Lilly - Jemima Bennett
Lilly - India Brown
Lilly - Annika Whiston
Oona (Trunk) - Elisa de Grey
Oona (Head) - James Charlton
Oona (Heart) - Michael Peters
Oona (Hind) - Wela Mbusi
Mani (Head) - Romina Hytten
Mani (Body) - Fred Davis
Frank - Darcy Collins
Alternate Puppeteer - Gareth Aled (Oona Heart, Oona Head, Mani Body at certain performances)
Alternate Puppeteer - Scarlet Wilderink (Oona Hind, Oona Trunk, Mani Head at certain performances)
Dad/Red Bandana - Kazeem Toisin Amore
Grandma - Liz Crowther
Mahout/Kaya/Nurse -Stephen Hoo
Dr Geraldine - Corinna Powlesland
Mr Anthony - Jack Sandle
Mum/Samaritan - Balvinder Sopal
All other roles are played and all roles are understudied by members of the company.
Training: Double Act Drama Studio and
Phoenix Theatre Arts.
Theatre: To Kill a Mockingbird (Regent's
Park Theatre/UK tour/Barbican).
Television/film: Hetty Feather (BBC)
and Perfect Skin.
India is 11 years old and lives in London. Since being represented by the Sylvia Young Agency, her credits include: Peggy Nan in Fortitude, Alisha in The Coopers Vs the Rest, Molly in Topsy and Tim for CBeebies and Hannah in Birds of a Feather for BBC.
India's previous theatre credits include: playing Young Nala in The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre. She has also appeared in various commercials.
Theatre includes: Goodnight Mister Tom (2013 and 2015–16, West End and tour); Little Universe (Fevered Sleep); These Associations (Tate Modern - Tino Sehgal); No Way Out (Southwark Playhouse); Brilliant (Fevered Sleep); The Juniper Tree (Goat and Monkey Theatre Company); The Water Babies (Northern Broadsides); Gormenghast (David Glass Ensemble); Beyond Midnight (Trestle Theatre Company); Binari (Obviam Est); Macbeth (Conspirators of Pleasure) and Cinderella, Robin Hood and The Lottie Project (Polka Theatre).
Film and television includes: The Lost World of Mitchell & Kenyon, The Convalescent and Harbour Lights (BBC).
Training: Guildford School of Acting - BA (hons) Musical Theatre.
Theatre credits: swing and cover Enjolras in Les Misérables (Queen’s Theatre); cover Crabbs and Flowers in The Light Princess (National Theatre); lead singer in Somebody to Love (Netherlands rock concert tour); David in Soviet Zion (the Jewish Museum/the Lost Theatre); ensemble and puppeteer in Little Shop of Horrors (Manchester Royal Exchange); Fox/Lampwick in The Adventures of Pinocchio (Greenwich Theatre); Aslan puppeteer and ensemble in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Birmingham Repertory Theatre); Old Man (resident director) in James and the Giant Peach (international tour/Sell a Door Company) and Rumpy Pumpy! (Theatre Royal Windsor).
Recordings: the original cast recording of The Light Princess, written by Tori Amos.
Michael studied at Truro College,gaining a National Diploma in Performing Arts, and then went on to train at Stella Mann College, graduating in 2007.
Theatre credits include: Thad in the original London cast of Hairspray (Shaftesbury Theatre); dancer in Cinderella (New Victoria Theatre, Woking); Richie in A Chorus Line (Lowry Theatre, Manchester); Thad in Hairspray (German tour, Zeltpalast, Merzig and Munich); cover Subway Ghost in the original cast of Ghost – the Musical (Manchester Opera House and Piccadilly Theatre, West End); Monty/ cover Daddy Brubeck in Sweet Charity (English Theatre Frankfurt); dancer for Just Dance 2014/15 for the Jingle Bell Ball (O2 Arena); the Olivier Awards with Hairspray and Angie the Ox/cover Big Jule in Guys and Dolls (Chichester Festival Theatre).
Television includes: dancer with Little Mix on The X Factor, dancer for Iceland foods commercial, Chi Ice Tea commercial, Sony PlayStation commercial, The Alan Titchmarsh Show, The Paul O’Grady Show, Children in Need and The Royal Variety Show.
Films include: the shorts Awaiting Lazarus, Famous, Scandalous, REVO Captivity and Other World (BBC3).
Other credits include: modelling for SURF, Exxon, Chi Ice Tea, Fitness First, Sony, Cunard, Adidas and Virgin Active.
