2m Theatre

distanced - together

Our Mission

2mTheatre was founded to create socially-distanced performances during the coronavirus pandemic.

Our aim is to bring theatre to communal spaces and garden squares so that people can enjoy a live performance without having to leave their own neighbourhood. The pandemic has meant that it is difficult for theatres to operate safely - so rather than asking people to travel and gather in large crowds, we are bringing the theatre to them. By performing outdoors in communal spaces, we are able to provide safe, socially-distanced theatre, where the audience can watch in household groups while enjoying picnics alongside their neighbours at a safe distance of 2m.

One of the most positive aspects of the coronavirus crisis has been that people have begun to appreciate their local area, families and neighbours more. By providing a shared theatrical experience in a communal area, we can bring communities closer together. We want people - young and old - to come together and share the same experience. By performing in non-traditional venues, we also hope to engage people who would not normally go to the theatre, as well as dedicated audiences.

Who We Are

We are a troupe of six young professional performers – musicians, actors and an opera singer. As we witnessed our industry become decimated by the lockdown, we came together to find a way to rebuild and reinvent live performance for the new normal. The unique experience of live performance has always had an essential role to play in human society. Through theatre, we gain connection - we gain perspective - we gain compassion - but we lose ourselves. We need theatre now more than ever, and so we bring you 2mTheatre.

The Team

Leo Graham was raised surrounded by theatre in his family home of Longborough Festival Opera. He holds a degree in English Literature and Theatre from the University of Leeds and a Masters in Acting from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Leo has worked with theatre companies around the world, most recently performing in the National Theatre of Malta’s production of VII. After graduating, he founded his first theatre company Ti Kallisti, directing and producing performances for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Cottiers Theatre and the Citizens Theatre in Glasgow. As well as founding 2mTheatre, he is studying at the Michael Chekhov International Academy in Berlin.

Emma Beth Jones is a New Zealand & UK based actor. After gaining a Drama and Art History degree from the University of Queensland she joined the Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble. She then moved to the UK and attended the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where she gained her masters in Acting. Emma has recently starred in the feature film Much Ado About Nothing as Beatrice. Emma has starred in music videos, short films, a VR series, and stage shows both in London and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Most bizarrely also in the Romeo and Juliet ballet for the Birmingham Royal Ballet - as an actor, not a dancer. Emma can barely stand still on her own two feet let alone pirouette.

Verity Mullan is an actor from West Yorkshire. She studied Drama and English at the University of Manchester and then went on to study Acting at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. After graduating she moved to London for its lively theatre scene, but has always kept a foot in Glasgow performing in Cicadas at The Tron Theatre, Pedal at the Citizens Theatre, and The Christmas Carol at The Cumbernauld Theatre. She has performed in theatres all over the country, most recently in Ducklings at the Royal Exchange in Manchester and in a rehearsed reading of Staying at Stacey's at the Almeida Theatre in London.

Hazel Neighbour is an operatic soprano and graduate of the Royal Academy of Music. Hazel originally studied Chemistry at Imperial College but quickly found she was much more at home on the stage. At RAM, Hazel performed L’Ensoleillad in Chérubin and Fox in The Cunning Little Vixen, as well as Mimì, La Bohème, Marschallin, Der Rosenkavalier and Rusalka in opera scenes. Last summer, Hazel attended the Franz-Schubert-Institut in Austria and performed the Governess in The Turn of the Screw at Dartington International Festival. She covered the Bride in The Vanishing Bridegroom for British Youth Opera and performed Atalya in the world premiere of The Butt with libretto by Will Self, at contemporary music festival Musiktheatertage, Vienna. This summer, she was contracted to join the Glyndebourne Chorus, but this has been postponed until 2021.

Ross Scott trained at the Bridge Theatre Training Company. He has performed many roles in Shakespeare and new writing including Prospero in The Tempest, Falstaff in Henry IV parts I and II, Harry in Be Happy Harry Hippo, and Basil Hallward in The Picture of Dorian Gray. Ross co-wrote Be Happy Harry Hippo with Hodgepodge Theatre, which became an award winning children’s show. It will begin its third national tour in 2021. He is currently planning to write another show with Hodgepodge and is excited about this project. As well as working with 2mTheatre, Ross is developing a new performance of Normal by Anthony Neilson. Normal will be performed in the South West around Autumn 2020 and Spring 2021.

Kieran Wesley Originally from Congleton, Cheshire, Kieran moved to London in 2013 to pursue a career in performing and graduated in Theatre and Performance from Goldsmith’s College in 2016. A multi-instrumentalist musician, songwriter and actor, Kieran has previously been nominated by the National Operatic and Dramatic Association for best Under-21 performer in the UK and recently won Best Actor in a Sci-Fi at the Best Actor Award international competition in New York. Kieran has an eclectic history of roles, with everything from Shakespeare to stage musicals. He has performed music all over the country, including founding and playing lead guitar for Sweet Winn Dixie, a band hailed as Manchester's "new kings of reggae and ska".

What People Say

Amongst the Doom & Gloom of Covid-19 came a shining light in the form of 2mTheatre.

It was a delightful evening and seemed to engender some real feelings of togetherness among neighbours.

It brought the community together with small children and octogenarians sharing the front row.

The performance was wonderful and was great use of a lovely space.

The performance exceeded expectations - the adaptation of the play so that it ran for an hour was just right.

This wonderful production worked brilliantly in an outdoor setting with a socially distanced audience.

What a wonderful and life enhancing occasion.

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