Artistic Director & Designer
Zoe trained in Set and Costume Design at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and runs Pins and Needles Productions with Director Emma Earle. In 2014 she won Young Angels Theatre-makers award through Company of Angels and York Theatre Royal. For Pins and Needles, she has designed the first stage adaptation of Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas (Lyric Hammersmith and West Yorkshire Playhouse) and most recently The Bear (Polka Theatre); Scoop (Lyric Hammersmith, Latitude); Glengarry Glen Ross (Ustinov studio); Flies (Tobacco Factory).
Other freelance design credits include; Helver’s Night (York Theatre Royal); Much Ado About Nothing (Reading Between the Lines) The Infant (Edinburgh and touring); Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs (Southbank and National and International touring); Romeo and Juliet (Reading Between the Line); The Queen’s Knickers (Southbank Centre, the egg and tour); Riot, Beast and Beauties, One Act Plays and Treasure Island (The Egg); Treasure Island (Harrogate Theatre) and Suntrap (Gala Theatre).
Artistic Director & Director
Emma trained at the National Theatre Studio and Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.
She is Co-Artistic Director of Pins and Needles Productions. Emma co-adapted and directed the UK premieres of Raymond Briggs’ The Bear (Polka Theatre - remounted Christmas 2016) and Father Christmas (Lyric Hammersmith – remounted Christmas 2016 for its 5th consecutive year). Also for Pins and Needles: Scoop (Latitude and touring); Flies (Tobacco Factory), Ernest and the Pale Moon (Edinburgh and touring); Holly and Ivan’s Christmas Adventure (Lyric Hammersmith).
Emma is an Associate Director of Les Enfants Terribles. Credits include Olivier nominated Adventures in Wonderland and immersive dining experience The Twits (both at The Vaults, Waterloo); and a host of touring shows including The Marvellous Imaginary Menagerie; The Fantastical Flying Exploratory Laboratory; and Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs.
Emma is an Associate Artist of the egg (Theatre Royal Bath) and has directed Glengarry Glen Ross, The Grapes of Wrath and The Shape of Things for their
youth and adult participation groups. Pins and Needles is currently developing
a new adaptation of The Little Mermaid with the egg.