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Alan Spence

Alan SpenceAn Enfield resident since 1998, Alan has been a Drama Teacher for 25 years and valued the work of Face Front, since their inception some 12 years ago. The range of subjects they covered in productions and workshops, a well as the opportunities they gave through their inclusive approach.

Previously, Alan had the good fortune to serve on the Art Start General Management to develop my understanding of a local company and learn about arts provision.

Alan set up his own company Theatre is Real Life Productions in 2009, to work with schools and their wider communities. When the opportunity to work with Face Front came up, he jumped at the chance. Because he felt he still had things to learn, while wanting to give something back. He has not been disappointed. He hopes they haven’t.


Directing, Workshop Leader, Playwriting, Project Management.



Many years ago Alan wanted to learn the guitar and thought that running a folk club, would help to learn from the professionals. However, all that happened was he got to put out the chairs and lose all the money.

His only claim to fame, that I once booked Barbara Dickson for £25.

Alan is currently Project Director for Middlesbrough 86 – a community wide, inter-generational project centred around, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the club , when it was 37 minutes from going out of business. With funding from HLF, Teesside University, Alf Duffield and The Co-operative Membership, activities have linked with galleries, museums, schools, Middlesbrough FC, Teesside University and the wider community.
A key part of the project is to collect memories and stories from fans and the townspeople, which are featured on our website and will be saved in the Teesside Archives.

Artistic Vision

We have developed a multi-accessible style of performance which is distinct and exciting.

Founder Members

In the late 90s a group of artists started to experiment with different ways of working in Theatre.


Our board members bring a range of experiences and points of view to what we do.


Face Front was begun by artists who were all committed to working inclusively within their particular art form.