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Directors and Cast

Playout is a Partnership of Becky Simpson and David Schaal who became pioneers of theatre-based training twenty five years ago. They formed Playout in 1996 in response to increasing demand for this unique brand of training. Courses are delivered by Becky or David personally or by an experienced team of professional actors. Playout have access to a large group of established professional actors, presenters, facilitators and scriptwriters who have worked both on stage and television. They all combine their professional backgrounds with training expertise to create dynamic projects.

Becky Simpson - PlayoutBecky Simpson has worked extensively in corporate sector training. She has an expert understanding of the health service and public sector training needs. She will take your brief and create a focused and challenging training programme.

She is an excellent speaker and sensitive facilitator. She originally trained at the Guildford School of Acting after which she worked both as a professional actress in repertory theatre and as a television and radio presenter for independent TV companies and the BBC world service. Becky has written for various journals and writes comedy sketches. She has also taught at the Itali Conti Theatre School.


David Schaal - PlayoutDavid Schaal has also worked extensively in corporate sector training. He has used his skills as an actor to help clients manage their anxiety and develop vocal and performance techniques in relation to performing presentations and pitching for business. He is a well known television actor. He played Jay's Dad in the hit comedy series and film The Inbetweeners. David also played Taffy, the warehouse manager, in the BAFTA and Golden Globe award winning hit comedy series The Office. He has also been in Eastenders, Doc Martin, Lead Balloon, Midnight Beast and many other TV programmes, films and plays.

David is also a Writer/Director. He wrote and directed Reality Chokes and Brotherly Love. He also co-wrote the film script of the John King novel Human Punk. He sits on the audition panel at Central School of Speech and Drama, and has worked at various London Drama schools teaching acting classes. David trained at Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama where he was awarded a BA (Hons) in Theatre Arts. He also studied at Central School of Speech and Drama for his Post Graduate Certificate in Education.