Battery Theatre Company was founded in 2017 by Kirsten Maguire and Philip Kingscott.
Kirsten Maguire – Actor, producer and co-founder of Battery
Kirsten has lived in Dunbar since 1997 and plays an active role in the local community. Her 3 children were all educated in local primaries and at Dunbar Grammar School. She is an active member of Dunbar Sings and regularly takes parts in events with local organisations. Since 2008 Kirsten has worked as a professional actor alongside her existing career as a public sector finance professional. She is a CIPFA qualified accountant with experience in project management, governance, leadership and management. Her acting experience has included several site-specific productions,including The Garden which was produced by Philip Kingscott’s Peapod Productions and toured around the UK. She is a regular performer with Theatre Alba at Duddingston Kirk Gardens during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, most recently in The Shepherd Beguiled.
Philip Kingscott – Actor, producer and co-founder of Battery
Philip is has worked extensively with theatres, schools and youth theatres throughout Scotland and Italy as a director and producer. His recent work includes creating a devised piece based on immigrants’ stories with pupils from an EU school in Italy, and working with 40 school pupils to choreograph fight scenes for their dual productions of West Side Story/Romeo and Juliet.
His work as an actor includes Outlaw King (Netflix) and lead roles in various productions with Piccolo Teatro di Milano (Italy’s National Theatre). He is also an award winning voiceover artist, having lent his voice to Outlander and various educational films.
As Artistic Director of Peapod Productions he has toured new writing to theatres and ‘found spaces’ throughout the UK and abroad. Philip is based in Edinburgh but has strong ties to Dunbar as he has family living in the town.
Andy Corelli – Director
He directed the highly successful production of A Life With The Beatles which toured to 13 venues across Scotland. Andy has staged theatre in a variety of locations and site-specific spaces such as an empty shopping unit, the grounds of a castle, a bar, a nightclub, a factory, and a derelict warehouse. All presented welcome challenges and as a consequence ensured highly rewarding theatrical experiences.
Additionally, as a freelance director he has collaborated with a number of different companies and artists including Philip Kingscott & Kirsten Maguire as well as writers such as Lucy Nordberg for King Arthur, a new work written largely in blank verse. He is a member of the Traverse Theatre’s Directors’ programme, Stage Directors UK and Equity.
Karen Dietz – Music
Karen, a native of Massachusetts, is a musician, performer, teacher and musical director.
She has been Musical/Artistic Director of Loud & Proud, (Scotland’s LGBT choir) and leads community choirs in Dunbar and North Berwick. She has also taught voice and guitar classes for Edinburgh’s Jewel and Esk College. Karen sings with Richard Klein and with his band, Quixote, and also with Edinburgh songwriter Tom Fairnie, as well as doing the occasional solo gig.