History & Team

Company Origins

London Grey & Green Theatre Company was founded by Charlie Ely, Tess Shrubsall and Berengere Ariaudo de Castelli in 2013.  The three met on MA Theatre Studies at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in 2011, presented a research paper on immersive theatre practices and politics, and smashed it out of the auditorium.  Charlie and Tess first collaborated artistically in 2012, on a charity production of The Vagina Monologues and dancing to Enya.  London Grey & Green was created out of the success of these joint endeavours and a shared passion for contemporary theatre.

London Grey & Green have staged four successful productions independently: new full-length plays Princess Suffragette by Subika Anwar-Khan (VAULT Festival 2017), A Sudden Burst of Blinding Light by Ben Maier (Zoo Southside, Edinburgh and Rosemary Branch, London) and two week-long runs of new short plays: City Shorts (Rosemary Branch) and City Slices & Country Crumbs (Hen & Chickens).  The company has also been invited to present other work at festivals: The King of Cats, a devised, promenade, physical theatre piece at Secret Garden Party, and two short pieces, Magical Leon and The Vaudevillians, at the Big Noise Festival.  Since January 2014, the company has also been delivering Play-in-a-Day workshops for schools.

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Charlie Ely – Artistic Director

Charlie is the Artistic Director of London Grey & Green and works freelance; directing credits include: Orion and the Dark (UK Tour), A Sudden Burst of Blinding Light (Rosemary Branch, London and ZOO Southside, Edinburgh) and many new short plays at venues including Park Theatre, Southwark Playhouse, The Rosemary Branch, The Hen & Chickens and Big Noise Festival; as co-director: The King of Cats (Secret Garden Party). She was selected by director Katie Mitchell to participate in a week-long workshop exploring ‘Women as Artists’ at the Young Vic.

Charlie is an Associate Director at Peaceful Lion Productions, which creates high-quality theatre for children and family audiences. Associate director, assistant director and stage management credits include: Nutcracker! The Musical (Pleasance), The Lovers of Viorne directed by James Roose-Evans (6 Frederick’s Place), Rosie’s Magic Horse (Southwark Playhouse, Pleasance and UK Tour), A Dashing Fellow (New Diorama), Hey, Presto! (Pleasance), The Vagina Monologues (RCSSD).  She has had extensive physical theatre, dance and choreographic training.

Charlie also works freelance as a drama workshop facilitator and primary Drama teacher.  She has an MA in Theatre Studies (Distinction) from RCSSD and a BA in Drama Studies & English Literature (1st Class) from the University of Sussex.  She has worked as an arts critic for A Younger Theatre and for The Telegraph, India.

Tess Shrubsall – Associate Director

Tess works as a director, performer and educationalist. Directing credits include: MilkChelsea & Henriette (Hen & Chickens); Anna (Rosemary Branch), The Vagina Monologues (RCSSD). Co-directing and assistant directing credits include: The King of Cats (Secret Garden Party), All Those Endearing Young Charms (‘Kenneth Branagh New Writing’ award finalist, Windsor Fringe and OPEN Ealing, London) and Around the World in 80 Days by Phil Wilmott (Questors Youth Theatre).

Tess performed in and directed ‘The Vaudevillians’ (Big Noise Festival, 2014). As a singer, she has a monthly residency at the Orchard Café in west London. As one half of folk-rock project ‘Blushing Bones’, she has supported Simon Townshend of The Who and Thunderclap Newman.

Her education work includes delivering London Grey & Green’s ‘Play-in-a-Day’ workshops for primary and secondary schools, and leading workshops for Shakespeare Schools Festival. She has also worked for Artis Education and Clod Ensemble Theatre Company as an administrator.  Tess holds an MA in Theatre Studies (Distinction) from RCSSD and a BA in English Literature from the University of Sussex. She is currently studying for a PGCE with a specialism in Early Years at Kingston University.

Bérengère Ariaudo De Castelli – Associate Producer

Bérengère is one of the founding member of London Grey & Green. She has worked for the Bike Shed Theatre, Playful Productions, DV8 Physical Theatre, National Theatre Productions and Theatre Royal Stratford East. She graduated from MA Theatre Studies (Distinction) at RCSSD in 2012 and BA Drama & English at the University of Greenwich in 2009.

Credits include, as producer: A Sudden Burst of Blinding Light (Rosemary Branch), Magical Leon (Big Noise Festival), City Slices & Country Crumbs (Hen & Chickens), City Shorts (Rosemary Branch) and Othello (Lion & Unicorn); as associate producer: A Sudden Burst of Blinding Light (ZOO Southside); as assistant producer: Othello (White Bear Theatre) and SQUID (Young Actors Company at Theatre Royal Stratford East).

Patrick Goodden – Composer & Sound Designer

Patrick is a composer, sound designer, stage manager and technician, who has worked with London Grey & Green on all their productions, including: A Sudden Burst of Blinding Light (Zoo Southside, Edinburgh, and Rosemary Branch, London), City Shorts (Rosemary Branch), Magical Leon (Big Noise Festival) and City Slices & Country Crumbs (Hen & Chickens).

As Technician & Stage Manager at Perth Concert Hall (2014-16), Patrick worked on: Beauty and the Beast (Chief AV, Sound Assistant), Dick McWhittington (Chief AV, Sound Assistant) and Sleeping Beauty (Sound Assistant), as well as countless touring shows and concerts.  His freelance work includes taking A Transit Passenger to Astana Central Concert Hall in Kazakhstan. He graduated with an MSc in Music Engineering and Production from the University of Glamorgan.

Superb theatre-makers that have been part of London Grey & Green production teams and whom we hope to work with again:

Subika Anwar-Khan – playwright

Tuktu Barbaros – director

Emily Bestow – set & costume designer

Clare Greenwood – producer

Alysha Laviniere – assistant producer

Ben Maier – playwright

Izabella Malewska – assistant producer

Sarah McColgan – lighting designer

Suren Seneviratne – sound designer

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