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Who we are

Here is the core Corkscrew team, many of whom go back a long way. This isn’t everyone who works on all productions, and not everyone here works on every show, but these are the people who keep us going and keep us improving.

For more information about our Intern Programme and current interns, visit the intern page.

To everyone else we’ve worked with; huge thanks and we look forward to working with you again soon!

Lesley Ford

Artistic Director

With her Dad’s words ringing in her ears, “If you don’t ask, you don’t get,” Lesley has been asking and has managed to get all of the marvellous people below to come and play with Corkscrew. Their inability to argue back seems to be her superpower and that’s what makes Corkscrew special.

Will Males

Company Manager

Defining Will’s Corkscrew role is always really difficult. First and foremost he is a talented actor, but he is also a willing and able ‘jack of all trades’. We’re very lucky to have someone who will put up posters in the rain, manage get ins, make props, run to the shops and handily drive a truck.

Kerri John

Production Stage Manager

Kerri studied technical theatre at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, where she went on to work as a professional stage manager. Only Lesley Ford could drag her backstage again after years away!

David Sear

Associate Director and Marketing

David has been involved with various Corkscrew productions, co-directing Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead and Horrox (his own play, as part of the Cambridge Festival) as well as acting in Dunsinane.
He’s had a career building technology brands and deploys those many skills promoting our shows principally on social media.

David John

Associate Artist and Acting Coach

David has worked variously as an actor, director, lighting designer and technician on productions in Canada, the US and the UK and brings all this experience to the Corkscrew table.

Martin Maynard

Associate Artist and Workshop Development

Martin trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, going on to work in TV, Film, Stage and Radio. He loves producing workshops to help the next generation form their craft.

Bobby Ford

Business Manager

Matt Wilkinson

Associate Artist

An alumnus of Mountview Academy, author, voice artist, zoologist and fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge, Matt is something of a Renaissance man. He’s a regular speaker at the Cambridge Science Festival and London’s Royal Institution, and has appeared in a handful of Corkscrew shows, including 2019’s Ancient Mariner. He currently holds the company’s Most Luxuriant Beard record.

Tracy James

Costume Designer

Tracy is an award-winning costume designer and maker who has been dressing actors in Cambridge from her legendary ‘sewing room’ for a very long time! She particularly enjoys transformation challenges and finds it rewarding when an idea actually works!

Sophie McMahon

Associate Artist and Movement Director

Sophie McMahon is a director, theatre maker and movement / intimacy director with a passion for accessibility, mental health and female led storytelling as well as making sure people are laughing most of the time!
She also works as a writer and facilitator, running workshops for London Actors Workshop and Dangerosity Actors and Writers company. She is adamant that she will never choose just one career path!

Geoff Page

Resident Composer

Geoff Page is a music teacher but we are very glad that he is at heart a composer and a MD. He has written many musicals, three of which we have been delighted to produce. His shows are always dark, and quite often very silly. Really usefully he can, seemingly without effort, produce perfect underscoring for other Corkscrew productions.

Liam High

Associate Artist

Having graduated from his MA in Playwriting in 2022, Liam now lives in Manchester. His writing focuses on sexuality and mental health, drawing on information he learns from his job within the NHS.

Kate Molloy

Graphic Design

Kate is a Graphic designer working with small businesses around Cambridgeshire on branding, logo and print design projects.

Paul Ashley

Photographer

Paul is a photographer living in Cambridge, UK. His work as a geologist, environmental scientist and amateur musician has taken him around the world and has given him privileged opportunities to develop his photographic experience.

He has a particular interest in photography of people, especially of performance:
- Music, theatre and dance
- Portraits and people at work
- The drama of the street

He is the editor of RPS Contemporary Photography, the quarterly journal of the Contemporary group of the Royal Photographic Society and a Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society.

Ernest T. Dog

Company Dog

Ernie is the most enthusiastic attendee at all rehearsals and after show parties he attends and has appeared in most shows' rehearsal photos. His acting range is limited, and he deeply regrets missing out on being a Shelby brother in the BBC drama series Peaky Blinders.

Donations

We don’t take donations, we work hard on our shows to make them financially viable, however, people have asked us in the past how they can donate to Corkscrew, well, you can’t. If you want to support us, please come to our shows, follow us on social media and share our stuff with your friends.

If you want to part with some cash, we love The Red Hen Project – a charity in Cambridge who work with some of the City’s socially and economically disadvantaged families to break the ‘poverty trap’ cycle. You can read more about the charity on their website, or donate using the donate button on the screen.

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