Blazon Theatre was set up in 2013 and is a collaboration between actress Laura Martin-Simpson and director Rachel Bagshaw.
We believe we can create work of an exceptional quality given the space to explore.
As two professional women working within the theatrical industry we are creating our own space to work freely.
blazon (blason)1. poetic catalogue of a woman’s physical attributes2. display prominently or vividlyORIGIN old French blason ‘shield’
Rachel has directed new writing and extant plays for theatres including the Young Vic, Graeae and Paines Plough. She was Resident Assistant Director (ACE) at the Young Vic from 2010 – 2011 where she worked on several projects of both her own and other directors’ work. She currently reads for the Royal Court and is a director for the NT Connections programme. Rachel also teaches at drama schools including: RADA and Mountview.
Laura trained at RADA and was nominated for the Best Actress Award at the Iris Film Festival for her lead role in the film The Adored. She has worked in Shakespeare as well as new writing, playing a fundamental role in the research and development of new writing through improvisation. She has worked for Theatre Delicatessen on numerous occasions, exploring the concept of interactive theatre and the theatrical space. Other credits include: Nottingham Playhouse, Young Vic, Infinite Jest, Holby City and Ashes to Ashes . Laura has a BA (Hons) in Classical Studies.