About Us

Kids have stories. We tell them.

Duckegg Theatre Company is a Social Enterprise, with its roots in lovely North Lincolnshire, dedicated to the creation of brand-spanking new writing with young people at its heart.  Under the direction of playwright Haley Cox, Duckegg has developed links with high profile companies such as the National Theatre and the Royal Court Studio to bring the creation of high quality theatrical work to the Yorkshire and Humber region.

“Thoughtful and poignant, this piece, written and directed by Haley Cox and performed by Duckegg Theatre Company, presents an untold story – that of the life of the evacuee who doesn’t get to go home after the war ends.”  Edfringereview.com 

Our education department – the Acting School – is a thriving community of over 450 wonderfully eccentric young people from across Yorkshire and the Humber taking part in regular theatre classes, LAMDA examinations, the Arts Award and projects.  They are our lifeblood and we rightfully place them at the heart of everything we do.  Our youth members are valued in every area of the business and have tangible input into our professional work.

“The quality of teaching and the standards of the productions speak for themselves. We value being part of the Duckegg community.”  Liane Kensett – Parent

 

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Staff Profiles

All Duckegg teaching staff are qualified to postgraduate level in their subject, have professional industry experience, are CRB checked and hold Public Liability insurance to £10 million.

  • Haley Cox

    Artistic Director and LAMDA

    Artistic Director and LAMDA

    Haley is a Mum, Playwright, Theatre Director and Lecturer.  She began her career as a Drama Teacher after graduating BA(Hons) in Drama and Education at Bishop Grosseteste College, Lincoln.  She then read Theatre Directing at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and Education at the University of Huddersfield as a postgraduate.

    Haley has worked with a range of theatres and theatre companies including Swamp Circus Trust, Cragrats, Chichester Festival Theatre, the West Yorkshire Playhouse and The National Theatre on a wide range of productions from European Tours to Theatre-in-Education pieces.

    She currently writes with the Royal Court, London and creates professional touring theatre with Duckegg Theatre Company, including the recent Five Star West End run of ‘Leave Hitler to Me, Lad’.   In her spare time Haley works for LAMDA as a member of the Board of Examiners, as an Examiner for other examination boards and Lectures in acting and education theory in further and higher education institutions across Yorkshire and the Humber.

    Teaches:

    All areas
  • Anna Pedder

    Acting and Musical Theatre

    Acting and Musical Theatre

    Anna is the creator of Mason’s academy of Performing arts (MAPA) based in East Lindsey.

    Anna began her training at The University of Hull where she completed her BA HONS in Acting specialising in Political and Feminist theatre. Qualified through he University of Sheffield’s School of Education   Anna’s post-graduate research has focused on drama as a tool for engagement with learning and TIE. She recently attended the AQA- DPR conference in Australia where she presented her research findings on, the arts as a vehicle for social inclusion.

    Anna believes that the theatre can be a great platform for young people of any age regardless of whether or not they wish to go into the industry as a career. The world of theatre can provide communication and social skills which are beneficial in all aspects of life regardless of whether or not you are a performer.

    Teaches:

    Barton, Brigg and Scunthorpe
  • Laura Jarvis

    Musical Theatre, Acting and Show Choir

    Musical Theatre, Acting and Show Choir

    Laura is originally from Scunthorpe and moved to London at the age of 18 to attend Italia Conti Academy of Performing Arts.

    Laura toured and performed for 7 years, including dancing for Channel 4 in The First Television Show and numerous trade shows for L’Oreal. Laura also took the lead roles in Aladdin, Jack and the beanstalk, Dick Whittington and Robin Hood. Other credits include Ophelia in Hamlet, Ariel in The Tempest, Young Arthur in King Arthur and working for Pendle Productions for a year and a half rotating 13 different shows.

    Choreography credits include Annie and Thoroughly Modern Millie, Footloose and Cinderella for Pendleton College, Hansel and Gretel for LP Creatives and 20th Anniversary of Godspell at The Palace Theatre, Manchester with Kerry Ellis and Daniel Boys.

