"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 devised and performed in The Idiot Colony and 1 Beach Road. She co-directed Be Brave and Leave for the Unknown and will be performing in RedCape’s new show ‘Thunder Road’ opening 2018.

After training at Ecole Jaques Lecoq she joined Pig Iron Theatre Company in Philadelphia.  With Pig Iron she created six original productions including the award winning Gentlemen Volunteers (Edinburgh Festival) and Shut Eye (Traverse Theatre/Edinburgh Festival) directed by the late Joseph Chaikin (The Open Theatre). Cassie also performed at Edinburgh Festival, Soho Theatre London and New York with The Riot Group in Fringe First Winner Switch Triptych. Other companies she has performed with include Theatre O, Hoipolloi, Blind Summit, angels in the architecture and the Lyric Hammersmith.

She is Artist-in-Residence at South Street Arts Centre where she has directed several commissions for their award winning festival Sitelines; Jacksons Corner, The Final Whistle and Kaspar.

Cassie is currently developing two shows for RedCape Thunder Road and Children of the Revolution – a show about Protest. With Sabina Netherclift she is researching a show about the Leek embroiders and for Sitelines a show specifically for the re-opening of The Reading Abbey Ruins in 2018.

RebeccaRebecca 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. For RedCape she performed in 1 Beach Road, worked as a writer on Be Brave and Leave For The Unknown, and is developing Thunder Road and Children of the Revolution.

As a performer and deviser she has worked with, among others, Chris Goode, National Theatre Scotland, Uninvited Guests and David Rosenberg. Her writing has been commissioned and supported by National Theatre Wales, BBC Radio, Dirty Protest and the Sherman Theatre. Current projects include Transporter, a solo show for ages eleven and above, for Theatr Iolo.


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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