Milk Presents are Ruby Glaskin, Adam Robertson and Lucy J Skilbeck. We make theatre. The theatre we make is a protest. It’s also a celebration and sometimes a bit of a messy one. You know that sticky, messed-up, extraordinary and ambigous thing called gender? Our work is often about that. We are an associate company of Derby Theatre and the Bush Theatre.
As fresh faced gender-warrior graduates from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in 2010, we immediately became Associate Artists of The Point, Eastleigh. Here we created our first couple of shows Bluebeard and Sainthood, lived together in a rickety but loveable flat and made a whole load of theatre. In addition to numerous exciting projects, we made Milk Presents: Self Service before becoming associate artists of Derby Theatre.
JOAN, our fourth show, has been touring the UK and has just returned from a second storming run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Alongside this, we have been excitedly creating our new show BULLISH, which was commissioned by the Camden People's Theatre and headlines the 'Come as you are' festival, a celebration of trans, non-binary and gender-queer theatre, which runs from the 12 - 30 Sep 2017.
We’ve made our work with the invaluable support of venues like Battersea Arts Centre, Camden People’s Theatre, The Junction, Cambridge, The Place, The New Wolsely and Theatre Poton, Slovakia, The Point Eastleigh and Derby Theatre. Thank you to these venues, and many others, as well as the BBC Legacy Fund and Arts Council England for supporting our work.
Lucy J Skilbeck - Writer and Director
Adam Robertson - Producer Manager and Performer
Ruby Glaskin - Producer
Joshua Allen - Assistant Producer (Placement)
Sarah Brigham (Chair)
Ruby is an independent producer from Brighton. She is currently the Creative Producer for In Good Company, an artist development programme led by Derby Theatre.
Producing credits include, for Milk Presents: JOAN (Derby Theatre/Milk Presents), Milk Presents Self Service, A Real Man's Guide to Sainthood, Bluebeard A Fairytale for Adults. Burn, Daffodil Scissors, Strawberries and Steam (Berry Youth Theatre). Other: Walking The Tightrope: The Tension between Arts and Politics (Offstage Theatre and Underbelly Productions) Raymondo (Annie Siddons) mapdance 2014 Tour (mapdance)
As Assistant Producer: Escalator East to Edinburgh (2013) Red Noir (The Living Theatre, NYC), various projects (Punchdrunk)
Ruby also worked as the Programming Officer at The Point, Eastleigh between 2011 – 2013. She was a recipient of the Escalator Live Art Producers Bursary in 2013 and was nominated for the Stage One Producers Awards 2011.
Ruby studied Theatre Practice: Performance Arts gaining First Class (Hons) at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
Adam is a performer, facilitator and general theatre guy from Harlow, Essex.
Performing credits include, for Milk Presents: Milk Presents Self Service, A Real Man’s Guide to Sainthood and Bluebeard: A Fairytale for Adults. Other credits include: How
Not to Live in Suburbia (Annie Siddons), La Boite Noir & The Incredible Book Eating Boy (Bootworks Theatre Company).
Stage/production management: How
Not to Live in Suburbia & Raymondo (Annie Siddons), JOAN (Derby Theatre/Milk Presents), Milk Presents Self Service.
Adam is also a theatre facilitator. Among other projects, has been working with London Bubble theatre company for the past five years delivering Speech Bubbles – a project that uses drama approaches to improve children’s communication, confidence and wellbeing.
Adam studied Drama, Applied Theatre and Education at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
Lucy is a writer and director from York, and the Genesis Future Director 2017 at the Young Vic.
Directing credits for theatre include: The Bear / The Proposal (Young Vic), The Secret Keeper (Angela Clerkin and Oval House), JOAN - Winner of Fringe First, Stage Edinburgh Award and Spirit of the Fringe Award (Derby Theatre); Penelope Retold (Caroline Horton and Derby Theatre); and 3 Wise Monkeys (Hiccup Theatre).
As Associate / Assistant Director: Herons, director Sean Holmes (Lyric Hammersmith), The Complete Deaths director. Tim Crouch (Spymonkey), The Odyssey dir. Sarah Brigham (Derby Theatre); Brassed Off dir. Sarah Brigham (Derby Theatre); Islands dir. Omar Elerian (Bush Theatre); Father Christmas, dir. Emma Earle (Lyric Hammersmith, West Yorkshire Playhouse). Encourage The Others dir. Lu Kemp (Almedia Projects); Epidemic dir. Alex Ferris (Old Vic New Voices).
Lucy was the recipient of a BBC Legacy Award in 2015. They run workshop, club nights, community projects and artistic disruptions.
Their current work with Milk Presents is BULLISH, commissioned by the Jerwood Home Run Commission, which is premiering at the Camden People’s Theatre in 12- 30 September 2017.
Lucy studied Drama, Applied Theatre and Education gaining First Class (Hons) at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
We believe in access for all and are committed to this in our work. Since 2016 all of our touring work has been captioned using hand-held captioning equipment for deaf, and hard of hearing audiences called The Difference Engine. This makes the show more accessible for d/Deaf and hard of hearing audiences, as well as those who struggle with spoken English. The Difference Engine is developed by Talking Birds Theatre Company to provide access to experimental, small scale and site-specific performance. It broadcasts captions to smart phones and tablets.
Our 2016 & 2017 Edinburgh runs of JOAN included Relaxed Wheelchair Accessible Performances and our 2013 tour of A Real Man’s Guide to Sainthood included a comic book synopsis of the show for audiences with additional needs to follow along during the performance.
We are committed to working with and engaging audiences who are presently under-represented in the theatre because of social, gender, financial, ethnic, cultural, or educational disadvantage or disability. If you have suggestions for how we can better improve access to our work please get in touch, as we would love to hear from you.
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