About us

What we do

What we do

November Club is a performing arts company based in Morpeth, Northumberland. We make playful and inspiring theatre and installations, telling unexpected stories of all sorts of people and places.

Sharing memories, hopes and dreams is part of what we do. Weaving together historical and contemporary themes, our work is always made in collaboration with local people whose own tales become central to our projects.

We have heard and told stories of bookworms and bakers, dreams of skateparks and elephants, performing ropes and wobbling jellies, more prosperous towns and troubled villages, of closing down factories and salmon fishing, evacuees and theatrical aristocrats…

We bring communities together, to create memorable shared experiences, explore new ideas, meet new people and most importantly, to make new fun.

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How we work

How we work

To begin, we visit the place where we will make the work, talk with people, collect their stories and memories and delve through archives. We revisit and collaborate with them right up to the final performance, where many will take part

Performances (and projects) are held in the places where they were created, usually outside of traditional theatre settings, and feature a mixture of professional cast and local talent.

Wherever we work, people from local communities usually get involved: whether they are schoolchildren, teachers, army or navy cadets, local potters, girl guides, WI members, bakers, artists, musicians, youth groups or local historians.

Where we work

Where we work

We are based in Northumberland and much of our work is made and shown in the region.

We work indoors and outdoors. Recently our productions have been presented at National Trust Wallington (Cambo, Northumberland), The Literary and Philosophical Society (Newcastle) and Newcastle Central Station, The Northern Poetry Library (Morpeth), in a horse wagon travelling to villages across South East Northumberland and on the streets of Berwick upon Tweed.

Over the years we have worked in many different heritage settings, particularly National Trust properties, to bring the different stories of these places to life in unexpected ways.

Who we are

Who we are

November Club is led by Artistic Director Cinzia Hardy, working with an artistic team including theatre designer and artist Imogen Cloët and singer, musician and composer Katie Doherty.

Our Participation Producer, Sarah Hudson, works closely with local communities throughout the lifespan of each project. We also collaborate with a group of associate performers, dramaturges, choreographers, musicians and artists - and local people - to create the finished work.

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Core Team

CINZIA HARDY - Artistic Director

CINZIA HARDY - Artistic Director

Born in Dublin. A graduate of the Guildford School of Acting & Dance (Musical Theatre), Surrey, Trinity Laban (MSc Dance Science, Hons) London, and trained with Monika Pagneux in Paris. Cinzia worked as an actor, dancer and movement director before founding European Players in London, a small English speaking theatre company that toured to Italy and France. Over the years the profile and purpose of the company has changed, reflecting Cinzia’s developing interest in creating site-specific performance, following a period of working with the London International Festival of Theatre in the mid-1990s.

On moving to North East England, and a short period with Arts Council North East, managing the Year of the Artist programme in 2000, European Players became November Club and its permanent base Northumberland. Cinzia is November Club’s artistic director and an adviser on interpretation at National Trust’s Wallington, contributing to the ongoing training of staff at the property on storytelling.

BECKY WEST - General Manager

BECKY WEST - General Manager

Becky West has spent her career working in the classical music industry.  Whilst working for the Association of British Orchestras, Becky discovered that her real passion was for the learning and participation work that orchestras undertook.  She then moved to work at Junior Trinity College of Music as their Administrator and Concerts Manager.  Managing a busy, growing Saturday School for talented young musicians provided plenty of challenges but was also very rewarding; she experienced first hand how young people can grow and develop through engagement with music.  As well as working for November Club, Becky is also a music teacher.=

SARAH HUDSON - Learning and Participation Producer

SARAH HUDSON - Learning and Participation Producer

Sarah has worked in the arts and cultural sector for over 18 years.  She has vast experience in arts development in the public sector, having worked in Local Authorities and as a Relationship Manager for Arts Council England.  For the past eight years Sarah has worked as a freelance project manager and producer. In that time she has been involved with a range of exciting and ambitious projects with professional dancers, choreographers and community performers, to develop site specific experiences in various locations in the region and nationally. Sarah’s experience also includes the managing and development of arts award and education projects, social and urban regeneration projects and the devising and development of community programmes, festivals and events.  Sarah has a real passion to produce arts experiences for and by young people and their families and is very interested in developing this strand of work for November Club.

IMOGEN CLOËT - Design Associate

IMOGEN CLOËT - Design Associate

Imogen Cloët is an award winning designer and visual artist based in Newcastle. Imogen has worked nationally and internationally in site specific installation, theatre and film. Her work is based on intensive research, immersing herself in the many stories a site will contain to create detailed multi layered pieces that surprise and intrigue.

In the last decade Imogen has created a body of work that responds directly to North East Heritage spaces. She has undertaken artist’s commissions for Belsay Hall creating ‘The Recollection Rooms’ with poet Jacob Polley, at Segadunum, Lindisfarne Castle, the Tyneside Cinema and ‘Illumine’ part of LUX at Cragside. As an associate artist of November Club she has collaborated on a series of works for Seaton Delaval Hall, Wallington Hall, The Literary and Philosophical Society in Newcastle and a large scale project at Blickling Hall in Norfolk.

