About Us


  • To create theatre that excites both us and our audiences. With musical theatre as our speciality, we are focused on socially relevant revivals and challenging new works that speak to the world around us. 

  • To find a sustainable fringe theatre model for musical theatre. This means finding that elusive balance between production quality and financial viability, all the while ensuring that everyone involved is paid for their work. 

  • To provide emerging creatives with the opportunity to learn, explore and create. 


Matthew Rankcom
Artistic Director
Samantha Dye
Laura Loutit
Executive Director
Managing Director

Favourite Word: Melancholy

Favourite Food: Fajitas

Pet Peeve: Loud eating 


Matthew enjoys long walks, cuddly dogs and a good Sondheim score.

He has a BA(Hons) in Musical Theatre from the Guildford School of Acting and has always had a flare for staging his own productions after charging the neighbours 50p to watch him perform a one man version of 'Annie' in his garage. Other work includes regional productions of Sweeney Todd and Spring Awakening, Book & Lyrics of 'Perfectly Ordinary' at the Hope Mill Theatre and Assistant Directing the UK Tour of Salad Days.

@MatthewRankcom on Twitter

Favourite word: Pedantic 

Favourite Food: Hummus and Almonds

Pet Peeve: Impossible to narrow it down!

Samantha enjoys getting lost in a good book and listening to the Goddess that is Tori Amos. 

She trained at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama then went on to work as a voice coach in various top drama schools, alongside working with professional companies up and down the country. In another life she was also a part of the Northern Stage Technical Team that curated and produced Edinburgh Festival venues, focussing on North East Talent. Alongside her current role at ArtsEd Schools she brings all of this knowledge together in order to tell Matthew when he is being an idiot (her favourite job by far).

Favourite Word: Serendipity

Favourite Food: Pringles

Pet Peeve: Lateness


Laura enjoys an early night, cooking for friends, and anything vaguely french.


With a profound adoration for admin, Laura has spent much of her time organising numerous friends’ diaries and taking immense pride in email etiquette. She has a BA(Hons) in Musical Theatre from the Guildford School of Acting, and had her calling to the theatre at 8 years old having won the school’s christmas talent show miming to Mary’s Boy Child.


@LauraLoutit on Twitter

Kate Landy in rehearsals for 'Perfectly Ordinary' at the Hope Mill Theatre, 2019.

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