TINY SHOWS MAKERS 2015
Adam trained at Guildford School Of Acting. He is proud to have collaborated with Jen and The Copenhagen Interpretation a number of times, usually over sushi. Theatre credits include: On The Waterfront – Lyric Theatre (Hong Kong) directed by Steven Berkoff. Jerry Allison in Buddy The Musical – UK Number 1 Tour and New Zealand Tour. Sam in Legacy by Jenifer Toksvig – HMS Victory. Joe in Payback the Musical – Original London Cast and Workshop. Dom in Through The Wire – National Theatre. Adam would also like to thank the late Pam Doove for her love and guidance.
Training: The MTA and Brit School. Professional Credits include: Steph/Laura in AlterEgo Theatre Company’s Chelsea’s Choice, Proudlock The Prince in Cinders a New Musical and Slave of The Ring in Aladdin for Talent Artist Group, Aladdin in Aladdin for Pyramid Pantomimes, Ensemble for the MMD Gala at The Novello, Backing Vocals for Tommy in Concert at The Prince Edward and for The Macmillan Centenary at The Palladium.
Alison Baskerville (b.1974) is a British documentary photographer. Alison has focussed on the impact of conflict on those working and living in various areas of conflict around the world, including Afghanistan, Mali, Israel/Gaza and the Philippines. Along with her work in conflict she also investigates social and domestic issues both abroad and in the UK. Her work has been published by the Times, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Mirror and BBC online Features. She has also completed commissions for Plan International, Care International and the Royal British Legion. Her work looking at the role of female British soldiers on the frontline in Afghanistan has been exhibited in the Oxo Gallery in London. Alison holds a degrees in Photojournalism from the University of Westminster. She regularly guest lectures at universities and hosts a number of workshops for the Royal Photographic Society’s Digital Visual Journalism group. Alison regularly speaks on her chosen subjects, appearing on BBC and Sky television as well as participating in seminars such as panel debates at the Imperial War Museum and guest speaking for various organisations on the subject of women and war.
Amie is a writer and actor, with an interest in writing spoken word performance. She has previously had work performed at The Bread and Roses Theatre, The Last Refuge and Shake It Up. She also writes for FemaleArts and is the founder of the LGBTQ Arts and Culture review. She is interested in writing work that challenges stereotypes, addresses the gender imbalance of women in theatre and normalises LGBT relationships for audiences.
Amy is a writer and performer based between London and the Midlands. She studied Musical Theatre at GSA, and co-wrote her first musical Songs From A Ledge in 2014 along with collaborator Andrew Sharpe. It was produced in November of that year, at the Old Joint Stock in Birmingham, UK. She currently writes and arranges as part of the workshop duo Tuesdays at Two, in addition to touring as a vocalist and actress at festivals and events across the UK, singing both with the Jazz roots band Steamchicken and with Richard Durrant, virtuoso concert guitarist. She’s thrilled to be a part of Tiny Shows.
Andrei is a Romanian actor who trained at the Birmingham School of Acting. Theatre credits include The Kite Runner (Nottingham Playhouse, UK Tour), Green Leaves Fall (Belgrade Theatre), Histra (Platform Theatre). Film credits include: KVH Conflict Management (dir. Paul Katis), The Monkey (dir. James Atkins), Ghetto Madness (dir. Thabo Mhlatshwa), Yoke Farm (dir. Tim Keeling). Andrei is very passionate about creating and devising new work and actively seeks opportunities like the one presented by Tiny Shows.
Andrew is a performer trained both in London (Rose Bruford) and The Czech Republic (DAMU), specialising in puppetry and devised Authorial theatre. His one man show, My First Ten Sexual Failures and Other Stories About Growing Up has sold out at international fringe festivals and his devised show, GameShow, is the winner of the STOFF – Stockholm Fringe Festival Expect the Unexpected Award (2014). He features in The ENV feat. Little Nikki music video for Your Love, and can also be seen in the BFI/ Nu Wave short film Love Life.
Annemarie Lewis Thomas
Annemarie Lewis Thomas is a composer and lyricist as well as Musical Director and arranger. She has composed for musicals for productions in London, regional theatre, pantomimes and commissions for youth & student productions. Composing credits include: The Open Door, Girl in the Ashes, Great Expectations and Fool’s Gold, all full length musicals written in collaboration with Gerry Flanagan and commissioned by YMT:UK. In collaboration with Phil Willmott, Annemarie wrote the music to Around the World in 80 Days, Uncle Ebenezer and The Wolf Boys. For the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds Annemarie composed the score for Black Eyed Susan, and wrote the songs for three pantomimes: Cinderella and the Glass Slipper, Puss in Boots and Jack and the Beanstalk – all written with Daniel O’Brien. Dangerous Daughters,Celebs Anon, The Sunshine Gang, The Ballad of Kitty Jay and Just the Ticket were all written in collaboration with Nick Stimson. In Feb 2013 as part of the From Page to Stage season the Landor and Aria Entertainment produced An Evening of the Music and Lyrics of Annemarie Lewis Thomas featuring West End performers.
Ashley M A Walsh is a composer and MD. UCLan Music Theatre Graduate 2014. He is currently at GSA studying MA in Musical Theatre Creation. His recent composition credits include 13, A Matter of Life or Death (GSA) Henry IV (GSA-Waterloo East). His Musicals include Schindler – Where Light & Shadow Meet which went to the semi-finals in @westendproducers’ Search For a Twitter Composer (Soho Theatre), Pandora Mercury Musicals S&S award shortlist 2014, also performed at The Stables Milton Keynes. Ashley is thrilled to be part of Tiny Shows and hopes you enjoy all of the performances.
