Who We Are

‘…for the multitude is so Brutish, that they are ever in the extreames of kindnesse or Cruelty, being void of Reason and hurried on with an unbridled violence in all their Actions, trampling down all respect of things Sacred and Civill… The People becomes a most pernicious Tyrant.’ 

Marchamont Nedham, pamphleteer for Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell.

The Brutish Multitude

Steering Committee

Michael Crowley  is a writer and dramatist. He has worked extensively in youth and community theatre and was writer in residence at Lancaster Farms young offender’s institution for six years. His drama has been performed on stage and radio. He is a published poet, playwright and novelist.

Mary Ellen was a cast member and co producer of the Battle of Heptonstall. She has a PhD in English and was formerly Head of English at Attleborough Academy in Norfolk. Mary is an active member of Heptonstall Historical Society as a researcher and fund raiser.

Tristan Langlois has worked in site-specific heritage theatre and education for over 25 years, and currently runs public programmes at the Royal Armouries Museums in Leeds and Portsmouth. Since 2014 Tristan has focused increasingly on performance storytelling and long-form improvisation – he works regularly with the Olivier award-winning Extempore Theatre and supports the Shaggy Dog Storytelling Club in Hebden Bridge. 

Rachel Tighe (left) grew up in Midgley and now lives in Hebden Bridge. Inspired by her Grandmother’s tales and cemented by her mother’s passion, Rachel has an interest in local history. She is currently the Facilities and Buildings Manager for Hebden Bridge Community Association and previously owned a carpet manufacturing company and dye house. Rachel co produced The Battle of Heptonstall and brings her managerial experience and a can do/will do outlook on life to the The Brutish Multitude.

Our Associate Artists

Composer Katie Chatburn  trained in composition at the Royal Academy of Music followed by an MMus at the Royal Northern College of Music. She now works as a professional composer across a variety of fields with an emphasis on cross discipline work – including original music for radio drama, film/TV orchestration and composition, pop/rock string arranging, original theatre and dance projects. She is the MD and arranger for Ignition Orchestra. Katie wrote the music for the Battle of Heptonstall and both parties look forward to working together again. Katie’s website is here.

Olwen May is an actor and director and a regular on BBC television, Radio and on main stages around the UK. Recent performances include the BBC’s Happy Valley, Bodyguard and the National Theatre. Her numerous credits can be found here.  During The Battle of Heptonstall Olwen provided invaluable acting coaching for the cast as well as advice on direction. Olwen’s input will be greatly valued in future productions.

Bruce Cutts is a photographer. He is captivated by the drama that a photograph can convey. He is the lead photographer on a film based photo archive in his adopted home town of Hebden Bridge as well as working for various theatre groups as a production photographer. Bruce chronicled the development and production of The Battle of Heptonstall for the After Alice Project and The Brutish Multitude; his website can be found here.