The Claybody Theatre Story

Delightful, dynamic and relevant.

We are Claybody Theatre Company, crafting high quality live drama in non-theatre spaces for the people of the Potteries.


Deborah McAndrew Creative Director

Deborah McAndrew is an award winning playwright. Her many playwriting credits include work for Northern Broadsides, Hull Truck Theatre, Leeds Playhouse, Mikron Theatre Company, Octagon Theatre, Bolton, Esk Valley Theatre, and New Vic Theatre. 

Deborah’s moving WW1 drama An August Bank Holiday Lark won awards for Best New Play 2014 at the UK Theatre Awards and Manchester Theatre Awards.

In her acting career, Deborah has worked extensively in television, theatre and radio. She is best known for her role as Coronation Street regular, Angie Freeman, in the 1990s

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 his work has included roles such as 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, New Vic Theatre. Conrad has recently stepped down as Artistic Director of Northern Broadsides Theatre Company, to concentrate on Claybody and other projects.


Helen Slevin Producer

With a background in Stage Management and producing, Helen came to produce our highly successful site specific play Dirty Laundry. Since then Helen has worked with us on Hot Lane, and numerous one-off events. 

Prior to joining Claybody, Helen spent 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. Away from Claybody, Helen works as a freelance Producer and Project Manager.