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Miranda Parker


Miranda started her training at a very young age; under David Johnson at 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 years ago she was approached by the Real Life Theatre company to direct for the JB Short plays. Miranda, also directed 'Our Kid' by Taran Knight, which was nominated for best drama at GM Fringe 2019.

With Dare to Know Theatre, Miranda directed, the North-West Tour of 'Drowning', One for Sorrow, Two for Joy' at The Grange Theatre, 'A Broken Family, Together' with The Oldham Coliseum Theatre

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Jake Talbot

Playwright & Performer

Jake Talbot is a playwright and actor from Oldham, Manchester. Jake began his career as an 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’. He went on to win Best Actor at ‘ScreenTest Film Festival’ and was nominated in the same year at ‘St. Albans Film Festival’. 

Jake has been working professionally and frequently in the industry for 10 years, in Radio, Television and Theatre. Most recently, Jake performed as David at Salford Arts Theatre in Joe Walsh's 'Hold Me Close' with Two in a Bed Theatre Company.

Jake is a Bruntwood Prize Long-Listed playwright, his writing journey began with 'Drowning' a semi-autobiographical one-man play. Drowning has led to a string of plays; 'A Broken Family, Together' commissioned by The Oldham Coliseum Theatre, 'My Princess' A short piece as part of The Royal Exchange Theatre's Young Writer's Moments of Connection, 'One for Sorrow, Two for Joy', a play curated with The Oldham Collective and members of the Oldham Community, 'Young Love', performed by students at Oldham College. 

Jake is currently working on Dare to Know Theatre's next community play and his next play 'Smoke and Mirrors'.

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