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Name: Owen Phillips. Home town: Clitheroe. Job: The­atre di­rec­tor. Which the­atre com­pany are you in­volved with?: The Horse and Bam­boo the­atre. Are you tak­ing part in any pro­duc­tions at the mo­ment?: I’m cur­rently work­ing with Horse and Bam­boo, man­ag­ing an ex­cit­ing project work­ing in pris­ons. The aim of the project is to work with dads in pri­son us­ing arts to in­crease com­mu­ni­ca­tion and con­nec­tion with their kids on vis­it­ing days. My role is project man­ager. I used to work as a pro­ba­tion of­fi­cer in a pri­son. How long have you been with the Horse and Bam­boo?: This is my first project and I’m very ex­cited! The Horse and Bam­boo the­atre played host to the first the­atre pro­duc­tion I ever saw as a child and from that point I fell in love with the­atre. It is a dream come true to now be work­ing with them. Where is your favourite place in Rossendale?: The Boo the­atre in Water­foot! It’s a fan­tas­tic space with a lovely café. I re­ally en­joy com­ing here. Have you been in any other pro­duc­tions?: I work as a di­rec­tor but I have acted on stage be­fore, most re­cently as Ger­ald in An In­spec­tor Calls. Who is your favourite ac­tor and why?: Sir Ian McKellen. His ver­sa­til­ity and range is fan­tas­tic, both on stage and in films. If you could play any part what would it be and why?: Sky Master­son in ‘Guys and Dolls’. I’ve al­ways loved the film and Brando in the role. I would love to play it. Are you in­volved in any other projects at the mo­ment?: I’m cur­rently writ­ing a cou­ple of shows for Christ­mas. What do you most en­joy about do­ing this?: I love di­rect­ing – work­ing with ac­tors see­ing a pro­duc­tion come to­gether. But I also en­joy work­ing on dif­fer­ent projects like this one with Horse and Bam­boo, see­ing arts con­nect peo­ple. For more in­for­ma­tion visit: www. lan­cashire the­atre work­ www.face­ Rib caged Pro­duc­tions @RibcagedLtd @Lanc­sTheatre Sign up for email up­dates at info@ribcaged.

●● Owen Phillips works closely with Boo The­atre

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