The Team

Our theatre company wouldn’t be here without the hard work and dedication of the people who work behind the scenes, during rehearsals and show weeks. We strive to create a welcoming and fun environment for those actors, performers and creatives that are part of our productions and the excellent retention rate of people is a testament to our team. There are many people who have and continue to help us and here is a selection of them!

Eleanor Haigh

Acting has always been close to my heart as I’ve been involved in acting and singing since the age of three. I have taken part in a variety of school and local youth theatre company productions playing a range of minor, supporting and lead roles. I sang with a local choir for twelve years and attained my grade 8 singing in 2014.

I am currently in my second year at the University of Salford studying Broadcast Journalism, right next door to the BBC!, and I hope to work in BBC radio after I graduate. The face of journalism is constantly changing to keep pace with modern technology and society trends. The use of social media plays a big part and last year I ran a blog about my life as a journalism student. I’m also involved with university TV and radio. As I live in Manchester during term-time I can‘t be as hands on with C&D Productions as I would like, which is why I jumped at the chance to be Social Media Coordinator, as it is a role not restricted to living in Kettering.

I haven’t been able to take part in a C&D production yet but hope to put that right this summer! It has been amazing watching the company develop from its small beginnings, Chris is inspirational, so nurturing of talent and opportunities and always thinking of ways to encourage and involve people from right across Kettering’s culturally diverse population. I’m so proud to be involved with such a thriving community based company, and I’m really looking forward to seeing C&D continue to go from strength to strength in the years to come.

Dan Collins

I studied media and theatre at A level and went on to uni where I got a 2:1 in media performance(Dad was so proud, who really wants a doctor for a son anyway). While at uni I was a member of the drama club where I got to play Noel Gallagher (or possibly Liam. I was never sure myself) and in my final year I played Captain Hook in our own musical adaptation of Peter Pan. We had originally set out to do the Rocky Horror show but dropped the project because we couldn’t obtain the rights (Thank God! I mean it’s a great show. But all that waxing).

Besides acting I also perform stand-up comedy. I decided it was something I really wanted to do at age eighteen and only three years later I had my first gig. I was given a ten minute spot at the monthly comedy gig in my students union. Since then I have performed in 1940s style cabaret shows, packed hotel ballrooms, tiny pub function rooms. I’ve supported Sean Hughes from never mind the Buzzcocks, and taken a six hours round road trip for the sake of a gig in a Welsh holiday camp.

Now, I have just set up my own monthly comedy club in the Holiday Inn Corby-Kettering. I joined C&D in 2015, auditioning for the role of Sherlock Holmes in their adaptation of a Study in Scarlet. I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to play my favourite fictional character. Later that year I was given the chance to play County Dracula in their Halloween production of Bram Stokers classic. During my time so far with the company I’ve made a lot of friends and a lot of connections, and I have really learnt a lot about the industry I want to build a career in

Luce Jamieson

I am currently in my final year of sixth form, studying both the Triple BTEC Extended Diploma in Performing Arts and A Level Drama and Theatre studies as well as A Level psychology. I am auditioning for drama schools to start professional training this year whilst also partaking in the National Theatre Connections 2016, to which I gained the role of Amy in Citizenship by Mark Ravenhill, to be performed at The Royal Theatre in Northampton this April and hopefully at the National itself in July.

I am also a co-founder of a company named 'Inspire Theatre' which specialises in Theatre in Education, where myself and the rest of my team underwent a successful tour from 2014-2015 around both secondary and primary schools in Northamptonshire to educate students on issues regarding Internet safety. I also have experience in musical theatre, performing as the principle role of Killer Queen in my schools musical production of We Will Rock You, and have a great passion for directing, physical theatre and am currently undertaking playwriting workshops with established playwrights such as Gary Owen to develop myself as a writer for stage.

I began working with C&D Productions during August 2015 when I decided to take myself out of my sixth form base and join a company separate from my education. I auditioned for and successfully gained the lead role of Elsie Wright in The Light Burns Blue. It was my first performance with any theatre company outside of my sixth form base which at first was extremely daunting. However being a 'newcomer' played no effect on how I was treated at C&D, making every single rehearsal and performance thoroughly enjoyable. I missed every second after the shows had finished and knew straight away that I had to do as much as possible with C&D in the near future.

I am hoping that my work within C&D will expand over more than just acting alone, but allow me to also direct and potentially write my own productions for the company to perform. And I know that despite what the outcome of my drama school auditions may be, C&D Productions will offer me all the experience I need to further myself as a performer for years to come

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