about

Civil Disobedience is all about art. We love managing great shows and helping talented performers reach new audiences. In addition to producing theatre, stand up, cabaret and performance art, we stage awesome events with a creative twist.

We offer service packages to small and large companies, including:

  • live arts producing
  • administrative support
  • marketplace and venue consultations
  • programming
  • marketing / PR / social media / content support
  • pastoral care

With over 15 years of arts management experience and in-depth knowledge of the international Fringe community, our book of contacts is second to none.

Sound good? We’d love to hear from you, so don’t hesitate to contact us for an initial, no-strings chat.

Who we are


Barry Church-Woods
 is a native Scotsman, and has been working in festival, arts and event management for the past 20 years. Most recently he spent 8 years working with the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society as their Venues & Companies Manager, where he provided universal support services for participants. Since 2009 he chaired their national and international information events, presenting everywhere from the Kennedy Centre in Washington DC, Tuxedo Cat in Adelaide, Barrow Street Theatre in NYC and The Young Vic in London.

Prior to his role within the Fringe Society, he worked as a consultant for the Scottish Government, a Cultural Coordinator for Fife Council and an arts manager for local authorities throughout Scotland.

As an artist he was one of East Lothian Council’s Artists in Residence, Artistic Director of The Art of Love Festival in Fife and has worked as an actor, director and producer since 1995.

He’s currently developing Unf*ck Yourself, a performance art essay he wrote on equality and Periscope My Suicide, a solo show about cyber bullying.

In 2010 he started The Big C, responsible for staging the annual Big Comedy Gala in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Josef Church-Woods is a Swedish Kiwi living in Edinburgh. He’s been working in marketing, communications and content creation for over 15 years. He joined Civil Disobedience full-time in January 2017, after two years with Yard; an award-winning UK digital agency providing expert consultancy around content, search, and innovation.

After completing a postgrad in Journalism, Joe started working in PR and project delivery for the UK Seafood Industry. He then took on a contract as Communications Manager with Stonewall Scotland – a charity promoting equality for the LGBT community. He managed the central marketing function for the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce from 2008-2011, before moving onto marketing, content and digital projects with commercial brands, including TUI Travel and Diet Chef.

Joe has extensive experience of writing all sorts of copy; from features, news articles and news releases, to blog posts, search engine optimised website copy and social media content. He’s also spent his fair share of time managing online communities, and mapping out content plans. Freelance projects include a short-term contract as PR rep for Siege Perilous’ 2007 Edinburgh Fringe production of ‘Pericles’, achieving coverage in The Scotsman and trade press; several feature articles for Third Force News, the Scottish voluntary sector newspaper; and his work on the Civil Disobedience World AIDS Day production of ‘The Normal Heart’, securing coverage in The Herald, The Sunday Herald, The Scotsman, Skinny Magazine, Positive Nation and on BBC Radio.

Born in Sweden with a dad from New Zealand, Joe has lived in the UK since 1995 and is fluent in Swedish and English.