OddManOut – Not for the usual suspects

Formed in 2007 to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe festival with Maggie Nevill’s play The Shagaround. Since then the company has continued to produce work and toured productions to venues throughout the UK. Based in the Tees Valley of North East England OddManOut aims to support new writing and make theatre that promises to ‘challenge and surprise’. OddManOut seeks to ask questions of its audience and engage with them through the theatre we produce. The company has a core artistic team of Katy Weir and Scott Young. In addition OddManOut has a growing collective of artists and theatre makers that we work alongside, exploring the use of a number of mediums, as an ongoing development of the company.

Meet the Team

  • Scott Young

  • Artistic Director

Since graduating from the InterACT theatre training scheme in 2007 Scott has written, directed and produced for both stage and screen. He has worked for many theatres and production companies including Northumberland Theatre Company, Nuffield Theatre Southampton, Jack Drum Arts, ARC Stockton-on-Tees, Scruff Productions and UK Film Council to name a few.

With OddManOut Scott has presented work at ARC Stockton-on-Tees, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Luton Hat Factory, Northern Stage (First in Three), Manchester  Royal Exchange Studio and Arts Centre Washington.

Scott is excited about sharing the work of OddManOut with audiences and very proud to be supporting and producing new writing in the North East of England.

  • Katy Weir

  • Artistic Director

Since graduating from Bretton Hall in 2005 Katy has worked as an actor, director and facilitator. Theatre credits as an actor include: The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Charlotte’s Web (The Dukes, lancaster), The Yellow Wallpaper (Royal Exchange, Manchester), Bailey Bridge (NTC), Romeo and Juliet (Young Shakespeare Company), and The Shagaround (OddManOut). As a facilitator Katy is an associate artist with National Youth Theatre and Shakespeare School’s Festival and also undertakes outreach work nationally.

As a director she has recently travelled to South Africa with the Swallows Foundation UK to develop arts and cultural exchange between the North East of England and the Eastern Cape of South Africa. She has worked with Barnstorm Theatre in Ireland to Research and Develop ‘The Messenger’ with Mike Kenny and the company. She is just about to go into pre-production on The Duke in the Cupboard at The Customs House, South Shields.

Mission Statement

To search out and support new writing through development of ideas, making partnerships with writers, and producing new work. To create engaging theatre that aims to challenge and surprise through the desire to leave an audience with more than they started with. Make theatre that no one else could, being a platform to brave scripts and unique drama.

New Writing

OddManOut believe first and foremost in stories and voices. We crave journeys we’ve never been on and long for words we’ve never heard. We believe that theatre gives us all a chance to do this, providing a space where the audience can be challenged, taking us all on a journey where we can be surprised, but mostly we want our audiences to engage. Only then, when we have the audience following can we have our stories listened to and our voices heard!

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Audience Feedback

‘OddManOut are a company to watch out for – if you’re an actor try & get an audition if you’re a punter fight to get a ticket for their next show – you won’t be disappointed’.
‘Lets talk about indie theatre companies. Locally engaged, forging creative relationships, building from the roots up. Take Teesside outfit OddManOut. Largely a two-person company, they attract associate artists like a magnet, and nurture writers who seek to surprise audiences’.