About Damn Cheek 

Damn Cheek was born out of 24 years of collaborative practice, and we have been creating, laughing and playing together since 2013. Our work is a celebration of relationship, an exploration of ethics, politics and accountability, and a challenge to complacency. 

The cornerstone of our artistic vision and portfolio is to champion original writing. Maybe writing that reimagines the past. Maybe writing that reveals the modern. But always writing that explores the deeper issues – often with humour, often from playful and unconventional angles, sometimes just plain off-the-wall!

The motivating passion of Damn Cheek has always been accessibility and inclusivity. We reach out to diverse, often disenfranchised, audiences, who typically may have limited access to theatre. We invite them right inside the process of creation, contributing to their health, their wellbeing – and of course their entertainment!

In practice this means that, as well as touring to mainstream theatres, we primarily work in non-traditional venues. We perform in pubs, village halls, community centres, parks, churches, festivals, schools and a wealth of other less conventional, often site-specific, spaces.

At the heart of Damn Cheek’s work are our workshop and training programmes and our co-creation projects. We invite our communities/audiences not as peripheral spectators but as central collaborators. We provide the experience of all aspects of creating theatre with an ensemble company. We encourage, support and foster opportunities for everyone involved to grow their existing talents and skills – and also to develop new ones.

The result – the end point to which Damn Cheek always commits – is theatre that involves as well as truly reflects the community in which it’s performed.

Our team

Darren Cheek

Artistic Director

Darren Cheek

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Tony Earnshaw

Executive Director

Tony Earnshaw

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Maria McAteer

Associate Artist

Maria McAteer

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Rob Swinton

Co-Artistic Director

Rob Swinton

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Debbie Christie

Associate Artist

Debbie Christie

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Willie Elliott

Associate Artist

Willie Elliott

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Elliott Pike

Finance Manager

Elliott Pike

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Jonny Vaughton

Associate Artist

Jonny Vaughton

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Our Advisory Board

Lesley Alexander

Chair

Lesley Alexander

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Dianne Levene

Dianne Levene

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Doron Levene

Doron Levene

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Kevin Omwenga

Kevin Omwenga

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Claire Poulingier

Claire Poulingier

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Susan Quilliam

Susan Quilliam

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Claire Poulingier

Claire Poulingier

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Susan Quilliam

Susan Quilliam

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