Team Biographies

Andy Routledge | Project Manager and Artistic Director

Andy Routledge – Artistic Director

Andy Routledge is a theatre director from Northampton. Andy started 60 Miles by Road or Rail as part of his dissertation studying Theatre Directing at Birkbeck. Throughout 2018 he interviewed over 100 people about their experiences of Northampton’s New Town expansion and led multiple workshops and discussion groups throughout the town. In 2018 he directed the preview performance of 60 MILES BY ROAD OR RAIL at Royal & Derngate. Alongside directing the new version of the production, Andy is managing the Oral History project in which 5 recruited interviewers have been trained by the Oral History Society and are conducting interviews with 25 people from Northampton and Corby to be professionally archived. Andy is also the creative director on the accompanying Documentary film that is being created as part of the project.

Andy’s further directing credits include WHEN WE DIED written and performed by Alexandra Donnachie (Carbon Theatre, VAULT Festival), YOUR STORIES (Royal Exchange) and YEAR TEN (Just Add Milk, Chiswick Playhouse). Consultant director credits include LOOP (Theatre in Black/Carbon Theatre; Midlands Tour) and SWIM (HOME; Pleasance). He devised VENTOUX with 2Magpies Theatre (Curve; Summerhall) and directed the remounted production which has toured to over 120 venues nationally. He has directed rehearsed readings at Royal Exchange, New Diorama, New Perspectives and with Warts and All Theatre.

Andy’s assistant directing credits include NEAPTIDE (reading, National Theatre), B!RTH (Royal Exchange, Wellcome Collection), HOW MY LIGHT IS SPENT (Sherman Theatre, Theatre by the Lake, Royal Exchange), TWELFTH NIGHT, SWEET CHARITY and A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (Royal Exchange). 

Andy is an Associate Artist of National Youth Theatre, a member of Royal & Derngate’s Generate 7 and an Associate Lecturer at the University of Northampton. He regularly works at drama schools and universities as a visiting director. He is a script reader for the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting and Royal Exchange. He has previously read scripts for Theatre Uncut, Young Vic and Royal & Derngate. He trained in Theatre Directing at Birkbeck and studied English with Creative Writing at the University of Nottingham, where he was awarded the school prize for best honours. He was previously a trainee director at Royal Exchange in Manchester. You can find out more about Andy on his website: www.andyroutledge.com

Courtenay Johnson | Project Manager and Executive Producer

Courtenay Johnson – Executive Producer

Courtenay is an independent arts and cultural producer based in Northamptonshire. Her work focuses on producing inclusive, female-centred work alongside larger arts & heritage projects. Courtenay runs Carbon Theatre and is Executive Producer of 60 Miles by Road or Rail. 

Her previous projects include: 

SEEDLING by Helen Crevel with Anne Langford, an audio installation in Grosvenor Centre Northampton, exploring potential motherhood, environmental responsibility & multicultural family heritage (2021).

MY SENSORY ADVENTURES (2020-21), an inclusive sensory project which included free video activities, resources, original songs & free packs for families to enjoy at home. The project continues this year, with more activities, live sessions in Kettering and Corby and a new interactive digital adventure experience to be released later this Autumn. 

WHEN WE DIED by Alexandra Donnachie premiered at VAULT Festival 2020 and a filmed version of the production premiered digitally as part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2021. 

BLODEUWEDD UNTOLD by Jo Blake at Edinburgh Fringe 2019 supported by Pleasance Futures. Courtenay is currently working with Jo to develop a new piece, THE WITNESS, about the gospel of Mary Magdalene. 

WELCOME…? by Lily Lowe-Myers at Nottingham Playhouse & Bridewell Theatre 2019, with baby friendly performances & research exploring pregnancy within the arts. 

MISSION ABORT by Therese Ramstedt 

Edinburgh Fringe 2017, VAULT Festival 2018 and London/Sweden/UK Tour.

