Meet the team: ROUNDABOUT 2019

We are delighted to announce the cast and creative team for ROUNDABOUT 2019.

The ROUNDABOUT 2019 Team
Daf James, Nathan Bryon, Charley Miles, Charlotte Bate, Charlotte O’Leary, Annie Lunnette Deakin-Foster, Stef O’Driscoll, Janisè Sadik, Peter Small, Rachel Graham, Tom Davis, Dom Kennedy, Toyin Omari-Kinch, Wesley Hughes
Photo Credit: Rebecca Need-Menear

Once again we are thrilled to be co-producing three brand new plays with our pals at Theatr Clwyd to premiere in beautiful North Wales before setting off on tour around the UK. And we’re thrilled to introduce the band…

James and George said:

“For our final ROUNDABOUT season we are privileged to premiere three extraordinary new plays by three of Britain’s boldest, wittiest and most distinctive playwrights. This trio of plays will take you on adventures, teeter you on cliffhangers, transport you to other worlds, make you howl with laughter then rip out your heart. Both Charley and Nathan are former recipients of the Paines Plough Playwright Fellowship so we are particularly thrilled to now be premiering their full length plays. Along with Daf we think they are amongst the most entertaining and exciting new writing talent and we can’t wait to share their stories across the country in our beautiful ROUNDABOUT.”

Tamara Harvey, Theatr Clwyd’s Artistic Director, said:

“Working in partnership with Paines Plough and particularly with James and George during their brilliant tenure has been a joy. Together our two companies have created theatre that has thrilled audiences at our home in Wales and across the nation. This year’s three extraordinary new plays yet again prove the incredible strength of new writing talent that Wales and the wider UK has to offer.”  

ROUNDABOUT 2019 Director Stef O’Driscoll said:

“ It is an honour to be back with Paines Plough and Theatre Clwyd directing this year’s ROUNDABOUT season. I believe completely in the grass roots mission of theatre for all and the need to deliver high quality new writing to underserved communities across the UK. The ROUNDABOUT actively breaks down the barriers that exist that prevent people from accessing the arts. It is local, it celebrates what it means to be human, it inspires hope and it brings communities together. I can’t wait to share these gifts of plays made by this almighty team with audiences across the UK and to see how each community we go into responds to these stories, making the ROUNDABOUT their local” .


31 July – 25 August Summerhall at the Edinburgh Fringe

05-08 September The Lowry, Salford

12-15 September Creative Civic Change, Ramsgate

19-22 September CAST, Doncaster

26-29 September The Lighthouse, Poole, Bournemouth

03-06 October Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, Lincoln


Charlotte Bate, Toyin Omari-Kinch, Charlotte O’Leary
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Charlotte O’Leary
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Charlotte trained at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Her credits include:


For Theatre: ISLAND TOWN, Paines Plough/Theatr Clwyd, Stef O’Driscoll, STICKS AND STONES, Paines Plough/Theatr Clwyd, Stef O’Driscoll, HOW TO SPOT AN ALIEN, Paines Plough/Theatr Clwyd, Stef O’Driscoll; UNDER MILK WOOD, The Watermill Theatre, Brendan O’Hea; HUSH, Paines Plough, Hannah Bannister; THREE DAYS IN THE COUNTRY, Richard Burton Theatre Company, Eleanor Rhode; DYING FOR IT, Richard Burton Theatre Company, Dave Bond; THE TWO GENTLEMAN OF VERONA, Richard Burton Theatre Company, Caroline Byrne; THREE SISTERS, Richard Burton Theatre Company, Adele Thomas; For Radio: TORCHWOOD (Big Finish Productions) directed by Scott Handcock


Charlotte Bate
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Charlotte’s theatre credits include: Her in BLACKTHORN (West Yorkshire Playhouse and Edinburgh Festival); Julia in THE RIVALS (The Watermill Theatre); Goneril in KING LEAR (The Orange Tree Theatre); Kehar/ Thethuthinanng in WATERSHIP DOWN (The Watermill Theatre); Friar Laurence in ROMEO AND JULIET (Sheffield Crucible).

Charlotte’s television credits include:


Charlotte trained at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Credits whilst training include: Viola in TWELFTH NIGHT; Millie Crocker-Harris in THE BROWNING VERSION; Young Woman in MACHINAL; Medea in MEDEA; Sonya in UNCLE VANYA; Doris in FLARE PATH; Adrianna in THE COMEDY OF ERRORS.


Toyin Omari-Kinch
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Toyin Omari-Kinch recently played David Taylor for over a year in WAR HORSE at the National Theatre and during a national tour of the production. He and the production received fantastic reviews.

