KAT HUGHES, DIRECTOR & PRODUCER
Kat Hughes is a producer and director from Alsager, a town on the border of Staffordshire and Cheshire. She began acting at school and in youth theatres and always seemed to play young boys, which obviously didn’t put her off because she eventually went on to study Theatre and Performance at Leeds University. Whilst at Leeds she quickly realized she was pretty rubbish at acting, but loved the whole medium of getting bodies and brains together in a room to tell stories that could move us in some way. Kat has assisted on national tours of new writing, worked as production assistant on a pretty wacky opera and directed work that has toured into many studio spaces around the country. Kat also works with community groups as a theatre practitioner and has worked at The Regent Theatre, Caudwell Children, Cheshire East Youth Theatre, Cultural Olympiad project amongst others.
Kat currently works as Youth Theatre Director at The New Vic Theatre in Newcastle under Lyme and has enjoyed staging work in care homes, museums, in shopping centers, in parks, in castles and also…on stages. She loves to work in unconventional spaces and has a real passion for new writing, work for young audiences and work that really represents regional voices. She recently took a show to The Lowry as part of National Theatre’s connections programme. She is interested in work that challenges our understanding of what is normal in a humorous and touching way.
Kat likes to drink prosecco and waste time with her twin sister whilst indulging her pretend interest in upcycling and creating shabby chic furniture. In reality she spend a lot of time trying to clean up nail varnish she has spilt on carpets and sings loudly in the car to Disney.
KAT BOON, PLAYWRIGHT & PRODUCER
Kat Boon is a playwright and producer from Stoke on Trent. She began writing for film and theatre whilst studying for a Masters in Medieval Studies at Nottingham Uni (if you want a useless fact about Anglo Saxon nunneries she’s your girl) and became hooked after discovering the power trip of having other people say your words on stage whilst getting to cower in the dark. After jumping ship from academia, in 2012 Kat took part in the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse’s Young Writers Programme and went on to have her work produced at scratch nights around Liverpool as part of writing collective Annexe Writers. She is a graduate of Birmingham Rep’s The Foundry and China Plate’s The Optimists.
Her work ranges from the serious – e.g. exploring the causes of abuse in elderly care homes – to the fatuous – e.g. drunken men who steal the amputated legs of their lovers. She is inspired by the breadth of human experience, from the profound to the absurd, the embarrassments and inner turmoils we prefer to deny and the inner fantasies we live our lives in. She is interested in theatre from which you walk away a little bit changed. And on a simpler level likes noisy, brash, raucous events that are just a little irreverent, bringing strangers together in real time and real space to share experiences. Ultimately she wants to make all this happen in her hometown.
In her day job Kat is Project Coordinator for Creative People and Places programme, Appetite and in her spare time takes company in the novels of Phillip Roth, the music of Patti Smith and has occasionally been known to venture outdoors.