ (Jenny) - Comedy Short, Harmony Royal Hotel (Ingrid) - TV Pilot, Lovely Monster (Mean Girl) - Short, FlashPrank (Bride-to-be) - MTV .
Recently, Venetia has adapted Aristophanes' Lysistrata for the Spring 2015 tour and co-adapted ghost stories for Still the Beating of my Heart. Her adaptation of Lorca's Blood Wedding for Spring 2014 received critical acclaim, as did her version of Ibsen's A Doll's House for a National Tour in 2010.
Venetia is a member of Equity and Spotlight.
Theatre Credits include: Julius Caesar (Mark Anthony), Titus Andronicus (Aaron the Moor), Midsummer Night's Dream (Puck), Twelfth Night (Malvolio), Romeo & Juliet (Tybalt), Much Ado About Nothing (Borachio), Merchant of Venice (Lorenzo, Antonio), A Christmas Carol (Scrooge), Mr Mineshaft (Julius Eastman - Lead), Bonk (Sam, Arthur), Trashed (Tobias - Lead), Family Secrets (Carlos/Peter),
Film Credits include: Three. One. Six. (Ade - Lead), Bad Mandem (Tucks), Door to door preaching with Brother Jacob and Brother Phillip (Brother Phillip - Lead)
Metamorphosis (Mr Samsa) marks his first venture with Theatrical Niche and he's hoping that if he does the business: it won't be his last!
Adam is a proud member of Equity and Spotlight.
ARTIST & PUPPET CREATOR - Maia Kirkman-Richards
Since graduating from the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts in 2013, Maia's theatre credits have included: Prospero (The Tempest - The Cockpit), Belle/Fan (A Christmas Carol - tour), Sir Gromer/Queen Guinevere (Power of the Inglewood - Blue Elephant Theatre), Becky (Between the Cracks), Cleo (Transition - Theatre 503), Nurse (Shackled).
Theatre credits whilst in training include: Melissa Milcote (Coram Boy), Dinah Rankling (The School Mistress), Rosalind (As You Like It).
Short film credits include: Celia (Scotland is our Mexico), Clare (Key to Bachillero), Sally (12 Months Later), Gemma (Clouds), Jenny Holden (Winter's Secret).
For Theatrical NIche Maia played Lampito / Female Chorus Leader (Puppet) / Peace in Lysistrata, and Elmire / Mariane / Monsieur Loyal in Tartuffe.
Maia is also a saxophonist and puppeteer and can be found on Spotlight.
She designs and creates bespoke puppets - to find our more, please visit her website: http://www.houseofstraycats.com/
ASSOCIATE ARTIST - Lawrence Parmenter
Lawrence completed his BA in Comparative Literature at Queen Mary's University and then set off to LA to "network". He is currently in post production for a horror story filmed last summer; his first complete feature length film. He has also just completed his first novel.
Lawrence works freelance as writer, script editor, cameraman and artistic advisor. He has written several plays, and made one feature film previously - Maybe, Orpheus Didn't Have It So Bad. Despite this title, he is actually a very skilled editor.
Lawrence's most recent theatre work fictionalised BNP leader Nick Griffin's life, and then dispatched him on stage, leading to much surprise and critical acclaim. He has received praise from various large theatrical bodies including the Lowry, Manchester and the Royal Court, London.
For Theatrical Niche, Lawrence co-edited and co-cast Decency/Discretion and later in the year filmed the site-specific performance of Two by Jim Cartwright. He has created 3 trailers now for the company, for: Proof, Mac-Beth and Blood Wedding and will be filming the trailer for LYSISTRATA with us very soon indeed.
ASSOCIATE ARTIST - Alice Knapton
Alice graduated from East 15 Drama School in 2009, and has been working steadily in film and theatre ever since.
Theatre Credits include Blood Wedding (Bride), Last of The Red Hot Lovers (Jeanette), Proof (Catherine), Great Expectations (Estella and various), Recipe For a Perfect Wife (Olive), Conversion (Melanie), Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (Ophelia, Tragedian), 300 Friends (Rosie)
Film Credits include 360 (Kate), Victim (Jill), The Bench (Lucy), To See Her (Woman Lead), The Wedding (Bride) and The Hounds (Lisa).
For Theatrical Niche, Alice has Directed and Adapted Still the Beating of my Heart, Assistant Directed Mac-Beth, played Ella in debut play Decency/Discretion, and took the lead as 'Bride' in BLOOD WEDDING and 'Catherine' in PROOF, receiving rave reviews for both. She is Casting Assistant for the company, and also heads up the Marketing Team.
Alice is a member of Equity and Spotlight.
ADMIN & EVENTS - Rachel Hudson
Rachel trained at Queen Margaret University, where she was chosen for the Sam Wanamaker Festival. She initially joined Theatrical Niche playing Bobbi Michelle in Last of the Red Hot Lovers.
Other theatre credits include Romeo and Juliet (Juliet), Bugsy Malone (Bangles), Much Ado About Nothing (Hero), Virtual Heroes (Rita) and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (Alfred).
