Meet the creative team behind BRENDA

BRENDA doesn’t think she’s a person.

However, the creative team behind the show coming to The Yard in September are wholly human.

Let’s meet the team:

Portrait. 2012, Credit Johan Persson - /

E V Crowe – Writer

E V Crowe is infamous for her supernaturalistic takes on human emotions with unexpected heroes ranging from a gay primary school teacher to 10 year old girls at boarding school.

‘E V Crowe’s drama fizzes like a firework‘ The Telegraph on Hero

‘In her work, the duty to truth isn’t always one of literal representation but of honouring an emotional truth.’  William Drew feature on EXEUNT

Read an interview with E V Crowe on HighTide’s blog here

Photo Credit: Johan Persson


Caitlin McLeodCaitlin Mcleod – Director

Caitlin is an emerging theatre director whose productions have gone on to great acclaim for her work with actors to convey true emotion on stage. Her production of And I & Silence transferred from London’s Finborough Theatre to New York.

“Under Caitlin McLeod’s direction the four actresses infuse Wallace’s work with deep feeling.” 

The New Yorker on And I & Silence

Read more about Caitlin & her career on her website here


James Turner - DesignerJames Turner – Designer

James is a talented designer with a penchant for creating unusual and memorable designs for the stage. His recent work includes for Eastern Angles’ Chicken at Edinburgh Fringe & the UK tour/New York transfer of CUDDLES.

‘In its creepy squalor, the set, by James Turner, itself sends a flurry of chills down your spine’

New York Times on CUDDLES


Richard Williamson – Lighting Design

Richard has a cracking portfolio of interesting lighting designs for shows at the Arcola Theatre, Ovalhouse, Swan Theatre (RSC) & Roundhouse. He’s also no stranger to The Yard working with us on some inventively designed shows; ‘A Conversation’ by Nigel & Louise & Pied Piper.

A Conversation by Louise Mari and Nigel Barrett TRAILER from Susanne Dietz on Vimeo.

David Gregory – Sound Design

David Gregory has made sound designs for a huge range of productions including recently When We Were Women at The Orange Tree, These Trees Are Made Of Blood at Southwark Playhouse & at Park Theatre.

Have a listen below of David’s portfolio to hear his take on sound in theatre…

BRENDA, E V Crowe’s bracing new play about the trials of being a person today is coming to The Yard fresh from HighTide Festival on 22 September.

Find out more and book tickets here

BRENDA Rehearsal Photos

Rehearsals are under way for E V Crowe’s unconventional & brave new play BRENDA. Caitlin McLeod is directing & the show stars Alison O’Donnell & Jack Tarlton. 

Broke and losing hope fast, this story is about Brenda and Robert. Brenda doesn’t think she’s a person. Robert thinks he knows what it will take to change her mind. He’s ready to try anything.

Read an interview with writer E V Crowe on HighTide’s blog here

Book tickets for BRENDA here

Photos by JP Hion




We got to meet up with Music and Arts Collective NOT LIKE THAT so they can tell us about themselves as they curate their first music night at The Yard.

  1. Can you please tell us what Not Like That is about?

Not Like That is me (Henry) and Andrew. We know loads of really talented people making colourful music and graphics and animations, and we have set up a collective where we all collaborate together and release our stuff. It’s our take on digital art. We want to bring fun and humour into niche electronic music in a way that pays homage to our favourite chart toppers.

  1. How does art and music mixed together make you feel?

Maximum Sensory Escapism (MSE)

  1. How would you describe your taste in Music?

We like all sorts of stuff. I guess the common thread is melody. We love melodies.

  1. What are the key ingredients for a night out?

  1. What do you want people to take from your night?

If everybody has a real good time, that’d be great.

NOT LIKE THAT will be in the building this Friday night with their Fun, Fresh and Playful sounds.


6 Yard Faves at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival – Tweet Us About Your Show

We’re really excited to see the incredible work of artists who have worked with The Yard going to the Edinburgh Fringe. To see the future of theatre back in London, why not check out our autumn shows: BRENDA & Lines.

Click the artist/show names below to find out more about their shows including where & how to buy tickets at the Edinburgh Fringe 2015.

These picks are just the tip of the iceberg for artists and friends we love/ work with. Please get in touch via Twitter or email and we’ll try and spread the word about your show!

Daniel Bye: Going Viral – until 30 Aug (no shows on 19 & 26) at 14:10

This show had its work in development showing at our NOW ’15 festival and we’re really excited to see the show in a full run at Summerhall. Expect pills, stories from abroad and accessible science bits. PLUS: He’s only gone and won a Fringe First Award!


Deborah Pearson: History History History – 21 Aug at 21:30

We recently had Deborah Pearson’s new work in development ‘White Privilege’ at The Yard as part of our first ever Jerwood First Drafts. We look forward to seeing this new work in progress involving ‘a 1956 Communist Football comedy, a shuffling parade of dictators, a writer who lost his name, and an actor who lost his voice.’. It’s currently sold out but we hope our friends at Forest Fringe will add an extra date.


Luther & Bockelson (with an intro by Andy Field from Forest Fringe): Reformation 9 – 18 & 19 Aug at 21:30

A completely bonkers riot of a show, which is introduced by the rather extraordinary Andy Field. Do not miss.


Project O: O 24-28 Aug at 12:00 (pm)

Alexandrina & Jamila recently premiered SWAGGA as part of NOW ’15 festival and are back to the Forest Fringe to give audiences a chance to see their previous masterwork ‘O’ which we supported back in 2014.

‘Fucking badass. The treatment of the female body, the treatment of the black female body, the sexual objectification of women. O pulls at those threads until we feel, collectively, a bit dirty’ – Meghan Vaughn


Scottee: Party Piece – 27-29 Aug at 20:00

Scottee’s Podium was part of Walkie Talkies, our festival of curious adventures in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and was an interactive installation for kids to be able to speak their minds. His show at the Forest Fringe offers the opportunity to get your prize party piece out and show off!


Sleepwalk Collective: Actress – 14-17 Aug at 11:00

‘MESMERISING’ Audience Feedback

Audiences loved the work in development performances as part of NOW ’15 festival in May and we urge you to support his company who are about to go stellar.

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