All of the roles are played by two astonishingly versatile actors
— Broadway Baby

Claire / Nina / Cara - Laura Lindsay


Since graduating from The Arden School of Theatre in 2010, Laura’s theatre credits include: Jane in In a Land Much Like Ours (for which she received a Best Actress nomination at Buxton Fringe 2013), Felicity in You Once Said Yes, Jenna in Above and Beyond (both with Look Left Look Right), Gamma in Borderline Vultures (The Lowry), Nurse Bragg in The Interpreter (24:7 Theatre Festival), Casey in All Because of Molly (Lowry Studio and NW tour), Zoe in The Enemy Within (RNCM) and Isabella in Measure for Measure. Laura's screen credits include Prisoners' Wives (BBC 1), Emmerdale (ITV 1) and several short films. Radio credits include: China Girl (BBC Radio 4) and Rooftop Romeo (BBC Radio 3).

Laura is represented by Northern Lights Management. 

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Lindsay combines the bonhomie, common touch and perfect timing of a female Peter Kay
— The Guardian

Colin / James / Gareth - Peter Carruthers


Peter graduated from the Arden School of Theatre in 2009. Theatre credits since graduating include: Boyfriend Jack in Beat Surrender (RNCM and Re:play 2011), Carl in The Enemy Within (RNCM), George in Under My Skin (Regional tour), Dave in Plus One..? (Lowry Studio), Tony in Abigail’s Party (Salford Arts Theatre) and Man in More Light (Nexus Arts Café and Bakewell Arts Festival).  Peter’s film credits include: Will Power (2012) and several short films including Fall Out, Never Forget and Civvy Street which he also wrote and produced.

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Carruthers owns the stage, he oozes charisma and is just magnetic.
— The Public Reviews

Director - Helen Parry

Helen originally trained as an actor at what was Manchester Polytechnic (now Manchester Metropolitan University) and has had a diverse career in acting, directing and teaching. She was an acting tutor at The Arden School of Theatre before recently returning to freelance directing. Her directing work includes productions in Germany, Switzerland and the USA where she also participated in a teaching exchange programme in Florida. In the UK, her productions have been staged locally at The Library Theatre, Contact Theatre, The Royal Exchange Studio and The Green Room. Some of this work went on to tour nationally and included venues such as the ICA and the Cochrane Theatre, London, Birmingham Rep Studio and Leicester Haymarket Studio.

Helen Parry’s production is slick
— The Stage

Composer - Harri Chambers

Harri is a performer, composer and producer in his final year at Goldsmiths College in London. In addition to theatre work, he is an instrumentalist in many ensembles and bands. Harri creates his solo work under the alias 'King of Hearts'. Check him out on Soundcloud, where you can hear many of the tracks featured in Loaded (24:7 Theatre Festival). Equipped with a miniature recording device everywhere he goes, Harri makes much of his music from the sounds of everyday life.

Excellent... unobtrusive but atmospheric
— Fringe Guru

Sound Design - Owen Rafferty

Owen graduated in 2010 with a distinction in Audio Engineering from the School of Sound Recording in Manchester. Since then, his credits include sound design for Dev's Army (Not Part of Festival 2011 - winner of a “Forever Manchester” award), Loaded (24:7 Festival 2012) and Lamp Oil (The Eagle Inn, Salford). He has also composed soundtracks for Joy with Child (Organised Chaos Productions) and The Interpreter  (House of Orphans). He is currently working with Working Progress Theatre Company as Technical Director, helping develop new material.

Slick sound production
— Three Weeks

Set designer - Alexander Swarbrick

Alexander graduated from the Cambridge School of Art, with a BA in Film and Theatre Design. He has designed productions for Thunder Road, Harrogate and Ripon Youth Theatre and has constructed sets for Sheffield Crucible, York Theatre Royal and Hull Truck Theatre. Previous designs include The Count of Monte Cristo (Thunder Road), Awkward/Burn (Harrogate Theatre Youth Club) and Boiling Frog (Humruddy Productions).

The set is a delight.
— Broadway Baby

Technical / Stage Manager - Mark Creamer

Mark has taken productions to The Lowry, Cornerstone Theatre, Liverpool Lantern and Studio Salford. He successfully toured to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Preston Tringe and Buxton Festival. He is the Technical Manager for 24/7 Theatre Festival, having worked for them for the past 9 years. He has also worked as a Venue Technician for Pleasance Theatre Edinburgh. He is currently employed as a Production Technician at University Of Salford which he does alongside being the Technical Manager for HOPE Theatre Company.

