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About organisedchaosproductions

Nurturing theatrical talent in the most chaotically organised way you could imagine. Organised Chaos Productions was set up in 2009 to help and support undiscovered and emerging talent in Manchester and the North West providing platforms for this creativity by successfully taking care of all the production technicalities. Our mission is to make Organised Chaos Productions a successful producing company of high quality, thought provoking new works, supporting undiscovered and emerging talent in the North-West.

Old Ground – Read through photos

Some photos of our recent cast read through of our upcoming production of Old Ground


To see more information on Old Ground and book tickets for the show, visit our website –

Introducing – Dan Sheader

Dan stars as Dickie and Policeman1 in our upcoming production of Old Ground



Dan Sheader

Hi, I’m Dan Sheader, I am a 28-year-old graduate of ICAT (Independent Centre for Actor Training) based in Manchester. I have spent the last 5 years studying Acting and Performance and worked hard to develop my tool kit that I am overjoyed to be utilising for the first time on Old Ground.

I was attracted to this project initially having heard wonderful things about Lee Joseph’s writing and the successful growth of Organised Chaos Productions. The subject matter has always been of interest to me and Lee’s beautifully written script and my love for theatrical performance married with British history, solidified this production as a must! I had to audition!

Fast forward a few weeks and I was lucky enough to land the role of Dickie, and call myself a cast member.

The process so far has been nothing but fun, energetic and, for a graduate actor entering the professional scene, very educational. We had a wonderful cast read through to get the wheels in motion and we are now full steam ahead into our rehearsal process.

I am so excited to be working with a hugely committed cast and creative team and urge anyone to come and see this wonderfully constructed piece of theatre and cannot wait to share it with our audience at the Kings Arms, Salford.

If this isn’t one of the best things you’ll see this year, in the words of Dickie…

“I’ll show my arse in Burtons window!”


To see more information on Old Ground and book tickets for the show, visit our website –

Introducing… Taran Knight

Taran stars as Charlie in our upcoming production Lightspeed

Taran Knight

Taran Knight

I am a 27 year old Actor/Writer/Presenter, who studied Acting and Script writing at Manchester Metropolitan University.

I have been working professionally as an Actor for 3 years now, in which time I have worked in every medium ranging from Film and Theatre, to Improvisation and Voice Over. I have worked for the BBC, ITV, 24/7 festival, The national trust, as well as various theatre companies such as Organised Chaos. This will be my third time working with the company, though only the first on a full production.

I was intrigued when I heard about Light Speed. Apart from the brilliant locations the show would be on, the North West tour and the funding attached, I was attracted by the prospect of the script. The play lends itself to telling a story in an unfamiliar way- It starts at the end and works its way to the beginning. But the characters have so much depth, with there being a great opportunity to explore the relationship between the two with a non linear time frame. Also, the fact the story may appear subjective to each character and the emotional issues both face, it allows us as actors to find a hidden reality from the trauma both suffer.

Organised Chaos seem to be a company on the up. They have good solid connections across the North West, have secured Arts Funding at a time where, economically, the country isn’t at its strongest and the Arts are being heavily cut, whilst providing a platform for performers based in Manchester to showcase their ability. Hard work and commitment usually prevail, so lets hope this is the start of things to come when it comes to Organised Chaos. I will certainly be looking to work with them in the not too distant future.



To see more information on Lightspeed and book tickets for the show, visit our website –

Lightspeed – Five reasons to see…

Lightspeed will tour the North West this summer. Here are our five reasons to see:

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1- Pick of the best

Last year we ran a script call for scripts never seen before on stage and from the many scripts we received Lightspeed was chosen:

This isn’t a game Charlie.

What’s their story? How did they get here? To here, this moment in time.

Told in reverse order, this new play starts at the end and takes us back to the beginning when Charlie and Emma first met, falling in love quicker than the skyline falls to dust and tumbling hopelessly into a cycle of thoughts that aren’t said and actions without meaning.

2- New and Emerging Talent

Organised Chaos is all about showcasing some of the amazing new and emerging talent in the Northwest – this show does exactly that with some great characters to be portrayed. The cast includes Taran Knight “Charlie” and Francesca Heraghty-Smith “Emma”. Behind the scenes we have the writer Clem Haran, the director Mark Croasdale, stage manager Diane Wright and designer Rebecca Luck with Phil Minns supporting with dramaturgy of the script.

3- Organised Chaos

Following a number of top reviews and sell out shows this production will be Organised Chaos’ fourteenth since we started in 2009 – during this time we have showcased a lot of new talent to Northwest audiences – actors, writers, directors, designers to name a few of the roles involved in making a show a reality. In 2012 our production of AfterWords won Best New Writing at The Buxton Fringe Festival.

4- Arts Council funded

This show is our fourth to be supported by the Arts Council through National Lottery funding. To be recognised by the Arts Council for our achievements in supporting some of the great new and emerging talent is great news for us. It’s fantastic that we’re able to better financially support the debut of this fantastic new play and the talent involved.

5- Unique theatre

Lightspeed is told in reverse order – A play that starts at the end and finishes at the beginning sounds like a good idea and certainly to watch as an audience we believe it’s very engaging. By using this different approach to time and structure we believe this will be quite a unique experience for our audiences.



