Puck Played by Lucy Payne   Lucy studied Drama with Creative Writing at UWE and graduated in 2014. Since then she has taken an active part in non-professional theatre, and enjoys helping backstage when she can get away from her crazy job..! Lucy watched the Director, Anna Friend’s production of A Doll’s House and thought ‘that looked fun’, so she… Read more →


Cobweb Played by Pamela Giraud-Telme Pamela is thrilled to be playing the part of Cobweb in A Midsummers Night’s Dream. The role of a fairy is one Pamela is very much looking forward to playing due to its fun, light-hearted nature and because she is eager to take on the challenge of playing not only a comedic character but also… Read more →


Helena Played by Ceara Coveney Ceara first took to the stage at 4 years old and has loved to entertain ever since! Her early interest in musical theatre led to her playing Grizabella in her stage school’s production of Cats as well as performing in showcase productions at the Wyvern Theatre, Swindon and Her Majesty’s and Sadlers Wells Theatres in… Read more →

MEET THE CAST; Titania & Oberon

Titania Played by Jayma Voorheis  Jayma is so excited to be playing the role of Titania in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”! This will be her first production with Gatecrash Theatre. Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, Jayma has studied Musical Theatre and Film at the New York Film Academy in NYC. While musical theatre is her forte, being able to perform… Read more →

The Beauty of the Bard

When I began Directing, many years ago I remember a conversation I had when I pronounced,with total conviction, that I did not ‘do’ Shakespeare, that it was too traditional, too academic. HAH! Years later and I find that my work with Shakespeare’s text and the new life you can breathe into each play has bought me such joy, alongside all… Read more →


This week Gatecrash Evolve have the joy of meeting Chris Gardner, one of our associate artists. He will be leading this weeks session on Voice. National Director and founder of Stroud Theatre Company. Chris has Directed for several companies and venues including Sixth Sense Theatre for Young People, The Old Rep, Birmingham, Crescent Theatre, Birmingham, Theatre West at the Alma,… Read more →

Want to learn some new skills??

Stage Combat and Media Make-up Workshop A one day exciting workshop combining stage combat and media makeup. A thorough insight into the tricks behind those nasty fight scenes. You will learn all the basic unarmed moves that you see on TV, Film and Stage from that ‘bitchy’ slap on Eastenders to how to sell the perfect punch on Fight Club. … Read more →


  As part of each Gatecrash Evolve ten week term we invite a guest practitioner to run one of Tuesday sessions. Next week we have the pleasure of invited Mike Akers. Mike has run an improvisation workshop for members of Gatecrash Evolve. Mike has written extensively for young audiences, including work for Forest Forge, Travelling Light and Sixth Sense &… Read more →


The first time I tried my hand at directing was during my Alevel Theatre Studies course and I loved it! It was incredibly exciting to me that you could work with a team of creative people to stage a piece of theatre, with just a script as a starting point. I went on to do a Drama degree at Exeter… Read more →

Let’s hear from Marianne…

Theatre is really important to me, both as an opportunity to push myself in a performance, and as a regular creative outlet. So, when I moved to Swindon in September of last year, I was determined to find a theatre company to call home. I found out about Gatecrash after some extensive Google searches, and knew I had to be… Read more →