function theatre

Who we are:

James Baldwin is a fast-rising playwright. He has previously been commissioned by The Roundhouse Theatre Company, Brute farce and Wet Picnic and has co-written with Vox Motus for The National Theatre of Scotland. He has been a new writing consultant at The Oldham Coliseum and in 2009 was awarded ‘The Lilian Baylis Award for Theatrical Excellence’ by The Old Vic and Sadler’s Wells. His work has been developed through the National Theatre Studio and the Young Vic. James trained at The Royals Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and is an alumnus of The Royal Court Young Writer’s Programme.  As a playwright James is committed to exposing and examining elements of society which are too often ignored; previous work has explored domestic violence and childhood bullying. He is represented by United Agents.

Rachel Bagshaw is currently Resident Assistant Director at The Young Vic Theatre funded by ACE. She is a theatre director and has gained extensive experience working in both mainstream and disability arts. She has directed work for companies including Graeae, Paines Plough and the Young Vic as well as independent projects. She has also worked as Assistant Director on productions including The Glass Menagerie at the Young Vic and the sell-out success The Village Bike at the Royal Court Theatre. Previously Rachel ran the education programme for Graeae and has produced, directed and dramaturged various theatrical projects. She is committed to the access to theatre for all and continues to create accessible work. As a disabled person she feels it is essential that disabled people share the same liberties of discussion which theatre inspires.


Elgiva Field most recently worked as Director on ‘Purge’ at The Arcola Theatre. She regularly works with Punchdrunk collaborating with Felix Barrett on projects including Shakira’s World Tour (Assistant Creative Director) and Masque of The Red Death (Assistant Director/Staff Director). She has directed pioneering site specific work including ‘The Container’ by Clare Bayley and dramaturged for Theatre-rites. She was assistant and staff director on the sell out Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens and has been associate director with the award winning companies Pentabus, Unlimited Theatre and Les Enfants Terribles. Other companies she has directed for include The Lyric Hammersmith, Warwick Arts Centre and BAC. She has produced and directed work with her own company, Oblique House, and been commissioned to create work for Aldeburgh, Latitude, ICA and V&A. As a director Elgiva relishes the challenge of crafting shifts between dark comedy and heart wrenching decisions.