The London Collective is a new Theatre group – begun in April 2013 by Artistic Director Lily Bevan (Osip Theatre) & Creative Associates Jim Rastall & Freddie Machin.
Our aim is to create, explore and revive exciting Theatre work. We have a partnership with Gallery/Rehearsal space – 81 Leonard Street (nr Old St).
Join our Group to be an active part of our community & be updated about Productions, readings and workshops.


Lily Bevan


Artistic Director
Lily trained at RADA. Acting credits include: A Voyage Round My Father (Donmar Warehouse), Kindertransport (Shared Experience, Hampstead Theatre & National Tour), The Miser & The Hypochondriac (Belgrade Theatre, Coventry), Dr Who (BBC) & Rumpole of The Bailey (BBC Radio).

Lily co-wrote the sell-out Christmas show ‘Stephen & The Sexy Partridge’  Trafalgar Studios West End, and ‘Avocado’ King’s Head Theatre & Playwrights Horizons NY,  she wrote ‘A Stab In The Dark’ for Latitude Festival and most recently ‘Café Red’ at Trafalgar Studios (two sell out runs) July – October 2012. Directing includes ‘The Death of All Elephant Elders’ at the Finborough Theatre.

Lily studied Social & Political Sciences at Cambridge University. She works as a researcher for writer/actress Emma Thompson, with whom she is currently developing a new British screenplay. She has recently been commissioned by Leftbank Pictures on a new female led comedy drama, a spin off from her play ‘Café Red’.

She also volunteers for ‘The Helen Bamber Foundation’ a human rights organisation based in Bloomsbury and blogs for The Huffington Post UK & USA .

Lily’s play ‘The People Of The Town’ opens at RADA on July 4th 2013.

Freddie Machin


Freddie trained at the Manchester School of Theatre. Freddie’s theatre credits include:  The History Boys (Mercury Theatre, Colchester), Hoffmaniana (National Theatre Studio), Kes (Royal Exchange Theatre), A Taste of Honey (Lowry Theatre), The Age of Innocence (Arcola), Manor (Soho Theatre), On Saturdays this Bed is PolandSir Gawain and the Green Knight (New Perspectives), Celebrity Night at Café Red (Trafalgar Studios), War and Peace (Gifford’s Circus), Dreams to her Father (MAC), Night TrainTwelve Miles from Nowhere (Action Transport).

His screen credits include the short films Young Offender (BBC/SouthWest Screen), and The Wake (Signal Films).

Freddie’s writing includes one-man show Winston on the Run, Best Actor award at the Buxton Fringe in 2012, also nominated for Best New Writing and Best Production. This critically acclaimed work, written and performed by Freddie, premiered at the Pleasance Theatre (Edfringe 2012) and will be touring again in Autumn 2013. Other playwriting credits include Chichester Festival Theatre, the Royal Opera House and Southwark Playhouse.

As a creative practitioner, Freddie has delivered projects for Shakespeare’s Globe, The Almeida Theatre, The Royal Opera House and The Mercury Theatre, Colchester.

Freddie will be playing Irwin in The History Boys at The Mercury Theatre, Colchester 23rd May – 8th June

Jim Rastall


James trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, graduating in 2009.

Theatre includes: Gizmo Love (dir. Emma Earl, Alma Tavern Theatre); Quality Street (dir. Louise Hill, Finborough); Bath Time (dir. Toby Hulse, Oxford Playhouse); Jim and John’s Empty Room: An Improvised Play (dir. Toby Hulse, Bristol Old Vic); The Age of Innocence (dir. Jim Russell, Arcola); About A Goth (dir. Ed Viney, Hull Truck); Celebrity Night at Café Red (dir. Lily Bevan, Trafalgar Studios); Daddy Took My Debt Away (dir. Jim Russell, Southwark Playhouse)

Television: Prisoners’ Wives, Holby City (BBC); Family Tree (BBC/HBO); Marchlands, Vera, Switch (ITV)

Radio: The Need For Nonsense; Blame The Parents; Jesus, The Devil and a Kid Called Death; My Name Is Stephen Luckwell (all for Radio4) and Ambridge Extra (Radio4 Extra)

Jim is co-founder of Troupers, a theatre skills company for young people which focuses on facilitating spontaneity and clarity in performance. Under the Troupers banner Jim runs the youth setup of The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and has delivered workshops for The Bristol Old Vic, The Tobacco Factory Theatre, The Young Vic and Arts Educational. His adaptation of A Christmas Carol was produced by Troupers as a schools tour in 2012 and will be on the road again in 2013.

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