Tread the Boards Theatre Company
Stratford-upon-Avon's #1 Fringe Theatre Company

Tread the Boards

Arts Organisation of the Year 2014 & 2016. 
Best Children's Show 2015
Primary Times Childrens Choice Award Finalist 2015

Production Team

Catherine Prout

Executive Producer


Alongside managing the logistics of the company Catherine loves to get her creative juices flowing, feeling most comfortable when bringing pieces to life. She pitches in with every part of the process but most enjoys performing and adapting. Among her favourite parts within the company she has loved playing Gwendolyn in 'The Importance of Being Earnest', Mercutio in 'Romeo and Juliet' and Charlotte Bronte in 'Bronte'.

Novel adaptations are also very close to Catherine's heart as the company seek to remain true to the original pieces whilst bringing them onboard the theatrical rollercoaster. She loves adapting with her husband John and within their extensive repertoire 'Wuthering Heights', 'Frankenstein', 'Peter Pan', 'Sense and Sensibility' and 'A Christmas Carol' are some of her (many) most cherished.

John-Robert Partridge

Artistic Director

John is the Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Tread the Boards Theatre Company.

John graduated from Birmingham School of Acting with a first degree in Acting and winning 'The Brian Shelton Meritum'.

John directs between 6-8 Tread the Boards shows a year. This year John will be directing A Midsummer Nights Dream, Pride and Prejudice, The Wizard of Oz, Sweeney Todd and Aladdin.

Together with his work with Tread the Boards he is a freelance director, audition coach and sits on the panel for Birmingham School of Acting.

John also works closely with Catherine on adapting classic texts to stage plays. In this current season John adapted The Wizard of Oz and Sweeney Todd.

Andrew Woolley

Associate Director

Andy is Tread the Boards longest serving Associate Director with a penchant for modern comedy but also a great sense of pathos in pieces with great poigiance. His past direction for the company includes the John Godber trilogy: 'Bouncers', 'Shakers' and 'Teechers' and a great variety of thought-provoking plays; 'An Inspector Calls', 'The Elephant Man', 'Brimstone and Treacle' and 'Blood Relations'. Those who enjoyed the 2017 season will also know Andy's direction with 'Bronte' and 'The Diary of Anne Frank', which helped propel the company to the top spot on Trip Advisor.

2018 season:
'Poles Apart' by John Godber; the hilarious new comedy where scaffolders build a scaffolding tower in the middle of a dress rehearsal.

'Lillies on the Land' by The Lions Part; a play incorporating the stories of working women during World War One, with light hearted moments and those moments which unit us all in the endurance and perseverance of humanity through the worst times. Performed in commemoration of Armistice Day and the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One; a collection for The Poppy Appeal will take place.

Ash Bayliss

Associate Director

Ash holds the title of the Tread the Boards Director who staged 'The Complete Works of William Shakespeare-Abridged!' for 3 separate productions, one of which and  was taken to The RSC in its entirety and performed on the main stage as part of The Openstages festivities.  This production then toured a sell out run at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Ash continued in the comedic vein witch 'Gasping' by Ben Elton and has also taken out company to great emotional depths with the challenging dark comedy 'A Day in the Death of Joe Egg'.

Ash also writes, directs and performs many piece for the company's touring arm and has led such brilliant events as 'Hall of the Damned' at Aston Hall's Halloween and 'Wrote Your Own Fairy Tale' interactive theatre for their Easter celebrations, which will be touring to Compton Verney among other locations.

Andrew Smith


This is Andrew's first season working as a Director with Tread the Boards Theatre Company. He has directed many productions around the country and is thrilled to be joining the company as a visiting director.

2018 Season: Andrew will be directing Jane Eyre

Elliott Wallis

Musical Director

Elliott trained at the Year Out Drama Company and has been working with Tread the Boards Theatre Company for three years.

Elliott has worked on the last three pantomimes and will be Musical Director for Aladdin this year. He has also written original songs and compositions for three productions A Christmas Carol, A Midsummer Nights Dream and most recently The Wizard of Oz.

Elliott also is the founder of the Musical Nights at The Attic Theatre that will be ongoing throughout the year

Zoe Rolph

Set and Costume Design

Zoe trained at the Arts University Bournemouth and has been Designer in Residence with Tread the Boards since 2013. Since being with the company she has designed for The Phantom of the Opera, Aladdin, Present Laughter, Sense and Sensibility and Peter Pan.

Other credits include; Cementville and The Threepenny Opera (Arts University Bournemouth) and First Do No Harm (Tea and Tenacity, UK Tour).

Contact information: [email protected]

Jessica Hill

Lighting and Sound Design

Jessica has been working with Tread the Boards Theatre Company since 2010.

She has designed the lighting and sound for over 50 shows at the Attic Theatre and continues to maintain and find new ways to create exciting and unique designs.

Amy Marie Taylor

Head Technician

Amy has been working with Tread the Boards since 2011.

Originally from Florida, Amy now resides in Warwick and has worked on nearly every production since 2011.

Olivia Holmes

Marketing and PR Manager

Olivia joined the company at the beginning of 2018. She has 7 years experience working across a wide range of creative industries in a variety of roles, but has always felt that theatre is her home.