KATIE DOHERTY - Music Associate

KATIE DOHERTY - Music Associate

Katie Doherty is an award winning singer - songwriter whose material is highly influenced by Folk and traditional music. Her versatility as a musician has led her to perform alongside and compose with artists as varied as Nitin Sawhney, Kathryn Tickell and Howard Goodall.
As Musical Director and composer for theatre Katie has worked under the direction of Samuel West in the RSC production of As You Like It

Katie has composed music, songs and designed soundscapes for most of November Club’s productions for the past eight years, alongside this she has written songs and music for five highly acclaimed shows for under 6's and their families at Northern Stage and more recently for The Fall, written by Lilia Rubin and directed by Jane Arnfield; a play which has recently opened off Broadway after winning the Encore programme award at The New York Fringe Festival. Katie performs regularly as part of the German-based, British Folk band, Broom Bezzums. 

KATHRYN ROW - Marketing & Audience Development Manager

Kathryn is the newest member to join November Club, having worked in Arts Marketing for over 11 years at Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books. Kathryn has worked on countless projects including exhibition launches, VIP visits and events and redevelopment projects. A chartered marketer and native to the North East Kathryn has worked on a number of campaigns regionally and nationally and has experience in broadcast media and PR, digital engagement and audience development. Prior to Seven Stories, Kathryn worked at St Oswald’s Hospice in Gosforth, promoting the amazing work they do for families and adults across the North East. Kathryn has a real passion for the arts and cultural sector and regularly attends events, attractions and landmarks across the North East with her young family, who love nothing more than being out and about exploring.

Professional Support

  • PETE O’HARA - Finance Advisor

  • JULIA DOBSON Graphic Design

  • JOHN STAFFORD Website Development

The Board

FIONA STANDFIELD - Chair

Fiona joined the Board of November Club as Chair in February 2016. Passionate about the artistic endeavour, having both supported and performed with November Club, Fiona is delighted to be involved with the charity.

Fiona brings a wealth of business development, programme management and customer support experience from undertaking senior roles across all three sectors. Fiona also has significant experience of Arts governance having previously been Chair of Northern Stage, and in a voluntary capacity Fiona is working with other award winning charities in Secondary and Higher Education, Archaeological Research and Social Action.

ELIZABETH ALLEN

Elizabeth Allen is an Associate Solicitor with Bond Dickinson LLP. She has had a long involvement with the arts and theatre and has supported the November Club over many years in the North East and nationally.

PHIL DOUGLAS

Phil Douglas has worked in the Arts & Culture sector across the North East for the past 10 years. During this time, he has undertaken a variety of freelance roles focused around Arts Development, Diversity, Marketing and Participation working with organisations including Theatre Royal Newcastle, Theatre Hullabaloo, Dance City and Hartlepool Borough Council. He has also worked in the private sector managing an LGBTQ magazine, social events and a bar & nightclub complex for a number of years before focusing on Arts & Festivals Producing.

Alongside his current role of Arts, Events & Festival Development Officer at Middlesbrough Council, he manages a portfolio of freelance arts producing projects within Dance, Outdoor Arts, and Queer Arts sectors. Phil is the Equalities champion on November Club’s Board.

KAY EASSON

Kay Easson has worked in libraries since 1987 and has gradually been working her way down the east coast of Britain. A graduate in English from St Andrews University, she has worked as a school librarian in Fife, a community librarian in Edinburgh , and has for the last 13 years worked as librarian at the Lit & Phil in Newcastle upon Tyne, the largest independent library outside London.

She dabbles in creative writing, and enjoys spending time on the Western Front exploring the battlefields and researching soldiers’ stories. Her research was the starting point for the production We Got Mittens Too!, performed at the Lit & Phil in 2008.

CATH HINDLE

Cath currently works as Head of Operations and Tourism at NewcastleGateshead Initiative, the organisation tasked with promoting this brilliant part of the world to visitors, students, employers, and residents. A huge part of this role focuses on Destination Management or ensuring that the development of the place works for the people that come to visit. She has a strong background in tourism working in the North West and the Peak District before moving to the North East in 2007 (because she wanted to live near the beach!!).

NICK JONES

Nick used to live in Cumbria and helped to restore and run Little Salkeld Watermill, producing organic and biodynamic stoneground flours, and delicious bread, tea and cakes. He established Eden Arts Trust, promoting the arts in the Eden Valley and has also been involved in other cultural projects and consultancies in the north. Now based in rural north Northumberland, he is writing, printmaking, gazing and biking. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Secretary of the Traditional Cornmillers Guild.

ALISON O'HARA

Alison O’Hara is a Chartered Marketer with a career spanning financial, media, cultural and education sectors. She worked in communications at Arts Council England and subsequently became Chief Executive of Audiences North East, the regional audience development agency, providing marketing and audience development support to cultural sector organisations. Since 2012 she has worked on range of projects for the University of Sunderland including the relaunch of National Glass Centre and ArtWorks, a Paul Hamlyn Foundation special initiative, which aims to support the initial training and continuous professional development of artists working in participatory settings. Currently, she is Executive Director (Business & Operations) at New Writing North, the writing development agency for the North of England.

HELEN MOORE

Helen is Grants Manager at Equal Arts which is an organisation specialising in creative opportunities for older people. Prior to this she was Director of Education and Engagement at Live Theatre and managed the children and young peoples programme. For over 12 years, Helen worked in various roles within the public sector including Relationship Manager for Arts Council England and in local authority Arts Development in Northumberland, Sunderland and South Tyneside. Helen’s arts management experience ranges from arts in education, regeneration, community development, managing volunteers as well as managing events and festivals. Helen is a trained performance coach and a member of the Clore leadership programme.

November Club is a member of the Independent Theatre Council

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