Janine Sharp began her career as a professional performer in 1980 with Pentabus Theatre touring the 5 counties of The West Midlands. BBC TV brought her back to London when she joined Brian Cant and The Playaway” team. As both an actress and a degree in Education and Drama, she developed her work in Theatre and Education which took her close to children and the community in and out of London. She now runs Hay Theatre CIC in the rural community of Hay on Wye on the border of Wales and Herefordshire She is also a freelance Director and Playwright specializing in devised new work and adaptations of children’s books for Theatre, including “The Borrowers” and “Stig of the Dump” for The Courtyard Theatre Hereford. Her updated adaptation of “ The Borrowers” was performed at Midland Arts Centre (MAC) Birmingham November to January 2008 for the Christmas season. Shows were written and taken abroad to Sri Lanka 2009 by New Theatre Works and Hay Literary Festival commissioned her to write several yearly adaptations of children's books for their Summer and Winter festivals. Her work is often site specific, " give me a castle, give me a restaurant and I'll give you a performance." She was there before " pop up" popped up.
Play Away, BBC TV, 1981. Janine co-starred alongside Brian Cant as a performer/ presenter of this popular children s TV show. In one episode her alien character J9, a play on her name (Ja-nine) and the robotic dog K9 from Dr Who, boosted the ratings to 5.8 million viewers. It was her ambition to become the first female incarnation of Dr Who, way back in 1980, but was told by John Nathan Turner (at that time producer), that the Nation was not yet ready for a female Dr Who. Well the role has been taken, but hey, there is time yet.