China Plate

China Plate works with artists, venues, festivals and funders to develop, make and present engaging, adventurous and accessible new work. 

Our story and what we do…

Launched in 2006, China Plate is an independent theatre studio that works with artists, venues, festivals and funders to make original, exciting theatre that plays with form and has narrative at its heart.

China Plate are currently collaborating with Caroline Horton, Rachel Bagshaw, Chris Thorpe, Contender Charlie, Dan Jones, Inspector Sands and Sarah Punshon. 

The company are also Associate Producers at Warwick Arts Centre where they develop and commission new work, Artistic Associates at the New Wolsey Theatre where they are Directors of PULSE Festival, Programmers of New Directions (the NRTF showcase), producers of innovative development programmes including The Darkroom, The Optimists (producer training) and The First Bite and Bite Size Festivals and partners with The Place, The NRTF and Take Art on the Rural Touring Dance Initiative.

China Plate are passionate about creating adventurous and imaginative new work with popular appeal. Using theatre to engage and inspire, the company takes work into venues, village halls, schools, on to the streets and to festivals in the UK and internationally.

In 2014, China Plate created, toured and programmed work for over 21,000 people (nationally and internationally) across 45 venues with a diverse programme of shows and events.

Curtain up on the future of theatre… Collier and Warwick are an impressive pair, and I think we’ll be hearing a lot more about them.

Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph.


What does China Plate do?

Broadly, there are three key strands to the company’s work – although every relationship is different and ever evolving, and many straddle different strands at one time.

  • Developing (artist development and commissioning)
  • Making (origination and touring)
  • Programming (seasons, festivals and events)

China Plate specialise in connecting a network of artists and development opportunities with venues, distribution routes and particularly audiences.

Our relationship with artists

China Plate choose every company and artist they work with very carefully, in most cases developing work based on the power of an idea rather than producing a finished product.

Every relationship is different, but in a lot of cases the company will support artists by nurturing ideas (from inception to stage) through collaborative discussion, whilst providing safe environments for work to grow alongside collaborative partners across the country.

Whilst we have a close and loyal relationship with a small group of artists we are always looking for opportunities to work with a broader group of theatre makers through programming, commissioning, development programmes and showcases.

China Plate are always interested in discovering artists and trying to see as much new work as possible, so if you have work you’d like one of the team to see (or have any other questions about what the company does) please get in touch.

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Ed Collier

Ed is a Co-Director of China Plate. Previously, an independent theatre producer he has produced work with Cartoon De Salvo, Caroline Horton, Pentabus and Unlimited. As a producer with Fuel he worked with Clod Ensemble, Gecko, Melanie Wilson, Sound&Fury and The Lyric, Hammersmith.

Ed is also a keen photographer.

Paul and Ed were the inaugural Centre Directors at The Hurst, The John Osborne Arvon Centre.

Paul Warwick

Paul is a Co-Director of China Plate and is also a freelance director having directed numerous shows across the UK. He was a founding member and artistic director of award-winning Unlimited Theatre. Paul was also the co-producer of PILOT, Birmingham’s work-in-progress platform and created the Bite-Size Festival with Warwick Arts Centre.

Paul and Ed were the inaugural Centre Directors at The Hurst, The John Osborne Arvon Centre.

Kirsten Burrows

Kirsten is General Manager of China Plate. She also produces for Dante Or Die Theatre, most recently on the acclaimed I Do (Almeida) and tour manages cult independent band And Also The Trees on tours across the world, most recently Tokyo and Hammersmith Apollo, London. Previous work includes General Manager at Candoco Dance Company, Project Manager at Sadler’s Wells and Participation Producer at Dash Arts. 

Kaya Stanley-Money

Kaya Stanley-Money is the producer for China Plate. Previously she worked as the Production & Touring Coordinator for Little Angel Theatre, where she produced and toured shows including Jabberwocky, A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings (Kneehigh Co-production) and The Journey Home.

Independently Kaya has produced rehearsed readings of Serious Heroes and White Hot and Weak at the Old Vic as part of the Old Vic New Voices Festival and is currently developing THE GULF, a new play by Daniel Andersen.

Board Members

Nadine Lewycky

Nadine is the Impact Officer for the Arts Faculty at the University of Warwick. Her role involves helping arts and humanities researchers engage the public with research by identifying collaboration opportunities, supporting funding bids, designing communication strategies and delivering training to PhD students, Early Career Researchers and full time lecturers.

Nadine is particularly interested in developing new and innovative ways in which arts and humanities research can achieve meaningful impact within all sectors of society.

Lucy Scher

Lucy is the Director of The Script Factory and the author of Reading Screenplays: How to Analyse and Evaluate Film Scripts. She works on feature projects with writers in the UK and internationally.

Nick Sweeting

In 1996 Nick co-founded Improbable and has produced all their productions to date.  Over that period he has also worked with a wide range of other national and international companies including Told by an Idiot, Stan's Cafe, LIFT, Phoenix Dance, Lip Service, Wierzalin Theatre (Poland), Nada Theatre (France) and Mouthpeace (South Africa).

Nina Steiger

Nina is Associate Director at Soho Theatre and leads the Writers' Centre there. Prior to this, Nina worked in the New York and regional theatres with Ensemble Studio Theatre, New York Stage & Film and Hartford Stage Company alongside freelance work with The Foundry Theatre, Roundabout Theatre and Manhattan Theatre Club.

Nina also serves as a freelance dramaturg for screenwriters, and as a writer, her work has been produced and published in London, New York and Montreal.


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