Meet the Young Company Practitioners

Alexandra Wollacott 


Actor, movement director, facilitator and drag king

Alex creates work with young people that involves dynamic movement, and nurturing their authentic theatrical voices. She graduated from Bristol Old Vic’s Made In Bristol scheme in 2017 (InkBloc Ensemble),and has since graduated with a first class degree in acting. Alongside actor training, Alex began facilitating theatre workshops for The Tobacco Factory, The Egg, The Theatre Royal Bath, and Bristol Old Vic. It’s through her continued relationship with BOV, that Alex has run workshops for care leavers over Zoom, led Young Company classes, and assistant directed the most recent Young Company Summer show, ConspiraSeagull. 

Recent/Upcoming acting credits include: 

Stand up (and boogie!), Theatre Alibi, Nikki Sved, The Place at the Bridge, Chinonyerem Odimba & Helena Middleton, Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory, Super Spreader: Sex in lockdown, From Rags to Witches, Mother Tongue, The Wardrobe Ensemble, Othello Online, Momentum Acts. 

Recent movement directing credits include:

Beach Baby, WLDRBEAST, Love Saves The Day Street Theatre, Twisted Theatre, Onward and upwards, Inkbloc Ensemble, Lego Beach, Inkbloc Ensemble.

Emile Clarke

Performer, acting coach and movement director

Emile is a LIPA trained performer and educator with an extensive career in theatre and film. From performing in UK theatre award winning children's entertainment to working with ‘Disney’. As an educator he designs workshops for institutes that champion equality and diversity in the film and theatre industries such as Picture House Cinema group, Refugee Youthand Museum of London. With a passion for creating positive learning environments for storytelling and play, he has taught throughout the UK for well known schools, theatres and institutes such as IDSA, Bath Theatre Royal, Richmond Drama School, The Natural Theatre company and University of Bath.

Krista Matthews

Writer, director and dramaturg

Krista was part of Bristol Old Vic’s Made In Bristol 2016/2017 and went on to study Drama, Applied Theatre and Writing for performance at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Krista’s practice focusses on collaboration, often with young people, and creating work which is firmly rooted in challenging what theatre or performance can be.

Recent work includes: Little Women In Black (The Wardrobe Theatre), Super Spreader (From Rags To Witches), The Garden of Earthy Destruction (Headlong), and Spooky Ship (The Bristol Old Vic). 

Julia Head

Director and theatre maker

Julia’s practice challenges young people to take risks, to try new things, to make work that excites them, challenges the audience and breaks some rules in the process. Julia Head is a director of live work from Bristol. She is the Artistic Director of FullRogue, a theatre company that exists to stress-test new writing and the limits of live performance. Julia graduated from Bristol Old Vic’s Made in Bristol scheme in 2016 and now works extensively with Bristol Old Vic’s Engagement department. She is the Company Director of Young SixSix and was awarded the Henry Augustine Forse Award in 2017 for her contribution to Engagement. In 2018 she received a Bristol Old Vic Ferment Leverhulme Arts Scholarship to develop her practice.  Julia is an Associate Director of Twisted Theatre and is a trustee of MAYK

Recent credits include: YOU ON THE MOORS NOW by Jaclyn Backhaus (BTA, The Egg Bath), MASSIVE by Charlotte Josephine (Audible Original Productions), Son of Helios (Young SixSix), Wild Swimming by FullRogue (BristolOldVic//59E59, NYC). Recent credits include: A Short Haired Cat which Claws at the Furniture by Joe Harbot (Young Vic 5 Plays), Our House is on Fire (BTA, The Egg Bath), Chaos by Laura Lomas (YTM, Tobacco Factory Theatres).

Casey Lloyd

Actor, musician and director

Since graduating with a First Class Honours in Musical Theatre from the London College of Music in 2015, Casey has spent the last five years performing and creating a wide range of productions as an actor, actor-musician, director and dramaturg. Casey continues to work as a Director and Theatre Maker in association with Bristol Old Vic, after previously forming the theatre company INKBLOC Ensemble under their Made In Bristol programme. Other companies Casey has worked with include Palomar Theatre, Travelling Light and Cardboard Citizens. Casey enjoys creating innovative, exciting, multi-faceted pieces of art that elicits social change, with the hopes of enticing new audiences into the theatre.  

Previous Credits:  Assistant Director/Facilitator with Cardboard Citizens, Assistant Director for Darlings (Edinburgh Fringe Festival), Thomas Taylor in Spooky Ship (SS Great Britain/Bristol Old Vic),  ‘Timothy SmallThumb’ in Parish Fete-ality: A Game Of Scones (Edinburgh Fringe, UK Tour) ‘Cleopas Friend’ in Risen! The Musical (Portsmouth Theatre Royal), ‘Muddles’ in Sleeping Beauty (Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne) ‘Lenny’ in Lego Beach (1532 Performance Centre/ Bristol Old Vic, Bristol), Director of School Crumble: 24 Hour Plays (Bristol Old Vic, Bristol).

Craig Edwards

Director and actor

Alongside actors Howard Coggins and Stu McLoughlin, Craig formed theatre company Living Spit in 2011. Craig has directed all Living Spit shows from The Six Wives of Henry VIII onwards, including the recent adaptations of The Odyssey, Swan Lake, Beauty & The Beast and Frankenstein The Musical. He also directs for other companies. Most recently Taking Flight for The Egg, Meadows To Meaders for Bristol Old Vic, The Ugly Duckling for The Tobacco Factory and Three Kings for Travelling Light.

Recent acting productions have included: Olivier Award Nominated Cinderella at The Tobacco Factory/St. James Theatre London, Into The West, Travelling Light, Jane Eyre for Bristol Old Vic/National Theatre, The Borrowers for The Tobacco Factory and Five Children and It for The Egg.

Xahnaa Adlam

Theatre maker, facilitator and performer

Xahnaa attended the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama on the BA Drama, Applied Theatre and Education course. She works frequently with Bristol Old Vic’s Engagement department and is co-founder and the Creative and Pastoral Care Director for Young Six Six. She continues to facilitate and direct with Travelling Light Theatre company, and most recently became the Resident Director for the Tobacco Factory Theatres Young Theatre Makers programme. 

Within her practice, Xahnaa uses the theatre to assist the people, not the people to assist the theatre. She creates environments where the creative energy and direction is participant driven. Xahnaa is there to shape the space and anchor the work. It is the participants, through their growth, exploration and collaboration who will fill it in. 

She is a recipient of the Henry Forse Award for outstanding commitment to the Bristol Old Vic Engagement department. 

Jack Orozco Morrison

Theatre maker, musical director, sound designer and performer.

Jack is a Bristol-based creative whose work revolves heavily around devising. He participated in the Made in Bristol course in 2015/2016 and has since worked frequently with the Bristol Old Vic Engagement department as a musical director, sound designer and workshop leader.

He also works as a freelance creative, having worked on many shows in a multi-disciplinary style. His professional credits include Imogené (MD & actor, national tour), Ice Ice Baby (MD, Colston Hall and Alma Tavern), Onwards and Upwards (SD & composer, Rondo Theatre), SPILL (actor, UK tour and Ed fringe), Out of Sky (co-dir., actor & musician, Wickham Theatre), Spooky Ship (actor & SD, SS Great Britain), Wild Men (actor, Bristol Cathedral), and many more productions with community groups and young people.

He is a recipient of the Henry Forse award for outstanding commitment to the Bristol Old Vic Engagement department.