Recently, after an incredible 3 years, Coney’s Producer Natalie Adams said her farewells when she relocated to Bristol on her next adventure. Natalie started as Coney’s General Manager in 2015, when it was just Becki and Tassos in a room, and since then has given the company 1000 gifts. Her humour, diligence, commitment, calmness and wisdom will be greatly missed, and Bristol is lucky to have a truly exceptional Producer with them from here on in. Thank you Natalie for being such a massive part of Coney’s journey.
But with changes, are new beginnings. And we are delighted to share news of the incoming Coneys joining Becki, Tassos and Rowan at HQ for the next stage of the adventure.
Harriet Bolwell will be Coney’s new Producer from January 2019, working on Coney’s partnerships and giving energy to our cross-sector conversations and projects. Coney first met Harriet when she was Producer of Produced Moon, having cups of tea with Becki and Tassos while designing interactive adventures for audiences to explore. She has spent the last 3 years working with Paines Plough where she has produced POP MUSIC by Anna Jordan and I WANNA BE YOURS by Zia Ahmed and supported across 22 other productions with the company. Harriet also jointly runs COMPLEX. with Kirsten Peters Roebuck. As a producer Harriet is committed to bringing theatre to all four corners of the UK, from council estates to stately homes, rural village halls to 1000-seater theatres, student night clubs to music festivals.
Harriet: I am absolutely over the moon to be joining Coney’s ranks. I have always admired and marvelled at the ground-breaking work Coney has never ceased to produce. Their innovation and sense of adventure within their work is second to none. Having started my career in interactive theatre, I’m so excited to be returning to the form with a such a brilliant team of creators and thinkers.
At the time of looking for a Producer, Coney also had many cups of tea with Ellie Browning, who was the force behind REMOTE in 2017. In the new map of HQ, Ellie has joined Coney in a brand new role as Projects Producer – maximising projects like REMOTE and other work that uses communities of people as the co-creators in our projects. Ellie has over ten years experience in the theatre and arts industry, accruing a number of job titles during this time including Producer, Director, Maker, Programmer and Facilitator. She joins Coney after two seasons as Programmer and Producer at Assembly Festival and before that managed the Creative Workshop programme at IdeasTap, worked as an Associate Artist with Only Connect, and as an Associate Director with Look Left Look Right.
Ellie: I have always been inspired and excited by Coney’s unique offer. The work they make is fun, thought-provoking, and empowering. I got a small slice of the Coney pie working with them on REMOTE last year, and am thrilled to be joining their day-to-day operations in a full-time capacity – especially in this new role that will put a dedicated engine behind the brilliant projects they make with and for communities.
Alongside these two fantastic women joining HQ for the first time – Coney are also celebrating Rowan, acknowledging her increasingly powerful role as the glue that keeps everything together. From November 2018 Rowan is now Coney’s General Manager. She joined Coney at the start of this year as Administrator, having worked previously for an orchestra, a festival, a pub and a shepherds’ hut company.
Rowan: I’m excited to be taking the next step in my Coney journey in this new role. I can’t believe how much I’ve seen and done already since starting here, from looking after 7-year-olds in the underground forest of The Droves, to getting to know artists at our Network Exchanges. Coney is a brilliant place to work, with some truly excellent people – and I’m looking forward to getting to know some new faces and new adventures in the months to come.
These people are available to say hi to just as always, as and when you knock, and we’re looking forward to you getting to know them in the months ahead. Keep an eye out here on our blog for news of the next chapter…