Wayward is a new production company, making extraordinary theatre and live performance.
Led by Judith Dimant and Poppy Keeling, Wayward works with established artists - writers, directors, performers - as well as developing and nurturing the talent of the future, to produce an all-embracing and inclusive programme of work of the highest quality.
During her 25 years at the helm of Complicité, Judith produced all of the company's work including The Encounter, The Master and Margarita, A Disappearing Number, Shun-kin, The Elephant Vanishes, Measure for Measure, Mnemonic, The Chairs and revivals of The Three Lives of Lucie Cabrol and The Street of Crocodiles - all directed by Simon McBurney. She also produced Lionboy, directed by Annabel Arden, Clive Mendus and James Yeatman and most recently Bryony Kimmings' A Pacifist's Guide to the War on Cancer directed by Kirsty Housley.
Before joining Complicité, Judith worked as press officer at the Royal Court Theatre working on shows including Death and the Maiden and Six Degrees of Separation. She also programmed comedy at the Pleasance, Edinburgh Fringe for several years in the early 1990s where she was responsible for booking Graham Norton, Frank Skinner, David Schneider and Armando Ianucci amongst others, at the start of their careers.
Poppy worked at Complicité for nearly ten years, as a producer and as the director of the company's award-winning Creative Learning programme. Productions include The Encounter, A Pacifist's Guide to the War on Cancer, Lionboy, The Master and Margarita, A Disappearing Number, Shun-kin and Endgame.
Creative Learning work includes: Like Mother, Like Daughter, a participatory piece created and performed by mothers and daughters from different religious groups, created with Toronto's Why Not Theatre; the Ensemble Maths Project, an investigation into how drama can be used to enhance maths teaching in primary schools, with Sheffield Hallam University; Seen and Not Heard, a performance installation set in a photographic studio run by teenagers, directed by Kirsty Housley; and Tea, with Geraldine Pilgrim, a site-specific performance at Dora House sheltered housing scheme, winner of the National Housing Federation's Community Impact award.
Poppy and Judith also work with Emma Rice as the executive team at Wise Children.
Photo: Sarah Ainslie.