Delightful, dynamic and relevant.

We are Claybody Theatre Company, crafting high quality live drama in non-theatre spaces for the people of the Potteries, and then taking our work ‘made in Stoke’ out on tour to the wider UK.

Con & Deb – photo by Darren Washington

Deborah McAndrew Creative Director

Playwright and Actress, Deborah McAndrew, studied Drama at Manchester University. In her acting career she has worked extensively in television, theatre and radio. She is best known for her role as Coronation Street regular, Angie Freeman, in the 1990s.

Deborah’s many play writing credits include work for Northern Broadsides Theatre Company, Mikron Theatre Company, Octagon Theatre, Bolton, Esk Valley Theatre and New Vic Theatre.

Deborah’s critically acclaimed play An August Bank Holiday Lark recently won awards for Best New Play 2014 at the UK Theatre Awards and Manchester Theatre Awards. First produced by Northern Broadsides and the New Vic Theatre, directed by Barrie Rutter, this play is published by Methuen Drama.

Conrad Nelson Artistic Director

Conrad is a critically acclaimed director, actor and composer with a vast body of work in theatre, television, film and radio. As an actor he has played Richard III, Henry V and Iago with Lenny Henry as Othello.

Conrad’s directing work includes productions for Hull Truck Theatre, Three Stones Media, Bolton Octagon, and New Vic Theatre. Conrad is Resident Director at Northern Broadsides Theatre Company his production of Cyrano, adapted by Deborah McAndrew, tours in Spring 2017.

Helen Slevin Producer


With a background in Stage Management and producing, Helen comes to us after seven years working for the New Vic Theatre, where she produced their Hoard Festival. This large-scale event was made up of 21 new pieces of work, all taking the Staffordshire Hoard as their inspiration.


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