Interactive Theatre International is a professional theatre company founded in 1997.
The company produces and promotes high quality interactive, site-specific and immersive comedy theatre that is performed around the world. It has operational offices and performers in both hemispheres, mostly based in London, England and Brisbane, Australia.
Interactive Theatre International (initially Interactive Theatre Australia) was born from the desire of one individual to find herself performance work.
It started with Faulty Towers The Dining Experience…
After moving to Brisbane from her native New Zealand, and armed with her 'Fawlty Towers tribute show’ idea, Alison Pollard started the search for appropriate performers, met Andy Foreman, and in 1997 the Australian production of Faulty Towers The Dining Experience was born.
While the show still features some of Ali's original comedy gags, it has developed hugely from those early days, especially to take into account the many overseas territories and cast members it now includes. Meanwhile, Alison Pollard – now Alison Pollard-Mansergh – continues as Executive Producer and Artistic Director.
The list of countries in which Faulty Towers The Dining Experience has appeared is long: each year now it appears in 20+ countries. To give you an idea, we’ve performed in:
Antigua, Bahrain, Belgium, Barbados, Canada
Cyprus, Denmark, Eire, England
Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Ireland
Kenya, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Papua New Guinea, The Philippines
Saudi Arabia, Scotland (inc. Edinburgh Fringe), Singapore, South Africa
Sri Lanka, Sweden, United Arab Emirates, Wales
… and, of course, Australia, including regularly sold-out seasons at
Fringe World Perth, Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Adelaide Fringe.
Over the years, various other productions have been ‘staged’ under the ITI umbrella. In 2016-17, the company's main shows are Faulty Towers The Dining Experience and The Wedding Reception.
New productions are also in hand, particularly in association with Imagination Workshop, so sign up for the newsletter to receive updates.
The journey continues!
Ali founded ITI in 1997 and remains its driving force. Starting out, she gained a teaching degree plus qualifications in Drama, Dance, Music and Voice. She went on to teach these subjects at many levels, including remedial, and then moved into the hospitality industry; she even owned her own restaurant. Having performed in mainhouse musicals, comedies and dramas, she set up ITI with the express intent of creating high quality, interactive comedy shows. Right up until 2015, Ali also played the role of Sybil Faulty in ITI’s Faulty Towers The Dining Experience, touring the show around the world.
Geri started out in blue-chip PR consultancy focusing on business development, arts and sports sponsorships, and corporate social responsibility programmes. She set up for herself and worked around the world before returning to the UK, working at Edinburgh and other festivals with a variety of clients in music, circus, theatre and comedy. She began working with ITI in 2008 and leads the company’s PR & marketing team, ensuring continued quality control and extension into new markets.
With an extensive background in the performing arts as a professional dancer, teacher and choreographer, plus qualifications in event management, Rajna is well equipped to ensure that our events and tours are managed efficiently and effectively. She joined the company in 2004 and has assisted in the growth of the company with her excellent time, logistics and people management skills.
Caitlin is a long-time theatre enthusiast. Over the years, she’s been involved in diverse theatre projects in tremendously varying roles including stage manager, writer, director, co-ordinator, and performer. In mid-2013 she graduated from Queensland’s Griffith University with a degree in Applied and Contemporary Theatre. As a ukulele, sitcom and all-round life fanatic, Caitlin does everything with huge amounts of enthusiasm – including her work with ITI; she joined us in 2014.
Claire has qualifications in business administration and a commerical background in real estate, managing residential leasing departments and working in retail property leasing. She joined ITI in 2010; her strong sales skills, coupled with her understanding of commerce and relationship building, has helped ITI move into new overseas markets. Claire manages the sales team worldwide. Her spare time is very much devoted to her two young children.
Summer has a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Media Studies from Queensland University of Technology. With over 12 years working in Insurance, Summer brings to ITI her experience as a sales executive within a demanding industry, including qualifications in developing customer relationships. When she is not working Summer indulges in her passion for the arts, crafts, cinema, creative writing and travel, and spending quality time with her husband and son.
Beckie graduated from Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Arts Management, and has worked within arts marketing throughout her entire career. She is a member rep for the Arts Marketing Association and most recently held the position of Director of Marketing and Development at The Roses Theatre in Tewkesbury for 5 years before joining ITI. Beckie believes that the best theatre creates unique experiences between those on stage and those in the audience. She specialises in marketing to ensure that as many people as possible have the opportunity to experience those moments.
Karin joined ITI from a teaching background. She holds a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) plus CELTA qualifications for teaching English to speakers of other languages. She also holds qualifications and experience in business administration. She is passionate about photography and image manipulation, and especially enjoys the creative side of her work, helping ITI and its clients in creating, for example, promotional materials.
Liv has a degree in Sociology and Social Policy from the University of Leeds and clearly has a love of fun and drama: she grew up as a water rat with youth theatre group, The Watermill Theatre, and after graduating worked at Secret Cinema. She joined ITI in 2013 as a production assistant and now manages the company’s London West End residencies. She spends her spare time watching theatre and exploring London, camera in hand.
Beth graduated from London's Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts with a Masters in Musical Theatre. She has worked in various customer service roles within retail establishments, but having dedicated the last seven years to the arts, she is thrilled to have been able to marry the two together: she joined the company in early 2016. In her private time, she enjoys going to the theatre, socialising and cooking.