Hello! We’re The REcreate Agency, otherwise known as independent producers Reece McMahon & Emily Beecher! After meeting on China Plate’s ‘The Optimists’ producing course in 2020, we worked side by side as indie producers during the pandemic to support as many artists as we could, raising over £200k of direct investment during the past year. Life for freelancers is already isolating and constantly on the edge of burnout, but in this time of crisis it was even harder. Working together, we noticed how our aligned values, varied skills & styles of working complemented and enhanced each other’s practices. We realised we could achieve more together than we ever could alone. We believe we can all achieve more and boost creativity when we collaborate with care and connection.
We developed REcreate to capture this feeling; to be a place where artists, producers and projects could come to grow, whilst never losing their independence. After a year like no other, we want to lead by example with our shared values of inclusivity, generosity, connection, kindness & joy.
To us this means:
Making art can be messy and complicated, often allowing us to see the world from other perspectives that aren’t our own. By being as open and inclusive as we can with our practice, we can better ensure the safety and care that is needed to hold everyone in the spaces we work in.
ConnectionWhen new people work together, magic can happen. By leading with connection in mind, we’re always open to finding new possibilities and ways of seeing the world.
Finally, we seek the empowerment of joy – not just in the artistic process but with audiences too. REcreate is a place where artists can bring hard-hitting work that addresses tough issues, but also where we acknowledge the absolute joy we’ve found in working together, creating art and sharing it.
Generosity shouldn’t mean working for free or at industry minimums. But generosity also means showing up open-hearted and ready to try things. We encourage generosity of learning between artists and producers, a generosity of spirit that remembers everyone is there to make something great and be better.
KindnessKindness is king. After a year like no other, we need to be mindful of each other’s needs, emotions and the boundaries we need in place in order to do our best work. It’s sometimes the little things that make the biggest difference.
Reece is a working-class interdisciplinary arts producer working across theatre, dance, live and outdoor arts. Reece turned to producing after graduating from London Contemporary Dance School in 2017 and a career in Front of House Management at the Donmar Warehouse.
Alongside managing REcreate, he is currently the Executive Director / CEO at Chisenhale Dance Space, East London’s champion of experimentation in dance & performance.
From 2020 – 2022, he was Producer at New Diorama Theatre, a pioneering studio venue in London that’s dedicated to providing a home for the country’s best independent theatre companies and ensembles.
Whilst at NDT he was a key team member for the planning and delivery of NDT Broadgate, a large rehearsal and artist development complex exclusively for independent artists, based in City of London. He also oversaw a season of work and activity that contributed to NDT winning Fringe Theatre of the Year 2022 (Stage Awards), including the Royal Court transfer of ‘For Black Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When The Hue Gets Too Heavy’.
As a freelancer, Reece has worked with organisations including Avant Garde Dance Company, Outdoor Arts UK, The Pleasance and Museum of Homelessness. For three years, he was Assistant Producer at The Place working on touring shows on the rural, small & mid-scale. Artists worked with include Uchenna Dance, Requardt & Rosenberg & Ben Duke.
Reece is also a Weston Jerwood Creative Bursary Fellow, a programme that addresses the socio-economic barriers that graduates from disadvantaged backgrounds face in the arts and, until 2020, was a patron of COMMON. Reece was also one of the producers in the Old Vic 12 2020/21 cohort.
Emily is an award-winning benefits-class producer, writer, story consultant & performer with a long-term disability & caring responsibilities.
She is the creator and Founding Mother of The Good Enough Mums Club – a musical that grew out of her experience with severe postnatal depression and postnatal psychosis. During 2014 The Good Enough Mums Club played to sold-out audiences and four-star reviews and was covered extensively in the media.
She was the Story Consultant on The Walt Disney Company’s award-winning, first ever viral Christmas ad, From Our Family To Yours and is currently working on her first one-woman show Summer Camp For Broken People.
Emily has written for The Guardian, ‘alive’ and ‘blush’ magazines (Canada) and has consulted on several video games, film scripts and the ‘Patient Zero’ comic book series. She wrote a regular column, Tantrums & Tinder, about dating as a single mother for Motherlode magazine.
As a content producer, Emily’s had the pleasure of working with clients such as Proctor & Gamble, Hasbro, Kelloggs, Universal, Nintendo, Nickelodeon, Mattel, Somerset House, the English National Ballet, and the Labour Party.
Emily holds a postgraduate diploma in Creative Writing at the University of Oxford and an MA in Creative Writing and Publishing (Distinction) from the University of Lincoln and The Guardian.