Straightforward Theatre



Straightforward Theatre is a newly-formed professional theatre company based in Bolton, dedicated to touring plays on important themes to small-scale theatre and community venues.

‘Edward and Eliza and the smashing of the van’ will tour throughout October 2017 staging 18 performances in a range of different venues across the north of England and the Scottish Borders.

It will run for about 1 hour with no interval but for those venues who desire a longer evening, an interval followed by discussion and Q&A with the cast and writer is part of the offer.

The company is a member of the Independent Theatre Council and pays current ITC/Equity minimum rates for actors and stage managers.




Eileen is a professional theatre writer and director. She has worked at the Bolton Octagon, the Dukes Lancaster and the Library Theatre in Manchester but also with numerous touring and community companies. Most of her work has been in the North West but she went to India to research her adaptation of the great Ramayana epic. For five years she was director in residence at M6 Theatre in Rochdale where the work spanned infants to elderly, small scale touring to middle scale Christmas shows. She has a great interest in developing new work with other writers and in her own writing loves story and narrative above all.




Chris was Artistic Director of the Library Theatre Company, Manchester from 1987 to 2014. His productions there included Serious Money, Man of the Moment, Brother Eichmann (UK premiere), The Merchant of Venice (MEN Best Production Award), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Racing Demon, The Life of Galileo ( MEN Best Production Award), A Doll’s House, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, Measure for Measure, Death of a Salesman, Pygmalion, All My Sons, The Price, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me (MEN Best Production Award), Private Lives, Waiting For Godot ( MEN Best Production Award), Rock ‘n’ Roll (regional premiere), Glengarry Glen Ross, The Importance of Being Earnest, Arcadia, Hard Times (at Murrays’ Mills), The Heretic, Educating Rita, and Anya Reiss’s version of The Seagull.

Chris was formerly Artistic Director of Derby Playhouse and the Gateway Theatre, Chester, and the first Director at Birmingham Rep’s Studio Theatre.

Since stepping down from the Library Theatre Company, he has directed Pygmalion and Spring and Port Wine at Oldham Coliseum, Deborah McAndrew’s One of Each for Mikron, and A Great War, Humble, and Pretty Pimpin’ at JB Shorts. He regularly directs at The Manchester School of Theatre and chairs the Drama Centre Advisory Board.

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Straightforward Theatre wishes to thank Jonathan Gillow of Hill Dickinson and Viv Tyler of Business in the Arts North West.





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