RBT TEAM

Who We Are

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REBEKAH MANNING

Principal

Rebekah established Rocket Boots Theatre in 2014 but has been working as a theatre workshop facilitator and developing her speech and drama education work for almost 20 years. She trained as an actor at LAMDA and with the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain and still enjoys working within the industry but found her true vocation in facilitating drama with young people. With a wealth of experience working with the NYT and a variety of other theatre education companies, Rebekah devised her own speech and drama programme and formed Rocket Boots Theatre. Rebekah is proud of the work that she and the RBT team create with the brilliant young people they are privileged to work with, in and out of schools across London. Alongside running Rocket Boots Theatre, Rebekah enjoys being the mum of two boys and her role as Drama Lead at Alleyn's Junior School. 

 

Fun Fact: Used to be in a synchronised swimming team.

Most memorable book read as a kid: To Kill a Mockingbird.

Favourite Actor: Mark Rylance

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ELLA MAHONY

LAMDA Coordinator & Drama Tutor

Ella trained at The Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, The BRIT School and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.  She has been working with young people in various capacities for the past 9 years. Ella enjoys working with children as their imaginations make their performances exhilarating to direct and finds their creativity lends itself perfectly to performance work. Ella has a special interest in children's writing and entertainment so loves working with the young people on their performances. After taking part in a LAMDA programme as a student, Ella really values being able to offer children the opportunity to take part in a LAMDA programme and experience all of the benefits that the tutorials and exams offer them.

 

Fun Fact: Loves going to the theatre more often than her purse allows!

Favourite book series: Harry Potter

Memorable book as a kid: The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton (preferably read by her Year 2 teacher!)

Favourite actor: Miriam Margolyes 

GEORGE CHILCOTT

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Drama Tutor & Theatre Director

George is a freelance theatre director based in London. Having started out with the NYT, he trained for an MFA in Theatre Directing at Birkbeck University. In 2012, he founded DugOut Theatre and continues to be the company’s Artistic Director. George also direct comedy and is the director of Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominated sketch duo Goodbear. Alongside, his professional directing, he has directed school plays at Dulwich College, Alleyn's School and Eton College. He also teaches LAMDA and run workshops on acting, directing and new writing. Gerge makes work that is big-hearted, funny, musical and, above all, tells a good story. 

 

Some things George loves:  Pixar, Sally Cookson, Knee High, The Muppets’ Christmas Carol, Patrick Marber, Monty Python, Martin McDonagh, Steinbeck, Emma Rice, The Fast Show.

ABBY WAIN

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Drama Tutor & Physical Theatre Specialist

Abby trained at East 15 Acting School and graduated with a BA Hons in Physical Theatre and as a member of the NYT. Abby has always loved working with young people in the arts as a performance specialist. Abby also performs for children under 4 and their grown ups at music and sensory classes and writes and performs her own magic shows for children's parties. Abby enjoys nurturing a child's development through drama and play, finding it rewarding when a child blossoms into a well rounded human being from the skills they have gained through the arts.

Fun Fact: Has performed as Alice in 'Alice & Wonderland' too many times. I may as well be called Alice.

Favourite book series : The Hunger Games

Memorable book as a kid: The Christmas Mice (purely for the fact it had tiny little envelopes and letters you could pull out of the book)

Favourite actor: Miriam Margoyles

MATILDA BAYLEY

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Drama Tutor & Script Writer

Matilda is a drama facilitator who has been working in the education sector for five years. She trained at Jacques Lecoq Theatre School in Paris and with the National Youth Theatre, before obtaining an MA in Liberal Arts at Bristol University. Having done LAMDA throughout her time at school, she is passionate about giving young children the same brilliant experience and training in Speech and Drama that she had. She particularly likes to focus on confidence building and characterisation. In her free time, Matilda works in film as a writer/director with a focus on dark comedies. As a director she loves to keep a soft and playful approach that uses imagination. She has found this to be really beneficial in directing young people and she really enjoys finding playful ways to access a script and different types of characters.

Fun fact: Loves baking!

Most memorable story read as a kid: We’re going on a Bear Hunt

Favourite Movie: Breakfast at Tiffany’s

RUTH SEAGAR

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Choreographer

Ruth trained at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in Musical Theatre. In the ten years since graduating, Ruth has worked as a freelance choreographer, performer and dance teacher within the industry and education sector. Ruth has found her passion in working with children and young people within the performing arts and now, since gaining her dance teaching qualifications, works at Alleyn's school in Dulwich delivering Dance. Ruth continues to work in a freelance capacity delivering summer schools and workshops throughout the UK. 

 

Fun fact: I trained in Classical Greek Dance.

Most memorable story read as a kid: Kensuke's Kingdom 

Favourite Choreographer: Bob Fosse

CHLOË FAULKNER

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Yoga Teacher

Chloë has been practicing yoga and meditation for over twenty years and teaching for a decade. She is a registered Senior Yoga Teacher and leads professional development courses for yoga teachers. Having focussed on teaching adults for the majority of her teaching career, Chloë has expanded into teaching children following her training with YogaBeez. Alongside her children’s yoga training Chloë has studied with many wonderful teachers who have so generously shared their knowledge and experience, most notably Shiva Rea with whom she studied with for her advanced training. Chloë’s meditation and yoga nidra training has been with the iRest institute, an educational organisation that has adapted the ancient practices of yoga and meditation to be delivered in a more accessible way.  

 

Whether teaching children or adults, Chloë wants her students to know that they are in control of their practice and to provide every individual with the tools to develop their own practice on and off the mat.