    After a move to Manchester, Laura taught performing arts at Pendleton College whilst gaining her PDE in Education. The tour of the country continued with a stop of at Leeds Metropolitan University to top up her diploma, gaining a 2.1 in Contemporary Dance Practises.  Laura also runs her own company choreographing first dances; First Wedding Dance has been running for 3 years now and continues to grow.

    Teaches:

    Brigg, Barton and Selby
  • Shannon Mae Toyne

    Acting

    Acting

    Shannon is a performer, visual artist, theatre maker and teacher from Scunthorpe. She is in her third year of study for her degree, BA (Hons) Applied Drama with Visual Arts at Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln, which she will graduate from in July (2016).  She holds LAMDA qualifications and is embarking on a Postgraduate Degree after graduation.

    Over the course of her degree and through several years of performing including three runs at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Shannon has gained experience and knowledge of performance, as well as Hair and Make-up, Lighting and Sound, and Stage Management.
    Her background within the Visual Arts means that she enjoys all aspects of theatre making from performing to the set designing and really loves getting involved in each step of the process.

    Shannon was a student at Duck Egg for several years and is delighted to be returning as a part of the team.

    In her spare time she volunteers as a Brownie Leader-In-Training and runs a small, online hand-made crafts company called Ebb and Flow Stitching.

    Teaches:

    Grimsby and Scunthorpe
  • Chloe Prescott

    Acting

    Acting

    Chloe graduated from Bishop Grosseteste University in 2014 with a BA(Hons) in Drama In The Community, during which time she worked on a number of Theatre In Education Pieces, performing in schools and in Prisons. Chloe has also performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and has worked on the television shows Grange Hill, Waterloo Road and Hollyoaks. Chloe is currently working towards her PGCE whilst creating great theatre with the fantastic kids at Duckegg!

    Teaches:

    Grimsby
  • Eunice Page

    Acting

    Acting

    Eunice is a Mum, Teacher, geek and lover of Drama.  She initially studied BA(Hons) Drama and Education Studies at Bishop Grosseteste College, Lincoln, where she qualified as a Teacher.

    Eunice has performed in and directed a range of productions, including a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, a glam rock inspired version of Twelfth Night and ‘The Magdalen Whitewash’.

    Alongside making Theatre, Eunice works as a Primary School Teacher with a specialism in Early Years and KS1.  She is especially interested in philosophy and storytelling and holds accreditations in Godly Play – a storytelling device – and Philosophy for Children.

    In her spare time Eunice enjoys reading, playing around like a goon with her family and listening to awesome 80′s tunes.  She is super excited to be part of the Duckegg team!

    Teaches:

    Gainsborough
  • Roxanna Klimaszewska

    Acting and Musical Theatre

    Acting and Musical Theatre

    Roxanna works professionally and passionately as an actor, singer and dancer in film, musical theatre and contemporary theatre (credits including White Rose Theatre, Proper Job, Gobbledigook, Parashoots and Park Bench Poets).

    She attended Bodywork Theatre School throughout her childhood, excited by and exploring many different genres of performance including classical and contemporary Ballet and Jazz, Tap and Musical Theatre. Roxanna has never lost the enjoyment in learning different and new ways to perform and use my body, so over the years have collected and developed other skills such as ballroom, circus skills, acro-balance, and biomechanics.

    In 2008 Roxanna completed a BA (Hons) in Performance Theatre at York St. John University where she specialised in collaborative devised work and theatre-making. She then went on in 2010 to complete an MA in Theatre: Writing, Directing and Performance at York University looking at more classical their styles.

    2010 also saw the launch of Six Lips Theatre, an experimental contemporary theatre company, of which she is one of three artistic directors and founders. Six Lips Theatre regularly performs work at theatre’s and festivals, all over the UK.

    Roxanna has been teaching dance, drama singing and musical theatre for over 10 years all over the North, with young people and adults of varying needs and abilities, with performing arts academies, youth theatres and charities including Kirkham Henry, Derwent Danceworks, PQA, Upstage Centre Youth Theatre and York Mind.

