About Tawdry Lace

About Tawdry Lace

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Tawdry Lace Theatre like comic writing assembled by talented playwrights. We like the spoken word. Our aim is to produce work that is sophisticated yet accessible, funny but stirring and of course - entertaining. We intend to delight audiences with visceral and engaging theatre and seek to enchant audiences by blending heightened, comic elements with the lighter, often more emotive moments. Our goal is simple - we attempt to enthral regardless of age, area code or educational merit through producing accessible and rousing theatre.

Company Members

Janet Adams -

Co-Artistic Director /Producer

Janet’s first stage appearance was aged 13, at The Minack Theatre in Cornwall. This theatre debut sparked a lifelong love of performing, especially in the open air!

The love affair with the Minack Theatre continues as she directed"Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility adapted by Jessica Swale for Janus Theatre company which was performed there in June 2018.

Recent theatre roles include Clara in Lady of Little Sense,  Babs in Happily Never After (performed on Bristol Ferry boats). For Tawdry Lace - Aunt Augusta in Travels With My Aunt; director of The Night Before Christmas,  Ann in The Cocktail Hour and Kay in Little Gem

Janet loves to try new things, which has even ignited a new love of Stage combat (BADC Advanced)!

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Fay Greenhalgh -

Co-Artistic Director

Fay trained at East 15 acting school under the watch of Margaret Walker, and is an actor, singer, and occasional director with a vast and varied repertoire in her wake.

Recent credits include Koti in Transylvanian Blues with Rapscallion Theatre Company, The Woman In White, Ms Tibbles, The Scarlet Woman and Sadie Belle in The Adventures Of Professor Elemental: The radio series, a Robot Jane Austen for Bath digital Festival, Nora and Sophie in Love In the Harbour with The Harbour Theatre Company, as well as Lorriane in Little Gem,  Cherry in Night Before Christmas,  Henry, Wordsworth, Tooley, Hatty, Hakim and Gentleman in Travels With My Aunt with Tawdry Lace.

She directed our production of The Cocktail Hour.

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Associate Artists

David Cole

(Actor: The Cocktail Hour)

David Cole trained at the Bristol Acting Academy. He has appeared in South West productions including 'The Canterville Ghost', 'Dracula' and 'The Hound of the Baskervilles', and has toured with the English National Ballet's 2015 production of 'Romeo & Juliet'. In 2016 he became involved with a new theatre company, Cheers Drive Theatre, which recently completed its second production, 'Loveplay'.

Calum Anderson

(Actor: The Night Before Christmas)

Despite his youthful appearance and silky-smooth skin, Calum Anderson has been active on the Bristol Theatre scene for well over a decade. Alongside performing in various classic plays and new works, he directs odd plays full of physical theatre, music and madness. However, he isn't all that great at talking about himself . . .

Rosie Closs

(Actor: The Cocktail Hour)

'The Cocktail Hour' is Rosie's first professional production. She has been a member of  the Kelvin Players for over two years and has played roles in 'Glory Dazed' and 'Abigail's Party' in 2015, 'Di and Viv' and 'Rose' in 2016 and 'Dinner' in 2017. Prior to her work with Kelvin, she lived in Sheffield and was a member of the Midland Players where she appeared in 'A Woman of No Importance', 'Children's Hour' and 'A Memory of Water' and also in 'Macbeth' with The Company, another Sheffield group. 

Carolyn Csonka

(Director: Little Gem)

Carolyn is Artistic Director of Bath-based Rapscallion Theatre Company. As well as her work with Rapscallion, she has also directed plays at the Rondo Theatre, Bath, for Juno Theatre Company in Salisbury, at the Egg Theatre, Bath as an Assistant Director, and is about to direct Little Gem for Tawdry Lace at the Alma Tavern Theatre, Bristol, in October 2018.

