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In Autumn 2014 we realised our long-time dream of staging a third season in the year, thus becoming a fully, year-round producing theatre company.

The Canterbury Tales, staged in Guildford’s oldest building, St Mary’s Church, was not only our first Autumn show but also one completely originally devised and written by the company..so you could say it was also a World Premier!

A truly unique theatrical event crammed full with live music, Shakespeare, farce, operetta and audience participation. The tales we covered were: Knight, Miller, Nun's Priest, Wife of Bath, Pardoner, Prioress and Summoner. Oh, and we did the whole of the General Prologue in 5 minutes!


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“a truly shared experience.” British Theatre Guide

Audience Comments

"We laughed, laughed and laughed some more"

"Fabulous entertainment from fart to finish!"

"A remarkable theatrical experience in such an appropriate setting. You captured the spirit and diversity of The Canterbury Tales... "

""Storytelling at its very best filled with love, death, sex, magic & farts"

"Last night was absolutely amazing as usual, I'm so pleased to be able to come and see such brilliant, and differing performances, so frequently and so locally. We're lucky!"

"Genius!! With hilarious elvis singing puppets, naked bums, fart songs, Jackie Collins homage, and audience participation mass farting...Now I have to rewrite my childhood again."


Meet The Canterbury Tale-tellers!

Philip Benjamin

Bea Holland

Matt Pinches

Lauren Silver

Ben Tolley



If you see them around,

do say hello...or buy them a flagon of claret...

Philip Benjamin

Training: Drama Centre London

Theatre Credits include: The Mob (Orange Tree); Piaf (Sheffield Crucible); The Trumpet Major (Bridewell); Sleuth, The Importance of Being Earnest, Diaries of Adam and Eve, The Public Eye, Chapter Two, How the Other Half Loves, Marsh House, One for the Road, Absent Friends, Come Blow Your Horn, Roleplay, The Turn of the Screw, Private Lives (Frinton Summer Theatre);  The Master of Mayhem (Eastern Angles); And Then They Came For Me (Lyric Hammersmith Studio); Twelfth Night, The Tempest, The Taming of The Shrew (Sprite Productions); Don Quixote (Croydon Warehouse); A Christmas Carol, Oh, What a Lovely War! (Basingstoke Haymarket); The Snow Spider (Ovalhouse Theatre); The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (European Touring); A Study in Scarlet (Southwark Playhouse). TV: 55 Degrees North, Sherlock, and Doctors (BBC). Film credits: Hard Hat (Gangway Productions).

Bea Holland

Trained: National Youth Theatre, English & Drama University of Hull.

For GSC: Love's Not Time's Fool (Valentine's Day 2009)

Theatre includes : Jack and the Beanstalk (Southwark Playhouse); The RSPLB (Wilderness Festival); Cinderella (Corn Exchange, Newbury); The Trial (Watford Palace); Blood Wedding, Agamemnon, Children of Hercules, Oedipus, Androcles and The Lion and  Petite Rouge (Scoop, More London); Ladies Monthly (Trafalgar Studios); Sleeping Beauty (Greenwich); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Dubai); The False Corpse (Brighton Theatre Royal); Masks and Faces (Finborough); The Dog Beneath the Skin (BAC); Aesop’s Fables (Orange Tree); Julia Pastrana the Ugliest Woman in the World (Brighton Festival & national tour); Henry VIII (Bridewell); Newsrevue (Edinburgh & London); A Christmas Carol (BAC); 2:18 Underground (Lyric Studio, Hammersmith); Dancing at Lughnasa (Arts Theatre) & Love Life (Lost Musicals). TV includes: Writing & co-starring in Bea and Sam’s Big Spread (E4); Teenage Kicks, William and Mary, The Bill.

Matt Pinches

Trained: Bretton Hall.

For GSC: Co-Founder, appearing in all 23 productions. Highlights include: Malvolio (Twelfth Night), Cassio (Othello), Touchstone (As You Like It), 3rd Witch (Macbeth), Bottom (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Benedick (Much Ado About Nothing), Laertes (Hamlet), Tranio (The Taming of the Shrew), Launce (The Two Gentlemen of Verona). Directed by Tom Littler, Joanna Read, Anna Ledwich, Hannah Chissick, Charlotte Conquest and Caroline Devlin.

Other theatre includes: Spring Awakening (Theatre Royal, Bath); George’s Marvelous Medicine (Birmingham Stage); Anthem For Doomed Youth, Arabel’s Raven (Southampton Nuffield Theatre); A Perfect Match (Vienna’s English Theatre). Pantos include Chipping Norton, Newbury, Winchester, Barnstaple and Manchester Library. In his early career he spent seasons with Solent People’s Theatre, Action Transport and Forest Forge. Matt is also a former Associate Tutor of the University of Surrey.

Lauren Silver

Trained: Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh; she has also trained in clowning and comedy with Philippe Gaulier and Spymonkey’s Aitor Basauri.  

For GSC: Sonnet Walk 2: The Return! (2012)

Credits include Celia in As You Like Ish (Teasel Theatre), Marie Antoinette in I’m an Aristocrat, Get Me Out Of Here and Lotte in Grimm and Grimmer  (Gonzo Moose Theatre); Scarlet in Robin Hood (Dukes Theatre Lancaster); Dandini in Cinderella (The Theatre Chipping Norton), Hermaphrodite in The Games (Spike Theatre); Alice Woodman in Walking Through Windows (Liverpool Everyman/Playhouse); (The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh). In 2015, Lauren will be appearing in the feature film of Wall by David Hare produced by the National Theatre. Lauren is an actor and musician from Liverpool.

Ben Tolley

Trained: Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

Theatre credits include Silvius in As You Like It, Young Siward in Macbeth and an Officer in The Changeling (Shakespeare at The Tobacco Factory); Jack in Pinafore Swing and Duffy in Matilda and Duffy’s Stupendous Space Adventure (Newbury Watermill Theatre); King Rat (Gatehouse Theatre in Stafford); Charles Dickens in Dickens and The Great Operatic Disaster (Southampton Nuffield Theatre); The Merman in Shanty Theatre Company’s Salty Socks of Dunkirk; Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol and The Sorcerer in the Snow Queen (Theatre in the Quarter, Chester).

Creative Team

Much like the acting company, fresh faces are in abundance here too. The fabulous Abi Anderson joins GSC to direct her first show with the company; Abi and GSC have been in close contact for many years and we're delighted that the perfect project has arisen for us to join forces. Designer Dora Schweitzer is also new to GSC, along with Production Manager Tamsin Rose, Deputy Stage Manager Danyal Shafiq, Lighting Designer Will Evans and Puppet Designer Elaine Hartley.

There are still a few familiar faces behind the scenes: Mary McAdam, GSC resident composer and MD, will be composing and arranging the music; Beth Sweeney returns as Assistant Stage Manager (last with us in Summer 2013); and Sound Designer Matt Eaton.

...and of course our very own Sarah will be producing, writing and generally being totally fabulous.


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