In the summer of 2010, Noël Jones and Harriet Morris combined forces to take The Discarded Nut Theatre Company to new heights. Sharing a love for theatre and the arts, they wanted to create a safe, supportive and creative environment for people from across Hampshire to further their skills. Working primarily with young people, Noël and Harriet hope to re-awaken peoples love of theatre and prove what talented, motivated young people and adults can do.

NOËL JONES - ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Noël has been involved in the theatre for most of her life and graduated with a BA (Hons) in Drama and Education. A former actor, Noël now concentrates mainly on directing specialising in youth and community. Noël is Artistic Director of the Discarded Nut Theatre Company and Artistic Director for ENCORE Youth Theatre. Her areas of expertise include Shakespeare, devising and improvisation, character development, page to stage, musical theatre, directing and acting. 

Shows directed include Scrooge, Cabaret, West Side Story, Hot Mikado, Return to the Forbidden Planet, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Pirates of Penzance, Godspell, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo & Juliet and Much Ado about Nothing. 

Other experience includes work with Solent Peoples Theatre, the Nuffield Theatre Southampton and board membership of the Theatre Royal Winchester during its refurbishment /re-opening and of Proteus Theatre Company in Basingstoke.

HARRIET MORRIS - MUSIC DIRECTOR

Harriet is an actor/singer with a wealth of performances under her belt. Although often performing in local events, she now focuses on teaching singing and music theory through The Discarded Nut Theatre Company. Harriet is also the Vocal/Music Director for ENCORE Youth Theatre.

Harriet has appeared in many youth productions at the Theatre Royal Winchester and played the leading characters of Jane in Salad Days, Maria in West Side Story and Navigation Officer in Return to the Forbidden Planet.

Harriet is a highly trained singer, having passed her Grade 8 ABRSM exam with distinction. Her most recent recital included pieces by; Gluck, Mozart, Schubert, Fauré and Puccini, to name a few. Harriet graduated from Morley College, London in July 2014 and is now studying BA Music at the University of Southampton.

Noël Jones - Artistic Director, Harriet Morris - Music Director & Matt Honey - Touring & Operations Manager | Actor

Mark Pyke - Production Manager, Anna Harding - Designer & Abby Croucher - Workshop Director | Actor