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About us

Artistic Director

Eric Richard


As an actor, there is hardly a town or major theatre throughout the UK that Eric hasn't played.

His long list of theatre credits include Paines Plough (National Theatre), Birmingham Rep, Manchester Royal Exchange with productions including A Christmas Carol, Loot, The Price, Antony & Cleopatra.

Eric is best remembered as Sergeant Bob Cryer in The Bill. Also leading roles under the direction of Mike Leigh, David Leland, Alan Clarke.

He has directed and produced many theatre productions, most recently a modern adaptation of The Merchant of Venice, DTC's debut production A Christmas Carol in 2015 and The Trials of Charles Dickens in 2016.

Writer, Actor & Producer

Ryan Philpott


Ryan trained at the NYT and LAMDA.

On TV, Ryan played Matthew Thyme in all 3 series of Rosemary and Thyme. Since 2007 Ryan has appeared regularly in Eastenders as Sergeant Kenny Morris.

His theatre work includes Blood Brothers (UK Tour), various repertory seasons at The Palace Theatre, Westcliff and Belgrade Theatre, Coventry. He played Bob Cratchit in the DTC's debut production of A Christmas Carol in 2015 as well as taking on the triple-challenge of playing Bill Sikes, Magwitch and Mr Pickwick in 2016's The Trials of Charles Dickens.

Ryan is co-owner of award-winning Deadpan Films and has written and produced a number of theatre, TV and film projects.

Actor & Producer

Louise Faulkner


Louise trained at The Arts Educational School.

Her theatre work includes Blood Brothers (UK tour & West End), Wind in the Willows (Hong Kong & Singapore tour), Relinquish (The Old Vic Tunnels), A Handful of Mustard Seed (Bush Theatre), Barbara (King's Head), Waiting at the Water's Edge (Theatr Clwyd), The Full Monty (Key Theatre, Peterborough), The Hollow/ Murder on the Nile/ Murder on Air (The Agatha Christie Theatre Company).

Also in 'Rep' Amanda in Private Lives, Beverley in Abigail's Party, Rita in Educating Rita, Pauline in Willy Russell's One for the Road. In 2015 Louise played Mrs Cratchit in DTC's A Christmas Carol before her critically-acclaimed turn as The Artful Dodger in The Trials of Charles Dickens.