Katie Welford | Digital and Community Engagement Producer

Katie Welford – Digital Community Engagement Producer

Katie is a Creative Producer living in South London. She delivered two national artworks for interactive theatre company non zero one – put her forward (2018) and DAWNS (2020), which were commissioned by Heritage Open Days and the National Trust respectively. In 2015, she was co-Director of the Small is Beautiful Festival, held at the Centre for Alternative Technology in mid-Wales. This creative weekend engaged the public in low-carbon technology and practical solutions to climate change. Katie worked in the charity sector for a decade, most significantly as Communications Manager for Publish What You Fund – an open data organisation campaigning for transparency in international aid. She also led GoodGym Lambeth, a running group that volunteers in the local community and supports isolated older people, from 2016-2019. 

Katie grew up in Northamptonshire and is enjoying learning more about the history of her home county with the 60 Miles project!

Ryan Leder | Show Writer and Hometown Corby Lead Artist

Ryan Leder – Writer and Hometown Corby Lead Artist

Ryan Leder is a writer from Northamptonshire. He trained at RADA and is currently an Associate Artist with Made With Many. He was first commissioned to write 60 MILES BY ROAD OR RAIL in 2018 alongside Joshua Val Martin. Most recently, Ryan was commissioned by Made With Many to produce YOU MUST STAY AT HOME, a publication charting the experiences of homeless people during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Previously, Ryan was commissioned by BBC Arts & Arts Council for A SHORT STORY ABOUT TIME TRAVEL, an audio short produced by Rural Media and performed by Jonny Donahue. Ryan won the inaugural Dame Janet Suzman Playwriting Prize for his play NUMBERED DAYS, a play exploring long-distance relationships and love in the digital age. In 2019, Ryan toured LOOP, a rural touring production which he co-created with performer Helen Crevel. The show drew parallels between the experiences of loneliness in younger and older people.

Ryan co-wrote BUS with Kevin Dyer for Action Transport Theatre in 2015 and has previously worked with Pentabus and New Perspectives Theatre Company respectively. He is the playwriting tutor and dramaturg for The Core at Corby Cube’s playwright ensemble, where he also served as dramaturg and producer on their showcase productions CARWORD and THINKING 360. Ryan’s play STILL HERE also came runner up for Nottingham Playhouse’s Fifth Word Award for Most Promising Playwright.

Subika Anwar-Khan | Performer and Hometown: Northampton Lead Artist

Subika Anwar-Khan – Performer and Hometown Northampton Lead Artist

Subika Anwar-Khan is an Actor and Playwright who studied Creative Writing and English Language. Subika has developed scripts with various theatre companies including Paines Plough, Camden People’s Theatre, Curve Theatre, Kali Theatre, Royal and Derngate, New Perspectives, Tamasha theatre, The Belgrade Theatre, Birmingham Rep, The Roundhouse, Nabokov theatre, DryWrite, Theatre Writing Partnerships. Subika was a part of The Royal Court’s writers group contributing writer for a short film Soci Circle, a web series for young people, which won the Dances with Kids award in Los Angeles.

Her play Stateless examined how warfare is perceived during a time of global uncertainty and was produced by Kali theatre at the Tristan Bates Theatre. Her play Princess Suffragette was on at The Vault Festival 2016. Subika was also the Writer, Performer and Producer of her solo show Divided, commissioned by Camden People’s Theatre and Hopscotch Asian Womens’ charity where it was also performed. Divided also received Arts Council funding for a mini tour in Northampton.

Subika has appeared in plays at Theatre503, The Gate theatre, The National Theatre, the Royal and Derngate and the Leicester Curve. She has also appeared in TV shows for the BBC and Nickelodeon and featured in her first feature film which was part of the London Film Festival and received a Cannes Award nomination.

