Our Team

Antonia Christophers - Artistic Director and Founder

Antonia trained at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Prior to forming Box Tale Soup with Noel, her performing credits included the following: Mhaegen in HBO’s Game of Thrones; Miss Peters in the BBC drama The Hour; Elaine in The Graduate, Buxton Opera House and UK tour.

In 2012 she and Noel founded Box Tale Soup, and since then they have been creating and performing their critically acclaimed productions. More recently Antonia took a quick break from the company to perform the narrator role of Titania in a production of The Fairy Queen with the Handel & Haydn Society, Boston, performing at Tanglewood in 2017 and in Boston’s Jordan Hall in 2018. She and Noel have also performed poetry readings for concerts in the V&A and Christmas at Christchurch Cathedral, Oxford.

Noel Byrne - Artistic Director and Founder

Noel graduated with a BA (Hons) in Theatre Arts from Manchester’s highly regarded Capitol Theatre School and later gained a PGCE from the University of Leeds.

Noel’s professional work has been extremely varied, including everything from Shakespeare on stage to voice and motion capture for video games, often creating and devising new work, including pieces for Manchester’s Contact Theatre and London’s Royal Court. He has performed puppetry and skin work for music videos and large scale events. Television work includes the BBC’s Doctor Who, The One Show and Mission 2110. Noel is also an award-winning street performer.

In 2012, Noel co-founded Box Tale Soup, and is currently a full time Artistic Director and performer for the company. Award winning Box Tale Soup have performed their critically acclaimed productions throughout the UK and internationally. They have collaborated with many prestigious organisations, including the Everyman Theatre Cheltenham, UCLA, and The Sixteen.

Adam Lenson - Director

Adam is a London based Director, Dramaturg and Creative Technologist. A major focus of his work is the development of new musicals. He has directed and developed work for Southwark Playhouse, Vaults Festival, Trafalgar Studios, Hackney Empire, Jermyn Street Theatre and many more.

His solo show Anything That We Wanted To Be was developed as part of Camden People’s Theatre Starting Blocks residency and will be at Summerhall for Edinburgh Fringe 2023.

Adam’s book Breaking into Song – Why you shouldn’t hate Musicals has recently been published by Salamander Street Press. “A fascinating cri de coeur that made me question everything I think about musicals.” Alan Cumming

In 2020 he cofounded Theatrical Solutions, a creative technology company that specialise in digital solutions for live theatre and events.

Mark Collier - Director

Mark trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and since leaving has performed in a wide range of productions. He has a particular passion for comedy and has appeared twice in award winning show ‘News Revue’, for which he also writes and directs. He also creates comedy with 5th Corner including hit show Club Sol Party which has appeared at Latitude Festival and Leicester Square Theatre.

Mark loves puppetry and recently toured nationally and internationally with Blunderbus Theatre Company. He has also worked on major productions for Big Wooden Horse Theatre, including Aliens Love Underpants.

Dan Melrose - musician and composer

Dan Melrose is a musician based in Manchester. He writes, records and performs music in a variety of genres. You can find out more about his wide range of work by visiting his Bandcamp page.

As well as performing as a singer/songwriter, Dan creates the fantastic original music that can be heard in Box Tale Soup’s shows. For some of these ventures he has also called on the talents of other musical friends, David Carden and Aidan Smith. Dan also produces music for documentary film and radio, and is involved with many other projects, embracing Hip Hop, Rock, Folk, Dance and Electronica amongst other things.


Gillian Fenner
Bruce Harris
Francis Matthews
Charlotte Couchman
Gina Hartnett

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