The first member of our theatre in Hebden Bridge team is Amanda Kirwan. Mandy is our go to girl for props and wardrobe, she’s our financial whizz kid and she’s chief whipcracker to hubby Stephen Dodwell when there are lines to be learnt or dialogue to be written. As a bit of an iPad addict she’ll be all over our Facebook and Twitter accounts keeping you up to date with our plans and progress and you’re likely to be treated to her lovely smile when you meet her on the door at our productions.
A founder member of Manchester’s 24:7 Theatre Festival, Amanda Hennessy’s passion lies with new writing in both theatre and film. She is currently working with Bren O’Callaghan on the BFI funded binaural adaptation of Carnival of Souls, and is putting the finishing touches to ‘Owen Parker’ – her first feature film as co-writer and co- producer. Amanda brought her experience as a theatre director to Made It Theatre’s first production, Valedictory.
Working as a television presenter with her own show in Spain led directly to Ann Brown discovering a love of acting. The pursuit of her new found passion caused her to relocate to West Yorkshire to train and since then she’s appeared on stage in productions including Blood Brothers, California Suite and Five Kinds of Silence. Her most recent stage appearance was at in JB Shorts 15 in Manchester. Equally comfortable behind the scenes Ann has stage managed at The Lowry in Manchester as well as open air Shakespeare productions in Wales. Spotlight PIN: 6214-6758-8971
Meet playwright and actor Stephen Dodwell, without whom we’d be standing around on a stage desperately trying to think of something to say. Stephen has been acting for more than 10 years and has appeared in plays including Abigail’s Party, Our Country’s Good, The Odd Couple and Last of the Red Hot Lovers. His first play ‘Cary Grant is Interested’ featured at the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival in 2014 and his follow-up play ‘Valedictory’ was the first work performed by Made It Theatre in March 2015. His new play for 2017 is ‘Long Narrow Land’.
Bruce Cutts is our photographer, has provided most of the images for this website and will be stalking us all the way through this creative journey that we’ve undertaken. Bruce’s other great love is conservation and in-between photographic commissions you’ll find him surrounded by nature in his work for Natural England. A lover of the British countryside, Bruce’s current project is to photograph England’s National Trails. Click to view his impressive portfolio.
Sharon Kelly has been acting for as long as she can remember and holds a degree in Performing Arts. Some of her favourite roles include Susan in Five Kinds of Silence and Shelley in Ladies Day. Sharon’s also an experienced director who has taken highly successful productions to a number of theatres in the north west. Sharon appeared as Holly in the Made It Theatre production of Valedictory.