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theatre maker + producer

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"A totemic example of a young theatre maker, so acutely aware of the wonderful responsibility theatre has in shaping and reflecting our society"

CHAD ST LOUIS / PERFORMER / SPRING AWAKENING

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ABOUT ME

finlay carroll

I am a theatre maker and producer specialising in musical theatre and creative work with queer/ecological themes. I have links to London and the South West.

I recently graduated with a Diploma in Creative Producing from Chris Grady Institute. Now I am a producer on new play LAVENDER, associate producer at 26 Crowndale in Camden, and co-director of a company called Scatter.

 

I welcome conversations with artists.

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my work

I enjoy working across art forms with individuals who are passionate about social change or pushing boundaries. Recently, I have worked on musical theatre projects, and am fascinated by approaching this medium in challenging, creative ways. I love gig theatre and new writing. I love making a mess. Bold experiments. Loud work. Music. 

My practice is probably better explained by certain themes which crop up often. Including: queerness, crises or moments of change, hidden histories, mental health, responsibility, letting go, ecological relationships, community, love, care.

To play, press and hold the enter key. To stop, release the enter key.

<----- What I got up to pre-Covid!

 

“Something truly unique and special was happening on stage”

- Mickey White for Razz Magazine on Spotlights

Much of my work has been focused around impact, in an artistic sense but also material impact in the project's social context. This is important to me. The ability to produce is a privilege, and I feel a responsibility to ensure creative projects are incisive, focused.

This mindset sometimes make me feel like I am box-ticking, suffocating playfulness, and being performative. I want to contextualise the impacts I have recognised below. I am still learning to truly allow my process to have an organic impact, rather than viewing that process as in some ways another product. I think a healthier approach to producing equals letting go of the need for a defined product.

These thoughts are confused and fuzzy, but worth verbalising!

SOCIAL IMPACTS

ARTISTIC IMPACTS

2020

  • Co-creator of Exeter Creative Community Hub

  • Co-authored document with specific opportunities for Black, Indigenous, and students of colour, as well as LGBTQ+ students

  • Rallied Students' Guild to outsource committee diversity training to an external organisation for the first time in its history

  • Pressured theatre societies to explode the number of casting calls for underrepresented communities in the 2020 season

  • Created a company environment in which Spotlights members could feel secure and valued mid-pandemic

 

2019

 

  • Laid the foundations for future relationships between Exeter Nightline and theatre societies

  • Fundraised £600 box office income to YoungMinds

  • Introduced PetsAsTherapy to student arts community via a workshop for company members

2018

  • Fundraised £250 to MIND alongside a production

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Shine Like The Sun, Razz Magazine

Expressing Yourself, Exeposé

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Expressing Yourself, Razz Magazine

Spring Awakening, Exeposé

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Spring Awakening, Razz Magazine

Shine Like The Sun, Exeposé

"This creative team have produced one of the most stunning and thought-provoking pieces of theatre I’ve seen at university"

- Eleanor Rose-Gordon for Razz Magazine on Spring Awakening

“Something truly unique and special was happening on stage."

MICKEY WHITE / RAZZ MAGAZINE  / SPOTLIGHTS: SHINE LIKE THE SUN

 

blog

Working with Exeter Decolonising Network introduced me to the idea of reflective practice, working carefully and critically at all times. I have often struggled to apply this to my producing work. Producing, in my head, is about strength of conviction, about being a confident leader throughout difficulty. Moreover, being focused on lots of different projects at once makes slowing down to reflect difficult.

Through this blog, I am aiming to imbue my work with a critical, careful eye. I want this site to be an honest, unflinching space for me to consider my work and my working style. I might struggle to keep this up. 

Read my queering blog

This blog was started as part of a Film module at the University of Exeter, run by the fantastic Dr Benedict Morrison. Through the medium of classic British queer film and television texts, I explored key theories in queerness and ecology.

Take a look here.

P.S the password is 'dungeness'. Keep it quiet.

 

contact

I welcome script and project submissions via the email below. I will endeavour to respond to each within 3 weeks, but I cannot guarantee that I will be able to read or provide feedback on any submissions.

finlay carroll

producer & theatremaker

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