Founded in 2018 by Will Jackson and Lucy Bird, Quick Duck is an award winning West Midlands based theatre company. We make interactive shows with a fun and comic twist to create unforgettable live experiences.
A New Diorama Emerging Company 2019.
Meet The Team
Will Jackson is an award winning writer, director and comedian. He is a Birmingham REP Foundry Artist, one of the six 2019 emerging writers at the Bush Theatre and is an Attitude Magazine rising comic star. Will is a BBC New Creative for 2020 and trained at in Drama & Theatre Arts at the University of Birmingham and clowning at L'École Philippe Gaulier. His recent theatre credits include Yours Sincerely (UK Tour), Magic Hour: The Murder Mystery Disco! (Quick Duck Theatre), Staff Director for English Touring Opera's Autumn 2018 season. Will is rarely seen without either a confetti cannon or snacks.
Ben has a broad range of experience, having worked in a variety of art forms, and professional roles, including marketing, producing, programming, directing and facilitation. Since April 2018 Ben has been Creative Producer of In Good Company, the flagship professional, creative and business development programme for theatre makers and companies in the Midlands. The programme is funded by Arts Council England and Ben also delivers on ERDF funding through the D2N2 Big House project. In this role he curates Departure Lounge, the festival for groundbreaking contemporary theatre in the heart of the country. Ben is also an independent producer helping to found the SHED project; an old garden shed which has been transformed into a touring arts space, which can be configured into many different forms. Most importantly he loves plants, fish, Ikea and sweets that taste of perfume.
Lucy is a director and creative learning practitioner. She studied English and Theatre at the University of Warwick where she founded Paperback Theatre. Alongside her directing work, Lucy has worked for the education departments at Birmingham REP, Shakespeare’s Globe, and as a Creative Learning Associate at Stan’s Cafe. She received the JMK Regional Assistant Director Bursary in 2018 to work on a new adaptation of The Lovely Bones, adapted by Bryony Lavery and directed by Melly Still. Her life long ambition is to own the world's largest collection of sparkly jumpers.
Directing credits include: Me and My Doll; We Need to Talk About Bobby (off EastEnders) (Paperback Theatre). The Comedy of Errors (Pinch-Punch Theatre); Assisting directing credits include: The Lovely Bones (Birmingham REP, Royal & Derngate, Northampton and Northern Stage 2018), (Lee Dean Productions 2019); A Midsummer Night’s Dream; The Merchant of Venice (Stan’s Cafe). Significant Other Festival (The Pensive Federation). St Kilda (Birmingham REP Foundry).
As Company Stage Manager, Chaz's main role is working out how to actually make all of Quick Duck's craziest ideas happen with the least risk to person and property. Since graduating from the University of Birmingham Chaz has kept herself busy working with companies such as Pentabus, New Perspectives and Perhaps Contraption as well as supporting emerging artists from the Midlands and Mountview University. Her favourite productions to work on are immersive, contemporary and completely indescribable. A strong comic performer, Chaz also appeared in Quick Duck's debut production; Magic Hour, as grumpy DJ Clive Ammunition, and performs her own stand up. Her recent Stage Management credits include:
The Wolf, The Duck and the Mouse - The Unicorn, trade - New Perspectives, Nearly Human - Perhaps Contraption, Into the Unknown - Pentabus, Nell Gwynn - Oxford Playhouse.
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