About Us

About Us

The Bunbury Banter Theatre Company CIC originally formed in London and moved to its new home of Dumfries and Galloway in 2014, from where it continues to work across the UK with its creative learning programme. Their award-winning creative work has been enjoyed all over the world from Nova Scotia to Newquay, California to Cambridge, Greater London to the dark skies of the Galloway forest.

Bunbury Banter was established in 2006 by Artistic Director Ali Anderson-Dyer, who conceives and directs the companies’ shows and facilitates and teaches the companies creative learning programme, and Philip Anderson-Dyer who also teaches, produces the companies creative work and manages and administrates the companies creative learning programme.

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Ali Anderson-Dyer – Artistic Director

Ali Anderson-Dyer trained originally as an actress with Bodyworks Dance Company and at Drama Studio London. After several years in the industry, Ali then re-trained as a theatre director, at St Mary’s University, completing her studies with an MA (Merit) and gaining industry recognition with her production of Philip Ridley’s The Fastest Clock in the Universe.

As a freelance director, Ali has works with new writing, classics and adaptions, site specific, physical and audio theatre alike. She also has experience in creating scripts from verbatim material, working within the community, professional script development, choreography, devised and game theatre, as well as technologically-led and cross-media projects. Click for More Info!

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Philip Anderson-Dyer – Creative Producer

Philip first became interested in theatre when working at the Arts Theatre, Cambridge, back in the 90s. Since then, he has gained experience in all facets of the business from production to front of house, stage door, backstage, facilitating, administration and marketing.

Philip’s theatrical credits include over seventy radio plays and productions at venues including Riverside Studios, Battersea Arts Centre and the Finborough Theatre. For his work with Bunbanter earned Phil a place as one of five finalists for a Channel 4 Talent Award in 2008 and a nomination for Best Producer in the Radio Academy Awards 2012.

Artistic Policy

  • To actively encourage theatrical diversity and accessibility to all, especially targeting those not usually interested or those who are currently unaware of it, due to social, physical, personal or financial hardship.
  • To collaborative creatively, focusing on intelligent and relevant theatre pieces, specialising in audio and new writing, and using a variety of mediums and technologies, to appeal to all audiences.
  • To be driven by narrative and immersive experience, inspired by our heritage, in addition to observing the art of storytelling which is being lost in today’s culture.
  • To provide high quality theatre, radio and new media productions.
  • To work with schools, organisations and universities, creating bonds between artists working today and those in our future, whilst providing our own unique education programmes in line with our ethos of making theatre accessible.
  • To be an unbiased company which is multicultural in focus and has no religious affiliation.


Bunbanter’s Associates

All our work is the product of solid collaboration between many different brilliant creatives. Below details of our company associates who can be regularly found working with us.

Nathan L W Hughes

A native of Lincolnshire, Nathan began writing aged twelve and has since written for the Nottingham Playhouse, London’s Theatre 503 and Croydon’s Savvy Theatre, as well as a short film for ITV television and a skit for digital channel E4. He first became involved with Bunbury Banter in 2008, penning for them two short audio plays and returned in 2011 to help devise and co-write a radio drama pilot for the BBC.
Nathan’s LinkIn Profile.

Lee Ravitz

Lee is an actor (trained at Drama Studio London), writer and sometime dramaturg, who also has roots in academia: as a historian, he taught at the Universities of York and Sheffield, specialising in the history of the early modern supernatural, giving lectures at venues ranging from the Institute of Historical Research to the Society for Psychical Research. Retaining a keen interest in imaginative subject matter & a gift for analytics.
Lee’s Casting Call Profile.

Anya Bisset

Anya is a young trainee director, who found an interest in theatre while acting in school plays and studying with BunBanter’s YTC. She has also directed a number of youth shows, including one at the International Youth Arts Festival, which was very well received. As well as working and learning with the company over the last few years, Anya also studies Theatre based subjects at University in London.

 

Rachel Fullegar

Rachel co-founded Gracefool Collective, dance/theatre makers who devise “post-intellectual-pseudo-spiritual-feminist-comedy-dance.” Gracefool were the 2014/15 beneficiaries of CATAPULT – awarded to the most exceptional emerging dance maker(s) in the North.

Rachel’s website: Grace Fool Collective

Roanna Davidson

Roanna is an Actress, writer and designer based in Glasgow. After training with National Youth Theatre & East of 15 Acting School Roanna worked in London for 8 years with companies such as Old Vic New Voices, Secret Cinema, Sabotage Theatre, Rogues Gallery, Dank Parish, the Romany Theatre company and many more.
Roanna fell in love with the Scottish arts scene after developing Glasgow Girls with Cora Bissett and has since worked with Surge, All or Nothing, Vision Mechanics, Tron 100, Mischief la Bas & Finestripe. She is currently developing her solo game theatre show Ego et Al with Ali!

Louise Gregory

Louise works as a Production & Stage Manager, and Lighting & Sound Designer.  For Bunbury Banter Theatre Company she was Sound Designer and Stage Manager for Blackout.  Recent credits include Production Manager for salt with Selina Thompson, The Siege of Christmas for Contact Young Company/Slung Low, and The Believers Are But Brothers with Javaad Alipoor; Company Stage Manager for Scamp Theatre’s production of Stick Man; and Lighting Designer for the butoh dance performance Project Godie for Surface Area Dance Theatre Company.


Past Associates

Previously, we have been lucky enough to work with a number of collaborators who became associated with the company. Below are a list of some of those past associates, which does not mean that we will not work with them again, rather it is to give them the credit deserved for being an integral part of the machine that is Bunbanter.

Christopher Nairne – Lighting Designer
Henry Douthwaite – Actor, Writer & Reader
Emma Faulkner – Producer
George Castle – Composer, Editor & Technician
Samantha Mitschke – Playwright
Kim Van Berkel – Producer & Company Manager
Martin Eggleston – Actor and Reader

Charles Fisher – Editor & Writer
Liz Webster – Producer
Samuel Miller – Director
Ashley Steed – Producer, marketing & Ast. Dir
Andrew Thomson – Editor, Composer & Technician
Karen Bradley – Producer & Stage Manager
Holly Smith – Past Young Associate

Company Secretary: Carol Dyer

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