Ribcaged became a registered Charity and a full-time business in September 2013. 




Winner     National Spirit of the Community             Yorkshire and Clydesdale Bank Foundation 






Winner     Creative Business of the Year                  Ribble Valley Business Awards 





Winner     Tourism in the Community                      Ribble Valley Tourism Awards 


Finalist     Creative Business of the Year                       Ribble Valley Business Awards 


Finalist     Community Business of the Year                  Ribble Valley Business Awards 





Winner     Event of the Year ‘RIBFEST’                      Ribble Valley Tourism Awards 


Finalist     Third Sector Business of the Year                 Lancashire BIBA (Be Inspired Business Awards) 


Winner     Best Theatre Production Company           North West Enterprise Awards. SME.       


Winner     Creative Business of the Year                   Ribble Valley Business Awards


Finalist     Community Business of the Year                  Ribble Valley Business Awards


Finalist     Micro Business of the Year                           Ribble Valley Business Awards


Finalist     Innovation of the Year                                 Ribble Valley Business Awards


Winner  Innovator of the Year - Owen Phillips           Sub36 Lancashire Business View Awards 


Finalist     Young Lancastrian of the Year - Owen Phillips     Sub36 Lancashire Business View Awards


Finalist    Culture & Heritage Award                            Lancashire Tourism Awards 






Macbeth – William Shakespeare – The Grand Clitheroe

Published - Clitheroe Times & Advertiser 18th June


Ribcaged have done it again – created a completely understandable, up to date and original version of a popular Shakespeare play. I say ‘popular’, but I wonder is it only school students who have to study and appreciate the Bard these days? Not if the audience, comprising a good cross-section of ages, was anything to go by. It was a full house for the Grand and there was a real buzz of expectancy  before the performance started, because any  Ribcaged production is always eagerly anticipated.


Owen Phillips (Artistic Director and founder of Ribcaged Productions) says, “I have always loved .... the themes of power, control, paranoia and desire (in the play) ... which are just as relevant today”. His modern interpretation, with BBC-style news bulletins as back projection (ably read by Newscaster Keith Flood), created a vivid idea of a post-devolution Scotland descending into chaos. Indeed, all the projected ‘scenery’ (images of Scottish and Northumbrian castles as well as disaffected crowds bearing slogans and shouting) was as effective as any 11th century army. The setting, turning a state-of-mind, moody, blood-red as the play progresses, and the now-you see-it dagger, were clever touches.


The cast’s rendition was faithful. Richard Hoyle (Macbeth) performed flawlessly, carefully developing an air of disturbed guilt. Cassandra John-Baptiste’s Lady Macbeth conveyed passion as well as conniving ambition. Jeremy Rycroft’s versatility was once again in evidence, in his roles as Duncan, Porter, Old Man and Siward. The Witches, in their leather and lace, made a brave, if degenerate show, leaving the feeling that you wouldn’t want to meet them  ... on a dark heath!

Secret service type security, and paramilitary gear created an edgy feel on set. Daniel Blake’s Banquo inspired ghostly fear in Macbeth – and the audience, especially when he appeared projected on screen in a scary ‘look into my eyes’ moment.

Bridget Rabbitts.



Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare - The Grand Clitheroe


Clitheroe Advertiser -Published on Friday 27 April 2012 12:23


“I’ve forgotten how many times I taught it. Some of the staff at The Grand reminded me I had done it with them! I do not seem to have put them off! I have watched it performed in so many ways. I was keen to see how our local Ribble Valley company, Ribcaged, interpreted this famous love story. I enjoyed their production of “Wind in the Willows” a few months ago. I was not disappointed.


The contemporary setting, against a backdrop of last summer’s riots, works well, a city in ferment, gangs bent on violence and knife crime are just as much our problems today as in Shakespeare’s Verona. This production is greatly helped by two touching, effective and delightful performances by the young leads, Keiran Spencer as Romeo and Rebecca Charnley as Juliet.


Their diction was clear and passionate. A cast of young people, Jessica Hurley, Ryan Monk, Sebastian Threlfall and Ben Briscoe gave good support, helped by a group of adults, Peter Neaves, Owen Phillips, Richard Hoyle and Charlotte Smith. Jeremy Rycroft coped with the changeable character of Capulet and Keith Flood was a slyly comic Friar Laurence. Lewis Wren is an excellent Mercutio, wild and witty and he did well with all the sexy jokes and innuendos of the young men. Not much has changed there also!

