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Shhh...akespeare - online workshop


Hayley Doherty

Hayley trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, graduating in 2004. She has just finished performing in Moonlight and Magnolias at Nottingham Playhouse. Other theatre includes:Much Ado About Nothing, Comedy of Errors and Macbeth (Guildford Shakespeare Company), Living Quarters (Tobacco Factory), Dont Dress for Dinner (Jordan Productions),The Snow Queen and Tom's Midnight Garden (Theatre by the Lake), A Fortunate Man and Unforgettable (New Perspectives) ,A Fine Bright Day Today (New Vic), Joan & Jimmy (Blaize), Larkin with Women (Esk Valley Theatre), The Endings and XY (Theatre 503) and Paradise Lost (Bristol Old Vic Co). TV/Film includes: Outlander, Dirty God,Peaky Blinders,Coronation Street,Death Comes to Pemberley, Silent Witness,The Bill and Jasmine. Hayley works as a Voice Artist from her own studio and has recorded numerous BBC Radio dramas including Wuthering Heights and Dixon of Dock Green, as well as readings for Radio 4's Poetry Please and Something Understood. As a writer, Hayley’s poem, Emmeline’s Army won the BBC Manchester Monologue Competition in 2018 and was performed at the Royal Exchange Theatre. Hayley has owned a narrowboat for 8 years and loves exploring the UK’s waterways!

Creative Team

Writer - Jayne Williams

Director - Gary Lagden

Designer - Clare Taylor

Clare Taylor is an Artist Educator based in the East Midlands. In 2016, she founded and now runs Bus and Bird Arts, a Participatory Arts organisation championing learning and creativity within communities. As an artist, her own practice is multi-disciplinary and heavily inspired by storytelling. Clare graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with a First Class BA Hons degree in Crafts having specialised in Ceramics and Textiles. Her ceramic sculptures enabled her to win the Ninth INAX Design Prize for Europeans and have a residency in Tokoname, Japan.

Clare has been involved in public art projects for the past fifteen years. Recent work has ranged from a permanent hosiery installation for Mansfield Museum’s ‘Made in Mansfield’ gallery, bespoke shadow puppets commissioned for Nottingham Mela by Real Creative Futures through to being appointed Inspire’s Visual Artist on their ‘Home Cooked Heritage’ Heritage Fund project. Clare worked in educational settings for two decades with a broad spectrum of learners from pre-school children through to professional adults. She has worked in diverse environments, the most unusual being at Manchester Adult Cystic Fibrosis Centre’s Pearce Ward teaching ceramic sculpture and stop frame animation to cystic fibrosis patients in their bedrooms.


New Perspectives is an East Midlands' based touring theatre company, specialising in bringing new work to rural and community audiences. Through an annual programme of original adaptations, rare revivals and new writing, we aim to bring live theatre that is diverse, affordable and accessible into the heart of wide-ranging communities, as well as to regional, national and international venues.  
Our productions are testament to the fact that rural theatre is as relevant, challenging and vital as theatre made for any other environment. Our participatory projects, career defining training and mentoring opportunities for emerging regional talent and rural touring scheme Northants Touring Arts makes tangible difference to people where they live.

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