Jo Blake | Performer

Jo Blake – Performer

Jo Blake is a truly hybrid performance maker whose practice sits at the intersection of storytelling, dance and theatre. Her most recent solo performance, BLODEUWEDD UNTOLD, ran at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019 as part of the Pleasance Futures’ Regional Theatre Partnership with Royal & Derngate, receiving 4-star reviews: “Blake is a phenomenal storyteller”, A Younger Theatre; “A tour de force of beauty and Welsh Mythology… Blake is remarkably in tune to the shifting of the world… a paradigm of natural storytelling” The Wee Review. 

During lockdown, her artistic activity included: THE PRICE OF A BED FOR THE NIGHT, a 5-part story-film for family audiences, commissioned by Oundle International Festival (July 2020); and WHAT DO YOU SEE WITH YOUR EYE TO THE KEYHOLE?, a live zoom storytelling performance, exploring isolation and the home as symbol and site (July 2020).

Forthcoming performance projects include: THE WITNESS, an anarchic, interactive performance collaboration with dance artist Rob Clark, exploring the Gospel of Mary Magdalene as an outlawed sacred document; and performer and deviser in THE LITTLE WATER SPRITE with Greenwich Dance Agency and Munich Theatre (2019 – 2021).

Jo also founded an annual 6-month contemporary storytelling training course called Body, Breath and Story. She has a PhD in Storytelling Practices at the University of Chichester, an MA with Distinction in Dance Theatre from Trinity Laban and a First Class BA (Hons) in Performing Arts from the University of Winchester. She was nominated for an Arts Foundation Fellowship Award for Storytelling in 2009.

Helen Crevel | Performer

Helen Crevel – Performer

Helen trained at Birmingham School of Acting. She is excited to be returning to the Royal & Derngate to perform in this new version of 60 MILES BY ROAD OR RAIL.

Recent theatre credits include: audio installation SEEDLING (Carbon Theatre), PIPPI LONGSTOCKING (Royal & Derngate), solo show LOOP (Theatre in Black), CARWORD (The Core at Corby Cube), 60 MILES BY ROAD OR RAIL (Royal & Derngate), NO CHILD (Warts and All Theatre) and PENGUIN PIG (Traum/Little Angel Theatre).

Film/TV credits include: DOCTORS (BBC), JEKYLL & HYDE, BRAM STOKER’S VAN HELSING (both Creativ Studios/High Fliers Films), ANAMNESIS (Little Seagull Films) and PANDEMIC (Science Museum).     

Davin Eadie | Performer

Davin Eadie – Performer

Classically trained, playing roles from Shakespeare to Scooby Doo, Davin is a versatile and well-rounded performer. Since the last time he was on stage at the Royal as Pip in Great Expectations he has enjoyed playing roles such as, Mr Rochester in Jane Eyre, Nathan Detroit in Guys & Dolls and John Proctor in the Crucible among others. 

Having trained at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts in London, living and working in the capital especially the fringe theatre circuit, life led him to Northamptonshire where he has enjoyed a close relationship with the Royal and Derngate giving him the chance to work with some great directors such as James Dacre, Juliet Forster, Abbey Wright, James Farrell to name just a few. 

With the lockdown of Theatre he has recently enjoyed being involved in several films including, Fortune Cookie, Veneer and most enjoyable as a guest appearance in Anamnesis, which is soon to be released. 

When not acting you can find him in his purpose-built Drum Shed, experimenting and practicing for that grade 8 exam certificate and hoping for a chance to play with real musicians and make some live music and shows.   

Dan McGarry | Performer

Dan McGarry – Performer

Dan has been on the professional stage for almost 20 years, touring the world performing in many wonderful shows including Danny the Champion of the World & Horrible Histories (Birmingham Stage Company), As You Like It, Emma, Jamaica Inn, Much Ado About Nothing, Romeo & Juliet & Twelfth Night (all Heartbreak Productions) Goldilocks and the 3 Bears (Derby Theatre at Jacksons Lane), Go Down Swinging & Seeking Isolde and the Lost Land of Lyonesse (Standing 8), Humans at Work (Warwick Arts Centre), The Maharajah and the Kohinoor (Zero Seefr), Navrattan (Nutkhut), The Tempest (Westcountry Theatre) Treasure Island (Quantum Theatre), The Lost Gift, Travelling Treasury & Urban Astronaut (Highly Sprung) and The Whale (Talking Birds). 

