Our Team

Eloise Bonney

Founder, Producer, and Actress

 

Eloise graduated from York College in 2012 with a distinction in Performing Arts (Acting), and after travelling and working abroad for over two years, she decided to return to the UK. After working at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with the Pleasance she moved to Manchester to pursue a career in acting. Eloise has been touring with Odd Arts, firstly with 'A Spiraling Mind' at the beginning of the year, and more recently has been involved in an piece about cyber bullying that toured to colleges in Yorkshire.  The beginning of 2017 also saw her performing a female interpretation of Malvolio in 'Twelfth Night' with Cream Faced Loons. Eloise regularly attends the Cartwright Drama Studio led by Jim Cartwright, where the beginnings of King Jack Queen were created. After performing a monologue as Danni in The New Writing Showcase at Palace Theatre's Stage Door, Eloise collaborated with Katrina Grier and developed the piece into the immersive play that is now 'King Jack Queen'. After much success and positive feedback, Eloise then founded the Baobab Tree Theatre Company. 

 

Katrina Grier

Director

 

Theatre has been a part of Katrina’s life as long as she can remember; her Mum showing her the Sound of Music is one of her first memories. Since then she has pursued all sides of theatre: acting, producing, creating costumes, building sets and directing productions across the country, including ‘Things Can Only Get Bitter’ at the Edinburgh Fringe and ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ in Cardiff. Katrina received a 2:1 degree from Cardiff University in Law and German and although Katrina decided a legal career wasn't for her it inspired her to use what she has learned to help others by using theatre.  With an MA in Applied Theatre from The University of Manchester, Katrina has pursued this work with young people focusing on important issues. Katrina met Eloise whilst they both worked at The Lowry, and when approached and shown the script for 'King Jack Queen' she was onboard without hesitation.

 

Georgia Walkden

Assistant Producer

 

Originally from Whyalla, SA, Georgia moved to Adelaide to study a Bachelor of Education/Bachelor of Arts at Flinders University. In 2013 she began assisting local actress, Jordan Cowan, in productions ‘The Dark Room’ and ‘Bitch Boxer’. After graduating Georgia moved to Manchester, UK, to experience working abroad. She met Eloise while house-hunting and soon became the assistant producer of ‘King Jack Queen’ for the Greater Manchester Fringe and set in to motion plans to take the play to the Adelaide Fringe.

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