Rhum + Clay is an award-winning theatre company led by co-Artistic Directors, Julian Spooner and Matt Wells.
Rhum + Clay began with friendship. Founding members Chris, Julian and Kris decided to form a company and, one anarchic show later, a name change, the addition of Matt and away we went! We rehearsed our first shows in various parks and bandstands. We’ve since graduated from parks to theatres, to bigger theatres, to theatres in other countries. What hasn’t changed is our desire to make work that ignites the audience’s imagination. There are also some spectacularly talented people who now work with us...
Everything that Rhum + Clay produces is developed collaboratively; from set designers to writers, performers and sound artists, everyone is together from day one to offer opinions and build the show together.
Off-stage, our education programme is an extension of that creative process, celebrating the unique skills of each participant whilst giving them tools to create better theatre, collaboratively. Our hope is that many of the workshop participants will become future collaborators.
We are Artistic Associates of New Diorama Theatre and Redbridge Drama Centre who have supported and challenged us creatively and practically and over the long-term. We’ve also been supported by Arts Council England since 2012. We couldn't have done it without any of them and we are enormously grateful.
Rhum + Clay THE TEAM
Co-Artistic Director - Julian Spooner
Julian is a multi-award winning actor, director, writer, and co-Artistic Director of Rhum + Clay. He studied Drama at the University of Bristol before training for two years at Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris where he co-founded Rhum + Clay.
Julian has co-created all of their productions. Most recently he has co-directed Rhum + Clay’s critically-acclaimed production, 64 SQUARES, directed the multi-award winning, TESTOSTERONE and performed in the company’s version of Dario Fo’s MISTERO BUFFO for which he won the Stage Award for Acting Excellence. In 2019 he co-directed THE WAR OF THE WORLDS, which will embark on a mid-scale tour of the UK and the US in 2021. Julian is also a keen filmmaker, having co-created the award-winning comedy short film, Toby (2018), and is currently developing a feature film screenplay. He’s also an Artistic Associate of Hoipolloi, and devised The Ladder with Shôn Dale-Jones and Stefanie Mueller in 2019.
Co-Artistic Director - Matt Wells
Matt is an actor, movement teacher and co-Artistic Director of Rhum + Clay. He studied Performance at the University of Western Sydney before training for two years at Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris where he first joined the company.
Since 2010 he has been the co-Artistic Director of Rhum + Clay, co-creating all of the company’s productions. He co-directed and provided movement direction for the critically-acclaimed 64 SQUARES and was Movement Director for TESTOSTERONE and THE WAR OF THE WORLDS.
Matt is also passionate about teaching, having created and led workshops all over the world, most recently in Kazakhstan, Canada, Brazil, Venezuela and Australia. Since 2004 Matt has choreographed work for Australia’s farthest-reaching touring theatre company, Brainstorm, a company that performs to over 350,000 young people each year.
Senior Producer - Felicity Paterson
Previously, Felicity was Senior Producer for Omnibus Theatre, where she was part of the original team that opened the venue in 2013, after which she spent 9 years developing this fledgling arts centre into the multi-award-winning theatre it is today. During this time, she launched Engine Room, Omnibus’ flagship artist support programme, programmed new work and produced the theatre’s in house-productions, co-productions and tours. She also led Omnibus’ Producing and Participation team.
Felicity is an experienced fundraiser and has raised over £600k for arts projects.
In 2022 she received a distinction in her MA in Arts Policy & Management where her research interests were cultural democracy, cultural labour and inclusive models of artist development.
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Rhum + Clay
Embracing the magical, the comical and the surreal, but getting down in the earth and the dirt where the real stories are found.