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We are a physical ensemble of four women who create playful, accessible theatre from scratch. Founded in Exeter in 2013, we share a passion for creating original stories and combine a range of different theatrical styles and disciplines to bring our performances to life.


Recipients of the NSDF award for ‘Best Overall Body of Creative Work’ at the Edinburgh Fringe 2013, our productions have toured across the UK. Members of our company have worked with the likes of Rogue Theatre, The Wardrobe Ensemble, The Jones Collective and Exeter’s award-winning clowning company, Le Navet Bete. Scratchworks’ work is supported by Arts Council England, The Barbican Plymouth and we are Associate Artists of The Bike Shed Theatre and The Exeter Phoenix.


Supported by


“One of the South West’s most exciting and inventive emerging Theatre Companies.”

Dan Baker, Barbican Theatre Plymouth

“Scratchworks have developed a unique style of performance that combines youthful energy, invention and ingenuity together with great story telling.”

Daniel Bianchi, Le Navet Bete 

Scratchworks are a talented ensemble with a keen sense of theatricality and a level of commitment which definitely makes them a company to keep an eye on.”

David Lockwood, Director, The Bike Shed Theatre


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Hanora Kamen

Hanora is an actor, musician and theatre-maker living and working in Exeter. She has worked as Co-Artistic Director of Scratchworks Theatre Company, producing devised work from 2013. Since then, Hanora has created the original music for Scratchworks’ productions and most recently wrote and recorded the soundtrack for AMINAL’s Tortoise and Hare (2015). Other theatre credits include The Pillowman (2012), Howard Barker’s Blok/Eko (2011), The Unexpected Festival’s The Great Fete (2013) and The Wardrobe Ensemble’s Edgar and The Land of Lost (2013-14) and Eloise and the Curse of the Golden Whisk (2015-16).

Secret Skill: Archery

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Alice Higginson

Alice has been Co-Artistic Director of Scratchworks Theatre Company since it began in 2013. Based in London, Alice is a freelance workshop facilitator, choreographer and director. She loves working with young people and most recently starred in Theatrebugs’ Christmas Show, touring schools and nurseries. Alice has worked for YMT on residential music theatre projects Shakespeare: The Whole Lot and Nicola Nickleby with young people aged 11-21. Alice also works in Special Needs Education.

Secret Skill: Sign Language


Laura Doble

Laura Doble has worked as Co-Artistic Director of Scratchworks Theatre Company from the very beginning, directing Fox for their Edinburgh Festival run in 2013. Other theatre credits include Waiting for Godot (2012), Sleep When you Die (2012), The Day We Played Brazil (2014), The Unexpected Festival’s The Great Fete (2014), and Rogue Theatre’s Winter Wood (2015).

Secret Skill: Parallel parking


Sian Keen

Sian has been working as Co-Artistic Director of Scratchworks Theatre Company since it began in January 2013. Sian was an original member of the New Wolsey Young Company and has worked as a performer, director and writer with both Scratchworks and Running Dog Theatre Company. Other theatre credits include Howard Barker’s Blok/Eko (2011), Beachyhead (2012), The Unexpected Festival’s The Great Fete (2013) and To Alexander (2014).

Secret skill: Hula hooping 

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Charlie Parker

Charlie is a freelance producer and director and joined Scratchworks in January 2016. She has previously worked as Executive Director for The Bike Shed Theatre and a Line-Producer and Producer’s Assistant for Bristol Old Vic. She has an MA in Drama Directing from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.
Secret Skill: Navigation
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Sam Worthy

Sam Worthy is a freelance Theatre Technician and Sound Engineer at Born Hectic Productions. He is an in house technician for Exmouth Community College and recently toured Germany as Stage Manager with Cherry and Clay.