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 of 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.

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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.

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Harriet has been working in theatre for a number of years, primarily focusing on the musical aspects of productions. Starting her theatrical life on stage in productions with ENCORE Youth Theatre, Harriet progressed to Assistant Musical Director and then onto Vocal Director for the company.

Harriet is a highly trained singer, having passed her Grade 8 ABRSM exam with Distinction and graduating, with Distinction, from Morley College, London in July 2014 after studying Access to HE Music. In July 2017, Harriet graduated with a 2:1 in (BA) Music from the University of Southampton and is hoping to further her education by partaking in a Masters in Voice Studies in the not-to-distant future. 

Harriet's creative work for The Discarded Nut Theatre Company comprises of vocal workshops for actors, singing lessons, MD for choirs and working collaboratively with composers brought in for specific projects. Alongside this, Harriet also creates the soundtracks for our theatre productions. Her most celebrated and favourite work was for DNTC's production of Hamlet in 2017.