White Tree Theatre aims to create well-crafted theatre to challenge and entertain, believing that theatre rooted in story and character - the fundamentals of storytelling - allows us to perform with skill and flair. It looks to perform stories centred on universal themes and issues. It doesn't matter if the story is new or old as long as it engages.
Rebecca Thomson founded the company in 2013 and worked with Rachel Price on its inaugural production of the one woman true life play-meets-educational crash course Instructions Not Included, which tackles living with a diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes. The show played at Friargate Theatre in York and has since been part of Leeds Medical School's arts and health pathway for medical students on multiple occasions.
Rachel and Rebecca have worked together as new writing co-ordinators for Script Yorkshire, and also on the 2010 new writing showcase Black Shorts at the Edinburgh Fringe, where Rachel's words (performed by Rebecca) were lauded as 'being worthy of Alan Bennett' (Three Weeks).
Rachel Price - Producer
Rachel has worked as a professional actor and has toured extensively to prisons, schools and urban and rural venues across the UK.
She has always loved stories, and after graduating with a BA in Drama and Creative Writing, she has spent ten years writing for the stage, including work with Script Yorkshire and Riding Lights Theatre Company.
Other writing credits include the online teen soap, Rylands, and Switch Off, a short film which was selected for Nightpiece International Film Festival in 2016.
Professionally, she has worked for a number of arts organisations including literature festivals in Beverley and Wakefield, Harrogate International Festivals, Hull Truck Theatre, Riding Lights Theatre Company and currently, The Montgomery in Sheffield; where she has built up experience in producing, marketing, tour management and programming. She has spent some time living in Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia as an ESL teacher (because she likes to travel and because she thinks scaring yourself every now and then is good for the soul). She is also a freelance children’s entertainer and makes a pretty good balloon unicorn.
Rebecca Thomson - Artistic Director
Rebecca has worked as performer throughout the UK, and has a BA (Hons) in Performing Arts from Cumbria Institute of the Arts, and a MA in Theatre: Writing, Directing and Performance from the University of York.
She has been writing for the stage since 2005, ranging from children's theatre and musicals, to adaptations of classical texts, and has had scripts produced as both national and regional tours. Her writing has been described as possessing a "unique voice...her writing is always thoughtful, structured and interesting." (Review for The Envelope Project - 2014), whilst the all-female production of Henry V she co-directed was praised as 'York Play of the Year' for 2015 by the York Press
Sam - The Castaways
Charlotte is a York based actress who has taken on the roles of Cordelia (King Lear, York Shakespeare Project) and Tess (Blue Stockings, York Settlement Community Players) in the last year, having already circulated through York based companies taking on such roles as George Jenkins (In Fog and Falling Snow, York Theatre Royal) and Montjoy (Henry V, York Shakespeare Project), where she worked with Rachel and Rebecca for the first time.