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.Click here to Read More
Bunbanter’s artistic work combines the dynamic intensity of audio with the theatrical traditions and excitement, found in performance. Often working with new writing the company also experiments with other forms of drama and storytelling, outside the realms of a theatre space. Recent work includes Freedoms’ Cut, a verbatim theatre piece for the National Theatre of Scotland Five Minute Festival; Mortar, a web-based audio experience which peaks behind the curtains of a shared townhouse in modern day Britain and shines a light on each inhabitant’s existence, starring Timothy West, Prunella Scales and Nichola McAuliffe; The Dark Outside, a site-specific transmission of select pieces of their past audio work in the UK’s first dark sky forest; Stiff, a black comedy set in a morgue; Settled, a dark Pinteresque play questioning the concept of relationships and challenging the idea of love.
Since its formation, accessibility, equality, openness and inclusion have been at the heart of Bunbury Banter’s creative learning programmes, employment practices, and creative projects. The company are committed to continuing their work in this area, to bring theatre to those not currently aware of its diversity and power, and to where possible provide accessible performances and open-access creative learning programmes.
Bunbury Banter became a community interest company in 2013 and aims to make theatre and the arts more accessible to all regardless of personal, physical, social or financial hardship. All of their work has strong leanings in that direction whether it is choosing to air work online or the scholarships offered for within their creative learning programmes.
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!
Directing credits include; Moon On A Stick & Fancy Meeting You Here by Lisa Fulthorpe (Bunbury Banter), Rain Stops Play by Lee Ravitz (Bunbury Banter, starring Timothy West and Prunella Scales), Handmaidens of Death by Herbert Tremain (University of Hertfordshire), Memories of Loss by Hannah Walton Williams (Riverside Studios), The Fastest Clock in the Universe by Philip Ridley (Battersea Arts Centre), Stiff by Matthew Davies (Rosemary Branch Theatre), Settled by Samantha Mitschke (Rosemary Branch Theatre) and Gaelic Storytelling; The Bravery of Love (St Mary’s University College).
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.
- 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.
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.
More information and credits are available at:
Nathan’s LinkIn Profile.
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. Information & credits available at:
Lee’s Casting Call Profile.
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 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. They’ve been twice shortlisted for the Vantage Art Prize and been commissioned by NSCD, Bolton Octagon & West Yorkshire Playhouse.
Rachel’s website: Grace Fool Collective
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