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About

About

LifeBox…huh?

What’s LifeBox all about?

  • Bringing fresh theatre to our local area and beyond
  • Collaborating with like-minded professionals
  • Creating thought-provoking training experiences 
  • Supporting and championing new writing for theatre

 

Our Aim…

Our aim is to draw in new and existing audiences to experience brand new high quality, engaging theatre.

We reckon the energy and immediacy of live theatre is hard to beat, and its impact is often powerful and far-reaching.

We’re also in the business of transforming training, providing delegates from all sorts of different organisations with refreshing approaches to learning and exploring, through the use of live scenarios, simulation and one-to-ones supported by rehearsal coaches.

 

The Team

Phil Mardlin

Creative Director

Phil Mardlin

Phil has a few strings to his bow – he originally trained and worked in the world of nursing but subsequently managed to snaffle a first class honours degree in English and Performing Arts. Since then he has taught at the University of Bedfordshire on their undergraduate performing arts courses, and is a facilitator and actor in the world of training and education for businesses and healthcare professionals. He completed an MA in Medical Education where his research explored the use of Forum Theatre in developing advanced communication skills in student nurses. Phil is also a writer and has written for stage and film, including a commission to write a brand new Passion Play for Bedford (Easter 2016). Directing credits include Confetti by Tim Foley, and The Beast Within by Mike Carter which, performed at Bedfringe 2012, achieved a four star review. During summer 2015, Phil played Alex in Philadelphia and, in 2016, Gavin in Intercourse, both selections from StageWrite festivals taken to full production. He played Tom in Tomcat, Papatango's 2015 Prizewinning play, at the Quarry Theatre, Bedford in January 2017.

Harri Mardlin

Creative Director

Harri Mardlin

Harri is an actor and workshop facilitator, and also one of the Creative Directors of LifeBox Theatre. She is experienced in corporate work and in the use of forum theatre in learning settings. Theatre credits include The Beast Within and Bonnie and Clyde (Bedfringe); Open Heart Surgery (for Theatre Uncut); The Twits; Fantastic Mr. Fox; The Reverse Is Also True (November 2015 tour); James and the Giant Peach (Novus Theatre); Amazing Bedford People (open air, for No Loss Productions). Film shorts: Sheena's Story; Breathe. Listen. Support (Empathy Media) and No Fixed Abode (Runaway Media), as well as training films for Hitachi Rail, BT and the Church of England.

The Associates

Cally Lawrence

Associate

Cally Lawrence

Cally has been working as an actor and director since 1995 and is also an experienced facilitator. Credits include David Brent’s second blind date in The Office Christmas Special, Tracy Barlow’s cell mate in Corrie and working with Jennifer Saunders in The Life & Times of Vivien Vyle. Cally is also one of the founding directors of No Loss Productions, with which she has played parts such as Beatrice in Much Ado about Nothing, Mistress Page in The Merry Wives of Windsor and Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Other theatre credits include Nurse in Romeo & Juliet, Maxine in Maxine Todd NVQ and Dinah in Brighton Beach Scumbags. Directing credits include Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus; A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth. More recently for No Loss Productions: Amazing Bedford People; What Then Was War?; Twilight Dancer; The Wild Things and George’s Marvellous Medicine

Hannah Birkin

Associate

Hannah Birkin

Hannah studied Musical Theatre in Newcastle and went on to perform in a variety of theatre from Shakespeare and Greek Tragedy with Tight Fit Theatre Co. to pantomime and physical theatre. She has toured National No.1 venues with Birmingham Stage Company’s Kensuke’s Kingdom and Why The Whales Came and worked in primary schools with Cat’s Grin Theatre Company as well as touring to regional theatres with School History Scene. More recently Hannah appeared in No Loss Theatre Company’s George’s Marvellous Medicine and their Open Air Shakespeare performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Merry Wives of Windsor, and Much Ado About Nothing. She is also a qualified personal trainer.

James Macnaughton

Associate

James Macnaughton

James works as an actor and voice over artist, having graduated from Birmingham School of Acting in 2013. He is an experienced facilitator and has run nationwide workshops with the Young Shakespeare Company. His theatre credits include Jesus in The Passion, Lemuel Pitkin in A Cool Million, Tybalt in Romeo & Juliet, Grivet in Thérèse Raquin, Sebastian in Twelfth Night and Bernard in Arcadia.

Hannah Franklin

Associate

Hannah Franklin

Hannah graduated from Bristol University in Classical Studies and went on to train as an actor at the Drama Centre London, achieving a Distinction in her Masters. Alongside her acting career, which includes roles in BBC’s critically acclaimed Hinterland, Hannah is an experienced facilitator and trainer. She works regularly within the medical profession, delivering training to Junior Doctors and Consultants on developing their communication skills, as well as working in Sales training within the corporate sector.

