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We are delighted to present our second Artist in Residence scheme, designed to support emerging artists by providing development space, workshops, and an opportunity to perform in our professional theatre.


The recipient of this programme is:







Mark Hayden

Since graduating from Webber Douglas Academy Of Dramatic Art in Mark has had a varied career appearing in TV, film, repertory seasons in regional theatre, the West End and the National Theatre.

Mark really enjoys pantomime -  he's played in many, including Muddles in “Beauty and the Beast”, Idle Jack in “Dick Whittington” and Dum-Dum in “Sleeping Beauty”. He's also played Cowardly Lion in the Musical “Wizard of Oz”, Baloo in “The Jungle Book” and Jiminey Cricket in “Pinocchio”  along with the baddies Fleshcreep (Jack and the Beanstalk 2013), Stinksworth (Jack and the Beanstalk 2017) and Abanazar (Aladdin 2015) all at this theatre, also directing Aladdin in 2015.

Mark is compere and creative consultant for Singalonga Productions and this year compered on the national tours of Singalonga Sound of Music, Singalonga Rocky Horror Show, Singalonga Grease and premiered Singalonga The Greatest Showman at Salford Quays Theatre in October which will be touring the UK in 2018.

High points for Singalonga have been co-hosting Singalonga Joseph with Donny Osmond (the star of the Joseph film) and Singalonga Sound Of Music with Charmian Carr (Who played Liesl in the film) both in London's West End.

Also in the the West End, he re-joined the cast of "The Mousetrap" in the West End production. playing the part of Giles Ralston (in the 58th year) having played Christopher Wren previously (in the 46th year). The Mousetrap is the world's longest running play, which means Mark has a Guinness World Record certificate and appears in the 2010 edition!

Mark's passion is comedy, he co-wrote and performed in the comedy sketch show “Skin Deep by the Flapperty Twuffolks” at the Camden Head as part of the Camden Festival in London in August 2010. He subsequently co-wrote & performed the next 2 years in the comedy shows “Wedded Bliss” and “Wedded Bliss - Beyond Therapy” and co-wrote and performed in the farce “Seeds of Change” at the Camden Fringe in 2018.

Favourite roles to date are Mick in Pinter's "The Caretaker" (Chesterfield), Max in "Dial M for Murder" (Nottingham), Malcolm in "Macbeth" (Creation Oxford), Richard in Terry Johnson's "Dead Funny" (Old Red Lion & Vaudeville, West End)

Film & TV credits include a small role in Kenneth Branagh's film of Magic Flute, and Peter in the UK Independent “Re-Evolution”, directed by Andrew Walkington and produced by BYFA. Also "Shafted" Infactuation production's first dramatic short, followed by "Leap" a short directed by Ros Gihan Williams which won Silver for best drama at Houston International Film Festival and screened at Channel 4 as part of the British Urban Film Festival. He also played Herbert in "Keen Eddie" a US TV series and Oswald in a movie version of King Lear directed by and starring Brian Blessed.

Mark appeared recently as various roles and understudying in the National Theatre's biggest ever tour of the sensational comedy "One Man Two Guvnors".

Artist In Residence Project: #WhenAIMetMyTimeline


Mark will be forming a creative collective from a team of performers  writers and directors he has worked with in the past. They will be working towards a devised comedy piece reflecting and imagining the impacts of social media and AI on modern day life.

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SHOWCASE: SAT 23 MAR, 3.30pm

Our Artist in Residence scheme runs alongside our 3 yearly programmes, providing development space for up and coming local artists.


If you are interested in being considered for Summer 2024, please provide a covering letter and CV to Applications will close in January 2023.

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