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BurntOut Theatre is a Surrey-based theatre company made up of actors, singers and musicians. We tour vibrant productions of Shakespeare and new-writing in London and the South of England, accompanied by original music and song performed live.

MUSIC | A highlight of our productions is the original music, written and performed live by composer for TV and theatre James Reynolds –whose credits include compositions for Panorama, (BBC), Lewis (ITV), Paralympic Games trailers (C4).

CHARITY | During our open-air summer productions we raise funds and awareness for individual charities through collection and ticket sales. In 2011-2013 we raised over £11,000 for charities such as The Multiple Sclerosis Society.

EDUCATION | We also hold education events throughout the year with our Artistic patron RADA Acting Teacher Brigid Panet.

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Artistic Director| Clemmie Reynolds |

Clemmie studied at RADA and at the University of Bristol.  She founded BurntOut Theatre after leaving drama school to make theatre work for her and her colleagues (particularly the women!)

Directing and Producing credits include Monmouth, Tempest Of Lyme (Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis), The Monstrum, Bedbug The Musical (National Theatre Connections), Muscovado 2015 UK Tour (Theatre503, Bread and Roses and UK Tour), The Big Tramp 2015 for Cardboard Citizens, Muscovado in 2014 (Holy Trinity Clapham for Black History Month, V&A Museum, Clapham Omnibus, Young Vic Freshworks), BurntOut’s Much Ado About Nothing (RADA Festival and Tour), Living Without Fear (Blue Apple Theatre), BurntOut’s As You Like It (Burnt Norton House & RADA Festival),  A Midsummer Night’s Dream 2012 and 2013 (RADA Festival and regional tour), A Midwinter Night’s Dream (Christ Church, Chelsea), Amadeus (Lady Windsor Theatre, Bristol), My Fair Lady (Clifton Hill House, Bristol).

Acting credits include, For BurntOut Theatre: Celia in As You Like It, Hero in Much Ado About Nothing; for Charm Offensive: Natalya in A Month in the Country, Arkadina in The Seagull, Olga in Fortunes Fool; Lady Fetchwoth in Thomas Kilroy’s Blake at Out of Joint.  She is represented by BMA Artists.

Recently she has also worked with Cardboard Citizens, ChickenShed, Fulham Opera and Farnham Maltings. As Assistant to Adrian Jackson Artistic Director of Cardboard Citizens, she created a new event for the company called The Big Tramp, an all-night immersive theatre walk through London. She is also a qualified LAMDA exam teacher, and audition coach.

She commissioned and developed Muscovado in 2013. In 2014-15 she directed and produced an extensive UK tour of the show to cities with links to the slave trade.

Clemmie is currently Artistic Director of the Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis


Composer, Musical Director, Performer | James Reynolds |

James Reynolds (brother of Clemmie!) is a composer and musician (guitar, piano, voice).  He trained at the London College of Contemporary Music (LCCM) and University of Leeds (BA Music).

His piano compositions have been widely used in TV adverts and dramas including Poirot, Lewis (ITV1), Chicago Fire (Sky Drama), commercials for Acer computers, and during the Paralympic Games coverage (Channel 4).

His album The Elements is available to download on iTunes, and Postmodern Piano Score is available from Altitude Music ( Listen to his work

His credits as a theatre composer include: for Charm Offensive Theatre Company – The Government Inspector, The Seagull, A Month in the Country; and for BurntOut Theatre  – Muscovado, Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and As You Like It.

He has recently composed a score for ‘Muscovado‘ comprising a mix of classical choral music and traditional negro spirituals.

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Associate writer | Matilda Ibini |

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Matilda is a playwright and trained on the Royal Court Young Writers Programme, and at Arcola and Soho Theatres.

She recently became of one the youngest winners of the BBC Writersroom 10 Scheme, and will be Soho’s Writer-in-Residence this year. She has also just been awarded a BAFTA Scholarship to study a screenwriting MA next year.

She has been developing Muscovado with BurntOut Theatre since 2013, and is currently developing the script for touring in 2015.


Co-Producer | Stephanie Shepherd |

Steph completed her BA (hons) in 2010 and MA (distinction) in 2014 both in Theatre Practice; Creative Producing at London Southbank University. She has produced 3 fringe productions in London at Old Red Lion, Lion and the Unicorn and the White Bear and produced two regional productions in Buckinghamshire. She’s now working at Creation Theatre (on Macbeth, Lady Margaret Hall, August 2014) and the Wind in the Willows (North Wall Arts Centre, December 2014)

She has worked as Assistant Producer for BurntOut Theatre since January 2014 on Much Ado About Nothing (July 2014) and Muscovado (October 2014).


Associate Director | Sophie de Vries |


Sophie studied at the Amsterdam school of the Arts and graduated in 2010 as a theatre director and teacher. In the Netherlands she makes her own youth theatre productions “10 HOOG productions” and teaches movement and drama on different theatre schools and universities. In London she works with Sadlers Wells Theatre and Vocab Dance Company. She is delighted to be the Co-Director for the Muscovado tour 2015. (


Assistant Producer | Claudette Hodge |


Claudette trained at City Academy, Kingston University (BA Drama) and The Key Youth Theatre, Peterborough. She is worked as Production Assistant for BurntOut’s Muscovado, focusing on Education; and is currently working as Assistant Producer for the 2015 tour of the show.

Theatre credits include Christopher Marlowe’s Tamburlaine (The Lion and Unicorn) and None But Friends (Rose Theatre).


Assistant Producer | Alexandra Ziminski|


Alex graduated from The University of Reading in 2013 with a BA(Hons.) in Philosophy. After leaving university Alex travelled for 6 months around Asia and Australasia, when she returned to England she found herself volunteering for a variety of roles in the theatre world, striving to build her experience. She started as a Production Assistant for a new musical based on Henry VII in Surrey, dabbling as a Deputy Stage Manager throughout the production. She volunteers as an Usher at the Rose Theatre, Kingston, in her spare time.
Currently, she is excited to be working on the Muscovado 2015 tour as an Assistant Producer after being the Front of House Manager for the show’s run at Holy Trinity Church.

Assistant Producer | Emma Chapman |


Emma studied Durham University (Diploma Modern Languages and BA English). She enjoys all aspects of theatre whether acting, producing or directing, and while at Durham she played an active role in several productions, including performing in a new piece of promenade theatre and producing Arthur Miller’s classic, The Crucible.

Since graduating she has continued to act, and is delighted to have the opportunity to be on the production team for such an exciting company. Her role as Assistant Producer on the 2015 tour of Muscovado is her first with BurntOut Theatre.


Associate Actor | Lydia Huhne







Lydia is an actress, and trained at RADA and with the National Youth Theatre. She performed in BurntOut’s A Midwinter Night’s Dream and summer 2013 Shakespeare Tour as Helena and Audrey. She has worked extensively for the National Youth Theatre in a number of stage productions.

She was Assistant Producer for the company in 2013, and was involved in  co-producing our first performances of Muscovado in 2014.  She performed in BurntOut’s Much Ado About Nothing in July.



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Artistic Patrons

Brigid Panet, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA)

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