A choir of six young Grab event winners (The Grand’s high schools talent show) added some melancholy music in the tomb and at the end. The simple staging was good. Owen Phillips had directed his cast skilfully and it is a delight to see young people so involved in theatre… I look forward to Ribcaged again. I wish them a successful summer working with young people along with The Grand’s “Backstage Pass”.


Pippa Munro Hebden


Wind in the Willowsby Kenneth Grahame - The Grand Clitheroe


Clitheroe Advertiser.


Published on Friday 30 December 2011 12:28


"Fascinating version of “Wind in the Willows” by Ribcaged Productions at our splendid local venue, The Grand. An accomplished adult cast, Keith Flood, Arthur Geldard, Kaitlin Howard, Richard Hoyle and Stephanie McKervill take on the principal roles. They are supported by a very impressive group of young actors. What struck me most about the interpretation is the clever idea of opening with a grandfather reading to his bored granddaughter and encouraging her to use her imagination.


This then means that the Girl, a remarkable performance by Katie Edmonson, is present throughout the action and we can relate to her reactions. She is also extremely adept in helping to shift the minimal scenery around, of which the most incredible device is a seemingly simple pale green plush three-seater sofa/settee/couch. Real credit must go to producer Deb Groves [Owen Phillips] and her team for such imaginative use of such an everyday object.


The group of young players are amazingly confident. Helena Fearnley-Brown is a delightfully comic Stoat, the rather more tender-hearted sidekick to Wicked Weasel. Lewis Reed and Hannah Yates are charming rabbits and together with Lauren Hensey, Isabelle Smith, Phoebe Hope, and Mollie Yearby, they play a range of animals, both friendly and dangerous Wildwooders.


The Grand’s audience enjoyed it and the sound, lighting and particularly the clever filmed section were much appreciated. This show is coming back to the Grand on January 13th and 14th and is worth seeing. Ribcaged Productions are back in April with “Romeo and Juliet” and I shall be interested to see their “fast-paced modern adaptation”.


Pippa Munro Hebden


Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens - The Grand Clitheroe 

Longridge News -Published on Thursday 20 October 2011 13:29


Our grandparents may have fondly recalled the days when theatres had their own companies which delighted audiences with an ever-changing repertoire of productions.

Times have changed, but Ribchester-based company Ribcaged Productions’ new link with The Grand venue in Clitheroe could mean that Ribble Valley leads the way in re-establishing local demand for live professional theatre in the region.


Its sell-out production of Oliver Twist (October 11 and 12) brought together a talented cast of professional actors and some extremely able local youngsters. This proved a winning combination, as this non-musical adaptation of the Dickens’ classic, well directed and written by Ribcaged’s founding director, Owen Phillips, moved along at an action-packed pace.


The moral was written in broad brush–strokes, Oliver’s virtue had its own reward and Fagin, (the wonderfully talented Keith Flood), got his come-uppance. The engaging script gave the cast an excellent vehicle to showcase its talent, with Artful Dodger Richard Hoyle proving an accomplished narrator as he delivered his rhyming route-guide to the narrative with verve.


Rick Guard’s Bill Sykes proved a terrifying thug as he bullied Nancy, played by Stephanie McKervill, who gave an increasingly compelling performance as the play progressed. The calm confidence of Peter Neaves (Mr Brownlow, Mr Slout and Boxer) helped pace the production, with the able accompaniment of Jeremy Rycroft, who alternated as the authoritative voice of the unseen Chairman of The Board and as Mr Grimwig.


Choreographer and fight co-ordinator Kaitlin Howard deserves a special mention, as do the cast members involved, including Michael Gill as Toby Crackit and the boxer, as the fight and other action scenes were very realistic. The scene where Fagin instructs his young charges in scarf stealing was particularly entertaining. Cassandra Riley as Mrs Sowerby, Rose and Spit, proved versatile and commanding, whilst it is meant as a compliment in the context of the play to say Kate Wallace excelled as the unpleasant and at times laughter provoking Mrs Corney/Bumble, pairing up with a memorable Mr Bumble Mike Coyne for a humorous double act.


Keith Flood not only captivated as Fagin, he also performed the role of undertaker Mr Sowerberry with aplomb. Tuesday’s Oliver Lewis Reed delivered his lines clearly and was confident on stage. There were some excellent cameo performances from the younger members of the cast, including especially Rose Hargreaves, a local sixth former, Oliver Bowen and Katie Edmondson, good use of the stage and scenery (a splendid set constructed Ian Phillips), and an abundance of musical cues to keep the audience sign-posted to key scenes. The challenge of providing costumes was well met by Ann Marie Caunce.


