People

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Grant Watson  

Associate Director for Film 

Grant Watson is PBAB’s Associate Director for Film.   In 2012 he wrote and directed PBAB’s first full length feature film – On Hungry Hill (funded by Heritage Lottery) and in 2014 made One Among Millions (two films about the life of RC Sherriff) for Surrey History Society (funded by Heritage Lottery, Surrey County Council, RC Sherriff Estate).  Grant has created all PBAB’s film trailers and produced and directed video content for the following productions: Kalashnikov; Fresh Tracks & The Last Line of Defence and is currently developing content for his own 2016 play commission – The Lamellar Project.   To date he has produced all the company’s community & educational film work  – The Blood Run (Creative Partnerships & Screen South ); Ghost of Ockford RidgeCentigrade and The Myth of Snowfall (funded variously by Waverley Borough Council, Farnham Maltings & Local Network Fund) He has written and directed two shorts for festivals at Farnham and Bracknell (The North; The Horse Killer).   Freelance work includes commissions for promotional films for Harper Collins, The Arts Council, The Bay Trust,  Farnham Maltings and Creative Communities.   Grant is also a playwright, screenwriter and TV script writer  (see PBAB’s Writer’s page).

Jo Turner – Administrator

Jo joined PBAB in 2007 to manage the Footprints in the Sand tour and has since worked on all subsequent tours. Jo has a degree in Russian and French from Robinson’s College, Cambridge and an extensive background in fundraising for the Charity Sector.

Oladipo Agboluaje – Associate Playwright (full biog on writer’s page)

Helena Bell

Artistic Director

Helena joined PBAB as the new Artistic Director in 2006. Since then she has commissioned and developed seven new plays and to date directed and toured: The Lamellar Project by Grant Watson (Arcola Theatre/South East & Liverpool tour); Kabaddi Kabaddi Kabaddi by Satinder Chohan (Arcola Theatre/ UK tour co-produced with Kali Theatre); Kalashnikov: in the Woods by the Lake by Fraser Grace (Theatre 503/UK tour); Footprints in the Sand by Oladipo Agboluaje & Rukhsana Ahmad (Oval House/UK tour); The Last Line of Defence by Grant Watson (co-production with Farnham Maltings) and Fresh Tracks – a festival of short, new plays. Prior to PBAB Helena freelanced as a director/dramaturg for new writing theatres/companies throughout the UK including Lyric, Hammersmith, (notably directing River on Fire by Rukhsana Ahmad which was shortlisted for the Susan Smith Blackburn new play award), Soho Theatre, Finborough Theatre, Kali Theatre, New Writing South, Brighton Festival; Theatre Centre, Mercury Theatre, Colchester and Oxford Touring Theatre Company.  For ten years Helena was co-artistic director of Brighton’s Alarmist Theatre. Productions included Fossil Woman by Louise Warren – Time Out Critic’s Choice and transfer to Lyric Hammersmith; The School of Night by Stephen Plaice (Pleasance, Edinburgh Festival) and  Mayakovsky’s The Bedbug – British Council tour to Moscow.  In 1996/97 Helena was the recipient of a year long, prestigious Arts Council Director’s Bursary during which time she specialised in New Writing.  She now frequently freelances as a dramaturg/script director for other companies and organisations. To date she has directed over 40 professional new writing productions including guest directing work at Drama Studio, London, Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts & ALRA (Academy of Live & Recorded Arts).

Grant - website