Set up by students of Loughborough University, Shade Theatre aim to produce innovative and new work. Straying away from theatre for aesthetics sake, Shade aim to put on shows with a message. Shade’s productions are usually minimalist, as we believe the message of the play itself is more important than any sort of intricate set or technical design.
Sussex born Saskia is a Drama with a minor in English Graduate from Loughborough University, having previously studied Theatre Studies and been heavily involved in productions and extra-curricular theatre at Lingfield Notre Dame. She was drawn to theatre through family ties and has a keen interest in contemporary Shakespeare, as well as abstract and physical theatre. Saskia has been involved in direction and production of ‘A.D.A.M-The Modern Frankenstein’ for our Loughborough, London and Edinburgh shows, as well as ‘Sonder’ which qualified for the finals of the IUDF. She has appeared in several productions at local professional theatres in the South East with drama school Act One Beginners. Having taken LAMDA examinations from Grade 3 to Gold in both Verse and Prose and Acting she has an understanding of the methodology behind performance and is keen to get involved in all aspects of production. In partnership with our resident playwright Lewis she hopes to continue to bring his creative writing style to life by utilising her eclectic taste in theatre and literature using varied performance techniques in Shade’s work, keeping audience’s excited to see what we produce next.
Lewis Aaron Wood
Writer in Residence
Lewis Aaron Wood hails from Essex, and has graduated with a Drama degree at Loughborough University, having previously studied the subject at King Edward VI Grammar School in Chelmsford. Having suffered from speech problems earlier on in life, Lewis discovered that theatre was a place in which he could have his voice heard when this was not possible elsewhere. He is the Writer-In-Residence within the company, having had two plays (‘A.D.A.M – The Modern Frankenstein’ and ‘Sonder’) performed whilst at university. A review for A.D.A.M at the Edinburgh Fringe run described it as showing “a lot of depth from the playwright’s writing”. Being a published poet as well as a well received playwright, Lewis splits his time between the two, and hopes to bring a modern voice to Shade’s performances – he believes theatre can be an incredible platform to share your opinion, and aims to create performances that challenge contemporary society. If you want to read more of Lewis’ work, his portfolio is available online at lewisaaronwood.wordpress.com.
Born in South Africa and raised in South East England, Rahul attended Langley Park School for Boys where he served as School Captain in his final year. Growing up, he took part in drama clubs outside of school and nurtured an interest in Theatre and Film. Currently attending Loughborough University, Rahul is studying Systems Engineering whilst staying involved in a number of extra-curricular activities. This includes a heavy involvement in Loughborough Stage Society for which he has served as Vice-Chair for two years. Taking part both on stage and off, Rahul continues to develop his skills on all things Theatre based. Working as a member of Loughborough Student’s Union Technical Crew has allowed him to expand his knowledge of tech within a nightclub venue setting as well as that of a Stage environment. Having already been part of both Shade Productions: “Sonder”, as the narrator; and “A.D.A.M – The Modern Frankenstein”, as Professor Waldman, he hopes to continue developing and help build Shade to realise it’s full potential.