Training: Guildhall School.
Theatre includes: Histories Cycle, Dorset in Richard III, Peto and Keeper in Henry IV, Boy in Henry V and Prince Edward in Henry VI parts one to three (RSC, Olivier Award Winner - Best Acting Company); Iachimo in Cymbeline and Albert in Clybourne Park (South Carolina Shakespeare Company); Son in Father and Son (Soho Theatre); Father/Son in SICK (Theatre503); Jimmy in A Taste of Honey (Salisbury Playhouse); Alfred in Effie May (Ovalhouse); St George in Down by the Greenwood Side (Royal Opera House); Doctor in Whose Life Is It Anyway? (Comedy Theatre) and Bobby in Who Killed Mr Drum? (Riverside Studios).
Film includes: The Baker’s Abjection.
Television includes: Guerrilla (Sky - ADR); Call the Midwife (BBC - ADR) and Friar in Redefining Juliet (BBC).
Charlie puppeteer - Running Wild (Regents Park Open Air Theatre); The Ghost of Christmas Present and Puppeteer - A Christmas Carol (Chichester Festival Youth Theatre); Mani puppeteer - Running Wild (Cass Sculpture Foundation) and Missis Pongo - The 101 Dalmatians, The Witches, Lucy Pevensie - The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Firework- Maker’s Daughter and The Snow Queen (Chichester Festival Youth Theatre).
Film includes: A Dark Reflection (Fact Not Fiction Films).
Theatre includes: Peter Pan (Chichester Festival Youth Theatre, 2016); The Tempest (open-air Petersfield Shakespeare Festival, 2016); Running Wild (Regent’s Park, 2016); A Christmas Carol (Chichester Festival Youth Theatre, 2015); Running Wild (Chichester Festival Theatre at the Cass, 2015); The Hundred and One Dalmatians (Chichester Festival Youth Theatre, 2014); The Witches (Chichester Festival Youth Theatre, 2013); Pass It On (Chichester Festival Theatre, 2013); Noah (Chichester Festival Youth Theatre, 2012); The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chichester Festival Youth Theatre, 2011); Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare Festival at Chichester Festival Theatre, 2011); Rattigan’s Nijinsky (Chichester Festival Theatre, 2010); The Firework-Maker’s Daughter (Chichester Festival Youth Theatre at Weald and Downland Open Air Museum, 2010) and The Snow Queen (Chichester Festival Youth Theatre,2009).
Radio includes: Pass It On (2016).
Training: Curious School of Puppetry.
Theatre credits include: Tinker Bell/ puppetry captain in Peter Pan (Chichester Festival Youth Theatre); puppeteering as Jacob Marley, Christmas Past and Christmas Future in A Christmas Carol (Chichester Festival Youth Theatre) and principal puppeteer in the original production of Running Wild (Chichester Festival Youth Theatre), which won the UK Theatre Award for Best Show for Children and Young People.
Other puppet-making/designing credits include: Children of Eden (Union Theatre) and Cinderella (Creation Theatre).
Theatre credits include: The Machine Stops (York Theatre Royal/Pilot Theatre); The Magic Flute (Complicite); War Horse (National Theatre); The Heart of Robin Hood (RSC); (150) & Branches (National Theatre Wales) and The Hub (Clwyd Theatr Cymru).
Television and radio credits include: Boom Boom and True To My Land Miliband (BBC Radio 4) and Miliband of Brothers (Channel 4).
Scarlet Wilderink graduated from the Guildford School of Acting.
Theatre credits include: War Horse (New London Theatre); Watership Down (Watermill Theatre); Cabaret (MAC Theatre, Belfast) and Earthquakes in London (Broadway Theatre, Catford).
Credits whilst training include: The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Sweet Charity, Jerry Springer - the Opera and Footloose (Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford)
Training: Bird College and London
School of Dramatic Arts.
Theatre credits include: Dean Rebe in Tanzi Libre (Southwark Playhouse); Kate in a reversed-gender production of The Taming of the Shrew (Custom/ Practice) and Oba of Benin in PBS’s Africa’s Great Civilizations.
Film credits include: Max in Love in a Time of Death and, most recently, a cinematic production of Shakespeare's Hamlet.
A keen and dedicated writer enveloped in his craft, he has also had one of his plays performed at the Tristan Bates Theatre.
