Black Box has been a driving force within the Arts across the North West and West Midlands for over three decades.

The company has, and continues, to deliver diverse range of imaginative, accessible and affordable creative services including corporate workshops, touring theatrical productions and educational arts workshops.

Company History

Black Box Theatre Company was founded in 1994 by Ian Moore as a loose association of theatrical members.

In 2006 the company rebranded, becoming  Black Box Creative Communities CIC Ltd, allowing the opportunity to develop funded work to the wider community then, in 2010,  returned to the original name Black Box Theatre Company.

In 2014 the company relocated to Staffordshire and introduced Tracey Boulton to the team as Part Time Administrator

2016 saw links developed with Stoke-on-Trent’s Old Post Office as the company became one of the venues in-house resident producing companies

Artistic Policy

Black Box aims to:

  • provide diverse, imaginative, accessible creative services which endeavour to meet and satisfy customer-client needs.
  • provide artistic excellence, professionalism and relevance.
  • offer flexibility, efficiency and affordability.
  • employ the skills of, and provide opportunities for, local artists and businesses whenever possible.

Artistic Director – Ian Moore

Ian Moore

Ian is a North East-born, Stoke-based director committed to theatre for all. He has a wealth of experience as a director, performer, workshop facilitator and playwright winning awards in Liverpool, Manchester and Buxton.

Founder of Black Box, Ian adapts and (usually) directs their annual Christmas production and has toured with productions of Wind in the Willows, Alice in Wonderland, Aladdin to name but a few.

His work has taken in everything form large-scale musical theatre; Footloose, Guys and Dolls, Godspell, to pantomime; Cinderella, Snow White, adapted works; Dahl Tales, Stories from Hans Christian Anderson, GrimmTales, classic text Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Othello, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, and issue-based workshops and corporate training with The Criminal Records Bureau (CRB), Learning + Skills Council, Merseyside Police,  Liverpool Chamber of Commerce, Merseyside Fire Service and Knowsley Chamber of Commerce.

He has also worked with The National Theatre, Ambassador Theatre Group, Pleasance Edinburgh, Manchester’s Contact Theatre and Liverpool’s Everyman and Playhouse.


Associate Director – Anne-Marie Fortune


Anne-Louise Fortune Headshot


Anne-Louise Fortune is a Manchester based theatre maker. Since 2013 she has worked as an actor, writer, producer and director.

Anne is extremely excited to be working with Black Box for their first productions at The Old Post Office. A Midsummer Night’s Dream is her favourite Shakespeare play, and she is eager to bring this fast-paced, abridged adaptation to Burslem and the Buxton Fringe.

Credits as a director include: the world premiere of The Fey (Bewilderbeastly Productions), Bricks (Studio Salford Development Week), Hamlet (for the Manchester Central Library Shakespeare 400 celebrations; revived for The Greater Manchester Fringe Festival 2016) and But John Hughes Said it Would be OK… (The Unnamed Theatre Company).

Anne is the Artistic Director (Theatre) of Truly Outrageous Productions; a Manchester based multi-media production company. The company’s next production will be the English premiere of ‘Murder at Warrabah House’. The play will be staged in venues across Greater Manchester in late August and early September.

Training includes: The National Theatre (London), Regional Theatre Young Director’s Scheme (Derby) and The Poor School (London). Anne is a member of Stage Directors UK, the Royal Exchange Open Exchange Network and The Lowry Studio Scheme.




Administrator (Part Time) – Tracey Boulton


Tracey is dyed in the wool Potteries, Stoke-on-Trent born and bred with a great deal of administrative experience from roles in retail, sales, marketing and regional management.

This is her first role within an Arts organisation but her transferable skills have been of immense benefit.



“No school should be without Black Box.”
Headteacher, Prescot Maryville CP School, Knowsley LEA

“…the best schools show I’ve seen in my thirty years teaching.”
English Co-ordinator, Woodhouse Primary, Wirral LEA

“Black Box entertains and captivates a wide range of age and ability. Brilliant!”
Headteacher, St Vincent de Paul Catholic Primary School, Liverpool LEA

“Magical… through inspired interpretation – that’s the secret of the Black Box.”
English Co-ordinator, Well Lane Primary School, Wirral LEA