the company

  • The company was formed in February 2008 by Philip Crawford, Laura Hughes and Catherine Kelly. Happenstance Theatre Company aspires to bring high quality drama to increasingly informed audiences in a way that entertains and educates.

    The centrepiece of our company activity is the play. We aim to produce drama of complex simplicity, which is uncluttered and meticulous. Our approach is a collaboration between art and science enabling creativity through attention to detail. Each element of the production is fine-tuned and brought together in a relationship which illuminates the play as a whole. It is our objective to provide opportunities for further exploration of issues raised in the drama through a variety of methods such as tailor-made workshops, information displayed at venues and in programmes, and where appropriate, guest speakers. In this way, we hope to engage both audiences and artists, and stimulate debate on issues which speak to our times.

  • Philip Crawford BDS PGCE

    Philip graduated from Queen's University with a degree in Dentistry. After 5 years in General Practice, he decided to change career and gained a place at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff.

    There, he completed the post-graduate course in Acting and has since directed over twenty plays including Timberlake Wertenbaker's Our Country's Good, Frank McGuinness's Someone Who'll Watch Over Me and Brian Friel's Translations. He recently directed Dancing at Lughnasa at Blair Academy, New Jersey and has just completed a 2 year project on St Francis of Assisi: directing Julian Mitchell's play Francis in Berkshire and filming an adapted promenade version of the piece in a 1000 year old Abbey near Assisi, in Umbria. Last summer, Philip worked as Assistant Director to Mark Lambert on The Interrogation of Ambrose Fogarty at the Grand Opera House, Belfast.

  • Arlene Bell BEd, MBA
    Capital Programme Manager, National Museums Northern Ireland
    Dorcas Crawford LLB
    Partner, Edwards & Company Solicitors
    Teresa Curran BA
    Partner, Edwards and Company Solicitors
    David Fowkes BSc, PGCE, ACEM
    Director, IB Institute, St Clare's, Oxford.
    Dr Catherine Kelly BA, MA, PhD
    Freelance writer
    Philip Orr BA, MA
    Writer/Researcher & Community Educationalist
    Caroline Samia, BA
    Bill Stevenson BA (Hons)