B&R Productions was established in 1999 to produce new writing and revivals of contemporary classics. Since then directors Ian Ross and Christine Harmar-Brown have continued to develop the company across the performing and visual arts spectrum, establishing a significant track record for creative and cultural innovation and pioneering the development of cultural and community regeneration through strategic partnership working. Most recently they have consolidated their experience into the strategic development of creative industries and cultural regeneration in the South East through developing models for sustainable co-located arts and creative industries in a variety of contexts. These include re-locating Jasmin Vardimon Company into part of the Stour Centre Leisure complex in Ashford Kent, developing a de-commissioned school into a thriving arts hub and studio complex for over thirty artists at Rye Creative Centre, converting empty retail units within Eastbourne’s Devonshire Ward and developing Devonshire Collective, a cluster of studios, maker spaces and gallery.
Following the move from London, the natural environment, walking, thinking and growing veg has played an increasingly significant role in their thinking with the development of the B&R Studio marking the synthesis of their experience and philosophy – somewhere to step out of the clamour of daily delivery with space to think, conceive new ideas and gain creative clarity.
Prior to the launch of B&R Productions, Ian Ross worked as a theatre producer in the commercial and subsidised sector. He has West End and international credits as well as a proven track record of running buildings including Cambridge Arts Theatre (Executive Director) and Norwich Theatre Royal (Deputy Chief Executive). He is Executive Director at Jasmin Vardimon Company and is respected as an advocate for the creative industries among industry peers, local authority policy makers and the business sector.
Christine Harmar-Brown’s career as writer and director includes working in television as Head of Development at La Plante Productions and as Script Editor on Casualty. She has been commissioned to write for a number of contexts including scripts for theatre, TV and film, puppetry, youth theatre, heritage, Shakespeare adaptations and devised work. In addition she designs and delivers a range of arts projects and writing workshops for adults and young people and teaches on the Creative Writing Programme at Sussex Coast College.