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, November Club’s work is always made in collaboration with local people whose own tales become central to our projects.

Our productions are all based around a certain place, a local legend or a piece of fascinating history or heritage. We work with people of all different backgrounds to gather stories, thoughts, wishes and wonderings, and delve into archives and museums, and speak to local historians.

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…

November Club brings communities together, to create memorable shared experiences, explore new ideas, meet new people and most importantly, to make new fun.

Past projects have included promenades around a country garden with Capability Brown, an invitation to be a guest at the magnificent Wallington Hall, a 900m long performing rope winding through Berwick Upon Tweed, and a theatrical performance in Newcastle Theatre Royal, in which the action happened everywhere but on the stage!

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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 visit local groups, talk to residents, run sessions in schools and have informal chats. We seek out people from all different backgrounds and ages and bring together stories from all across the community. We revisit and collaborate with local people right up to the final performance, where many will take part, sometimes as performers, sometimes as volunteers, sometimes as audience members.

November Club community arts projects and performances 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. We’ve run projects in cattle auction marts and country manors, museums and high streets.

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. The communities and local people we work with are intrinsic to the local performing arts and community arts projects we make.

Our projects usually draw on the talents of lots of different artists, such as writers, musicians, poets, actors and film makers.

Where we work

Where we work

November Club is based in Northumberland and much of our work is made and shown in the region.

We work indoors and outdoors, in places that are pertinent to the stories we are telling or communities we are working with. Rarely do we work in traditional theatre or arts venue settings. 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.

ANDREA PERRETT - Business and Operations Director

ANDREA PERRETT - Business and Operations Director
Andrea joined November Club in January 2019 as Business and Operations Director, having worked in the charitable sector since 2009, most recently as Co-CEO in Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland (RCTN).

Andrea’s love of performance started when as a child she acted as a piece of seaweed dancing to Mendelssohn’s Fingal’s Cave. She pursued her studies in drama and theatre culminating in a BA Hons in Theatre Studies from Warwick University. On leaving university, she moved out of the theatrical world to pursue a career in IT with Sainsbury, before moving to the North East and Northern Rock. She transferred into a training role at Northern Rock, before leaving to qualify as a certified Life Coach with the International Coach Federation and set up her own business as a life coach and trainer. She subsequently qualified as a BACP Counsellor. 

In 2009 she started working in the charitable sector at Northumberland County Development Network, helping to deliver training and support programmes and developed an understanding of the third-sector in Northumberland. In 2012, her knowledge of Northumberland, experience of running her own business and her counselling certification opened up an opportunity to take on the Northumberland Development Worker role for Grace, Northumberland Rape Crisis a service of RCTN. After nine months, the Board asked her to become Co-CEO a role she shared with the then existing manager. At RCTN, Andrea was responsible for the development of the organisation, including its fundraising and finance.

FIONA ELLIS - Associate Writer

Fiona’s first theatre jobs were as a stage manager and occasional walk on actor at the New End and Orange Tree Theatres in London. She also spent time as a community arts worker in Hoxton and ran a rural arts centre in Wiltshire. But it was only when she came to Northumberland that she began writing for the theatre and then for November Club. Over the years Fiona has worked closely with November Club to write and shape the narrative of many productions, including: Teacups, Zebras and Dancing Kaisers; Operation Pied Piper and Provocations & Revelations (all for National Trust Wallington); Dr Mullins’ Anatomy of the Theatre Royal (Theatre Royal, Newcastle); Reflections of Newcastle (The Literary & Philosophical Society of Newcastle upon Tyne); The Remarkable Dr McCavity and his Travelling Surgery (Street performances in Morpeth).

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 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, Enchanted Parks, ‘Illumine’ part of LUX at Cragside and most recently a permanent installation ‘Courage’ for Battersea Arts Centre. She is currently leading the creative interpretation on a large-scale project at Seaton Delaval Hall.

