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Half Cut Theatre

We are focussed on bringing surprising, joyful and meaningful work to every part of the country. We began our journey outdoors, we now perform all year round, we perform in theatres, studio spaces, pub gardens, village greens, nearby castles, or anywhere we can pitch our stage and come together with the local community to tell a story.

We are passionate that theatre is for everyone, no matter where you live. And we also understand that going to the theatre can often be an expense that not everyone can stretch to. So we've offered our productions to date on a Pay What You Decide basis. Book a ticket and decide what you'd like to give us afterwards; it's completely up to you.

We were inspired by an article in August 2020 by the playwright James Graham, who wrote about the need to reignite theatre in the UK in the wake of many months of industry-wide closure. He said “if we cannot for the time being go large, then we go local”. So that's what we did, managing to bring A Midsummer Night's Dream to audiences in Cambridgeshire and Oxfordshire in September 2020. Our next two outings followed in November and December 2020; The Public Execution of Guido Fawkes (Kind Of)  and The Canterbury Tales at Christmas. In 2021, we toured the country with Twelfth Night, Treasure Island and A Christmas Carol. We have worn his motto as a badge of honour since then; “Any work. Anyhow. Anywhere.” 2022 saw us on the road again with Much Ado About Nothing and an expanded winter tour for our much-loved A Christmas Carol.

We've loved creating work that usually has a recognisable title, but has a heart that is all Half Cut, although we are currently developing an original piece. We like to devise and we love to work in a democratic and equitable way where all of us - the company members, the backstage team, our venues and our audiences - have a sense of ownership over that piece of theatre springing into life in the sunshine, metaphorical or otherwise.

The Team

About: About Us

James Camp
Co-Founder & Producer

James trained at the Guildford School of Acting and has worked as an actor all over the UK and abroad. 

He has toured with Tilted Wig and The Lord Chamberlain's Men and, regionally, has worked for Creation in Oxford, Guildford Shakespeare Company, Frinton Summer Theatre, The Capital Horsham, Little Wolf and Red Shift in Edinburgh.

George Readshaw
Co-Founder & Producer

George trained as an actor at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and has since worked with Pins and Needles, Les Enfants Terribles, The Lord Chamberlain's Men, Southwark PlayhouseFrinton Summer Theatre, Bristol Old Vic and has filmed an episode for Disney+.


He is about to embark on a UK tour of Mike Leigh's Abigail's Party.

Alex Wilson
Co-Founder & Producer

Alex trained as an actor at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and has gone on to work with some of the UK and Europe's leading theatre companies and venues, including The Watermill, Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory, Bristol Old Vic, Hammerpuzzle, Cheltenham Everyman, The English Theatre Frankfurt, The Lord Chamberlain's Men,  Archipelago and Shakespeare in Italy.


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We strongly believe that theatre should represent the diversity of the world around us both on and off stage in 2023. We know that diversity and democracy in both the theatrical workplace and the audience creates much more exciting and truthful work than the alternative.  As such, we aim to have at least a 50:50 gender balance among our cast across each Season and endeavour to cast from a diverse pool of performers.

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