about us

Fabula Arts is a company that believes in the importance of a creative education. We also know that all young people are inherently creative. As such our aim is to provide inclusive opportunities for young people to experience the creative arts both in school and outside of school. We organise creative projects in schools which involve workshops in drama, music, art and creative writing, we run weekly youth theatre groups and holiday workshops and we deliver bespoke drama projects in schools. In all of our work, however, Fabula Arts aims to put young people, community and storytelling at its heart.

Fabula Arts is an Artsmark partner and an Arts Award Centre trained to deliver the Discover and Explore awards.

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Our Team

James Gillam

Director of Fabula Arts

James is a qualified teacher of twenty years’ experience. Having graduated with an MA in Classics from Cambridge University and a PGCE from King’s College, London, James has taught English, Drama, History, Latin and Sport during his career. For eight years he was the Head of Drama at Winchester House School in Brackley and for five years he was the Director of Masque Youth Theatre in Northampton. He has a passion for the creative arts and for working with young people. James is a particular devotee of Shakespeare and has a Postgraduate Award in the Essentials of Teaching and Performing Shakespeare with Children and Young People from the RSC/University of Warwick. James loves writing too and has written various scripts for young people.


James is very excited to have founded a company that allows him to combine his love of stories in all forms with a love of working with young people. James is also an Arts Award adviser trained to deliver the Discover and Explore awards.




Annie Chatfield


Director of Fabula Arts


Annie qualified as a teacher in Secondary Music in 1996, but her love of music started earlier.  She played piano and recorder by ear before she went to school and following an inspirational school visit from a county musician when she was 7, music became one of the most important things in her life and she started viola, piano and recorder lessons.  After being a student at Brackley Music School, she went on to become a member of the Northamptonshire Youth Orchestra.  The opportunity to teach at Brackley Music School confirmed that this was the path for her and she graduated with a BMus(hons) from Birmingham Conservatoire which included a fourth-year teaching specialism. A PGCE at Brookes University, Oxford then followed.


Annie currently teaches at a school in Oxfordshire and also works as a PGCE Tutor for Buckingham University. After 24 years as a Music teacher, Director of Music and Arts Coordinator in primary and secondary schools, she is very excited to work with James and the Fabula Arts team.

Emily Wachter


Drama/Movement Practitioner

Emily trained in Acting at Rose Bruford Drama School in London and in Physical Theatre and Mime at The Jacques Lecoq School in Paris.  She has worked extensively as an actor in theatre, television and radio.  Credits include From Morning to Midnight National Theatre, Wings Young Vic Theatre, Julius Caesar RSC, Northanger Abbey and David Copperfield for BBC Radio 4.  She recently appeared in My Brilliant Friend at the National Theatre in 2020.  Emily taught Movement, Devising and Acting at Italia Conti Drama School for 4 years, she also worked as a LAMDA Teacher at Beaudesert Park School in Gloucestershire.  She worked for the National Theatre Learning Department, facilitating workshops for schools in and around London.  From 2012 to 2015 she was Co-Artistic Director of RemoteControl Theatre an international, devising and physical theatre company.

Tim Cole

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Drama Practitioner

Tim Cole has been working as a professional performer for over 20 years and has been a member of Equity since 1998. He is also one of the Company Directors for Laugh Out Loud Theatre Company.

He started his performing career working as an actor at The Royal Theatre, Northampton playing the part of “Billy Dean” in their Theatre in Education tour of “Killed” written by Belgrade Theatre, Coventry. Other credits include Edinburgh Fringe as “Kev” in “STAND” by David Bown and “Graham” in “Talking Heads” by Alan Bennett (Peppers’ Ghost Theatre Company, Milton Keynes). He has also had regular touring pantomime work with Broken Pipe Productions.  He has performed in a number of street theatre shows including as “Otter” and “Heron” in “Ranger Ricks’ Animal Adventures and Animal Amble” for Nene Valley Wetlands and Rushden Lakes. He also performs in Murder Mysteries (Laugh Out Loud Theatre).

Tim has also had numerous minor television appearances in the past including regular spots playing a soldier or a policeman in Dalziel and Pascoe for BBC Television and crime re-construction scenes for ITV. He was also cast as a policeman for BBC Films’ “Friends and Crocodiles” by Stephen Poliakoff. He has worked as an actor/facilitator for Wing Training and as an actor for Roy Leighton Partnerships. Tim has also provided “Voice over” work for BMW training UK, The Open University and Shiney Film Productions in Valencia.

For a number of years Tim worked for Northampton College as a Theatre Technician and Drama Lecturer for the Supported Learning Team.

Tim continues to work voluntarily with Fabula Arts in Northampton and passionately believes in the value of theatre as a tool for self-esteem, communication and confidence building for young and not so young people.



