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Vicky Ireland MBE trained as a drama teacher at the Central School of Speech and Drama, London. Her career began as the youngest actor/teacher in the newly established Theatre-in-Education (TiE) team at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, followed by acting in many UK Reps. She played Anne Brontë in the West End production of Glasstown, where she met her husband, John Rowe. For 12 years, she was the presenter of BBC Children’s programme, Words and Pictures. As Artistic Director of Polka Theatre for Children, London, she directed, produced and commissioned new theatre writing and created the first Literary Manager post in children’s theatre. Her productions Three Cheers for Mrs. Butler, Dreams of Anne Frank, Rosie Blitz, Playing from the Heart and The Magic Paintbrush, all won British Theatre Awards.