slot machine have been making work for over 20 years, and we make stuff that is weird and wonderful and funny and extraordinary – but not impossibly obscure.

We make shows for theatres. We also make site-specific work.

We formed slot machine in 2006.

Nick Tigg – Artistic Director


Nick studied English at University College London.

He is a writer, director, performer and musician.

He has worked with the experimental theatre company the People Show since 1992, including the following shows: The Ballroom Show, The Boat Show for Lift Festival 2002, Baby Jane – Fringe First Award winner Edinburgh 2003, Play Dead, and Ghost Sonata, commissioned by Liverpool City of Culture 2008 and performed in the Palm House at Sefton Park.

Other theatre credits includes: Volpone and Antony and Cleopatra (Royal Shakespeare Company), Frogs and Oh! What a Lovely War (National Theatre), The Warp, (Ken Campbell) TinTin in Tibet (Barbican Theatre/Young Vic), Al Bowlly’s Croon Manifesto and The Boy Who Bit Picasso (Untied Artists), The Cleansing of Constance Brown (Stan’s Cafe), Slasher in Down By The Greenwood Side (Brighton Festival).

Composing and soundscape credits for Slot Machine Theatre include Miki, Kipper’s Snowy Day, The Austerity Show, and Your Toys. Other sound credits include The Golem for Richard Waring and The Tribunal for Inroads Productions.

Fiona Creese – Artistic Director


Fiona trained at London Contemporary Dance School. She is a theatre maker, choreographer and performer.

A small selection of her choreography credits includes: The Iron Man (Young Vic), A Concert For Winter (The Globe), Dance To The Music Of Time (Norwich Festival), Private Lives (Hampstead Theatre) and numerous pieces for The People Show.

Choreography for Slot Machine Theatre: The Slide Show, Kipper’s Snowy Day, The Austerity Show, One Snowy Night, Miki, The Scooter Project, Your Toys, The Boy the Piano and the Beach.

Fiona is a core company member of The People Show, and has co-created and performed in the majority of their productions over the last 20 years, including their most recent show The Last Straw (Brighton and Edinburgh Festival 2018). A small selection of her other People Show credits include The Jossers, Fallout, The Story of Us, The Detective Show (winner of Herald Arc Angel award) and Ghost Sonata, commissioned by Liverpool City of Culture 2008.

Other Performing credits include: The Act, Marked Cards, Dinner Dance, 3-Point Turn, Fallen Angels, 20th Century Girls (all co-created for The Kosh), The Tempest, The Storm (Globe Theatre), Mary of Egypt (Aldburgh Festival), We Want God Now (ManAct).

Nicola Blackwell – Artistic Director


Nicola trained as an actor at Central School of Speech and Drama. She is a theatre maker whose work spans performing, direction and design.

A selection of performing credits include: Market Boy (National Theatre), TinTin in Tibet (Young Vic/Barbican and Tour/West End), Kite (Soho Theatre/LIFT), On The Outskirts of a Large Event (Manchester Home/York Theatre Royal), The Sound Collector (Sheffield Crucible), Strike Gently Away From Body, Perilous Stuff (Young Vic), You Hang Up First (Contact, Manchester), Mountain Language (Royal Court), While I was Waiting (ENO Studio/BAC), The Lizzie Play (Arts Threshold/Wink), The Tempest (Wink), The Woman Who Swallowed A Pin (Southwark Playhouse), Class Club, Curing Homosexuality (Site Specific for Duckie), We Are Here, The Birthday Show, The Birthday Tour, Play Dead, Baby Jane – Fringe First Winner (all for The People Show). She has been involved in the development of various projects, including Vernon God Little (Young Vic) ,A Thousand Stars Explode In The Sky (National Theatre).

Direction: On War, Alfred (Young Vic Shorts), The Hit (site specific) Your Toys, Miki, One Snowy Night, The Austerity Show, Kipper’s Snowy Day (co-direction for Slot Machine Theatre) Vacant Possession, The Tribunal (Inroads Productions).

Design: Set and Costumes: Down By The Greenwood Side (Brighton Festival), Boom (Theatre 503), Kipper’s Snowy Day, Your Toys, The Boy the Piano and the Beach (Slot Machine Theatre), L’Etoile (New Sussex Opera).

Costumes: Lady Windermere’s Fan, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, The Importance of Being Ernest (European Arts Theatre)

Emma Dolman – Producer


Emma has twenty years’ experience in arts management, from working as an arts development officer with rural and urban communities in small groups, to arranging large scale events, to artistic and executive director of arts centres. Latterly she directed the launch and first nine years operation of the highly successful new arts venue Cornerstone, Oxfordshire.

She has also conceived, commissioned and produced arts projects, events and new theatre, including a wide range of outdoor public events, cross-genre collaborations, devised children’s theatre, and work for and with people of varying physical abilities.

She is now a freelance theatre producer working with dynamic theatre companies on strategy, production and promotion, developing partners and projects, funding bids, and tour booking.

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