Hidden Project

About Us

Vickie Donoghue is a playwright and writer for TV.  Her debut full-length play, Mudlarks, was developed through High Tide’s Escalator Programme and produced by The Bush, following its premiere at the 2012 High Tide Festival. Her short play Weaklings was part of a programme of new plays at the Sheffield Crucible in June last year. Other plays by Vickie include Tender Loving Care (New Theatre Royal Portsmouth, 2014), Game Over (The Garage, Norwich; The Cut, Halesworth; both 2014) , Aperture (Live Lunch – Royal Court, 2015) and The Path (HighTide Festival, September 2016) one of seven writers to compose a short play designed to be listened to through headsets in locations throughout Aldeburgh.

For TV, she has worked with Kudos and is writing an original drama with the BBC in-house as part of their Drama Writers’ Scheme. She is an Associate Artist of The Mercury Theatre, Colchester.

Vickie was longlisted for the Evening Standard Theatre Awards as Most Promising New Playwright 2012 and in 2013 was shortlisted for the Royal National Theatre Foundation Playwright Award.


Temor Al-Kaisi, Young Producer, was born in Baghdad. He came to the UK as a refugee in 2009. Temor is involved with refugee campaigning organisations such Student Action for Refugees, UNICEF and Refugee week.  In 2015 he was nominated as Volunteer of The Year for a Civic Award in Croydon. Currently, Temor has received two platinum awards from UNICEF for his work on campaigning and running events for refugees.  Temor has been working with Ovalhouse Theatre since 2012 as a young associate, Performer, director and stage manager. Temor is co-founder of the Paper project. He is currently studying Computer Science at Greenwich University.




Miriam Halahmy is the author of HIDDEN (Troika Books), a novel for teenagers. HIDDEN was a Sunday Times Children’s Book of the Week, who called it “a book to counter bigotry”, and it was nominated for the Carnegie Medal. The novel HIDDEN was originally published in 2011, this project is adapting Hidden’s prescient story for the stage in 2017.

Miriam publishes novels, poetry and short fiction for children, teens and adults. She has extensive experience of working with refugees and asylum seekers, both as a teacher for 25 years and as a workshop facilitator for the Medical Foundation for the Victims of Torture and for English PEN.  In this photo Miriam is on Hayling beach (where the asylum seeker in Hidden was washed up.)


Stuart Mullins, Director/Producer, former Creative Director at Theatre Is…is an established artist with many years of experience making theatre for young audiences as well as his work with new writing venues in London and the south east. His work has been focused primarily on telling important stories about young people through the medium of contemporary theatre. He is currently working on Freefall, a new play highlighting the struggles of the 700,000 young carers in England.

Rebecca Hayes Laughton, Producer, spent fifteen years in senior production management roles at the BBC, ITV and independent TV production companies, including the award winning BBC international documentary strand Storyville.  In 2013 she retrained at Central School of Speech and Drama and is now working on drama projects with http://www.refugeewomen.co.uk and http://www.facebook.com/RewriteInfo/.


Based in Ringwood in the heart of the New ForestForest Forge Theatre specialises in creating professional performances for our studio-theatre and on tour, supporting emerging artists and delivering Creative Learning projects with the ongoing aim of inspiring, engaging and transforming communities.