Marie Hamilton and Christian Loveless set up District Theatre in early 2019 out of endless tube conversations on the state of British theatre, politics and Alan Partridge.
We want to make theatre that excites, that enrages, that makes people laugh, cry and come out on the other side somehow more able to connect with other humans.
That’s what we believe theatre is for.
We make work that is often silly, sometimes political, and which always searches for the grey area. We like contradictions, happy rage and teary silliness and jokes that come out of being really pissed off.
Andy Whyment, Artistic Director of Squint Theatre, said of 'we don't have to do this' , the company's first show:
“'we don’t have to do this' is an essential look at power and powerlessness in one of the most extraordinary political moments in British history. It is playful, political and honest... a fascinating piece.”
Andy Whyment, Squint Theatre
Marie is a graduate of the Ecole Philippe Gaulier and Arts Ed.
She has worked with The Almeida, The Gate and the Arcola in London as well as at the Bristol Old Vic, Leeds Playhouse, and the Pleasance, Edinburgh. Internationally she has made shows at Theaterhaus, Berlin, Menų Spaustuvė, Lithuania, Iodine Teater. Norway, and Open Air in the Czech Republic.
Her own work has been nominated for the Untapped, and LET Awards.
Christian studied Theatre at the University of York and trained at Arts Ed, and works in theatre, film and TV.
Most recently he played Malvolio in Twelfth Night at Greenwich Theatre, Kai in The Snow Queen on tour with Hobgoblin, and David Milne in District Theatre’s The Town, directed by Júlia Levai.
He makes comedy shorts, and works regularly with the MonoBox.
Kaia trained with DanceEast CAT before going on to London Studio Centre, she graduated in 2016 with InToTo Dance Company.
Since she has been working within the freelance arts community and received support from Arts Council England, DanceEast, StartEast, Sadler's Wells, London Studio Centre and Culture Declares Emergency.
Júlia is a director and dramaturg from Budapest, based in London. She trained at LAMDA, and is on the Young Vic's Jerwood Programme.
She was Assistant Director on ‘Nora: A Doll’s House’ at the Young Vic, as well as on Robin Hood at York Theatre Royal.
Júlia was the Artistic Director of TakeOver Festival (2017) at York Theatre Royal and ran a festival there for young people. Her devised show ‘Amphibious’ ran at the Studio of York Theatre Royal.
George is an actor and a writer, working in theatre, film and voice-over. He is a graduate of ArtsEd and the University of Leicester.
He has appeared in the feature film Tummyache, and the indie TV series The Ballad of Lucy Sands. On stage, George performed and helped devise in The Town with District Theatre and The Offie nominated Zomboid! With Phenomenological Theatre directed by Patrick Kennedy.