Lyric coloratura soprano Belinda Evans, born and raised in Somerset, obtained a Vocal Diploma at the Welsh College of Music and Drama following a BA (Hons) Music Degree from Bath Spa University College. She is a Britten-Pears Young Artist and now studies with Laura Sarti. Recent operatic roles include Despina, Così Fan Tutte and Norina, Don Pasquale with Pavilion Opera; Violetta, La Traviata, Opera UK; Frasquita, Carmen, New Devon Opera; Fiordiligi, Così Fan Tutte, Savannah Philharmonic USA; Mimì in Opera Up Close’s Award winning production of La Bohème at the Soho Theatre, London’s West End. She has appeared as a soloist at The Cadogan, Colston and Birmingham Symphony Halls. Belinda has appeared in The Phantom of the Opera in the West End, following her success when she was chosen from over 6000 hopefuls as a Finalist in the BBC TV series How do you solve a problem like Maria?. She represented England singing the National Anthem at The Rugby World Cup in Australia, and has since sung at the BBC Sports Personality 50th Programme and at Wembley Arena.
Photo © Elyse Marks
Ben Norton Davies
Leeds-born Ben is a writer, cartoonist and illustrator. He is the author of several short plays: A Misunderstanding; The Southwark Playhouse (Soho Theatre Westminster Prize Shortlist), His Last Supper; The George Tavern, The Best Seafood in London; Above the Horse, The Artist’s Dog; Another Day, Blackfriars. His first full length play A Marked Man was performed at the 2013 HighTide Festival. Ben is also co-author of the musical Il Divino Farinelli; a Baroque and Roll Musical based on the life of the famed castrato Carlo Broschi. As cartoonist he is the creator of the comic strips ‘Catatonic’, ‘Modern Life is Awesome’, and the award-winning ‘My TV is Evil’. His art-work has been published on numerous websites, posters and apps and can also be seen adorning the cover of Jenifer Toksvig & David Perkin’s The Nutcracker for Samuel French.
Buffy focusses on up-dating legends and traditional stories, showing the universality of human experiences and emotions. She’s written The Path to Genevieve featured on Resonance FM with composer Stef Ungerer; a song-cycle about climate change, Flood with Kirsten Morrison, performed at the Peckham Arts Festival; an adaptation of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater at Grimeborn with a spoken word Virgin Mary portraying any mother’s reaction to her son dying; Eros and Psyche, a look at the nature of eternal love set in the 1950’s for The Actor’s Church in Covent Garden. Works in progress include The Woodcutter’s Daughter, a Fairy Tale Opera, with Richard Cartmale; Beowulf, an all-singing, all-dancing, all-fighting, feminist take, with Jesse Raccio, workshopped at The Bridewell Theatre; a ‘peasants-eye-view’ opera about the Peasant’s Revolt with Alan Taylor; a dark comedy opera about bombs and suicide, Cul de Sac, with Toby Bricheno.
Catherine is a Writer and Composer, who studied Playwriting on David Edgar’s playwriting Masters Degree at Birmingham University. In 2012 Catherine’s play Once Upon a Winter was published by Eldridge Editors in the US, and in 2011 she was shortlisted for the BBC Writer’s Academy, and commissioned by The Bronte Society to adapt Jane Eyre in 2008. Catherine’s musicals and plays have been performed in a variety of venues across the UK, including performances of Never Land in Kensington Gardens and live on ITV1’s prime time show Fortune. Her most recent work is a musical adaptation of Wuthering Heights.
Claire trained in Creative Writing at the University of Surrey, and continued her studies at Goldsmiths College, where she obtained a Masters in Musical Theatre Writing. Theatre Writing Credits include: Cycles (George Wood Theatre/Jermyn Street Theatre), Tall, Thin and Blonde (Tristan Bates Theatre), Letters to Myself and Afterlife (Tristan bates Theatre/The Star – Guildford Fringe Festival), First Day of Summer (LOST Theatre), Dave the Less-than-Average Fairy (Tristan Bates Theatre), One of Those Days (LOST Theatre), Songs from the Shower (London Theatre Workshop/RADA Club Theatre). She is currently reworking Tall, Thin and Blonde with composer, Michael Lovelock.
Elizabeth Adlington writes for stage and screen. Her horror short, The Chef, was shown at international film festivals and her latest comedy short, Hand it Back, is in post-production. Her work has been performed at the Park Theatre, Brockley Jack, Broadway Theatre, Lost Theatre, St James Theatre and the Sage Gateshead. Her short libretto was chosen for an English National Opera contest and she was a finalist for the Perfect Pitch new musical award. She is collaborating on a musical, which recently had a seven-week workshop at the London College of Music. Elizabeth loves collaborating, musicals and stories about spies.
Ella studied at the London School of Musical theatre before going on to front rock band Hitchcock Blonde. Following the band, she was composer & lyricist for pop musical Trouble at The New York Musical Theatre Festival. In 2014, she was in the final of The Perfect Pitch Awards hosted at the St James Theatre and has recently been commissioned by Perfect Pitch and The New Wolsey Theatre to write a new musical alongside book writer Jake Brunger. Her current work in development includes new British rock comedy musical The Bearded Lady’s Tattoo Parlour with book writer Elizabeth Adlington and a new indie/rock musical with director Mia Walker and Jennifer Webber the artistic director of US all-female theatrical hip-hop crew Decadancetheatre.
