DSC 7782 LOWRESDirector and Choreographer Rosie Heafford
Performers Keir Patrick, Darragh Butterworth & Ellen Slatkin
Set and Costume Design Verity Quinn
Composer James Marples & Amir Shoenfeld
Lighting Design Ben Pacey
Dramaturg Lou Cope
Producer Claire Summerfield at Tandem Works
Production Manager Helen Mugridge
Stage Manager TBC



Second Hand Dance makes highly visual dance performances, collaborating with dancers, visual artists and the public to produce joyful, inspirational shows for children and adults that hold the audience experience at its centre. The work is often socially engaged, subtly participatory and presented in theatres, galleries, libraries and outdoor spaces.

Recent Projects include:

Grass in association with Unicorn Theatre
A dance show for families and children exploring grass and minibeasts. Following a sold out run at the Southbank Centre London, Grass was presented at British Dance Edition and is touring the UK during 2016.

Dad Dancing
Co-produced with Battersea Arts Centre, co-commissioned by BAC and South East Dance. A celebration of father-child relationships with 3 dancers, their 3 dads and a community cast of 20.

Second Hand Dance is a Playtime Artist with Pavilion Dance South West and Company in Residence at South East Dance. 



Rosie Heafford – Director & Choreographer

Rosie Heafford is a performance maker and choreographer. After graduating Trinity Laban with a degree in Dance Theatre, she studied at Goldsmiths College specialising in theories of spectatorship and participatory theatre. Since 2011, she has been collaborating artists and the public to produce thought provoking, joyful and highly visual dance performances for all ages. Previous projects apart from Second Hand Dance include Dad Dancing a collaboration with Alexandrina Hemsley and Helena Webb co-produced with Battersea Arts Centre and choreography for 16 Singers, a show for babies under 18months and their adults. In 2016 Choreographer Rosie received one of two shortlist awards at the Arts Foundation Children’s Theatre Awards. 

Claire Summerfield– Producer

Tandem Works (Claire Summerfield) supports national touring companies and artists developing and presenting theatre, dance, cross art form and collaborative projects. Projects range from one person shows to site specific multi-disciplinary productions to national and international tours. Each partnership is bespoke and determined in response to the needs of the artists and companies worked with, and often includes: artistic and organisational strategy development, project design, partnership development and advisory/mentoring support. Tandem Works past and current portfolio includes: 30 Bird (JUNCTURES, Plastic, Poland 3 Iran 2 & Majnoun amongst others), Michael Pinchbeck (The Beginning), Rachel Mars, Second Hand Dance (Grass & Getting Dressed), Tom Dale Company (I Infinite, Cabin Fever, Refugees of the Septic Heart and Digitopia), Arts Council England and The Almeida. 


Keir Patrick – Performer

Keir's training began at Laban and then onto EDge at London Contemporary in 2004. He has worked for Choreographers and Companies such as; Michael Keegan Dolan and Fabulous Beast, Ben Wright, Clod Ensemble, Nigel Charnock’s ‘Ten Men’, Siobhan Davies, Maresa Von Stockert, Stephanie Schober, Aletta Collins, Lorena Randi, Theo Clinkard, Colette Sadler, Telling Tales and Bare Bones. With Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre he toured with ‘The Rite of Spring’ and ‘Petrouchka’ (2013) and also ‘Rian’ (2011-2014) This included a collaboration with ENO for Julius Caesar by Handel at The Coliseum in London (2012). Other work includes Malmo Opera, Toulouse Opera and more recently Der Rosenkavalier atThe Royal Opera House. Keir joined Second Hand Dance in 2015 for the reworking and touring of ‘Grass’ commissioned by The Unicorn.

Darragh Butterworth – Performer

Darragh trained at the University of Cumbria in Carlisle and graduated in 2014 with a degree in Dance & Musical Theatre. Since then he has worked with Mischief Company directed by David Lloyd (Jasmin Vardimon Company) and worked alongside various choreographers as a freelance dance artist. Now, working with Second Hand Dance he wants to develop himself further as a professional and continue to build as a performer both in performance and choreographically. Alongside performance theatre he also produces music in diverse forms and has had a few of his compositions featured in various dance pieces which he hopes to pursue.

Ellen Slatkin – Performer

Ellen Slatkin, born in Berkeley, California, began her dance training at 7 with Scottish Highland Dance before shifting her focus to ballet, and then contemporary in her teens. She trained with Berkeley Ballet Theater and with the ODC/Dance Jam before moving to London in 2013 to attend the London Contemporary Dance School. At school, she performed work by Leila McMillan, Julia Bengtsson, Hagit Yakira, and Lea Anderson, while collaborating externally with classmates to create work performed in England, Finland, and Sweden. Since graduating in July 2016, she has stayed in London, working as a freelance dancer.

Verity Quinn – Set and Costumer Designer

Verity is an award-nominated theatre designer who trained at Nottingham Trent.  Design credits include: Septimus Bean and His Amazing Machine; Once Upon A Christmas; The Fourth Wise Man, Seesaw, When I Think About the Universe I Laugh For No Reason and Dora (Unicorn Theatre); Dame Nature (Tim Bell & Havoc Theatre); How To Win Against History (Aine Flanagan Productions); Under the Rainbow (Polka Theatre); Holy Mackerel (Eastern Angles); Beasty Baby (Theatre-Rites & Polka Theatre); Alpha Beta (Finborough Theatre); Free (Half Moon Theatre); Blue Boy (New Writing North & Northern Stage); Apples (Company of Angels & Northern Stage); The Girls from Poppyfield Close (Live Theatre)

James Marples – Composer

James Marples is an Australian songwriter, composer and performer whose music explores history, nostalgia and a sense of place.Jameshas released music on two independent record labels and performed his own compositions at Glastonbury festival and at theatres and venues in Europe and Australia. He has previously worked with Second Hand Dance on the music for the shows Creepy House and Grass which have toured extensively around the country. He is currently working on a project called Colonial Sun exploring Australian national identity and, in 2017, will be the songwriter-in-residence at the Menzies Centre for Australian Studies at King’s College, London.

Amir Shoenfeld – Composer

After graduating from Israel’s Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music and London’s Goldsmiths College, Amir has been working as a music producer, musical director and composer. With a passion for many diverse genres of popular music as well as musical theatre, Amir keeps himself engaged in many different worlds of music and performance. His most recent project was producing the album Desire Lines by the artist Fictonian. 

Helen Mugridge – Production Manager

Helen is an experienced stage and production manager. Her previous credits include: Manpower, Two Destination Language (UK tour), Kissing the Shotgun Goodnight, Christopher Brett Bailey (UK tour), Sleepless, Analogue (Germany and London), Stowaway, Analogue (National Tour), Golem, 1927 (UK and International tour), Stand, Chris Goode & Company (Oxford Playhouse), Re-Enactments, Analogue (Shoreditch Town Hall), Mess, Caroline Horton (National Tour), The Secret Agent, Theatre O (Edinburgh, Young Vic and National Tour), The Victorian in the Wall, Will Adamsdale (Royal Court and national tour), Monkey Bars, Chris Goode & Company (Edinburgh, tour and Unicorn), Mass Observation, Inspector Sands (Almeida).