He’s a bloody marvel. Every company should have a Mark Creamer.
— Black Toffee Management

Movement Consultants

Ceris Faulkner

Ceris trained at both Rambert and Royal Ballet Schools. She was a founder member of London City Ballet where she worked as a soloist and principle character dancer. She performed at the Nureyev Festival at The London Colliseum, Scottish Opera, The Royal Albert Hall, Festival Hall and The Barbican as well as on various productions for the BBC. Following her move to Manchester she became Artistic Director of Gestures Dance Company. She has choreographed for Ensemble Cymru and St Asaph International Music Festival as well as a national tour of Beatrix Potter in Welsh. She is currently part of Manchester City Art Galleries Artists in Schools project, the movement coordinator for Parry Productions and also a dance tutor at Steelworks Academy and Shockout Academy.

Neil Bettles

Neil is co-founder and Artistic Director of ThickSkin.  Directing credits for ThickSkin include: The Static, Blackout, Overture and These Imagined Stories. Co-direction for ThickSkin includes Boy Magnet and White Noise. As Associate Director/Choreographer Neil’s credits include: Blood Wedding and The Bacchae for The Royal and Derngate's Festival of Chaos 2012; As Associate Director Beautiful Burnout and Lovesong for Frantic Assembly.  Neil is currently Associate Choreographer on The Full Monty for Sheffield Theatres.  Other movement direction includes: Much Ado About Wenlock for Vamos Theatre (UK tour); Platform (Old Vic for Tunnels), Henry IV Part One (Drum Theatre Plymouth) and Secret Cinema for Frantic Assembly; Stanley Pickle an animated short film by Vicky Mather for the National Film and Television School (winner of 31 awards worldwide).  He is Creative Associate for Frantic Assembly’s Ignition Project, co-directing numerous productions since 2008. He was also Assistant Director for Frantic Assembly’s Dirty Wonderland.  Neil is currently Video Designer for In An Alien Landscape for Birds of Paradise.

Excellently choreographed movement
— No Borders Magazine

Voice and Dialect Coach - Caroline Hetherington

Caroline trained as an actress at Rose Bruford College of Speech & Drama and as a voice tutor at Central School of Speech & Drama (MA Voice Studies). She acted for 10 years and since graduating from CSSD has taught at many of the leading drama schools, coaches for theatre, TV and film productions, works privately with actors and is writing a book in the How to Do Accents series published by Oberon.

Theatre work includes: Hidden (Black Toffee Theatre), Laughton, Boston Marriage, Sizwe Banzi is Dead, Pirates of Penzance, Moonlight & Magnolia’s (Stephen Joseph Theatre) The Guinea Pig Club, The End of Desire, To Kill A Mockingbird (York Theatre Royal), We Love You City (Belgrade) Dangerous Corner, Don Giovanni, 101 Dalmatians, Laurel & Hardy, Cider with Rosie (New Vic, Newcastle-Under-Lyme) Quicksand, Of Mice & Men (Dukes Playhouse) The Bogus Woman (Keswick Theatre-by-the-Lake), Whiter than Snow (Graeae), The Sunshine Boys, Heaven Spot, Two, Women on the Verge of HRT (Oldham Coliseum), Crocodile Seeking Refuge (Ice & Fire Theatre Company), Good Person of Setzuan (New Generation Arts Festival). TV & Film include: Rockets Island (CBBC), There’s Something About Miriam (Brighter Pictures, Sky One)

The use of accents helps you accept the same faces as each different character
— The Skinny


Hidden is co-written by Laura Lindsay and Peter Carruthers and was first performed in 2011. They met during training at Arden School of Theatre, where they discovered a mutual love of new writing, an interest in human psychology and a shared dark sense of humour.

This is, remarkably, the first piece Lindsay and Carruthers have written together
— The Guardian

Producers - Black Toffee

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The play is produced under the production company Black Toffee, which Laura formed with the aim of producing high quality theatre and film which reflect society and challenge perspectives.


Black Toffee are 'Dark and chewy'. Reflecting the modern world in all its darkness [and light] with subjects that will make you chew before you swallow.'

