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Who we are, and what makes us tick

People, Inspiration and influences

Third Angel was led by the two Artistic Directors and founders, Rachael Walton and Alexander Kelly. The company’s shows were devised with an expanding team of collaborators from a range of disciplines. The work carried a range of influences from the culture around us: visual art, current affairs, novels, magazines, comics, film, television, music, radio chat shows.

This is what we said about the work:

“We believe that theatre is part of the conversation that helps people to understand their place in the world. We think that small stories are as worth telling as big stories. We are interested in the small, intimate things in life, the things that often get overlooked or swept under the carpet: the value of individual experience, the beauty to be found in the tiny details of everyday life, and the surprising emotional power of memories and places. The work draws on both fact and fantasy, autobiography and fiction. We are drawn back to the theme of escaping, or attempting to escape, from everyday life, through an exploration of memory, imagination and fantasy: the gap between your dreams and ambitions, and the reality of your day to day life.

We are interested in specialist research as a way to better understand the world around us, and we work regularly with experts from other fields, including geographers, psychologists, sociologists and astrophysicists.

In our shows the performers’ relationship with the audience is direct and intimate, but also playful. The audience are implicated, by turns, as conspirators, voyeurs and witnesses. Whilst committed to exploring ideas and asking questions, the work is not afraid to entertain and engage an audience.”

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Third Angel’s two Artistic Directors, Rachael Walton and Alexander Kelly oversaw the devising, writing, performing, designing and directing of each show. Usually a project would be led more strongly by one AD, and the exact roles on each piece varied from project to project. We had a group of associate artists and regular collaborators, who we worked with frequently, but not on every project. Usually collaborators were brought in for a particular specialism, but had an influence on other areas of the project.

Associate Artists, and regular collaborators

Nisha Anil
Umar Butt
Hannah Butterfield
Nick Chambers
Lucy Ellinson
Nicki Hobday
Jerry Killick
Gillian Lees
Laura Lindsay
Stacey Sampson
Chris Thorpe

Christopher Hall - Filmmaker & Editor
Bethany Wells
- Set and Costume Designer
Heather Fenoughty
- Sound Designer & Composer
Brett Chapman
- Filmmaker
Katharine Williams
- Lighting Designer
James Harrison
- Lighting Designer
Ivan Mack
- Sound Designer
David Mitchell
- Composer & Sound Designer

We also worked regularly with the Portuguese companies mala voadora and Má Criação.

Executive Producer
Hilary Foster

Executive Director
Laura Holmes

Community Producer
Stacey Sampson

Projects & Communications Co-ordinator
Jonathan Fry

Admin & Production Assistants
Samantha-Jane Turner
Sarah Webb
Ellie Whittaker
Liz Johnson

General Managers
Rhiannon Jones
Tracey Doxey

Previous Collaborators include:

Performers: Phil Richford, Jamie Iddon, Tim Hall, Cathy Naden, Claire Marshall, John Rowley, Juliet Ellis, Henry Sargeant, Stewart Lodge, Jorge Vasques, Pedro Almendra, Heather Burton, Abigail Davies, Gautier About and Renaud Bechet, Selina Thompson, Denise Pitter, Fiona Paul and Lucie Dowling, Zishan Afsar, Holly Gallagher, Luca Rutherford, Bee Jarvis, Callum Stewart, Laura Denning, Megan Bailey, Tom Brader, Esther Irving, Adie Mueller, Marta Beccatini, Sara-Jayne Berrill, Hannah Butterfield, Nicki Hobday, Zoe Katsilerou, Rosie MacPherson and Nadia Emam.

Companies: Drei Wolken (Germany), Ao Cabo Teatro (Portugal), Teatro Praga (Portugal), Stand & Be Counted (UK).

Writers: Geraldine Harris, Dee Heddon and Jorge Louraço Figueira

Graphic Designers: DED Associates, Ben Weaver, Rocca Creative, Studio Dust, Daniel Fletcher, Wayne Gamble, Gemma Homer

Cinematographers and Photographers: Robert Hardy, Helen Sharma, Kate Boddington and Chris Greenwood

Composers: Alex Bradley, John Avery, Paul Keatley, Lee Sykes, Digitonal, Louie Ingham & Rob Langley

Film and Video Editors: Annie Watson and Leon Ballin

There's lots more information about making and touring Third Angel projects 2008-2017 on our original blog, and 2017-2023 on the blog on this site.