Dorothy Lawrence has run a parallel career as a producer and is one of the founder members of the Lions part Theatre Company, set up in 1995. Since its inception she has been the Company Treasurer and steered the company through its successful application to Charitable status.
With the Lions part, Dorothy devised, produced and performed in the
acclaimed play, LILIES ON THE LAND about the Women’s Land Army. Dorothy was responsible for booking the first tour of LILIES and then in partnership with West End producers, Fresh Glory, of taking it into the Arts Theatre and on two further 16
week National tours that included, York Theatre Royal, Ipswich Wolsey,
Colchester Mercury amongst others. LILIES has now been published by
Nick Hern Books. The Lions part received Arts Council Funding for the
development of LILIES ON THE LAND.
The core focus for the Lions part is October Plenty and Twelfth Night,
the twice yearly Bankside Festivals which have been running for 18
years. Funding for the Festivals, from The Pool of London Partnership,
Southwark Council and various London Guilds, has been successfully
managed by Dorothy.
Dorothy’s work as a producer involved the setting up of Fresh Glory Productions with Rosalind Riley. Inaugural productions included: Bryony Lavery’s award-winning play, Frozen (Riverside Studios and UK tour), of James Graham’s adaptation of Huckleberry Finn, Huck (a collaborationwith Chipping Norton Theatre – Southwark Playhouse and UK, Ireland tour) and the transfer of Lilies on the Land into the West End and subsequent tours.
In the late 80s Dorothy also created and ran the Women’s Theatre Company Visible Difference. The company produced Sian Evan’s first
play, Breaking the Frame, directed by Kathryn Pogson and devised, The Cradle Will Rock and Madame Guillotine.
Kitty Martin ran Fortunes Fool Theatre Company with Dan Milne. In association with First Rung Theatre, she produced and performed in PERPETUA, which received funding from Wandsworth Council. Kitty was also an Associate Artist with the Lion’s part Theatre Company where she co-created and performed in 10 Bankside Festivals.