the regional premiere of

The Children

by Lucy Kirkwood

Showing 6 June – 1 November

Creative team

Elizabeth Wright

Elizabeth Wright


Liz is delighted to return to Keswick for the 2019 Summer Season. Some of her favourite past designs for Theatre by the Lake have included Wallflowering, Kiss of the Spiderwoman, The Birthday Party, The Glass Menagerie, Vincent in Brixton, The Shape of Things, Suddenly Last Summer, The Lady of the Lake, The Vertical Hour, Iron and Elektra.

Liz’s other work includes We’re Staying Right Here (Park Theatre for Metal Rabbit Productions); The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists and Rouse Ye Women (Townsend Productions); Herding Cats (Hope Mill Theatre for Play With Fire); The Blue Room, Blithe Spirit, Picnic and Barnbow Canaries (HOME for Manchester School of Theatre); Master of the Macabre (The Vaults, Waterloo); The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Octagon Theatre, Bolton, and Hull Truck Theatre); Queen of the North and Peter Pan (Octagon Theatre, Bolton) and When The Waters Recede, a site-specific production on Derwent Island, Keswick.

She studied at Leeds University, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and has a PhD in Theatre Design from Wimbledon College of Art.

Robbie Butler

Robbie Butler

(Lighting Designer)

Robbie trained at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He is an honorary life member of the Association of Lighting designers, has twice been nominated for an Off West End Award for Best Lighting Design and was the winner of the 2015 ETC Award. More at

Theatre Includes: ORAL (Regional Tour); The Crown Dual (Seabright Productions); The Happy Tragedy of Being Woke (Complicité); The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Macron Stadium, Bolton); The Selfish Giant (UK Tour); Down and Out: Live (La Generale, Paris); Lady MacWata (Ghostlight Theatre Co.); Abandoman (Underbelly Productions); For King and Country (Southwark Playhouse); There or Here (Park Theatre); The Wind In The Willows (Core Theatre); Mother Courage and Her Children (Southwark Playhouse); Run The Beast Down (Marlowe Theatre); as well as many productions at the Finborough Theatre, The Old Red Lion Theatre and Brighton and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals.

Opera Includes: Isabeau (Opera Holland Park); Dialogues Des Carmelites (Guildhall School); Il Trovatore (The Royal Danish Opera and Teatro Real Madrid - Associate); The Enchanted Pig (HGO).

Mark Melville

Mark Melville

(Composer / Sound Designer)

Mark is a composer and sound designer for theatre and film and trained at Leeds
College of Music. His work has been seen across the UK and internationally and
exhibited at the V&A Museum in London, the Prague Quadrennial Theatre Design
Festival and the British Design for Theatre Exhibition.

Recent theatre includes: The Children (Theatre by the Lake); Where Do We Belong (Northern Stage); Flight (Vox Motus/Edinburgh International Festival - included in the New York Times’ ‘Unforgettable Theatre Moments of 2018’); Little Gift (M6 Theatre/ AndyManley); Road (Leeds Playhouse); The Greatest Play in The History of the World (Tara Finney Productions/Royal Exchange); The Manchester Project (Monkeywood Theatre); Where Do We Stand? (Northern Stage); 1984 (Emilia Romagna Teatro); Frankenstein, Wit, Birth (Royal Exchange); Charlie Sonata (Royal Lyceum Theatre); The Destroyed Room (Vanishing Point/Battersea Arts Centre); Human Animals; Violence and Son; God Bless the Child (Royal Court); Yer Granny, Knives in Hens, Miracle Man, Empty, My Shrinking Life (National Theatre of Scotland); Tomorrow (Vanishing Point/Cena Contemporânea Festival, Brazil/ Brighton Festival/Tramway); Dragon (Vox Motus/National Theatre of Scotland); Saturday Night (Vanishing Point/Teatro Nacional Sao Jao, Porto/Teatro San Luis); Mister Holgado (Unicorn); Wonderland (Vanishing Point/Napoli Teatro Festival/ Edinburgh International Festival); The Crucible, A Tender Thing, Hamlet (Dukes Playhouse).

Upcoming work includes: A Little Space (Gecko/Mind The Gap).

Mark is also a frequent collaborator with director, Louie Ingham and a member of the Association of Sound Designers.

Peter Macqueen

Peter Macqueen

(Fight Director)

Since moving to Cumbria, Peter has appeared in over 20 productions for Theatre by the Lake as an actor and has also been responsible for various slaps, slashes, stranglings, stabbings and swashbucklings in as many shows – including Lady of the Lake, Sense and Sensibility, Bold Girls, Peter Pan, Dial M for Murder, The Rivals, ’Tis Pity she’s a Whore and many more.

As an Equity-registered fight director, he has been administering punishment safely around theatres since the invention of the club – occasionally using it! Stephen Joseph, Scarborough; Contact, Library and Royal Exchange, Manchester; Oldham Coliseum; Chester Gateway; RSC; Nottingham, Salisbury and Oxford Playhouses; Stafford and Elsinore Castles have all, among others, witnessed his murderous intent.

He is currently developing further projects for PMac Productions, his touring company, which later this year will be touring small venues with The Scrooge Diaries – the true story of A Christmas Carol, written by Peter and premiered at Theatre by the Lake last year.

Kay Magson

Kay Magson

(Casting Director)

Kay was resident Casting Director at West Yorkshire Playhouse for many years, and she is now Casting Associate there. She is also Associate Artist at Curve. Kay regularly casts
for both these theatres as well as for Storyhouse Chester (including Grosvenor Park), Liverpool Everyman, Derby Theatre, Theatr Clwyd, Birmingham Stage Company and
other theatres where she works as a freelance artist.

As a freelancer Kay cast Beautiful Thing (Curve/Arts Theatre/UK Tour); Singin’ In The Rain (West Yorkshire Playhouse/ National Theatre/UK tour); Breakfast At Tiffany’s (Curve, National Tour and West End); Sweeney Todd (Royal Festival Hall) and An Officer And A Gentleman (Curve and National Tour).

Kay is a member of the Casting Directors Guild.

Sam Newland

Sam Newland

(Costume Supervisor)

After studying drama at Loughborough University, Sam worked as stage crew for a variety of small production companies before moving to Keswick in 2001, taking the reins of the wardrobe department during the Summer Season of 2005. Since then she has assisted on all but one of Theatre by the Lake’s productions.

Sam has been Costume Supervisor for productions of A Servant to Two Masters (TBTL’s Young Actors Company); Lysistrata and Spring Awakening (Next Stage Company); Cartographers (Alligators Club); Only Available in Carlisle and Hymn to Love (Theatre by the Lake); and Educating Rita (a Theatre by the Lake and David Pugh & Dafydd Rogers’ co-production).

Sam only came to Keswick for a walking holiday!