About Us

Forest Forge Theatre is the New Forest’s professional theatre company. We are deeply embedded and inspired by the new forest community.

For over 40 years we have been inspiring audiences and participants with our special brand of ensemble theatre. From touring theatre to village halls, taking local people by surprise with street theatre experiences or inspiring participants with our extensive Take Part programme, we share stories, encourage creativity and imagination and spread joy.

At the end of 2023 we made the exciting decision to move to our new home in Pintail House, Ringwood. From our new home we will continue to develop exciting creative projects, work with and support artists who excite and inspire us, run our successful youth theatre and manage our range of theatre activities across the region.

Meet the Team

Everything we do at Forest Forge is created in collaboration with people who love working in the arts and making theatre. From our core team and board; freelance theatre practitioners; workshop leaders; technical gurus; to our awesome ambassadors, volunteers, and dedicated friends in the community – we are all an essential part of the Forest Forge family.

Sophie Fullerlove
Sophie Fullerlove Interim Executive Director
Sophie is a freelance theatre consultant and producer. She first worked with Forest Forge as our General Manager from 2010 – 2012. As we move into our new home Sophie is back with the company to help us establish at our new base and move into our next exciting phase.

 Lucy Phillips
Lucy PhillipsCo-Artistic Director
Lucy has been with Forest Forge for 25 years, and is a legend amongst the young people and communities of the area having run our Creative Learning Department and Youth Theatre for most of those years. She heads up the Touring Theatre strand of the company, sharing the management of the Participation arm with Jo. A highly experienced and accomplished workshop leader; director; youth theatre director; lecturer; facilitator; and all round shoulder to lean on, she is well known for ‘making proper adults since 1999.’

Lucy has directed shows for Arts University Bournemouth; Tall Trees Theatre; Bumblefly Theatre; to name but a few.

Jo Billingham
Jo BillinghamCo-Artistic Director
Jo has been with Forest Forge for almost 10 years, and heads up the Artist Development strand of the company, sharing our Participation arm with Lucy. She is an experienced facilitator; workshop leader; theatre maker and director; producer; spreadsheet wizard and creative tidier.

She is currently Creative Lead for The Outsiders Project. Previous companies include The Birmingham Playhouse; Salisbury Playhouse; Birmingham Stage Company.

Colin Bull
Colin BullBuilding Manager
Colin is the glue that holds our building together. He is responsible for the day-to-day running of the facilities, ensuring we are generally the right temperature and everything works. Colin is also a passionate supporter of the work we do, and is an active member of our Act Your Age adult drama group.
Helen Bradley
Helen BradleyDigital Communications
Helen looks after promotion and digital communications one day a week. Her other hats include running community cinema, putting on large events such as Armed Forces Day, and the Waterside Arts Festival. In her spare time she takes photos of live shows and concerts and writes reviews for ‘Fireworks’ and Frame Music.
She is a Director of Moviola, and Waterside Arts

Our team of brilliant outreach workshop leaders and technicians include:

Lisa Halpin, Claudia Friend, Olivia Murphy, Tyler Hoyland, Dom Phillips, Pete Courtenay, Jessie May-Clark, Bonner Cockayne, and many more…

Our Board:

James Hartley-Binns (Chair), Dr Miranda Whitehead, Nicola Wilson, Gill Gould

Funding Representatives:

Cllr Christine Ward (New Forest District Council)