Toyin played the role of Eric the Archer in the RSC and National Theatre of Scotland’s US tour of DUNSINANE. The show was adapted by David Greig and directed by Roxana Silbert and went to North Carolina, Washington, Chicago and Los Angeles. He has also appeared in numerous productions for the Birmingham Rep. On the small screen, he has featured in DOCTORS for the BBC.



Stef O’Driscoll
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Stef is the Artistic Director of nabokov and previously the Associate Director at Paines Plough and Lyric Hammersmith. For Paines Plough she directed the ROUNDABOUT 2018 rep: ISLAND TOWN by Simon Longman, STICKS AND STONES by Vinay Patel and HOW TO SPOT AN ALIEN by Georgia Christou. Also for Paines Plough: WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK by Sabrina Mahfouz, HOPELESSLY DEVOTED by Kate Tempest, BLISTER by Laura Lomas, and as Assistant Director: WASTED by Kate Tempest. Other director credits include LAST NIGHT (nabokov/Roundhouse); STORYTELLING ARMY (nabokov/Brighton Festival); SLUG (nabokov/Latitude); BOX CLEVER (Bunker); YARD GAL (Ovalhouse); THE UNMASTER, A TALE FROM THE BEDSIT (& Bestival), FINDING HOME (Roundhouse); A GUIDE TO SECOND DATE SEX, WHEN WOMEN WEE (Underbelly/Soho); A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM [co-director] (Lyric, Hammersmith). As associate director, theatre includes: MOGADISHU (Lyric, Hammersmith/Royal Exchange, Manchester). As assistant director, theatre includes: HENRY IV (Donmar/St Anne’s Warehouse, Brooklyn); BLASTED (Lyric, Hammersmith). Upcoming projects include: A HISTORY OF WATER IN THE MIDDLE EAST (Royal Court Theatre), LIT (Nottingham Playhouse & High Tide).


Janisè Sadik
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Janisè Sadik is an Emerging Theatre maker and Director. She’s apart of the Young Vic Directors program and completed her Boris Karloff Foundation in 2017. She has been a co-workshop leader at Park Theatre leading the Creative Learning Programme since 2015 directing the end of term showcase.  She’s facilitated in various creative buildings such as Hoxton Hall, Lyric Hammersmith, Oval House and Wimbledon Arts College. In 2018 she set up a Youth Theatre company at We Are Spotlight working with young actors that don’t have access to training. She has worked internationally in rural parts of South India to run creative theatre projects with young children to empower and build their confidence. 

She enjoys work that is experimental, devised and bringing new writing to life. Her Directorial credits include MILK & OREOS co-written by Janisè Sadik & Seraphina Beh (Melanin Box Festival/  Winner of the Pandora Award 2015); SHE (Short Film) written by Andrè James; BREAKING THE INTERNET (Oval House Summer school 2017); BLURRED LINES (Etcetera Theatre); US written by Priscilla Lafayette Kwabi (Camden People’s Theatre); HYDRAULIC written by Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu (Wimbledon Arts College).



Nathan Bryon
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Nathan Bryon is a writer and actor, who grew up eating as much Uxbridge Road Caribbean food as his bank balance would allow. He is best known to viewers for his role as regular character Jamie in SOME GIRLS and BENIDORM’s sunniest holiday maker, Joey Ellis. Nathan has written for critically acclaimed CBeebies’ animation RASTAMOUSE, BAFTA award winning SWASHBUCKLE and on all three series of BAFTA nominated APPLE TREE HOUSE (CBeebies) alongside BAFTA winning GIGGLEBIZ. Last Year Nathan’s one-man show MIXED BRAIN a show about his mixed heritage premiered in Roundabout at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.Nathan has secured a 3 picture book deal with Penguin Random House. His first book LOOK UP! will hit shelves in the US and UK in June 2019.

In addition, Nathan has recently co-written a Sky Arts short NEW BLOOD starring Samson Kayo and Jane Horrocks, this can be found to watch on NOW TV and Sky On Demand. NEW BLOOD is currently being developed by Sky One. One of Nathan’s passions is creating his own work about his black British experience. He created REALITY, a comedic social commentary ethnology series, which has had two solo premiers at the BFI in NFT1. REALITY has also screened and won various awards around the world at film festivals. Nathan is currently writing series 3.0. Nathan has various TV projects in development with Roughcut, Three Stones Media, and a feature film in development with Damian Jones and Adam Rolston.


Daf James
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Daf James is an award-winning writer, composer and performer working across theatre, radio television and film in English and Welsh. Having trained in the Lecoq pedagogy at the London International School of Performing Arts he went on to earn a doctorate in Theatre Studies from the University of Warwick.  His first full-length play LLWYTH[Tribe] was described in Contemporary Welsh Plays as ‘a water-shed play that changed the landscape of Welsh language theatre forever.’

