ABOUT WORKIE TICKET
Produce work which reflects current social issues
Celebrate Women’s Theatre
Provide new and exciting opportunities for North East Creatives
Make lush theatre for lush audiences.
The term Workie Ticket is a Geordie colloquialism, which means someone who likes to push one’s luck- a chancer or a cheeky trouble-maker. When JoJo Kirtley was a young lass, her Grandad Joe would call her, “a proper little workie ticket” and the nick-name stuck. So, when thinking of a name for her theatre company, it seemed the perfect choice. In 2017, Workie Ticket Theatre was founded by JoJo Kirtley and in June 2018, Lindsay Nicholson officially joined the company.
Our mission is to shake things up, be bold, push our luck within the theatre world and empower people through our work.
JoJo Kirtley - Founder of Workie Ticket TC & Co-Artistic Director
“It’s hard being a woman in terms of what is happening in the current climate, but also I think there is a gap in the market for what we do and how we do it- working with women and encouraging them through theatre to tell their stories. Now is the time to speak up and speak out.”
Originally from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, she spent 13 years, living and working in Manchester as a writer, producer and educator. Her work has been performed at The Lowry Theatre, Contact Theatre, Live Theatre and the 24:7 Theatre Festival. She has worked as a talent scout for the BBC’s Writersroom, developed work with the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester and North West Playwrights. JoJo is also a qualified teacher and lecturer with a Masters of Arts in Theatre Studies. She hopes to continue to produce new-writing through Workie Ticket and write strong female leads with a Geordie twist. JoJo is also the mother of two lush little boys who are mini Workie Tickets and often help source props and costumes. JoJo writes, facilitates and produces for the company.
Lindsay Nicholson - Co-Artistic Director
“We want to see more women in theatre, we want to see people of different ancestry and heritage, people no matter how they identify gender wise or sexually. It needs to be a lot more diverse.”
Lindsay Nicholson is a performer, facilitator and events manager. Having travelled, worked and lived on various continents she has returned home to use theatre as a tool in her local communities to share women’s stories and affect positive social impact. Lindsay was delighted to join the WT team and use her training and experiences to give a voice to
marginalised groups and share their experiences to others. Working for WT has given Lindsay skills as a Theatre Producer and she has learned how to engage wider audiences and develop cross sector relationships and lasting working partnerships to enrich and enlarge future projects. Lindsay is a performer, producer and facilitator.
Rosa Stourac McCreery
Rosa is a performer, facilitator, director, and organiser. Rosa is a Clown Doctors, and has been working in hospitals in the region for 13 years. She trained in Performing Arts at Middlesex University, RESAD Madrid, Ecole Jacques Lecoq Paris, and in Forum Theatre and other Theatre of the Oppressed techniques with Cardboard Citizens in London, and Theatre for Living in Vancouver. Her directing work includes mostly devised and new writing work. She directed a piece of new writing for Workie Ticket's first production, 'Hear her Roar'. Rosa is our theatre director for Women Warriors.
Dr Alice Cree
Alice is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Geography, Politics & Sociology at Newcastle University. Her research, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, focuses on the value that theatre has in exploring gendered military stories and narratives. As part of the Women Warriors project, Alice attended our weekly workshops and will have ongoing involvement in order to conduct her research.
Sarah runs Bridgelight Media who are a video production team based in the North East of England. Their work includes helping organisations - reach new audiences, address societal issues and bring attention to important causes. They endeavour to offer a personalised service that puts their clients first creating content that focuses on connecting with audiences and telling stories. In the past, Sarah has worked alongside Changing Lives, Newcastle Community Asset Trust, Turning Point, Workie Ticket Theatre Company, Spotlight Music and Roarsome Events. In addition to this, she has worked with a number of musicians and bands such as Hattie Murdoch, Palm Beach and Jah Glory. She has freelanced for organisations such as Little Big Butterfly, Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, Young Women's Film Academy, Sofar Sounds and DB Media. Sarah made our ‘What about female veterans?’ documentary and will be expanding this into a full film production.
Lucia Wyles is a retired advanced lecturer specialising in performing arts, a director and she is also disabled. She has mainly directed Tom Haddaway’s earlier, original work. Being part of Workie Ticket TC has changed her life for the better and empowered her to be able to give something back. She believes Workie Ticket has given her the opportunity to re-start her career. Lucia will be volunteering as an assistant director for our Women Warrior project.
Special mention must go to the founder of Workie Ticket TC. Sarah is a Family Worker and mother of two. She is passionate about supporting Workie Ticket TC’s mission to empower North East communities. She helped JoJo from the very start and we are all very grateful.
Friends of Workie Ticket also include:
Matt Dunbar, Beth O’Doherty, Emily Fairweather, John Rowe, Stevie Devlin, Chris Iddon, Karin Young, Janet Plater, Corinne Kilvington, Alison Carr, Carla Lagan-Brown, Jude Nelson, Michelle Bayley, Louise Taylor, Sam Bell, James Whitman, Karen Traynor, Matt Howden, Katie Powell, Catherine Catizone, Wendy Errington, Jackie Lye, Holly Rees, Humira Imtiaz, Kirsty Halton, Brogan Gilbert, Alice Byrne, Olivia Hunt, Bridget Ladyman, Louise Dearden, Jake Jarratt, Mhairi Ledgerwood, Rachael Walsh, Jude Nelson, Jackie Edwards, Andrew Fletcher, Daniel Watson, Lucy Walton, Becky Glendenning-Laycock, Ben Storey, Kylie Ann Ford, Liam Scarth, Space Six, Liminal Theatre Productions and our photographer, Valkeryie Photography. Our Logo Designer and Owner of Wotmalike, Jo Burrows. Olivia Hannah, Sarah Hughes, Juliana Mensah, Sam Neale, Rebecca Hollingsworth, Lauren Sanderson, Viv Wiggins, Gibby Raine and many more!
Are you a proper little Workie Ticket too? We are always happy to chat to creatives who share the same passions and goals as us and would like to collaborate. Get in touch below.
PRESS & REVIEWS
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