Born in Leigh-on-sea, Essex, Elspeth studied at King’s College, London, Trinity College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music. She has performed St John’s Smith Square; Linbury Studio, Royal Opera House and Hackney Empire as well as recitals in Greece, Turkey, Portugal, France and South Africa. Elspeth has performed at festivals including Ravenna, Italy and the Dublin Gay Theatre Festival where she won the ‘Oscar’ award for outstanding performance. Elspeth has worked with BBC Wales, Royal Ballet, Royal Shakespeare Company, Lesley Garrett, Southbank Sinfonia, Opera Up Close, Northern Ireland Opera and Opera de Bauge amongst others. Elspeth is looking forward to collaborating on musical theatre projects and further developing her own writing. In her spare time, she is a keen quizzer, having appeared on Weakest Link, Countdown and Mastermind!
Emma trained at LIPA, specialising in Dance and graduating in 2004 with a BA HONS degree in Performing Arts. Credits include Faust, Punchdrunk theatre company, Short Stories (film), Fleur Darkin dance ensemble, The Commonwealth Games opening and closing ceremonies, as well as performing and choreographing performances and music videos with electro-pop band Knights. Emma has also modelled extensively for catwalk shows, commercials and T.V. shows including series 2 & 3 for Gok Wan’s How To Look Good Naked. After a pause to start a family, she’s making a return to her first inspiration in the performing arts: Musical Theatre.
Fiona’s play Clearance is currently being shown in Brit Bits 8 for Mind The Gap NYC and is being shown live on-line (http://www.vgraflive.org/#!watch-the-webcast-online/cesx). Fiona’s writing work has been produced in Site Specific venues and in a variety of Theatres including work for Theatre Royal Stratford in 2014 Acceptable Damage for Angelic Tales (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdxvyvvOx7U) and Chosen for Home Theatre UK), GLYPT, Jackdaw Theatre, Teatro Vivo, Lumenis (London tour: Southwark Playhouse, Old Red Lion, Camden People’s Theatre), Tristan Bates Theatre (A Kick Up The Arts). She has also been commissioned for a series of plays and interactive theatre work for an elderly audience by Central & Cecil Housing. One of her monologues from Amelia Goes East was seen at WOW Festival at The Southbank Centre last year. Fiona has recently written song lyrics for Ampersand Media’s site specific show Storylines.
Francesca graduated from Guildford School of Acting in 2013. She is currently appearing in the new web series, Ghost Keeper. Theatre includes; Flight (Opera Holland Park), A Pianist / A Brand New Start (George Wood Theatre), Cinderella, Dead in the Water (Brighton/ Camden Fringe), Murder in Whitechapel (Tristan Bates), Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Film includes; Stop Look Listen, Chapter Two, Time and Trains, Killer Moves, Slender. Francesca was a member of YMT from 2004 until 2010 and performed at theatres around the UK. The most exciting performance of her career to date was dancing in the London 2012 Olympic Closing Ceremony.
Gregor is an Actor and occasional film producer. Films include: Shakespeare in Love, The English Patient, The Count of Monte Cristo and recently 300 Rise of an Empire.
Theatre work includes: Becket at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, The Recruiting Officer at The Royal Exchange Manchester, and Island of Slaves at The Lyric Hammersmith. He recently wrote and performed The Full Nelson and Hot to Trotsky for Billy Ruffian Productions. He produced the feature film Lava which is having a re-release in August 2015.
Hannah has recently relocated to London from New Zealand. Recent productions include, a New Zealand Tour of Oklahoma! as Gertie Cummings, White Rabbit, Red Rabbit at The Forge and Peep Bo in The Mikado at The Court Theatre, Christchurch, New Zealand. Other theatre credits include Shadow Thief (LATT Children’s Theatre, South Korea), Hope Harcourt in Anything Goes and Carry on Court (The Court Theatre, Christchurch, New Zealand). Hannah has also performed in the World of Wearable Art Awards Show in Wellington, New Zealand, as a singer at Alladale Wilderness Resort in Scotland and as an actor in development of a New Zealand musical ‘That Bloody Women’ A Kate Sheppard Story for Auckland Theatre Company, New Zealand. Hannah holds a Bachelor of Performing Arts from NASDA and most recently finished studying in New York at The Stella Adler Studio of Acting.
Harry trained at Rose Bruford. His theatre credits include: Love’s Labour’s Lost, Love’s Labour’s Won and The Christmas Truce (Royal Shakespeare Company), Miss Nightingale (New Wolsey Ipswich & Tour), The Way of the World and Hobson’s Choice (Sheffield Crucible), Parkway Dreams (Eastern Angles), The History Boys (National Tour), Sondheim’s Saturday Night (Jermyn Street and Arts Theatre) and The Time of Your Life (Finborough Theatre). Recording: The Cross (Urban Scrawl), Through The Looking Glass – Concept Album (IT&M Productions). He is a featured vocalist on the RSC’s Love’s Labour’s Won Cast Album. Harry is also regularly seen performing as his macabre cabaret alter-ego Joe deVivre (www.joedevivre.co.uk).
Hilary has a first class honours degree in Drama and Theatre studies and French from University College Cork, including a year at the Université Sorbonne-Nouvelle, Paris and holds a Higher Diploma in Arts in Drama in education. Recent film credits include Bonsoir Luna which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, and The Writer with Cantillon Films. Theatre credits include the Irish premiere of Cleansed, The Dream Play with the Irish National Youth Theatre, Dradin, In Love at the Galway Theatre Festival and The Party at Dublin Fringe Festival. She is delighted to be involved with the Tiny Shows in an any-sized capacity.