A very special company
— Kevin Jamieson - Harrogate Theatre

Laura recently wrote an article for The Guardian on self-producing - check it out here:

Original Director and Dramaturg - Martin Jameson

Martin has enjoyed a varied career in theatre, TV and radio. He was associate director at Nottingham Playhouse, and directed for many companies nationwide including The Young Vic and West Yorkshire Playhouse. Martin has also enjoyed an extensive writing career. BAFTA nominated for his work on Children's Ward, he was also on the team the year that Emmerdale received the BAFTA gong. He has worked extensively for Holby, Casualty, The Bill, and EastEnders. Martin's great passion is radio drama and he has penned more plays for the medium than he can count, most recently the classic series Angel Pavement.

Executive Producer - Jim McDonnell

Jim is a practising Solicitor and long suffering husband of Laura. He has been instrumental in realising the Hidden dream. 

Photographer - Kate Eden

Kate is a doctor with an interest in photography. She specialises in landscape photography, but as you can see from this site, she also has a flair for portraits and still life. Kate took all the production and publicity shots for Hidden. We are so very grateful for her time and expertise. Cracking job Kate, thank you!

Website design - Alex Butcher

Alex is Technical Director for Pebble Code and has very kindly given his time and IT skills to designing this website. He's really rather good! And lovely! Thank you Alex!

Patrons of Black Toffee

As we are a new theatre company we have no capital or formalised funding. We set up a Kickstarter project to help raise funds for Hidden at Edinburgh Festival Fringe and were completely blown away by the financial support we received. Thank you to the following patrons and all who contributed to our project.

Michelle Ashton
Janine Atkin
Sarah Beeby
Mike Burnie
Alex Butcher
Indira and Frank Butcher
Teri Centner
Peter and Gerry Clarke
Kathy Dodworth
Barry Evans and Suzie Short-Evans
Chris Harper
Denise Hobart
Nicholas Hussey

Kevin Jamieson
Rebecca Jones
Assembled Junk
Tony Kennick
William Lindsay
Peter and Marie Louch
Jayne Marshall
Elaine McCann
Monica McDonnell
Winifred and Bernie McDonnell
Simon and Susie McKay
Elaine and Graham McMillan
Adam Medcalf and Cate Winters

Alison Mee
Wynn Moran
Ann and Peter O'Connell
Hekate Parpardaki
Helen Parry
Gordon Richardson
Phillipa Roberts
Craig and Joanna Sells
Molly Taylor
Richard Taylor
Anna and Stuart Thomas
Heather and Dave Treweeke
Craig Walton

Thank you

There are so many people without who whose generosity, help and support this play would not have been possible. We send our heartfelt thanks to each and every one of you who have helped us along the way.  We have relied heavily on the generous spirit of others. The arts may be facing bleak times ahead, but as you can seen from the length of the list below, there are plenty of people who believe in making it work and supporting others, whatever the budget.

Sam Buist, Tarquin Scott, Tash Southgate, Lora Hill, all at Preston 'Tringe', Ed Jones, Eve Steele, Conor McKee, Jason Crouch, Sarah Myott-Meadows, Rob Johnston, Adam Davies, Andrew Fillis, Stephen Myott, Mark Reid, Michelle Ashton, Harry Dyer, all at Scriptworks, June West, Pip Short, Shobna Gulati, Joe Colgan, James Mason, Mark Langley, Ash Tidball, Christabel Brown, Jim McDonnell, Kathy Dodworth, Alex Butcher, James Baker, Ryan Kay, David Milne, David Slack, Kathryn Worthington, Ian Currie, Salford University, Barry Evans, Dolly-Rose Campbell and Workhing Progress Theatre Company, Roger Haines, Chris Honer, Mike Barnett, Danny Stewart, Dave Doyle, Alex Bond, Jamie Byron and all at Manchester Library Theatre, Gemma Norris, Steve Cowton, Zoe Papiernik  and all at The Lowry, Brainne Edge and Sean Mason at Pull Focus productions, Emma Kenny, Daniel Bye, Porl Cooper, Chris Lloyd at Red Ladder Theatre Company and Ria Parry from Iron Shoes

Setting up in the arts doesn’t just require money, it requires a leap of faith, wise words of advice and support from those more experienced. A very special thank you goes to Kevin Jamieson for this and more, by offering to produce Hidden ‘in association with’ Harrogate Theatre

Thank you all so much from the bottom of our dark and chewy hearts

In the same spirit of generosity, if there is anything you feel we could help you with, please drop us a line. If we can help, we will. 

Fantasies, fears and fixations hiding beneath the skin.

Better out than in?