Theatre credits include: Kite (Soho Theatre and the Wrong Crowd/London International Mime Festival); The Roaring Girl, The White Devil, Song of Songs, The City Madam, Marat/Sade and Cardenio (RSC); Richard in Richard III (American tour for Actors From the London Stage); The Middlemarch Trilogy (Orange Tree Theatre); Romeo and Juliet (Rose, Bankside, and the Globe); Blithe Spirit (Nottingham Playhouse); Gambling (Royal Court); Onassis (Novello Theatre); Mr Whatnot (Royal Theatre, Northampton); The Country Wife (Haymarket Theatre); Cyrano de Bergerac (Royal Exchange); Twelfth Night and The Merry Wives of Windsor (Regent’s Park); Abigail’s Party (Hampstead Theatre tour); Communicating Doors (Stephen Joseph and Chicago Theatre Festival); Animal Farm (National Theatre) and Ducktastic, directed by Kenneth Branagh and the Right Size (Noël Coward).
Television and film credits include: The Dumping Ground, Outnumbered, Mansfield Park, Holby City, London’s Burning, Doctors, Miss Marple, EastEnders, The Bill, Family Affairs, The Unicorn (Daybreak Pictures) and The Comic Strip Presents… Funseekers.
Stephen is an actor and writer. He studied theatre at the BRIT School, before completing his BA in Modern and Classical Chinese at SOAS; he then went on to complete the MA Theatre Lab at RADA.
Theatre includes: The Sugar-Coated Bullets of the Bourgeoisie (Arcola/ HighTide); N**** on the Lott (workshop - Royal Court); Heartquake (Royal Court); Take Away and Cinderella (Royal Stratford East); Wake (Nationale Reisopera); Soho Streets (Soho Theatre); Bodega Lung Fat (Hackney Empire Studio) and Kick Off (Riverside Studios).
Television includes: Vicious (ITV); Excluded (pilot - BBC) and The Day of the Kamikaze (Channel 4).
Film includes: Fit, Kick Off and Seven Dials (Team Angelica Films).
Theatre includes: Abigail’s Party (Little Theatre, Sheringham); Pride and Prejudice (Sheffield Crucible); The Crucible and Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Ragtime (Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park); The Revenger’s Tragedy (Royal Exchange Theatre); A Christmas Carol (Library Theatre, Manchester); Brighton Rock and Hanging by a Thread (Almeida, London); A Saint She Ain’t (Apollo, London); The Slow Drag (Whitehall, London); The Rocky Horror Show (Duke of York’s, London); Bells Are Ringing (Union); national tours of The Vagina Monologues, Annie Get Your Gun, The Canterville Ghost and Shakers (Hull Truck); Noises Off, Dangerous Corner, Season’s Greetings, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Noël and Gertie and Blithe Spirit (Theatre by the Lake, Keswick); Stepping Out (Brewhouse, Taunton); Alfie (Oldham Coliseum/Watford Palace); Man and Superman and Moll Flanders (Salisbury Playhouse); Little Shop of Horrors, Annie and The Wizard of Oz (Everyman, Cheltenham); Grease (Derby Playhouse) and Blithe Spirit (Royal Theatre, Northampton).
Television credits include:Doctors, Down to Earth and Western Approach.
Film credits include: London Road (National Theatre) and Ruby Blue.
Corinna has sung as a soloist with the BBC Radio Orchestra for Radio 4’s Songs From the Shows and Front Row, and has performed at Ronnie Scott’s and Pizza on the Park.
Jack trained at LAMDA.
Theatre credits include: The Late Henry Moss (Southwark Playhouse); War Horse (National Theatre); The Astronaut’s Chair (Drum Theatre, Plymouth); The Conquering Hero (Orange Tree Theatre); Macbeth (Octagon); Twelfth Night (Ludlow Festival); The Company Man (Orange Tree Theatre); Romeo and Juliet (Exeter Northcott); Far From the Madding Crowd (English Touring Theatre); Pains of Youth (Belgrade, Coventry); The Daughter-in-Law (Watford Palace Theatre); Hay Fever (York Theatre Royal); Adam Bede (Orange Tree Theatre); Summer Again (Orange Tree Theatre); The Two Noble Kinsmen (Bristol Old Vic) and The Gambler (Young Vic/Edinburgh Fringe).Television credits include: Knightfall (the History Channel); Holby City (BBC); Beowulf (ITV); House of Anubis(Nickelodeon); Doctors (BBC); Spooks (BBC); The Tudors (Showtime); Merlin (BBC); EastEnders (BBC); Wire in the lood and My Hero (BBC).