Imogen graduated from the MTA in 2013. Whilst in training she performed in Caucasian Chalk Circle, The Sunshine Gang as Doris Dilworthy and in a Perfect Pitch production of Lia’s Guide To Winning The Lottery playing the leading role of Lia. She has also taken part in the Macmillan Centenary Gala singing alongside Katherine Jenkins at the London Palladium and in the MMD Gala directed by Simon Grief at the Prince Edward Theatre. Since graduating she has performed in shows such as Jack and the Beanstalk as the Fairy and at the Kevin Spacey Gala as a backing vocalist.
Jen is a composer, orchestrator and arranger. As a theatre composer, Jen works regularly with Skewbald Theatre. She writes musical theatre in partnership with Caroline Wigmore and they are delighted to be working on a new musical theatre commission for Youth Music Theatre UK as part of their Summer 2015 season. As an orchestrator Jen has worked for clients including the BBC, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Audio Network, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Raymond Gubbay, Senbla Productions, the National Theatre, and Mercury Musical Developments.
Jenifer Toksvig is a musical theatre bookwriter and lyricist, a space-holder / facilitator, and an advocate for musical theatre writing. In collaboration with writer/composer Rob Hartmann, she runs the MA in Writing Musicals at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, and also The Larder, through which they provide information, support and advocacy for the musical theatre writing community. Under the umbrella of The Copenhagen Interpretation, Jenifer explores new ways to involve audiences in storytelling and live performance. As a writer, she’s currently collaborating with songwriter Alan Menken in reworking his show Atina, Evil Queen of the Galaxy for Uterus, the Danish musical theatre development organisation. Jenifer is a member of The Writers Guild of Great Britain, and is the current co-Chair of the Theatre Committee. She’s also a member of Equity, the ITC, MMD, MTN, Women Who Write Musicals, and the So & So Arts Club.
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Jennifer is a composer, lyricist, musical director, and avid ice cream enthusiast. She earned a BA in Contemporary Music from Brigham Young University, an MA in Musical Theatre Writing from Goldsmiths University of London, and is a regular participant in the advanced BML (Book, Music, and Lyrics) musical theatre writing workshop in London. Between perfecting ice cream recipes, she is a commissioned writer of both classical and contemporary music, and some recent career highlights include: composing music for Utah Festival Opera, being featured at the concert of Emerging Female Composers in New York City, lecturing on musical theatre at the University of Bedfordshire, and a particularly delightful frozen mocha chocolate.
Jennifer produces and directs theatre nationally and internationally, creates and manages live events, and develops and delivers a range of creative projects. Through Culturcated she collaborates with Scaffold State Theatre Company, Theatre Delicatessen, is a Creative Associate for MakeBelieve Arts, a storyteller for Readwell, and a freelance Event Manager for organisations including the National Theatre, Somerset House Trust and 14-18-NOW. Jennifer has a BA Hons in Theatre Directing from Rose Bruford College / Stephen. F. Austin State University, Texas.
Jenny Lee is a theatre maker and writer. Her work has been commissioned by the Theatreforum Kreuzberg in Berlin, International Festival of Theatre in Iran and Zurich’s iconic venue, the Cabaret Voltaire. Recent musical projects include: Super Ordinary, an illustrated musical (Soho Theatre); Handel the Spy (Gottingen International Handel Festival); Food Futures (Stan’s Cafe, MAC); Heartbeats & Algorithms (West Yorkshire Playhouse).
As a composer and lyricist I wrote my first musical Poise in 2013, which I produced in a rehearsed workshop format at RADA, featuring Evening Standard Award winner Laura Jane Matthewson (Dogfight). I am currently working on a solo pop album and a new site-specific music theatre piece highlighting the London housing crisis. A graduate of Manchester University, I am a current participant of the BML workshop.
I have been writing prose, poetry and music for the best part of 25 years. But my love affair with Musicals began about 14 years ago when I wrote my first Musical, Bully inspired in part by the Damilola Taylor Tragedy. Thereafter I proceeded to write five more Musicals on different subjects, two of which I put on in a home setting and one of which I took to the first York New Musical Festival in summer 2013. I am passionate about taking Musicals into the wider community as a way of promoting a positive outlook on life issues as well as to cheer and entertain.
I discovered theatre and music together, as a child, at a little playhouse in Wokingham, where I found – a piano! These two wonderful toys came conjoined into my life. Henceforth, I made up my own songs, putting them into theatrical entertainments that culminated in an original musical produced on the Edinburgh Fringe. Next, I spent some time being serious and radical at the Royal Court, before embarking upon years of extensive travel, writing novels, short stories and journalism. Back in England, I eventually found myself writing music again for productions in respectable theatres. Then came lyrics. And now the books.
Kas Darley is an actor and Associate Artist of Teatro Vivo, the site specific theatre company, with whom she has worked since 2005. Inspired by classic stories, they make large scale productions in any non-theatre venue. Recent acting work includes Grimm Tales at the Watermill Theatre, Mother Courage and Her Children on the old Woolwich Arsenal site, and the first readings of Stella Duffy’s new play The Matilda Effect.
