Artistic Director: Darren Bolton
Darren is an award winning writer and director in theatre and film, who has toured and distributed his work all over the world. Since forming Shooting Fish in 2002, Darren wrote and directed their first UK touring piece, Rat Race in the Autumn of 2003. Since then Darren has written and directed numerous productions, as well moving into film, making short films through the emerging talent scheme with the UK Film Council, culminating in the completion of his first feature film, Vigilante in 2015.
Artistic Director: Emily Bignell
Emily has been working in film and theatre for the past nine years, in this time she has developed as a highly skilled freelance producer, director and practitioner working on wide variety of projects across Yorkshire and the East Midlands. As an independent producer of film she has worked on award winning shorts and has recently completed her first feature length project Vigilante. As one of two Artistic Directors of Shooting Fish Theatre Company she has lead on a host of projects funded by organisations including Arts Council England, the Wellcome Trust and Heritage Lottery, supporting the organisation to produce high quality new writing work which has toured nationally. Emily has established herself as a drama specialist within primary, secondary, further and higher education settings. For the past 5 years she has been a visiting tutor at Bishop Grosseteste University as well as delivering guest lectures at The University of Lincoln, The University of Birmingham and the Guildhall School of Drama.
Board of Directors
After studying Media Production at the University of Lincoln, David went on to more specialist training, shooting and editing TV news in Grimsby. It was there that he met Darren and joined the Blueprint team after spending a couple of years doing freelance work. Blueprint’s close relationship with Shooting Fish Theatre Company meant that David was frequently working with the organisation so decided to get more closely involved by becoming a committee member. He’s worked on a vast array of projects with Blueprint and Shooting Fish over the last 8 years as a camera operator and editor, from short films and documentaries to radio plays and multimedia apps.
Daniel Tuck is a special make up effects artist who has undertaken work within a range of platforms including television, theatre and film. Daniel is an experienced lecturer in his subject having held posts at Leeds University, The University of York and The Grimsby Institute. He has held teaching posts for the past 15 years, which he thoroughly enjoys. His post also enables him to link students to professional industry through placements at Shooting Fish. Daniels other passions include taking part in Live Action Role Play which he has undertaken since the age of 11, a great love of Superman and a taste for all things adventurous including cage diving with Tiger Sharks.
Lyndsey is Head of Operations at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, overseeing the operational, financial and administrative aspects of the organisation that provides the infrastructure for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Prior to that, Lyndsey worked for 6 years as a producer and general manager in independent new writing theatre companies; Kabosh in Belfast and Shooting Fish in Lincoln. This was preceded by 4 years managing research support at the University of Manchester. Production credits include a range of new site specific works in locations as diverse as a graveyard, a public toilet, an agricultural fair and Titanic Belfast, as well as a three week production of a new writing production, Laminated, at Covent Garden and the development of a new Wellcome Trust funded production exploring the development of emotion in robotics. Currently working towards an ACCA Diploma in Accounting, Lyndsey is a highly skilled and experienced arts manager with a passion for performing arts.
Shooting Fish work with a range of associate artists responding to the needs of each project. We have worked with artists from a number of disciplines including drama facilitators, writers, actors, theatre designers, film makers, puppeteers, sound designers, musicians and visual artists. We enjoy collaborating with new people as well as developing our existing relationships. In the last year we have worked with over 30 freelance artists and practitioners including:
Ruth Pigott (Curiosity Creators):
Ruth is a mixed media artist; she strives to make innovative workshops that will inspire others to unleash their creative side regardless of any misgivings they may have about their own abilities. She started working life as a support worker for adults with learning difficulties but after years of taking clients to art classes became increasingly interested in art therapy. She began training in visual arts practice and now used her skills to deliver arts activities within a community context. Ruth has collaborated with Shooting Fish for a number of years, working on our Goole Bonfire project and numerous other community activities.
Set and costume designer Laura Cordery has a first class degree in Art from Warwick University and a post graduate diploma in theatre set and costume design form the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. Laura has been working with Shooting Fish since 2010 and has designed sets for Laminated tour to Covent Garden and the 2012 Bonfire stage design based on Roald Dahl’s BFG. She has also transformed spaces on board the Queen Mary Cruise ship for Shakespeare’s classics including Hamlet and Much Ado About Nothing.
Neil has a broad background in many cultural and artistic fields, but in recent years has been developing his career as a writer and scriptwriter. He has written for theatre, radio and film, moving effortlessly from comedy and satire to drama. Neil also writes short-stories, flash-fiction and reviews, drawing from a sharply developed worldview. He holds a BA in Video and Film Production and an MA (distinction) in Writing for Stage and Broadcast Media form the Central School of Speech and Drama. Neil has collaborated with us on both our Gainsborough Literacy Projects, co-writing fours plays which previewed at the Trinity Arts Centre in 2014 and 2015.
Doug Nicholson (External Combustion):
External Combustion was set up in the late 1980’s by artists and performers with an irresistible passion for spectacle. Artistic director Doug Nicholson sets out to establish fresh and imaginative ways of creating grand fireworks displays, outdoor theatrical spectacle, machine performance and collaborative performance pieces. Doug has been supplying pyrotechnic wonders to our Goole Bonfire Event since 2011, incorporating petrol bombs, fire machines and of course beautifully designed finale fireworks.