Who’s Who?


Peter Wallder Peter Head Shot
Artistic Director

Peter is the founder of The Colour House Theatre
which he opened in 1995. He has produced and
directed over 100 theatre productions and is the
Children’s theatre Artistic Director. Peter is also
a creative designer and has won many accolades
for his work for the London Borough of Merton.
He is also an event organiser and has staged
many events around London but is probably best
known for his for his annual two month
arts festival, Abbeyfest.


Charlie Shakespeare Charles Shakespeare Headshot
Theatre Manager

Charlie Shakespeare begun his long affinity with
The Colour House in November 2011, when he
played Aladdin in the Christmas pantomime,
his theatrical debut. As an actor he went on to star
in a record setting seven productions and four
consecutive pantomimes, playing Scarecrow in
Wizard of Oz, Robin Hood, Jack in Jack and the
Beanstalk and Prince Charming in both
Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella. Charlie became the
in-house director, taking the reins on five
productions, and is now writing the 2015-16
season which will introduce the company to many
innovative changes.
He now works behind the scenes as the theatre
manager and artistic director of Abbeyfest.
Outside of The Colour House, Charlie is an aspiring
presenter and interviewer, and is most proud of
being the Master of Ceremonies at Mitcham Carnival
for the past four years.

www.charlieshakespeare.co.uk    Twitter: @CharlieShakes


Linda Kirby zz
Chair of Management Committee and Writer

Linda is the resident writer for the Colour House
Children’s Theatre and Chair of the charity’s
management committee. This is her 14th children’s
musical production for the theatre. Linda has also
written twoadult shows for the Edinburgh Fringe and
seven shows for Merton’s Abbeyfest Theatre season.
Linda has her own company FLIPPIN ‘ECK CHILDREN’S
MUSICAL CIC which raises money for AIDS orphans in
ZImbabwe. She is an ex school teacher and local
councillor in Merton and a member of the
Mitcham Lavender Scribbler’s Writers


Phil Newman phil
Resident Creative Designer

Phil Newman is the resident creative designer
for The Colour House Theatre. He is a creative
and versatile theatre practitioner, who has
designed Sets & Costumes for a variety of
theatre productions, encompassing drama, family
& children’s shows, comedy, dance, pantomime
and musicals as well as devised, interactive and
youth projects. These have ranged from small/
medium-scale tours (including open air) to
main house shows.


Geraldine Stanford wewe
Management Committee

Geraldine is a local Merton councillor and has been
involved with Merton Abbey Mills and The Colour
House Theatre for ten years as is the founder member
of the Colour House Children’s Theatre Charity, which
has raised funds to improve the theatre building with
soundproofing and a new heating and ventilation system.
Geraldine also makes and provides all costumes of the
children’s productions.


James Hobden 10562608_10152236328194013_923594079804024211_o
Technical Adviser from White Horse Design

James Hobden is an award winning professional film
maker and web designer and has been working in the industry for over eight years. James is very technically minded and particularly enjoys seeing technology and creativity combine in film production. James runs a web design company in Hastings.


Joe Kaufman Joe
Technical Adviser from Red Kite Films

Joe Kaufman grew up at The Colour House Theatre
learning the building inside and out. He now has his
own production company specializing in action sports
and aerial film.


Angel Fletcher-Penfold  user-avatar-pic
Front of House Manager

Angel is currently studying a Fashion Marketing
and Management degree at UCA Epsom.


Carys Surbey13932813_10201886273435993_643907808538489569_n
Front of House

Carys is currently studying performing
arts at the internationally famous Brit School.


Paul Salmon 484037_448843748482280_1908542375_n

Paul is currently studying technical theatre
at the internationally famous Brit School.


Liam Rudd 1528544_10200444413152411_2025275032_n

Liam is currently studying technical theatre
at the internationally famous Brit School.


Matt Hainsworth 11041156_1645324279014279_850850148929650343_n

Matt is currently studying for his A-Levels
and is learning the ropes at The Colour House.


Sam Lightning 10624862_947333398614080_4406059975980266136_n
Front of House and Technical Support

Sam is currently studying performing
arts at The City of Westminster College.



The Colour House Managers with The Mayor of Merton
Cllr Agatha Akyigyina and Siobhan McDonald MP at The House of Commons


The Colour House Manager Charlie Shakespeare with our recent special guests, Sir Derek Jacobi, Ian McDiarmid and Geoffrey Whitehead.


The Colour House Manager Charlie Shakespeare with our recent special guest, Sir Ian McKellen.


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