Artist Support Associates

Do you have a burning question about your practice? Feeling stuck with something? Want support with something? Fancy a creative session on your work? Need a sounding board? Want an outside eye on your piece? These are the kinds of things that artists do for each other all the time, for free. At Theatre Bristol we want to support artists by paying them for this kind of peer to peer or mentoring labor. Our three Artist Support Associates are available to support you whatever stage of your career you are at.

Theatre Bristol’s Artist Support Associates are all practising theatre makers with experience in the sector. They are here to help you do what you want to do.

Artist Support Associates 2019

Theatre Bristol’s current Artist Support Associates are Alex Murdoch, Tom Marshman and Deasy Bamford.

Previous Artist Support Associates include Caroline Williams (2018-2019), Karla Shacklock (2017-19), Ella Good (2018-19), Gemma Paintin (2016-18), Emma Williams (2017-18), Laura Dannequin (2016-17), Lucinka Eisler and Jo Bannon (2015-16) and Simon Day (2013-15).

Getting in touch

If you would like to meet with either of the associates, first have a good read about our Artist and Producer Support.

To get the best out of a session, be clear with what you want support with, and then choose which associate artist is best for you. Drop them a line, or come to an Open Office.

We are currently offering 1:1 sessions online and over the phone so we can respond quickly to artists’ needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can book directly with one of our ASAs by clicking the ‘schedule appointment’ button beneath their name.

Alex Murdoch

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Alex Murdoch is an actor, writer and improvisor and an Associate of Improbable Theatre. Her company Cartoon de Salvo toured theatre and lead workshops for 20 years nationally and internationally. As a writer she’s been commissioned by National Theatre Wales, is mentored by award-winning writer Chris Thorpe and is currently under commission to the RSC, with another seed-commission to NTW. She was awarded a place on 2017 Jerwood/Arvon scheme and was 2018 Writer in Residence at Theatr Clwyd. Beyond the Salvo’s she’s performed with Kneehigh, LIFT Festival, New International Encounter, Comedy Store Players, BBC and Young Vic. For Improbable she has improvised in AnimoLifegame and Permission Improbable. She co-led Improbable’s Generations project with Guy Dartnell, and she also facilitates for the Devoted and Disgruntled Open Space events. Her website is

Tom Marshman

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Tom Marshman is a theatre maker whose practice honours the art of conversation and creates spaces that enable people to share their stories. He has been developing this process for twenty years through his practice as an artist, working in a wide range of media including performance, photography, installation, publication and film for theatres, museums and historic houses.

Tom creates safe spaces where people can open up and share thoughts and memories. Most significantly he works with LGBTQ+ communities to transform people’s thoughts and experiences into artistic experiences. The results give evocative, authentic glimpses into everyday things – addressing issues that are often considered mundane or commonplace, and exploring what is often taken for granted.

He is currently touring Kings Cross (REMIX) and A Haunted Existence, both shows focus on LGBTQ+ history.

Deasy Bamford

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Deasy Bamford has been a community creative producer for over 25 years, starting and sustaining Tribe Of Doris as an intercultural festival, and Imayla, a youth and family project centred around cultural and nature explorations. Her specialisation has developed into an understanding of and ‘hands on’ experience working in cultural diversity, recognising the difficulties faced by artists trying to establish themselves in western-orientated disciplines where the perspective is narrow and the definitions exclusionary. She has mentored and helped artists from many backgrounds develop their projects and careers. Deasy has begun to understand the arts council application style and been successful in many different funding streams. She is currently in receipt of an Arts Council grant to develop her creative practise, looking at public arts projects involving working with groups of people, spoken word and storytelling, an identity flag festival and collaborations between artists and scientists on nature ramblings. Deasy’s looking forward to sharing her skills with others and being part of the Theatre Bristol team.

More about what we offer at Theatre Bristol.

“I’m a theatre maker (performer, director and writer) and Co-Artistic Director of Inspector Sands. We´ve been touring work in the UK and abroad for ten years,  to venues ranging from small village halls in Somerset to big auditoriums in Beijing – with BAC,  Almeida, Southbank Centre and Mayfest somewhere in between. We try to make work that can scale up or down for a range of contexts and more recently have started making outdoor work.  Our current show in development, The Lounge, was recently shown as work-in-progress at the National Theatre and will open in Edinburgh this summer.

I also work freelance as a performer and director and recently started developing some solo work through Ferment. One thing I love about Bristol is that it feels possible here to wear more than one hat.

My background is in devising, with an emphasis on collaboration with lighting and sound designers, and I´m especially interested in the role of writing within the devising process. I trained at the Lecoq school and as a Feldenkrais practitioner and my work is usually driven by an interest in movement – I’m fascinated by the way human beings can transform physically and by the emotional resonance movement can provoke in an audience.

I teach acting and devising at the Central School of Speech and Drama and Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.”