Rough Haired Pointer is a theatre company set up by Mary Franklin (director) and Carin Nakanishi (designer) in 2013. Since then the company has expanded to include a composer, producer and a company of associate actors. Our work combines visual originality, headlong action, unapologetic theatricality, precisely crafted staging and theatrical danger. Our work is rooted in its form – every production we have staged has at its heart a discussion about making a piece of theatre. Our work is intentionally rough around the edges. We believe in constantly celebrating the elements of chance and play in live drama.  Both onstage and in rehearsal our artistic aim is organised chaos, with a backbone of trust, fidelity to the text and an understanding that comes from a strong collaborative ethos.

Past work includes NOONDAY DEMONS by Peter Barnes (King's Head Theatre 2015), a new adaptation ofGeorge and Weedon Grossmith's THE DIARY OF A NOBODY (White Bear and King's Head Theatres 2014-15), MARCO POLO? by Matt Osman (Hen and Chickens 2014), the World Premiere of Joe Orton's FRED & MADGE (Hope Theatre 2014), THE BOY WHO CRIED by Matt Osman (Hope and Tabard Theatres 2014) and THE YOUNG VISITERS by Daisy Ashford (Hen and Chickens Theatre 2013).


Mary Franklin (Artistic Director) studied English Literature (Oxford University). Directing credits include Marco Polo? (Hen and Chickens) the World Premiere of Joe Orton’s Fred & Madge (Hope Theatre), The Diary Of A Nobody (White Bear and King's Head Theatre), The Boy Who Cried (Hope and Tabard Theatre), Cleopatra (King’s Head and Hope Theatre), The Young Visiters (The Hen and Chickens), Feather (Arcola), Twelfth Night (OFS Theatre), Gormenghast (Pleasance Dome), The Master and Margarita (SPGS). Assistant directing includes Tosca (Soho Theatre and touring), Quasimodo (King’s Head Theatre), Filter (Sadler’s Wells), Arab Nights (Soho Theatre) and The Invention of Love (Oxford Playhouse). 

Carin Nakanishi (Designer) studied Architecture at Edinburgh University and has worked for leading practices both in Japan and the UK. While working as an art director and visual merchandiser, she has also produced designs for fashion labels, recording artists as well as working on commercial and residential building projects. 

Olivia Amory (Producer) Recent work with the company includes Noonday Demons and The Diary of a Nobody (King's Head Theatre). Since graduating from Bristol University in 2010 Olivia has worked with Sonia Friedman Productions, Donmar Warehouse, Cheek by Jowl, The Print Room, Shakespeare Schools Festival, World Stages London and the Independent Theatre Council. 

Jordan Mallory-Skinner (Musical Director) trained at The Arts Educational and The Lee Strasberg Institute in Los Angeles. His recent work with Rough Haired Pointer includes Marco Polo?, Fred & MadgeThe Diary Of A NobodyThe Boy Who Cried and Cleopatra at The Hope theatre. He will also be appearing as the lead in soon to be released short film Blue Train by Manolis Mavris, and recently appeared in a music video for artist My Panda Shall Fly called 'Opening Brace' by Chris Toumazou. Jordan is also a trained composer and songwriter, currently doing a degree in music at Goldsmiths.

Associate Artists: Andrew Brock, Marianne Chase, Jake Curran, Loz KeyStone, Shelley Lang,  Geordie Wright

 "Rough Haired Pointer's calling-card is a sort of studied ramshackle quality, a tumbledown charm.  They are rough around the edges in the most knowing and sophisticated way possible, and elevate the idea of play to something of an art form."

- PostScript Journal


"Rough Haired Pointer are rapidly establishing themselves as one of the most inventive and entertaining new theatre companies out there."

- Exeunt


‘Audacious… violently original’

-The Telegraph


‘Great fun.’

-The Times


‘Fiercely original and sharply funny.’



‘An admirably bold company’

-The Stage


‘An insanely talented group of individuals, all of whom click together on stage like clockwork.’

-London City Nights


"I saw enough to know that Rough Haired Pointer, who have already produced an acclaimed version of Daisy Ashford’s The Young Visiters, and a play about Cleopatra might yet develop into a potent force on the fringe."

- Michael Coveney, What's On Stage


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