Dan is also an in-demand Voice Over Artist, Writer and Educator. Since moving to Northampton in 2014 he has become a Generate Artist at the Royal & Derngate (where 3 of his own plays have received their first outing), an Associate Lecturer at the University of Northampton, and set up a monthly happening, Writing Doesn’t Have To Be Lonely, for emerging and established writers to hear their work at a developmental stage. His son was born in his house in Abington and he is a Saints season ticket holder.

Bianca Mulligan | Performer Understudy

Bianca Mulligan  – Performer (Understudy)

Bianca trained at NIDA (The National Institute of Dramatic Art) in Sydney, before moving on to complete a Master’s Degree at ALRA (The Academy of Live and Recorded Arts) in London. Frequently cast as the sassy alpha female, Bianca recently played Pelagia in On Point Production’s creation, Aaron & Julia, and completed filming The Office Wolf, directed by Charlotte Sisson. She enjoys touring and has worked with both Action Theatre in English in Italy and Vienna’s English Theatre in Austria. She has written and performed in her own one woman comedy, The Crazy Cat Lady Next Door and has worked in Bromley’s Churchill Theatre, playing Celebrity Diva, Izzy, in Queens of Day Time.    

Lizzy Leech | Show Set and Costume Designer

Lizzy Leech – Set & Costume Designer 

Lizzy trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and studied English Literature at Warwick University. 

Recent designs include: JOAN OF LEEDS AND ANTIGONE (New Diorama Theatre), SPIDERFLY (Theatre 503), HANSEL AND GRETEL, FAIRYTALE DETECTIVES (Theatr Clwyd), TO MY YOUNGER SELF (Synergy Theatre) A TABLE TENNIS PLAY (Walrus Theatre and Theatre Royal Plymouth), THE MERCHANT OF VENICE (Stafford Festival Shakespeare), THE BUTTERFLY LION (The Barn Theatre, Cirencester), SONGLINES (HighTide Theatre, UK tour), THE LEFTOVERS (Leicester Curve and UK tour), A GIRL IN SCHOOL UNIFORM (WALKS INTO A BAR) (New Diorama Theatre, Leeds Playhouse and tour), ALBY THE PENGUIN SAVES CHRISTMAS (Oxford Playhouse). Her website is lizzyleech.com

 

Gerrard Martin | Movement Director

Gerrard Martin – Movement Director

Gerrard Martin trained at De Montfort University, gaining a BA Hons in English Literature and Performing Arts; he continued his studies at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance and obtained a BTEC Diploma in Professional Dance Studies. 

He has toured nationally with Tavaziva Dance, Union Dance Company, the West End’s production of the LION KING, Ballet Black, Aletta Collins Dance Company, State of Emergency, and Phoenix Dance Company. 

He was an assistant choreographer on the English National Opera’s (Olivier Award winning) PORGY AND BESS, ONE LOVE MUSICAL, (Bob Marley), and the 40TH UAE ROYAL ANNIVERSARY PERFORMANCE, ABU DHABI. He has been a movement director on productions such as GHB BOY, (Charing Cross Theatre), BEAM, (Britten Pears Arts) & CAKE, (Theatre Peckham). 

Alice Boyd | Show and Oral History Sound Designer

Alice Boyd – Composer and Sound Designer 

Alice Boyd is a London and Bristol based composer, sound designer, theatre maker and environmental campaigner. She is one of Sound and Music’s New Voices composers for 2020, supported by Arts Council England, the Garfield Weston Foundation and the PRS Foundation. Her work includes HONEYMOON and ATROPHY (Wellcome Collection), BLINDNESS: TAKE THE STAGE (Donmar Warehouse), CRISIS (shortlisted for the UN’s COP25 climate conference), GERMINATION (Radiophrenia Glasgow 2020), and LAND SKEINS (supported by National Youth Theatre, Paines Plough and BBC Writersroom). 

