About


Who is Pregnant Fish?

Pregnant Fish is a collective of theatre makers passionate about authentic performance. Below are our current core members.
    Robbie Brittain

    Robbie directed 'Sweeney Todd' and 'Spring Awakening' and has been a staple in our children's theatre, playing the infamous Professor Gooblidook. Robbie also works as a teacher of Drama and English in London. He was a founding member of Pregnant Fish in 2010.

    Robbie Brittain
    Actor / Director
    Faye Carmichael

    Faye was a founding member of Pregnant Fish and has acted in a number of shows since 2010. She also co-produced our first three musicals, including two Edinburgh Fringe runs and one UK tour.

    Faye Carmichael
    Actor
    Tom Drayton

    Tom is a director and academic. He was a founding member of Pregnant Fish and has directed 5 shows with the company. Tom also lectures at The University of Worcester and the University of East London. For more information visit tomdrayton.weebly.com

    Tom Drayton
    Writer / Director / Producer
    Bibi Francis

    Another founding member of the company, Bibi has acted in all but one of our productions, as well as co-producing a number of shows. Outside of Pregnant Fish, Bibi works for participatory theatre company Project Phakama in East London.

    Bibi Francis
    Actor / Producer
    Leah Francis

    Leah is studying an MA in creative writing and publishing and writes freelance articles in her spare time, whilst also focusing on short stories, flash fiction and a novel. She co-wrote 'Who Put Bella in the Wych Elm' and has edited other scripts with Pregnant Fish as well acting with us since 2016.

    Leah Francis
    Actor / Writer
    Hannah Tate

    Hannah joined Pregnant Fish in 2011 for 'Spring Awakening' before playing the titular character of Mrs Vane in 'The Picture of Dorian Gray'. She has also been the villain in a number of children's pieces, and continues to act with the company. Hannah is also a teacher in London.

    Hannah Tate
    Actor
    Ben Vaughan

    Ben has acted in a number of children's productions and in 'The Picture of Dorian Gray' at the Edinburgh Fringe.

    Ben Vaughan
    Actor
    The Dagen Smiths

    After contributing to the score for 'Dorian Gray', the power couple composed the creepily atmospheric soundtrack to 'Who Put Bella in the Wych Elm' (played through a tape player on stage), and the upcoming music for 'Like Lions'.

    The Dagen Smiths
    Composers
Our latest Production
View the trailer for 'Like Lions' here

WHAT WE DO

How we started

Pregnant Fish Theatre are built upon the ethos of intimate, stripped back performances for ‘pocket money prices’. Since forming in Worcester in 2010, we have strived to create authentic, innovative and challenging theatre. We believe that theatre is about the connection between people; between audience and actor, between characters, and between company members.

Our work

Our work falls into two categories: intimate and authentic theatre for adults and immersive and adaptive theatre for children. This work is stripped-back and lo-fi, mixing music, physical theatre and storytelling to create our particular Pregnant Fish style. Our theatre for children focuses on placing the children at the centre of an interactive and immersive story as co-creator.

What have we got up to?

In 2018 we brought True Crime on-stage with Who Put Bella In The Wych Elm?, a mix of intense physical, verbatim and docu-theatre that attempted to solve a Worcestershire murder that has baffled police for 75 years. We have also been working with 25-34 year-olds around the UK to give them space to talk about their hopes, worries and thoughts about the future of society.

Like what you hear?

We have worked with schools and universities to coordinate and facilitate workshops with students, parents and the local community. If you would like more information about these workshops, or if you would like us to come and run a workshop with your school, university or company, then please use the contact button on the menu above. We look forward to hearing from you.