We are a physical ensemble of four women who work collaboratively to create highly visual, playful theatre from scratch. Founded in Exeter in 2013, we share a passion for creating original stories and use a diverse mix of physical movement, puppetry and live music to entertain and inspire our audiences.

Recent touring locations include New Diorama Theatre, Greenwich Theatre, Battersea Arts Centre, PULSE Festival Ipswich, Salisbury Arts Centre, Theatre Royal Bath and VAULT Festival where we received the ‘Festival Spirit Award’ 2017. We have also received an NSDF award for ‘Best Overall Body of Creative Work’ at the Edinburgh Fringe 2013 as well as nominations for the Charlie Hartill award 2016 and the IYAF: Best of Brighton Fringe Theatre Award 2017.

Our work is recognised and supported by Arts Council England and we are Associate Artists of The Bike Shed Theatre and Exeter Phoenix. We are currently developing new work with support from Shoreditch Town Hall and Barbican Theatre Plymouth.

Members of the company have worked with the likes of Rogue Theatre, The Wardrobe Ensemble, The Jones Collective and Tremolo Theatre.

Supported by:

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“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


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).

Alice Higginson-Clarke

Alice has been Co-Artistic Director of Scratchworks Theatre Company since it began in 2013. Based in London, Alice is also a workshop facilitator with Freshwater Theatre Company and was a JMK Director’s Award Finalist in 2016.

She has previously worked as a Choreographer for BYMT on residential music theatre projects Shakespeare: The Whole Lot and Nicola Nickleby with young people aged 11-21. Alice has performed with Theatrebugs on shows for Early Years audiences including The Silly & Nice Book (2015), The Missing Stockings (2016), Toytown Christmas (2018) and The Twinkly Star (2018).



Siân Keen

Siân has been Co-Artistic Director of Scratchworks Theatre Company since it began in 2013. Based in Exeter, Siân also co-runs Running Dog Theatre Co and has been an integral part of devised productions Wanna Dance with Somebody!(2016), To The Waters & The Wild (2017) & The Goat Show (2019). She regularly works as a freelance producer, director, performer & writer.

She has previously performed in Script for Supper’s theatrical dining experience Wind in the Willows , co-directed THEY with Theatre Royal Plymouth Young Company in 2018, and written Kick The Dirt Theatre’s debut production Bulls**t, which previewed at Theatre Royal Plymouth in December 2018.

Siân has recently created her first audio project ‘We don’t know to tell you, it’s clearly just weight related’ commissioned by BBC Creatives, which will be released early next year.

Friends of Scratchworks

Anna Thairs

Anna is our graphic designer, creating Scratchworks’ marketing and branding. She has been working with us since the very beginning in 2013. Anna works in advertising as a Strategic Planner at Grey London. She has a background in illustration with an MA Visual Arts (Illustration) from Camberwell College of Arts (2015).


Jack Dean

Jack Dean is a poet, playwright, performer, emcee and composer. We collaborated with Jack as our writer on The Snow Beast (2017-18). His work tells stories that wander the lands between myth, memory and history. He has toured internationally, including performances at Latitude Festival, the South Bank Centre and the Bowery Poetry Club in New York. He is the creator of the Fake Town Fables and Infinite Hex podcasts.


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.