SIMON HARVEY A founding member of the company, Simon has many years of theatre experience. He first took to the stage whilst attending North Kesteven School and appeared in several school musicals. Simon was also a member of the Imp Youth Theatre company. During 14 years service, Simon was involved with numerous RAF amateur theatre companies, both as an actor and director. Since settling back in Lincolnshire, Simon has appeared as John in Action Community Theatre’s production of David Mamet’s ‘Oleanna’. He directed ‘The Railway Children’ for ACTion, as well as playing Perks the station porter. He recently appeared as Albert Prosser in Common Ground Theatre Company’s production of ‘Hobson’s Choice’. Out of the Box came about as a result of a conversation with fellow founder Lisa Hewitt during rehearsals for ‘Hobson’s Choice’.
For Out of the Box, Simon played the male characters in ‘The Blue Room’, directed ‘Me And My Friend’, directed ‘The Audition’ and played David in ‘Still’.
LISA HEWITT is a familiar face on the Lincoln theatre scene, having already performed with many of the local companies. She started acting as a teenager, attending Stage Coach Drama School before progressing to a Diploma in Performing Arts at Lincoln College. Lisa also performed with Wicked Lips Theatre Company, NLC and Lincoln Shakespeare Company, as well working at Lincoln Youth Theatre. More recently she has performed with The Phoenix Players, including ‘Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime’ and ‘Alice’, the Amici Touring Theatre Company in ‘Murder in Company’ and CAODS in ‘Fiddler on the Roof’, as well as taking on various roles in Welton Panto Group. As well as acting, Lisa has directed, produced and stage managed productions. She has also performed in several productions for Common Ground Theatre Company, including ‘Cider With Rosie’, ‘Be My Baby’ and ‘Great Expectation’s. It was during Common Ground’s production of ‘Hobson’s Choice’ that Lisa met Simon and discussions began about forming a new contemporary theatre company; the result was Out of the Box.
For Out of the Box, Lisa played the female characters in ‘The Blue Room’, produced ‘Me and my Friend’, played Stella in ‘The Audition’ and directed ‘Still’.
OTHER CAST AND CREW:
JOSE BRUCE – Robin in ‘Me And My Friend’
SASHA DRENNAN – Julia in ‘Me And My Friend’
DAVE ASHER – Bunny in ‘Me And My Friend’
MARTIN NOBLE – Oz in ‘Me And My Friend’
GRACIE WAITE – Lauren in ‘The Audition’
POPPY LEWIS – Auditionee and front of house, ‘The Audition’
SARAH COVILL – Jo in ‘Still’
ADAM HOLMAN – Lighting and Sound Technician, ‘The Blue Room’
EMMA TAYLOR – Stage crew, ‘The Blue Room’
ALAN TREVOR – Stage crew, ‘The Blue Room’
DAVE HEWITT – Front of House, ‘The Blue Room’
HELEN FLESHBOURNE – Front of House, ‘The Blue Room’
ASHLEY BALL – – Lighting and Sound Technician, ‘Still’