Who’s who at DIY

Meet the team of individuals who make up DIY Theatre Company!

David Austin

David Austin

Performer

David loves music and listens to all different kinds of music. David is a founder member of DIY and has appeared in all our performances. He enjoys touring and visiting schools because he likes to work with the children.

Robert Chadwick

Robert Chadwick

Performer and workshop leader

Robert likes playing snooker when he gets the chance. Robert loves being with DIY and working with all the young people we visit in schools. He believes that if we can make a difference to one of these young people we’ve done a good job and that if we’re scared of failing then we’re never going to succeed.

Martin Riley

Martin Riley

Performer

Martin works at HMG Paints three days a week. Martin thinks DIY is great. His favourite character is Samuel from “Don’t Call Me Babe!” because he likes singing and he enjoyed asking the audience where they wanted to go on holiday.

Sharron Casey

Sharron Casey

Performer

Sharron likes finding out different information on the computer. She found out about DIY on the internet. Sharron likes coming to DIY because she likes joining in and meeting new friends.

Angela Chadwick

Angela Chadwick

Performer and workshop leader

Angela enjoys playing bingo. Angela is a founder member of DIY. She has been with the company all the way through and still likes doing it. She says she’s never going to stop! She likes representing DIY at meetings and telling the rest of the company about what has been happening at the meetings.

Anna Ward

Anna Ward

Performer and workshop leader

Anna likes wearing the DIY T-shirt. She likes going to Langworthy Cornerstone and working with instruments. Anna is one of the leaders at DIY BUDs. She puts out the chairs at the beginning of the session and leads games like passing the microphone round the circle.

Cathy Rothwell

Cathy Rothwell

Performer and workshop leader

Cathy loves all the Soaps – especially Corrie. Cathy enjoys coming to DIY and her favourite part is doing performances. Cathy is a member of the core company and also leads workshops with the Friday Group.

Robert Noble

Robert Noble

Performer

Robert likes playing bingo. He enjoys acting, playing with all the instruments and working with the props.

Charlotte Little

Charlotte Little

Performer and workshop leader

Charlotte loves Lego – if she gets worried she does Lego to take her mind off things. Charlotte likes working with DIY because she likes learning new skills and working with different people. She also likes working with different organisations like Graeae Theatre Company and being involved in conferences like Creative Minds North.

Amy Carter

Amy Carter

Performer

Amy works at the hospital, where she keeps the staff corridors clean and tidy. Amy was told about DIY by a friend. DIY has helped her become more confident. She likes leading at DIY BUDS on a Thursday afternoon.

Joanne Mason

Joanne Mason

Performer and workshop leader

Joanne has her own office at home where she does printing and paper-work. Joanne is a team-worker. She enjoys working with the group. Before Joanne came to DIY she used to do knitting. She especially enjoys doing the folders at Langworthy Cornerstone.

John Doyle

John Doyle

Administrator

John has six grandchildren and enjoys seeing them growing up and taking part in their worlds. John says coming to work at DIY is a joy because he feels he is giving and achieving something. There’s plenty of variety in the work and there’s always something new to do.

Jenny Harris

Jenny Harris

Education and Outreach Officer

When she’s not at DIY Jenny likes to play tennis. Jenny loves working at DIY and meeting all the different people and groups. She likes leading sessions with members of the Friday Group because they have such brilliant ideas.

Sue Caudle

Sue Caudle

Artistic Director

She has been Artistic Director of DIY almost since the beginning. She says working at DIY never gets boring because it’s such a creative place to work. Sue is trying to learn the saxophone.

Debbie Kelly

Debbie Kelly

Support Worker

Debbie loves painting. She loves DIY because they offer exciting, fun, safe courses for adults with learning disabilities and all the company members are very committed.

DIY Patrons

Jenny Sealey MBE

Jenny Sealey MBE

DIY Patron

Jenny Sealey has been Artistic Director of Graeae since 1997. In 2009, she was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Honours and in 2012 Jenny co-directed the London 2012 Paralympic Opening Ceremony. She also won the Liberty Human Rights Arts Award and in 2018 was named in The Stage’s top 50 most influential figures in UK Theatre.

"I love being patron of DIY. The commitment, camaraderie and care with the company means the work is authentic, left curve and all embracing. Theatre should be for everyone and DIY demonstrate this with chutzpah and pride."

Chris Gascoyne

Chris Gascoyne

DIY Patron

Chris is better known as Peter Barlow in Coronation Street. We are very pleased to have him as our patron!