Computer games include: JamesBond: Blood Stone and Star; Citizen: Squadron 42.
Film credits include: Where Hands Touch (Amma Asante).
Balvinder has worked with a number of award winning theatre companies nationally and internationally. Her career spans theatre, radio, film and television.
Theatre includes: Sleepless (co production Analogue/Staastheatre Mainz); Stowaway (Analogue Theatre); The Edge (Transport Theatre); Deranged Marriage (Rifco Arts); Home Sweet Home (Freedom Studios); The Snow Queen (Trestle Theatre/Intl tour); Our Glass House (Common Wealth Co); Behna (Kali Theatre); The Houseof Bilquis Bibi (Tamasha/Hampstead); Counted? (Look Left Look Right) and Mela (WYPH).
Radio includes: Everyday Tales of Afghan Folk (Radio 4 series 1-4 regular), Granny Anne’s Joke World (Ceebeebies series 1), Brief Lives (Radio 4), The Wild Neighbour and the Willing Cat (BBC World Service), Enemy of the People, Child in Time and The Prospect (all Radio 4) and Silver Street - Simran Kaur (regular 2010-14) (BBC Asian Network).
Television includes: Coronation Street, BATFA Award-winning White Girl (BBC1), Adha Cup (Channel 4), Waterloo Road and Emmerdale.
Timothy Sheader has been artistic director and joint chief executive of Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre since 2007.
For Regent’s Park, productions include: JesusChrist Superstar (Evening Standard Award winner for Best Musical); Running Wild; Peter Pan (Olivier Award-nominated for Best Family and Entertainment); the Gershwins' Porgy and Bess (Olivier Award-nominated for Best Musical Revival); Crazy for You (Olivier Award winner of Best Musical Revival - also at the Novello); Lord of the Flies (national tour); Hello, Dolly! (Olivier Award winner of Best Musical Revival and Evening Standard Award winner of Best Musical); Into the Woods (Olivier Award winner of Best Musical Revival - available on Digital Theatre and also at Public Theater, New York, Central Park) and The Crucible (WhatsOnStage Award winner of< Best Director).
Other theatre includes: To Kill a Mockingbird (Barbican and national tour); The Magistrate (National Theatre); Barnum (Chichester Festival); Imagine This (New London); Hobson’s Choice, The Clandestine Marriage and Love in a Maze (Watermill); Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella and The Three Musketeers (Bristol Old Vic); The Star Throwers and Unless (Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough); Misconceptions (Derby Playhouse); Streetcar to Tennessee(Young Vic); Achilles (Edinburgh Fringe First); Wild, Wild Women (Orange Tree); Arms and the Man (national tour); Piaf and Sweet Charity (Sheffield Crucible - TMA Best Musical Award) and My Fair Lady (Aarhus Teater, Denmark).
Dale Rooks works extensively with children and young people, and has directed numerous Youth Theatre productions at Chichester Festival Theatre. Her acclaimed promenade production of Michael Morpurgo’s Running Wild, staged for Chichester’s Festival in 2015, won the UK Theatre Award for Best Show for Children and Young People. She codirected a redeveloped production of Running Wild at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre (Festival 2016).
Dale’s other directing credits at Chichester Festival Theatre include: Peter Pan, The Hundred and One Dalmatians, The Witches, The Firework-Maker’s Daughter, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, A Christmas Carol and Alice in Wonderland. Dale has also directed for the National Theatre (NT Connections), Royalty Theatre, London; Brighton Dome, London Thames Festival, International Youth Arts Festival and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Other credits include: stage director for the Shakespeare Schools Festival; opera projects with West Sussex Schools and the BBC Concert Orchestra players; and European School’s Drama Project with companies in Normandy, France.
Dale has worked as education specialist for the London-based company Artichoke, creating a programme of work for schools in London and Brooklyn, New York, and on a further live arts project as part of the Liverpool City of Culture celebrations. Working in partnership with NAYT (National Association Youth Theatres), Dale is the lead officer for the south-east region, networking with other youth theatres in the south of England.
Dale is learning, education and participation director (LEAP) at Chichester Festival Theatre.
