About Us

The Other Way Works creates playful theatre that immerses our audiences in the story.
The intimate scenarios we create allow our audiences to explore places and perspectives anew, provoking them to change the way they see the world.
We are part of a new wave of theatre makers re-inventing the way people engage with culture, using real world spaces and emerging technologies.

The Company is made up of a group of talented artists brought together under the artistic direction of Katie Day.

“The Other Way Works is a dynamic young company that is successfully exploring the possibilities of what theatre can and might be”
Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

“The Other Way Works is one of the leading UK companies exploring the frontiers of interactivity in theatre. The company has a thoughtful, engaging sensibility and is making a unique contribution to the exploration of contemporary theatre.”
John McGrath, Artistic Director, National Theatre Wales


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Artistic Director

Katie Day is Artistic Director of The Other Way Works. She develops original concepts for new projects and productions, and leads multidisciplinary teams in the practical realisation of these. Her particular area of interest is the emerging frontier where theatre meets new technologies. She is always on a quest to provide magical and bespoke experiences for ever more sophisticated audiences.

She is a 2017 BOM Fellow, a resident of the Pervasive Media Studio, and was the winner of the Hello Culture Award in 2014.

Work undertaken for other organisations

Technological Consultation, brokering of artist-technologist relationships with a focus on pervasive media
Action Learning Facilitation (Accredited Facilitator)
Working as a Director or dramaturg within a collaborative process.
Working as a collaborator in varied roles, with particular emphasis on the visual concept.
Directing consultant
Directing within an educational context

Special Interests

Concept development
Facilitating the creative process
Technology and its integration with theatre practice
Design and visual concept
Site-specific performance
Intervention performance that blurs reality and fiction
Audience/performer relationship
One-to-one performance

Birmingham, UK

32 Melton Road
B14 7DA

Company Limited by Guarantee No: 06594555
Registered in England and Wales
Registered Charity No: 1166679

Associate Artists

John Sear – Games Designer, Developer

Katherine Maxwell-Cook – Founder Member, writer, deviser, performer

Louise Platt – Founder Member, deviser, performer, writer

Mark Day – Composer, sound designer

Chris Keenan – Film Maker

Thomas Wildish – Producer

Xristina Penna – Scenographer

Past Members of Staff

Mary Helen Young, Executive Director 2015-2016

Board of Directors

Delia Garratt (Chair)

Delia is Director of Cultural Engagement at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. In this role Delia leads the Trust’s cultural programme onsite in Stratford upon Avon, online, nationally and internationally. She manages one of the world’s most important Shakespeare collections and is responsible for developing the museum, library and archive of both the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and the Royal Shakespeare Company to create a unique, dynamic and accessible resource that is widely enjoyed and used by audiences around the world. She is also responsible for the development and delivery of outstanding education and research programmes, as well as developing an international outreach strategy including touring exhibitions and new digital projects. Much of her work has focused on opening up collections for audiences; finding innovative ways of building connections between people and objects. Projects include Findingshakespeare and Eye Shakespeare. Previous roles include Museums and Communities Manager at Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council and Collections Development Officer (later Head of Collections) at the National Waterways Museums with responsibility for their nationally Designated collection across three museum sites.
(Joined September 2012)

Clayton Shaw

Clayton Shaw works for Sampad, a Birmingham based arts and heritage organisation where he is responsible for development, policies, local, national and international partnerships, financial management, marketing, and operational management. He supports the director and board, and works closely with the programme manager on new methods of arts programming and audience development. Prior to this he worked at Arts Council England to support a number of cultural organisations, the Herbert Arts Gallery in Coventry managing an arts and heritage events programme, and Birmingham City Council’s arts team with responsibility for commissioning artists to develop talent and skills. He has a keen interest in contributing to the development of the arts sector, particularly with advancements with digital technology for artistic production and audience engagement within the context of socially led practices. He is also a non-executive director for Culture Central, a strategic membership body representing arts and culture in Birmingham, the Whitworth Wallis Trust, a small grant giving body, and Moby Duck children’s theatre company. Clayton’s educational achievements include a Masters in European cultural policy and management at the University of Warwick, a BA (Hons) degree in Fine Art at Birmingham City University, and more recently he has been awarded the title of Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham.
(Joined April 2016)

Chris Unitt

Managing Director at One Further. Chris works on digital projects with arts, culture and heritage organisations. Clients include the Southbank Centre, English National Opera and Rambert. Chris is also regularly asked to speak at events and contribute articles about the effect of technology and digital media on art, culture and creativity. http://onefurther.com/ (Joined September 2009)

Past members of the Board

Catherine Allen
Sarah Ellis
Andrew Tims
Chris Brown
Louisa Davies-Foley
Liz Jones
Fiona Handscomb
Rev Dr Joel Love


We were pleased to receive funding from the Arts Council Catalyst scheme 2013-2015 in a consortium with Pentabus, Women in Theatre and Jane Packman.


What does your name mean?

It basically sums up our whole approach: if there’s a difficult way, we’ll take it, and make it work. Not just for the sake of it, but because breaking new ground is what excites us.

The work you make, it’s not really theatre is it?

Yes and no. It’s not theatre in the sense that you sit in a darkened auditorium looking forward to your interval ice cream/gin and tonic. But it is theatre because it’s about creating live events, where a performer and observer are present, it’s just not always clear who is who.

Was Homing Instinct your first show?

Homing Instinct was the first of our audience interactive performances, which shaped, and was inspired by, our current artistic aims. Before Homing Instinct, the company made two shows based on historical material, which helped to define what we wanted to make in the future:

Banishing the Beast, a play devised by the company.
Explored the world of Melodrama, questioning the role of the heroine within it. A devised show with a feminist and educational slant.

Divine, a new play by Rachel Yarsley.
Uncovered the early life of the theatre legend Sarah Bernhardt. New Writing developed in the context of workshops and rehearsal.