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Vital Theatre has been formed during the Covid-19 pandemic with the aim of reinforcing just how important theatre is to our culture and society. Its mission is to create theatre work that is live, immediate and truthful. People will always need the shared experience that theatre see and feel human stories played out. 

Stories are needed, shared experiences are crucial and theatre is vital!

Vital Theatre produces new work by writers in the South East, created with artists based in the area. It will always be collaborative and aims to enable and develop all those who work with the company. 

Dominique Gerrard

Artistic Director

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Dominique has been directing plays since 2003, taking on a huge range of styles and approaches including site-specific, immersive, children's theatre, musicals and devised work. She is passionate about developing new work and is often dramaturg, developing the scripts alongside the writer. Recent credits include: Quintessence by Emily Carding (Outstanding Production Winner Brighton Fringe), A Necessary Woman for Clair Obscur Theatre (UK Tour), Proxy for Emul8 and The Crucible & Rags (LCM Graduate Productions). 

She is Artistic Director of Vital Theatre. Dominique also teaches acting and specialises in The Meisner Technique. 

Michael Punter



Michael Punter is a Dramatist and Teacher. Michael's plays include The Wolves for Paines Plough, The Birds for Birmingham Rep., Darker Shores for Hampstead Theatre, Stagefright for the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds, Skerryvore for the Old Red Lion/London Horror Festival and Wax for Waterloo East. His work for BBC Radio Drama includes Come To Me and The Glad House. With Tom Goodman-Hill, he has developed TV drama The Particle for Channel 4/Wild Mercury Productions.

“Punter not only writes beautifully and intelligently, but he plays on the very idea of language”

(The Guardian on The Wolves) 

Rich Keeble

Sound Designer


Rich has been involved with theatre in various capacities for about 10 years and designing sound for 5 of them. Recent sound design credits include Quintessence by Emily Carding, A Necessary Woman for Clair Obscur Theatre, The Signalman by Martin Malcolm and many musical theatre summer schools. Much of his theatre experience has been centered around The Questors Theatre in Ealing and latterly The Stables Theatre in Hastings. During lockdown Rich has been experimenting with home recording techniques and very much misses playing live drums. 

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