Theatre includes: First Light (Chichester); American Buffalo, Di and Viv and Rose and Mrs Henderson Presents (West End); Hamlet and The Two Gentlemen of Verona (RSC); Anna Christie, Making Noise Quietly, The Man Who Had All the Luck, The Cut and Novecento (Donmar Warehouse); Blasted, Saved, Punk Rock and The Chair Plays (Lyric Hammersmith); The Acid Test Routes and Breathing Corpses (Royal Court); Richard II, Doctor Faustus and The Frontline (Shakespeare’s Globe); Our Few and Evil Days and Drum Belly (Abbey, Dublin); A Room With a View, A Steady Rain and The Hypochondriac (Theatre Royal Bath); Juno and the Paycock (Gate Theatre, Dublin); A Human Being Died That Night (Hampstead/ the Fugard, South Africa/BAM); Howie the Rookie (Dublin/the Barbican/BAM); Once a Catholic, Pornography and The Field (Tricycle Theatre); A Number and Total Eclipse (Menier Chocolate Factory); My Fair Lady, Afterplay, Sisters and Gladiator Games (Sheffield Theatres); The Indian Wants the Bronx (Young Vic); Finding Neverland, Buried Child and Barnum (Leicester Curve); The Changeling (ETT) and Orpheus Descending, 1984, Macbeth and See How They Run (Manchester Royal Exchange).
Opera and dance credits include: Bastard Amber (Liz Roche/Dublin Dance Festival); Rusalka (English Touring Opera) and The Magic Flute (Palestinian National Theatre).
Finn is a director, designer and performer;
He is co-artistic director of Gyre & Gimble, a theatre company specialising in puppetry. As director of puppetry and movement Finn’s work in theatre includes: The Grinning Man (Bristol Old Vic); Groundhog Day (additional movement - Old Vic and Broadway); Dr Seuss's The Lorax (Old Vic); The Bear (puppetry director - Pins & Needles); Running Wild (UK tour, Regent’s Park and Chichester Festival); The Tempest (Birmingham Royal Ballet); Alice’s Adventures Underground and Adventures in Wonderland (Les Enfants Terribles); Ariodante (Festival d'Aix-en-Provence); The Light Princess (NT); War Horse (NT, West End and internationally); Dream Space (Globe Theatre); Rubies in the Attic (Riverside Studios); Shrek - the Musical (West End); Climate (Guildhall School of Music and Drama) and Tom Thumb (Edinburgh Festival and tour - Fringe First winner). Upcoming work includes: Angels in America (National Theatre).
As a director, Finn’s work includes: David Walliams' The First Hippo on the Moon (co-director/designer - Les Enfants Terribles); Lardo (Old Red Lion) and The Elephantom (co-director - NT and West End).
As a performer, he has appeared in Saint Joan, War Horse, Or You Could Kiss Me and Punchdrunk's Every Good Boy Deserves Favour (National Theatre); Hamlet and Julius Caesar (RSC); Complicite's A Dog’s Heart (La Scala); Blind Summit's Lowlife (LIMF); Madam Butterfly (ENO); Brighton Rock (Almeida); Elephant (BAC); Antigone (Old Vic) and Macbeth (Albery). Films include: Alice and The Suicide Brothers.
Toby is a director, designer and performer;
He is co-artistic director of Gyre & Gimble, a theatre company specialising in puppetry. As Gyre & Gimble, work includes: puppetry co-designer/director of The Grinning Man (Bristol Old Vic); Running Wild (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and Chichester Festival Theatre) and co-director/puppetry designer of The Elephantom (National Theatre and West End).
Other work includes: puppetry designer/director of Peter Pan, The Light Princess and Hansel and Gretel (National Theatre); Don Quixote (RSC); Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Royal Ballet); The Wind in the Willows (Royal Opera House and West End); Disney’s new staging of The Little Mermaid (in Holland, Moscow and Tokyo); A Christmas Carol, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Firework-Maker’s Daughter and Peter Pan (Chichester Festival Theatre); Little Shop of Horrors (Manchester Royal Exchange);The Tempest (Birmingham Royal Ballet) and Goodnight Mister Tom (West End and UK tour).
He was the hind puppeteer of Joey in the original production of War Horse (National Theatre), before moving onto Joey’s head for the subsequent West End transfer. On leaving the show as a performer, he was made an associate puppetry director.
Other work as a puppeteer includes: Live From the National Theatre: 50 Years on Stage (BBC1); A Homeless Polar Bear in London (Greenpeace campaign film); Mongrels (BBC3); Hospitalworks (Theatre-Rites) and Angelo (Little Angel Theatre).
