Miranda Parker

Founder & Director

Miranda started her training at a very young age; she was a member of Oldham Theatre Workshop. She then went on to train as an actor, leaving the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in 1997.

After finishing drama school she worked as part of a theatre company connected to the National Museums and Galleries of Wales. She acted, wrote, directed and devised a number of productions which interpreted the exhibitions of the various museums in Wales.

After relocating, back to the North, She worked for ITV for a number of year on continuing dramas, such as Emmerdale and Coronation Street.

 Over the years she directed work for small drama societies and youth theatres and now has the opportunity to direct a large number of productions each year, from Theatre in Education tours to full scale dramatic productions at the Grange Arts Theatre. A few of years ago she was approached by the Real Life Theatre company to direct for the JB Short plays.

Jake Talbot

Founder and Writer

Jake began his career by starring as the lead role in Welsh drama ‘Rocket Boys’ (2012) directed by BAFTA nominee James Button. The film screened around the world including at ‘Festival de Cannes’ and ‘Carmarthen Bay Film Festival’. He went on to win Best Actor at ‘ScreenTest Film Festival’ and was nominated in the same year at ‘St. Albans Film Festival’. Through this he’s received large praise from the director behind the 8th season of ‘Doctor Who’ and received management with Manchester agency ‘Linton Management’. 

Since then, Jake has continued training at Carol Godby’s Theatre Workshop, where he gained Representation with Linton Management.

Jake has been working professionally and frequently in the industry for 5 years. His first professional credit was playing Kenny and Paul on BBC Radio 4 Drama’s ‘The Punjab’ he then went on to secure a small role in ‘Coronation Street’.  Most recently, Jake secured a role in Rob Johnston’s sell out play ‘The Riot Act’ which toured museums and libraries in early 2019, before heading into GM fringe (Best Drama Nominee) and Buxton Fringe (Best Theatre Production Nominee).

Jake has also been involved with Miranda and Yes and...? Theatre Company in their tour ‘The Myths Surrounding Student Finance’. He aided the company in devising the play, and had acted various roles over 4 tours, with a over 100 performances. 

As a writer, Jake's debut play 'Drowning', following cancellations in the 2020 pandemic, managed to get the show out for three sold out performances in the autumn, with a sold out show at The Oldham Coliseum Theatre set to be rescheduled.

In 2020, Jake was a member of Royal Exchange's Young Writers programme, where he wrote 'My Princess', performed by Julie Hesmondalgh.

Jake's next play 'Smoking Shelter' is currently in pre-production.

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