Bucket Club

I lead Bucket Club, a multi award-winning emerging theatre company and produced company at Farnham Maltings. We make playful work with live electronic music, exploring the space between the mythic and the mundane. We've held residencies with the Lyric Hammersmith, Tobacco Factory Theatres and Farnham Maltings, and performed across England and in New York.

Bucket Club are the first recipients of the Farnham Maltings Fellowship.

Collaborators include: Adam Farrell, Marietta Kirkbride, Matt Lister, Aaron May, Luke Murphy, Joe Price, David Ridley, Becky Ripley, Katie Sherrard, Emily Tate, Letty Thomas, Helen Vinten, Rose Wardlaw and Rebecca Jane Wood.

This Autumn we are developing a new show for touring in 2020, supported by the RSC and the Almeida.


Vanessa’s life is science. Fact based, evidence led, no nonsense, no monsters. But when a photograph surfaces showing something in Loch Ness, she must embark on a very personal research project. 

An extinct fish, a missing father and breath-taking live electronic sound in a new play by Bucket Club that played at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe. In 2017 it has played in New York for Brits Off Broadway and toured to the New Diorama Theatre, the Wardrobe Theatre and Bath Spa University.

The Scotsman, Fest, The List, A Younger Theatre, Broadway Baby, The Wee Review

'Fossils is a beautifully hewn story about how we connect to the past, and how our lives are shaped by the no-longer living things we carry with us. The emotion creeps up on you, gently and without fanfare: the tricks, wit and japes of the initial theatrical frivolity dissolving into a granite-hard nub of sadness. A gem of a piece by Bucket Club, a company taking its own very solid place in the world.' - Total Theatre

Bucket Club’s style mixes story theater and toy theater with both whimsy and rigor... Under Nel Crouch’s direction, the performers manipulate stegosaurus figurines and act, score and narrate with scientific precision and obvious warmth. - New York Times

Shortlisted for the Brighton Fringe Award for Excellence.
Supported by Tobacco Factory Theatres and Arts Council England

Written and directed by Nel Crouch | Design: Rebecca Jane Wood | Dramaturg: Marietta Kirkbride | Sound and music: David Ridley | Lighting: Joe Price | Cast: Adam Farrell, Luke Murphy (2018 dates), David Ridley and Helen Vinten | Produced by Matt Lister for Bucket Club | Photos: Paul Blakemore

Launch Party

Martha and Vi are twins. They grew up side by side, watching the stars, but recently they've drifted. While Martha has stayed in their hometown, laying down roots, Vi's been across the globe training as an astronaut, preparing to launch herself into the unknown. On the night before Vi blasts off, Martha has organised a party to send her off in style.

Launch Party is a play for village halls with live music about ambition, and what makes a person successful. It's about home, and how, whether we leave or stay, we carry a piece of it with us. 

Launch Party is a co-production with Farnham Maltings and Bucket Club. It undertook five weeks of rural touring in Autumn 2016.

Written and directed by Nel Crouch | Design: Rebecca Jane Wood | Dramaturg: Marietta Kirkbride | Lighting: Joe Price | Sound and music: David Ridley | Cast: Adam Farrell, David Ridley, Katie Sherrard and Helen Vinten

Lorraine & Alan

Alan. 23. Recent graduate in Marine Biology. (High 2:2.) Son of Blakeney, Norfolk. Bedroom dweller and seal tour guide extraordinaire. One August, Alan discovers a young woman lying amongst the seals and their lives become irreversibly entwined. But who is Lorraine? Where does she come from? And why does she take so long in the bath?

Lorraine & Alan was Bucket Club's first show. It was the 10th recipient of the Charlie Hartill Fund for Theatre. It premiered at The Pleasance Edinburgh as part of the Escalator East to Edinburgh programme of work in 2014 and toured nationally in Spring 2015, including runs at Battersea Arts Centre and Tobacco Factory Theatres.

Broadway Baby, EntertainmentWise    
The Scotsman, Fest, The Stage

Winner of the Brighton Fringe Award for Excellence and a Musical Theatre Network Award for Innovation. Shortlisted for an Arches Brick Award and a Peter Brook Empty Space Award.

Written by Nel Crouch, Becky Ripley and the company | Produced by Matt Lister for Bucket Club | Design: Rebecca Jane Wood | Lighting/ Stage Management: Cassie Harrison | Sound and music: David Ridley and Becky Ripley | Cast: Adam Farrell, David Ridley, Becky Ripley and Katie Sherrard | Developed with Aaron May and Rose Wardlaw | Photos by Paul Blakemore

The Beasts

There’s a fearsome, never-before-seen beast out there and the Royal Society of Beastologists are going to hunt it down. They’ve already photographed the Loch Ness Monster, the Beast of Bodmin and the elusive Essex Lion. But will this final mystery prove too much?

The Beasts was an outdoor show that toured festivals throughout Spring/Summer 2014. It was a co-production between Bucket Club, the Lyric HammersmithGreenwich + Docklands International FestivalWatford Palace Theatre and Latitude Festival.

Devised by the company. Directed by Nel Crouch | Design: Rebecca Jane Wood | Music: Marietta Kirkbride, Aaron May and David Ridley | Cast: Matt Lister, Becky Ripley, Emily Tate and Letty Thomas.