It may only have been two years since Corby-born Neil Bettles, together with Laura Sutton, set up his touring theatre company, ThickSkin, but he has already made an impact.
Not only has the company been featured on the BBC’s Review Show, but Neil was also commissioned to choreograph the opening of the Laurence Olivier Awards Ceremony.
Here in Northamptonshire, Neil has been preparing some exciting new shows to be shown at The Core in Corby, his home town.
The ThickSkin performers, known for producing shows which combine video, movement and voice, have been at The Core recently rehearsing a play by Davey Anderson, called The Static, which is set to be shown at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival throughout August before returning to The Core for performances between September 26–28.
Neil explained: “The play is about a Glaswegian school and a young character called Sparky. He gets diagnosed with ADHD, is prescribed Ritalin and starts to take too much of it and we see the world through his eyes. This is the second play we have done at The Core.”
Speaking about revisiting the Edinburgh Festival, Neil said: “There are thousands of shows there and it is very easy to get swallowed up by it all but we are quite lucky to be in as part of the Made In Scotland series this year.”
There are also plans in place to perform a show on September 1 called White Noise simultaneously at The Core and a theatre in Greenock, Scotland.
The use of video screens will link both shows to make one performance 350 miles apart.
To find out more about ThickSkin’s performances or the workshops the company is running in September, log on to www.thecorecorby.com