Katie trained at the Royal Academy of Music on the Musical Theatre course. Katie is very excited to be playing Charity in The New Wolsey’s production of Sweet Charity in September. Other theatre credits include: Monique in The Boy Who Fell Into A Book at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Diva in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert UK tour, Sue in Dreamboats and Petticoats UK tour, Sweetheart in A Shropshire Lad workshop. Katie also sings professionally as a session and live singer as well as writing her own material. She is working towards her first EP to be released this summer.
Kirsty recently graduated from The Musical Theatre Academy. Previous credits include West End Men at the Vaudeville Theatre, Dame Dolly in Jack and the beanstalk, understudy Sabrina & Ruby in Grim a New Musical at Charing Cross Theatre. Credits whilst training include Dingo Dog in Just So, Handmaiden in Aladdin and Clytemnestra in Electra. Kirsty loves to be involved in developing new writing and is thrilled to be working with Tiny Shows.
Lana MacIver is a half Lebanese, half Scottish, Drama Centre London trained director and actress. She has been involved in a number of projects including the musical Songs From A Ledge, written by Amy Kakoura and Andrew Sharpe. The stage adaptation, which she directed, was performed at the Old Joint Stock Theatre in Birmingham and received a 5 star review from What’s on Birmingham. Lana’s short films, Untouchable and A Night Deity were both shortlisted at the Portobello Film Festival, the latter being screened on London Live as part of a live interview with herself. Lana also enjoys songwriting.
Laura Jane Cook
Laura Jane Cook graduated from The MTA in 2013 where she originated the roles of Mavis in The Sunshine Gang and Ball 13 in Lia’s Guide To Winning The Lottery. Since graduating, she has played Liza Minnelli 1 in Liza, Liza, Liza (BKL- Theatre Royal Windsor/Yvonne Arnaud Guildford) Gretel in Hansel and Gretel (Simply Theatre, Geneva) and appears on Lesley Ross’ album Love, Lies and Lyrics (SimG productions).
Laura trained on the BA Acting at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She is an associate artist of Iris Theatre both as an actor, and also as a producer of their ongoing new writing initiative; Workin Process, particularly focusing on showcasing new musical theatre writers and performers. Theatre credits include: H.R.Haitch, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Richard III, Alice in Wonderland, Julius Caesar, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Circuit, The Wind in The Willows & Romeo & Juliet (Iris Theatre), The Girl with the Imagination (Greenwich Theatre), Sleeping Beauty (Hawthorne Theatre), Wolf (Tristan Bates), STAGE RIGHTS (Scary Little Girls), Sleeping Beauty (The Castle), Sh*t-faced Shakespeare (Edinburgh Fringe), Gutter Press (Greenwich Theatre & Riverside Studios), Aladdin (Greenwich Theatre), No Milk, No Stamps (Rondo Theatre), The 24 Hour Plays (Bath Theatre Royal), April Revue (The King’s Head), Eddie King’s Unforgettable Tour of the Forgotten (Tobacco Factory), A Midsummer Night’s Dream & Macbeth (Hen & Chickens), Company (Embassy Theatre),The Importance of Being Ernest (Southwest Tour), The Basement Monologues (Bristol Old Vic).
Linda’s work includes Butterfly Hero (Lyric Hammersmith) and The Salsa Sisters (Barbican Plymouth). Her 10-minute musicals, Skin Deep and About Time have been produced by E15 Drama School as part of its director teaching programme. She is a member of MMD and the BML programme of new musical theatre writing. Current projects include a contemporary re-telling of the Biblical character, Daniel and development of Butterfly Hero to roll out the show to primary schools across the UK.
Linda’s background in retail/consumer marketing has developed her instinct for attracting new audiences into musical theatre and for exploring innovative ways of presenting new work. She is very excited to be involved in the launch of Tiny Shows.
Lizzie trained at The Oxford School of Drama. This summer she’ll appear in new musical The Glorious Damnation of Eddie Small at Bedlam, Edinburgh Fringe. Previous theatre includes: The Picture of Dorian Gray (The White Bear), I AM BEAST (New Diorama/Mimetic Festival), Broken Meats (Southwark Playhouse). Film includes Carol Morley’s The Falling (currently in nationwide cinemas). Radio: BBC Radio 4’s Home Front as series regular Juliet Cavendish. Recent writing: The Shipping Forecast (Waterloo East Theatre).
Loren trained at Ecole Jacques Lecoq, Paris. Theatre includes Once (Phoenix Theatre, West End), The Jungle Book (Citizens Theatre, Glasgow), Robin Hood (Dukes, Lancaster), The Johnny Eck and Dave Toole Show (Slung Low/West Yorkshire Playhouse), A Christmas Carol (New Vic), Celebrity Night at Café Red (Trafalgar Studios), Dick Turpin’s Last Ride (Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds and UK tour), Sexing The Cherry (Southbank Centre), Hamlet (UK tour), Before I Sleep (dreamthinkspeak/Brighton Festival), Ur-Hamlet and The Marriage of Medea (Odin Teatret, Denmark/Poland), The Fence (The Wrestling School/Birmingham Rep). This autumn, Loren will be touring America playing a female Sherlock Holmes. Loren is a multi-instrumentalist and an aerialist.
Mary Price O’Connor
Mary Price-O’Connor is a musician, performer, composer and Dalcroze Eurhythmics practitioner. She founded the Moving Theatre lab in 2014 to create work that explores the relationship between movement music and theatre with Dalcroze Eurhythmics as a foundation. Mary has written songs for productions of Yerma, Lysistrata and Peer Gynt. She is on the teaching staff of the GSMD.