    She is a member of the NATD and trains students for Arts Award, LAMDA, IDTA and Trinity exams.

     

    Roxanna has been teaching dance, drama singing and musical theatre for over 10 years all over the North, with young people and adults of varying needs and abilities, with performing arts academies, youth theatres and charities including Kirkham Henry, Derwent Danceworks, PQA, Upstage Centre Youth Theatre and York Mind.

    She is a member of the NATD and trains students for Arts Award, LAMDA, IDTA and Trinity exams.

    Teaches:

    Leeds
  • Nicky Hanna

    Development Officer

    Development Officer

    Nicky is a mum of two currently residing in Goxhill. She read English Literature at University of Newcastle upon Tyne, gaining a BA(Hons) before going onto a career with a company specialising in the supply of software solutions to universities.

    She spent time as a product consultant and senior analyst, which involved software testing, production of user manuals/documentation, delivery of training sessions and help-call responses.  She maintained a keen interest in the arts and is looking forward to getting to know all the young people at Duckegg,  ensuring they get the best experience possible as members of the Youth Theatre.

    In her spare time Nicky enjoys running, spending time with her family and (of course) going to the theatre!

    Teaches:

    Across the company
  • Luke Wakeman

    Wardrobe Master

    Wardrobe Master

    Luke is a writer, performer and a little bit of a dancer. He is studying at Caistor Grammar Sixth Form in History, English Literature, Government and Politics and Philosophy and Ethics with hopes of studying English Literature at university.

    Since joining Duckegg many years ago, he has participated in three runs at the Edinburgh Fringe festival, two National tours and numerous other shows with the company. Over this time he has also engaged himself in stage management and light and sound, whilst also gaining a wealth of performance knowledge and experience.

    Although Luke joined Duckegg to be on the stage, he has become equally as passionate about the work that goes on behind the scenes. Having acted as technician for several Duckegg shows as well as being involved in the stage management of numerous others.
    Having been a member of the company for over six years, he is now thrilled to join Duck Egg as a staff member. In his free time he teaches swimming lessons, and runs a small company with his friends, Ludus Books, that write and sell educational textbooks to primary and secondary school students.

    Teaches:

    Barton
  • Jonah Kensett

    Production Intern

    Production Intern

    Jonah has been involved in theatre from a young age. Originally extremely method, Jonah would only respond as his character’s name i.e ‘Thomas the Tank Engine’ or ‘Bob the Builder’ until his parents gave up and took him to drama classes.
    As a child being involved from in productions such as ‘Evita’ and ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ on the Hull New Theatre stage Jonah developed a fear of chemical smoke and loud orchestras which still influences his creative choices to this day.
    Jonah has been with Duckegg for six years and in that time has taken part in shows like ‘Leave Hitler To Me Lad’ (One of the cheapest five star shows on the west end), Peter Pan and Santa Claus is Coming… plus many more, all of which have shaped his understanding of the great art of pretending.
    In his spare time Jonah writes scripts for stage and radio as well as drawing comic books and pillocking about with the other members of the Yorkshire Irregulars.
    Jonah doesn’t like long walks on the beach because of his aversion to sand, sea and small children. If you want to find him he’ll probably be at home listening to comedy on Radio Four or watching old episodes of Doctor Who.

    Teaches:

    Across the company
  • Jordan Meriel

    Company Apprentice

    Company Apprentice

    Jordan is a performer, director, writer, musician and artist. They did their GCSE’s at Caistor Grammar School and are now studying Sociology and English Literature A levels alongside working for Duckegg Theatre Company (which they are very excited about).

    Jordan has participated in a National tour and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival as well as many plays with the company including devising and directing, since they started attending classes at Duckegg in 2011. Jordan holds LAMDA qualifications in Acting and Musical Theatre.

    Jordan also has a passion for music, whether this be playing the ukulele and singing in Duckegg Show Choir, writing songs or jamming in their bedroom!

