Originating from Warrington in the North West, Jimmy played academy level Rugby super League for Leigh and Bradford before changing route to become an actor. 

Jimmy trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, where he was awarded the John Gielgud Award in his final year. Directly from college, Jimmy won his first role with the internationally acclaimed Cheek By Jowl and toured the globe extensively for the three years under the Direction of Declan Donnellan OBE and Nick Ormerod OBE. 

Jimmy has also performed across various great regional theatres such as Derby Theatre and Bolton Octagon and his television credits include; Britannia (Sky Atlantic), Emmerdale (ITV) The Royals (Channel E!), Doctors (BBC) and Topsy & Tim (BBC).  Jimmy has just recently completed filming with Mike Leigh on his latest film, Peterloo.

As a Director:

For NTT: Jimmy has Directed all of NTT’s major works to date.

OTHER: The Grandfathers (ALRA NORTH), Zero For the Young Dudes (ALRA NORTH), WW1 In Warrington (COMMUNITY), Conditions of the Working Class (COMMUNITY)

NTT credits include: Oi for England,Conditions of The Working Class, Early Doors, Tuck-Shop, Under The Influence: 90s Britpop, Electric Eden, Northern Souls and SEE HOW THEY RUN.







Louise grew up in Glasgow and studied at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and went on to create a one woman show based in a bingo hall called Unlucky for Some which premiered at Edinburgh Festival in association with Richard Burton Theatre Company. Film credits include Sunset Song directed by Terence Davies and starring Peter Mullan. Theatre credits include If I Were A Girl, (Citizen's Theatre, Traverse), Tracy (White Bear Theatre).

Louise is a qualified primary school teacher and has worked with children of a wide range of age groups, implementing programmes of work in the drama curriculum as well as leading workshops, productions and extra curricular activities within the schools she is linked to.

NTT credits include: Early Doors, Tuckshop, Under the Influence: 90s Britpop and Electric Eden, Northern Souls and SEE HOW THEY RUN.







Originally from Warrington, Andrew is an actor and a writer. His first role was as a 14 year old in Ch4’s Brookside. Very impressive as he was only 13 at the time. He went on to study Drama at University in Lancaster and completed his actor training at LAMDA.

As an actor he has performed throughout the UK as well as internationally and in London at the Old Vic, where he was part of the New Voices Company.

Andrew is big on clown and character comedy and currently has a number of writing projects in development.

NTT credits include: Early Doors, Tuck Shop, Under The Influence: 90s Britpop and Electric Eden






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We are ecstatic to announce the northern powerhouse, Christopher Eccleston as a Not Too Tame Patron.

The Salford born actor has carved out an illustrious career of impressive and enigmatic roles on stage and screen. With memorable performances in the likes of Our Friends in the North, The A Word, Antigone, HBO’s the Leftovers and of course, the 9th Doctor in Dr Who, Chris has embedded himself in the minds and hearts of audiences all over the world.

Chris has always been a fierce campaigner of working class voices in the arts as well as for greater diversity in all areas of the industry. NTT share this belief and are dedicated to engaging new artists and audiences from a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds through our unique productions and engagements.

We are delighted to welcome Chris as our Patron and are proud to share a working class heritage, a passion for our craft and an insatiable appetite to make the arts accessible for everyone.






Push things forward collective


Three of the UK’s most exciting theatre companies have joined forces to set fire to expectations of what a night at the theatre can be for new audiences.

The Push Things Forward Collective is Middle Child, nabokov and Not Too Tame, three companies who believe that theatre needs urgent change in order to remain relevant and popular.

They are united in a desire to do things differently and find new ways of creating live events that focus on attracting those people who feel alienated by theatre.

They all share in common an interest in using non-traditional spaces and experimenting with form to make work that tells ‘untold’ stories.

The Collective will meet regularly to discuss new forms of theatre and how to identify and develop audiences, as well as support each other’s organisational development.

Middle Child artistic director, Paul Smith, said: “We’re delighted to be working alongside two of the most progressive, forward-thinking companies in the country to create theatre that is a good night out and which appeals to everyone. We look forward to starting fires together.”

nabokov Artistic Director, Stef O’Driscoll, said: “ We are hyped to to be joining forces with these guys to share ideas and resources. Our shared vision of making the arts social brought us together and we are stronger as a consortium challenging and supporting each other to reinvent theatre that reflects the diverse experiences and stories of our time. Exciting times. POW!

Not Too Tame artistic director, Jimmy Fairhurst, said: “These are the kinds of alliances that put fire in the belly and adrenaline in the veins of any artist. We’re proud and excited to partner with companies that understand the importance of hearing the voices of unsung heroes and telling tales that are rarely heard in today’s theatres. Together we can share, learn and create new and vibrant ways to make theatre the first choice for an exhilarating night out!”

To talk to us about the collective feel free to drop Liz a line at liz@nabokov-online.com

Why not visit our partners in The Push Things Forward Collective? Go on!