Equus Productions - meet the team

Who try to create Theatre without the Drama

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We are a local amateur dramatics company, but we like to think we are that little bit different. Unlike most societies, we are not based in a particular village or town and very much enjoy taking our productions to various venues. To date we have performed in a variety of village halls including, Hastoe, Long Martson, Pitstone, Little Gaddesden, Chesham, Great Missenden and Lacey Green; a 200 seat theatre in Tring, a 400 seater in King's Langley, an Arts Centre in Berkhamsted and outside on the beautiful lawns of Lindengate near Wendover.

Our auditions are open to all and whilst we have a number of people who appear with us regularly (hopefully because they enjoy it) membership is not necessary and nor do you have to live in a particular area, be a particular age, have specific experience or "prove yourself" in any way. A love of theatre, an enthusiastic approach and the willingness to go with our sometimes crazy plans and join us on our adventures is all we ask.

If you are interested in performing, working backstage, on costumes, props, lighting, sound or welcoming our audiences front-of-house or at the bar we would love to hear from you. Similarly, if you would like our company to meet your village or town - let us know!

If taking part isn't your thing, but you enjoy a good night out watching what we hope is a high level of theatre, please come along and see for yourself, details of our shows are on our current production page. 

We are a non-profit making society governed by constitution and this is not how we make our living. Although many of us have worked professionally in the Performing Arts in various guises over the years, or are planning to move into the business professionally in the future, for now, this is a hobby!

None of our management team, crew, actors or volunteers are paid, but give of their time freely and willingly and that means we have to enjoy what we do! There are, however, large costs involved in staging productions so we are always looking for ways to raise funds to stage our shows (please see our friends and sponsor pages if this is of interest to you!)

Sometimes, profits are made more than we need to stage the next production or we raise money specifically for charities and causes. We regularly support Lindengate Mental Health Charity in Wendover and stage a production once each year specifically for them as well as raising funds wherever we can to support them - please see their details on our links and recommendations page to find out about the fabulous work they do. Over the years we have also donated to #letsgetlynnestanding - a crowdfunding project to raise funds to help a local MS Sufferer to purchase a standing wheelchair.

If you would like us to consider supporting your charity or cause in the future through our performances, do get in touch with us. 


The Dream Team

Not only do Fiona, Adrian, Leigh and Mickey support each other (and the rest of the team) fully in all aspects of the company, they are very close friends and whatever role they have in a production, they work together and support each other in everything they do. 

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How it all Began

Equus Productions was founded by Fiona Quilter-Wood and Andrew Faber in 2014. Between them they have over 70 years' involvement with the arts and an ever-growing list of things they would like to produce, direct or appear in. They were both on the Executive Committee of Tring Festival Company and have directed, choreographed and appeared in plays and musicals for Hemel Hempstead Theatre Co, Vale Musical Society, and Vivo d'Arte amongst others.  Their first show with Equus was Tim Firth's fabulous comedy,  "The Flint Street Nativity" which was staged at the Vyne Centre  in December 2014.  It had a wonderful cast of 11 talented local actors and was well received by the audiences on its four show run.   Personal commitments took over and Equus took a back seat for a while.   In October 2017, Equus was relaunched with a fabulous drinks' evening and Fiona has  now been joined by a highly talented and multi-skilled  management team and the company is now taking off.   Fiona's aim  with Equus Productions was to create a company that produces quality theatre without any of the associated dramas!  Equus very much enjoy performing in widespread and varied locations and venues.  The team very much hope that you will become part of Equus Productions as a performer, member of one of their crews or as a member of their audience.


The Management Team

Who Create Theatre without the Drama

Fiona Quilter-Wood

Artistic Director

Fiona trained as a dancer and actor at the Arts Educational School in Tring.  Her first professional performance was with Festival Ballet when she was 11.  Fiona was the Head of Drama and Dance in Schools for 18 years and continues to teach Drama privately.  She has produced, directed and choreographed countless shows over the years and has a particular passion for musicals.  Her favourite roles to date have been Nancy in Oliver, Celia in Calendar Girls and Eliza in Pygmalion, she has loved directing so many shows, but her particular favourites would be "Me & My Girl" and "Made in Dagenham".  Her alter ego is as a florist and she has a flower and gift shop in Wendover. 

