Our story

We’ve come a long way in five years; from the original Bakehouse kitchen table to a multi-award winning theatrical production company specialising in delivering immersive and interactive encounters. From our large multi-disciplinary HQ in Bristol, our skilled team of client, logistics, creative, design and production managers cook up a range of magical theatrical experiences for both UK and international clients. Over the years we’ve secured access to all the ingredients we need to create unexpected moments of pop-up joy. We rise to every new challenge and collaboration, as a result, our business is thriving.  Last year 120,000 people took part in over 500 Bakehouse shows in 40+ towns and cities across the UK and beyond and our work was seen by millions.

Dinosaur Palaeontologist Actors Head dress being decorated Hoo Haa Festival

What we believe

Our mission is to create unexpected moments of delight and wonder, delivering meaningful connections between performers and audiences. We bring people together through story and play in new environments, making memories and engaging imaginations. We work with a variety of clients including brands, retailers, public sector and cultural organisations, with a wide variety of audiences, often people who don’t engage with traditional theatre. We are a company that great performers and makers want to work with, we pay well and give respect. We deliver to campaign objectives, always with some added Bakehouse magic, leaving audiences, and clients, feeling positive.

Meet the bakers

We have a network of hundreds of skilled craftsmen, performers, puppeteers, costumiers and event managers, that help us to deliver delightful off-the-shelf events and bespoke creations. Meet some of our star bakers, based at Bristol HQ.  From set design and build, to scripting and direction, there’s oodles of experience and expertise in the mix.

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Kate Statham

Managing Director

One of the three founding members of Bakehouse, Kate is responsible for overseeing the running of the company. She has 20 years’ experience in the industry, find out more in her blog entry.

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Hannah McGavin

Creative Director

The theatrical force behind Bakehouse Factory specialising in pre-event character development and on-site event direction. Hannah spends her time creating characters, writing scripts, choreographing spectacular shows.

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Hetty Burton

Performer Manager

Hetty is a Bakehouse performer and also auditions, casts and manages our performer roster of brilliant and creative people all over the UK.

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Dan McGavin

Design Director

Dan’s vision for set and prop design has been a driving force for Bakehouse since he co-founded the company in 2010. He turns amazing ideas into 3D reality.

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Antonia Faust

Associate Director

Antonia’s mission is to broaden our client base and our profile. She is always happy to discuss a new project and brainstorm ideas for a prospective event or campaign.

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Charlie Dorman

Account Manager

As an Account Manager, Charlie devises creative campaigns and events, liaising with clients and overseeing campaign delivery.

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Roger Cooper

Office Manager
Rog keeps Bakehouse shipshape and Bristol fashion, dealing with everything from suppliers and performers to logistics and tech. His background in sound design and photography covers in-house audio/visual production.
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Sophie Littin

Head of Wardrobe and Costume

Sophie heads up our extensive wardrobe department. She creates incredible bespoke costumes from scratch working with the specific theming of each event. Sophie has a degree in Fashion Design.

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Toni Williams

Finance Manager

Toni looks after all of our accounts and invoicing. She is AAT qualified and has over 18 years’ experience in the finance sector working.

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Gemma Box

Project Manager

Project Manager Gemma has spent recent years organising and delivering large themed corporate Christmas parties, she’s looking forward to delivering a full range of events all year.

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Chris Allan

Workshop Manager

Chris has a BA Hons in Graphic Design and his full range of invaluable skills includes backdrop painting, poly-carving, graphic design, set build and installation.

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Katie Dane

Project Manager

Katie delivers multiple projects for a variety of clients. She is an experienced Project Manager with a BA Hons in Arts and Events Management.

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Performers

We couldn’t do it without our network of professional performers, read about one of our lead performers, Stu Bowden. Want to join us? Contact Hetty Burton!

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Jane Martin

Head of Marketing & Business Development

Jane has twenty year’s experience in marketing and events across arts, culture, charity, public and private sectors. Please get in touch with new business enquiries.

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Join us?

We are always looking for brilliant new bakers, freelance or permanent. Get in touch with us by sending your CV and cover letter to info@bakehousefactory.co.uk.

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Kathie Authon

Craft Design

Craft designer and lead researcher for educational projects, Kathie’s background as an English teacher and school governor ensure that all activities designed for children relate to the curriculum.

Who we work with

I absolutely loved The Big Read, the characters and set were fantastic, and our visitors loved it. I’ve never seen so many smiling children, or adults for that fact!! The whole team were a pleasure to work with from start to finish, and we’ll definitely be working with them again in future!

- Charlotte Dobbins, Events Manager, The Lowry, Peel Holdings

We have been working with Bakehouse and their multi-talented performers on a number of projects for the past three years and have always been delighted with the depth of characterisation, talent and commitment that they have brought to everything we have asked them to do. 

- Adam Blackwood, Founder and Creative Director, Private Drama

We’ve enjoyed working with the team at Bakehouse, they’ve added something really special to Colston Hall’s 150th Anniversary year. Family audiences loved the Dino School, Chocolate Factory and Table of Terrors experiences and the immersive theatre backstage tours helped us to tell our story in a unique and memorable way!

- Sarah Robertson, Communications and Special Projects Director, Colston Hall

Let us bake up some magic for you!

Got an idea you want us to bring to life? Would you like us to respond to a specific brief or set of campaign objectives? Are you interested in some of our existing performers or packages?

Call us on 0117 329 1919