Theatre Orchard Trustees

Theatre Orchard Trustees

Theatre Orchard Trustees


Our Board of Trustees are:

David Fairclough

David has been involved in theatre finance and administration for over thirty years at RSC, Royal Exchange, Manchester, and a number of other regional subsidised theatres. Fifteen years ago he joined the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School as Finance Director and amongst other things set up the BOVTS Friends organisation and became involved and interested in the theatre life of Bristol. He is now retired and is Company Secretary of the Tobacco Factory Theatre, and Treasurer of North Somerset Arts.



Tracey Farquhar-Beck

Tracey is the Operations Director at Walton Castle in Clevedon and a Hospitality Management Consultant  passionate about Hospitality and Leisure on all levels. Tracey’s key strengths are social media marketing, general operational and financial management and teaching the true value of delivering exceptional service across any discipline.

In her spare time, as well as hiking and volunteering for Samaritans, Tracey joined Theatre Shop at its inception as a volunteer, inspired by how Theatre Shop not only introduces young people to the world of theatre through fun and engaging performances but the widespread joy that live theatre brings to the community of Clevedon and beyond.

Will Hahn

Will has worked in both marketing and education within the creative sector with Cameron Mackintosh Ltd and Lyric Hammersmith, and most recently overseen partnership engagement for Creative & Cultural Skills. Currently part of the new College of Liberal Arts at Bath Spa University, Will is interested in supporting learning and training within arts companies allowing communities to tell their own stories.




Emily Malcolm

Emily’s experience in the arts is very varied and she has held positions in education, theatre and local government. Emily enjoys all art forms but her heart lies with dance and theatre. She has danced since she was three years old and enjoys introducing people to the world of performance for the first time. Emily is really pleased to be supporting Theatre Orchard as a trustee as art in the community is so important for so many reasons and so many people.


Caroline Matthews

Caroline has worked for over 20 years within voluntary sector organisations and brings experience of strategy, marketing and fundraising. Living in Portishead with an extended family that includes 3 daughters, Caroline is passionate that people should be able to access arts and creativity close to home. Having graduated with a degree in theatre studies, performance is close to her heart but these days this is entirely in the role of facilitator and spectator!

Rod White

Theatre Shop’s imaginative use of vacant retail space for performance art attracted my support for Theatre Orchard; first as a volunteer and more latterly as the Shop’s Steering Group Chair. My interest stems from a desire to see in Clevedon more colour, performance art and variety.  I bring to Theatre Orchard a fund of experience from a professional career as a senior civil servant with the Ministry of Justice.



Rachel Stark

With a background in education as a lecturer, school governor, and representative on the North Somerset Council Children and Young People’s Services Policy and Scrutiny Panel and a Degree in International Business and Management, Rachel is keen to ensure theatre is inclusive, accessible, positive and sustainable.

She is passionate about performance and the benefits it brings to both performers and audience, and is particularly interested in the merging of the two via audience participation, interactive performance or immersive theatre. Rachel works as a murder mystery actor, performs regularly with amateur dramatic companies and is a percussionist in a wind band.

As a Director of That Creative Thingy Wotsit CIC Theatre Company Rachel delivers theatre and workshops to sectors of society are often excluded. She believes that partnership and collaboration are important for theatre to move forward.