The Watermill Ensemble

In 2016 The Watermill Theatre established The Watermill Ensemble, a young company of multi-talented performers, including accomplished actor-musicians, with a 50:50 gender split.

The aim of the Watermill Ensemble is to combine Shakespeare’s texts and live music to create new versions of the plays which will tour and form part of The Watermill’s educational programme. Watermill Ensemble productions include Romeo and Juliet (2016, 2017), Twelfth Night (2017), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2018, 2019, 2020) and Macbeth (2019, 2020).

Executive and Artistic Director Paul Hart says: ‘The Watermill has always been the most wonderfully nurturing place to create work and the space itself forces you to think outside the box. We’ve found it’s the perfect environment to create productions that are bold, fresh and irreverent. I think a good ensemble forces everyone in the room to up their game and be experimental.’

The company have toured to London, Newcastle, Poole, Cardiff, Cheltenham, York, Guildford, Norwich, Salisbury, Wolverhampton, Oxford, and Neuss Shakespeare Festival Germany with support from Arts Council England and Neal’s Yard Remedies who were Principal Sponsor of the 2017 UK Tour.

 

Watermill Ensemble Cast Members

  • Victoria Blunt (Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth)
  • Sally Cheng (Macbeth)
  • Molly Chesworth (A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth)
  • Peter Dukes (Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night)
  • Eva Feiler (A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth)
  • Lillie Flynn (A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth)
  • Aruhan Galieva (Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night)
  • Joey Hickman (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)
  • Tyrone Huntley (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)
  • Lucy Keirl (Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth)
  • Rupert Lazarus (Romeo and Juliet)
  • Rebecca Lee (Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night)
  • Emma McDonald (Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth)
  • Peter Mooney (Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth)
  • Offue Okegbe (Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth)
  • Samantha Pearl (Romeo and Juliet)
  • Billy Postlethwaite (A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth)
  • Lauryn Redding (Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth)
  • Ned Rudkins-Stow (Romeo and Juliet)
  • Max Runham (Macbeth)
  • Jamie Satterthwaite (Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth)
  • Robyn Sinclair (A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth)
  • Mike Slader (Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth)
  • Tom Sowinski (A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth)
  • Sophie Stone (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)
  • Stuart Wilde (Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night)

 

Watermill Ensemble Creative Team

  • Paul Hart, Director (Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth)
  • Katie Lias, Designer (Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth)
  • Tom White, Lighting Designer (Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth)
  • David Gregory, Sound Designer (Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth)
  • Mona Khalili, Assistant Director (Romeo and Juliet)
  • Johnny Flynn, Music Associate (Romeo and Juliet and Twelfth Night)
  • Tom Jackson Greaves (Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth)
  • Ned Rudkins-Stow, Arrangements and Musical Direction (Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night)
  • Abigail Pickard Price, Associate Director (Romeo and Juliet)
  • Louise Rhoades-Brown (Macbeth)
  • Maimuna Memon, Musical Director (Macbeth)
  • Ilan Dwek, Sign Intergration Consultant (Macbeth)
  • Joey Hickman (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)
  • Robert Kirby (A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth)
  • Anjali Mehra (A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth)
  • Max Runham, Assistant Musical Direction (Macbeth)
  • Danielle Pearson, Dramaturg (Macbeth)
  • Ian McCracken, Fight Director (Macbeth)

 

Praise for The Watermill Ensemble 

‘The more this ensemble works together, the more satisfying and the richer their work becomes.’  WhatsOnStage

‘You will do yourself a disservice if you miss the opportunity to see them.'  Wokingham Paper

‘Paul Hart’s trademark Actor/Musician shows are always entertaining to watch, so it makes an enjoyable evening’  Pocket Sized Theatre

‘Paul Hart's theatrical experiment in the form of The Watermill Ensemble goes from strength-to-strength’  Daily Info