The Company


Jeremy Thomas-Poulsen

Artistic Director

Jeremy is an American director, living and working in Copenhagen, Denmark. He has worked professionally in Denmark for the last 5 years and is both the Artistic Director of Down the Rabbit Hole Theatre Company and the Co-Artistic Director of Spoken Word Theatre. In this time, he has directed such productions as Secrets (Why Not Theatre, 2015), OrdBlindt and Jeg Ville Sgu Gerne Ha’ Lyttet Lidt (Spoken Word Theatre, 2015 and 2014), Pygmalion and The Dining Room (Copenhagen Theatre Circle [CTC], 2015 and 2014), and Pop! (Black Box Pangea, 2014), which toured to AACT WorldFest in the USA and won awards for Best Performance Art, Outstanding Innovation in Design and Best Vocal Performance for both performers. He was recently named the “Number One English Language Trailblazer 2015” by The Copenhagen Post.

Vanessa Poole

Vanessa is a British actress and voiceover artist, who started working professionally at the age of 8. She is now based in Malmö, Sweden, where she is one of the founding and board members of Playmate Theatre Malmö. She has appeared previously for ITM in Vaclav Havel’s Unveiling, playing Vera (2011); Strindberg’s The Stronger playing Madam X (2012/13); as Harper in Caryl Churchill’s Far Away (2014) and in David Mamet’s The Shawl playing Miss A (2015).

Vanessa is a member of Teaterförbundet/ the Swedish Union for Performing Arts and Film and Spotlight Casting UK.

She played Sarah, the mother, in the TV series/film Max’s Movie SVT/UR (2013) that qualified for the Montreal Childrens’ Film Festival (2015). In Copenhagen, she won critical acclaim playing Ruth in Calendar Girls (2012), as Jenny in Martin Crimp’s The City (2013), and was directed by Jeremy Thomas-Poulsen as one of the players in The Dining Room (2014), and as Mrs Higgins/Mrs  Pierce in Pygmalion (2015).

For Down the Rabbit Hole Vanessa successfully played the female lead in Elsie and Norm’s MacBeth (2016),  joint lead in Lovers, Authors and Other Strangers (2017), and Vanda in Venus in Fur (2018) in Malmö and Copenhagen.  She won critical acclaim as Sonia in Vania and Sonia and Masha and Spike (2018)  and as Virginia in  The Clean House (2019).

For Playmate Theatre Malmö in Sweden  Vanessa has also enjoyed success playing the female lead Lesley in Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads (2017),  Lottie Schoen in Peter Shaffer’s Lettice and Lovage (2018), as ensemble in the review show  Quality Street (2018) and playing the wife Stevie in The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? (2019 Malmö and Copenhagen), as well as joint female lead Katie in the romantic comedy Sylvia (2020).

Vanessa was named one of the “Top Five English-Language Trailblazers 2015” by The Copenhagen Post. She has trained in the UK, Sweden and Denmark.

Jens Blegaa

Board member

Jens is a Danish actor who has worked in theatre, film and television since 1992. Most recently, he appeared as Henry Higgins in Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion (2015), where he delivered what the Copenhagen Post called ”a pitch perfect performance”, and as a player in The Dining Room (2014) by A.R. Gurney. Earlier roles include George Gershwin in Barry McKenna’s musical about the Gershwin brothers ’S Wonderful (2004), and the title role in Ronald Harwood’s The Dresser (1999). Jens has also directed two plays, The Importance of Being Earnest (2014) and Beyond Therapy (2015) for the Copenhagen Theatre Circle. Among other credits are appearances in the Danish movies Reconstruction and The Bouncer and in the TV series Klovn. He has been a fixed part of London Toast Theatre’s Murder Mystery events for many years.

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