Graduated from The Musical Theatre Academy in September 2014 and made her West End debut in the original cast of Cool Rider at The Lyric; followed by the role of Taryn in the first UK performance of new musical Island Song at The St James Theatre. Appeared as Lady Capulet and The Prince in Romeo and Juliet at The Cockpit for Cry of Curs Theatre Company, and then originated the role of Anna in Finnish play The Women of Kalevala. Member of London based devised rep company Original Impact and works as a backing vocalist for acclaimed MD, Simon Beck. Will be appearing as Adrianna in The Comedy of Errors as it tours and visits the Oxford Shakespeare Festival, come the summer.
Michael is a composer and musical director with over 15 years experience in the theatre and music industry, and holds an MA in Musical Theatre from Goldsmiths College. As Composer/arranger: 2009 GB Special Olympics Opening Ceremony; The Teaching Awards ceremony; BBC; The Jungle Book (WYP, co-arranger); Cycles (Jermyn Street Theatre); Geraldine Connor Foundation; 1st Impressions (Landor Theatre). Michael is currently working on two musicals with co-writer Claire Rivers: Dave, The Less Than Average Fairy, an original concept, and an adaptation of Tall, Thin & Blonde by Dyan Sheldon. Check out the website for more information about Michael’s work as an MD.
The MTA was founded in 2009 by composer/lyricist Annemarie Lewis Thomas, running the UK’s 1st accelerated learning programme for triple threat performers. By 2012 it was named as the School of the Year in The Stage 100 Awards. It is the only UK drama school to have a core policy of supporting new writing, and as such is often used as a resource by writers looking to get their words and music off the page. To date 100% of The MTA’s students have graduated having secured agent representation. On average in the last 5 years, 70% of their graduates are employed at any time. With its unique college for life policy, its pioneering approach to pastoral care (they are currently campaigning for all drama colleges to follow their lead and have a mental health professional as a key member of faculty), it’s no wonder that the citation on the award named them as ‘a new force for drama training in the UK’.
Oliver Weeks is a London-based composer and multi-instrumentalist. His works have been performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the BBC Singers and the Mercury Quartet, amongst others. His interest in South Asian music has led to the formation of Anglo-Bengali fusion band Khiyo, British Council-funded tours of India and Bangladesh and music for the theatre in London, Mumbai and Kolkata. He also plays keyboards in Astrohenge, a brutal piano-driven London metal four-piece.
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Philip trained in Musical Theatre at the Central School of Speech and Drama. Recent work includes – Mr Snow in Carousel for Opera North at the Barbican, Renato Di Rossi in Do I Hear A Waltz? at The Park Theatre, Alfredo in La Traviata at the Soho Theatre and on tour, Dick Dauntless in Ruddigore for Charles Court Opera on tour, Count Almaviva in The Barber of Seville for Focus Opera and Rodolfo in Opera Up Close’s Olivier award winning La Boheme at the Soho Theatre and on tour. Other Theatre credits include: Kenneth in the A.A Milne Biopic Now We are Sixty (King’s Head Theatre), Will Scarlett Robin Hood, Grendell Beowulf and KoKo Mikado (Charles Court Opera), Hilarion in Princess Ida; Lord Tolloller in Iolanthe (Buxton G&S Festival) and The Yeomen Of The Guard at the Tower of London (Carl Rosa Opera).
Phoebe Rose White
Phoebe graduated from The MTA in 2013 and whilst in training originated the role of Marylin in The Sunshine Gang and appeared on the original concept album for LIFT. Credits since graduating include: Aladdin in Aladdin (Welsh Tour), Queen Hareem in Aladdin (Welsh Tour) and Fairette in Cinders (Welsh Tour). She has also worked with Choreographer Supple Nam, and performed in the Gala Celebration for Kevin Spacey at the Old Vic as part of the MTA Ambassadors. She has recently finished filming A Delicate Love – A short film by Rachel Dax and performed as Shere Khan in The Jungle Book at the Colour House Theatre. Phoebe is delighted to be a part of Tiny Shows.
Finalist for Best NZ Folk Album 2015 with her album The Boundary Riders, Rachel released this double album (including a concept album/show) and accompanying book following the lives of six women in 1800s NZ; all diverse characters and all with a story to tell. A four year project that began at the end of 2010, having spent the last 8 years in the UK developing her songwriting skills including the completion of a Masters in Songwriting at Bath Spa University in 2010. Rachel has worked with a number of international musicians including Irish Piper Eoin Duignan and Jon Sanders (Bouzuki), Dave Khan (fiddle), Andy Laking (Double Bass), and songwriting collaborations with releases in Greece with EMI (Peeling Apples, Athena Andreadis – release 2011 in the UK) and the UK (Somewhere to Jump, Aberfeldy). Rachel brings her earlier work as English and Drama Teacher/ musical director alongside her years of touring as a professional musician songwriter, and she begins to move from songwriting into musical theatre writing having returned to the UK to develop her concept album into a new theatre piece.
