Thistledown Theatre

we believe that theatre is for everyone

Welcome to                 Thistledown Theatre.

We are an Oxford-based theatre company producing shows in a variety of interesting and unique venues throughout the city. We believe that theatre is for everyone. 



Artistic Director
Laurence Goodwin

Laurence is one of the company's artistic directors. In Oxford, Laurence has previously directed for the Oxford Theatre Guild (Hay Fever, 2014) and the Bartholomew Players (Relative Values, 2016) as well as appearing in productions of Pride and Prejudice (2013), The Importance of Being Earnest (2014) and Night Must Fall (2015). Outside Oxford, she has also appeared at Theatre Memphis in productions of The Violet Hour (Rosamund Plith), Pride and Prejudice (Lydia Bennet) and Our Town (Chorus) and at GCT in The Last Night of Ballyhoo (Sunny Freitag) and The Importance of Being Earnest (Cecily Cardew). She is also a choral singer and voice-over artist.

Jamie Potton

Jamie is the company's producer. Previous producing credits include Our Town (2004) in which he made a cameo appearance as Wally Webb. Most recently, he has appeared on stage in Oxford in Eleven One's production of Blue Stockings (2015). Jamie handles all the financials for the company as well as sponsorship and community partnership arrangements. He's also the first point of contact for educational groups.




artistic director
Sarah Pyper

Sarah is one of the company's artistic directors. She has been acting since the age of three; more recent credits in Oxford include Pride and Prejudice (2013), Dr. Faustus (2013) and Blue Stockings (2015). She has also performed several times at the Edinburgh Fringe. Sarah co-directed Hay Fever with Laurence in 2014 and is now an instrumental part of Thistledown, helping to choose and nurture projects for the company. Sarah is our resident social media expert and maintains our Twitter feed and Instagram accounts.


company Member
Holly Gorne

Holly is a member of the company and had the pleasure of appearing in our first two productions, Emma (2016) and Brontë (2017). Outside of Thistledown, she has performed locally in such productions as Hayfever (2014), Our Country's Good (2014), A Streetcar Named Desire (2014), as well as short films and music videos for Static Airwaves Ltd and MACH Management, amongst others. She is also a keen illustrator and regularly produces artwork for the company, most recently for our production of Much Ado About Nothing. Examples of her work can be seen here



company Member
Emily Saddler

Emily is a member of the company, appearing as Jane Fairfax in Emma (2016) and Emily in Brontë (2017). She co-directed the company's summer production of Much Ado About Nothing (2017). Emily has also directed and performed with Durham Student Theatre, with roles including Emily Webb in Our Town and Maggie in Tusk Tusk. She also recently directed Hamlet as part of the Shakespeare Schools Festival in Oxford (2016). 

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