THEATRE THAT FLIES IN THE FACE OF CONVENTION”

THE STAGE   

 

Welcome, we enable people to queer their world. Through internationally acclaimed performance, celebration and disruption we shift perceptions of gender and identity.

We create award winning performance and make space for exchange, entertainment and community – this might be in the form of theatre, workshops, club-nights, symposiums, book groups and more.

We are Ruby Glaskin, Adam Robertson and Lucy J Skilbeck. Great to meet you.

Milk Presents are an associate company of Derby Theatre and in the last year have performed over 100 shows globally, across Europe and Australia. Our work has won multiple awards, including Off-West End, Edinburgh Fringe First and The Stage Acting Excellence awards.

The theatre we make is a protest. It is also a celebration and sometimes a bit of a messy one. You know that sticky, messed-up, extraordinary and ambiguous thing called gender? Our work is often about that.

We invite you to blur fixed lines, to manoeuvre, to spread out, to kickback, backtrack and change.

Queerness is big and complex and messy and it’s yours, if you want it to be.

Our Journey

As fresh faced gender-warrior graduates from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in 2010, we made our first piece 454 Grams and immediately became Associate Artists of The Point, Eastleigh. Here we created our first full length shows Bluebeard: A Fairytale for Adults (nominated for a Total Theatre Award), and A Real Man’s Guide To Sainthood. We lived together in a rickety but loveable flat and made a whole load of theatre. In addition to numerous other projects, we created Milk Presents: Self Service (selected for Escalator East to Edinburgh, Northern Stage, Europe Art Touch Theatre Poton Slovakia award winners) before becoming associate artists of Derby Theatre.

With Derby Theatre we made JOAN (Winner of the Off West End, Fringe FirstStage Edinburgh Award, Pick of the Fringe Award, nominated for Perth Fringe Award, Manchester Theatre Awards) and BULLISH, which toured nationally in 2018. 

We’ve made our work with the invaluable support of venues including Camden People’s Theatre, Battersea Arts Centre, Oval House, Bedales School, The Cambridge Junction, The New Wolsey, Showroom Chichester, and Theatre Pôtoň, Slovakia, to name just a few. Thank you to these venues and others, as well as Arts Council England, The Jerwood Foundation and BBC Legacy Fund  for supporting us and what we do.

The Company Co-directors

Lucy J Skilbeck – Artistic Director

Ruby Glaskin – Executive Producer

Adam Robertson – Production & Company Manager

 

The Company

Jo Tyabji – Associate Director

Lee Smith – Producing Assistant and Making An Entrance Project Manager 

Prime – Young Associate

 

The company was originally founded by Lucy J Skilbeck and Mischke Weinreb

Advisory Board

Sarah Brigham (Chair)

Kirsten Burrows

Stephen Farrier

Omar Eleirian

Ruby Glaskin (She/her)

Ruby is an independent producer and co-director of Milk Presents.

Ruby believes a queer world is a better world. Ruby can always fill an awkward silence (usually with something more awkward).

More about Ruby

Ruby proudly led In Good Company, the flagship artist development programme for the East Midlands, as their Creative Producer for three years. Before that Ruby worked for an assortment of brilliant artists including Annie Siddons, Punchdrunk, Offstage Theatre and The Living Theatre, NYC.

She recently completed IETM’s summer campus, was a recipient of the Escalator Live Art Producers Bursary in 2013 and was nominated for the Stage One Producers Awards 2011.

Adam Robertson (He/him)

Adam is a performer, production manager, face-puller, accent-copier and all round theatre guy.

More about Adam

Performing credits include: Milk Presents: Self Service, A Real Man’s Guide to Sainthood and Bluebeard: A Fairytale for Adults (Milk Presents), How (Not) to Live in Suburbia (Annie Siddons), Cinderella and the Beanstalk (The Sleeping Trees), La Boite Noir & The Incredible Book Eating Boy (Bootworks Theatre Company).

Stage/production management: Bitesize Festival 2017/19 (China Plate),Your Connection is Not Private & REMOTE (Coney),  A Girl and a Gun & OH YES OH NO (Louise Orwin), Fox Symphony (Foxy & Husk), How (Not) to Live in Suburbia & Raymondo (Annie Siddons), JOAN (Derby Theatre/Milk Presents), Milk Presents: Self Service.

Lucy J Skilbeck (They/them)

Lucy, also known as Leo, is a writer and director. They are the writer of JOAN and BULLISH and have recently been commissioned by the Young Vic for their My England series.

Other skills include: workshop facilitation, teaching assisting, tractor driving, power harrowing, stock judging, babysitting, care of elders.

More about Lucy

Directing credits for theatre include: The Bear / The Proposal (Young Vic), JOAN (Milk Presents / Derby Theatre), BULLISH (CPT, Derby Theatre), Bluebeard, A Real Man’s Guide to Sainthood, Milk Presents Self Service (Milk Presents), Penelope Retold (Caroline Horton / Derby Theatre), 3 Wise Monkeys (Hiccup Theatre) and The Secret Keeper (co-director, Angela Clerkin / Ovalhouse).

As Associate / Assistant Director: Fun Home(dir. Sam Gold, Young Vic), Effigies Of Wickedness (dir. Ellen McDougall, Gate Theatre), Herons (dir. Sean Holmes, Lyric Hammersmith), The Complete Deaths (dir. Tim Crouch, Spymonkey), The Odyssey (dir. Sarah Brigham, Derby Theatre), Brassed Off (dir. Sarah Brigham, Derby Theatre), Islands (dir. Omar Elerian, Bush Theatre), Father Christmas (dir. Emma Earle, Lyric Hammersmith, West Yorkshire Playhouse), Encourage The Others (dir. Lu Kemp, Almedia Projects) and, Epidemic (dir. Alex Ferris, Old Vic New Voices).

Lucy was the recipient of a BBC Legacy Award in 2015. 

Represented by Katie at Knight Hall

More about the company

With support from Arts Council England and alongside the National Tour of BULLISH, we were able to introduce two new roles within the Milk Presents team. Our Associate Director and Young Apprentice joined us in 2018 for the BULLISH tour and have stayed on to support our work while we support them.

Associate Director – Jo Tyabji (she/her they/them)

Jo is a director, maker and performer working across theatre, virtual reality, and public performance. They are co-director of ivo theatre, and founded the Outrageous! artists commission in 2017 to support LGBTQIA Asian performing artists in Asia and the diaspora to bring their whole selves to work. Jo heads up our workshops and engagement programmes and is an associate director on the work. 

Jo’s show Motherland was made and toured with the support of Arts Council England and co-produced by Milk Presents.

Young Associate – Prime (She/her) 

Prime is a budding young director. She is currently directing Memories as part of The Lyric Hammersmith’s open mic night and assisted Lucy on the Young Vic’s production of Fun Home and worked on Headlong’s production of People, Places and Things on national tour.
Prime was the first company apprentice to join our team and trained on the job, helping us to deliver the BULLISH 2018 National tour, supported by Arts Council England. This company apprentice programme is designed to offer opportunities to emerging queer artists who have not had access to formal theatre training. We hope to be able to offer more apprenticeships in the future.