Associate Artists

Our Associate Artists

Lawrence Russell

Lawrence is an Actor/Writer and Co-Producer of Sitcom competition: Sitcom Mission. As a result of the early support of Red Rose Chain, he is also Artistic Director of Happy Idiot Productions. With Jo and David’s help, Lawrence was able to secure successive funding from Arts Council England and take the company’s first show, Not: Lady Chatterley’s Lover from R&D to a 10-week midscale tour.


“Red Rose Chain were critical in my development as an actor, entrusting me with fabulous roles in fun-filled productions, so coming back always feels like home. The contribution they make to the local community is astounding as well – particularly the incredible groups for young people and vulnerable adults and of course the fantastic and joyful productions provided year round.”

Fizz Waller

Fizz began her acting training as part of the Red Rose Chain youth theatre, having grown up in Ipswich. She has participated in countless performances with the Red Rose Chain as a young person and a professional actor, including three Theatre in the Forest productions, as well as participating as a workshop leader for multiple groups. Fizz has performed in national theatre tours, as well as in Camden and Brighton theatre festivals.


“The power and passion that Joanna Carrick and David Newborn have instilled at Red Rose Chain should never be underestimated. It is no exaggeration to say that I have seen lives transformed with the work Red Rose Chain do – not to mention the company’s exceptionally high creative output. Red Rose Chain has had untold impact on my life and creative career – this is why I could not be happier or more honoured to be an Associate Artist at a company I love so dearly and have been involved with since the age of sixteen.”


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