We are Dibby...

First Dibs:

Northern Slang - the first person to call out 'dibs' has the option on first use or the right to share or choose something.


We're an award-winning touring theatre company from Manchester.

We tell urgent and untold stories full of northern wit, grit and soul, but this ain't no kitchen sink drama, we make theatre that will make your heart go boom.

We are activists with a shared desire for social change - we entertain, educate and inspire.

We tackle challenging questions, but we admit hands down, we don't have all the answers.

We are working class and LGBTQ-led, but our stories are universal - everyone is welcome at our party, and we believe partying is a political act.

But the party doesn't end when the curtain comes down...

Workshops, exhibitions, debates, short films, post-show parties - our work reaches far beyond the stage to celebrate the diverse communities we serve.

We are Dibby, and we're a top night out.

Meet the team!

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Chris Hoyle


Co-Artistic Director

Chris is a playwright, dramaturg and director.

He makes plays with universal themes that celebrate his working class heritage and identity as a gay man including the critically acclaimed 'The Newspaper Boy' (Queer Contact/53Two, 2018) and 'Tinned Up' (Oldham Coliseum, 2019).

Chris is a house plant dad with and lover of Nike Air Max (other footwear brands are available).

Our Associates

Rachel Furst, freelance PR Consultant in Arts and Culture

Rachel Furst


PR Consultant

Rachel is a freelance PR Consultant in arts and Culture based in the North West. She is a proud Scot and adopted Manc | @RachelFurst1

Irene Jade, freelance theatre designer and maker

Irene Jade



Irene is a freelance theatre designer and maker. She also makes tiny clothes for tiny people for her online business Rattle and Roost | @IreneJadeDesign

Joel Clements, freelance Technical Designer and Stage Manager

Joel Clements


Technical Stage Manager

Joel is a freelance technical stage manager and LX and SX designer based in Manchester. He is Dad to two boys and lover of Popmaster on Radio 2 | @schmole

Our Partners


A valued venue partner, Contact is one of the UK's leading arts centres for young people.

George House Trust
George House Trust

The North West's largest HIV charity and proud partner of First Time and In Equal Parts.

Waterside Arts
Waterside Arts

A valued venue partner, Waterside Arts is a vibrant arts centre in South Manchester.


A valued venue partner, Contact is one of the UK's leading arts centres for young people.