ATS Productions is a new theatre company dedicated to giving young actors an opportunity to show case their talents. Selection for the troupe is based purely upon the skills and professionalism of the actors.
This new theatre company is a natural development of the Artists’ Theatre School which was started in 1998 by Amanda Redman, MBE, with Freda Gill, Julie Legrand and Ann Mutlow as a school for young actors from all backgrounds. Amanda started her professional acting career in 1979 and is well known for a string of acclaimed acting roles, including Sexy Beast, At Home with the Braithwaites and New Tricks. Her students must be open, honest, dedicated and hard working as well as having talent and potential.
The school is dedicated to the teaching and professional development of its pupils via a series of professionally taught masterclasses covering all aspects of the actor’s craft. The school’s graduates have been tutored by the likes of David Threlfall, Susan Jameson, Dan Sefton, Roy Mitchell, Ray Winstone, Art Malik, Sheila Hancock, Beattie Edney and Dame Harriet Walter. All students take part in the end of year showcases which are directed and produced by Amanda Redman to the highest professional standards and to great critical acclaim.
The school continues to produce a stream of talented young actors who have learned the technical skills of their trade and are ready to take the next step in their careers; however the opportunities open to young actors to develop further have dwindled with the collapse of Repertory Theatre and the pressures on drama schools. This leaves many of the school’s members struggling to get their “break” and to make the transition into full time acting careers. Frustrated by this block on her pupils’ career paths, Amanda has decided to break the mould from within and to expand the scope of the Artists’ Theatre School to include a touring theatre company – ATS Productions. Those actors who have not been lucky enough to find the next step, due to lack of opportunity rather than lack of talent, can now progress from the school and join a company performing productions of the highest quality. All the graduates will continue to support the school and continue their professional development by attending the masterclasses.
Amanda Redman, MBE, is an award winning British actor. Originally from Brighton, Amanda trained at the Bristol old Vic theatre school and began her successful career in 1978.
Her theatre credits include productions at The National Theatre, The Royal Court, the West end and many more. Amanda's television/film credits include 'Sexy Beast', 'New Tricks', 'At Home with the Braithwaites', 'The Good Karma Hospital' and most recently, 'Bumps'. Amanda has co starred with David Threlfall in The French Lieutenant's Women and Tommy Cooper: Not Like that like this.
Amanda set up the Artists Theatre School in Ealing in 1998 and to this day, directs an annual show with her students.
David Threlfall is a TV, Film & Theatre Actor and Director with BAFTA, OLIVIER & CLARENCE DERWENT Awards to his credits since 1975. Some of his work includes: Theatre: Hull Truck: Bed of Roses. Royal Exchange Manchester: Count of Monte Cristo, Macbeth, Peer Gynt. RSC- where he is an Associate Artist- credits include Smike in Nicholas Nickleby 1981 also Channel 4 ( TONY & EMMY nominated.) Don Quixote at Stratford & Garrick Theatre 2019. Various Film & TV: Master & Commander, Hot Fuzz, Russia House, Olivier’s King Lear, Ripper Street, What Remains, Housewife49, Shameless - also directed many episodes (5 RTS awards). Prince Charles in Diana Her True Story & Prince Philip in The Queen’s Sister (RTS Award) and Tommy Cooper-Not Like That, Like This which reunited him with Amanda Redman whose ATS Company he has worked with for the last 4 years. 2019: Sony Radio Award for Spike & The Elfin Oak. 2020: Mr Cream in The Old Tune, Samuel Beckett, Jermyn St. Theatre. Holds D’Art from Sheffield & Manchester Universities.
Roberta is an actress, writer, and stand-up comedian.
Theatre credits include: HUSH the musical (Teatru Manoel, TMYT), The Crucible (Teatru Manoel), As You Like It (MADC, Shakespeare in the park), An Inspector Calls (MADC, Blue Box Theatre) and Trains, Not Boats and Planes (Artists Theatre School).
Film credits include: One Breath (Triton Film Productions), Carmen (Falkun Film Productions).
Matthew previously trained at St Mary’s University studying Drama & Theatre Arts.
Previous stage credits include: ‘Lady Windermere’s Fan’, ‘Rent: The Musical’, and ‘To London’ (Drama St Mary’s).
‘Other People’ (Teenage Cancer Trust).
‘Trains, Not Boats and Planes’, ‘Confusions’ ( Directed by Amanda Redman in association with ATS Productions)
Promotional Credits: ‘I am IBM’ (IBM Productions)
Tv Credits: The Kemps: All True (BBC 2).
Before joining ATS, Andrew was studying acting at the London College of Music in Ealing. Whilst he was there he was involved in several productions including Sing Yer Heart Out for the Lads by Roy Williams and Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.
Alongside ATS Andrew is producing and starring in the short film Front which follows the story of Dorothy Lawrence. A female journalist who disguised herself as a British soldier and snuck her way to the front lines of First World War to get an accurate account of what the war was really like. The film hopes to be entered into several film festivals towards the end of 2022.