She is also a company member of Poltergeist, whose award winning shows (Untapped Award 2019) have been to Latitude Festival, Underbelly at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, HOME Manchester, New Diorama Theatre, and beyond. 

Rory Beaton | Lighting Designer

Rory Beaton – Lighting Designer

Rory has previously been nominated for a Knight of Illumination Award for his work on Così fan Tutte at Opera Holland Park. In 2016 he was awarded the Michael Northen Award by the Association of Lighting Designers. His work spans across drama, musicals and opera both in the UK and internationally. 

Previously, he has designed productions for companies such as The London Coliseum, The Watermill, Bolton Octagon, Opera Holland Park, The Almeida, Danish National Opera, Pitlochry Festival Theatre, English Touring Opera and Company 3 as well as numerous UK Tours and projects with Blenheim Palace and The British Library. 

Kitty Benford | Assistant Director

Kitty Benford – Assistant Director

Kitty trained at the University of Bedfordshire for both her Undergraduate and Masters studies, specialising in theatre, youth arts and leadership. She has worked for The Castle Theatre in Wellingborough, The Royal & Derngate, Shiny Arts and most recently as Associate Director for Warts and All Theatre. 

Her Directing Credits include: THE TWITS AND SCREW YOUR COURAGE (The Castle), STAY BRAVE BRIAN GRAVY AND MATILDA THE MUSICAL (IN 20 MINUTES) (Royal & Derngate) THESE BRIDGES, THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE and TREASURE ISLAND (Shiny Arts), BUCKETS, WHAT ARE THEY LIKE AND WHEN THIS IS OVER (Warts and All Theatre). 

Beth Smiles | Assistant Producer

Beth Smiles – Assistant Producer

Beth is a producer, currently undertaking an MA in Creative Producing from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She recently graduated with a first-class degree in Theatre and Performance Studies from the University of Surrey and Guildford School of Acting. 

Beth has previously worked as assistant producer for several companies including Omnibus Theatre, and Rogue Productions. She has also produced events whilst studying, including RCSSD’s first ever digital festival, producing seven of the festival’s performances. Beth is also the lead producer of Transform Theatre Company.     

Christian Sinibaldi | Photo Stories Photographer

Christian Sinibaldi – Photo Stories Photographer

Christian Sinibaldi is an award-winning photographer. Over the last 15 years he has completed a variety of projects spanning artistic imagery, advertising, travel and the third sector. His photos have been published regularly in magazines and newspapers worldwide, including The Guardian since 2003.

 

Christian often engages in personal and commissioned projects about

communities. Some of these projects have been exhibited in Museums and published in magazines such as National Geographic and The Guardian. His latest project took place during lockdown about Evering Road in Hackney, where he lives. Take a look at Instagram for the full project @everingroad 

Suren Seneviratne | Hometown: Northampton Sound Designer

Suren Seneviratne – “This is Home” Sound Design

Suren Seneviratne  AKA My Panda Shall Fly is a Sri Lankan born multidisciplinary musician and sound artist. Trained at Goldsmith’s University London, Seneviratne has released music on international record labels and performed across Europe at platforms like Tate Modern, Barbican, NTS, Boiler Room & more. Recent sound design work includes Gucci, Novation & Google Daydream VR.

Hannah Paybarah | Hometown: Northampton Voice Artist

Hannah Paybarah – “This is Home” Performer

Hannah is a multi-talented creative with a BMus(Hons) Degree. With over 12 years of professional experience, both as a performer and facilitator, she feels very passionately about using the arts as a way of bridging social gaps and bringing communities together. Through education, empowerment and encouragement, Hannah continuously strives to raise awareness of important social issues and create a platform for voices, previously unheard, to speak out.

