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Meet the Team

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Youth Engagement Officer

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I'm Jemima Speller, and I am Youth Engagement Officer at the Cracked Slipper Company. I work toward connecting the young people of Herefordshire with drama groups and workshops through the Cracked Slipper Company. I collaborate with groups and schools to engage with young people in the area and find out what they want from our organisation. I also teach the Centre Stage group run by CSC where we explore and experiment with drama and the many different forms it comes in.


Youth Leaders



Ed Payne graduated from Middlesex University with a Drama & Theatre

Arts Degree before completing this two year, post graduate acting training

at The Poor School in London. Since then, he has won two Hospital

Broadcasting Association awards for radio  presenting, co-written the

album "Swimming Upstream"  for the band Silverland, written two original

novels and a musical " The Girl In The Hat" with Ollie Hancock, performed

in January 2022 by the students of the Edge Hill University.

In 2015 Ed played Hedwig in the acclaimed Cheltenham production of

Hedwig and the Angry Inch at the Playhouse Theatre. Ed is co-founder

of Tiny Giant Productions, who have just co-produced the official UK

touring production of Little Voice. Currently Ed is finishing his first ghost written

biography, due to be release in 2023, presents and produces No Limit:

The 90s Eurodance Podcast and is working on a second musical. Ed is a

fully qualified Leaning and Development Practitioner and has designed and

delivers courses on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion as well as Anti Bullying &

Harassment and Team Resilience. He lives in Hereford city with his

partner and their British bulldog: Maximus.


Ant Stones is a Director and Writer from Hereford. He is a graduate of the

Birkbeck MFA in Theatre Directing and The Royal Court's Young Writer's

Programme. He currently works for Pentabus and is the former Associate

Playwright for Guildford Shakespeare Company.



I’m a married Mum of 3 grown up children, one of who really benefited from drama classes when she was younger. It’s lovely for me now to be giving back in my role as assistant and to see the benefits other youngsters can gain from it.

In my other job I predominantly support older people and their families as a home help. Both roles are varied and enjoyable.



Theo has been the assistant drama leader for the Centre stage with us since September and works in education as a day job.


Board of Trustees

Victoria Craig

Carla Good

Andy Bailey

Cat Hornsey

Anna Wainwright 

Basil Clements

Our Supporters

We seek funding to help us to provide projects and opportunities to attend free classes, rehearsals, and workshops to those in our community so that everyone can join us.

Here are some of the wonderful organisations that have supported us on our journey over the past two years.

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