Drama Practitioner

Emma Kendrick is an actor, writer, director and producer for film and theatre. She has toured the UK in several pantomime productions, completed multiple Theatre in Education tours and performed a solo show as the rat catcher, ‘Jack Black’, in ‘I’m A Victorian, Get Me Out of Here!’ (Grim Times) which toured around Haven Holiday Parks. 


Emma has also worked as a character actor and scare actor at ‘Chessington World of Adventures’ and ‘The London Bridge Experience and London Tombs'. She has appeared in several short films and feature films as an actor, writer and producer, including ‘Treading the Boards’ and ‘Darkness’ (Broken Pipe Films / Sky TV). 


Emma was assistant director for the Centre of Performing Arts at the University of the West of England and has provided drama workshops for primary, secondary and FE years. 


She is currently one of the Company Directors for Laugh Out Loud Theatre.

Theatre credits include: Jocasta / Alison in ‘The Canterbury Tales’ (CPA), PC Pong in ‘Aladdin’, Fairy Godmother / Dandini in ‘Cinderella’ and Maleficent in ‘Sleeping Beauty’ (Fame Factory Spotlight), Kate Green in ‘Safe House’ (Broken Pipe Theatre), Carol Capstick in ‘Over My Dead Body’ (TADS), Fairy Ring-A-Bell in ‘Little Red Riding Hood’, multirole characters in ‘Beauty and the Beast’ (Broken Pipe Productions), Robin Hood in 'Robin Hood' (Laugh Out Loud Theatre) and Owl, Spider and Bat in two street theatre shows: "Ranger Ricks' Animal Adventures" and "Ranger Ricks' Animal Amble" (Laugh Out Loud Theatre) for Nene Valley Wetlands and Rushden Lakes. Emma also performs in Murder Mysteries across the UK (Laugh Out Loud Theatre and Organise Events).


Film credits include: ‘Muppets Most Wanted’ (Disney), ‘Paddington 2’ (Heyday Films and Studio Canal), ‘The Legend of the 5ive’ (Retribution Films), and ‘Dead Love’ (Zombee Video).


Writing credits include: ‘Little Red Riding Hood’, ‘Treasure Island’, 'Robin Hood', ‘Ranger Rick’s Animal Adventure’ and ‘Ranger Rick’s Animal Amble’.

Sophia Kyprianou

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Art practitioner

Sophia Kyprianou is a Curator- Educator focusing on educational ideologies, audience engagement and participation practices through a number of outlets which include exhibitions, community workshops, community projects, festivals across the Midlands and beyond.

She is dedicated to developing artistic opportunities that are accessible, inclusive, diverse and open up a vast range of possibilities that can support, further and make art engaging for everyone on a range of levels and put people's individual experiences at the forefront. 

Her aim is to promote a professional ethos to provide new opportunities and experiences for people to:
- break down social and cultural barriers 
-encourage individual exploration
-explore creativity through a variety of opportunities 
-put people at the forefront of every experience



Drama and Creative Writing practitioner

Beth trained in Applied Theatre and Community Drama at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. At LIPA, Beth trained in performance (actor-musicianship) directing, writing, producing and facilitation. In training Beth gained experience volunteering with 20 Stories High, Collective Encounters and Good Chance Theatre. 

Since graduating in 2019 she has worked as a Drama Practitioner for The Challenge, Stagecoach Performing Arts, and several different youth groups and charity organisations across the North East. In 2020, Beth gained experience in technical theatre production, design and management as part of the Technical Team for the National Student Drama Festival. 

Beth is the Artistic Director of Liminal Theatre Productions, which she writes and performs with Producers Alia Rose and Claire Rimington. Previous projects include collaborations with Workie Ticket and Bare Water Productions for performances at Hear Her Roar, Exchange Newcastle, and at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2018. 

Beth is a keen creative writer in poetry and plays, and in March 2019, had an extract performed at the Hope Street Theatre, Liverpool. Beth is also a jazz alto saxophonist, performing at the Sage Gateshead, London Jazz Festival and Bimhuis Amsterdam. 

Currently Beth is studying the LLM in International Development Law and Human Rights at the University of Warwick. Beth is passionate about creating socially engaged and political based theatre and draws inspiration from Epic Theatre and Verbatim Theatre.

Beth is passionate about accessible education for everyone, and is thrilled to be joining the Fabula Arts team.

Sam Blaxley

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IT, Publicity and Junior Practitioner

Sam is twenty years old and an enthusiastic fan of technology. He is an active user of social media and is an online personality keen on using visual media in particular. Sam has ambitions to go into professional videography. He has also been a member of the Senior Youth Theatre for the past two years taking part in two Connections performances.

Sam helps Fabula Arts with its IT, social media and promotional publicity. He can be often be found with a camera in his hand. Sam also designed the Fabula Arts website.

Sophia Nichol


Junior Practitioner

Nancy Hannam


Junior Practitioner