Who are Small Mercies Productions?  
    Jane Mc Nulty (Playwright)  
  Jane Mc Nulty

Jane has won several awards for her writing including the valuable Lynda La Plante award for original screenplay. After 10 years as a writer of TV drama (for series such as EastEnders, Doctors, Heartbeat), Jane has been writing for the stage, with her long and short-form work performed in the UK and Ireland, including Our Lady of the Goldfinches (about the murder of Belfast widow Jean McConville); Our Cousin Flo for Leeds City Council Museums; Dare to be Free (which had two tours in the North West and the Midlands of England in 2016), and A Bed of Shards (toured 2016).


Bill Hopkinson (Director)

  Bill Hopkinson
Bill is an award-winning theatre director and dramaturg. He was Artistic Director of Manchester Youth Theatre, and from 2000 to 2004 was Literary Manager for Sgript Cymru, the national new writing company for Wales. He has worked extensively encouraging new writing for the stage, including 25 years association with the development organisation NW Playwrights. For his work with Jane on Our Lady of the Goldfinches he was awarded a Writers’ Encouragement Award.  As director he has premiered new plays by Kaite O’Reilly, Christina Katić, Mike Mallet, Donna Worthington and Alan Williams. Recent work as director include Looking for K (Soho Theatre/Graeae) by Danny Start, Henhouse (Arcola Theatre) by Kaite O’Reilly, Scaramouche Jones by Justin Butcher (Greenwich Playhouse), and a European tour of his own play Ludd.  His production of Phina Oruche’s Identity Crisis played Edinburgh Fringe 2016 and toured extensively, selling out at the Oval House and off-Broadway at Soho Theatre.  Bill is Senior Lecturer in Drama at Edge Hill University and is co-director of the stage writing development group Free Radical Writers.

Performer: Deborah Pugh

  Deborah Pugh

A freelance theatre maker & Movement Director, originally trained at École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq, Deborah is a core member of Theatre Ad Infinitum, developing & performing original work with them since 2007, most recently touring Translunar Paradise to UK and Chile. Edinburgh audiences are familiar with her work for this award-winning company: Bucket List, Light, Ballad of the Burning Star, Behind the Mirror & notably Translunar Paradise.

Other recent credits: A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian, UK premiere (mov dir., Hull Truck), The Twits (mov dir. Curve, Leicester and Rose Theatre, Kingston), Spitfire (dir.,Lowry Theatre), Declaration (mov dir., Lowry Theatre), Bassett (mov dir. Sheffield Crucible), Kristin Lavransdatter (mov dir. North Wall). Deborah is also a visiting practitioner at a number of drama schools & universities
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