About Us

Theatre Exchange is a small, professional, innovative theatre company based in Surrey. Our ‘calling card’ is in the interactive and participative style in which the majority of our work is framed. Our audiences are immersed into the very heart of our live performance, sometimes acting with us, walking with the action, dancing with us, contributing questions or perhaps making decisions for the characters. It is also by no accident that we are not based in a bigger city with perhaps a bigger cultural scene, we are dedicated to developing quality creative experiences for audiences with less regular accessibility to the arts, we create work with and for rural and semi-rural communities.

Theatre Exchange is most recognised for producing quality theatre, drama and dance experiences for children and young people, too often this work is produced with poor production values and artistic content giving the impression ‘its only for kids so it’ll do’. We work hard to change this perception. All of our actors and experiences are carefully researched and developed. Our actors receive detailed topic briefing and rehearsal.

Previously part of the Thorndike Theatre, Leatherhead, Theatre Exchange has been producing work in the South-East since 1989. We became an independent limited company with charitable status in 1997 and from 2001 we worked in collaboration with Tandridge Trust. As of May 2018 Theatre Exchange merged with Freedom Leisure to secure a a robust future for our work as part a reputable, national leisure and cultural provider.

 

Meet the team

Katy Potter

Katy trained as an actor at Rose Bruford College. Her career developed to include directing, production & arts development. Having honed her skills with companies such as Theatre Centre, RSC & The Thorndike Theatre, Katy was one of the founding members of Theatre Exchange. Katy has produced large-scale arts festivals in the region & award winning community arts programmes. She was a consulting agent on the national Creative Partnerships programme and is currently the lead for culture at Tandridge Trust and an associate for Culture Shift cic.

Vicky Barklamb

Vicky has been a professional Actor and Entertainer for over twenty years. She first Joined Theatre Exchange in 2004 and was thrilled that she could combine her love of history with performing and working with children. Over the years Vicky has entertained families up and down the country working for Merlin, Butlins, Disney and more recently returned from a contract in Dubai where she was Street Theatre manager at Global Village. Vicky is delighted to be back working as Arts Coordinator for Theatre Exchange. She enjoys the diverse nature of her role from booking and performing at workshops to being part of the creative team.

Alex Kanefsky

Alex graduated from the University of Exeter with a Drama degree in 2006 and has been working with young people in drama and theatre ever since. He began his professional theatre career with Theatre Exchange as actor/workshop leader and education manager. He is now Artistic Director of Paper Balloon Theatre Company, and works freelance as a writer, performer and storyteller with companies including Shakespeare's Globe Theatre.

Adam Farrell

Adam studied Drama at Bristol University and has worked with Theatre Exchange as an actor and practitioner since September 2012. Recently he has toured with Theatre Hullabaloo in ‘Tiny Treasures’, raising awareness in northern schools about young carers, and co-founded Bucket Club whose debut show ‘Lorraine & Alan’ (of which he was Alan) has just finished an award-winning run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Adam can also be glimpsed in upcoming BBC Film ‘Pride’ and will be touring ‘Lorraine & Alan’ in 2015

Katrina

Katrina has worked with a variety of theatre companies as an actor and drama facilitator delivering after school and educational workshops. She regularly assists and facilitates the termly, holiday and community outreach workshops for Polka Theatre and performed in their T.I.E shows in early 2015. Katrina graduated from Royal Holloway University with a BA in English and Drama. Since then she has gained extensive experience in puppetry and co-founded Cat&Hutch, where she adapts and performs in their shows.

Kathryn Young

Kat is an actor and drama facilitator based in SW London. She graduated from Kingston Art School after which she has pursued a career in drama facilitation and community arts practice. Kat works with a variety of arts organisations  to design and deliver outreach arts and drama projects in school and community settings using drama, storytelling and film. Kat often works with young people and adults with complex social and educational needs using the arts as a catalyst for personal and social change. Kat also works as an event and documentary photographer.

