Theatre includes: Dick Whittington (Lyric Hammersmith), The Half, The Congress of Oddities (Pleasance), John Finnemore’s Flying Visit (Tour/Yellow Car Productions), Di & Viv & Rose (Stephen Joseph Theatre), Angus, Thongs and More Snogging (West Yorkshire Playhouse).
TV and Film includes: Motherland, Catastrophe, Miranda, Buffering, The Hustle, Holby City, Bucket, The Agency, Evermoor, The IT Crowd, Father Figure, In and Out of the Kitchen, Fresh Meat, Bleak Old Shop of Stuff, We Are Mongrels, Katy Brand’s Big Ass Show, Psychoville.
Radio includes: Sick, Woman’s Hour, The Penny Dreadfuls, John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme, The Missing Hancocks, The Pin, Bakers End, Polyoaks, The Brig Society, The Secret World, Beauty of Britain, Newsjack, The Now Show, The Headset Set, Another Case of Milton Jones, Bigipedia, In and Out of the Kitchen, Sarah Millican’s Support Group, Brian Gulliver’s Travels.
Podcasts include: Crushed By Margaret Cabourn-Smith, The Guilty Feminist, Do the Right Thing, Inside the Comedian, Hoovering, Smershpod.
James trained at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Watermill credits include: The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Rivals, Macbeth, Journey’s End.
Theatre credits include: Cinderella, One Man Two Guvnors (Torch Theatre); Ragtime (Charing Cross Theatre); Rain (Matchstick Theatre); This Heaven (Finborough); Hay Fever (Duke of Yorks, West End); A Christmas Carol (Old Red Lion); Confusions, The Insect Play (Theatre Haymarket Youth Company).
Ellie trained at LAMDA and is a member of Mischief Theatre.
Theatre credits include: Spike (The Watermill Theatre), The Play That Goes Wrong (Duchess Theatre), Mischief Movie Night (Arts Theatre & UK tour), Rotterdam (Arts Theatre, Theatre E59, New York & UK Tour), The Comedy About A Bank Robbery (Criterion Theatre), Peter Pan Goes Wrong (Apollo Theatre) and Spring Awakening (Outfox Productions).
Television credits include: The Goes Wrong Show (BBC), Christmas Carol Goes Wrong (BBC), Peter Pan Goes Wrong (BBC)
Robert trained at RADA where he won the Lilian Baylis award. He received a UK Theatre Award nomination for Ayckbourn’s House and Garden (Newbury Watermill). He most recently appeared in the World Premiere of Howard Brenton’s new play Cancelling Socrates at the Jermyn Street Theatre) and Spike (Newbury Watermill).
Other Theatre Includes: Much Ado About Nothing, Merchant of Venice (RSC), All’s Well That End’s Well, The Wind in the Willows (Jermyn St Theatre/GSC), The Odyssey (JST), The Habit of Art, Into The Night, The Haunting of Alice Bowles (Original Theatre), The Winter’s Tale, Romeo & Juliet (GSC), The Omission of the Family Coleman (Royal Theatre Bath), Anita & Me (Birmingham Rep), Betrayal (Salisbury Playhouse), Macbeth, The Tempest, Enemy of The People, Merchant of Venice (Tara Arts), The Black Album (National Theatre), He has extensively toured the UK and USA.
Television includes: North Square(Ch4), Holby City, Eastenders, Silent Witness, Torn, One Night, Casualty, Michael Wood’s History of India, Reverse Psychology (All BBC) London’s Burning (LWT), A&E (Granada).
His Solo Show - Vagabonds - My Phil Lynott Odyssey has played to sell out audiences in Edinburgh, Dublin & London, he regularly appears for Read not Dead at Shakespeare’s Globe and has been a guest for acclaimed Shakespeare Impro Group The School of Night.
Nick Newman and Ian Hislop have been regular writing partners since starting work in the early 1980s on the award-winning satirical comedy Spitting Image.
Ian and Nick’s broad range of television and radio writing includes Murder Most Horrid, Harry Enfield and Chums, Gush and My Dad’s The Prime Minister.
Their film credits include A Bunch Of Amateurs for Trademark Films starring Burt Reynolds, Imelda Staunton and Derek Jacobi – which premiered at the Royal Film Performance, along with the award winning and BAFTA nominated The Wipers Times, starring Ben Chaplin - also for Trademark Films and BBC2.
A Bunch Of Amateurs premiered at The Watermill Theatre and is now a hit with Amateur theatre companies around the world. Continuing their skills as playwrights, The Wipers Times and Trial By Laughter have both had hugely successful UK tours.
Paul is Artistic Director of The Watermill Theatre, Newbury.
Previous productions for The Watermill include: As You Like It (2021); Camelot (2020); Kiss Me, Kate (2019); Macbeth (2020 Wilton’s Music Hall, 2019 and UK Tour); Sweet Charity (2018); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2020 Wilton’s Music Hall, 2019 UK Tour and 2018); The Borrowers, Twelfth Night (2017, Wilton’s Music Hall and UK Tour); Romeo and Juliet (2016/17 and UK Tour); Crazy For You (2016 and UK Tour); Journey’s End (2014); The Tempest (2012); Great Expectations (2011); Heroes (2010).
Other credits include: Private Peaceful and Pope Joan (National Youth Theatre/West End); Doctor Faustus (National Theatre Studio); Huis Clos (Donmar Warehouse at Trafalgar Studios) and How to Find Love in Three Easy Dreams and Odd Jobs (Pentabus Young Writers Festival).
