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WHO ARE THE PEOPLE BEHIND INTERVAL PRODUCTIONS?....

TORI ALLEN-MARTIN  Founder/Creative Director

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SARAH HENLEY Executive Director

Tori is a singer, songwriter, producer, actor and writer, who evidently is very much a champion of hers being the ‘slash generation’. Tori founded multi-award nominated production company ‘Interval Productions’ in 2009, and has produced five musicals (four of them entirely original) and a season of brand new British Musical Theatre writing (funded by Arts Council England) under that banner. Interval’s original production 'Streets', (co-written by Tori, and for which she received an OFFIES ‘Most Promising Playwright’ nomination) has played sold out shows at The Cockpit, Hackney Empire and The Vaults and has a keen celebrity following. As a writer, Tori was also longlisted for the Old Vic 12 and recently participated in the Criterion New Writers programme led by Greg Mosse, and will have some of her work performed on stage at The Criterion next year as a result. She has also been commissioned by Idris Elba to write for an exciting new project in collaboration with Green Door, Bob&Co and Hackney Empire.Tori's self penned and self funded, debut EP, 'Wasted' debuted top 20 in the iTunes singer/songwriter chart and she is currently back in the studio working on new material for her second EP. Tori has worked as a session artist for various artists including, aforementioned Elba, Fatboy Slim, Jeymes Samuel of The Bullitts and Bless Beats. She also appears on Idris Elba's mi Mandela album, including the single 'You Give Me Love', where she performs vocals alongside Maverick Sabre. As a performer Tori has performed in large-scale musicals such as Gary Lloyd’s production of Hair in the West End (Help For Heroes Gala) and the European Tour, which included the Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam. Tori is passionate about new writing, and has originated lead roles in three world premieres of brand new British musicals, including Chelsea in H.R.Haitch, Lauren in After The Turn (nominated for Broadway World Best Regional or Fringe Musical) and Nono in Yarico, produced by Jodie Kidd at The London Theatre Workshop. As a vocalist Tori has performed in venues such as the Lincoln Centre, New York, and The Palace, The Lyric and The Garrick Theatres (West End). Most recently Tori has appeared with Eliza and the Bear at their headline London show, on their BBC Radio One Live Lounge for Clara Amfo, on the Grand National Sunday Brunch special, live on Edith Bowman’s Virgin Radio Brekfast show as part of their pre-V-fest celebrations, and on CBBC. Tori also features on Idris Elba and Norman Cook’s ‘The Road Less Travelled’ for the Bastille Day Movie soundtrack.

Sarah has been writing for the theatre since 2009 and has had numerous shows produced. She has written her own plays, worked collaboratively with theatre companies on new work and written the book for three pieces of new musical theatre including Muted, Streets and Another Way (also with Tori Allen-Martin). She also has a new ACE funded musical currently in development called The Unblinding. She has also been commissioned by Idris Elba to write for an exciting new project in collaboration with Green Door, Bob&Co and Hackney Empire. Sarah's plays include Getting Out (Lion and Unicorn Theatre), Getting Away (Lion and Unicorn Theatre), From Where I'm Standing (Pegasus Theatre Oxford and The Underbelly, Edinburgh) and In Tents (Grosvenor Square and Southwark Park).

Nominations include Most Promising Playwright (Offies for Streets), Best New Musical (Offies for Streets and Another Way), Best Fringe or Regional Musical (Broadway World for Muted), Best New Musical (Whats on Stage for Muted), Must See Badge (The Stage for From Where I’m Standing), Critics Choice (Time Out for Geting Out and Getting Away). Additionally The Unblinding was shortlisted for both The Space Award and the Kevin Spacey Foundation ‘Artists of Choice’ Award. In the West End, Sarah worked as Writer’s Assistant to Tony Award winner Jeffrey Lane on Pedro Almodovar’s Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.Sarah also directs site-specific theatre with theatre collective, Different Breed. Their Christmas show - The Night Before Christmas - set in a beer warehouse in Bermondsey sold out a four week run, and they have since been commissioned by Grosvenor to create In Tents - a site specific outdoor show about camping. Sarah also works as a facilitator, running workshops with actors and performers – holding the space open for devising and developing their practice through coaching and training.