The youthful cast came from assorted local schools and comprised: Oliver Bowen, Katie Edmondson, Sebastian Hardy, Lauren Hensey, Kelly Hogan, Chloe Jackson, Rees Parry (Oliver in the Wednesday performance), Lewis Reed (Oliver in the Tuesday performance), Mollie Webb and Hannah Yates. Sixth former Arthur Gellard played not only the role of Noah Claypole, but a memorable sailor too. They were a credit to the production. As Owen noted in the show’s programme: “The wealth of local talent from the area is clear to see.”


This was a creative and enjoyable production with memorable performances.


Ribcaged is a real addition to the Grand’s crown. It already has a good track record of producing inventive and thought-provoking productions. On the basis of this show, it is surely destined for ever greater success.


This production, true to the spirit of the Oliver story, leaves you wanting more.


Fiona Finch


Requiem by Owen Phillips, C Venue – Edinburgh Festival Fringe, The Grand-Clitheroe.


Three Weeks * * * *

“This tender and heartfelt piece depicts the relationship between two men: Theatre critic Mac Mackenzie and the thespian Sir Leo Bisby. The play is initially set backstage, and then takes place through Bisby's memories, with past events re-enacted in a series of flashbacks. These flashbacks show the characters witnessing each other's successes and failures in both their personal and professional lives. The script, written by Owen Phillips, is wonderful; packed with enthralling conversations capturing the reality of theatre life, with a sprinkling of theatre in-jokes adding amusing moments, yet the piece also manages to depict the dark side of the relationship without glamorizing it. Alongside a great script, the acting, too, is flawless, with perfect delivery, making this nostalgic piece utterly charming”


Letters Home by Trace Currall, Workhouse Studio Ribchester, Zion Theatre - Manchester, Engine Rooms- Skelmersdale, C Venue – Edinburgh Festival Fringe


Edinburgh Guide * * * * *


“This moving play packs a dramatic punch because it’s brutally honest and based on fact. Performed with heartfelt emotion and insight, the soldiers’ attitude to war changes for ever once they witness its harsh reality.”


Lancashire Evening Telegraph * * * *

“Letters Home is a thought provoking piece of theatre. It takes a penetrating look at the confusion, concerns and uncertainty of modern warfare from the point of view of those on the front-line, preparing to engage in combat in the Falklands War… and as a piece of theatre it has real impact.”


The Degenerates by Jonathan Shipman, C Venue – Edinburgh Festival Fringe


 ThreeWeeks * * * * *


“Brilliant Performances”


The Bear Who Paints by Owen Phillips, Southport Little Theatre, Pleasance Courtyard - Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Ribchester Festival of Music and Art 


The Fest * * * * *

“The best show I have seen at the fringe this year, The Bear Who Paints is a wonderfully colourful and musical delight for all ages. I found myself laughing and even crying at what is a magical story of a painting Bear! Must see for all!” The Fest


Three Weeks * * * *


“A bright, vivid production with plenty of laughs along the way... a cleverly staged play for all the family.”



Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare, Ribchester Festival of Music and Art, Sweet ECA - The Edinburgh Festival Fringe.


Lancashire Evening Telegraph * * * * *


“Young and talented director Owen Phillips had brought his new production of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing home, as a triumphant finale to the Ribchester Festival of Music… It was a delight on many counts – it’s not often an audience is treated to a feisty production of a Shakespeare …the cast met the challenge of such a performance with infectious enthusiasm and verve.… This Much Ado has abundant character and distinctive style!”


Sex for Shampoo by Owen Phillips, Sweet Venue- Edinburgh Festival Fringe


The Scotsman


“Writer and director Owen Phillips’s script intelligently captures the personal politics and emotional transactions underscoring Havana’s relationship to the outside world, steering a path between the idealistic and sceptical perspectives of his characters... This is a compelling drama, with fine performances, especially from the lovers manipulated by larger forces”



The War Bus by Owen Phillips, Ribchester Festival of Music and Art, Rocket Venue - Edinburgh Fringe Festival


Edinburgh Guide * * * * *

“This is top community spirit… they've got something special”


Three Weeks * * * *

"It is not often that a play is so powerful, so touching and so real that it reduces the audience to tears, but this play did. The emotive show takes an intimate look at life during World War Two. Set in the local pub the play does not exploit fancy special effects or dramatic overacting - it does not need to, the intense emotion that swells from its characters and the real haunting memories that linger sixty years on are enough to make this play a success.” 


Patron: Jane Horrocks






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