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Hastings, Rotherham, Merseyside, Bromley, Portsmouth, Margate, Gdansk, Withernsea, Heronsgate, Stirchley, Liverpool, Slade Green, Hertfordshire, Thurrock, Bromford, Ostrava,

Parrabbola is a collective of artists - the brainchild of Philip Parr and researcher, writer and actor Brian Abbott.

Philip Parr - artistic director

Philip is artistic director of Parrabbola and has directed all their work. As a director of opera and theatre his productions have been seen internationally. In 2006 he was director of Bath International Shakespeare Festival and from 2000-06 director of Swaledale Music Festival. In 2008 he was artistic director for the Holocaust Memorial National Event, part of Liverpool's European City of Culture programme. Philip was founder artistic director of Spitalfields Market Opera, a purpose built chamber opera house (the first in London in over 100 years) which additionally acted as a venue for local community events. He is a founding council member of the European Shakespeare Festivals network.

Brian Abbott - researcher, writer, actor
Brian has written eight large scale community plays, mostly for Parrabbola but also for the Leicester Haymarket. His play Milk Wood Blues, was produced at the Lyric Hammersmith and workshopped by Steppenwolf in Chicago. He has written for Channel 4 and has been featured on BBC Radio 4. As an actor, Brian played three seasons with the RSC appearing in Peter Brook's Antony and Cleopatra, John Barton's Love's Labour's Lost, and in Macbeth, As You Like It, Piaf and Once in a Lifetime. He has numerous other theatre, film and television credits including Banged Up Abroad, Lucky Break, the Bafta nominated Kid in The Corner and David Copperfield. For Parrabbola he has written all the large scale plays as well as playing Gower in Pericles and Camillo in The Winter's Tale.

Nicky Adamson - creative producer
Nicky has worked in arts management for more than 15 years. She has been associated with Parrabbola since 2005 when she commissioned Diving Through Time for Thurrock Council, and since 2008 has been involved in developing, fundraising and delivering projects with Parrabbola, as creative producer with a particular focus on community engagement. Nicky was integral member to the production teams for Land of Liberty in Rickmansworth, for Margate Hosts The Boat and led the research for the Royal Opera House on arts and diversity in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire, as well as developing a major community play for Hastings.

Mark Lintern Harris - dancer, choreographer, pedagogue, arts administrator
Mark has extensive experience of community-based arts. He has collaborated with Philip Parr since 1994. For Parrabbola, Mark leads World Arts Platform, a programme to support artists from cultural, linguistic and ethnic minorities in Hertfordshire. Mark has planned and managed many multi-disciplinary community arts events. For St Alfege church, Greenwich, where Mark is now based, he organised a four-day, national celebration to commemorate the martyrdom of St Alfege, in partnership with Regia Anglorum, the local authority, the National Maritime Museum, Southwark Cathedral and Lambeth Palace.