"Easily the most beautiful production at this year's Fringe, an exquisite piece of theatre." Broadway Baby on The Idiot Colony



RedCape Theatre is run by Artistic Directors Cassie Friend and Rebecca Loukes and Associate Artist Catherine Dyson, produced by Turtle Key Arts and is company-in-residence at South Street Arts Centre, Reading.


CassieCassie Friend  is a founder member of RedCape Theatre, she has performed in the productions The Idiot Colony, 1 Beach Road, Thunder Road and will be performing in the new show On Track. She co-directed Be Brave and Leave for the Unknown with fellow Artistic Director Rebecca Loukes.

Cassie is Artist in Residence at South Street Arts Centre where she has directed and performed in a dozen of their productions for the award winning Sitelines Festival. Venues include a Victorian department store, Reading football stadium, an Abbey and a yurt. RedCape’s new show On Track will be the first co-production with South Street and will take place both indoors and outdoors.

Cassie trained at Ecole Jacques Lecoq, was a compere for many years and is a keen cyclist.

CassieRebecca Loukes trained in the body awareness practices of Elsa Gindler with Eva Schmale and Charlotte Selver and Asian martial/meditation arts with Phillip Zarrilli.  She co-created and co performed The Idiot Colony and worked as Dramaturg on 1 Beach Road.  She is currently devising the new show.

As well as being a co-founder of RedCape Theatre she is Senior Lecturer in Drama at the University of Exeter and Associate Editor of the Journal of Theatre, Dance and Performer Training.

Catherine Dyson BW

Catherine Dyson is a writer and performer. With RedCape she performed in 1 Beach Road and Thunder Road, and wrote Be Brave and Leave for the Unknown, Thunder Road, On Track, and will be writing the script for new show The Luminous.

She was part of the BBC Writersroom Wales 2018/19, BBC Writersroom Comedy Room 2019/20, and Sherman New Welsh Playwrights 2016. In 2019 she was shortlisted and specially commended for the Wales Writer in Residence Award. She was longlisted this year for the same award and also for the Funny Women Writing Award 2020. She is also an Associate Artist with Theatr Iolo.

Further information about Catherine's work is at http://www.cathdyson.com 

TKA Producedby colour 4 200Turtle Key Arts unlocks creative potential in individuals, companies and communities, producing and devising original, ground-breaking, inclusive art to entertain and inspire. As creative producers they enable each project to reach its full artistic potential and ensure that participation and education is embedded at the heart of everything they do.

Their work has a UK and international reach through a wide variety of innovative projects. With many different collaborators and partners. They have played a committed role in advancing participation in the arts by disabled, disadvantaged and socially excluded people.


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We invite a diverse range of artists and innovators to work with us on a project by project basis. Collaborators so far have included:




  • Who

    RedCape Theatre is run by Artistic Directors Cassie Friend and Rebecca Loukes and Associate Artist Catherine Dyson, produced by Turtle Key Arts and...

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  • How

    We make and tour original plays. Our starting point is always a true story. We are drawn to ordinary people in extraordinary situations. From here...

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  • What

    RedCape Theatre came together in 2006 to make their first show The Idiot Colony.  The founding members Claire Coaché, Cassie Friend and Rebecca...

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