Adrian Burroughs

Finance Manager

Adrian, a Tring resident,  got the Amdram bug soon after he moved to the area and after being given a role with a dozen lines and died in the second scene! He has since appeared in murder mysteries and musicals for various local groups and in July 2017 landed his first solo singing role in Gilbert & Sullivan’s Trial by Jury and the audience didn’t leave! When not juggling his acting and treasurer roles- he is treasurer for Chiltern Community Opera, he can either be seen on the archery field or shouting at the tv when watching his other passion, Tottenham Hotspur football club, which his two cats are not sure about”. 

Leigh Amos

Business Manager

Leigh lives in Tring with her partner Dave, and their two daughters. She was involved with the Court Youth Theatre as their administrator  for several years.  

She first met Fiona and Andy, in 2016, when she accidentally got herself lured into TFC's production of 9-5.  She says "I only had four weeks to learn all the songs and dances: a real challenge (especially for a non-dancer!), but it turned out to be a rather happy accident. Since then I have appeared in a couple more of their fabulous and very successful shows, and I must say I have had the time of my life.

I am really looking forward to working with the rest of the team in this excellent venture. They are so professional and their enthusiasm is utterly infectious. It's going to be a very exciting journey.​"

Mickey Gomm

Technical Manager

Mickey h​as been involved with local theatre for many years, since his son Jack appeared in The Wiz at the Court Theatre in Tring. He began as a chaperone but soon became a part of the backstage and set building crew for many shows. Previously he has stage managed for TFC’s Stepping Out, 9 to 5, Made In Dagenham and Hot Mikado. He designed lighting for several MASH shows and has helped with sound for Tringe. Perhaps his biggest challenge to date was designing and building the hydraulic cross for Jesus Christ Superstar.  Mickey has stage managed all of Equus' performances and provides valuable technical knowledge to all that we do.  He only works if provided with plenty of coffee and a big jar of sweets though! 

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Extended Team

Grace Hardy

Casting Advisor

A professional actor and director, Grace has run many of our audition panels, to give that "unbiased" opinion.  She really puts our auditionees through their paces and is vital in ensuring that characters are challenged and interaction between cast members is authentic.   She has plans to direct for us soon although the imminent arrival of baby number 2 may have delayed that for a while!  Grace lives with her husband Matt and their beautiful son, Teddy and has been involved with theatre all of her life.  

Georgie Quilter-Wood

Charity & Community Liaison

Having been involved with Equus right from the start; painting sets, running front of house, helping with box office and marketing, we are delighted that, having finished her full-time studies, Georgie has joined us to become our charities and community liaison officer.  She has been vital in securing links and relationships with our local community and in researching  causes that might require our support.  

All this alongside a full-time legal career just shows how focused this young lady is!  

Rosalind White

Photographer

Rosalind is a fabulous local photographer who also has a passion for local theatre.  She was the assistant producer for our first production and has been a great supporter ever since.  She takes our head shots, poster images and often documents our rehearsals for us.  Ros does like appearing on stage from time to time herself and we hope to encourage her back from behind her camera very soon.  Ros lives with her fiance, Colin and is a full-time brand and wedding photographer. 

Peter Child

Lighting & Sound

Peter has become Mickey's right hand man!  He is currently studying theatre technology and has been responsible for running lighting and sound desks for many of our shows.  His sense of fun and willingness to help bring a welcome and safe pair of hands back-stage. Peter has been involved with local theatre for most of his life and we are delighted to have him with us - we even persuaded him to appear onstage briefly - not sure he will let us do it again, though! 

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Equus Productions is an amateur theatre company producing plays and musicals throughout the year in a variety of venues in Herts and Bucks for both children and adults.