As a singer/actor/musician and presenter, Hannah’s career has ranged from immersive theatre to contemporary short films, European tours, improvisational comedy, music festivals, West End fundraisers and a multitude of commercials and viral content for the likes of Google, TikTok, Adidas and many more.

Her career has taken her all over the world, most recently leading her to Australia where she worked creatively on a number of projects until April 2020. Upon returning to the UK, Hannah went on to make her screenwriting debut alongside her fellow virtual collaborators in their short film “Under The Influence”, a satirical drama exploring the unending struggle to present a perfect life online, and the reality hidden behind the façade.

 

Daniela Spataru | Hometown: Northampton Voice Artist

Daniela Spataru – “This is Home” Performer

Daniela is a Romanian actress currently based in London. She studied acting at The Royal School of Speech and Drama in London and at the Drama University in Bucharest. She can currently be seen in the BAFTA winning comedy This Way Up, on Channel 4. Further work includes various projects with BBC, ITV and Sony Music. In 2017, Daniela won Best Supporting Actress at the Monaco International Film Festival.

Grete Dalum-Tilds | Oral History Interviewer

Grete Dalum – Oral History Interviewer

Grete has a strong interest in oral history and the history of the New Towns and their legacy. She delivered the Talking New Towns project for Stevenage Museum, which included publishing an archive of current and historical interviews. When not busy with oral history Grete is a photography lecturer Northampton College and artist, who has exhibited and published extensively. She has worked as a curator with a range of primarily photographic archives and collections. Grete trained as an artist at the Academy in Copenhagen, completed a Masters of Fine Art in photography in California and now lives in Bedford where she does a bit of open water swimming. 

Bekki Frost | Oral History Interviewer

Bekki Frost – Oral History Interviewer

Bekki is a Creative Producer specialising in humanitarian and cause driven stories, film and photography. She co-founded and Project Managed NNestival from 2014-16. Bekki was born & lives in Northampton.

Laura Graham | Oral History Interviewer

Laura Graham – Oral History Interviewer

Laura is a Freelance Writer and Community Activist who grew up in Northamptonshire and has lived in Northampton on and off for most of her adult life. She is a big champion of Northampton and set up The Happy `Hood community zine to celebrate the good news stories and to support the amazing people living, working and creating in the town. She works with many local organisations and is the community representative on Northampton Forward, who are driving the regeneration of the town centre.

Beverley Jones | Oral History Interviewer

Beverley Jones – Oral History Interviewer

Beverley is a Project Officer currently working for a charitable trust.  She studied History at the University of Northampton and has lived in rural Northamptonshire for nine years.

Previous work includes the ‘Forty Years On’ oral history project about Peterborough’s development in the 1960s.  Beverley led a team of volunteers and produced over a hundred interviews which formed the basis of a play and an exhibition.  

Beverley also worked on ‘Peterborough and the Great War’ researching stories of servicemen travelling through Peterborough, including Northamptonshire regiments.  Freelance work includes, ‘The Nene Park Story’ oral history project and undertaking research into Peterborough’s Northern Soul music scene.

Mo Shapiro | Oral History Interviewer

Mo Shapiro – Oral History Interviewer

Originally from Manchester, Mo moved South in the 70’s. Sheset up the counselling service at Northampton FE College in the 80’s and has been associated with the region ever since.  

Before moving to Northampton in 2014 she lived in Milton Keynes and watched both towns develop in their different ways. She ran her own business as a trainer in counselling and communication skills. Through her love of acting she developed a strong bond with the Royal & Derngate theatres.  She is a founder member of their Actors Company and a volunteer on front of house.