Rod Paton has combined work as a teacher, writer and academic with community music, music therapy and composition in a variety of genres.
Theatre compositions include: Peter – a Musical (Nelson and Colne, 1974); Faust - a Musical (Nelson and Colne, 1976); Starman - the musical (Collegiate Theatre, London, 1979); Wrang-Gaites or Wrong-Way-Round Way (Yeovil Youth Theatre, 1982, and Chichester, 1984); The Boy With a Cart (Edinburgh Festival Fringe, 1984); Full Circle - a Musical (Chichester, 1986); Lords of Creation (Minerva Studio, Chichester, 1989); Maldita Cocaína (Bloody Cocaine) (Lisbon, 1993–4); Pathways (the Hawth Theatre, Crawley, 1994, and Solent People's Theatre, Southampton, 1995–7); Two - Three (Dot to Dot Theatre Company, Leigh Park, 1995, and West Sussex Youth Theatre, 1996); The Dreamtellers (Hawth Theatre, Crawley, 1996); Home Town (Hawth Theatre, 1997); Sand Painting Music for film commissioned by artist Renchi (Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol, 2002); Chichester’s Children (Chichester Cathedral, 2008); The Firework-Maker’s Daughter (Chichester Festival Youth Theatre, 2010); The New Jerusalem (Stansted House, West Sussex, 2013) and Running Wild (Chichester, 2015, and Regent’s Park, 2016).
Rod has written two books about improvisation and musical culture, Living Music (2000) and Lifemusic: Connecting People to Time (2011), as well as many articles and conference presentations, including a TEDx lecture at the Reduta Theatre, Brno, Czech Republic.
In 1988, he initiated the improvisation-based Lifemusic project, bringing live creative music and song into communities, promoting health and well-being. Rod works extensively with voice and singing groups, and is an active member of the Natural Voice Practitioners' Network.
James’ credits include: Peter Pan, A Christmas Carol, The Hundred And One Dalmatians, Miss Julie, Black Comedy, The Witches, A Marvellous Year For Plums, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Alice In Wonderland, The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, The Snow Queen, Wallenstein and Funny Girl (Chichester Festival Theatre); The Last Tango, Dance ‘Til Dawn, Midnight Tango, Footloose and Never Forget (on tour and in the West End); Unfaithful (Found111, London); The Royale, Disgraced and Fear (Bush); The Borrowers (Sherman Cymru); Deathtrap and A Voyage Round My Father (Salisbury Playhouse); The Night Before Christmas, Little Sure Shot and Salonika (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Monsieur Popular (Bath Theatre Royal); Jumpy (Theatr Clwyd); The Good Person of Sichuan (Mercury, Colchester); The Jungle Book (Citizen’s, Glasgow); The Dumb Waiter (The Print Room) and Far From The Madding Crowd (Watermill, Newbury).
For Tall Stories Theatre Company credits include: The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo’s Child, Room on the Broom and The Snail and the Whale.
Recent design credits include: Robert Wilson’s Letter to a Man (New York, LA, Madrid, Paris and 2017 international tour); Gangsta Granny (UK tour) and Tree of Codes (Manchester International Festival and Park Avenue Armory, New York).
Other design credits include: The James Plays (National Theatre, London, and international tour); Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain (London’s West End, UK tour and Sydney Opera House); Robert Wilson’s The Life and Death of Marina Abramovi´c (New York, Toronto, Amsterdam, Antwerp, Madrid and Manchester); Old Woman (Athens); Krapp’s Last Tape (Beijing); A Doll’s House (Edinburgh Lyceum), Men Should Weep (Glasgow Citizens); Young@Heart Chorus - End of the Road (Oslo, Singapore, New York and Manchester); Horrible Histories: Groovy Greeks and Incredible Invaders (UK tour); Horrible Histories: Ruthless Romans (Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai and Abu Dhabi); Tom’s Midnight Garden (UK tour); Caledonia (Edinburgh International Festival) and Appointment With the Wicker Man (Edinburgh Festival Fringe).
Composer credits include: A Doll’s House (National Theatre of Scotland) and Men Should Weep (National Theatre of Scotland).
Associate design roles include: 27 (Edinburgh Lyceum); Peter Pan (UK tour); Black Watch (Pitlochry) and The Wolves in the Walls (New York).
