About Us

Cherwell Theatre Company is a creative home for young theatre-makers in Banbury and the surrounding areas

We exist to give young people a sense of self-belief, wellbeing and value by bringing them together with professional artists to make theatre. 


Our work is for everyone, though we are particularly interested in creating strong female roles and non gender stereotype characters, where the voices of our young participants shine through. Our patron is Sir Trevor Nunn, former Director of the RSC and National Theatre. He’s one of many professionals who support us in the belief that "CTC truly creates access and aspiration for all, regardless of background."


Established in 2004 by Nasser Memarzia and Karen Corradi, CTC has since presented: nineteen theatre productions; three festivals showcasing local young artists; two 'Theatre in Education' projects playing to more than 100,000 school children across the UK; and a number of street theatre and site-specific works such as ‘A Shakespeare Summer Soiree’ at Broughton Castle, 'Myth' and 'Myth II' which toured parks and housing developments in 2019 and 2021, bringing new communities together.

Our weekly theatre workshops are the core of everything we do, and our alumni have gone on to train at prestigious drama schools including RADA, Mountview, The Central School of Speech & Drama, Italia Conti, The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and the New York Academy of Dramatic Arts. Many choose to return to work with us as professionals, post-training. Others of course have success in non-arts based jobs, attributing their confidence to their time spent with CTC- 'a family you never really leave'.

Cherwell Theatre Company is proud to welcome all young voices, regardless of background or experience. We hold no auditions, and as a registered charity working in partnership with Activate Learning, we are able to keep subscription fees low and offer bursary places to those that need them.

Meet Our Team

Tristan Jackson-Pate

Artistic Director


Stacey White

Company Coordinator

Nicki Stevenson

Outreach Director


Sir Trevor Nunn


David Adkin

Board of Trustees

Justine Williams

Anna Frazer

Deborah Howe

Clinton Osbourne

Lynn Mumford

Ingrid Manning


Stephen and Cherry Large

Company Associates

Liam Nooney

Adrian Banks

Jessica Lloyd-Jones

David Adkin

Chair of Trustees

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Lynn Mumford


Clinton Osbourne