About Us

Box Clever is an award-winning, writer-led theatre company dedicated to the creation of contemporary theatre for young people.

For over twenty years, Box Clever has reached thousands of young people across the UK and beyond with artistic productions and workshops that are imaginative, exciting, inspiring and which engage our young audiences fully. Our mission is to  bring exciting theatre to young people – the audiences of the future- and to involve  them in plays, both as audience members, participants and co-creators. We aim to bring vividly to life, through theatre, their world and issues that are completely relevant to them, whether it’s safety on the roads, relationships, bullying or subjects related to their education.

Despite the effects of the coronavirus which meant we had a shorter season than usual, we are celebrating yet another successful year in which we performed to 57,419 young people and accompanying adults in 200 Schools and venues, giving 269 performances and 220 workshops.

Box Clever is a registered company with charitable status and a member of the Independent Theatre Council.

Patrons, Associate Directors and Trustees

Box Clever is privileged to have a Board of ten Trustees who bring expertise from a range of industries and backgrounds. We are very pleased to have two Patrons who are both extremely familiar with the company and highly valued by the industry for their skill as actors. In addition, Iqbal Khan, whose work for the company both as a Trustee and as a Shakespearean director has been invaluable, now joins us as Associate Director.

Joseph Mawle


We are thrilled to have a star of stage, TV and film as our Company Patron.  Joseph Mawle has been involved with Box Clever since 1996, performing in the original staging of Time for the Good Looking Boy. The actor, who has starred as Edward Judd in the 2011 remake of The Awakening, in the British classic Made in Dagenham and the TV series The Passion, where he took on the role of Jesus, has been a dedicated supporter of the company for many years.  He is a familiar face on television, taking lead roles in many TV series including Game of ThronesMerlin, Foyle’s War, Silent Witness and Ripper Street. He was cast as Odysseus in the BBC/Netflix epic drama Troy: Fall of a City and is currently in New Zealand filming the new Amazon fantasy series Lord of the Rings taking the part of the show’s lead villain.

Tom Burke


We were equally delighted when our second patron joined the company. Tom Burke is becoming a very familiar face both in film and on television.  His film credits include Only God Forgives with Ryan Gosling and Kristin Scott Thomas, Third Star with Benedict Cumberbatch, JJ Feild and Hugh Bonneville, andChéri with Michelle Pfeiffer. On television he is well-known as Athos in BBC’s action drama based on Alexander Dumas’ novel The Three Musketeers and more recently as Cormoran Strike, the private detective, in the adaptations of Robert Galbraith’s The Cuckoo’s Calling and The Silkworm.

Iqbal Khan

Associate Director

Iqbal trained at the National Studio, Leicester Haymarket Theatre, Middlesex University and The Academy Drama School. Box Clever is delighted to welcome him in this capacity as he is a creative, versatile and dynamic director with critically acclaimed performances for both the National Theatre (Harold Pinter’s A Slight Ache and Landscape and Ayub Khan-Din’s Rafta, Rafta) and the RSC (Much Ado About NothingOthello and Tartuffe).

Iqbal is currently directing the 2022 Commonwealth Games

Kate Jenkins


Kate is a practising barrister of 20 years standing, specialising in child protection work and a member of 1, Garden Court Chambers. Kate did her Masters at Manchester University before completing her BAR examinations in London.

Richard Foley

Vice Chair

Richard is the Chief Executive of Sir John Cass’s Foundation and another grant making charity, the Aldgate & Allhallows Barking Exhibition Foundation. Richard gained a History/Geography degree from the University of Surrey in 1990 and a MSc in Management from the Cass Business School in 2008. He served on one of the Millennium Commission’s National Panels which distributed £2.4m of lottery funds between 1997 and 2001. He was also a Member of the Rotary Club of London, from 2000 to 2005 and was granted the Freedom of the City of London in 2002.

John Brown


John is a graduate of Oxford University and a qualified chartered accountant.  He worked for 20 years in the venture capital and private equity industry until 2001, holding the position of Deputy Managing Director of Cinven from 1988 to 2001.  He previously spent four years as a consultant with the Economist Intelligence Unit and two years as a financial analyst.  He has held non-executive board memberships for a wide range of companies.
Since 2001, he has helped a number of charities, acting as a trustee and often Treasurer.  These include UnLtd, The Reading Agency, First Rung, Box Clever Theatre, Islington Boat Club and Detention Action.

Jane Beacham


Jane is a qualified solicitor. After practising law for more than 25 years and having been the managing partner of a City law firm, she is now studying for an MA in Anthropology and Museum Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London. She is also a volunteer curator and archivist at a small museum in Devon

Mark Davies


Mark has over 20 years’ fundraising experience in the charity sector. He is currently Director of Income Generation at Contact. Mark was Director of Development at the London’s Air Ambulance Charity for six years before joining Contact, leading on income growth. Previous roles include Assistant Director at Centre of Cell, an education centre based at Queen Mary, University of London, and Development Manager at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

Andrea Gillie


Andrea Gillie combines working as a teacher of Drama in the state sector with running Drama Workshops for community groups. Previously she was an actor, touring small and middle-scale theatre and a director and leader of various Youth Theatre groups. She has a Master’s Degree in Theatre from Goldsmiths College.

Cath Smith


Cath is the Headteacher of The John Roan School in Greenwich, part of the United Learning Group of Schools. Previous roles have included the Executive Headteacher of Bow School in Tower Hamlets and Advisory Headteacher with the University Schools Trust. She was the first Executive Director of the Tower Hamlets Education Partnership, is a governor of a primary school in Tower Hamlets and a Trustee on the Board of Bow Arts Trust.

Marylka Gowlland


Marylka is an experienced charity fundraiser with a background in arts management. She has worked with companies as varied as Fairfield Halls, Box Clever Theatre Company, City of London Sinfonia and the Unicorn Theatre. She is currently Development Manager for a charity in her adopted home of Faversham, Kent.

Tara Parashar


Tara is the founder of Tara Maitrī, a social media consultancy that uses mindfulness to make social media a better place for young people. Previously she was the Social Media Content Editor at the National Theatre, where she oversaw all of the NT’s social media output. Her main brief in this role was to use digital marketing to help make the National Theatre more accessible to younger audiences. Prior to that she held a number of roles at the BBC, including Marketing Coordinator at BBC News where she created multiplatform marketing campaigns for the EU Referendum, 2016 US Elections and 2017 General Election.

Rob McCreath


Rob is an employment and workplace mediator, facilitator and adviser. He is a consultant to law firm Kingsley Napley LLP. He is also a trustee/non executive director of theatre company Told By An Idiot.


Box Clever’s core management team together with the Company’s Board of Trustees seek to ensure Box Clever is run at all times with care and due diligence.  To this end, we are making our key policies public.

Please note that not all the following Policy documents are online yet.  Where the link is active, it will take you to a file that is in pdf format.

Box Clever Theatre

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Artistic Director – Michael Wicherek
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Deputy Artistic Director – David Ajao
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Finance – Julie Renwick and Polly Raymond
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Intelligence  Callie Brown
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Tour Bookings – Jack Blakey
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Administration – Molly Hemsley
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Human Resources – Nikki Reeves
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Production  Pip Thurlow
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Development – Beth Troakes
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