Double Yellow is a new theatre company founded by Lily Howkins and Megan Smith.

The girls met at university, where they spent far more time on the stage than at the library. They both went on to train professionally as actresses and after working in the industry for several years, found themselves increasingly frustrated with the lack of roles for women. When the frustration started to boil over,  they decided to stop moaning and start doing something.

Double Yellow was hatched.

Combining their talents in writing, acting, comedy and choreography; the company aims to tell untold stories and in doing so, provide more opportunities for the talented women they know - in all capacities, not just on the stage.

The vision for Double Yellow is to provide a platform for the talents of all women: young, old, loud, shy, big and little.

Double Yellow will tell stories through any means necessary - be it scripted, devised, movement or song - as long as it involves being able to laugh at themselves and being ready to take a joke.

If this sounds like something you want to get involved with we'd love to hear from you. As far as we're concerned -the more the merrier.

Megan Smith

Megan is an actor and writer.

Megan’s latest comedy short, Best Friends, won best comedy short at the Lit Laughs International Comedy Film Festival and has  been short-listed for the Funny Women Awards (with winners announced in the Summer).

Megan wrote her second play Bourne, which was performed at The Vault Festival in March 2020. Her latest play Two Birds, has also been short-listed for the Pint Sized Play Award. She is now adapting both for radio and TV.

Theatre credits include: Pinocchio (Strike a Light), The Unburied (Rose Lipman Building), The Last Day (Old Red Lion Theatre), Loot (Tara Arts Theatre), As if you were Infinite (White Bear Theatre). TV and film credits include: Sketchy as F**k (BBC comedy pilot) and Mother Knows Best(Cuckoo Bang).

Megan had notable success with Mixed Doubles sketch quartet. The group featured on BBC Radio 4’s Sketchorama, won accolades from the Guardian Newspaper, Dave Comedy Channel and toured extensively.

Megan is also a permanent ensemble member for Foreign Affairs Theatre Company.

Lily Howkins

trained as an actress at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts after completing an English Literature degree at Durham University.

Most recently she filmed the role of Tina for the new Netflix series The Stranger.  Her previous credits includeOur American Cousin at the Finborough Theatre, The Railway Children with Eastern Angles and Every Man In His Humour at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse for The Globe's Read Not Dead season.  Her other screen work includes Mustardseed in a film adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream featuring Robert Lindsay, as well as Cinderella for an ITV special.

She is also resident movement director for Theatre Sotto Voce and her choreography work includes Soldier On at The Other Palace, Honk! at the Union Theatre, and The Tinderbox at the Charing Cross Theatre. 

She is currently involved in developing a new children's musical, Behind Enchanted Windows, which was workshopped at the Unicorn Theatre.