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, Finland, France, Gibraltar, Hong Kong,
Iceland, India, Jersey, Kenya, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Malaysia,
Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Northern Ireland,
Norway, Papua New Guinea, The Philippines, Portugal,
Saudi Arabia, Scotland (inc. Edinburgh Fringe), Singapore,
South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland,
Thailand, The Channel Islands, 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 2019-2020, the company’s main shows are Faulty Towers The Dining Experience, Confetti & Chaos (formerly The Wedding Reception), Only Fools The (cushty) Dining Experience, Pamela’s Palace, and Signor Baffo’s Restaurant. To keep up-to-date, sign up for our newsletter
With more shows currently in development, the journey continues!
Ali co-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. 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 Faulty Towers The Original Dining Experience, touring the show around the world. As ITI Artistic Director, Ali is responsible for the group’s creative output, quality and vision.
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 ITI events and tours are managed efficiently and effectively. She joined the company in 2004 and has assisted in it's growth with her excellent time, logistics and people management skills.
Beth graduated from London's Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts with a Masters in Musical Theatre. She worked in various customer service roles before joining ITI in early 2016. Initially she worked as a customer service representative, moving on to manage the customer service, box office and front of house team. In her new role, she now heads the UK production and operations team too, and is even known to step in as Kate/Val/Vicki in Confetti & Chaos. In her private time, she enjoys going to the theatre, socialising and cooking.
Stacey has been involved in the performing arts from a young age right through to university, training in dance and choreography, acting, devising theatre, and interdisciplinary performance art. She has been involved in various theatrical performances, including Cinderella, the world premiere of Houdini, and Glitra Anaesthetica. She has also taught contemporary dance, and danced professionally with Patsy Izzard Company. She moved to London to be closer to the theatre scene, joining ITI in 2017 as a customer services representative before being promoted to her current role.
Chris graduated from London’s Queen Mary University with a degree in Drama and joined ITI in early 2019. He is interested in the Fringe theatre scene in London and across the UK, with a particular interest in live art and experimental performance. In the past he has worked with amateur theatre groups in London and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and is passionate about engaging with audiences and performance styles across the breadth of the industry.
Charlotte has a degree in Multimedia Computing from LSBU. She joined the company in early 2017 as a Front of House assistant in the London residencies, and when the full-time customer services role became available she jumped at the chance. Charlotte first developed her enthusiasm for theatre in volunteering for You Me Bum Bum Train’s immersive theatre production as a Scene Leader. Thriving under the unique fast-paced environment that immersive theatre brings, she found her passion. In her spare time she enjoys reading UX blogs, and volunteering in theatre projects – the more immersive the better.
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 with a brief to develop the company and its then only show, Faulty Towers The Original Dining Experience. With both of those now huge around the world, she continues to work on ITI PR & marketing campaigns, both corporate and show-specific.
Alex is passionate about brand and design. She managed the print marketing campaign for Brighton Fringe 2018, and led the rebranding and website development projects for cancer research charity, Leuka. She is a BJTC Qualified Journalist and has an MA in Radio Journalism from Goldsmiths, University of London. Alex is a member of feminist art collective, The Ugly Girls Club, and produced, performed and co-composed music for ‘Love Letters to Rappers’, a Fringe theatre piece performed at Edinburgh and Brighton – winning the Brighton Fringe Audience Choice Award 2018.
Caitlin is a long-time theatre enthusiast. Over the years, she’s been involved in diverse theatre projects in 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. She joined ITI in 2014 as production manager and joined the PR team in 2017; she now manages media relations for all ITI shows around the world.
Jack comes from a background in music, having performed with a number of ensembles across the world spanning orchestral, jazz and military mediums. Recently graduating from the University of Nottingham with a Bachelor of Arts, Jack came to ITI with experience in marketing and administration for professional orchestras and public arts centres. Taking up the role of being a friendly public face for ITI, Jack attends networking events, manages the company’s corporate social responsibility programme, and pops up across all social media channels.
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.
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.