Who are Portmanteau?

Portmanteau’s work is created from stories obtained through interviews and research. Through a collaborative approach to devising, we combine movement, verbatim and storytelling to create witty and bold theatre which explores socio-economic issues. We aim to engage our audiences in discussions about current affairs that impact and influence us all.

About the team

Co-founder and Artistic Director of the company, Melissa Booth formed Portmanteau with the aim to make work that fuses movement, spoken word and real stories to explore socio-economic issues.  Melissa trained in Dance and Contemporary Theatre at the University of Chichester before studying MA Performance Practices and Research at Central School of Speech and Drama. Melissa continually works to develop a choreographic voice for Portmanteau through exploring body language and gesture to physicalise emotion and spoken word. Alongside Portmanteau, Melissa programmes the Theatre & Performance department at Morley College and Morley Studio Theatre.


Ryan Stagg is a creative producer, dramaturg and FE Lecturer in Drama and Performing Arts. He graduated with a BA Hons in Contemporary Theatre from the University of Chichester in 2009, and then with a PGCE & MEd from the University of Portsmouth in 2010/11. Involved in producing for touring theatre companies for the past 3 years, Ryan joined Portmanteau in 2014 as their producer and is delighted to be able to develop the companies industry profile, as well as, helping them to grow practically and facilitate the development of a larger platform to showcase their work.

James Booth is a graphic & interaction designer based in London. For the last 8 years he has been working for various design studios and agencies. He specialises in user interface and experience design, and is interested in creating visual solutions. He also like to explore narratives through photography and motion work. James has been working with Portmanteau since they formed in 2012. He has created the company brand, art direction, website design and posters. He also directed, filmed and edited their trailer and photography. www.jamesbooth.net


Sinéad Kennedy Krebs is a PhD candidate in English Literature at King’s College London. She studied Acting at the Oxford School of Drama, before going on to graduate from Queen Mary, University of London, with a BA (Hons) and MA in English Literature in 2013 and 2014 respectively. Sinéad’s research is centred on the grey areas of society, history and culture; hidden stories and the notion of voicelessness during periods of rupture. Sinéad joined Portmanteau for their third show as researcher and dramaturg, and is excited to explore culture through theatre.

Rose Wardle is currently on a sabbatical from the company. Since graduating in 2011 from Rose Bruford College, Rose has gone on to work professionally as an Actor, primarily on-screen. She also has experience in producing, whilst working at The Grotowski Institute, Poland. Her work as a performance artist has developed through her interest in practitioners such as Sanford Meisner and artist, Tadeusz Kantor. Rose’s passion for the work lies in creating detailed, vivid performances which explore the habitual nature of interpersonal relationships.