Sheep Soup is a dynamic young company that has evolved alongside the BAFTA award winning Television Workshop, bringing their unique and internationally renowned performance style to new audiences with engaging and accessible original theatre productions and short films.
We champion making exciting collaborations with a diverse artistic community, and making a night out to the theatre a warm, unforgettable experience.
The company extend their skills into the world of education. Hosting workshops in schools and pupil referral units, as well as working alongside community cohesion projects in and around the Nottingham area, we are keen to encourage young people to get involved with creative projects.
Sheep Soup is one of Leicester Curve’s Breakthrough Companies, performing their original musical, Mrs Green, at the 2015 InsideOut Festival, and a selection of original songs at the 2016 InsideOut Festival.
Nic Harvey – Artistic Director
Nic trained as an actor at the BAFTA award-winning Television Workshop, Nottingham, from the age of seven, appearing in both television and and film projects, including Bernard’s Watch, Peak Practice, Paradise Heights and Shane Meadows’ film, A Room for Romeo Brass.
Graduating to become a tutor at the Television Workshop, Nic has recently resumed the post of Workshop Director, leading the group from 2015.
Nic has directed numerous acclaimed productions, including The Heights (Stephen Joseph Theatre, National Theatre Connections Festival) Twelfth Night (Nottingham Playhouse, Shakespeare Youth Festival) and a promenade adaptation of Grimm tales, developed in association with Nottingham Trent University’s puppetry department.
Nic has written and developed several successful scripts for young artists, which have been used and performed by local schools and youth theatres, including Pantsman & Sockboy Strike Back, Fish and Waking Up. His work has taken him to CBBC to contribute to the development of new programming, the Momentum Festival directing rehearsed readings of new professional work, and Media City in Salford.
In October 2016, Nic was awarded the Noble Kahn Award for Championing Diversity within the TV, Film and Theatre Industry.
Through Sheep Soup, Nic is committed to producing fresh and dynamic work that draws on the talents of a diverse range of collaborators, inspiring a unique audience base for years to come.
Ben Welch – Company Manager
Ben trained as an actor at the BAFTA award winning Television Workshop from the age of twelve, performing in a number of stage productions in Nottingham, London, Royal & Derngate Northampton and The Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough.
Ben has vast experience running workshops with children of all ages across the East Midlands, and often leads drama projects in schools across Nottinghamshire. Since graduating, Ben regularly leads sessions at the Nottingham Television Workshop, alongside delivering drama sessions as part of outreach sessions with pupil referral units in Nottingham.
He has worked alongside Tim Smith at FourmostFilms and is a regular feature on Notts TV, hosting the world music show, Sounding Out. Ben also hosted the Notts TV launch in 2013, introducing HRH Prince Harry to Nottingham. He has two years’ experience in Theatre In Education with established company, Samanya.
Ben is an adept producer, and starred in and produced Sheep Soup’s first short film, Commando. He often working on a freelance basis for other artists including Scorzayzee and Rob Green’s. Since his graduation, Ben has produced the Television Workshop play season – a mammoth task that sees his time spread across four different productions.
Ben both produced and starred in Sheep Soup’s production of Mrs Green: The Musical, taking the production to the 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Leicester Curve and Nottingham Playhouse, all of which enjoyed sell-out runs. Ben has been a part of three successful Edinburgh Fringe Festival shows to date.
In October 2016, Ben was awarded the Noble Kahn Award for Championing Diversity within the TV, Film and Theatre Industry.