Upper Circle was founded in May 2017 by Emma Betty. Since then, it has grown and we now have 10 contributors regularly enjoying and reviewing theatre, usually covering 4-5 shows per week.


Emma Betty is a 23 and lives in London. After studying Biochemistry, she is now training to be a Children’s Nurse at King’s College London and Evelina London Children’s Hospital. Emma has the Les Miserables 10th Anniversary Soundtrack (On CD!) to blame for her love for Musical Theatre, which she found in her parents living room pretty much as soon as she was old enough to know what it was. She began combining her love for Theatre, the Internet and Writing while she was still at school, through various blogs and on social media. Having moved to London in 2013, she launched Upper Circle 4 years later. Almost a year on, she is delighted to have a small team and is so grateful to those helping Upper Circle to grow every day! Aside from editing, Emma writes all of the Features and News for Upper Circle, as well as some reviews.


Esme Mahoney is a graduate of Drama Centre’s MA Acting course, having previously studied English Literature at the University of Cambridge. Esme has been involved in productions as an actor, director, producer and stage manager – one of her most memorable experiences was as DSM for a production of Lord Of The Flies, in which she was chiefly responsible for putting flaming torches into the hands of children as young as twelve.

Merel van ‘t Hooft is from the Netherlands, but came to the UK to study an MA in Theatre Making with Frantic Assembly. She now works as a freelance writer and translator. She loves playing the guitar, shoes, junk food and her cat Rosie.

Olivia Mackrill is 20 and currently in her second year of studying BA Design at Goldsmiths University, with an increasing interest in immersive theatre and set design. Olivia loves all theatre, but specifically musicals, and likes to go on and on about the touring production of Rent she saw on New Year’s Eve in 2016. Alongside writing and designing, she is also passionate about filmmaking and learning British Sign Language.

Victoria Margaret  is a northern girl lost in London. She is a huge fan of dogs, cups of tea, cake and gravy – not necessarily all at same time. A lover of all things theatre and film; she’s having a ball reviewing for Upper Circle Theatre.

Yasmin Simsek is an actress and writer with a BA in theatre and creative writing. So what better outlet than to write reviews for Upper Circle? Her passions are immersive theatre and dark fiction both with a focus on feminism. To pay the bills she works with special needs children, which has opened up ideas to children’s books and theatre. Yasmin is originally from Denmark, with Turkish roots, but is planning on settling in the UK if Brexit lets her.

Beth Pratt is a huge fan of theatre who fell into stage managing after studying English at the University of Exeter. She has been working in theatres across London and the UK for the past year. In her spare time she sings loudly in the shower, tries out fad exercises and tells people about her new puppy.

Emma Grimsley

Chloe Hoey

Evie Freeman

David & Ruth