Telling stories through music is Rebecca’s passion. She studied Music at Cambridge University, followed by Composition for Screen at the Royal College of Music, and has been composing for theatre, dance, radio and screen ever since. She has written many new musicals, several of which with Full House Theatre Company and she also regularly composes scores for Forest Forge Theatre Company. The musical Sex and the Village, written with Susannah Pearse, is now licensed by Perfect Pitch. Together with Kate Ferguson they also won a commission from the George Bernard Shaw estate to adapt The Devil’s Disciple into a musical. She has created music with casts of young people all over the country, including with Youth Music Theatre, and with Scottish, Hampshire and Hertfordshire Youth Theatres, and has run workshops on song writing, musical theatre, and singing with many different groups and ages, including a large community project at Watford Palace Theatre, Milestones. She works internationally with White Horse Theatre and with the International Schools Theatre Association. Rebecca has recently worked on scores for BBC Learning Zones (2 of these projects were nominated for BAFTA awards), Radio 5 Live drama, and an educational commission from the Welsh Assembly. Jabberwocky, which she wrote with Susannah Pearse was highly commended in the recent S&S Award for musical theatre, and she has just won the opportunity to develop her musical theatre portfolio over 2015 with Fairground Theatre.
I started writing musical theatre four years ago when I began working with Adrian Brown on Wholly Smoke, a humanistic retelling of the Abrahamic myth. Since then we have collaborated on Katie and the Mona Lisa, a stage adaptation of James Mayhew’s best-selling children’s picture book. The show was staged at Fairfield Halls in Croydon in 2013 and is being relaunched by Planet Theatre productions as an expanded show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this year. Adrian and I continue to collaborate on Smoke and I am working on the book, music and lyrics for a musical thriller which I hope to complete in the next few months.
Theatre: Masterclass (English Theatre, Frankfurt), Sweeney Todd (Adelphi Theatre and Chichester Festival Theatre), Coco (Sadlers Wells), La Rondine and Le Nozze di Figaro (both Opera Holland Park), The Vaudevillains (Charing Cross Theatre and The Lowry, Manchester), State Fair (Finborough and Trafalgar Studios), The Clothesburger (Southbank Centre), First Lady Suite (Union Theatre), Me and My Girl (London Palladium), Dust (Tricycle Theatre). Television: Hope and Glory. Workshops include: The Ruby Necklace, Hallowed Ground, The Miller’s Wife, The Barber of Seville. Recordings: Sweeney Todd (West End 2012), Cool Rider (West End 2015). Trained at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (BA Acting).
Rosalyn is a British, London based singer-songwriter/ composer. She writes musical theatre and pop music. She is in the first year of the Book Music Lyrics (BML) workshop and is currently working on her first full length musical. When not writing music and performing she works part time as a doctor.
Sarah Berger / The So & So Arts Club
SBerger is an actress, director and producer. She has worked extensively in theatre and television for 35 years, and two and a half years ago founded the So and So Arts Club. Last year we staged ten rehearsed readings at Samuel French Bookshop. We produced HopeFull Rep, a month long rep season of four new plays sponsored by the Arts Council, all directed by and starring club members. Each play was originally developed as part of the ongoing rehearsed reading program. In August there was a full scale production of the wonderful Irish Farce, Last Confessions of a Scallywag that featured as part of our Kick up the Arts festival in 2012. This year we have moved to a beautiful new headquarters at 6 Fredericks Place in the City. We will be producing another ten paid rehearsed readings of new work, and a new Musical Theatre writing festival in association with Lost Theatre in April. In September we present our second Rep season of new writing, Ever HopeFull, and in November a two week festival, Women and War, for which we are actively seeking collaborators of both sexes. We are proud to announce a new mentoring scheme that launches in April. We intend to continue our program of generating paid work for as many people as possible across the industry, and to encourage artists to band together and, through mutual support and collaboration, to generate paid work.
Sarah is an actor/musician & physical theatre performer who trained at East-15 Acting School. Recent work includes Puck for The Little English Theatre; Lady Macbeth in RIFT’s site-specific production at the Balfron Tower in Poplar; the corrupt government official Claire Goodwin in CoLab Theatre’s immersive spy thriller The Fifth Column. Sarah was a long-time member of acclaimed mask company Ophaboom Theatre’s ensemble, touring with them from Kendal to Korea via the Venice Carnival.
Plays include My Big Fat Cowpat Wedding, (National tour/ Southbank), Endless Light (Southwark Playhouse), Another Paradise, (Edinburgh/ National tour – shortlisted for the John Whiting Award) Antigone’s Sister (Birmingham Rep, Young Rep), The Contract (Short – Joint winner of the Capital New Writing Festival), Invisible 1 and 2 (2010/ 2011 mac Birmingham), Killing Wasps (Soho Theatre, reading). Sayan has written music for over 30 productions, including Turn of the Screw, Silas Marner, (Belgrade, Coventry), Ostrich Boys (Birmingham Rep) Two (Royal Court, Liverpool) Spangleguts (Bubble) Truckers (Harrogate/tour), The Good Companions, (Stoke, Keswick, Ipswich) Dinosaur Dreams (Unicorn – Nominated for Best Play, Writers’ Guild).
Sophia Chapadjiev is a writer originally from Chicago now dividing her time between the US and the UK. Selected works include: Over the Moon (Best Play, plus Audience Favourite; American Globe Theater); the one-act opera, Aloha Flight 243 (HERE Arts Center); and currently, she and her collaborator are working on the commissioned Pilgrimage to the Mouth, the third and final work to their Mouth Pieces triptych. Sophia teaches playwriting and musical theatre writing workshops and is also the Artistic Director of the Young Playwrights Festival at the O’Neill Theater Center. She has an MFA from NYU’s Musical Theatre Writing Program.
Sophie grew up in Northumberland and trained in Musical Theatre at Performers College in Essex, graduating in 2013. Whilst training she played: Elizabeth in Young Frankenstein, Alma in Peace In Our Time and Charlie in Merrily We Roll Along. She’s since played Tommy in Dick Whittington for Imagine Theatre and Ensemble for the Workshop production of Pretty Woman.
