Meet the Crew

Stephen Oswald (Director)

Stephen Oswald (Director)

Stephen Oswald, Director

Stephen Oswald has been acting, writing, directing, and evolving theatre and physical performance pieces for over 25 year and has formed both production specific and continuing theatre companies. Relocating from Edinburgh to London in 2011, Stephen trained for 2 years at The Poor School in Kings Cross before forming The Canting Crew to continue the strong working relationships he had forged in training.

A director familiar with both classical text and new works, his work has gained critical praise and a nomination for an Edinburgh Fringe First, and New Scottish Writing awards.

Tara Crabbe (Producer)

Tara Crabbe

Tara Crabbe, Producer

Tara studied at The University of Cambridge (BA Hons, Classics) and The Poor School London (2-year Acting Training) and started The Canting Crew in 2013 as Founding Director alongside Stephen and Simon. Following her 3-year stint working ‘in the city’, Tara is now Executive Producer for The Canting Crew. Over the past year she has worked to produce and act in Dracula (The Workhouse Theatre, 2013), Night with the Vampires (Camden, Site-Specific, 2013), and Comedy: A Tragedy in One Act (Sadler’s Wells: Lilian Baylis Studio, 2014) and is currently working to secure funding for the company’s future projects, touring in the UK and abroad. At home with The Canting Crew, she leads workshops and warm-ups as a trained Yoga teacher and Classical Choral Singer, alongside her work as an actor within the company.

Tara is looking forward to setting up The Canting Crew’s base in New York over the coming months.

Simon Mitelman  (Company Manager)

Simon Mitelman
(Company Manager)

Simon Mitelman, Company Manager




Stephanie Hume (Casting)

Stephanie Hume

Stephanie Hume, Casting

Stephanie Hume trained in Acting at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, graduating in 2011. Having recently embarked on a career on the ‘other side of the table’ she was delighted to lend her skills to the Canting Crew casting desk for Comedy: A Tragedy in One Act by Nikos Kazantzakis. Recent Production credits include: ‘They Shoot Horses Don’t They’ by Ray Herman (Edinburgh Fringe Festival), The Beat Beneath My Feet (Scoop Films), ‘Dear Boy’ by Joe Morrow (Sheridan Studio)

The Canting Crew are expanding!

As we get ready to launch our workshop program and with the growth we have experienced in the past 12 months The Canting Crew are delighted to be growing our core team.

Kimberly Black

Kimberly Black

Sandy Batchelor

Sandy Batchelor

Anneli Page

Anneli Page

Conor Craig-Stephens

Conor Craig-Stephens

The Oath Of The Canting Crew

I, Crank Cuffin, swear to be true to this fraternity;
That I will in all obey rule and order of the lay.

Never blow the gab or squeak; Never snitch to bum or beak;
But religiously maintain authority of those who reign
Over Stop Hole Abbey green, be their tawny king, or queen.
In their cause alone will fight; think what they think, wrong or right;

Serve them truly, and no other, and be faithful to my brother;
Suffer none, from far or near, with their rights to interfere;
No strange Abram, ruffler crack, hooker of another pack,
Rogue or rascal, frater, maunderer, Irish toyle, or other wanderer;
No dimber, dambler, angler, dancer, prig of cackler, prig of prancer;
No swigman, swaddler, clapper-dudgeon; Cadge-gloak, curtal, or curmudgeon;
No whip-jack, palliard, patrico; No jarkman, be he high or low;
No dummerar, or romany; No member of the family;
No ballad-basket, bouncing buffer, Nor any other, will I suffer;
But stall-off now and for ever all outtiers whatsoever;
And as I keep to the foregone, so may help me Salamon! [By the mass!]


From The Life of Bampfylde Moore Carew, by ROBERT GOADBY.



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