The Mandrake Root

Robert F. Ball & Jonathan Lloyd (after Machiavelli) 31 July-10 August 2014 Fred’s Shed, Stratford upon Avon “… superbly entertaining by presenting a thought-provoking, sharp reading of contemporary political events” Stratford Upon Avon Herald Director/Designer: Robert F. Ball Cast: Nathan Blyth, Emily Buckler, John Cattell, Maura Judges, Robert Lane, Louis Osborne, Peter M. Smith, Taryn Taylor

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The Diary Of A Nobody

Jonathan Lloyd (after George and Weedon Grossmith) On tour January-February 2014 Director/Designer: Robert F. Ball Cast: Lee Davies, Sarah Gordon, Elizabeth Lloyd Raynes, James Parsons, Mark Spriggs Original music: Jennywentaway

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The Lasting Sense of Sudden

Jonathan Lloyd 13-18 May 2013 Powerscourt Townhouse Theatre At the 10th International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival “The vast range of experiences – from heart-warming to heart-breaking – allow the actors to push their boundaries.” eilie.ie “A brave and (in every sense) revealing performance” **** onestoparts.com Director/Designer: Robert F. Ball Cast: Darren Haywood, Neil Jackson, Mollie Fyfe-Taylor, Peter…

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Generations

a double-bill of one-act plays for SHOUT 2013 6-9 March 2013 The Custard Factory Theatre “Clever editing and the inspired direction of Robert Ball made these deeply personal stories moving, immediate, believable, and infinitely human over and over again.” Lichfield Online Director/Designer: Robert F. Ball Thinking Straight Laurence Collinson Cast: Daniel Everitt-Lock, Mollie Fyfe-Taylor, James…

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The Merchant Of Venice

William Shakespeare 8-12 October 2012 @AEHarris “Awesome performance tonight… go see” “Fantastic production of Merchant of Venice… if you get a chance to see it… we thoroughly recommend it” Director/Designer: Robert F. Ball Assistant to the director: Jonathan Lloyd Cast: Stefan Davis, Hal Geller, David Hill, Danny Hoxton, Anneka Johnson, Hannah Parker, James Parsons, Michael…

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Robert F Ball, Artistic Director

Robert is the founder and first artistic director of FRED. After a first career in marketing and communications, Robert recently returned to full-time education. He has completed an M.A. in Shakespeare and Theatre at the Shakespeare Institute, and in 2012 finished studying and researching for an M.Phil. in directing and dramaturgy at the University of…

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Jonathan Lloyd, Associate Artist — Writer in Residence

Jonathan is a writer, performer and theatre-maker. He has been Fred’s writer-in-residence since 2012. His commissions include The Lasting Sense of Sudden for SHOUT Festival 2013, Diary of a Nobody and Blythe Encounter. Alongside his work for Fred, Jonathan also writes and performs his own work which often has audience interaction and participation as its main focus.

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Abigail Walton, Education Officer and Associate Artist — Writer

Abigail is a Birmingham-based playwright and theatre maker. Since completing her MPhil in playwriting at the University of Birmingham in 2012, she has been involved in various productions as writer and performer. In 2016 she wrote Winners for Fred, which played at that year’s Birmingham Fest. She is an experienced workshop facilitator, and has toured…

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James Parsons, Associate Artist — Actor

James Parsons recent credits include: STAGE Charles Pooter – The Diary Of A Nobody, Lawrence – Thinking Straight, Antonio – The Merchant Of Venice (FRED), Reece/Myles/others – Awakening (Big Script), Morris Dixon – Present Laughter (Tread The Boards) FILM Stellman – Parallel Lines (Future Imperfect Productions), The DJ – Broadcast (Darkline Entertainment), Harland – Partner…

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