"Easily the most beautiful production at this year's Fringe, an exquisite piece of theatre." Broadway Baby on The Idiot Colony



RedCape Theatre is run by Artistic Directors Cassie Friend and Rebecca Loukes, produced by Turtle Key Arts and is company-in-residence at South Street Arts Centre, Reading.

CassieCassie Friend is a founder member of RedCape Theatre, she co-devised and performed in The Idiot Colony and co-directed and performed in 1 Beach Road. Cassie is currently devising RedCape's  new show which will premiere at the Corn Exchange, Newbury - Sping 2015.

After training at Ecole Jaques Lecoq she joined Pig Iron Theatre Company in Philadelphia.  With Pig Iron she created six original productions including the award winning Gentlemen Volunteers (Edinburgh Festival) and Shut Eye (Traverse Theatre/Edinburgh Festival) directed by the late Joseph Chaikin (The Open Theatre). Cassie also performed at Edinburgh Festival, Soho Theatre in London and New York with The Riot Group in Fringe First Winner  Switch Triptych. Other companies she has performed with include Theatre O, Hoipolloi, Blind Summit, angels in the architecture and the Lyric Hammersmith. Other directing credits include Jackson's Corner a recent commission for the South Street Sitelines festival.  She is also Artist-in-Residence at The Abbey School in Reading and for last 12 years has been a comedy compere for Singalonga Productions.

RebeccaRebecca Loukes trained in the body awareness practices of Elsa Gindler with Eva Schmale and Charlotte Selver and Asian martial/meditation arts with Phillip Zarrilli.  She co-created and co performed The Idiot Colony and worked as Dramaturg on 1 Beach Road.  She is currently devising the new show.

As well as being a co-founder of RedCape Theatre she is Senior Lecturer in Drama at the University of Exeter and Associate Editor of the Journal of Theatre, Dance and Performer Training.

TKA Producedby colour 4 200Turtle Key Arts unlocks creative potential in individuals, companies and communities, producing and devising original, ground-breaking, inclusive art to entertain and inspire. As creative producers they enable each project to reach its full artistic potential and ensure that participation and education is embedded at the heart of everything they do.

Their work has a UK and international reach through a wide variety of innovative projects. With many different collaborators and partners. They have played a committed role in advancing participation in the arts by disabled, disadvantaged and socially excluded people.


southstreet logo outline blSouth Street Arts Centre is an Arts Centre in the heart of Reading presenting a diverse range of performing arts from both the professional and community sectors. The professional programme attracts the very best new and established names in fringe theatre, comedy, music and live literature.

We invite a diverse range of artists and innovators to work with us on a project by project basis. Collaborators so far have included:




  • Who

    RedCape Theatre is run by Artistic Directors Cassie Friend and Rebecca Loukes, produced by Turtle Key Arts and is company-in-residence at South...

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  • How

    We make and tour original plays. Our starting point is always a true story. We are drawn to ordinary people in extraordinary situations. From here...

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  • What

    RedCape Theatre came together in 2006 to make their first show The Idiot Colony.  The founding members Claire Coaché, Cassie Friend and Rebecca...

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