AAbout Us

troublehouse theatre was formed in the Spring of 2014 by Northern born actors Rick Bithell and Heather Carroll. They first met at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts North in Wigan where they trained together as part of the school’s first post-graduate class.

Upon graduating, Rick and Heather moved to Manchester and quickly became involved in its theatrical scene. Their passion for naturalistic performance and their eagerness to put what they had learnt at ALRA into practice led to the creation of troublehouse theatre: a company that strives to bridge the gap between professional and fringe theatre in the North West.

troublehouse work hard to provide audiences with professional quality theatre, at an affordable price, in venues other than established theatre spaces and to promote new talent and new writing in the North.

“We’re both proud Northerners who want to nurture the growing theatrical buzz that’s in Manchester, and indeed the North, right now”. – Heather & Rick

Rick Bithell

Heather Carroll - Co-Founder

Heather Carroll

AOUR ASSOCIATES

We are proud to work with a whole host of professional directors, performers, designers and technicians. We continue to seek new talent and are happy to have a team of associates who consistently provide expert advice, support our projects and get involved in any way they can.

Paul Elsam

Associate Director

Paul has worked widely as an actor in theatre, radio, TV and film. Author of the best-selling Methuen Drama handbook Acting Characters, he has taught acting both across the UK and in the US for schools including ALRA North, Teeside University, SCAD, Georgia and at the Actors Centre, London. Directing work includes productions for Yorkshire-based touring company Impact, and troublehouse’s debut production, Equal Partners.

Paul Elsam

Associate Director

David Crowley

Associate Director

Recently appointed Associate Director for West Yorkshire Playhouse’s new In-House and U.K. Tour of Beryl, David worked on our latest production 'RAW'. Other credits include hit comedy Thick as Thieves (Winner - Manchester Theatre Awards 2015), Babushka, Burt n Joyce (Tour), Elves and the Shoemaker. Alongside directing, David is also an In-House director at ALRA and an Acting Technique tutor for various drama schools.

David Crowley

Associate Director

Billy Knapper

Graphic Designer & Technician

Graduating with a first class honours from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, Billy is our newest addition to the team. He has worked on a number of shows across the country for companies such as the National Theatre, Qdos and Action to the Word. He now looks after all our promotional material, company website and is a dab-hand when it comes to lighting, sound and set design.

Billy Knapper

Graphic Designer & Technician

thtroublehouse so far

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Cast Members

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Performances

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Award Nominations