Jennifer Galt and Marnie Russell embraced the digital theatre landscape and founded False Start Productions in early 2021 after graduating during the 2020 coronavirus lockdown.
Inspired by the ingenuity of theatre-makers during lockdown, False Start seeks to explore different ways audiences interact with performance outside of the dramatic theatre tradition. Although thriving as an online creative partnership, False Start is keen to expand their performance practices, looking at site-specific, interactive and installation theatre as exciting avenues to explore.
Collaboration is at the heart of False Start’s ethos and artistic process. The pair write and produce theatre work as a creative duo, but are also committed to providing other opportunities for emerging writers, performers and theatre-makers to network and create as a collective.
With a background rich in dance, teaching and theory, Jennifer Galt is an emerging creative producer with extensive experience in both producing and performing. Throughout her time at university, Jen performed, devised and co-directed with Student Theatre At Glasgow (‘Lonely Tart’s Club’, ‘PHENOMENA’) and danced competitively with Dance Republic. Jen also choreographed STAG’s 2019 mainstage production ‘Lysistrata’ and worked as a dance teacher at Dance Republic. After performing in both ‘Godspell’ and ‘Our Country's Good’ at the University of Albany, Jen returned to Glasgow where she received an honours degree in Theatre Studies.
In July 2020, Jen self-produced ‘Opening Shop’, an online digital theatre festival showcasing Scottish writers, actors and directors. Over the Christmas period, Jen co-wrote, produced and edited ‘Putting On A Panto!’, before embarking on Scottish Youth Theatre’s Making Space festival, where False Start Productions had their official debut with ‘Eat Worms’. Most recently, Jen showcased new writing with the Traverse Young Writers and produced her solo interactive piece ‘Yours’ with Framework Theatre, which took place over letters, emails and voicemails sent to audience members. Jen has since joined the Famework Theatre team as an Associate Producer and will continue to work with them throughout the year.
Later this year, Jen will begin training with the National Youth Theatre while continuing to produce for False Start Productions. She is currently being mentored by Gemma Nicol (Wonder Fools, Hidden Route).
During the day, Jen manages Alessio’s Cafe and Bistro and is a rainbow leader for her local Girlguiding unit.
Based in Glasgow, Marnie Russell is a writer, actor and tutor with a musical theatre background. She graduated in 2020 with an honours degree in English Literature and Theatre Studies from the University of Glasgow. During her time at university, Marnie co-delivered drama-based workshops with Fast Forward Ltd. and was a member of the Citizens Theatre Young Co. (2017-2018) with whom she toured ‘FINE’, an original TIE production. She has also worked with Student Theatre At Glasgow as an assistant director, writer, deviser and co-director.
Marnie spent a year studying playwriting at Boston College where she also performed the role of Ophelia in ‘Hamlet’ among other credits. After returning to Scotland, Marnie joined Theatre Studio Glasgow as an assistant director and choreographer for their 2019 pantomime ‘Cinderella’. She has since worked as a drama, musical theatre and dramatic writing tutor at Theatre Studio and will be joining their agency as an agent’s assistant.
Over the last two years, Marnie has performed with Hopscotch Films (‘Trifle’) and Live Witness Theatre (‘30/60’, ‘Pillowtalk’). She recently took on a producer role for LWT’s virtual reality project ‘Upstream’. Co-founding False Start Productions after writing and producing a digital pantomime (‘Putting On A Panto!’), Marnie and Jennifer produced and performed in ‘Eat Worms’ as part of a residency with Scottish Youth Theatre.
Most recently, Marnie showcased new writing with the Traverse Young Writers, worked as a casting director for Intravenous Productions and started work on a television pilot. Marnie is currently being mentored by Gemma Nicol (Wonder Fools, Hidden Route) and has also been selected to join the 2021-22 mentorship programme at the Federation of Scottish Theatre.
During the day, Marnie works as a delicatessen assistant.