About us

Roustabout is a core company of three, based in Bristol, born out of over ten years of collaboration and nonsense.

What do we do?

We seek out extraordinary tales, both true and imagined, and tell them with clarity, simplicity, humour and a wild imagination. The theatre we make is for audiences of all ages, for anyone who loves play, and for anyone who delights in the communal act of sharing a story.

Who are we?

Robin Hemmings

Robin Hemmings is an actor and musician who specialises in direct address and story-led theatre, using live music, puppetry and clowning.

Robin has worked with Bristol Old Vic; Oxford Playhouse; Tobacco Factory Theatre; Bolton Octagon; Eastern Angles; ALine Art; Pins and Needles; Oxford Story Museum; Prime Theatre; Reading Between The Lines; and Tucked In.

Robin is a regularly performing singer-songwriter, who is currently working on an album of original songs and music for release in the near future.

Toby Hulse

Toby Hulse is a playwright and director who creates theatre for young and family audiences, and in educational contexts.

He has made work for: Bristol Old Vic; Polka; the egg; Oxford Playhouse; Theatr Clwyd; Watermill, Newbury; Leeds Playhouse; The Theatre, Chipping Norton; Lakeside Arts, Nottingham; Birmingham Old Rep; Southwark Playhouse; Theatre Shop, Clevedon; The Point, Eastleigh; ALine Art; Bristol Old Vic Theatre School; and Goat and Monkey.

Toby has twice won the Distinguished Play Award from the American Alliance for Theatre and Education, for his plays To Dream Again (2018) and Beowulf (2019).

Shaelee Rooke

Shaelee Rooke is an actor, producer and creator of sketch show comedy.

Shae has worked with: Bristol Old Vic; Oxford Playhouse; Theatre503; Hope Theatre; Wardrobe Theatre; ALine Art; SoHo Playhouse (NYC) and the Minack.

She is co-founder and producer of the award-winning Paperbark Theatre, who specialise in producing new Australian writing. Paperbark’s production of This is Where We Live, in which Shaelee played the title role, was Critics’ Pick in Time Out New York and won Best Overall Play at the New York Fringe Festival.

Her comedy duo Toucan were finalists in the 2019 Leicester Square Sketch Off.