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The Team

Creative Team


Becci Sharrock, Writer & Producer

Becci Sharrock is a writer, blogger and creative producer. She has worked for Live Theatre, Theatre Sans Frontieres, ARC and Northern Stage. As a creative producer she has worked with Precious Cargo, Josh Coates, Matt Miller and Leo Burtin. In her individual practice she is interested in how writers can work in different ways to create work that is relevant and representative of today’s world. She has been shortlisted for the Old Vic 12 and as of April 2016, she will be the Writer in Residence at Beamish Museum, County Durham, funded by the Leverhulme Trust.

What I’d say to myself: (To my 16 year old self) Enjoy being young, have more confidence in yourself and make the most of every moment!


Rachael Holgate, Participation Lead

Rachael Holgate is a freelance Arts Engagement Manager working primarily in community engagement, creative consultation and evaluation.  With over 12 years working in community arts settings she has previously worked for a broad range of National and International Arts Organisations including Weave Movement Theatre, Ausdance Victoria and Dance South West.  Most recently she worked as the Creative Programmes Manager at ARC Stockton Arts Centre where she worked alongside the community to develop numerous creative programmes and brought artists together with audiences to support the making of new theatre.

Her practice is focussed on working creatively with the community to develop relevant cultural and artistic programmes that bring about positive change.

What I’d say to myself: Bad times pass and good times are always nearby so relax and enjoy what both have to offer!


Allie Butler, Director

Allie Butler is a freelance director, producer and artistic director of tidy carnage. Allie trained in London at the King’s Head Theatre, The Gate Theatre and The Royal Court. She has directed new writing work for venues including Oran Mor, The Tron, The Lemon Tree, the Traverse, The Old Vic, Baron’s Court Theatre, Theatre 503, BAC, Southwark Playhouse, Shunt and The Etcetera.

In 2011 Allie created Go Now for Arches Live, and in 2012 moved to Glasgow and set up tidy carnage, a theatre company focussed on the fusion between new writing and devised movement-led work. Allie has created and directed all their  productions: Black Barn (text by Gill Kirk) for the LOST One Act Festival; Dream//Life which was performed at the Arches, the Bike Shed Theatre, Cupar Arts Festival and on the Isle of Colonsay; Passion (text by Gill Kirk) which was performed at the Arches, the Old Red Lion, Women’s Week Festival, Vault Festival and as part of DanceLive at the Lemon Tree; Shame (text by Belle Jones) which was performed as a work in progress at the Citizens Theatre; REaD (text by Kevin Gilday) which was performed at the Arches, the Tron as part of Mayfesto and is touring Scotland in 2016. tidy carnage also contributed to Theatre Uncut 2013 with a new devised piece, Left, Right, Left.

Allie is a script reader for the Traverse and the Bruntwood Prize. She spent time working as co-director for Clean Break and community theatre practitioner at the Mercury Theatre, Colchester.

What I’d say to myself: If you don’t like your life, you can change it. Everything passes, everything shifts.  Onwards.

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Lauren Hurwood, Collaborator and performer

Lauren trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly RSAMD). She is a founding member of Camisado Club, associate company of Northern Stage, who will perform at Soho Theatre in May with You, Me & Everything Else. Their first show Send More Paper premiered at Northern Stage before touring. Lauren recently appeared in her first feature film Bosc (Boxkite). Other TV/Film includes: Emmerdale (ITV) and The Ferns (Boxkite/Tyneside Cinema). Other Theatre includes: 10 Minutes To…(Live Theatre), Elf’s Christmas Toys (Gala Theatre, Durham) and Much Ado About Nothing (Bard in the Botanics).

What I’d say to myself: just go for it, have courage and don’t put things off! I’m still learning how to put that into action…


Luca Rutherford, Collaborator and performer

Luca is a writer and performer based in Newcastle and an Associate Artist of ARC Stockton. Learning How to Die is her first solo show, touring January to May 2016. Luca believes in making art accessible and theatre that is non-exclusive in form and content and is excited by cross media collaboration. Luca has written for classical pianist Yoshie Kawamura, making On The Edge of Piano Poetry for Books on Tyne Festival at The Lit & Phil. Luca is currently associate dramaturg on Adam Pownall’s GBS project involving movement, verbatim and new writing. Luca started making theatre through North14 professional development scheme at Northern Stage with Camisado Club, associate company of Northern Stage and continues to make a bespoke learning practice; training at international performance residencies with IUGTE focused on physical training and rehearsal, movement body and gesture.

