Lights & Bushels was founded by Kathryn Attwood and Barry Syder.


Barry Syder
Barry Syder

Barry first discovered drama while training to be a teacher. He also discovered he enjoyed drama more than teaching. Whilst living in Brighton he joined the New Venture Theatre - initially backstage and then onstage, appearing in numerous plays. On moving to Horsham he joined the Horsham Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society (HAODS). In 2013 he adapted (and appeared as Mr Bennet in) a HAODS production of Pride and Prejudice. In 2014 he adapted, directed and appeared in a version of Sheridan's The Rivals which was awarded a NODA Accolade of Excellence. In Spring 2016 he adapted Dickens' The Chimes which became Lights & Bushels' second production. Barry's one-act play My Second Best Bed was premiered by Lights & Bushels in July 2016.


Kathryn Attwood
Kathryn Attwood

Kathryn studied English Literature at University but didn't get involved with amateur theatre until she was in her 30s. Since then she has acted in numerous plays with Surrey/Sussex groups, including Guildburys Theatre Company with whom she has been fortunate to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe and Cornwall’s famous Minack Theatre.  Her first full-length play as a writer, The Locked Room, was premiered by Guildburys in 2013 and awarded a NODA Accolade of Excellence.  The Locked Room is published by Stagescripts Ltd (see here). Her adaptation of Jane Austen's Lady Susan was awarded Best Drama at the NODA (SE) Awards 2015 and was also published by Stagescripts in June 2016 (see here).