Rachel is also an Actor-Musician and credits include The Caucasian Chalk
Circle (Various) and The Tempest (Ariel). She is a member of Equity and
DR FAUSTUS marked Sheri's fourth project for Theatrical Niche - she is a multi-talented Movement Director.
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR/ MOVEMENT - Sheri Sadd
Sheri trained and graduated in Physical Theatre from East15 Acting School in 2010.
Directing - Part collaborator of 'A Dream from a Bombshell' with Silent Shout Theatre Company, (The Brockley Scratch and Pulse Fringe Festival), Assistant Director 'Lysistrata' Theatrical Niche (National Spring Tour). Movement Director on 'The Education of a Lapdancer' Traffic of the Stage Theatre Company (National Tour). Assistant Directing - Lysistrata (National Tour), Tartuffe (National Tour), both for Theatrical Niche Ltd.
Movement Directing - Tartuffe (National Tour) for Theatrical Niche Ltd
Stage - 'Tin' in ' A Dream from a Bombshell', Silent Shout Theatre Company (Pulse Fringe Festival), 'Nurse Grey' in 'Pythagoras Smith' - director Rafe Beckley (Pentameters Theatre, London), 'Xerfa' in 'Lucifer Ex Machina' directed by Ed Nash (Greenwich Theatre), 'Ylenia' in 'The Education of a Lapdancer', directed by Harry Meacher (National Tour), Sheri has also worked with Rainbow Theatre Company playing 'The Wicked Queen' in 'Snow White' directed by Nick Young - and various other roles for their educational Spring Tour (in which she workshopped and performed 11 plays over 5 months). Sheri is a member of Sideways Theatre Company, working with 'Murder on the Side' and Stephan Bessant since 2011.
TV - 'Heather Dooley' in 'Critical' for Hat Trick
Productions, directed by Jon East. Sheri was delighted to spend this Summer working with the BBC for the 'Tracey Ullman Sketch Show' as Tracey Ullman's double.
For Theatrical Niche, she has Assistant Directed Lysistrata and Tartuffe. She has also been invaluable as Movement Director on this Autumn tour.
Sheri is a member of Spotlight
ARTIST - Noah Young
Noah Young studied BA Performing Arts Drama at Middlesex University. Theatre credits include: What Lovely Weather (Barbican) with The Theatre Of The Absurd, Puppeteer/Clown in In The Night Garden Live (O2 Arena and Tour) for Minor Entertainment, Mary Rose (Riverside Studios) with DogOrange, Monsters In The Forest (Tricycle Theatre), Antigone (Riverside Studios) for Theatre Lab, Much Ado About Nothing (The Scoop), Falstaff in The Merry Wives Of Windsor (The New Red Lion Theatre), Oberon/Theseus in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Victoria Embankment Gardens) - all for Grassroots Shakespeare, Kiss The Shadow (Soho Theatre). He is artistic director of NMT Automatics where he has written, directed and performed in productions including The Orpheus Project (Edinburgh C Too, and London So & So On Festival) and Wish You Were Here (Transitstation, Berlin and London) and is currently working on a theatre-dance adaptation of Dido & Aeneas: Remixed to tour in the Autumn 2016.
Noah played Wang / Olive / Ensemble in THE GOOD PERSON OF SZECHWAN as well as accompanying the cast on guitar.
Matthew played a plethora of roles in THE GOOD PERSON OF SZECHWAN, including Yang Sun and Geronimo the puppet.
For DR FAUSTUS he plays Mephistophilis/Wagner
ARTIST - Lucinda Lloyd
Lucinda trained in Acting at the Academy of Live & Recorded Arts. She won the 'Best Supporting Actress' award in the 168 LA Film Festival for her role in the film Home, dir: Debs Paterson. Other film credits include Nothing Will Be As It Was, dir: D R Hood; Borrowed Memories, dir: Lesley Manning. Theatre credits include Shall We Shog? (the Globe) dir: Ken Campbell; Decor Without Production 1 & 2 (The Royal Court) dir: Ken Campbell; Cathy, Wuthering Heights, (The Rosemary Branch and UK tour) dir: Helen Tennison; Hecube in Hecuba, (The White Bear) dir: Justin Murray; Lady Macbeth, Macbeth, (Dirty Market Tehatre) dir: Georgina Sowerby; Portia, Merchant of Venice, (The Courtyard) dir: Petina Hapgood. Her own company, a little bird whispered has performed work at The Arcola, BAC, The Courtyard, The Rosemary Branch, Red Gate Gallery & Jaw Dance. Lucinda has also trained with Anne Bogart & SITI Company. She is currently working on her first onw woman show entitled 'Smile For Me One Last Time' http://www.lucinda-lloyd.com
In THE GOOD PERSON OF SZECHWAN Lucinda played Shen Teh / Shui Ta / Ensemble
ARTIST - Adam Boyle
Adam has been working steadily as an Actor in film and theatre as an actor since 2009. He is an artistic associate and collaborator of the Quite Nice Theatre Company and also acts as a writer/producer for his own film production unit A.swan Productions.
