Originally from South London Chris is an actor, writer and teacher. As an actor he has worked in Iceland and the UK, performing at London venues including The Criterion, The Lyric, The Yard and Greenwich Theatre. In 2013 he co-founded Hyphen Theatre Company with Esmé Patey-Ford and was given space in kind from Shoreditch Town Hall to develop his first piece Elephant in the Room. His first short play Plus One was performed at The Criterion Theatre in the same year. In April 2015 his first full-length play Next Lesson had a sold-out run at The Pleasance Theatre Islington. US-based theatre company Cutting Hedge Productions has recently workshopped Next Lesson in New York, with plans for an off-Broadway run at the end of 2016. Chris recently worked on his latest play Bedtime Story with Rikki Beadle-Blair and John Gordon from TEAM Angelica at the legendary Theatre Royal Stratford East. He is keen to develop Bedtime Story for a full production in the future.
Esmé trained as an actor at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, receiving a government Dance and Drama Award and the generous support of The Richard Carne Trust. She made her West End debut earlier this year, understudying Janie Dee and Jemima Rooper in Robert Askins’ Hand to God at the Vaudeville Theatre. Other recent theatre includes: Myisi (New Diorama); Asking Rembrandt (Old Red Lion); Oh, the Humanity and Other Good Intentions (Tabard); Games of Love and Chance (Bedlam Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe, with previews at The Karamel Club, London); Today I Bought a Yellow Car (London Theatre Workshop); An Enemy of the People (New Diorama). Esmé is currently working with composers Litha and Effy Efthymiou, renowned harpsichordist Jane Chapman and dancer Harriet Parker-Beldeau on a new multimedia work (Rituals to Mould her with) which will tour the south of England and London from November. Television includes Coronation Street.