Troop Residencies

Residencies are by invitation and application. Troop members have the opportunity to apply for studio time in J3, or research / writing / meeting time in our other spaces. Applications for spring 2018 residencies will open in October.

Spring 2018 Residencies callout is here with a closing date of 8th November.



Juliette Burton

Juliette is from Cambridgeshire. She has written and performed multimedia ‘docucomedy’ theatre pieces, including sold out runs at Edinburgh Fringe 2015 and 2016, and runs at Adelaide Fringe Festival in 2014, 2016, 2017, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, New Zealand International Comedy Festival, Brighton Fringe and a very many others. She won a Brighton Argus Angel Award in 2012 and 2015, the New Current Woman of the Year Award 2016.

Juliette will work on a docucomedy theatre piece with multimedia visual projections called Wanderlust which explores what belonging really means. She will work with theatre collaborator Russell Lucas, writer Matthew Crosby, animator Daniel Waterman, videographer Frankie Lowe, designer Andrew Leeke, director Kevin Shepherd, artist Emma Fay and producer Lia Pretanki.


Laurence Cook & Tim Bell
Laurence and Tim made their first show together as Havoc Theatre about bearded ladies. Called Dame Nature: The Magnificent Bearded Lady, it toured nationally and ran at Wilton's Music Hall, London. Tim is a creative producer for the egg, Theatre Royal Bath as well as a performer, producer and director. Laurence is a director, dramaturg and writer who has worked as an associate for movement theatre company RashDash at The National Theatre and helped make their Christmas show at The Junction in 2015.

Havoc will be working on For Tomorrow, a performance about society. It looks at the hunt for the perfect way to live - together, apart and alone. We are exploring the concept of utopia - what it means, meant and might be. We're very interested in East Anglia's utopian history. We're interested in stories of success and of failure. We're mapping the idea of utopia with nostalgia and futurism, fact and fiction, with a bit of Blur thrown in and turned up loud for good measure.

Nel Crouch & Rose Wardlaw
Nel is a Cambridge-based theatre maker, collaborating with theatre maker and performer Rose Wardlaw. Previous collaborations include Smack Rabbit (BAC, 10 Days in Dublin), Lorraine & Alan (Lyric Hammersmith) with Bucket Club, where Nel is artistic director, and Speaker (Young Vic), a short piece by Chris Goode.
Nel and Rose will use this residency to explore a new piece about fractured time, urban loneliness and the junior doctors’ strikes of 2016. Verbatim material gathered from various corners of the NHS - its workforce, its patients and everyone in between – will inform interweaving stories of two neighbours: a young junior doctor and an elderly stroke victim. What happens when the carer becomes the cared for?


Josie Dale-Jones
Josie established her company ThisEgg in 2010 & has self-produced shows with a variety of artistic collaborators since then. ThisEgg makes comic & intimate theatre that wonders about the world we live in, prompting audiences to ask big questions. Goggles received a commendation at Pulse Festival, several 4 & 5 star reviews, was listed as one of The Guardian’s ‘Recommended Shows’ & won the NSDF Edinburgh Emerging Artists Award.
Over the last year, ThisEgg has had an incredible response from promoters & organisations. 6 venues supporting the making 2 new shows, a co-production with Pleasance & a performance at Bush Theatre as part of PBJ’s comedy festival headlined by Nina Conti.

“Hi, my name is Josie. After a period of R&D earlier this year, me and my mum (Stefanie Mueller) still want to make a show together. She still thinks it will be called ‘UNCONDITIONAL’. We have used the word (and our relationship) as a starting point for creating fragments of material. Mothers, daughters, love and LIMITS. Is this ‘bond’ unbreakable? Now we want to see how these fragments might start to piece together.”


James McDermott
James McDermott is an East Anglian writer performer. He has taken part in writers’ development programs with Royal Court. Soho Theatre and HighTide. His short plays include Man Hug (Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds; Winner of Anglian Voices Playwriting Competition 2017), Ordinary Boys (Royal Court; Playlist) and Steam (HighTide). Following runs at Pleasance Islington and Tristan Bates Theatre, James is currently touring his solo play Rubber Ring (Winner of Pulse Festival’s Suitcase Prize 2017).

James will be working with director Siobhan James Elliott to develop Manatomy, a solo play in which James explores how he might have become a camp gay man.

Other Troop members developing work in our other spaces (the Hub, J1 bar and the Old Director’s Office) this autumn include Roxanne Carney, Jane Carter Woodrow, Kim Komljanec and Hannah Walker.