Sophie works regularly with Jenifer Toksvig and The Copenhagen Interpretation, performing, and developing new work. She trained at École Philippe Gaulier. She writes and performs with Cara Jennings, and they’ve recently produced a TV pilot of their comedy, The Littlest Boho. They’ve just written a live show, Ruby and Sinead, which they’ll be performing at the Hen and Chickens in July. Work for other people includes: Theatre: several productions for Northern Stage; The House of Bernarda Alba at the National Theatre; A Journey To London at The Orange Tree; Lark Rise To Candleford at the Finborough. TV includes: Raphael – A Mortal God; Doctors; Hope and Glory, Murder In Mind (all BBC) and Peak Practice (ITV), as well as films Bollywood Queen and The Descent.
Stella Duffy has written thirteen novels, over fifty short stories, and ten plays. She has twice won Stonewall Writer of the Year and twice won the CWA Short Story Dagger. She adapted her novel State of Happiness for film with Zentropa/Fiesta, and HBO have optioned her Theodora novels for a TV mini-series. Her story collection, Everything is Moving, Everything is Joined, and her Doctor Who novella Anti-Hero were published in 2014. Stella is also a theatre-maker: Associate Artist with Improbable, Artistic Director of Shaky Isles Theatre, founder of The Chaosbaby Project. She is the Co-Director of Fun Palaces, the campaign for greater engagement for all, in all culture.
Tassos Stevens is a maker and runner of Coney. Coney makes all kinds of play where people can take a meaningful part. Work directed for Coney includes A Small Town Anywhere, The Loveliness Of Lower Marsh, and Adventure 1 (www.tinyurl.com/adventureoneconey). Tassos also sometimes makes solo storytelling work, Jimmy Stewart… and Solo Two, and designed the iPhone game Papa Sangre. Prior to Coney, he ran ROAR, a platform for new work and new artists on the London fringe, won the first JMK award for new theatre directors, and did a doctorate in psychology.
Teresa Howard is a librettist, lyricist, playwright and scriptwriter. She is also co-director of Kelmscott Productions and on the board of Mercury Musical Developments. She has two musicals in development at the moment, one is an adaptation of Dodie Smith’s I Capture the Castle, at Watford Palace Theatre with composer Steven Edis, and Kelmscott Productions has received the offer of an Arts Council grant towards the production; the other is a collaboration with Brian Protheroe and Martin Duncan being developed for Hackney Empire.
Tom is an actor and theatre-maker.
My musical experience in the UK since I came in 2006 includes participation in the string section of an orchestra, quartets and quintet playing, church worship groups, country and blue grass band, barn dances, street busking. I also accompany Judit Catan with improvised backup music composed on the spot for her musical compositions and plays. Improvised musical backup to a jazz pianist friend for small choirs. A few musical therapy groups. I also played improvised mandolin music with a friend in some Italian restaurants in Ballito, South Africa for three months. I’m harmonising with some folk musicians at the moment
Ursula Smyth is a novice to the world of writing musicals, having not written one herself yet, but is keen to learn and grow through this exciting process. She has a musical background in orchestras and choirs and has performed in plays and musicals over the years with various amateur dramatics groups and even at the BBC (where she works in Radio Drama). She hopes this experience, her love of composing songs and her enthusiasm and support for the aspirations of Tiny Shows, will stand her in good stead and help produce something memorable for the weekend.
Yasmin Wilde is an actress, singer, writer and composer who is currently working on her second Musical: The Nightingale. Most recently she was seen in the one woman show Fourteen at The Watford Palace Theatre. Other theatre credits include Soho Theatre, Birmingham Rep, Unicorn, The Young Vic, Exeter Northcott, Hull Truck, Northampton and Manchester Library. TV roles include Torchwood, Holby City, EastEnders and Life’s Too Short. Her Musical Office Tramp, co-written with Susan Schwarz, has recently had its first rehearsed reading. She is a poet for Bespoke Verse and has written two plays: The Baby Turner and Two Women With Prams.
Women Who Write Musicals
The only criteria for membership is that someone self-identifies as a woman, who does something they can call writing, of something they can call musicals. We are words people and music people. We’re from all over the world: UK, America, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand and more. Some of us are just writing our first shows, and some of us have shows currently on Broadway and in the West End. Some of us make traditional book musical theatre, and some of us make immersive interactive musicals, and everything in between. We write for stage and also screen, and some of us also write novels, poetry, and many other things. As well as being writers, we are also performers, directors, producers: nearly every other role in the creative arts is probably represented in the group somewhere. (We also do many other jobs.)
Zara McFarlane is a MOBO Award winning, jazz singer and singer-songwriter from East London. A lover of performance and education Zara has studied Musical Theatre at the renowned BRIT School of Performing Arts, a BMUS in Popular Music Performance at Tech Music School and a MMus in Jazz Studies (Vocals) at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama. In 2011 she was signed to BBC Radio 1 DJ Gilles Peterson’s record label, Brownswood Recordings and has since released 2 albums of original material worldwide to great acclaim. She has travelled the world performing across the UK, Europe, USA, Japan with her band as well as performing as a featured vocalist and backing vocalist with the likes of Gregory Porter, Nicola Conte, Hugh Masekela, Tomorrow’s Warriors, Jazz Jamaica, The Feeling and Noah and the Whale. She won a MOBO Award for Best Jazz Artist last year and has aspirations to write a Musical exploring themes inspired by her Jamaican heritage.