It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and here at troublehouse we’re doing our bit to help the North feel just that little bit more festive! Whilst many will spend the last month of 2017 relaxing in front of a log fire with a mug of mulled wine and slice of chocolate log, Heather and Rick thought there’ll be plenty of time for all that in the New Year and decided instead to continue the running theme of 2017 and keep themselves as busy as possible…

troublehouse was formed from the idea of supporting the theatre industry in two of the North’s  powerhouse cities; Newcastle and Manchester. It seems fitting, therefore, that this Christmas both Heather and Rick have been involved in seasonal productions back home.

The Terminal Velocity of Snowflakes

Heather returned to the North East and the Live Theatre, Newcastle to reprise her role of ‘Rosie’ in Nina Berry’s The Terminal Velocity of Snowflakes. This Christmas sees the charming story of friendship, romance and fate move from its debut space in the studio to the Live Theatre’s main stage. The production, directed by Graeme Thompson, has drawn praise once again from both public and press and you can read some of the highlights below. The Terminal Velocity of Snowflakes runs until 16th December and you can find out more by following the link here.


Heather and Daniel Watson


★★★★★ ‘An essential north-east masterpiece that deserves acclaim and adulation for all involved.’ 
Once Upon A Tyne

★★★★ ‘an assured debut…This is a confident production, which above all, marks Berry out as a writer with an exciting future ahead.’ 
The Stage

‘evokes powerful human emotion…terrific performances…sensitive direction’ 

British Theatre Guide



Meanwhile Rick has spent the last six weeks working in partnership with This Solid Ground: a creative agency who specialise in property marketing. This Decemer, they will work together to open up The Vaults of 186 Deansgate, Manchester to the public as a venue for a new pop-up theatre space.

In partnership with Henry Boot Developments, Rick will direct Alan Ayckbourn’s black comedy Seasons Greetings with proceeds going to the Forever Manchester charity.

The grade II listed building situated in the heart of the city will stage the Ayckbourn’s festive classic for just four nights from the 18th – 22nd December. The strong cast of nine local actors includes troublehouse alumni Eleanor Dixon and Ben Rigby as they return once more to Deansgate following 2014’s ‘Time Of My Life’ also by Ayckbourn.

More information about the show as well as tickets can be purchased here or on the door with proceeds going to the Forever Manchester charity.


It’s fair to say that 2017 has been a great year for troublehouse thanks to the ongoing generous support from our fellow Northerners! With plans already in the making for 2018 that simply leaves us to say to all our family, friends and followers: Have a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!