Simon Rhys-Jones

Associate

Simon Rhys-Jones

Simon graduated in Performing Arts from Suffolk University and then spent 2 years honing his people & performance skills as a Pontin’s Bluecoat on the south coast. Simon has been a professional actor & presenter since 2006. TV credits include: 50 Ways To Kill Your Lover; The John Childs Story. Theatre: Aladdin; The Wizard of Oz. Commercials: Jewson; Thorpe Park. Corporate: NHS; Suzuki; Vodaphone. Simon also has managerial experience with companies such as Gala/Coral Group & Park Resorts as well as working in healthcare and social services. His hobbies and interests include football and darts (although not being played at the same time, obviously…) theatre, cinema and pub quizzes.

Nicholas Anscombe

Associate

Nicholas Anscombe

Nicholas trained at Rose Bruford College, graduating in 2010. He is a professional actor, puppeteer and physical performer. Nicholas regularly undertakes film and television work as well as working in the corporate arena. Last year Nicholas worked on series for CBeebies, ITV and Channel 5. He recently won a Best Supporting Actor Award for his role in Elevator Blues. A very dedicated and passionate individual, Nicholas is always keen to explore all avenues of performance. He has experience working with prosthetics and as a movement artist.

Michael David

Associate

Michael David

Michael trained at the Young Persons Theatre Company based in Camden, graduating in 2014 after completing a Drama and Film Studies Degree at Kingston University. Since then he has been signed with RS Management and has worked on several short films, TIE tours and various Fringe plays. He has also written and produced his own short film, Adonis.

Tom Ward-Thomas

Associate

Tom Ward-Thomas

Tom Ward-Thomas has worked as an actor for over ten years. Commercially, he's appeared in films such as Journey's End and Great Expectations. He has extensive experience as an actor involved in interactive training work for a wide range of services, including the NHS, the prison system, the military and the Royal Courts of Justice, as well as corporate training and assessing work for companies such as Cripps, Waterman's Structures and Aussie Man & Van Ltd. 

Tom Carter

Associate

Tom Carter

After spending 15 years as a Sales and Marketing Director in the Home Entertainment industry, Tom returned to full time acting and presenting 8 years ago. His TV credits include Mr Selfridge, Emmerdale and Derren Brown. As a presenter his roster includes GSK, Schroders, Janssen Pharmaceutical and Network Rail. Tom is a lifelong Celtic supporter, Doctor Who geek and golf nut.

John Stenhouse

Associate

John Stenhouse

John is Associate Director at Peppermint Muse Theatre Company. He wrote and now performs Altamont (Edinburgh Fringe 2014, touring) and plays the title role in their five star production, The Colours of Kenny Roach (Edinburgh 2015 and touring). Directing credits for the company: Lavender Junction and Death and Dancing. Acting credits include Claudius (Hamlet); Ralph (Frozen); Eddie (Fool for Love); Frank (Faith Healer) and Dr Henry Jekyll/Mr Edward Hyde (Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde). He performed and directed in StageWrite 2016 with LifeBox and No Loss Productions. John is also a master of live events, working for the likes of Virgin Atlantic and BBC’s Question Time, and he is currently the announcer at Bedford Rugby Club!

Victoria Sturman

Associate

Victoria Sturman

Victoria graduated from Loughborough University with a degree in Drama, and has since trained to be an actor at The Bridge Theatre Training Company.  As an actor, she has enjoyed working in children’s theatre, site specific performances, pantomime, short films, TV, commercials and in the corporate arena.  Since graduating, she has also become an experienced facilitator and has toured throughout the UK and in Europe with companies such as Shakespeare 4 Kidz, Image Musical Theatre and The Shakespeare in Performance Project.  She is also a qualified Latin and Ballroom dance teacher and recently started her own dance company, Love Wedding Dance.

Miranda Shamiso

Associate

Miranda Shamiso

Miranda studied Human Geography at Queen Mary University. Her actor training includes Young Person’s Theatre Company, RADA and The Impulse Company. Theatre credits include: Man On Bench (Tate Modern); Tampon Terror (503); Olu (Pleasance); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Tristan Bates). Short Film credits include lead roles in The Inventor (Theresa Varga) and Proof (Paul Melvin). Miranda enjoys the variety work brings, and her other credits include: Voice Over (TfL); Online Video (Raspberry Pi Foundation); Music Video (Ghostpoet). Miranda is a founding member of a collective who devised, wrote and self-produced Calenture, a 50 minute play that experienced sold out shows at Above the Arts Theatre (2017).