Partners & Funders

Letters to Myself is supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and also by The Cultural Spring.

The Cultural Spring is an exciting and ambitious project to get more people in Sunderland and South Tyneside to experience and be inspired by the arts. The Cultural Spring works with the best local, regional and national artists to ensure their programme really engages, enthuses, entertains and educates the 100,000 people living within their wards. They are one of 18 Creative People and Places projects, funded by Arts Council England. The project is driven by three partners – the University of Sunderland, the Customs House and the Sunderland Music, Arts and Culture Trust.





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Dear Heart

Dear Me, You etc.

I’ve been given the opportunity to write to you and realised there are a few things I’d like to say. You are bright, unique and capable of anything. You are really more precious than you can imagine. You don’t marry Keanu Reeves. I’m really sorry to break it to you.

Created from letters written by real people, Letters to Myself is a heart-warming, humorous and sometimes painful look at the best advice we never had. It is a look back at the highs and lows; heartbreak and grief, joy and admiration. Taking a trip down memory lane it is a recognition of our shared regret and a celebration of our daily triumphs.

Written and produced by Becci Sharrock. Directed by Allie Butler.

SPRING TOUR 2017 – Last few dates!

2pm, Sun 14 May – Coundon & Leeholme Community Centre [Pay What You Can Performance]

8pm, Wed 17 May – South Holland Centre, Spalding

7.45pm, Thur 18 May – Upstairs @ The Carriageworks

8pm, Tues 22 & Wed 23 May – Live Theatre, Studio Theatre



Get Involved

If you’d like to write a letter for the project you can send it in the following ways:


PO Box

Send your letter to:

Letters To Myself
PO Box 517

Please download the Disclaimer letter and send in the envelope with your letter. If you would like to remain anonymous but are happy to give us permission to use your letter, please just sign the letter ‘anon’.



Alternatively, you can upload your letter directly to the website, either as a text file or as an image file.

Please note that by uploading your letter you are agreeing that your letter may be used in the following ways:

We will not use your writing to exploit named people or falsely represent your personal opinions and experiences.

  • Featured in full on the website
  • As part of the theatre script
  • Quoting and sharing words via social media channels such as twitter and facebook
  • On Marketing and Advertising Materials
  • Exhibition Materials
  • Within a published book


Letters to Myself is a new participatory arts project and theatre show. It is, at its heart, a letter writing project that hopes to give participants and later, audiences, an opportunity for self-reflection. The project looks at what we would say to our past, present or future selves, what we wish we could say to the people we love or just what we wish everyone knew. It explores ideas of self-value, self-reflection and collective knowledge and experience.

The project is made up of two parts both as important as the other.



We’re asking as many people as possible to take part in the project by sending us a letter they have written to their past, present or future self. Letters received so far have been long and short, silly and soul searching but always insightful. Crucially, though they relate to very specific personal experiences, they do so in a way that resonates with the reader/listener.

You can also choose to write to someone else if you prefer, whatever makes sense to you.

If you’d like to write a letter, you can find out more on our Get Involved page.

We’re also working with Cultural Spring to run activity in 10 wards across Sunderland and South Shields, including writing workshops and a mobile living room. If you’re based in the North East and would like to come along to any of these you can find more information on our Dates page.



The final stage of the project will be a new theatre show that will weave text from the letters into a verbatim style piece, with stories and experiences given a narrative structure and joined through common themes (love, sex, friends, families, decisions etc.) The piece will be a loving protest against our critical inner voice, recognition of our mistakes and shared regret and a celebration of our daily triumphs.

For details on where you can see the show, see The Dates page.



Welcome to Letters To Myself a new participatory arts project and theatre show.

Have a look around and find out more about the show, how you can get involved, read some of the letters we’ve received so far and of course get in touch with any queries.


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