About Roustabout

Roustabout founders: Shaelee Rooke, Robin Hemmings and Toby Hulse laughing

Roustabout is an award-winning team of theatre makers 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. Performed in theatres, schools, libraries & community venues, our work 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?

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).

Toby Hulse

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, have been featured on the BBC and The Comedy Crowd, and were finalists in the 2019 Leicester Square Sketch Off.

Shaelee Rooke

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.

Robin Hemmings

Alice Massey

Alice Massey is a Bristol based producer working with a range of companies and artists in the South West.

Alice studied English Literature at the University of Exeter before embarking on her career in arts management and producing.

She works supporting artists to tell important stories which are rich with meaning, innovation and insight, as well as a touch of magic. She is particularly interested in theatre for young audiences and participatory work.

Alongside Roustabout, Alice currently works with Pins and Needles Productions; Paper Jungle Theatre and Tessa Bide Productions. Previously, she worked for awarding body bbodance; Miracle Theatre Company and Cousin Jack’s.

Alice Massey