Christopher Elmer-Gorry | Consultant Evaluator

Christopher Elmer-Gorry – Consultant Evaluator

Christopher is the Artistic Director and CEO of Warts and All Theatre. He trained at East 15 Acting School and on the National Theatre Directors Course, London. Over the last 15 years he has worked in a variety of freelance and employed roles, from directing to producing. He is a specialist in co-creation, and much of the work he has presented has been created in a collaborative way. He has experience creating musicals, working on devised projects and new writing. He has worked at Almeida Theatre, Theatre Royal Plymouth, Royal & Derngate, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, The Castle Theatre, Wellingborough and The Point, Eastleigh. He also works as a freelance theatre Director/Writer/Maker and has worked for a number of the UK’s largest organisations.

He designed and created the PROPER Practitioner Training Scheme which is the UK’s first training programme for practitioners that is driven by Arts Council England’s 7 quality principles. Christopher has also worked in a variety of education settings.

Directing Credits include: Hacktivists, Deep Freeze & No Child, Hansel and Gretel, Little Criminals and Divided (Warts and All Theatre) From The Ground Up & Press Go (Almeida Theatre) Oliver!, Immune, Kontakt, Sweeney Todd and Oh No! Not Snow! (Royal & Derngate, Northampton) Short Changed, Gargantua (Theatre Royal Plymouth) Exams are getting easier & What the Dickens?! (Birmingham Repertory Theatre)

Previous projects have also taken him to Calgary (with Birmingham Repertory Theatre) and Madrid funded by The British Council.

Jenny Northam | Deputy Stage Manager

Jenny Northam – Deputy Stage Manager 

Jenny has worked in Stage Management for almost 20 years.  Her most recent credits include: Park Bench Plays (Sky Arts), Pride and Prejudice *Sort Of (Birmingham REP), The Glad Game (Bush Theatre, London), A Moment Of Madness (Birmingham REP), Aladdin (Sharjah, Dubai), Harold And Maude (Charing Cross Theatre, London),  I’ll See You In My Dreams (Chickenshed Theatre, London).

Her parents suggested she go into Stage Management as it means being paid for being bossy and accommodates her obsession with stationary.

Sabine Coady Schaebitz | Old Town New Town Facilitator

Sabine Coady Schäbitz – Old Town New Town Facilitator

Sabine Coady Schäbitz is Associate Professor for Architecture at Coventry University. Sabine studied architecture and art history at the Bauhaus University in Weimar and architectural conservation at ICCROM in Rome. She worked in architectural practice in Germany and the UK and on archaeological excavations in Egypt and Israel as well as pursuing a career in academia. Sabine set up Architecture as a professional subject at Coventry University and is currently Curriculum Lead for Building at the School of Energy, Construction and Environment. 

Her professional engagement and research focus is on cultural heritage, architectural and urban history, with a particular interest in the public understanding of built environment heritage. Sabine co-led the AHRC New Towns Heritage Research Network project together with Bob Colenutt. The central aim of the project is to put a spotlight on the architectural and urban heritage of post war New Towns in the UK and Europe and its value for the cultural, social and economic sustainability of these towns. The collaboration with David Fée, Bob Colenutt and Sabine Coady Schäbitz led to the book publication in 2020 of ‘Paradise Lost? Lessons from British and French New Towns’.

In conjunction with the New Town Heritage Research Network Sabine has been invited to lead the New Town Old Town strand of 60 Miles by Road and Rail – an incredibly inspired project instigated by a team of young artists which are keen to tell the often hidden and misunderstood story of Northampton as an Expansion New Town.

Sabine is a long-time resident of Northampton and was previously Director of the Collaborative Centre for the Built Environment at Northampton University. In that capacity she established the University Town Northampton Project (UTN). UTN focussed on the strong relationship between university and place and consisted of a series of activities and events which explored the impact of the University of Northampton’s relocation to the town centre and its new Waterside Campus. As a Trustee of Delapré Abbey Preservation Trust Sabine is part of the Heritage & Culture and Project & Capital working groups. She has also been a long-standing member of the committee of Friends of 78 Derngate, the Mackintosh House in Northampton.

