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Jackdaw Theatre was formed in 2011 by Amy Clamp, Holly Seager, Ben Karakashian and Bethan Dear. At the time we all lived and worked creating theatre in London. We have all since taken our own individual and very successful paths in the arts industries in and around the UK and beyond.


Jackdaw would not be here today, if it weren't for the love, time, care, energy, passion, work and great enthusiasm, that these four founding individuals gave to the company during our first few years. These four people were the beginning of a beautiful and remarkable journey for Jackdaw.


Jackdaw is an ever changing and constantly evolving collective of theatre makers, perfromers, activists, artists, and technicians. We work with children, members of the local community, with marginalised and or vulnerable young people and adults, as well as many professional creatives.


We seek to employ new artists for each project that we run, create, produce, or co-produce. We are interested in forming new relationships with artists and venues, as well as nurturing all of our existing, long standing, creative partnerships and collaborations. We believe in creating change.



Jackdaw theatre is run by artistic director, Bethan Dear.


As the only current and permanent fixture, Bethan is always looking to expand Jackdaw and meet new people to create work with. The company is in a continuous process of flow, flux and growth. Always seeking to respond and also evolve.


Jackdaw is the birth child of a mission, passion and desire, to use the sharing of stories and human connection, as a way to help us all to heal, share, come together, be creative, and to generate waves of change and understanding that can help us to make sense of and survive this complex culture and world, that we currently find ourselves, trying, to live in.

The power of stories is vast and infinite. Stories have the real power to create or to destroy. The stories we tell ourselves about ourselves, the stories we are told about ourselves, the stories the world tells us about one another. The stories our culture or society tell us, go deep and have a truly magical power. These stories are the difference between connection or disconnection, between feeling and living well with one another and ourselves, or living with injustice, oppression and war. Stories have the power to create and maintain poverty and violence, or they have the power to change and remove them. We have the power to choose and to decide what stories we want to tell, re-tell, re-write, and pass on..

If we consider the next generation, what is the legacy of the stories we will leave them? What is the impact we want to have with them? What do we want to foster, encourage and seed, for the future. Now is our time to choose...My name is Bethan Dear. I am a storyteller and I believe deeply that we can change this world, for the better, one story at a time........

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