    Teaches:

    Across the Company

Student Board Members

Young people are at the heart of everything we do. Every year Acting School senior members are voted onto the student board.

  • Joe Spence

    Joe Spence

    Young Professionals -

    Joe is 17 years old and attends Barton Young Pros' and Musical Theatre. Joe is currently at Sixth Form College studying Creative Writing, English Literature, History and Drama (of course!). Joe has been at Duck Egg since 2012 and has been involved in the acting, directing and writing of various productions. In his time, Joe has played a clown, a detective possessed by Jack the Ripper, a witch in drag, a candlestick and a medieval King! Joe has participated in National Theatre Connections project and performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2014 as part of the company's 'Peter Pan'. Other interests include writing, history, sport and random facts.

  • Ellie Jackson

    Ellie Jackson

    Brigg Seniors -

    Ellie has been with Duckegg Theatre for over two years, and thinks that Duckegg is an amazing company to work with if you are a theatre lover! Ellie discovered her love for theatre whilst playing the role of Dodger in Oliver Twist during her final days of year six. Ellie thinks it was her love for music and singing that made her realise Theatre was what she wanted to do: it was a place she felt she could be herself, or choose to be someone else for a short while. Ellie has been singing for as long as she can remembers, from nursery rhymes to Chicago. Ellie has been awarded many trophies, prizes and certificates for singing, from choirs and school. She was also awarded the 'Dedication to performing arts award' last year from Duckegg. “To be able to work with such talented people and work on such a professional level is brilliant”. Ellie treats the stage as her second home.  Ellie believes that theatre has helped her with confidence and to work with different people. Ellie loves performing and being in front of an audience, it is something she’s sure she will stick with and hopefully achieve her dream and make this her life! 

  • Natalie Yates

    Natalie Yates

    Young Professionals -

    Natalie has been a member of duckegg for almost 5 years. She started out in Scunthorpe Acting before joining the Musical Theatre group half a year later. In those groups Natalie took part in various productions and was able to direct a small group during her last Scunthorpe Acting project, before she moved to Young Pros. As well as Acting and MT, Natalie was in Musical Fitter for two years before it finished. Natalie was part of the Peter Pan original cast and then played Jane/Nibs in the UK tour in 2014/15. Until last year Natalie also volunteered in the Scunthorpe Junior Acting class. Outside of Duckegg she is taking 4 A-levels (Drama and Theatre Studies, Performing Arts, Creative Writing and English Language) as well as taking singing lessons. Natalie has performed at Her Majesty's Theatre twice, as part of "West End Stage" and is currently working towards Grade 8 LAMDA Acting (which in her words is “a little bit terrifying”!). In the future Natalie hopes to make a living as a professional actor. 

  • Laura Vincent

    Laura Vincent

    Scunthorpe seniors -

    Laura’s passion for drama started at a very young age when entertaining her family with shows she had directed herself in her bedroom. This passion developed further when landing the lead role in a primary school production ‘The button box’ where as well as acting, she was also introduced to singing and dancing. As well as being a member of Duckegg Scunthorpe senior acting group, Laura is currently studying a level 3 extended diploma in performing arts at North Lindsey College and is participating in vocal coaching lessons with a local teacher. Laura has recently completed stage combat training and is now fully aware of how to throw a good punch. She would love to work in both theatre and screen acting and her ultimate dream is to work alongside Liam Neeson and Melissa McCarthy. In her spare time Laura likes to read, watch movies, TV dramas and she is also a bit of a sucker for a good cartoon.

Board Members

Duckegg Theatre Company is a Social Enterprise with a Board of Directors steering our professional and acting school work.

  • Neil Muralee

    Neil runs a small but successful web design studio, Paperbomb.

  • Haley Cox

    As well as being Creative Director, Haley also sits on the board of directors.

  • Liz Bennet

    Liz Bennet is managing director of The Ropewalk in Barton upon Humber.

  • Anna Pedder

    Anna is Principal of Masons Academy of the Performing Arts in Grimsby.