The Company...

Established in 2019, SHP is the realised dream of emerging theatre Producer Steph Hartland. 

With its first production, Existential Fish and Dread, we hope to establish the company as the producer of high quality theatre ranging from Comedy, Dramas, Musicals and more. 

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...Who

Company Founder Steph Hartland discovered her passion for Producing when in her final year of her degree in Drama and Theatre Studies with English Language and Linguistics. She went on the gain a first class MA in Creative Producing from the same University before taking on the theatre industry.

So far, Steph has enjoyed working with the wonderful Bread and Roses Theatre, Fusion Theatre Company, SPID Theatre Company and currently works for Red Entertainment alongside maintaining SHP.

Associates...

Martha Reed: Writer of Ex Fish & Creative Associate

Martha is a Welsh writer for theatre and film. She is currently Chippy Lane Productions’ Writing Apprentice to award-winning playwright and screenwriter Alan Harris, a position funded by Arts Council Wales, working on new musical Toy Mic Trev. Her first full-length play, Existential Fish and Dread, played at The Bread and Roses Theatre to 4- and 4.5-star reviews.

 

Her previous theatre credits include short plays How Loan Can You Go? (Words in Progress) at the Pleasance Islington, and Vera Jones (Who Run the World?) at the Old Red Lion. Her first short film screenplay, Falling Apart at the Seams, was awarded third place in the Women Over Fifty Film Festival screenwriting competition 2019, and is currently in development with Reverie Productions.

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Gwenan Bain: Director of Ex Fish & Creative Associate

Gwenan was the Bread and Roses Theatre’s Emerging Director for 2018, most recently directing Maisie at the Bread and Roses Theatre, which opened to 4 and 4.5 star reviews.

 

Existential Fish and Dread marked the end of Gwenan’s year with the Bread and Roses as Emerging Director, and her previous work includes Other - Please Explain as part of the Park Theatre’s script accelerator program and new writing nights including Millennials (The Pleasance Theatre); The Scene (Tabard Theatre) and Saw It Here First Productions (Teatro Technis).

 

Gwenan is also a co-AD of Stage Splinters, a theatre company specialising in producing new writing and reinventing old stories.

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Jamie Stephenson-Glynn: Composer & Lyricist 

Jamie is a Songwriter and Actor graduating after 4 years of study from the Guildford School of Acting. (1 year Theatre and Performance. 3 years Actor- Musician) He also teaches self-employed at Guildford Music School.

Jamie has experience of writing over a hundred songs, and has contributed lyrics and/or music to countless projects. He is proud of his commitment to follow all the rules that Stephen Sondheim has set in his lyric book ‘Finishing the Hat’.

At his time at GSA, Jamie was the recipient of the Richard Stilgoe Songwriting Award 2019. He has also been a member of Mercury Musicals since 2019. Jamie has workshopped multiple of his own musicals, and is working toward a cast recording of an original creation.

 

Favourite Musical: Sunday in the Park with George.
Why?: “S.I.T.P.W.G is the first musical I listened to which breaks the stereotype that Musical Theatre is ‘Low-art’. It shows us just how the combination of deep introspective lyrics and musical innovation can help us along the path of finding human truth.”

Favourite Lyric: I read to fly, to skim, I do not read to swim.

(Passion 1994 - Stephen Sondheim)

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India Rodgers: Playwright 

India Rodgers is a playwright based in the southwest of England. India did her degree in Drama and then won a scholarship to study a masters in Scriptwriting at Bath Spa University, where she learned how to write for TV, Radio, Theatre & Film.

 

She has previously written and directed When Will It Be Me? a radio play for the Bath Fringe Festival. More recently she had her play Girls Just Wanna Have Funds produced by Bloom Theatre, in their online theatre event Saplings 2. You can follow her writing journey on Instagram @india_writes_sometimes. 

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