Duff

Duff is an actor and musician who studied Performing Arts at Crawley College, where he learned techniques in singing, physical theatre and mime. While there he co-wrote and performed three Theatre In Education plays which toured schools in the South East. From 2002-2006, Duff was a character actor and presenter for Children's BBC on a daily show called 'Xchange'. He performed an array of characters that regularly featured on the live programme. As well as appearing on screen, he also wrote scripts and provided voice overs. He joined Theatre Exchange in 2015, and in October 2016, played 'Jolly' in their pilot tour of Moonbrella.

Laurie

Laurie trained at Urdang Academy and The BRIT School. Laurie has performed in the UK and internationally in shows such as 'The Little Mermaid' National Tour of China, 'Rainbow Magic Live' UK Tour and West End and Cbeebies 'Tree Fu Tom Live' UK Tour. Alongside performing, Laurie has run her own theatre schools in Italy and teaches regularly here in the UK.

Jennifer

Jennifer graduated with a Performance degree from Southampton Solent University in 2013. Her studies included Theatre in Education and Dramatherapy; enjoying it so much that her dissertation project was based on dramatherapy for children, Jenny was awarded a First for the project. Jenny has been working as a professional actress and teacher after University, recently becoming a freelance performer to better pursue her acting career. Jenny wishes to have her own theatre company in the future.

Lawrence Watling

Having just graduated in 2012 from his Drama & Theatre Studies degree at University of Kent, where he directed and performed a vast number of roles from Nick Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream to Captain Hook in Peter Pan. Having loved Drama & History at school, working with Theatre Exchange provides the perfect opportunity to combine the two. Outside Theatre Exchange, Lawrence likes to act with latest roles including Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing & Sydney Carton in A Tale of Two Cites as well as occasionally directing & running a Youth Group.

Chloe Conquest

Chloe is an actor and facilitator based in Sussex. She graduated from East 15 Drama School in 2014 and has since worked within theatre, film and television. She has performed at many festivals including Brighton, RADA and Edinburgh. Chloe also loves to perform within improvisation shows and has done lots of work within playback theatre. She has also directed shows with young people in Italy, The Netherlands and Russia. Chloe is an avid puppeteer and loves to create work that involves clowning, music and immersive storytelling.

Andrew Mulquin

Director, manager and script developer for ‘Theatre Exchange’. Andrew joined the Theatre Exchange team in September 2009. Before this he worked as Artistic director with Ape Theatre Company for 10 years, co writing their plays 'Pills Thrills and Automobiles', and 'Vicious Circle'. Usually busy in the office and rehearsal rooms, Andrew loves the insight and energy he gains when he is given the opportunity to ‘get out on the road’ to watch and deliver Theatre Exchange work himself.

Vacancies

 

Theatre Exchange is recruiting!

Theatre Exchange is looking for new actors and practitioners to join their acting company developing and delivering theatre experiences in primary schools across the South East.

Established since 1997, Theatre Exchange provides theatre experiences to schools supporting school curriculum and creative learning throughout Surrey, Sussex, South London, Hampshire and Kent.

Our actor/practitioners need to demonstrate a real desire to be part of our company, to work creatively with others, be great communicators and pro-active in research and creative project development.

These positions can be suitable for Uni or Drama school graduates with limited work experience; we offer informal training, full rehearsal and support to develop your practitioner skills and knowledge.

If interested, please check out our website and send a letter stating why you’d like to work us, along with detailed CV to Vicky Barklamb, Manager; theatre.exchange@freedom-leisure.co.uk

Candidates with good availability, 2 to 3 days a week and local to Surrey with personal transport are desirable; please state in your application.

More info? theatre.exchange@freedom-leisure.co.uk or call 01883 724599 option 4

Closing date: Thursday 15th November 2018 at 9am
Auditions/interviews Thursday 22nd November 2018
Salary circa £18k pro rata (£70 per day)
Contracts begin January 2019. Contracts are on a casual or freelance basis in the first instance