Other past work includes: REPUTATIONS (BBC Studios); NURSERYLAND REVOLUTION (Let’s Play/National Theatre); MY MOTHER TAUGHT ME HOW TO SING (Radio 4); TIGER BAY (WMC/Capetown Opera); CITY OF THE UNEXPECTED (National Theatre Wales); ALL THAT I AM (Richard Burton Theatre Company/Gate); WONDERMAN (Gagglebabble/NTW); MOTHER COURAGE (NTW); YURI (August 012); CRACKANORY (Tiger Aspect/Dave); PSYCHOBITCHES (Tiger Aspect/Sky Arts, Rose d’Or Award Winner); HERITAGE (NT Connections); SUE: THE SECOND COMING (Soho Theatre and UK tour);  TERRACE (Radio 3); GWAITH/CARTREF (10 episodes, Fiction Factory); THE VILLAGE SOCIAL (NTW); DEFFRO’R GWANWYN (Theatr Genedlaethol) and MY NAME IS SUE (Total Theatre Award Winner).

Current work includes: EXODUS(Triongl/S4C); GANOL GAEAF NOETHLWM (Cwmni Da/S4C); MARGARET & CLIVE (Fiction Factory); THE DIANA CHRONICLES (Royal Court, Sherman Theatre and Theatr Clwyd) and TYLWYTH (Theatr Genedlaethol/Sherman Cymru). 

His TV pilot BEAST(Scott Free/Channel 4) was on the 2018 Brit List and he is currently on the 2019 BBC TV Drama Writers’ Programme.


Charley Miles
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Charley is a playwright from rural North Yorkshire. She has written plays for the Royal Court, Leeds Playhouse, and Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. She has been attached to Paines Plough as their Playwright Fellow in 2018 and Leeds Playhouse as their Channel 4 Playwright in Residence in 2017. Her debut play, BLACKTHORN, was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn prize in New York in 2017. Her new play, THERE ARE NO BEGINNINGS, will premiere at Leeds Playhouse in Autumn 2019. She has original television dramas in development with Buccaneer Media, Mam Tor Productions and Entertainment One.



Annie-Lunnette Deakin-Foster is a passionate contemporary dance theatre choreographer, maker and movement director and is a co-founding member of award winning company, C-12 Dance Theatre.

Recent theatre credits include: GRIMM TALES,Phillip Pullman’s collection adapted by Philip Wilsondirected by Kirsty Housley at the Unicorn Theatre; JERICHO’S ROSE by Althea Theatre at The Hope & Anchor; POP MUSIC by Anna Jordan and directed by James Grieve (Barry Jackson and Paines Plough national tour); THE COURT MUST HAVE A QUEEN by Ade Solanke directed by Sam Curtis Lindsay (Hampton Court Palace); THESE BRIDGES by Phoebe Éclair-Powell (WCYT as part of National Theatre Connections at The Bush); THE LITTLE MATCH GIRL AND OTHER HAPPIER TALES by Joel Horwood and Emma Rice (Presented on tour 2017-2018 at Bristol Old Vic, Theatr Clwyd, Oxford Playhouse, Theatre Royal Plymouth, Buxton Opera House, Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse and the Shakespeare’s Globe); THE DARK ROOM by Angela Betzien (Theatre 503); I KNOW ALL THE SECRETS OF MY WORLD by Natalie Ibu(Latitude Festival, Watford Palace Theatre, Salisbury Playhouse, Lincoln Drill Hall, Bristol Old Vic, The Lowry, The Drum, Nottingham Playhouse, Mercury Theatre, The Albany)

Recent dance credits include: FORCE(Abbey Road Studios, Imagine Festival Watford, Greenwich & Docklands International Festival, & Netherlands) SHHH! (Dance City, MAC Birmingham, Norwich Playhouse, The Woodville Gravesend, CircoMedia Bristol, Winchester Theatre Royal) THE VAN MAN (Watch This Space at The National, St Albans Festival, Freedom Festival Hull, The Albany Outdoors)

PETER SMALL (Lighting)

Peter is an Offie and Theatre & Technology Award-nominated lighting designer working across theatre, dance and opera. He regularly collaborates with Paines Plough, including lighting productions in their pop-up theatre ROUNDABOUT.

