About Tawdry Lace

About Tawdry Lace

Company Remit

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’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 completed a run of ‘A Lady of Little Sense’ there in July 2016.

Recent theatre roles include Flavius, Cicero and Pindarus in a gender reversed ‘Julius Caesar’, Nurse in ‘Romeo & Juliet’, Paulina in ‘The Winter’s Tale’, a tarty mother in ‘Dirty Stop Outs’, a large variety of roles in ‘The Sitcom Trials’ and Mrs Dashwood, Mrs Jennings and Mrs Palmer in ‘Sense and Sensibility'.

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

Janet Adams -

Co-Artistic Director/Producer

Fay Greenhalgh -

Co-Artistic Director

Bath-based Actor, Fay Greenhalgh, trained at East 15 Acting School and has worked professionally ever since.

Fay set-up, acted, directed and produced the Company 'Come Into My Parlour' a neo-Victorian collective utilising various cabaret artists, visual artists, prop makers, dancers, circus performers and local musicians, for immersive theatre with audience involvement, as featured in Bizarre Magazine. She has also worked with Irish writer Eddie Alford, touring Ireland with three plays, and also co-directed an award-winning play 'The M Boat'.

More recently Fay toured with T.I.E company Kinetic Theatre and has worked with Danish visual artist and sculptor Neeta Pedersen. She furthermore works as a presenter with the 'Amazing Camera Obscura' at many events and festivals including 'Ypres International Street Art Festival' and 'Watch This Space' at The National Theatre.

Associate Artists

Rosie Closs

(Actor: The Cocktail Hour)

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 . . .

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'.

This 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. 

David Cole

(Actor: The Cocktail Hour)

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).

Arthur Godden

(Actor: The Night Before Christmas)

Paul Lawless

(Actor: Travels with My Aunt, Marketing Manger: Travels with My Aunt,

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).

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'.

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'.

Paul Simcox

(Actor: The Cocktail Hour)