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MEET THE TEAM

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Simon Hall

Founder & Company Director

Simon trained at The Hub Theatre School in Cornwall and then toured the West Country with Miracle Theatre for the best part of a decade. He is a founder member of Quirk Theatre and has co written and performed in all of the last seventeen shows.

Simon is also a carpenter and builds all of Quirk's sets!

This year, Simon will be co-writing, performing in the ensemble and building the set.

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Katie Villa

Artistic Director

Katie is a performer, director, theatre maker and dramaturg living and working in Exeter. After coming to the city to do her drama degree at Exeter Uni, she found that she couldn't bear to leave. She has toured widely with her own theatre company, Theatre Rush, and with her solo show, WILD, which is part of The Birth Project.

Katie has co written and directed the last 5 shows with Quirk Theatre, and has also directed with Scratchworks Theatre Company & The Bike Shed Theatre.

This year, Katie will be directing the show & acting as dramaturg for the writing team.

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Charice Bhardwaj

Writer & Performer

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Naomi Turner

Producer

Naomi is a freelance producer, theatre & filmmaker, and also works part-time at Exeter Phoenix programming the theatre and creating talent
development opportunities for local artists. She has created award-winning short dance films as Co-Artistic Director of LeMoon, most recently 'Scapelands'; a BBC commission as part of the New Creatives scheme, which had its TV premiere last year on BBC4.

This year she produced a new series of radio plays with Documental Theatre exploring the experiences of carers & people in support roles, funded by the Audio Content Fund, which is currently being broadcast on various radio stations across the UK until Autumn 2021.

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Jonny Wharton

Composer

Jonny grew up on a farm near Bristol and Bath, immersing himself in music during his teen years as he learned several instruments and began experimenting with music production and composition.

He moved to London to study at Brunel University, graduating in 2006 with a BA in Creative Music Technology. He began playing and producing with live electronic band Concrete Disco in 2010 and has been writing under the names Jonny Falls Over and Jung Sun since the mid-noughties.

With a wide range of expertise in production, composition and performance (including guitars, piano/keys, drums/percussion, bass and vocals) Jonny works in various fields and genres within music and pays his skills and passion forward in teaching a new generation of musicians.

His first theatre commission was in 2015 with Ovalhouse (now Brixton House) and he has since gone on to score and sound design for numerous theatre and film projects, including POT (Ambreen Razia, 2018); Diary of a Hounslow Girl (Ambreen Razia, 2016 theatrical production / 2018 Audible book); Swings and Roundabouts (Sophie Ross 2021); Charmane (Vinnie Heaven, 2020); Friends For All (by Simon Mole and Peader Kirk, 2016); A Language We Both Know How to Sound Out (Raymond Antrobus, 2016). Jonny is now based in Bristol where he works from his home studio

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Vrushali Harihar

Choreographer

Vrushali works with Pavilion Dance South West in Bournemouth, where she runs workshops, advises on the Indian Cultural Association of Dorset committee, and is participating in the Women Leaders South West programme. She has been gifting us a world rich with classical mudras, Bollywood twirls, and fusion styles which speak to the layered experiences of British-Indian children today. Vrushali’s strength as a community leader and parent compliments the themes of family, change and creativity at the heart of this year’s story.

Vrushali has joined the team for Rhia, choreographing dance routines & movement directing.

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Fi Russell

Designer

Fi is a professional theatre designer with over 10 years experience, having designed over 100 shows. Fi joined the Quirk team to design set, costume and props for The Velveteen Rabbit (Quirk-2019). Fi has worked with Exeter Northcott, Le Navete Bete, Scratchworks and Theatre Alibi.

We are thrilled that Fi is back with us this year, to design the set, costumes & props for Rhia. 

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Will Tippett

Lighting Designer

Will is a Professional Lighting Designer and Technical Manager with many years experience working on a huge variety of different events. Will is returning to the fold to design our lighting this year & to support the technical aspects of the show.

Charice Bhardwaj is an emerging theatre maker, performer and poet based in Exeter. She graduated from the University of Exeter in Drama in 2019, where she discovered an appetite for smashing the daily with the anarchic, and devising work which is playfully political.

 

Charice has had the pleasure of collaborating with Quirk Theatre, Dreadnought South West, community arts group Cafe Theatre Company, and spoken-word platform Spork! which she regularly hosts.

This year, Charice will be co-writing the show and performing in the ensemble.

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Rosie Race

Performer

Rosie Race is an interdisciplinary performance artist and actor. Having trained at Dartington College of Arts in Choreography and recently graduating from RADA with an MA, she is currently making her first solo show around ideas loneliness and intimacy addiction which will embark on it's tour in Spring 2020.

Rosie joined the Quirk team back in 2019 for The Velveteen Rabbit, and is back this year to play Magda- we can't wait!

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Nisha Anil

Performer

We are thrilled to be welcoming Nisha to the cast this year- more information coming very soon!