The Pleasance Theatre and Southwark Playhouse

In 2013 I went to the Edinburgh Fringe for the first time and saw a play called Banksy: The Room In The Elephant, a moving piece of political theatre directed by Theatre Uncut's Emma Callander. She told me that every year since 2011 Theatre Uncut have commissioned leading and emerging playwrights to create short plays that tackle political and social issues. They then release these plays, rights free, for anyone to perform anywhere, creating theatrical mass action events that engage people all over the world with the issues at the heart of the plays. So far over 6,000 people in 26 countries across 4 continents have been part of Theatre Uncut.

Emma encouraged me to stage my own readings for their next round of scripts. So on returning to London I started BAREtruth Theatre Company and produced the plays at The Pleasance Theatre, London and Southwark Playhouse.


In 2015 I went on to produce Little Stitches at the Arcola Tent, Theatre 503 and The Gate. This was my stepping stone into professional theatre producing. 

Stepping Into Producing

The rehearsed readings took place at Southwark Playhouse  and Pleasance Theatre, London September 2013

BAREtruth: Theatre Uncut

- Writers included -

 Tanika Gupta

 Mark Thomas

 Clara Brenan Neil LaBute

 Kieran Hurley

 Tim Price

 Davey Anderson

 Melissa was a driving force in making these important and critically acclaimed pieces of drama that furthered social justice and the protection of at-risk young women and girls in the United Kingdom.

Dexter Dias QC, human rights lawyer and author of The Ten Types of Human

Little Stitches

137,000 women in the UK are living with the consequences of female genital mutilation. Little stitches looks into the human stories behind the facts and figures.


Meet the team

Producer Melissa Dean

Assistant Producer Sarah Sansom

Community Engagement Lora Krasteva
Director Alex Crampton 

Stage Manager Martha Everett 

Set Designer Anna Privitera 
Lighting Designer Anna Sbokou

Lighting Associate Sarah Crocker

Costume Fiona Lockton 
Sound Erik Medeiros 

Assistant Director Emma Deegan 
Movement Director Danny Scott 

PR Marketing Kate Morley

Dramaturgy Daragh Carville

BSL Interpreter Jess Heller

Video Justin Jones

-  Writers - 

Sleight Of Hand by Isley Lynn

Where Do I Start by Raul Quiros Molina

Dancing Feet by Bahar Brunton

Mutant by Karis E Halsall