As part of the Great Place Scheme and Coventry City of Culture Sabine established the Coventry Modern Project. Based on Coventry’s Heritage Action Zone this is an engagement programme on the premise of the value of art, architecture and urban design in the creation of contemporary Coventry. Activities included Coventry Re-imagined – a podiums discussion including national and international participants; the Bauhaus School Coventry in conjunction with Finham Park School Coventry; a Design and Climate Change Exhibition from Coventry’s Twin City Dresden at Coventry Cathedral; and most recently Connecting Coventry, an international conference on Psychology and the City; and the opening of Metropolis, an exhibition contrasting the medieval and modernist developments of Coventry. In the context of this project Coventry established a new ‘Urban Room’ to find ways for local people to have more say in the future of our towns and cities.

Bob Colenutt | Old Town New Town Facilitator

Bob Colenutt – Old Town New Town Facilitator

Bob Colenutt has a background in planning and urban regeneration working for both community organisations and within local government. He also teaches and writes about planning and housing policy in the UK. After a PhD at the University of Bristol, he taught at Syracuse University in the USA, then returned to the UK working for the next 20 years as a planner researcher and community organizer first for the North Southwark Community Development Group, then for the Joint Docklands Action Group, and the Docklands Consultative Committee. He was also a local councillor at LB Lambeth where he chaired the planning committee for three years. One of the most important projects supported during that period was the Coin Street Community Builders housing development at Waterloo on the South Bank. 

In local government, he was head of the Docklands Unit at the GLC and a senior regeneration manager at LB Haringey for 10 years, and  later head of environmental services and planning at Northamptonshire County Council. He moved to the University of Northampton in 2007 where he worked for the Northampton Institute for Urban Affairs. There he led a major research project on volume house building in Northamptonshire and Milton Keynes. In 2021 he published , ‘The Property Lobby: The Hidden Reality Behind the Housing Crisis’ based in part on that research and the experience of campaigning on housing and planning in London and elsewhere. He is a founding member of the New Towns Heritage Research Network which organized a series of New Town workshops and study tours in New Towns in the UK and Europe in 2017-2019. From that experience a collection of essays, ‘Lessons from the British and French New Towns – Paradise Lost?’ was published in 2021 jointly edited by David Fee, Sabine Coady Schaebitz and Bob Colenutt. Bob is a board member of the Oxford Community Land Trust and his local Neighbourhood Forum. He teaches planning and housing policy and practice part-time in the School for the Built Environment at Oxford Brookes University.

Adam Blakemore | Marketing and Website Design

Adam Blakemore – Marketing and Website Design

Adam is a Northampton-based graphic designer who trained in Graphic Design & Illustration at De Montfort University. He founded his own freelance company Strelka in 2018 after over 13 years experience within design agencies both big and small. Strelka specialises in creative projects for the film and theatre industry – comprising concept art, posters, key art, logos, pitch decks, credits and more. 

Clients Adam has worked with include: Disney, CITV, 20th Century Studios, Milton Keynes Gallery, Outside In Theatre, Square Enix, Wales Interactive, Carbon Theatre, Centre Media, Live at Five Entertainment, Theatre in Black as well as numerous independent film producers.

Some of his favourite projects have included art for Neill Blomkamp’s Zygote, Hall of Mirrors starring Andrew Koji and collaborating with Poster Posse on a poster for Denis Villenueve’s Dune. He’s also passionate about sharing his design knowledge and regularly blogs about the industry and his creative practice at strelka.co.uk.

Eight Engines | Production Film

Eight Engines – Trailer and Show Film

Eight Engine are a video production company based in the heart of Manchester. The company was founded as a TV production company producing award-winning TV dramas for the BBC. In 2017 they began expanding into the marketing world, producing content for clients ranging from huge house names through to SMEs, always bringing the same commitment to quality and world-class storytelling.

The Eight Engines of today is a multi-disciplinary agency, creating attention-grabbing TV adverts, jaw-dropping digital campaigns, world-class live streams, binge-worthy broadcast television, and show-stopping events films all.

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