McOnie Company

Our Company

The McOnie Company is a hot-blooded new Theatre Dance company that presents a collective of outstanding dancers from various disciplines. Collaborating with innovative artists from all genres of theatre, the company aims to bridge the gap between the musical theatre and the pure dance audiences. Creating exciting, relevant and vibrant pieces of theatre dance that are easily toured, passionately performed and made accessible for as many people as possible.

The Team

Drew McOnie - McOnie Company

Drew McOnie, Artistic Director

Under the watchful eye of his mentor Matthew Bourne, The McOnie Company’s Artistic Director, Drew McOnie, is fast becoming one of Britain’s most sought after emerging Choreographers. Known for his passionate and versatile dance vocabulary, McOnie is being hailed as ‘The next big thing in Musical Theatre Choreography’ and the ‘name to look out for’ in the London and National press.

His work as a freelance Choreographer and Dance Director spans across Film, Tv and Theatre throughout the UK and Europe. His most recent credits include Chicago (Curve, Leicester), West Side Story (NYMT), British Style (Collaboration with Matthew Bourne for the BBC, Buckingham Palace), James and the Giant Peach (UK Tour) and 13 (Apollo Theatre, London). Drew’s upcoming productions include Out of Step, an exciting new dance based feature film. For more information on Drew please see and follow @DrewMcOnie on Twitter for regular updates.

Lucy Ockenden - McOnie Company

Lucy Ockenden, Creative Producer

Lucy is a producer with a technical production background. Specialising in musicals, dance and future technology, Lucy has been closely associated with The McOnie Company’s Artistic Director since the initial creation of his early work.

Recent producing credits include; African Sanctus 2010, with United Learning; Seven Last Words at St James’s Piccadilly; Slaughter with Drew McOnie as part of the Place Prize; HogTales, Line Producer, an observational documentary series.

Technical consultancy credits include; Björk Biophilia Tour; Josh Groban Straight to You Tour; Pippin at the Menier Chocolate Factory; Backbeat at the Duke of Yorks Theatre & Toronto; Jonsi/Sigur Ros international Tour; The Rocky Horror Picture Show European Tour; Phantom of the Opera UK Tour; Matthew Bourne’s Dorian Gray filmed for Channel 4.

A Little Bit Of History

A Little Bit Of History - McOnie Company

Previous to The McOnie Company’s official launch in October 2013, Drew has created three sell out theatre dance productions that have been seen across london. The first was ‘Be Mine!’ in 2010 which was set to a suite of Judy Garland’s classic recordings. The piece was performed by some of the most exciting theatre dancers from various West End shows and marked the launch of Drew’s freelance choreography career.

A year later Drew returned to The Place where he was commissioned to create ‘Slaughter’ for their prestigious ‘Place Prize’ which is highly regarded as ‘The Turner prize for dance’. ‘Slaughter’ was a modern retelling of Richard Rogers ‘Slaughter on Tenth Avenue’ which went on to win the evening’s audience choice award. Off the back of the production’s reputation Drew was then 
invited to create a new theatre dance piece for the Award Winning Jermyn Street Theatre in Central london. He chose to collaborate with long term inspiration Tasha Taylor Johnson on a joint venture called ‘Making Midnight’ which performed a sell out season before being invited to headline on the Waterfront Stage at ‘Latitude festival’.