Recent lighting design for theatre includes:

ROUNDABOUT 2018 SEASON (HOW TO SPOT AN ALIEN, STICKS AND STONES and ISLAND TOWN) (Paines Plough and Theatr Clwyd); SQUARE GO (Francesca Moody Productions); OUT OF LOVE, BLACK MOUNTAIN (Offie nominated) and HOW TO BE A KID (Roundabout 2017); PLASTIC (Poleroid Theatre, Old Red Lion); OLD FOOLS (Southwark Playhouse); A GIRL IN SCHOOL UNIFORM (WALKS INTO A BAR) (Offie and Theatre & Technology Award-nominated) (New Diorama); FOX (Old Red Lion); MEMORY OF LEAVES (UK Tour); SHE CALLED ME MOTHER (Pitch Lake Productions, UK Tour); THE VENUS FACTOR (Bridewell Theatre, MTA Academy); EAST END BOYS AND WEST END GIRLS (Arcola Theatre and tour); A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, FREE ASSOCIATION and CRAZY LADY (Forum Alpbach, Austria); RICHARD III and BARD ON BOARD 2 (Royal Court, Queen Mary 2 Ocean Liner).

Lighting design for opera and musical theatre includes:

THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA (Stratford Circus); ALL OR NOTHING (West End and tour); CINDERELLA (Loughborough Theatre); TOM & JERRY (EventBox Theatre, Egypt); THE VENUS FACTOR (Bridewell Theatre). Peter was also a revival lighting designer on KISS ME KATE for Oper Graz.

Upcoming projects include taking AD LIBIDO and SQUARE GO on tour.

DOMINIC KENNEDY (Sound and Original Music)

Dominic Kennedy is a sound designer and music producer for performance and live events, he has a keen interest in developing new work and implementing sound and music at an early stage in a creative process. Dominic is a graduate from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama where he developed specialist skills in collaborative and devised theatre making, music composition and installation practices. His work often fuses found sound, field recordings, music composition and synthesis.

Recent design credits include: RAMONA TELLS JIM (Bush Theatre); AND THE REST OF ME FLOATS (Outbox); I AM A TREE (Jamie Wood); BOX CLEVER (nabokov); SKATE HARD TURN LEFT (Battersea Arts Centre); ROUNDABOUT SEASON 2017 (Paines Plough, Theatre Clwyd and Orange Tree Theatre); GAP IN THE LIGHT (Engineer); BROKEN BISCUITS (Paines Plough); ROUNDABOUT SEASON 2016 (Paines Plough, Theatr Clwyd and Sherman Theatre); WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK (Paines Plough and Latitude Festival); THE HUMAN EAR (Paines Plough, national tour); THE DEVIL SPEAKS TRUE (Goat and Monkey); RUN (Engineer) and ONO (Jamie Wood).

TOM  DAVIS (Lighting Programmer)

Tom Davis undertook his training at Rose Bruford College, and graduated with a first class

BA(Hons) in Creative Lighting Control. His recent lighting programming credits include:

LES MISÉRABLES(Imperial Theatre, Toyko), MARVEL SUPERHEROES UNITED, (Disneyland Paris), AMELIE(Werk7, Munich), BAT OUT OF HELL, (North America Tour), SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER,(UK Tour), ALL OR NOTHING (Ambassadors Theatre, London), ROUNDABOUT 2018 SEASON(UK Tour), THIS IS ELVIS(UK Tour), ALICE’S ADVENTURES UNDERGROUND (London & Shanghai), PYGMALION (UK Tour), GREASE(Curve), KING LEAR(The Old Vic, London), MADE IN DAGENHAM (Queens Theatre, London), CRIME AND PUNISHMENT(Theatre of Musical, Moscow), HAIRSPRAY (UK Tour), BEAUTIFUL THING (UK Tour), LOS MISÉRABLES (Spain Tour).

RACHEL GRAHAM (Stage Management)

Rachel is a freelance stage manager based in London. She graduated in 2016 with a 1st Class BA (Hons) Stage Management from Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance.

Theatre Credits include: RAGS (Aria Entertainment, Hope Mill Theatre), CRAZY FOR YOU (Mountview at Pleasance), ROBIN HOOD (Qdos Productions), THE POLITICAL HISTORY OF SMACK AND CRACK (Edinburgh and London, W14 Productions), BLACKTHORN (InSite, Roundabout @ Edinburgh),  LONELY PLANET (Trafalgar Studios), NOT TALKING (defibrillator, Arcola Theatre), A NIGHT AT THE OSCARS (Aria Entertainment), ALADDIN (Qdos Productions), WHITE CHRISTMAS (Curtain Call Productions, Crewe Lyceum), 31 HOURS (W14 Productions, Bunker Theatre), SOME LOVERS (Aria Entertainment, The Other Palace), JAM (W14 Productions, Finborough Theatre), POSH (Can’t Think Theatre Company, Pleasance Theatre), THE PAJAMA GAME (Urdang Academy at Pleasance Theatre), CINDERELLA (First Family Entertainment), SWEENEY TODD (Royal Academy of Music, TRSE), SISTER ACT (Curtain Call Productions, Crewe Lyceum)

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