Arthur Godden

(Actor: The Night Before Christmas)

Arthur Godden is a Theatre Student at the University of Bristol. Since completing a Classical Acting course at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in 2014 he has performed in numerous independent productions across the Midlands: films, theatre, musical ensembles and comedy. Starting out at X-entricity Youth Theatre in Herefordshire he has also trained with the National Youth Theatre and will be partaking in Lecoq workshops with Up the Ante Theatre Company this winter.

He performed stand up for Balloon Lungs Theatre, which took 'Fish and Chips with Edith' to the Edinburgh fringe this summer, and continues to write comedy - and comedy blogs - for Clogs: A Comedy Blog (which can be found on Facebook and Twitter).

Paul Lawless

(Actor: Travels with My Aunt,

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Paul is a professional Actor/Deviser, Songwriter & Producer who hails from Dorset. He now resides in Bristol and creates theatre alongside his work as a freelancer, having co-devised/devised  'Fade Away' as Asmund (The Unimaginables, 2015), 'Alf the Highwayman' (Brave Bold Drama, 2016), 'Appily Ever After' (Frenetic Fox Theatre, 2017) and 'George & the Flight of the Imaginees' (Brave Bold Drama, 2017). He completed touring 'China Doll: A Neuropera In Four Seasons' with Bad Habit Theatre which played at the Pleasance Dome for the EdFringe, throughout August 2015.

As well as Acting, Paul coordinates the performing aspect of the Mid-Norfolk Railway's 'Polar Express Ride' event (based on the Warner Bros™ film of the same name).

Phoebe Mulcahy

(Actor: Little Gem)

Phoebe trained at University of Exeter  before being drawn to the Bristol theatre scene. Her intentions of  splashing her face throughout Bristol and the south west consists of being a member of Hive (This Perfect World), playing Faustus (Dr Faustus), Dora (Airswimming), new writing with companies such as Rapscallion and the Fringe Files. She  continually tours with Flash Back theatre and is really excited for her debut with Tawdry Lace.

Josh Philips

(Actor: Travels with My Aunt, The Night Before Christmas)

Joshua Phillips is a professional theatre, television and film actor originally from Reading, Berkshire. Having recently graduated from The University of Bristol, he now lives and works in the city whilst pursuing a career in performance. Recent credits include Giuseppe Zangara in Stephen Sondheim's 'Assassins' (The Little Black Box Theatre Company) and the role of Paul in Jigsaw Productions' project 'Post'.

In October last year, he performed with the Fringe Files - bringing their production 'Samantha' to the Woking Drama Festival. His performance earned him a 'Best Actor' nomination as part of the festival. He has returned to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this year with The Tobacco Tea Theatre Company appearing in 'The Accidental Adventures of Sherlock Holmes'.

Anthony Robinson

(Sound & Lighting Designer & Technician)

Starting with ambitious sound and light plots for musicals such as West Side Story, Oklahoma & Godspell whilst still at school, Tony has over 30 Years experience as a Theatre Technician, Sound and Light Designer and Stage Manager, and has been involved in 100+ shows with 20+ amatuer and professional theatre companies. He also has a side line in show publicity.

Highlights along the way have included re-creating the dark mountain lair of resistance fighters and making the audience ‘feel’ the Chinook helicopter hunting them out (technical award); Over 15 shows at the Minack Theatre in Cornwall including 2 Son et lumières;  The challenges of touring many outdoor productions; Pantomimes at the Bristol Hippodrome  and ...so on.

Paul Simcox

(Actor: The Cocktail Hour)

Paul  trained at the Bristol Acting Academy working out of the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School where he played Rudyard Kipling in 'My Boy Jack' and Prospero in 'The Tempest', as well as Gary in 'The Night Before Christmas' and Scaramouche in 'Scaramouche Jones'.  He played corrupt policeman PC Roy Stabb in the feature film 'Accepting Her' (out September 2017) and will appear as an FBI agent in the final scene from the US film 'Show Dogs' (out November 2017). Paul has also appeared in a number of short and student films as well as voicing four mythical characters in the animated film 'Blind Date'.