tree fish productions are a theatre and film production company based in the North of England.
We create high quality theatre and film with a mission to inspire greater understanding, empathy and compassion, whilst contributing towards real social change.
We are passionate about creating work that speaks to people from all corners of society, with a specific focus on reaching those of us who are in a position to bring about change, from changes in personal professional practice to wider social reforms.
As well as creating independent work, we also collaborate with health and education providers to create powerful, empathic and truthful stories that bring training to life.
Pete Carruthers is the founder and artistic director of tree fish productions.
He has worked as a writer, director, actor and producer for 13 years, working on a wide range of theatre and film projects.
Pete's first play, ‘Hidden’ (co-written and produced with Laura Lindsay of Black Toffee), enjoyed a successful national tour in 2014, with the kind support of Arts Council England and in association with Harrogate Theatre. The tour played to nearly 1,200 audience members at 11 theatres. "Hidden" is published by Playdead Press and enjoyed a sell-out run at Underbelly at Edinburgh Fringe 2013. It received glowing reviews, including being described as "A true gem" (The Guardian).
He then directed Black Toffee’s second play, "Parallel", for its tour of the North and Midlands. The Stage described the production as “compelling and thought-provoking”.
Pete has written, produced and directed several award winning short films that have been used globally to raise awareness and understanding of mental health and autism. One film, ‘Fallout’ has been used to raise awareness and train staff in 8 different countries across 4 continents and was described by Sir Patrick Stewart as ‘extremely powerful’.
Ally Davies is the creative producer of tree fish productions.
Ally is an artist, writer, designer, producer and film and festival curator and has worked in the creative and cultural arts industries for 17 years. They have produced and programmed a variety of high profile, cross-arts projects and events with an array of international and national artists and professional industry leads at different organisations (including HOME, MIF, BFI).
Ally worked in creative development in advanced project and event management at HOME for 7 years (guest highlights include Oscar winners Danny Boyle, Asif Kapadia and Jenny Bevan).
They currently work as Producer of Pilot Light TV Festival (guest highlights include Christopher Eccleson, Lynn Renee Maxcy (The Handmaid’s Tale HBO), Sean Locke, Benedict Wong, Matt Zoller Seitz, Julie Hesmondhalgh).
Ally is also founder of Aesthetic Realms, an events/research org that celebrates and explores the audio-visual design and craft of stage and screen, producing bespoke events with international and national award-winning industry professionals celebrating the overlooked side of the industry (guest highlights include artists from Batman, Aliens, Labyrinth, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Sherlock, Peaky Blinders, Hannibal, Luther and Good Omens).
Ally is an MPhil in Screen Studies with a specialist research area of audio-visual aesthetics. They have presented research and intros to films at conferences (including SWPACA in the USA, HOME) and are also a freelance film criticism writer and journalist who is currently writing a chapter for an up-and-coming Bloomsbury edited collection on film design and has worked on a number of past publications including The Modernist, HOME, Louder Than War and Manchester Wire.
Ally is also currently working freelance in production design, costume design, art direction and scenography for stage and screen.