SBC Theatre Company was founded in 2010 by Rosie MacPherson and John Tomlinson. In 2016 we welcomed new member Hannah Butterfield.


Rosie MacPherson - Artistic Director

Rosie is a playwright and performer. She is the winner of the 2015 British Independent Film Festival - Best Actress Award for her portrayal of Marja in Run Away With Me.

Rosie's debut play 'Inside', previewed at Theatre503 and The Lowry before a 5 star run at Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh Fringe 2013, Canterbury Festival 2014 and a national studio tour in spring 2015. 'Inside' was nominated for the Fringe First, Carol Tambor and Bobby Awards and is published by Samuel French. Rosie's second play, 'Century' was developed and supported by Sheffield Theatres. 'The Nest' was commissioned by The University of Manchester

and NIHR as part of The Manchester Science Festival in 2015 and recommissioned in 2017 . ‘HomeFront’ was shortlisted for the Old Vic 12 scheme and played as part of Sheer Height Theatre's Women Redressed Festival at Jermyn St. Theatre, London. Rosie has been awarded a Peggy Ramsay Foundation grant to write new play 'Trigger Warning'.

Rosie's latest play ‘Tanja’ -about a female asylum seeker held in Yarl’s Wood Immigration Detention Centre- was written in partnership with charity City of Sanctuary. 'Tanja' was shortlisted for the TS Elliot Commission by Old Vic New Voices and the RED Women in Theatre Award., enjoying a sold out national tour in Autumn 2016. An extract of 'Tanja' was performed at The Houses of Parliament, December 2015. 'Tanja' is due to tour again Autumn 2017.

Rosie’s acting credits include lead roles in TV pilot Border Queen and feature films Run Away With Me and Misplaced 88. Doctors, Ideal (BBC), Emmerdale (ITV), The Plantation (BBC, BAFTA Nominated), What’s The Story? (Channel 4), Club Skin (Cannes Film Festival) and Powder (Theatrical Release). Rosie has recently completed filming opposite Kate Dickie in 'Natalie' directed by BAFTA winning director Mikey Murray.


Hannah Butterfield

Hannah is a theatre maker and performer based in Leeds. She currently works in the Performing Arts department at Leeds Beckett University lecturing in Dance and Performance.

Since graduating from the MA program in performance at Leeds Met, Hannah has worked collaboratively with Third Angel, SBC Theatre, Proper Job Theatre and Left Luggage Theatre. In 2013 Hannah was awarded a BBC Performing Arts Fellowship grant to develop a

one-woman theatre show. Last year, she was awarded Arts Council England funding to tour the finished show 21000 Miles of Rail to theatres including The Lowry in Salford, The Crucible Theatre in Sheffield and CAST Doncaster. 

Hannah has premiered new work at a number of international theatre festivals such as Dionysus Croatia, SibFest Romania, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, FLARE festival Manchester and GIFT Festival in the North East.

Hannah’s solo work is highly playful, physical and attempts to unpack/explore strategies for making connections with strangers. 


John Tomlinson - Company Producer

John is Associate Producer at York Theatre Royal, Company Producer for SBC and a freelance producer. 

His previous role was Programme Manager at Contact, Manchester. As a freelance producer, has recently worked on a research and development project for West Yorkshire Playhouse and The University of Leeds, working with local communities in Yorkshire. He was also recently Associate Producer on the Somme 100 project, the national commemorative event to commemorate the Battle of the Somme at Heaton Park, Manchester.

He was previously Assistant Producer at Sheffield Theatres, having completed a year as the Stage One Regional Producer. During that time he led and set-up Making Room at Sheffield Theatres with Third Angel, a network and

platform to support emerging artists and companies in South Yorkshire. He also worked as the producer for award-winning poet, writer and performer Ben Mellor (BBC Radio 4 National Poetry Slam Winner). John was part of Contact’s Re:Con scheme for young producers and programmers and has a First Class BA (Hons) Degree in Media and Performance from The University of Salford. He is also a member of the board of trustees for Theatre Delicatessen in London and Sheffield.