Born from a desire to make high quality arts accessible to all, the award-winning Bunbury Banter Theatre Company produces fearlessly responsive, entertaining theatre, specialising in creating immersive experiences and bringing together multiple art forms.

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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 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.


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 co-write a radio drama pilot for the BBC. 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.

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.

Rachel’s website: Grace Fool Collective


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.


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.


Jairus is an emerging director and producer with experience of performance, script editing and development and translation. In production Jairus has previously worked with Illicit Ink and Pegasus Opera Company. She has the following recent directing credits: Pieces of Colour (Assembly Roxy, Winning group, 24 Hour Play, Scotland), Exit, Dorothy Porter (Traverse Theater Edinburgh).


Playing live electronics as a band member for Patrick Wolf, John has toured internationally supporting Amy Winehouse and Arcade Fire. He Now works as a composer and sound designer for media & advertising having worked with Instagram, Sony, BBC & Channel 4. John has also released lots of music on independent labels such as Cookshop Music and Cosmic Pint Glass.


We are always honoured to be recognised for our work. Over the years we have also been nominated and won several industry awards.


In 2013 we won a British Public Radio Award in the ‘Best Shortform Drama’ category.

Category judge Dirk Maggs:

“Dystopian visions of he future can fall into a trap of being too depressing to actually enjoy, but this play led off with a sound montage of immense believably and wit, with a lead character whose confessional tone engages with the listener and draws them in. The overall piece quickly create a world in which the unspeakable and the mundane are believable mixed.”


In 2012 we ere nominated for a Radio Academy Award in the ‘Best Drama Producer’ category.

We lost out to a very large and fantastic production company but were incredibly pleased with the nomination and to have been recognised in the same category as such large organisations.

The awards evening was great fun and many of the Bunbanter team were in attendance.


In 2008 we were nominated for a Channel4 talent Award for our audio work.

“Extremely well produced, performed an mixed. Obviously passionate about the medium and exhibited very high production values. We absolutely applaud the sentiment with which they have set up Bunbury Banter Theatre Co”

Sam Steele – head of programmes (E4 Radio) and Jo Meek – Senior Radio Producer (All Out Productions)

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