As an associate artist of November Club Imogen has collaborated on a series of works for Seaton Delaval Hall, Wallington Hall, The Literary and Philosophical Society in Newcastle, a large-scale project at Blickling Hall in Norfolk and designed the award-winning musical Beyond the End of the Road.

KATIE DOHERTY - Music Associate

KATIE DOHERTY - Music Associate

Katie Doherty is an award-winning songwriter, nowadays she is well known for her work with theatre, having composed the score for the award winning rural touring musical Beyond the End of The Road as well as countless others for November Club, Northern Stage, and RSC to name a few. As a performer Katie has toured with Kathryn Tickell, supported Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Karine Polwart and Ray Davies amongst others. With her band Katie Doherty and The Navigators, Katie has just released her second album to high critical acclaim, airplay all over Europe, including a live session on BBC Radio 2’s Mark Radcliffe show and is touring extensively throughout 2019.

“Real life has rarely sounded as good.” - NARK Magazine

KATHRYN ROW - Marketing & Audience Development Manager (Maternity Leave)

Kathryn is currently on maternity leave.

Kathryn previously 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.

BECKY MADELEY - Marketing and Communications Support (Maternity Cover)

Becky joined November Club in October 2018 to cover Kathryn's maternity leave. 

Becky previously worked at NewcastleGateshead Initiative as Senior Marketing Manager, delivering campaigns for a range of major festivals and events and annual cultural programme. 

 

Professional Support

  • PETE O’HARA - Finance Advisor

  • JULIA DOBSON Graphic Design

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 Womble 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 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 and estivals producing. 

Alongside his current roles as Creative Producer at Dance City and Executive Producer and Director at Curious Arts he manages a portfolio of freelance arts producing projects within Dance, Outdoor Arts, and Queer Arts sectors.

ROB WILLIAMSON

Rob plays a leading role in philanthropy in North East England and nationally, and has particular expertise in governance, charitable giving and voluntary sector research. As CEO of the UK’s largest Community Foundation, he drives a long-term strategy focused on growing a sustainable endowment – currently valued at around £80m – and increasing funding to benefit communities now and in the future.

Rob was for six years Director of Policy and Communications and later Acting CEO at Northern Rock Foundation. His early career was in frontline charities for homeless and vulnerable people. He then went on to senior roles in urban regeneration and local government. Rob is a fellow of the RSA, Vice Chair of UK Community Foundations and a member the Court of Newcastle University whose steering committee he chairs. He sits on the advisory committees for BBC Charity Appeals, Charity Bank and is a member of the expert reference group for NCVO's Charity Tax Commission.

JACQUI HENDERSON CBE

Jacqui Henderson CBE is an accomplished and influential leader. She has established her reputation as a successful, innovative businesswoman and educationalist across a number of Chief Executive roles in national and regional organisations across the public and private sector. She was Vice Chair of Newcastle University and Chair of the University Student Union Partnership and Chair of Northumberland College until December 2018 Jacqui was awarded the Commander of the British Empire for services to education and training in January 2001 and the North East Glass Slipper’s Lifetime Achievement Award in March 2016. Last year she was delighted to be awarded an Honorary Fellowship at Newcastle University. She is a Freeman of the City of London and a Fellow of the RSA. More recently she founded and sponsored ‘Find Your Future ‘a voluntary professional women's network dedicated to helping young women across the North East realise their career ambitions.

CATH HINDLE

Formerly Head of Operations and Tourism for NewcastleGateshead Initiative for 11 years, Cath now spends her time running Clear the Clutter - a decluttering and personal organising business. A huge part of both roles involved creating spaces that people want to visit and live, learn and work in, so November Club's focus on place is of particular interest.

ALISON O'HARA

Alison 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 a range of projects for the University of Sunderland including the relaunch of the 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, Alison is working in marketing and recruitment for the Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries at the University of Sunderland.

November Club is a member of the Independent Theatre Council

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