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ABOUT US

THE FUTURE OF THEATRE MAKING

The Bomb Factory Theatre is a women-led emerging theatre company. We believe in the power of storytelling; we engage in contemporary debate to create work that is challenging and provocative.

By focusing on community, we forge meaningful relationships with the writers we work with and support our collaborators to produce work they wouldn't often have the time or space to develop elsewhere. We provide free dramaturgical support, workshopping and R&D facilities as well as directorial support to help the development process of our theatre makers, empowering the creation the stories we believe need to be taken from page to stage. 

Bomb Factory Theatre was established in 2019 by India Harrison Peppe and previous member Philippa Lawford. After a sell-out New-Writing Festival 'Love Come Down' and a pandemic later, Merle Wheldon-Posner joined the team as the second artistic director.

Bomb Factory Theatre works in association with the Bomb Factory Art Foundation. The Bomb Factory Art Foundation is an exciting, dynamic arts hub in Archway, North London. Holding high-profile exhibitions and events, they also provide studio spaces, a supportive community for 30 resident artists, and a wide-ranging education programme for the local community. We are very lucky to have a permanent base at The Bomb Factory Art Foundation in Archway, London. 

INDIA HARRISON-PEPPE

Artistic Director

India Harrison Peppe is a writer and theatre-maker based in London. After co-founding the Bomb Factory Theatre Company CIC in 2019, she moved to Bristol to train at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School as a writer. After graduating, her debut stage play, Something of my o.w.n, won the Bloomsbury Festival Theatre new-writing prize. Following this, her new play, Branded, will be performed as part of the Bloomsbury Festivals New Wave programme in October 2022. Her play Girls With Wings and Trauma was performed in 2021 as part of the Bomb Factory Theatre Summer Festival of New Writing. India was recently commissioned to write a screenplay, Sense of Occasion, for the final year acting cohort at Bristol Old Vic Theatre. She is an alumnus of the Royal Court Intro Writers' Group and a current Soho Theatre Writers Lab member. Most recently, India was made the inaugural Peter Schaffer Playwright in Residence for Trinity College, Cambridge.

MERLE WHELDON-POSNER

Artistic Director

Merle is a writer, actress, and an Artisic Director of The Bomb Factory Theatre. After graduating from Manchester University, where she trained in theatre and playwriting, Merle wrote her debut screenplay Filling The Void. Filling The Void was subsequently shortlisted for the BBC 2020 Comedy TV writing submissions and was later adapted for the stage. Merle has performed and directed at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Camden People's Theatre, The University of Manchester and Bloomsbury Festival. Merle directed a National Theatre Connections production at the Bush Theatre in 2020. Alongside theatre, Merle works as a freelancer in Set Decoration. Her film and television credits include A Very British Scandal (BBC/AMAZON), MAN VS BEE LUTHER (NETFLIX), THE GOLD (BBC), ONE LIFE (BBC/SEE-SAW), 

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HOLLY MCCOMISH

Producer

Holly McComish is a creative producer and writer from East London. She holds a strong background and interest in producing daring new writing for emerging and underrepresented artists. Holly has previously produced shows for The Hope Theatre and Camden Peoples Theatre and is currently producing for the The Vaults, Soho Theatre,  Poplar Union and The Space. Holly has also recently been awarded a bursary to publish her book 'If Tits Could Talk' - a poetry collection pertaining to women's health. Her book launch will take place at The Royal Court Theatre in March 2023. 

BRONAGH LENEGHAN

Producer

 Bronagh Leneghan is a theatre producer based in Cambridge and Newcastle. Currently a Politics finalist at the University of Cambridge, she is interested in storytelling that centres queer and regional voices. Whilst at Cambridge, Bronagh has embarked on a number of theatrical projects, acting as Producer and Director for a range of productions at the ADC Theatre and other pub-theatre and college venues in Cambridge. Most recently, she co-produced the Cambridge University Amateur Dramatic Club 2022 Selected Fringe Play, ‘Real, Mad World’ by Laurie Ward for the Edinburgh Fringe. Currently, she is working with ‘Nothing More to Say’ theatre company, producing their devised theatre performance ‘52 Monologues for Young Transsexuals’ for VAULT festival 2023.

AMBER HESLOP

Casting Director

Amber works at IAG Talent, assisting two agents whilst building her own list of actors. After graduating from The University of Manchester, Amber gained experience in various casting offices and agencies and started her career at Clare Vidal-Hall Management, working with award winning creatives in theatre. Amber also works as a freelance Casting Director and is currently casting projects for The Playground Theatre and The Hope Theatre.

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