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Kitty on Stage

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The Production

Brass Button Productions is a collaboration of four women from the Tendring area. Between us we have over 30 years experience in professional and community theatre. Our aim is to provide opportunities for actors and creative of all ages within north Essex for both personal and professional development. We will work with local artists to create quality, accessible theatre for our community. This is our first project. 



Nicky Matthews is a local creative. She began as an actress and for a number of years co-produced and directed at Frinton Summer Theatre. She went on to produce Community theatre in Colchester, Wivenhoe and Frinton. She is also a sometimes Artist and poet. However, her latest creative pursuit was to write the novel, Kitty Canham. When asked by Jackie and Jane to adapt the book into a play, she jumped at the chance to return to theatre. She is so enjoying working with a wonderful team of friends and the inevitable fun and laughter that happens when making theatre. 

Jane Clifton is an Essex based actor who returned to the business a few years ago after taking a break to raise her family. Since returning to acting Jane has become interested in writing and directing and would like to develop her skills in these areas further. Jane feels strongly about making theatre that is accessible to everyone and creating opportunity for people to get involved. Jane is excited to be working with a team of such talented women to bring the story of Kitty Canham to the stage.


Emily Woods has always had a passion for theatre; performing and working behind the scenes of Frinton Summer Theatre throughout her youth.  Her adult life took her in a different direction including living abroad and in recent years home educating her 3 children. She has always found opportunities to use her creativity and loved supported Nicky in creating community theatre. Emily is ready and excited to be returning  to her love for performing arts and recently played Bella in Gaslight at the Manifest Theatre, Manningtree. 


Jackie Morton-Hart is a local painter and teacher who has participated in Performing Arts for over forty years, both in schools and community projects. She is particularly interested in working on staging and has worked on a variety of productions. (A favourite was an enormous papier-mâché Trojan Horse capable of containing five cast members!) She loves the magic that comes from creating believable spaces and aiding the suspension of disbelief in a performance. The chance to work on a brand new play during a time of bereavement has been a life saver for her. As she says, “What can be better, and bring more solace than sharing an intensely creative project with wonderful friends?”

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