Plain Heroines and Park Theatre present

The 4th Country

By Kate Reid

WRITER | KATE REID
DIRECTOR | GABRIELLA BIRD
LIGHTING DESIGNER | CATJA HAMILTON
PRODUCER AND GENERAL MANAGER | ELLIE FITZ-GERALD
SET AND COSTUME DESIGNER | JIDA AKIL 
SOUND DESIGNER | HUGH SHEEHAN 
ASSOCIATE SOUND DESIGNER | LAURA HOWARD       
PRODUCTION MANAGER | TABITHA PIGGOTT (for eStage) 
ARTWORK DESIGN | REBECCA PITT
PHOTOGRAPHER | THE OTHER RICHARD
STAGE MANAGER | CHLOE STALLY-GIBSON 
COVER STAGE MANAGER | AIDA BOURDIS 
PRODUCTION LX & PROGRAMMING | JACOB SHOOTER


Kate Reid

Kate Reid is a writer/performer who trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Since graduating in 2018, she has co-founded Plain Heroines and developed work for theatre and television.

Writing credits include: A Girl, Standing (Theatre503); Refract (King’s Head Theatre); January (White Bear Theatre); The Cleaner (The Miniaturists at The Arcola) and Entropy (Park Theatre Script Accelerator).

She was a finalist for the Royal Court’s Lynne Gagliano Award 2019 and The 4th Country was a finalist for the Charlie Hartill Award 2020. She has also written for the sketch show Age Of Outrage (BBC One Wales), was runner-up for the David Nobbs New Comedy Writing Competition, and was a finalist in SISTER and South Of The River Pictures’ inaugural SCREENSHOT Competition. She is currently developing a pilot, The Other Half, for UKTV and TriForce Creative Network as a finalist of WriterSlam.


Gabriella Bird 

Gabriella Bird is a theatre director and co-artistic director of Plain Heroines and Creative Associate at Jermyn Street Theatre. 

Recent credits include: Mr and Mrs Nobody (Jermyn Street Theatre); The 4th Country (VAULT Festival); Romeo & Juliet (Guildford Shakespeare Company); The Acid Test (Cockpit Theatre); Madwomen in the Attic (Edinburgh Fringe) and Twelfth Night (European Tour). 

Credits as assistant and associate director include: Rutherford & Son (Sheffield Crucible); 15 Heroines (Jermyn Street Theatre); Cabaret (English Theatre Frankfurt & Deutches Theater Munich); Jekyll & Hyde (English Theatre Frankfurt); Miss Julie (Theatre by the Lake); Much Ado About Nothing and Loves' Labours' Lost (Guildford Shakespeare Company).


Catja Hamilton 

Lighting Designer credits include: Hot Gay Time Machine (Soho Theatre); how we love (Arcola Outside, VAULT Festival); The Establishment Versus Sidney Harry Fox (Above the Stag); Take Care, TUNA, The 4thCountry (VAULT Festival); Venus and Adonis (Bussey Building); She Sells Sea Shells (Edinburgh Fringe); A Girl, Standing (Theatre503) and ERIS (Bunker Theatre).

Associate/Assistant Lighting Designer credits include: Romeo and Juliet (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); Botticelli in the Fire (Hampstead Theatre) and Shook (Southwark Playhouse).


Ellie Fitz-Gerald 

Ellie graduated with a distinction from the MA in Creative Producing at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in 2018. 

Since graduating she has worked as a freelance theatre producer and currently works as the Producer for NSDF and is the producer and general manager for theatre company Plain Heroines. She has also worked for companies including Laura Elmes Productions, Paines Plough, DEM Productions and was the Festival Coordinator for the National Student Drama Festival in 2019.


Jida Akil 

Jida Akil is a Syrian-Lebanese set & costume designer for theatre & dance. She graduated from Central Saint Martins with first class honours. Her designs have also earned recognition from the Prague Quadrennial and she was shortlisted for the Emerging Exhibition at World Stage Design 2022.   

Theatre Credits Include: Darling (The Hope Theatre), Complicit√© do A-Level Drama (UK Schools Tour), Haramacy (The Albany Deptford), Just Another Soup Can, (Platform Theatre), Out! (Platform Theatre) 

Dance Credits Include: Solus (Platform Theatre), Through The Arches (Central School of Ballet/Platform Theatre)

Assistant/Associate Credits Include:  Hamlet (Young Vic), L'Orfeo (Weiner Staatsoper), My Son's A Queer But What Can You Do? (Turbine Theatre), ...Cake (Theatre Peckham), It's Your Move (W11 Opera)

Other Includes: Meet Your Neighbour (Maison Foo Theatre Company), Third Culture Glitch (MENA+ Arts UK)


Hugh Sheehan 

Hugh Sheehan is a musician—multi-instrumentalist, composer, and producer— from Birmingham, England, now based between Helsinki, Finland and the UK.  He has a BMus (Hons) from RWCMD and MMus from the Sibelius Academy. 

Theatre Credits include: The Hole (The Old Rep), ArtArctica (Vapaan Taiteen Tila), Magnificence (Finborough Theatre), Pomona (Richard Burton Theatre/The Gate) and Beasts and Beauties (Richard Burton Theatre).

In 2020 he was commissioned by BBC Arts and Arts Council to make an audio work, Lost Time, which examines the time lost and experiences gained by LGBTQ+ people in getting to truly be themselves.


Tabitha Piggott

Tabitha trained at LAMDA as a Leverhulme Arts Scholar, and is a production manager on the Estage development programme.

Credits include: Moreno (Theatre503), The 4th Country (Plain Heroines/Park Theatre), Old Bridge (Papatango/Bush Theatre), Red Pitch, Overflow (Bush Theatre), The Dancing Master (Buxton Opera House), Baby What Blessings (Old Red Lion), Walk Swiftly and With Purpose (Theatre503, Edinburgh Fringe).