About

Who We Are

We are Tobacco Tea, a Bristol-based theatre company specialising in making you laugh. From light, absurd parodies such as The Accidental Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (***** Theatre Bath) to dark contemporary satire such as Vitomori (**** Inter:Mission Bristol) and our 'Hot Fuzz meets Game of Thrones' parody, Parish Fête-ality: A Game of Scones (**** Remotegoat), we're bringing comedy that matters roaring into the heart of British theatre.

We're here to entertain, and we're here to challenge. Satire is a vital organ in any democratic society, and freedom of speech is the lifeblood – in an era when those things are under threat, we're determined to be honest about modern life and to mock what deserves to be mocked. With real, hearty, raucous laughter, we'll change the world one crowd at a time.

Where We Come From

Two of us – Chris and Lucy – met at university, where we made many student shows together. In 2013, we took a risk and started a company of our own, and Tobacco Tea was born. Four years and four plays later, Tobacco Tea has won acclaim for its witty, original shows. We're going from strength to strength, and we couldn't be happier.

Our Team - click to view more

Christopher Cutting, Artistic Director and Writer

Christopher Cutting

Artistic Director / Co-founder

Chris is a writer, theatre director and satirist, originally from Hastings, now living in Bristol. He started Tobacco Tea with Lucy after completing his English degree at the University of Exeter.

Chris has written several plays and short stories, including his work with Tobacco Tea (Bunbury Is Dead, The Accidental Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Vitomori, Parish Fête-ality: A Game of Scones), in addition to directing professional plays for theatre and radio and occasionally performing himself.

Above all else, Chris says, he stands for meaningful engagement with life.

Lucy Ahmed, Creative Produced

Lucy Ahmed

Producer / Co-founder

Lucy started her career in theatre straight from University after graduating from Falmouth with an English degree. After fuelling her passion for theatre throughout University producing student productions, she decided it was time to start her own professional company in 2013. Teaming up with Chris she moved to Bristol where she started up Tobacco Tea Theatre Company. 4 years later, they now have 4 successful shows under their belts.

Her first 6 months in Bristol she spent with the producers at Theatre Bristol as an intern learning the ropes of Arts Administration and Producing. Moving forward Lucy wants to gain more experience in producing hoping to work more with Tobacco Tea and other professional companies. Her main ambition is wanting to run her own Theatre and rehearsal space one day soon!

Emma Preuss, Assistant Producer

Emma Preuss

Assistant Producer

Also based in Bristol after relocating from her native Wiltshire, Emma met Chris and Lucy during their University days, working alongside them on student plays. Early on Emma started helping out with Tobacco Tea productions making sure they ran more smoothly and professionally and was always ready to make something new or fix what she could. Now working alongside Lucy, she helps to make sure team Tobacco Tea is looked after on the road. You will always catch Emma last minute repairing some bit of costume or a broken prop!

Associate Artists

Jasmine Atkins-Smart, Associate Artist

Jasmine Atkins-Smart

© Charles Downes

Jasmine is a Tobacco Tea veteran, having been with the company from their very first production, 'Bunbury is Dead' in 2013. She identifies as gender fluid, and enjoys experimenting with ideas of gender and society through performance. She brings at least three varieties of tea to all venues and tour bases the company visits, and is an expert with a kettle.


    For Tobacco Tea:
  • Sherlock Holmes - The Accidental Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • Beatrice Larks / Hugo de Winter - Parish Fête-ality: A Game of Scones
  • Lisa - Vitomori
  • Constance Latchley - Bunbury is Dead

    Further credits include:
  • Nora Helmer - A Doll’s House (Schoolhouse Productions)
  • Sarah - Happily Never After (Darkstuff Productions)
  • Jenna - Colder Than Here (Gloucester King’s Theatre)
  • Elinor Dashwood - Sense and Sensibility
  • Romeo - Romeo and Juliet
  • Mark Antony - Julius Caesar (UK Tour)
  • Sherlock Holmes - Hound of the Baskervilles (Brassworks Theatre)

Jasmine is represented by Anubis Actors' Agency.

Joshua Phillips, Associate Artist

Joshua Phillips

© Charles Downes

Joshua joined the company as criminal mastermind James Moriarty in 'The Accidental Adventures of Sherlock Holmes'. He thoroughly enjoys playing Sherlock's sinister nemesis, and has also performed in the company's productions of 'Parish Fête-ality: A Game of Scones' and 'Vitomori'. He is very excited to be returning to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for another year.


    For Tobacco Tea:
  • Prof. James Moriarty - The Accidental Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • Lionel Tithing - Parish Fête-ality: A Game of Scones
  • John - Vitomori

    Further credits include:
  • Young Ed / Pappy - And Then They Came For Me (Moondog Productions)
  • Simon - The Night Before Christmas (Tawdry Lace Theatre)
  • Hansel - Hansel and Gretel (Brave Bold Drama)

Joshua is represented by Anubis Actors' Agency.

Ellis J. Wells, Associate Artist

Ellis J. Wells

© Kieran Hennigan

Ellis joined the company in 2016 as Dr. John Watson in 'The Accidental Adventures of Sherlock Holmes'. Since then he has been a stalwart member of the company and will be joining them for Edinburgh Fringe 2017, reprising Sherlock's faithful companion.


    For Tobacco Tea:
  • Dr. John Watson in The Accidental Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • Tony Larks in Parish Fête-ality: A Game of Scones

    Further credits Include:
  • Col. Pickering in Pygmalion (European Arts Co.)
  • Dr. Seward in Dracula (SellADoor)
  • Richard III in Richard III (Windsor Globe)
  • Lucentio in The Taming of the Shrew (Chapterhouse)
  • Caliban in The Tempest (RainOrShine)
  • Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol (RainOrShine)

Ellis is represented by En-Vogue Talent.