This is Andrew's first time performing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Theatre Credits include Trains, Not Boats and Planes (ATS 2022), Henrietta Girvan in 'The Milliner and the Weaver (ATS 2019), Cevril Turner in 'Gizmo' (ATS 2019), Laura Jesson in 'Still Life' and The Hon. Clare Wedderburn in 'Hands Across the Sea' from Noel Coward’s ‘Tonight at 8.30’ (ATS 2018), Citation Needed (Camden Fringe 2018/Questors Theatre 2017), Lady Castlemaine in Nell Gwynn (ATS 2017), Veronique/Mother Superior/Stacey in ‘Table’ (ATS 2016), Sister Lawrence and Queen Escalus in “Romeo and Juliet” (TIE Tour with Complete Works), Cinderella’s mother/Giant/Harp in “Into the Woods” (Landor Theatre), Zebra in “Just So, The Musical” (TAG Productions) and Dance Captain/Choreographer for MJP Productions (London Palladium).
Tv Credits: The Kemps: All True (BBC 2)
Graeme trained at Drama Studio, London (2001) and for the last six years at Artists Theatre School (ATS).
Theatre: For ATS: ‘Our Country’s Good’, ‘Dogg’s Hamlet’, ‘Nell Gwynn’, ‘’Still Life’, ‘Red Peppers’, ‘Hands Across the Sea’, ‘The Panel’ and ‘Gizmo’.
Productions outside ATS: The Accrington Pals’, ‘’Alexander’s Diaries’, ‘Bouncers’, Citation Needed’ (sic), ‘Twelfth Night’, several theatre in education tours for ‘Impact TC’, various stage readings for Shakespeare’s Globe’s ‘Red Not Dead’ programme.
Film : For Candlelight Productions: ‘Life’s Rich Pagent’, ‘A Mere Trifle’, ‘The Bench’.
Theatre credits include: Beryl Waters & Mabel Grace in ‘Tonight at 8.30’ (ATS 2018), Ensemble in ‘The Turas Mor’ (Soho Theatre, Walthamstow Parks Festival), Rose Gwynn in ‘Nell Gwynn’ (ATS 2017), Natasha in ‘Birthday’ (Showcase, Oxford House, London), Diana in 'All’s Well That Ends Well’ (Edinburgh Fringe Festival), Gilly in ‘Morning Choices’ (UK schools tour with the Otesha Project), Ensemble in ‘Remembrance’ (Site-specific, Periplum Theatre Company & Wimborne Community Theatre). Training includes: Year Out Drama Company in Stratford-upon-Avon, Identity School of Acting, and the Artists Theatre School.
Lawrence trained at RADA on the Acting Foundation Course. He has appeared in various productions including Henry V, Into the Woods and Abigail’s Party with the North Wall Arts Centre in Oxford and A Chorus of Disapproval with Putney Arts Theatre. He has also starred in Breathing Corpses, Our Country’s Good, Table, Nell Gwynn, Still Life, Red Peppers, The Panel and Gizmo with ATS and Citation Needed with Questor’s Theatre which then was taken to the Camden Fringe at The Lion and the Unicorn.
Lawrence also took part in a rehearsed pilot reading of Brown Girl Panic for Seven Seas Films in association with Sky TV. Lawrence’s film appearances include Rush, A Brush With Death, Rufus FM, Guilt Trip, Blue and Lone Girl (voiceover). He played the lead in a production of Dr Faustus which had been adapted for radio.
Rory joined Artists Theatre School in 2021.
Previous credits include: Trains, Not Boats And Planes (Artists Theatre School), What Lies Beneath (National Youth Theatre), Boy 1 in Steel Tumbleweed (The Courtyard Theatre), Cupid in Galatea (The White Bear), Young Russ in We’re All Dead (Stockwell Playhouse), and Cleon/Lysimachus in Pericles (Upstairs at The Gatehouse/Zamek Valtice, Czechia).
Ellie Raé Winstone
Ellie has been training in Drama for 5 Years, with an undergraduate degree in Drama & Screen Acting (Fine Arts Academy). She has hands-on experience in both Film and Theatre sets. This is her second year at ATS.
Previous theatre credits: Hermia in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Fine Arts College, 2018), Back to the 80s (Harlow Playhouse), Frenchy in Grease: The Musical (Harlow Playhouse), Ensemble Vocalist in Live at Old Epping Choir House.
ATS credits: Peggy in “Ghost Train”, Pace Creagan in “The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek”, Mrs Brown in “Paddington”, Woman in “Monty Python: It all happened on the 11:20 train from Hainault” & Ensemble work in “Cats”, “Another 100 People”, “The Railway Children” and “500 Miles”.
Screen credits include BAFTA nominated short film The Trap (dir. Lena Headey), The Hot Potato (2012), Fathers of Girls (2009), Extra work in Game of Thrones and one short student film.