BTC is working in partnership with Barcelo Brighton Old Ship Hotel to produce a series of productions in 2008-2009. We have developed this creative partnership with The Old Ship - at 450 years, the oldest public building in Brighton and previously Brighton's Assembly Rooms - to create a new venue and performance space.
Artistic Directors Janette Eddisford and Daniel Finlay have almost 60 years of theatre experience between them - acting, directing, stage managing, writing, producing and teaching.
Brighton Theatre Collective is the realisation of their long cherished ambition to establish a resident, producing Theatre Company in Brighton and put our extraordinarily exciting and creative city on the theatre map. Their shared artistic vision has been developed through their work at the Academy of Creative Training - the only Drama School on the South Coast offering professional training for actors. With a 65% graduate employment rate and having attracted the services of some of the South's leading actors and directors, ACT's undoubted success has established Brighton as a key contender for students choosing a contemporary actor training. Janette and Daniel have achieved all this with no funding or subsidy of any kind and, moreover, whilst operating with a not-for-profit ethos so as to offer maximum accessibility to new talent.
Taking the similarly un-funded Globe Theatre as a source of inspiration, Brighton Theatre Collective aims to build upon and extend this reputation for excellence - creating a high quality repertoire using exciting and dynamic established local actors alongside newcomers to the profession, including the cream of ACT graduates.
Brighton Theatre Collective's inaugural production is TRUNKS by Stephen Plaice. The Company has attracted the services of outstanding local actors Sian Webber, Gary Sefton and Richard Hawley.