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Production Team


Anthony Richards

Anthony is founder of Common Players and has been directing and acting professionally for far too long.  He relishes helping people create compelling theatre and connecting audiences to new experiences.   Anthony will direct the performance and lead the production team.

Favourite place in Devon: where Exmoor collides with the sea.


Associate Producer

Fin Irwin

Fin is the Co-founder of the Bike Shed Theatre in Exeter. He has been a freelance producer for the last year and is also working with Beaford Arts.


Favorite Place in Devon:

Dartmoor. Hard to specify a place...

Associate Producer

Sophie McCormack

Favorite place in Devon:

Fingle Bridge

Assistant Producer

Tim Bradbeer

Tim is a 3rd year English student from the University of Exeter. He has produced many student shows, including Amadeus at the Northcott and Spring Awakening at the Exeter Pheonix and NSDF. This is his first time as an assistant producer in a professional capacity.


Favourite place in Devon:

His Grandparent’s house in Dunsford.

Voice Coach

Charlie Hughes-D’Aeth

Charlie is currently Text and Voice Coach on the RSC’s Matilda the Musical (Dir. Matthew Warchus) and Children’s Voice Coach on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Dir. Sam Mendes) at Theatre Royal Drury Lane. She is delighted to be working with The Common Players again, having been a performer with them on their 1990 Summer Season when they were The Strolling Players

Musical Director

Alan Boxer

Marketing Director

Katherine Scott

Favourite place in Devon:
RHS Rosemoor Gardens (a constant source of seasonal inspiration for my tiny city garden).

Wardrobe Designer / Supervisor

Beth De -Tisi

Beth is the Wardrobe Manager at Exeter Northcott and has also worked as a costume supervisor at the Bristol Old Vic, Bath Theatre Royal, Theatre Alibi,The Common Players and  Out of Joint.

Beth works regularly working with Exeter College supervising the BTech final show and has supervised costumes for Exeter City council projects aswell as costume assistant for the BBC.

Most recently Beth has been instrumental in saving the Exeter Northcott wardrobe stock, with the invaluable help of a team of volunteers.

Favourite place in Devon:
Up a country lane looking at Dartmoor to the south and Exmoor to the north.

Marketing / Web Editor

Jenny Hogg

Favourite place in Devon:
Sat on the bench at the top of Valley of the Rocks.

Production Manager

Dominic Jeffery

Dominic graduated from the University of Exeter with a degree in Drama in 2003. He then joined the Northcott Theatre Electrics Department and trained as an apprentice under the legendary Maurice Marshal. After a spell away from the Northcott, Dominic returned, first as Chief Electrician and later as Technical Manager. He is also a director of Showbitz, a Production Company based in the South West. His recent Production work includes BBC Children In Need South West, E3 Games Consol Conference Los Angeles for Sony, Paris Games week for Sony, Cathedra 900 Exeter Cathedral, Birdhouse, Corner of the Ocean and Something Blue Jammy Voo Theatre.


Favourite place in Devon:
On a boat in the English Channel Fishing while the sun goes down and the moon comes up.

Chief Electrician

Chris Davis

Chris began his career in amateur theatre while still at school.  Having been well tutored at the Shaftesbury theatre in Dawlish, and after working on his first professional production at the Exeter Northcott theatre in 2001, he was then mentored by Maurice Marshal MBE.  He is also a director of Showbitz, a Production company based in the South West.  His most recent credits include: Lighting design for West Side Story (Northcott), Educating Rita (Northcott), Les Miserables (Ivybridge), Amadeus (Northcott), Great Expectations (Taunton) and Talking Heads (Northcott & Small scale tour). Other work: BBC Children In Need South West (Falmouth), Birdhouse (Jammy Voo, Edinburgh).


Favourite place in Devon: On Haldon Belvedere looking out over the majority of Devon (but preferably on a sunny day!).


Technical Stage Manager

Hannah Rowley

Hannah has several years touring experience in theatre and music. She has worked on productions with Theatre Alibi and most recently was Lighting Designer for their autumn 2013 production, I Believe in Unicorns. She has also completed several tours as Lighting Designer for Show of Hands, including a celebratory performance at the Royal Festival Hall in London.


Favourite place in Devon:
Fingle Bridge

Technical Apprentice

Will Tippett

Will started working in theatre at the age of 13 at his local theatre company NADMCS (Newton Abbot) and at the age of 16 he started to work at Babbacombe theatre (Torquay) as the resident lighting technician for 3 years. He left after being given the opportunity to become the technical Theatre Apprentice at the Exeter Northcott Theatre and to continue his training in a professional theatre. He has since designed and operated lighting for Productions in the south west, most recently: Oliver for NADMCS, Teignmouth Carnival – Main Stage, Bishopsteignton Festival, Ship Inn Music Festival (Teignmouth). He has also operated lighting for BBC Children In Need South west, which aired in November 2013.


Musical Animateur

Colin Wilson

Colin Wilson, a guitarist and singer songwriter has been performing in clubs,pubs,concerts and festivals for over 40 years he is also involved in music for Early Years and music as therapy for severely disabled adults,he runs an acoustic  trio called The Boys from Melbourne Street,a Ceilidh Band called Barnstormers,The Mid & West Devon Community Choir along with The Bradninch Acoustic Music Club

Stage Manager

Evered Woodward

Evered as been involved with two summer tours with Common Players and has vast experience in stage management. In 2012 I was approached to be part of a collaborative project with the Lafrowda organisation. The project was the production of a comic piece of theatre in the Ash Tree Actors style using local amateur actors. For four years I worked as Company/Stage manager for the pantomime season in Blackburn and Lytham.

Project Evaluation

Mischa Eligoloff

Mischa Eligoloff is a Devon based freelance evaluator,  he will use qualitative and quantitative  methods to assess the impact of the project on the team, audience and partners. When he is not devising and evaluating cultural projects he can be found enjoying life.


Favourite place in Devon:
Any pub with a good view of the countryside/sea

Assistant Stage Manager

Les Dacombe

Les was born in Exeter in 1948, in St. Leonard’s, but left when he was 16 years old to join the Royal Navy.
He served for 14 years, attaining the rank of Petty Officer, Anti-Submarine Warfare Director, leaving in 1978 to join the Prison Service.
He completed 20 years as a Governor in the Prison Service, in various prisons around the country, retiring in 1998.
He now spends his time working for local Charitable Organisations and helping in a variety of capacities at the local Amateur Theatre.

He is married with two adult children and five grand-children.

He enjoys malt whisky, fine wines and good food. 


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