main-background new title lpt

         THE TEAM




Susan Penhaligan

Susan is celebrated star of stage, screen and film.  She is deeply supportive of pub theatres. 


“Pub theatres are so important for the development of theatre professionals, and keeping alive our theatrical history.” 

                                                               - Susan Penhaligan


Read full article and biography here 




Heather Jeffery is also playwright and was formerly Artistic Director of Changing Spaces Theatre.  Her credits include productions at Drayton Arms Theatre (Kensington), Old Red Lion Theatre (Islington), VAULT festival (Waterloo), St Paul’s Church (Covent Garden), Cockpit Theatre (Marylebone) and Midlands Arts Centre (Birmingham)


Our Writers/Reviewers:


Columnist Richard Braine is actor, director and playwright.

As an Actor he has worked extensively throughout the country including Chichester Festival Theatre, Manchester Royal Exchange, Birmingham Rep, and Stephen Joseph Theatre in Yorkshire. His Television and Film credits include: “Calendar Girls”, “Pride, Prejudice and Zombies”, “Finding Neverland”, “Bridget Jones”, “Suspicions of Mr Whicher”, “Mr Selfridge” and many years ago Gussie Fink-Nottle in “Jeeves and Wooster”. He has also filmed over 150 Commercials all over the world.

He has directed the European premiere of Sternheim/Martin “The Underpants” at The Old Red Lion Theatre and written three plays: “Being There with Sellers”, “Bedding Clay Jones” and “Sexing Alan Titchmarsh”


David Weir is a playwright.  His plays include CONFESSIONAL (Oran Mor, Glasgow 2017), the post-referendum family drama BETTER TOGETHER, (Brockley Jack Theatre, London), and others have been performed at the Arundel and Windsor festivals, Greenwich Theatre, the Isle of Wight, and a pub lunchtime theatre in Perth, Australia. BETTER TOGETHER (2015) and LEGACY (2011) were longlisted for the Bruntwood Prize, and LEGACY shortlisted for the King’s Cross Award. He won the Constance Cox Award in 2015 and was a Kenneth Branagh Award winner in 2011.


Andrew Curtis is a playwright and graduate of the Royal Court Theatre’s Young Writers programme. He has had several short plays performed including; 2014, ‘Vesting Day’ at Southwark Theatre in London and The Tron in Glasgow. 2013, ‘Flags’ at the Tristan Bates Theatre, ‘Waiting For My Man’ at the Lincoln Arts Centre, 2012,‘Jubilee Street’ performed at the 503 Theatre. His full length piece, ‘Raiders’ Road’, was long-listed for the 2011 Papatango/Finborough Theatre Playwriting Competition and an extract was performed at Hampstead Theatre’s Start Night in 2010. He has a PHD in politics and has worked on several social research projects.


Siân Rowland  is a playwright and comedy writer represented by Kitson Press. Her five star reviewed play Gazing at a Distant Star ran at the Edinburgh Fringe as a Greenwich Theatre production.


Annie Power is an award-winning writer, director and FCP Editor.


Dionne Farrell currently works in Television and Film production, with a real passion for theatre. When not spectating, she is either performing with a local am-dram group, or trying to write for the stage!


Verity Williams is a poet, actor, playwright, dog enthusiast and committed gin drinker (not necessarily in that order). Born and raised in Dorset, Verity has a BA in English and Drama from Royal Holloway, an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa and an MA in Acting from East 15.


Joanne Griffiths has lectured in theatre studies for over twenty years.  She is a keen playwright and founder member of Two42 Theatre Company.   She made the top 20 in Bristol Old Vic’s open submissions 2016.  


Kate Pettigrew Kate Pettigrew is a Fleet Street journalist. Her plays have included Brexit, dementia and talking sheep.


Sepy Baghaei is a theatre director originally from Sydney, Australia. She runs independent theatre company Suitcase Civilians, which produces internationally touring work. Sepy holds an MA in Advanced Theatre Practice from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.


Deborah Jeffries is a PhD Researcher at the University of East London and Rose Bruford College. Her thesis is entitled ‘Legitimising the Victorian Music Hall’, and contests the notion of legitimate versus illegitimate theatre. It also investigates theatre architecture, purpose and licensing. She has worked for Hoxton Hall and Wilton’s - two of the UK’s four operational Victorian music halls, as well as the more modern incarnation, Brick Lane Music Hall. Her MA in Drama from Goldsmiths explores the difference between music hall and variety theatre, and the place of each genre in modern popular culture. She has reviewed music and theatre across the UK for over 30 years.


Luke Ofield is a writer and director who runs his own theatre company, Unmasked Theatre, in the deep and exotic South (…Brighton). A drama and classic history graduate (so completely unemployable) from the University of Kent), Luke has an unhealthy love for clever transitions and creative lighting. He is also probably the worst singer to ever have lead billing in a musical.


Mike Swain is a professional actor, writer and director from Nottingham. He holds a BA Hons Performing and Media Arts from the University of Derby and creates devised physical work through his company, Rats With Wings Theatre Collective.


Alex Hayward is a playwright, poet and author of short fiction. Raised in the West Country, Alex moved to London to pursue an MA in literature at Queen Mary University of London and has not left since. His plays deal with themes of nationalism, trauma, and the limits of idealism.


Emma Lamond is a Theatre Maker and Arts Educator working in South London.  She loves to watch (and make) feminist theatre and has a keen interest in political theatre.


Elizabeth Leemann has been involved in theatre for many years and is primarily focused on text analysis and bringing text to life on stage. She works as a playwright, dramaturg, and assistant director for a number of theatre companies and cinema production companies, including Flashpoint Collective (London, UK) and The Weaver Productions (York, UK).


Dísa Andersen is an Icelandic actress and playwright based in London. She has been producing and creating theatre on the fringe scene since 2012. Dísa is the founder and co-owner of Frigg Theatre, a co nordic theatre company with a focus on feminist work. She is represented by TTA Agency.


Jack Albert Cook is a playwright, based in London, but originally from the sunnier climate of Newcastle Upon Tyne. He graduated from Bath Spa with a BA in Drama and an MA in Scriptwriting and his work has been performed at Tristan Bates Theatre, Theatre 503 and the North Wall Arts Centre.'


Emma Zadow is an actor and theatre maker from South London.  


Anamaria Rose is a writer, director and an actor based in North London. Her first film Broken Soul is currently in production. She is also a founder of multimedia company The Media Chain and a massive cat lover.


Sadie Labram started reviewing theatre after being bored once again in a hotel room while travelling abroad: Since then watching a performance of anything is on the agenda whenever she goes away. She has reviewed theatre in the UK Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Sadie is originally from Germany's musical capital Hamburg but has lived in London for over 10 years. As well as reviewing for London Pub Theatres she has her own blog