About Tawdry Lace

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Tawdry Lace Theatre like writing by talented playwrights. We like the spoken word. Our aim is to produce work that is sophisticated yet accessible, sometimes funny, sometimes dramatic, but always  entertaining. 

Company Members

Janet Adams -

Co-Artistic Director, actor and 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 - Kay in Little Gem, Ann in The Cocktail Hour, director of The Night Before Christmas, Aunt Augusta in Travels With My Aunt.

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 and actor

Fay trained at East 15 acting school under the watch of Margaret Walker, and is an actor with a vast and varied repertoire in her wake.
Recent credits include Jane Austen expert' for Channel 5 ' The Cotswolds' (2021), Fevronia' in Star City for Fetch Theatre (2020), Mrs Needles with Bath Ghost Tours, 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.

For Tawdry Lace - Lorraine in Little Gem, director of The Cocktail Hour, Cherry in Night Before Christmas, Henry, Wordsworth, Tooley, Hatty, Hakim and Gentleman in Travels With My Aunt with Tawdry Lace.

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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'. He is currently a member of the Scriptwriters & Co. actors company, performing in monthly Scratch Nights for new writers.

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 Wasp)

Bristol-based actor Rosie Closs appeared in Tawdry Lace's 2017 production, The Cocktail Hour. Since then she has continued her stage acting career, appearing at Bristol’s Tobacco Factory as the eponymous lead in Anne Boleyn by Howard Brenton in 2018. In 2019 she played the lead in a tour of the South West of the UK in The Ebbing Hour by David Martin. She recently completed a year of training with the Bristol Acting Academy, and is looking forward to gaining more film experience when COVID-19 allows it. She is a cast member of Scriptwriters & Co, a company which champions new writing and enables writers to see their pieces performed, where she has established a reputation for delivering outstanding performances over Zoom.

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).

Rebecca Haselhurst

(Actor: The Wasp)

Rebecca got the acting bug when she was 3 years old, when she played a sheep in a nativity play!

Since then she has played many wonderful parts on stage, in comedy, musicals and drama, and now runs her own freelance singing business. Highlights include playing Marlene/Raquel in Only Fools and Horses in various venues throughout the UK, playing Nell in Nell Gwynn by Jessica Swale, Finea in A Lady of Little Sense by Lope de Vega at the Minack Theatre, Helena in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and touring with pantomime and Theatre in Education.

She is very excited to play Heather in The Wasp, her first full play since the pandemic began!

Paul Lawless

(Actor: Travels with My Aunt,

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Paul is a professional Actor, Singer & Theatre Maker (www.paullawless.co.uk). He has toured nationally, performing at the Pleasance Dome (Edinburgh Fringe), Greenwich Theatre & VAULT Festival. He co-runs award winning Bristol based theatre & community arts company Brave Bold Drama which makes multi-sensory, intergenerational theatre work that tours both conventional theatres and community spaces. Paul has previously been commissioned by the Royal Society of Chemistry, Bristol Natural History Consortium & Gingko Projects to create outdoor, immersive theatre installations and community participatory engagement projects. He is also an Associate Performer with The Bristol Improv Theatre and the Theatre & Events Programmer at Bean Tree Café & Sensory Garden in Page Park (Staple Hill, Bristol).

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'.

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 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+ amateur 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.