As movement director/choreographer, theatre includes: Sleeping Beauty (Watermill Theatre); Running Wild (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); Wit (Royal Exchange); East Is East (ATG/tour); Twelfth Night, Othello, The Comedy of Errors, Holy Warriors, The Merchant of Venice, The Taming of the Shrew, King Lear, Romeo and Juliet, Doctor Faustus, As You Like It, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Frontline (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre); Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Tooting Arts Club, West End and Broadway); The Secret Garden (Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre); Every Last Trick (Royal & Derngate); The Roaring Girl (RSC); The Witches (Chichester Festival Theatre); Never Try This at Home and Hopelessly Devoted (Birmingham Rep); The Ritual Slaughter of Gorge Mastromas (Royal Court); Chimerica (Almeida/West End); Too Clever by Half (Royal Exchange); Cinderella: the Midnight Princess (Rose, Kingston); The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Kensington Gardens); Much Ado About Nothing (West End); Electra, Dream Story and Lulu (Gate); The Game of Love and Chance (Salisbury Playhouse); A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Paradise Lost (Headlong); The Three Musketeers (Rose); The Talented Mr Ripley, The Duchess of Malfi, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and The Glass Cage (Royal & Derngate); Macbeth (Regent’s Park); Gambling (Soho - also co-director); Romeo and Juliet (RSC); A Christmas Carol (Chichester); King Lear (Headlong/Liverpool Everyman/Young Vic); Far From the Madding Crowd (ETT); Macbeth (Chichester/West End/Broadway); Six Characters in Search of an Author (Chichester/Headlong/West End/Sydney Festival Theatre); The White Devil (Menier Chocolate Factory); The Glass Menagerie (Young Vic); Faustus (Hampstead/ Headlong) and The Golden Goose (Library). Choreography film and television credits: True Stories (BBC/Lambent - BAFTA-nominated); Once Upon a Time (BBC/Lambent); Hansel and Gretel (BBC/Lambent - BAFTA-nominated) and Macbeth (BBC/Illuminations Media).
For five years, Polly was casting associate at the Royal Exchange Theatre. She continues to work with the company and has recently cast Sweet Charity, Wit, The Ghost Train (Told by an Idiot) and Little Shop of Horrors.
She has cast numerous productions for the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, including Chris Hannan’s What Shadows, Of Mice and Men, Anita and Me, A Christmas Carol and Folk, a new play by Tom Wells.
She works closely with the Ramps on the Moon consortium and cast their first two productions, The Government Inspector and Tommy.
Other recent credits include: We Can Be Heroes (feature film); The Island Nation (ice&fire/Arcola); Peter and the Starcatcher (Paul Taylor-Mills/Royal & Derngate); Roy Williams’ Soul (Hackney Empire/Royal & Derngate); The Hound of the Baskervilles (York Theatre Royal); Bryony Lavery’s adaptation of Brideshead Revisited (ETT and York); Peter Pan (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre) and Beyond the Fence, a new musical for Sky Arts, Wingspan and Neil Laidlaw Productions in the West End.
Polly will soon begin work on Oliver Twist and A Tale of Two Cities for Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and the regional premiere of Tribes for Sheffield Theatres.
Most recent directing credits include: Richard III and Twelfth Night (Royal Central School of Speech and Drama) and Aspies(Theatre503).
Workshops include: The Initiate by Alexandra Wood.
Credits as associate director include: Goodnight Mister Tom (Duke of York’s/ UK tour); Bad Jews (St James/Haymarket/ Theatre Royal Bath/UK tour); The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (Chichester/UK tour) and The Witches (Chichester).
Credits as assistant director include: for Sheffield Theatres: The History Boys, Macbeth, The Full Monty and Straight (also Bush Theatre); for Chichester Festival Theatre: Stevie, A Marvellous Year for Plums, Rattigan’s Nijinsky, The Deep Blue Sea, Toad of Toad Hall and If Love Were All; Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me (Southwark Playhouse); Ashes and Sand and The House of Special Purpose (RADA) and The Game of Love and Chance (Salisbury Playhouse).
Jon studied English and theatre at Warwick and trained at Birkbeck, University of London.
Laura is an actor, puppeteer and director who trained at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art after a drama degree at Hull University.
Work as a creative includes: Don Quixote (RSC - puppetry co-director); War Horse (NT, Berlin - associate movement director); The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night- Time (NT, West End - puppetry consultancy) Oppenheimer (RSC, West End - movement restaging); 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony (assistant movement director); Goodnight Mister Tom (West End and UK tour - associate puppetry director) and Adventures in Packaging (Will Adamsdale/ BAC - puppetry consultancy).
