Founded in 2012 by Clare-Louise English, Margot Courtemanch and Jo Sargeant.


Hot Coals Theatre Ensemble, Alumni of The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art’s first ever MA Theatre Lab graduating year, were taught by RADA's core staff, plus guest tutors from established ensemble companies including: Annabel Arden, Co-founder of Theatre de Complicite, Ian Morgan of Song of the Goat, and Amit Lahav Artistic Director of Gecko.





Clare-Louise was amongst the first graduates from RADA's brand new post-graduate acting course, MA Theatre Lab. Theatre credits include; Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream, G (Gus) in The Dumb Waiter  (Courtyard Theatre), Emily in Absence  (Camden Fringe) and Isabella in Measure for Measure. Clare-Louise has also appeared in various low budget films including, award winning feature, Colin, has played the lead in the BBC Radio 4 play, The Dead House at Para and worked with Gecko Theatre Company on an R&D. Whilst at RADA she played; Masha in Three Sisters, Lysistrata in Lysistrata, and Elizabeth Device in their final devised piece Possessed.  Also whilst at RADA she played Jem in, The Screw, as part of the Royal Court Young Writers showcase.



 Jo’s recent roles include; several leading roles in student films at UCA and the role of Underwater Girl in a music video Budapest, cast and directed by Des Hamilton. Her roles while at RADA include Lampito in Lysistrata, Puck in Midsummer Night’s Dream and Irina in Three Sisters. Jo graduated from the University of Winchester in 2011 with a BA Hons in Drama Studies. While at Winchester she was involved in many devised projects, both directing and performing, including Bellum Bestia, an adaptation of Othello which was a physical exploration of the effects of post traumatic stress syndrome, where she played Desdemona. She is also an Illustrator and Hot Coals very own cartoonist.


Finders Keepers


Devised & Performed by Hot Coals Theatre


Director- Caroline Parker MBE

Caroline is Currently touring with Red Earth production The Amazing Tale of Oliver Twist playing the role of Fagin amongst other roles. Caroline also does the stand up comedy circuit and is a member of Abnormally Funny People.

In the cabaret circuit Caroline performs in her unique style signed songs, she recently gave a TED talk on 'Singing Without Her Voice'. At the 2012 Paralympic Opening Ceremony she signed the closing number 'I am What I Am' alongside Beverly Knight. In 2015 Caroline won two best Actress awards for her role Mabel Morgan in BSLBT Zone film If I Don't Lose, I'll Lose at the Cenedeaf III Rome film festival and Clin d'Oeil Film Festival.

Also co-directed for Krazy Kat Theatre most recent Singing Ringing Tree, Cinder-Ella and The Very Magic Flute.


James Humby- Technical Stage Manager

James's Stage Management experience includes ; 2 national tours with English Touring Opera’ visiting 31 venues with 6 Operas around the UK and the pre West End tour of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels directed by Jerry Mitchell. He has also worked at The Hexagon Theatre Reading, The Royal Albert Hall, Gate Theatre, RADA Studios and Richmond Theatre.

As well as re-building this set for Finders Keepers  here at the Park, James has built sets for productions of Daisy Pulls It Off, The Phantom Of The Opera, Sweeney Todd  and The Wizard of Oz.

James graduated from The Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art in July 2015 with a BA (Hons) in Technical Theatre & Stage Management and during his training at RADA worked as a Stage Manager on Dogs Barking, Othello, Pericles  and as Assistant Stage Manager on The Rover  and Blue Stockings  both directed by Jessica Swale.


Lighting Design- Marine Le Houzec


Marine is a freelance lighting Designer specialising in performing arts, working in the UK and France. She recently graduated from the postgraduate Diploma in Stage Electrics & Lighting Design at RADA. She worked on the original lighting design for Finders Keepers, and is very pleased to collaborate with Hot Coals Theatre again.


Recent lighting designs include: Mozart and Salieri (Arcola Theatre, Grimeborn), Wunderfinger (The Spiegeltent, Lodon Wondeground), Mo Cushle (La Fleche d'Or), Radioman (The Old Red Lion) Whistmeblower (Waterloo East Theatre), Perfect Idiots (Tour), Outlines (Main d'Oeuvre).


RADA credits include: In Arabia We'd All Be Kings (Jerwood Vanbrugh Theatre), No One Sees the Video (Gielgud Theatre), Unprotected (GBS Theatre).




Sound Design- Chris Drohan

Chris is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, completing a BA in Technical Theatre and Stage Management with a specialism in Sound Design and Composition in 2015. Recent designs include, Don’t Smoke in Bed and The One Day of the Year (Finborough), Spring Awakening  and Seussical (Chelsea Theatre), The Libertine (Ovalhouse), Resolution (The Space/Etcetera Theatre), The Drunken City (Tabard Theatre), Roaring Trade (Park Theatre). Stiching (White Bear), Counting Stars (Old Red Lion/Assembly Edinburgh), The Social Notwork (Lion and Unicorn/Camden Fringe), La Boheme (Arcola Theatre), Shock Treatment (Kings Head Theatre). As a composer Chris is working on a new Radio Series commissioned by Nuclear Futures, and recently wrote and performed the score for a new version of Andromache.


Access Consultant - Kelly Robinson


Original Set Designer - Laura Merryweather

Adapted for Park by Jo Sargeant and James Humby


Associate Sound Designer  - Izzie Newbury


Production Electrician - Teresa Nagel


Assistant Production Electrician  - James Smith


Crew - Becky Thornton


Puppet Maker – Nick Ash


Storm in a Teacup


Director- Alice Robinson


Original Lighting Design- Celia Dugua


Set Design- Fian Andrews


Devised & Performed by Hot Coals Theatre



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