Founded in May 2014 by Leana Sherwood and Dawn Richmond-Gordon Egg Box Theatre is an East Midlands company that makes very special interactive theatre for new young audiences. We are passionate about giving children and their families an open and exciting first experience of theatre. We encourage learning through play and offer our audiences the chance to join the adventure, not just sit and watch! Our work is often silly and always fun.
Through our partnership with The University of Lincoln and Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, we use the creation of our work as a platform for graduate development and retention. Learning and development is at the heart of everything we do. We make theatre which challenges traditional environments, is often silly and always fun!
Our participation programme is dedicated to providing an inclusive experience for children and young people of all backgrounds and abilities. We are passionate about creating an accessible environment for young people where they can feel comfortable and confident to be themselves. We provide young people with the opportunity to discover their potential and help them to grow. The needs and interests of young people in our region always inspire the work we do.
Dawn studied Drama at The University of Lincoln. In her graduating year she joined The Lincoln Company, a student and graduate theatre company funded by the University, where she worked extensively as a director, project manager and stage manager for a programme of work performed at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In 2012 Dawn joined the creative team at Zest Theatre fulfilling the role of Youth Theatre Director and Participation Coordinator. During her time at Zest Dawn wrote and directed 6 Neon Youth Theatre productions and also worked as assistant director on Gatecrash National Tour, and as a director on Until Its Gone 2013 and 2014 tour. Dawn completed an MA in Contemporary Art at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2013 and is hoping to embark on a PHD in Contemporary Performance in the near future. Dawn is currently working for Lincolnshire One Venues as a Project Worker for the young people’s programme.
Leana graduated from The Lincoln School of Performing Arts in 2010 with a degree in Dance and Drama. She joined The Lincoln Company in 2009 and has since worked with them performing annually at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In 2011 Leana managed the company’s international transfer of Blood Brothers to IMKA Theatre, Warsaw where she also starred as Mrs Johnston. She has been working on arts engagement projects since 2011 when she joined Lincolnshire One Venues Young Peoples Programme. Recently she has worked as a project coordinator at The University of Lincoln, supporting young artists in making work for The Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015. Leana currently works at Lincolnshire One Venues as an Education Project Worker for the young people’s programme
Martyn studied drama at The University of Lincoln, graduating in 2014. During his 3 years, he became a member of the Lincoln Company, where he performed in shows at the Edinburgh Fringe festival for 2 years including The Underwater Adventure, Look Back in Anger and Sheriff Wayne and the Sundance cave. Since graduating, Martyn has worked as an actor for Lincoln based Zest theatre, in Until its Gone 2014-15 and Physical Theatre piece Boy meets girl, National Tour 2015.
Youth Theatre Assistant
Michael studied drama at The University of Lincoln. He has experience programming and commissioning work for Lincoln Performing Arts Centre and has worked as a project assistant at Lincolnshire One Venues Young People’s Programme. Here he was able to increase support and opportunities for young musicians across the county. Michael also has experience in directing devised / physical theatre and musicals, including Fill in the Blank Theatre’s The Man Whose Memories Fell Out (2015). He has also supported the creative team at Zest Theatre as an assistant director of a number of their youth theatre productions.
James is a third year Drama student at University of Lincoln. He has experience programming and producing work for Lincoln Performing Arts Centre including the venues annual Newvolutions Festival in 2017. In his first year of university he joined The Lincoln Company and has gone on to perform in numerous shows for them including Stephen Sondheim’s Company at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2016 and an East Midlands tour of Alan Ayckbourn’s A Chorus of Disapproval in February 2017. He is currently Co-Directing The Lincoln Company's production of Simon Stephens’ Pornography which will appear at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2017. He is also the producer for emerging Lincolnshire based theatre company The Backpack Ensemble who create work based around their own personal experiences.
Jay is a third year drama student at The University of Lincoln, who has always endeavoured to become a professional actor. During his time at University he has taken part in a number of shows including, Drama Baby, Richard III, Much Ado About Nothing and The Magpie and the Yorkshireman. In addition, Jay became a member of The Lincoln Company and performed at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival for the past two years running, with shows including Twelfth Night and Stephen Sondheim’s Company. Jay has recently gained a place on the MA Acting course at Guildford School of Acting where he aims to continue his training.