who are paradox?
We were founded in 2017 by Exeter graduates Nicole Moran and Amy Blakelock.
The word 'Paradox' derives from the differing backgrounds of each founder. Possessing different experiences and skill sets, Nicole and Amy shared a mutual love for provocative, socially engaging new writing.
We want our theatre to inspire change, engaging with local communities through relatable characters and great stories.
In 2017 Hannah de Ville joined the Paradox team as Associate Director. In 2019, she directed our offie nominated show 'Easy'.
Since our first production in 2017, we've gone on to develop work and participate in programmes at the Park Theatre, the White Bear Theatre, and Arts Depot. Our creatives have worked across venues such as the Orange Tree, The Arcola, Tristan Bates, National Theatre Wales, The Blue Elephant and the Bunker Theatre.
Our creative teams remain largely female and we seek to prioritise non-binary / female creatives.
Amy Blakelock - Co-Founder and Artistic Director
Amy is a playwright based in London.
Her work has been long-listed by the National Theatre (New Views 2014) and Theatre Royal Haymarket (Pitch Your Play 2018). She was a finalist on Park Theatre's Script Accelerator 2017.
Her first full-length play, 'Easy' was produced in 2019 with support from Arts Council England and performed at the Blue Elephant Theatre.
Amy is passionate about mental health and female-led work.
Hannah de Ville - Associate Director
After studying Drama at the University of Bristol Hannah went on to be a trainee director at The Orange Tree Theatre, London.
As director, theatre includes: Even Stillness Breathes Softly Against a Brick Wall (Orange Tree); Strawberry Starburst (VAULT Festival, London), Easy (Blue Elephant Theatre).
As assistant director, theatre includes: The Cane (The Royal Court) Insignificance (Arcola); Lottery of Love (Orange Tree); The School for Scandal (Tobacco Factory).
Since training Hannah has also been a visiting director for drama schools. Theatre includes Brick Dust (The Arden, Manchester) & The Duchess of Malfi (St Mary’s University)
Nicole Moran - Co-Founder
Nicole graduated Exeter University with a BA in Drama in 2017, and directed Paradox's debut production 'Firewater'. Nicole worked with National Theatre Wales as Community Associate on their immersive production 'We're Still Here', was Stage School Coordinator for Mark Jermin, and is currently Temporary Youth Arts Officer for Mess Up the Mess, Port Talbot.