As a performer: Peter Pan (NT); The Elephantom (NT); Women Beware Women (NT); War Horse (NT in the West End); Oppenheimer (RSC); The Shoemaker’s Holiday (RSC); Running Wild (Regent’s Park); The Lorax (the Old Vic); Goodnight Mister Tom (Chichester Festival Theatre); Above Me the Wide Blue Sky (Fevered Sleep, the Young Vic); Faeries (Royal Opera House); Mischief (Theatre Rites) and Brilliant (Fevered Sleep).
Films include: London Road (Rufus Norris - National Theatre/BBC Films/BFI); Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (puppeteer - Warner Bros); Gravity (movement artist - Warner Bros); A Homeless Polar Bear in London (Greenpeace campaign film) and Alice (Marianne Elliott - Ruby Films).
Credits include: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Gielgud/tour); Saint Joan, Trilogy, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Henry IV, Coriolanus and Trelawny of the Wells (Donmar); Kenneth Branagh season (Garrick); Doctor Faustus (Duke of York’s); Richard III and Macbeth (Trafalgar Studios); Peter Pan, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Lord of the Flies, To Kill a Mockingbird, Pride and Prejudice, The Winter’s Tale, The Sound of Music, Pericles, The Beggar’s Opera, Macbeth, The Comedy of Errors, The Crucible, The Importance of Being Earnest and The Tempest (Regent’s Park) and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Sweet Bird of Youth, The Duchess of Malfi, The Playboy of the Western World and Design for Living (Old Vic).
Personal vocal coach includes: Clive Owen in Old Times, Jude Law in Obsession, Henry V, Anna Christie, Hamlet and Daniel Radcliffe in The Cripple of Inishmaan, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and Equus.
Associate director (voice and text) includes: Running Wild, Henry V, Jesus Christ Superstar, Pride and Prejudice, All My Son’s, Hobson’s Choice, Twelfth Night, Porgy and Bess, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Ragtime (Regent’s Park); Romeo and Juliet (Naples Festival) and The Comedy of Errors and More Grimm Tales (Young Vic).
Theatre includes: for Regent’s Park: Running Wild, Lord of the Flies, To Kill a Mockingbird, Ragtime and Hello, Dolly!; for the Donmar: Faith Healer, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Fathers and Sons, Coriolanus, Days of Wine and Roses and City of Angels; for RNT: Another World, A Light Shining, The Seafarer, The Kitchen, Anything Goes and Aristocrats; for the Almeida: Ruined, My City and Before the Party; for the RSC: A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Love’s Labour’s Lost; for the Tricycle: The Great Game, Women, Power and Politics and The Riots; West End: Jerusalem, Handbagged, Our Boys, Perfect Nonsense, Journey’s End, Wicked, Miss Saigon, Beautiful, Sunny Afternoon (tour) and The Ladykillers; for Royal Court: Disconnect, Punchdrunk, Loyal Women, The Force of Change and The Weir; for the Lyric: Twisted Tales, A Thousand Stars Explode in the Sky and Punk Rock; and for the Old Vic: Six Degrees of Separation and National Anthems. Broadway: Journey’s End, Pygmalion and The Seagull.
Television includes: And Then There Were None, Poldark, The Night Manager, Love, Nina, Wuthering Heights, Little Dorrit, Cranford, White Girl, Game of Thrones (series three) and Case Histories.
Film includes: A Monster Calls, Toast, Intermission, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Suffragette, What We Did on Our Holiday and Perrier’s Bounty.
Theatre includes: The Entertainer, Romeo and Juliet, Red Velvet, The Winter’s Tale, Harlequinade and All on Her Own (Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company); Photograph 51, Henry V, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Cripple of Inishmaan, Peter and Alice and Privates on Parade (Michael Grandage Company); Pitcairn and Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune (Chichester Festival Theatre); Zorro - the Musical and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (West End) and Macbeth, Macbett, King Lear, The Seagull, Coriolanus, Richard III, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Winter’s Tale and Pericles (RSC).
Opera includes: Hamlet, Saul (props buyer), Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Poliuto, L’Heure Espagnole, The Cunning Little Vixen (buyer), Le nozze di Figaro (buyer), La bohème and La Cenerentola (Glyndebourne).