Stephanie Ridings

Stephanie Ridings

First Bite Festival commissions new theatre from two Midlands companies

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Every year since 2009, ten Midlands theatre companies have been chosen to present extracts and new ideas as part of First Bite Festival, a one day festival of brand new theatre in the making. From each festival, two companies are chosen to receive a £3000 commission to develop their work further. China Plate, Warwick Arts Centre, mac birmingham and greenhouse are delighted to announce the 2015 First Bite commissions have been awarded to:

  • Stephanie Ridings for The Road to Huntsville
  • humanish for Holy Presents

We would like to offer our congratulations to both companies and also thank everyone who showed extracts of work in progress at First Bite 2015 at mac birmingham on Sat 2 May – what an inspiring and eclectic day.

Along with our partners, we look forward to working with Stephanie and Humanish to develop the shows and present them at the Bite Size Festival in the autumn.

Bite Size Festival 2015

First Bite’s sister festival, Bite Size, will take place on 7 November 2015 at Warwick Arts Centre. Bite Size is a national platform promoting work from across the region and is a great opportunity for industry and audiences to see a wide range of work in one place on one day. For more information please visit

Stephanie Ridings – The Road to Huntsville

Stephanie Ridings is a writer/performer. Her most recent work, Unknown Male, opened at Birmingham REP and was awarded the 2014 Peter Brook/Mark Marvin award.

I’m trying to understand women who marry men on death row. I’m trying not to be judgmental. The Road to Huntsville is an exploration into unconventional love, state homicide and challenging preconceptions.

Written and Performed by: Stephanie Ridings
Production by: Tom Langford
Produced by: Pippa Frith

humanish – Holy Presents

A collective of female fools full of infectious energy and ludicrous character comedy, humanish met training in physical theatre (Lecoq) at LISPA.

A puppet sketch comedy starring the Holy Trinity at home for Christmas. Idiotic, funny and endearing.
Created by: Tara Boland
Collaborators: Hannah Berry, Helena Rice, Teele Ustani
Performed by: Tara Boland, Fiona Clift, Philippa Hambly
Supported by Blind Summit

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