Shady Dolls Theatre Company is a fierce and formidable example of the type of ensemble acting and espirit d’corps that we frequently celebrate in the theatre but all too rarely get to see.
— Richard St.Peter, Artistic Director, Actors Guild of Lexington, Kentucky

Established in 2004, Shady Dolls Theatre Company comprises three female graduates of the American Theatre Arts programme at Rose Bruford College: Laura Churchill, Polly Henson and Rebecca Pollock.

Shady Dolls' artistic policy is informed by the ensemble’s desire to challenge the idea of a single “feminine perspective” by producing unusual, contrary and witty theatre that draws upon the great diversity of women’s experiences, whilst nurturing new work, re-examining classics, and sharing a sense of adventure with as wide an audience as possible.

Productions to date have included the European premiere of The Erotica Project by Lillian Ann Slugocki and Erin Cressida Wilson in 2005; Homestead by Steven Dykes at the Courtyard at Covent Garden, 2006; The Spoils by Steven Dykes and Paul Englishby, which premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2007; Deadstock by Steven Dykes, and An Ornery Tale, the company’s first self written project in 2008. In 2009, the Dolls were invited to perform The Spoils at a short European festival at the Sala El Granero theatre, in Cuenca, Spain and then the Grimeborn festival at the Arcola, London. 

In addition to professional theatre, Shady Dolls have been committed to their outreach and education programme; and also in producing their infamous cabarets which were in high demand across London for private and public venues from 2005-2009. 

In 2010, the Dolls decided to take a well earned rest to pursue personal and professional interests, but were delighted to reunite in 2015 to begin work on a brand new show. The Space Play was performed as a scratch piece at Rose Bruford College's Symposium in April, and following its fantastic reception Shady Dolls were thrilled to be invited to perform its latest incarnation 252 AM (After Man) to sold out audience's at London's VAULT Festival in February 2016. 

The Shady Dolls would like to thank everyone who has supported them thus far, and hope you will join them on their latest adventure. Keep an eye out for regular updates via our Blog, Twitter and Facebook pages. 

I predict great things to come from this lot...
— The Stage

Laura Churchill

Polly Henson

Rebecca Pollock