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A theatre director and actor who has trod the boards internationally and set up workshops in prisons is set to launch his latest project – a bread brand.

Dominic Biddle, 30, has been leaving out loaves of organic sourdough bread for residents by Swifts Manor Farm in Preston St Mary alongside an honesty box where buyers can leave their money.

Dominic, who has run theatre classes in prisons and worked on productions internationally including in China, has also been knocking on people's doors in Preston St Mary to sell his bread.

Dominic Biddle moved to Suffolk from London where he has set up a micro-bakery. Picture: Dominic Biddle
Dominic Biddle moved to Suffolk from London where he has set up a micro-bakery. Picture: Dominic Biddle

He said it was a way of giving people the 'appetite' for his new bread brand, Biddle's Bread, which is officially launching next month.

"I have worked in theatre for the last 10 years and recently moved out to Suffolk to start up this micro-bakery," Dominic said.

He added: "I am making loaves that are coming out of the oven, there is no point wasting them.

The bread basket which is by Swifts Manor farm near Preston St Mary. Picture: Anglia Press Agency
The bread basket which is by Swifts Manor farm near Preston St Mary. Picture: Anglia Press Agency

"It's just a nifty way to introduce people to the bread."

Dominic, who has been making around 50 loaves a day, said villagers in Preston St Mary had been reacting positively.

"People mostly go, 'wow, it's still warm' and then people get a real taste for Sourdough.

"I don't think there is a great deal of it around here so hopefully I can fulfil their (people's) needs."

The Biddle's Bread brand. Picture: Dominic Biddle
The Biddle's Bread brand. Picture: Dominic Biddle

Dominic who, like many others, turned to baking during lockdown as a way to keep busy, said there would be also be scope for organising theatre-based projects alongside selling the bread as well.

"I make theatre, so I'm interested in stories and just bringing people together."

Biddle's Bread will be going on general sale from next month.