Stephen T Castle Cells (med)With producer Stephen Tomlin moving on to pastures new Measure for Measure in 2016 was the tenth and last of Demi-paradise’s full scale promenade Shakespeare productions staged at Lancaster Castle since he started the company in 2000 and so established the building as an performance venue. The Shire Hall (crown court) part of Lancaster Castle is managed by Lancashire County Council (LCC) on behalf of the castle’s owners the duchy of Lancaster.

Our colleague Emma Roucastle is currently in rehearsal with her locally based company of players to present an adaptation of Dickens ‘A Christmas Carol’. This entertainment will be presented in Shire Hall in December, replacing our annual ‘Deck the Hall’ concert. More info: 01524 – 64998.

Stephen comments: “Founding and running Demi-paradise over 17 years allowed me the extraordinary privilege of working with an outstanding ensemble of professional technical and acting talent drawn from all over the north of England. It has been one big creative adventure from first to last and a sustained high point of a 45 year career in the performing arts. Moving on now is not retirement (what’s that?) but a new and very welcome re-alignment of the work/life balance. I will maintain this site, in tandem with the D-P Facebook page & Twitter (demi-paradiseTC). I can also be contacted through my own website: (www.stephentomlin.co.uk)


Stephen and eight other D-P associates turned out in force over four days in January 2017 as roleplayers for Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service at the Training Centre near Chorley for the annual ADC tests. We provide the practical two tiered structured interview component of a gruelling two day examination for Watch Managers seeking promotion to Station Managers. Pictured (with the D-P shows they’ve appeared in) are: Standing- Helen Longworth (Richard III, Ghostly Tales, Deck the Hall); Gabriel Paul (Othello); Orla Cottingham (2001 Measure for Measure); Adrian Palmer (2016 Measure for Measure); Julia Rounthwaite (Ghostly Tales); Sitting – Stephen Tomlin (Richard II, Ghostly Tales, Deck the Hall); Peter Rylands (Ghostly Tales, Deck the Hall); Nicola Jayne Ingram (Much Ado, Othello, Measure); Eve Robertson (Deck the Hall).

Role play Group Jan 17

Since 2000 our large pool of associate artists have worked with a variety of regional clients, particularly in the public service sector (Higher Education, Housing Associations, CPS etc). Trainers and HR managers have utilised the in-depth skills we offer as roleplayers and forum theatre practitioners for staff development projects. If you want to know more about our bespoke services or to discuss a particular project please contact Stephen Tomlin.