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ABOUTUS

The Bomb Factory Theatre is a women-led theatre company based permanently at the Bomb Factory Art Foundation in North London, created to platform women’s voices and develop emerging women-identifying artists.

The Bomb Factory Theatre Company is a women-led theatre company, created to platform women’s voices and develop emerging women-identifying artists.

"The workshop with Michael Attenborough was a joy: engaging, interactive and compelling. As he spoke the whole room leaned forward so as not to miss a word. Thank you Bomb Factory Theatre for putting on such a brilliant event!"

- Lily Kuenzler, Actor 

"The Bomb Factory Theatre 'Performing Shakespeare' Acting Workshop reminded me why I love the theatre. I was so thankful to have the opportunity to engage and gain confidence in a very professional setting. A truly brilliant experience I won't forget!"  -  Benji Sumrie, Actor

 

Meet the team

OUR ETHOS IS SIMPLE. 

 

We want to rectify the issue of representation in the industry. We want to make politically engaged and genre-defying new-work. How? We provide a platform for women-identifying writers to have their voices heard through collaborating, workshopping and staging their new writing. 

We have a permanent base in The Bomb Factory Art Foundation in North London. 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 and a supportive community for 30 resident artists as well as a wide-ranging education programme for the local community.

Our partnership with the Bomb Factory means that we have a permanent space in their building where we produce and stage theatre productions as well as workshops with an aim to represent women and non-binary writers. We provide free dramaturgical development to emerging women identifying writers and theatre-makers and the possibility of a full-length staged play in our theatre space. We are very grateful to the Bomb Factory Art Foundation. Without them, we would not have the facilities to make theatre and actively challenge the issue of underrepresentation in the industry.

 

The Bomb Factory Theatre Company (formally known as The Factory Theatre Workshop) was formed in 2019, by India Harrison Peppe and Philippa Lawford. After a sell-out New-Writing Festival, and a pandemic later, Co-Artistic Director Merle Wheldon-Posner and Producer Izzy Parriss joined the team, in early 2021. 

India Harrison Peppe

Co-Founder & Artistic Director

India is a writer and theatre-maker from London. She is an artistic director and co-founder of The Bomb Factory Theatre Company. For the inaugural production of The Bomb Factory Theatre Company, India wrote a one-act verse play, Upload to Clout Nine. This piece was subsequently shortlisted for the Flux Theatre Emerge Award. Currently studying an M.A. in Dramatic Writing at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, India has completed three plays during her year in Bristol; Something of my o.w.n. (Stage), Out with A Bang (Audio) and Paying for It (Stage). An extract of India's play Something of my o.w.n will be performed at the Bristol Old Vic this coming July. India has also interned at Platform Presents Production Company, completed work experience in National Theatre's Director's Office and The Royal Opera House and is a reader for The Finborough Theatre.

Contact: india@bombfactorytheatre.com

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Philippa Lawford

Co-Founder & Artistic Director

Philippa is a director and writer who has made work in London, Edinburgh, Oxford and Glasgow. She also runs Tightrope Theatre, and, while a student, had plays selected for the National Student Drama Festival and the Inter-University Drama Festival. She also works freelance as an assistant director, and is on the literary team at the Finborough Theatre. Philippa is now studying a Master's in Writing for Performance at the University of Cambridge, and is taking the John Burgess Playwriting Course.

 

Contact: philippa@bombfactorytheatre.com

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Tia-Ama Amihyia

Resident Photographer

Tia-Ama is the resident photographer at Bomb Factory Theatre Workshop. Graduating with a Bsc in Psychology from the University of Liverpool, Tia-Ama currently works as a campaign executive at an Ad Tech company called Octaive. She also specialises as a commercial photographer, working behind the scenes and shooting cover art for various music artists.

For information and private booking contact: tiaama.rally@gmail.com

Merle Wheldon-Posner

Artistic Director

Merle was shortlisted for the BBC 2020 Comedy TV writing submissions and directed the National Theatre Connection’s production for WCYT at the Bush Theatre. Merle has performed and directed at the University of Manchester, Dorchester Arts Theatre, Camden Peoples’ Theatre and the Edinburgh Fringe. The most recent production she directed and starred in was shortlisted for the Brighton Fringe Award for Excellence. Merle works as a freelancer in Set Decoration for the film and television platforms including the BBC, Amazon and Netflix. Merle is represented as an actress by Lou Coulson associates. 

Contact: merle@bombfactorytheatre.com

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Izzy Parriss

Producer

Izzy is a producer and director. She graduated from Edinburgh University in 2020 where she directed, produced and stage-managed multiple plays and operas alongside running Candlewasters, a new writing theatre company in her final year. Since graduating, Izzy has begun an internship with the New York based theatre company Yonder Window alongside producing independently and working freelance for a number of theatre companies including directing a play for the Kenneth Branagh New Writing Awards.

 

Contact: izzy@bombfactorytheatre.com

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