A48 Theatre Company Ltd. was set up by Ray and Kathy Thomas in May 2018 as a natural follow-on from their shared love of drama, theatre, literature, writing and travel, and of their desire to provide development opportunities for like-minded enthusiasts.
Our registration with Companies House states our Purpose and Artistic Aims as being: “… to investigate, initiate and develop International Collaborative Theatre Projects with like-minded Theatre Companies based outside the UK.”
Ray Thomas – Director
Hailing from the ‘actor’s crucible’ of Port Talbot, Ray brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the company. After training in Barry, South Wales, he did a ‘Gavin and Stacey’ long before Ruth Jones invented the characters, moving to in Billericay, Essex, in 1972.
After undertaking an MA in Drama at the University of South Wales in 2014 Ray was invited to lecture in Directing at the Atrium and enjoys working with committed young people.
His productions include: ‘The Point’ by Harry Nilsson, ‘A Day in the Death of Joe Egg’ by Peter Nicholson, ‘Our Town’ by Thornton Wilder, ‘Endgame’ by Samuel Beckett, ‘West Side Story’ by Sondheim, Bernstein and Laurents and ‘Do Not Go Gentle’ by Patricia Cornelius.
Kathy Thomas – Director
Born in Watford, North London, Kathy claims Geordie heritage courtesy of a long line of Tyneside ancestors. Graduating from Nottingham University, she began her career in Reading, Berkshire, but soon returned to The Peak District where she had trained as a teacher. Here she combined teaching English with raising a family.
Kathy ventured into the field of directing whilst at United World College of South East Asia in Singapore, making a film of ‘Lord of the Flies’ on location in Malaysia and directing ‘The Insect Play’ by the Brothers Capek for the UWC Arts Festival. She co-wrote the ‘Thunder and Lightning Man’ (about the life of electrical scientist Andrew Crosse 1784 – 1855) and set up the community writing group ‘Living Lines’ in Cardiff in 2017.
Derek Bateman – Director
With many years of valuable experience in theatre, Derek brings a calm professionalism and wealth of knowledge to the company.
The Steering Group
A Steering Group of 8 members meet monthly in order to evaluate our current situation and guide us through each project and production. Reports to this group on Marketing, Finance, Company Policies, Backstage Support (i.e. costumes, stage management, rehearsal space, etc.) ‘Living Lines’ and Membership help to inform its decision making.
Our Mission Statement
“We will produce challenging modern theatre – 20th Century onwards – including new, site-specific and collaborative work, at a professional standard, for audiences across South Wales and outside the UK.”
Where and when we meet
Our regular days are Tuesdays from 7.30 – 9.30 pm and Sundays from 10.00 – 12.00 pm.
‘Living Lines’ meet at Cathays Cemetery every other Tuesday from 7.00 pm – 9.00 pm. See ‘LIVING LINES’ on this site for information about our programme and up-coming events or go to:
We are currently a company of 30+. Membership costs £10 per year and runs from September 1st. For details on how to join, please go to ‘CONTACT’ on this site. You are welcome to come along to one of our sessions to find out more about us.