Photo credit - Louise Spence

Photo credit - Louise Spence



Ondervinden takes familiar, traditional stories and twist them into wild and unfamiliar shapes, looking at them from perspectives that are female focussed, often forgotten and always fresh.

We are a female led company; running exploratory workshops and theatre productions that serve as a platform for female-identifying artists and creators of the world.

Started by Lucy Morris and Elske Waite in 2018, Ondervinden is currently touring its first show ‘Tess’ to rural villages of the South West.

“You will love this Tess” ★★★★★ - The Wee Review

‘Tess’ was test-run at the Edinburgh Fringe 2019, to great critical acclaim, alongside ‘Shiver’, created in collaboration with actress Polly Waldron (a ‘gem-like show’ The Scotsman).




Elske Waite

Artistic Director

Elske is a London-based theatre-maker and co-founder of Ondervinden Theatre Company and Gin and Tonic Productions. She recently completed an MFA in Actor Training and Coaching at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London and also holds an MA in English Literature from the University of Edinburgh. After completing her two-year course at RCSSD, she ran two seasons of Ondervinden’s acting classes focussing on Stanislavski’s Active Analysis. As a freelance director, she is currently working with the Access Platform, a leading fringe organisation pioneering new scripts by disabled writers.


lucy morris

General Manager

Lucy is a London based Stage Manager and co-founder of Ondervinden. She trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, graduating with a BA(Hons) in Stage Management. Her work at Central includes Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. (Deputy Stage Manager) and she interned on Punchdrunk’s Small Wonders. Professional credits include In Lipstick (Stage Manager on-book, Pleasance Theatre), A Small Place (Stage Manager on-book, Gate Theatre), and The Guilty Feminist’s Suffrageddon (Stage Manager on-book).