In spring 2021, TFP's award-winning, sell-out Edinburgh Fringe play, The Greatest Play in the History of the World... embarked on its debut UK tour starring Coronation Street and Broadchurch's BAFTA nominated actress Julie Hesmondhalgh. Re-opening regional theatres across the North following the closure of theatres during the pandemic, the tour played to full (socially-distanced!) houses and received further critical acclaim.
TFP is an award-winning, independent theatre production company, founded in 2013 to produce Land of Our Fathers, Time Out’s Fringe Show of the Year 2013. The production subsequently transferred to Trafalgar Studios in 2014 and toured England & Wales for 14 weeks in 2015/16 before returning to London's hottest pop-up theatre, Found111. Recent hits include TFP's 20th anniversary production of Enda Walsh's Disco Pigs starring Evanna Lynch which transferred to the Irish Repertory Theatre, New York, garnering a Critics' Pick from the New York Times, co-production of good dog by Olivier Award-nominated writer Arinze Kene MBE completing its second tour of the UK and co-production Build a Rocket was a Best Theatre Weekly Award winner at the Adelaide Fringe before embarking on a UK tour in autumn 2019. In summer 2019, TFP was associate producer on the world premiere of Oscar nominated writer Anthony McCarten's (Bohemian Rhapsody, Darkest Hour, The Theory of Everything) new play The Pope at Royal & Derngate, Northampton, starring Anton Lesser (Game of Thrones, The Crown, Wolf Hall).
Adelaide Fringe Awards Build a Rocket Best Theatre Week 1 (2019)
Holden Street Theatres' Edinburgh Award Build a Rocket (2018)
Origin's 1st Irish Festival Awards (New York) Disco Pigs Special Jury Prize: Colin Campbell (2018)
The Stage Edinburgh Award The Greatest Play in the History of the World... (2018)
The Sunday Mail Awards Build a Rocket Best Female Solo Show (2019)
Theatre503 Playwriting Award And Then Come the Nightjars (2014)
Alfred Fagon Awards seeds (2019), good dog Audience Award (2017)
Chita Rivera Awards (New York) Disco Pigs Outstanding Male Dancer in an Off-Broadway Show (2018)
Off West End Awards All Our Children Best Production, Most Promising Playwright (finalist, 2018), Muted Best New Musical (finalist, 2017), WINK Best New Play, Most Promising New Playwright, Best Director, Best Sound Designer (2016), Land of Our Fathers Best Production (finalist), Best New Play, Best Director, Best Set Designer, Best Lighting Designer (2014)
Origin's 1st Irish Festival Awards (New York) Disco Pigs Best Actress, Best Director, Best Playwright, Best Production (2018)
Susan Smith Blackburn Award And Then Come the Nightjars (finalist, 2016)
Theatre & Technology Awards good dog Best Trailer (2017)
Theatre503 Playwriting Award The Acedian Pirates (finalist, 2014)
UK Theatre Awards And Then Come the Nightjars Best Design (finalist, 2016)
VAULT Festival Awards Paper. Scissors. Stone. Highly Commended (2018)
Tara is an independent theatre producer, consultant and general manager, working across the commercial and subsidised sectors in the UK and internationally. She runs Tara Finney Productions which focuses on new writing projects, and not-for-profit organisation Burn Bright, supporting women playwrights with personal and professional development opportunities. Prior experience includes roles as interim executive director at The PappyShow (where she is now a member of the Advisory Board), managing director at LIVE General Management, producer at Tiny Fires, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Iris Theatre, Company of Angels and she originally trained at Theatre503.
Production credits include: The Greatest Play in the History of the World... (UK No.1 Tour, Trafalgar Studios, Royal Exchange Theatre, Traverse Theatre), Shine Black 1-2, Hear Me Roar, Better in Person 1-3 (Online), seeds (UK Tour), The Entertainer (UK No.1 Tour), Build a Rocket (UK Tour, Adelaide Fringe, Edinburgh Fringe, Latitude Festival), The Pope (Royal & Derngate), Honour (Park Theatre), Better Off Dead, Joking Apart, The 39 Steps (Stephen Joseph Theatre), Disco Pigs (Irish Rep Theatre NYC, Trafalgar Studios), Ishq (Sadler’s Wells), good dog, And Then Come the Nightjars, Land of Our Fathers (UK Tour), My Mother Said I Never Should (The Other Palace), World Factory (Young Vic, New Wolsey Theatre), Helver’s Night (York Theatre Royal), Alice through the Looking Glass, Richard III, Alice in Wonderland, Julius Caesar (St Paul’s Church), Desolate Heaven, Where the Mangrove Grows, ELEGY, Life for Beginners (Theatre503).
Stage One Interview with Tara Finney
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