Who We Are




Core Staff


Beccy Allen – Producer (Creative Learning)
Stephen Beeny – Communications Manager
Euan Borland – Venue and Programmes Administrator
John Bunker – Cleaner
Phil Clarke – Production and Technical Manager
Jackie Eley – Administrative Director
Chris Elwell – Director/CEO
Ricki Swash – Administrative Assistant

Sumayah Babauab – Front of House Assistant
Mia Barbe-Willson – Front of House Assistant
Jason Fox – Front of House Assistant
Elsa Loker – Front of House Assistant
Philippa Kane – Box Office Assistant
Deborah Lean – Box Office Assistant
Rio Puffett – Front of House Assistant
Lima Uddin – Front of House Assistant

Youth Theatre Team: Sam Adams, Androulla Constantinou, Amy Costello, David Gilbert, Madeleine Graham

Access Staff: Amari Harris, Helen Jackson-Lyall, Daniel Mariño, Charlene Skyers

If you wish to get in touch with a member of staff please contact us.




Adeel Akhtar
AdeelAkhtar-150 In his early career, Adeel Akhtar performed in a number of projects at Half Moon Theatre before moving onto a successful film and TV career. He is best known for his roles in the films Four Lions, Pan, Convenience and The Dictator. Two further films will be released shortly – Hampstead and The Big Stick. He is presently filming Victoria and Abdul. Adeel’s TV work includes Utopia (playing Wilson Wilson, for which he was nominated for both a BAFTA and Royal Television Society Award), The River, Capital, The Night Manager and Murdered by My Father.

View Adeel’s Stages of Half Moon profile page.

Michael Irving
MichaelIrving-150After training at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in the late 1960s, Michael Irving co-founded the Half Moon Theatre in 1972, where he went on to perform in many productions, including In the Jungle of the Cities (1972), Will Wat, If Not, What Will? (1972), Sawdust Caesar (1972) and Female Transport (1973). Michael went on to have a successful theatre career, including roles in The DuellistsRough Music and Apart From George. Michael’s film work includes Personal Services and the father of Robert Pattinson’s character in How to Be.

View Michael’s Stages of Half Moon profile page.

Josie Lawrence
JosieLawrence-150Comedian and actor Josie Lawrence has a significant theatre, musical, radio and TV career. Her first job after leaving drama school was The Ragged Trousered Philanthropist (1983) at the Half Moon Theatre on Mile End Road, where she later played in Moll Flanders (1986) and Poppy (1988). Josie was also the wardrobe assistant in the Half Moon production of Dracula (1984), starring Daniel Day Lewis and Peter Capaldi. Other stage work includes numerous roles at the Royal National Theatre, Mrs Anna in The King and I (London Palladium) and Katharine in The Taming of the Shrew (RSC), for which she received the Dame Peggy Ashcroft award for Best Actress.  Josie’s TV work includes Humans, You Have Been Watching, At Home With The Kennedy’s, Jonathan Creek and nine series of Whose Line Is It Anyway? Since 1985 Josie has been a member of The Comedy Store Players based at London’s famous Comedy Store. In 2016 Josie created the female improv group The Glenda J Collective.

View Josie’s Stages of Half Moon profile page.

Linda Marlowe
LindaMarlowe-150Linda Marlowe has a significant film, TV and directing career dating back to the 1960s. Her film work includes Tinker Taylor Solider Spy, Big Zapper, Beckett, The Man Outside, Manifesto, The House of Mirth and Denial. She performed in several productions at the Half Moon Theatre on Alie Street including Grand Larceny (1977); Dick Whittington, or The City of Fear (1977) and Greek (1980), which was one of many Stephen Berkoff plays created for her including, among others Decadence, East, The Trial and Metamorphosis, for which she is internationally best known. Most recently, Linda has created and performed in a number of one woman shows including the multi-award winning Berkoff’s Women. Until very recently, she was a familiar face on EastEnders, where she played regular character Sylvie Carter in a moving storyline of an older woman with Alzheimer’s. Linda’s TV work includes Jekyll, Foyle’s War, Spooks, The Borgias and Houdini.

View Linda’s Stages of Half Moon profile page.


Council of Management – Trustees


Julian Sutton – Chair
Julian is a financial services professional with over 30 years’ experience, including 19 years at the investment bank Lehman Brothers, in various functional CFO, COO and Division Head roles. From 2008-14 he worked as a Managing Director with the insolvency practitioners in the administration of Lehman Brothers International (Europe). He now works as a consultant in financial services.

Duncan Holden – Vice Chair
Duncan has worked as a Corporate Lawyer for the law firms Speechlys, McGrigors and Lovells. During his time as a lawyer, his many clients included KPMG Corporate Finance, Ernst & Young, PwC Corporate Finance, Barclays, Lloyds TSB and Bank of Scotland. He currently works on a voluntary basis as Manager of Stoke Newington Cricket Club, where he coaches some of the youth teams.

Elaine McLaughlin – Treasurer
Elaine is a qualified Accountant and currently works for Deutsche Bank. She has also worked for Goldman Sachs, Lehman Brothers and PwC. She has worked in Ireland, Sudan, Congo, Mumbai and London. She joined Half Moon, drawn by what Half Moon has achieved with young people both in terms of personal confidence and education through providing access to theatre.

Dawn Harrison-Wallace
Dawn is a Management Consultant specialising in organisational development and change management. After several years in the Oil and Gas Industry she recently moved into the Third Sector. She is also a Trustee of the Stock Exchange Dramatic and Operatic Society, and was first introduced to Half Moon in 2008 when they were looking for their first Charity of the Year.

Sarah Haworth
Sarah is a Family Law Barrister, who specialises in child law and protection. Sarah works in and around London, and has extensive experience of the East London boroughs. Prior to joining the Bar, Sarah spent four years working for specialist family law solicitors and women’s aid. Sarah also undertakes voluntary work with young people and recently completed a Masters in Applied Theatre.

Anuradha Laws
Anuradha is an English teacher who teaches GCSE and A Level at a large sixth form college. She has been coming to Half Moon for many years as an audience member and has always been impressed at how engaged the children are. Her daughters attend Half Moon Youth Theatres and they have all met people from different parts of Tower Hamlets through the theatre.

Mark Macey
Mark has worked for the BBC for the past 16 years, as a producer and project manager across various projects in radio, TV, Children’s, Learning and Archives. He has recently been working on education projects for the museums, libraries and galleries sector. Mark is passionate about theatre and attends productions regularly and also acts with amateur dramatic companies across London.

Orla Sanders
Orla is an actor who has appeared in theatre, film, radio and television. She is an experienced speech and drama teacher, facilitator and director. Originally from Ireland she worked for TEAM Educational Theatre as General Manager and as Operations Manager for Dublin Fringe Festival. She is a qualified accountant and worked for three years as Finance Manager for CBS Broadcast Services Ltd.

Julia Williams
Julia was a member of Half Moon Youth Theatre when it was based on the Mile End Road and also performed at Straford East. Her passion for theatre took her to Bretton Hall to study Community Theatre Arts where she obtained a BA Hons Degree. Upon graduating, Julia spent some time working in America with children with ADHD. She has been a Drama teacher in Tower Hamlets for 16 years.

Penny Wrout
Penny is a producer, scriptwriter and director of a not-for-profit company specialising in community engagement with the arts and media, LandSky. She has worked on many heritage projects, including collaborating with Elbow Productions and producing films for the British Museum and V&A. For many years she was a journalist for the BBC, before becoming their Communities Editor in London.



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