To see more information on Lightspeed and book tickets for the show, visit our website –

Introducing… Mark Croasdale

Mark is the director of our upcoming production Lightspeed

Francesca Heraghty-Smith, Mark Croasdale

Francesca Heraghty-Smith, Mark Croasdale

Let’s get the usual stuff out the way – I’m Mark, budding creative artist and theatre practitioner. I’ve previously worked with Contact Theatre Manchester, New Theatre Sydney and organisations including Hercules Productions, Coalition of Mischief and Amnesty International. I came to Organised Chaos after directing four shorts plays for their annual Mid-Winter Ignition and now make my debut with them directing my first full-length production, Lightspeed. 

Wouldn’t it be nice if I could start this post with the words ‘Some years later”. Instead of writing about my nerves for opening night I could then write about the success the show achieved and all the audience feedback. I could post pictures from the tour and tell you all the funny stories knowing that I don’t need to worry because ‘some years later’ it will all have happened already. Only that’s not possible, because in real life I can’t move freely through time, i’m stuck in the present.

That’s the beauty of theatre. In theatre ‘some years later’ can come in two minutes or in the case of Lightspeed, ‘some years later’ can happen in the very first scene. A play that starts at the end and finishes at the beginning sounds like a good idea and certainly to watch as an audience it’s very engaging. However, to act or direct a ‘backwards’ play does present some odd problems – “what scene is next?”, “has Emma found what she’s looking for yet?”, “is this scene before or after the major event?”. Actually the answer is both really, In ‘play order’ it hasn’t happened yet but in chronological order it has – or sometimes vice versa. Then, as with all good plays, there are so many emotions to be dealing with too! In a typical play the actors can build on their character journeys and rise to a climax but going backwards on stage is harder, the characters climax has already happened – but then the play structure itself still needs a climax later on otherwise it falls flat! Basically it can be easy to get lost, but that’s both a problem and a blessing.

Luckily i’m working with two wonderful actors, Taran Knight and Francesca Smith, both of whom seem not to mind being lost with me. In rehearsals each of them have found themselves on stage being incredibly honest with themselves and me – getting giddy, going red from embarrassment, feeling awkward and anxious and sometimes shouting with frustration – and that’s all before we began looking at the script! This is because, as with any process, it all boils down to playing with what you have and because of it’s topsy turvy nature the script lends itself very well to it. I’m a firm believer in play, but also in shaking an actor out of their comfort zone because it’s when we feel uncomfortable we make more believable decisions and the magic happens. Sometimes this has proven difficult or seemingly unnecessary but it’s actually very important to get lost, to allow yourselves to lose all ideas of what it should be because then you can end up surprising yourself and either getting to where you wanted with more knowledge or, lots of the time, getting somewhere better! We’ve managed to create a magical, sometimes surreal, time-lapse of a relationship that i’m thoroughly enjoying.

With that in mind, combined with all the good things that come with an Organised Chaos production, this process has proven wonderfully anarchic. There’s been a bit of play and discovery and it seems that, just like watching the play, the process of creating it has always kept me guessing. Saying that, we’re on in a week so I’d better get back to making those decisions!


To see more information on Lightspeed and book tickets for the show, visit our website –

Lightspeed – Rehearsal photos

Francesca Heraghty-Smith

Francesca Heraghty-Smith

Taran Knight

Taran Knight

Francesca Heraghty-Smith, Mark Croasdale

Francesca Heraghty-Smith, Mark Croasdale

Francesca Heraghty-Smith, Taran Knight

Francesca Heraghty-Smith, Taran Knight

To see more information on the show including more rehearsal photos and book tickets for Lightspeed, visit our website –

Introducing… Clem Haran

Clem is the writer of our upcoming production Lightspeed

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My name is Clem Haran and I am a 22 year old graduate of Middlesex university who is based in London. I studied Theatre Arts (Solo performance) graduating with a 2:1 and prior to that I studied a Btec in performing arts (acting) at Kingston College.

In my final year of uni I focused on three major projects; An Interactive installation, a Stand up comedy (musical comedy based) routine and a submission of a play. I loved the course I love technical and anything behind the scenes especially prop making. My final year allowed me to focus in the three areas I was extremely interested in script writing being one of them. Ever since my time at college I’ve been influenced by playwrights such as Martin Crimp and Simon Stephens. These both have inspired ideas and works I have created and the style I like to use.

I’ve only been out of university a year and 5 months and in that time I’ve written original music for a musical about cheese that I, along with a friend took to a local festival and together put on. I was involved in a performance art based show with a friend and also I was asked to play piano for another friend as part of a charity gig. And I currently I run a theatre workshop for ages 13/14.

What I want to get from this experience ?

I’ve always been rooted into the medium and practice of theatre which is why I chose to study the practical course in theatre arts and not creative writing. I would call myself a playwright but I’m also other things. I love theatre and I love being able to get involved with many different projects using a variety of skill-sets.

I want to work with a theatre company for the opportunity for my work to develop. It will be nice to work with new people as opposed to friends, I think it will give me a fresh non-biased opinion.

I am essentially fresh out of university and so I’m still eager to learn, to impress and to get my work out there. I’m not a one trick pony. I like to think so anyway.



To see more information on the show and book tickets for Lightspeed, visit our website –

The Distance Between Stars – behind the scenes

Thinking about coming to see our show at The Kings Arms? Have you seen the featurette about The Distance Between Stars, in which the director, designer, writer and cast talk about the challenges of putting the show together. Take a look…

To see the dates and book tickets for The Distance Between Stars, visit our website.