Theatre credits include; A Midsummer Nights Dream(Lysander/Quince), Macbeth(Duncan/Macduff/Murderer/Witch2), The Merchant Of Venice(Launcelot), The Seafarer(Mr Lockheart), Mosquito Note(Ryan), The Man At The Door(Rich, Lead).
Film credits include; Chamber(War), The Possessors(Ben, Lead), Where's Wallet(Guy, Lead), This is Ned(Alfie, Supporting Lead), Derek Douglas And The Deadly Deception(Derek Douglas), Purse(Guy Cassidy, Lead), In & Out Of Focus(Mark, Lead).
Adam can also be found on Spotlight.
For Theatrical Niche's England Tour of BLOOD WEDDING, Adam played Leonardo, Father and Woodcutter puppet 1. He now plays both Orgon and Valere in TARTUFFE.
ARTIST - Luke Adamson
Luke's acting credits include Macbeth (Omnibus Clapham) Brassed Off 2014 Tour (York Theatre Royal, Touring Consortium, Bolton Octagon) First World War promenade epic Blood and Chocolate (Pilot Theatre,Slung Low, York Theatre Royal) Twelfth Night (Permanently Bard) Rabbitskin by Dominic Grace (West Yorkshire Playhouse and Tour); So You Want To Be A Writer? and My Generation readings (West Yorkshire Playhouse) The Seagull and Brian Looks Like Alan Rickman (Black Coffee Theatre); All My Sons, Brassed Off and Enjoy (York Theatre Royal) The Cherry Orchard, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Road, and the UK Premiere of Sandholm by Anna Bro (ALRA). TV credits include Heartbeat, The Royal Today (ITV) The Garden (BBC/Tiger Aspect) and a Pizza Hut commercial.
Luke's directing credits include Found, Let’s Have Sex!, and Parallel Lives, Parallel Deaths (Black Coffee Theatre) Foursome (Purple Panda Theatre) Dorothy and the Scarecrow (OneDay Theatre and Lonesome Schoolboy Productions) Under a Starry Sky (How It Ended Productions) Twelfth Night (Assistant Director) (Permanently Bard) Six Degrees (Assistant Director) (Writers Avenue) Jack Jerome’s Journey of Life (EdFringe) Luke has also written three plays: Found, The Last Few Hours and One Last Waltz and he adapted The Seagull for Black Coffee Theatre. Follow Luke on twitter @actlukeadamson
Luke played Cinesias / Herald / Officer and Male Chorus Leader (Puppet) in our Spring 2015 Tour of LYSISTRATA
CHOREOGRAPHER - Amy Lawrence
Choreography Credits:Amy has choreographed some extraordinary pieces within both Still the Beating of my Heart and Blood Wedding, and the company are thrilled to have her on board once more as Choreographer for the upcoming LYSISTRATA tour.
For Tree Folk Theatre Company - The Tempest (Cockpit Theatre), Nights of Enchantment (Etcetera Theatre), The Tsarevich and the Wolf (Etcetera Theatre)
For Pell Mell Theatre Company - The Second Shepherds Play (New Diorama,), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (New Diorama)
Amy trained at CPA Studios graduating in 2010.
ARTIST - Micha Colombo
Micha trained at ALRA (2010- 2011). Theatre credits include: 'Quarrel' ('Play in a Bag' Productions) 'Whale Tale', (devised with Alice Sillett) and one-woman show 'SuperSonic Shelly' (SLC Limelight Productions).
Recent short film credits include 'Fiamma Alma Poetry Films', 'A Lamb to the Slaughter' and 'A Tough Day at Work'. Micha is a voice artist and has recorded for corporate films, mobile games and live poetry performance.
Micha is also a writer and director. Recent credits include the sell-out 'Woman in the Dunes' and '0% Interest', both at Theatre 503. She established Kagami Theatre in 2013 as a vehicle to bring East Asian stories to UK audiences. She has a degree in Japanese from Cambridge University, and has lived and worked in Japan, China and Brazil.
Micha can also be found on Spotlight. For Theatrical Niche's England Tour of BLOOD WEDDING, Micha played Mother, Wife and Death puppet.
ARTIST - Sam Heydon
Sam came to acting about 6 years ago after working in a great variety of more, “conventional,” occupations.
Starting with voice-overs for Norwich University of the Arts’ Animation Course then refining his skills through working as an improvising medical role player for doctors, medical staff and students (over 350 to date) he eventually found his way onto stage in 2008 at the Maddermarket in Norwich. He has had an interesting range of work since then in films (Henry Appleby – Glorious 39, Raymond Wilkes - Tick Tock, Eccentric Man - Thrown) voice–over (London Railways of the 1960s, Palm Paper corporate DVD, various computer games) online (The Dean -Tempting Fates) and the theatre.
Sam’s recent theatrical credits include Proof (Robert), Hayfever (Richard Greatham), Twelfth Night (Malvolio) Northanger Abbey (General Tilney) One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Frank Scanlon) and Abigail’s Party (Laurence.) In March of last year he produced his own, one man multimedia performance of The Time Machine at the Maddermarket and also toured with a comedy triple bill.
Sam took the part of troubled Maths genius 'Robert' to much acclaim in our England Tour of PROOF.