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Meet The Company


Ryan Philpott- Artistic Director & Writer

Since the company formed in 2015 Ryan has written & produced all of the DTC’s stage adaptations.

He trained at LAMDA. His theatre acting work includes Oh What A Lovely War!, Pippin! And Macbeth (National Youth Theatre), Aspects of Love, Volcano, Perfect Wedding, Jack and the Giant (Palace Theatre, Westcliff), Limestone Cowboy (Belgrade Theatre, Coventry), Blood Brothers (UK Tour).

On TV, Ryan played Matthew Thyme in all 3 series of Rosemary & Thyme & was a regular in Eastenders as Sergeant Kenny Morris from 2007-2015. His most recent TV includes Jack Ryan (Amazon) and Seven Days That Rocked Elton (Channel 5). Other TV includes No Bananas, Coupling, London’s Burning, The Bill, Murder in Mind & BAFTA winning Warriors.

Ryan is co-owner of award-winning Deadpan Films and has written and produced a number of TV and film projects. www.deadpanfilms.com During the 1990s whilst on tour with Blood Brothers, Ryan met fellow DTC founder Louise Faulkner. A few theatre jobs later and he met Martin Carroll whilst in Toad of Toad Hall. Many years later the three of them all shared the stage in DTC's debut production of A Christmas Carol. This was followed in 2016 with The Trials of Charles Dickens, written by Ryan (he also played Magwitch and Bill Sikes).

In 2019/2020 Ryan will be playing a variety of roles in both A Christmas Carol and his new adaptation of Macbeth.


Eric Richard- Resident Director

Eric is best remembered as Sergeant Bob Cryer in ITV’s The Bill.

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 has also played 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 as well as all of the DTC's productions to date. In 2019 Eric was out on the road acting once again, touring UK theatres with a brand-new comedy Octopus Soup.


Louise Faulkner- Associate Actor & Co-Producer

Louise trained at The Arts Educational School.

Her theatre work includes Blood Brothers, Wind in the Willows, Relinquish, A Handful of Mustard Seed, Barbara, Waiting at the Water's Edge, The Full Monty plus The Hollow/ Murder on the Nile/ Murder on Air (The Agatha Christie Theatre Company), The Cheeky Chappie (Brighton Fringe).

Louise’s has appeared in 'Rep' as Amanda in Private Lives, Beverley in Abigail's Party, Rita in Educating Rita, Pauline in Willy Russell's One for the Road.

For DTC Louise has appeared in every production of A Christmas Carol since 2015 Louise played Mrs Cratchit as well as playing the Artful Dodger in The Trials of Charles Dickens in 2016.

For 2019/2020 Louise will be playing Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, as well as reprising her role as Scrooge in A Christmas Carol.


Martin Carroll – Associate Actor & Co-Founder

Theatre: Richard III & Twelfth Night (The Globe), Royal Hunt of The Sun (National Theatre), Black Coffee/Verdict/Murder On Air (Agatha Christie Theatre Co), The Weir (Haymarket Basingstoke), Lark Rise to Candleford (UK tour), Dad's Army/'Allo 'Allo (UK tour), Macbeth/Treasure Island (Palace Theatre Westcliff), The Hobbit (Vanessa Ford Prods), Othello/Measure For Measure/King Lear/Macbeth (Cambridge Shakespeare/Siege Perilous), Doctor Faustus (Greenwich), Little Shop of Horrors (West End & Tour), Dracula (Singapore), DTC’s A Christmas Carol (2015, 2016, 2017) and The Trials of Charles Dickens (Rochester 2016).

TV: The Alienist, Silent Witness, The Bill, Inspector Alleyn Mysteries, The Cleopatras, Harry & Cosh, Shergar-The Big Gamble, Joyce in June. Film: World War Z, Little Shop of Horrors.

In 2018, Martin toured UK theatres in Sebastian Faulks’ epic Birdsong (Birdsong Productions) playing the part of Azaire. In 2019/2020 martin will be taking the title role in DTC’s new touring production of Macbeth.


Mel Philpott - Producer & Education Consultant

Mel has taught & advised in Primary & Secondary education, in both mainstream and SEN since 1996. She is currently head of history & drama at Cedar Hall SEN School & is passionate about providing access to the arts for everyone.

For DTC Mel co-ordinates our ever-expanding educational theatre programming.


October 1, 2020

We are back in schools!

With students and teachers returning back to schools in September, DTC’s diary is starting to fill up.

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September 29, 2020

Oliver Twist 2021 plans ahead

Artistic Director Ryan Philpott and producer Mel Philpott are currently completing an application for Arts Council England funding for an exciting new theatre project, as ‘Oliver Twist 2021’ is officially announced.

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May 7, 2020

GCSEs and A level exams look unlikely. Meanwhile ‘Dickens’ Dream’ and ‘Staplehurst’ filmed in Lockdown

So, further to our last post, we are now two months into lockdown with no idea when we can hope to be coming out of this situation...

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March 17, 2020

COVID 19 disruption

In the world of theatre and the arts we are all used to periods of uncertainty. But none of us could have predicted where we are right now...

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January 22, 2020

Exciting new project ‘Dickens Dream’ announced

DTC Artistic Director Ryan Philpott has recently been commissioned by Gravesham Borough Council to write a new play ‘Dickens’ Dream’ to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Charles Dickens’ death.

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November 12, 2019

A CHRISTMAS CAROL on the road again

We are currently in rehearsals for this year’s tour of ‘A Christmas Carol’.

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September 29, 2019

MACBETH UK tour kicks off at The Towngate Theatre, Basildon.

After the success of our Arts Council England funded Macbeth project earlier in 2019, we decided to take the show on the road around the UK.

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May 1, 2019

Arts Council Funding!

In late May 2019 we received the exciting confirmation that our Arts Council England funding had been approved for our Macbeth outreach project.

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April 1, 2019

New Partnerships

In April 2019 the DTC were excited to announce new partnerships with Basildon’s Towngate Theatre, South Essex College and St Margaret’s House & more!

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February 1, 2019

2019/2020 Season

In February 2019 the DTC unveiled their 2019/2020 Season with a brand-new adaptation of Macbeth and a revival of their 2018 production of A Christmas Carol.

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“There are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast”

Charles Dickens

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