As Associate Director for Propeller: Pocket Henry and Pocket Merchant. Also: UK and international tours of Henry V, The Winter’s Tale, Richard III, The Comedy of Errors, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Merchant of Venice.
As resident Assistant Director at the Donmar Warehouse: Red (also Broadway), Life Is a Dream, A Streetcar Named Desire, A Doll’s House and Dimetos.
As Staff Director at the National Theatre: The Captain of Köpenick (NT Olivier).
He has also directed: The Revenger’s Tragedy (LAMDA); Love’s Labour’s Lost, The Fall of the House of Usher (Rose Bruford College) and Boys (Guildhall School of Speech and Drama).
Radio includes: Existentialism in Theatre (The Essay, Radio 3).
He started his career as an apprentice Director at the Theatre Royal Haymarket and as Assistant Director at the Menier Chocolate Factory.
Training: Theatre Directing at Rose Bruford College.
Previous theatre credits include: Bleak Expectations, Spike, As You Like It, Just So, Hamlet, The Prince and the Pauper, Journey’s End and A Midsummer Night’s Dream/Macbeth and Twelfth Night/Romeo and Juliet (also Wilton’s Music Hall and UK Tour); Lady Chatterley’s Lover (UK Tour); The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (Storyhouse Theatre); Eclipse (Lyric Hammersmith), Cinderella and Dick Whittington and His Cat (costumes design for Lyric Hammersmith); Valhalla, Coalition, Word: Play 3 (Theatre 503); The Lone Pine Club (Pentabus); Polka40 Exhibition, Grandad, Me and Teddy Too, Alice in Wonderland, Shake Rattle and Roll, My Brother My Sister and Me (Polka Theatre); Nanny McPhee (London Children’s Ballet); Address Unknown (Soho Theatre); The Welsh Boy, Deadkindssongs (Costume Designer; Ustinov Studio, Bath Theatre Royal); The Tempest, Shakespeare In A Suitcase (RSC Tour); Treasure Island, Flip, The Angry Brigade, Love and Information, The Addams Family, Antigone, Song Cycles and Table (Arts Ed); In The Summer House, Penthesilea, Man Equals Man (RADA); Tinderbox (Tooting Arts Club).
Katie trained at RADA and was Resident Design Assistant at the RSC. She has assisted on numerous productions in the West End and at the National Theatre. She is an Associate Artist at The Watermill.
Rory is a freelance lighting designer working both in the UK and internationally. He has previously been nominated for a Knight of Illumination Award for his work on Così fan Tutte at Opera Holland Park. He is also a recipient of the Michael Northen Award, presented by the Association of Lighting Designers.
Previous projects include: For Black Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When The Hue Gets Too Heavy (Royal Court); I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (London Coliseum / Broadway HD); Lovely Ugly City (Almeida); Spike, Kiss Me Kate (Watermill); Half Empty Glasses, A Sudden Violent Burst of Rain, The Ultimate Pickle (Paines Plough); Dishoom! (UK Tour); Summer Holiday, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (Bolton Octagon); Edward II (Arts Theatre, Cambridge); Macbeth, La Bohème, Elizabeth I, The Marriage of Figaro, Dido & Aeneas, Amadigi, Il Tabarro, Idomeneo,Radamisto (English Touring Opera); West End Producer - Free Willy! (Cuffe & Taylor); 60 Miles by Road or Rail (Theatre Royal, Northampton); Tumble Tuck (King's Head); The Blonde Bombshells of 1943, Summer Holiday, A Christmas Carol (Pitlochry); How Love is Spelt (Southwark); Skylight, The Mountaintop (Chipping Norton & Tour); Maklena (Tour); 70 Års Opera (Danish National Opera); A Christmas Carol (Belgrade / Chipping Norton); Little Women, L’amico Fritz, The Cunning Little Vixen, Così fan Tutte, L’arlesiana, Manon Lescaut, Le Nozze di Figaro (Opera Holland Park); Boat, The Best Day Ever (Company 3); 4 (Park Theatre); Dumbledore is so Gay (Pleasance / Vaults); Dubliners (OTC Ireland); Tumble Tuck (King’s Head Theatre); Playtime (Stufish Productions); Mad Man Sad Woman (Head for Heights).
Rory has also designed projects with Blenheim Palace and The British Library.
Watermill credits include: Kiss Me, Kate; Amélie (2019 and UK Tour); Sweet Charity (2018); A Little Night Music (2017); Crazy For You (2016, and UK tour); Oliver! (2015).
As Sound Designer: Oklahoma! (Grange Park Opera); An Officer and a Gentleman (UK Tour); The Jungle Book (UK Tour); Nativity! (Birmingham Rep & UK Tour); Sunset Boulevard (The Curve/UK Tour); Flashdance (UK Tour); Working (Southwark Playhouse); Project Polunin (Sadlers Wells); Brass (Hackney Empire); Bugsy Malone (Curve, Leicester); Oliver! (Grange Park Opera); Legally Blonde (Curve, Leicester); Tell Me on a Sunday (UK Tour); The Silver Sword (Belgrade, Coventry and Tour); Sweet Charity (Curve, Leicester); Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (UK Tour); Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Playhouse Theatre, London); The Hired Man (St. James Theatre, London); West Side Story (Victoria Warehouse, Manchester); My Favourite Year (Bridewell Theatre, London); The Tailor Made Man (Arts Theatre, London); The Life, Beauty and the Beast and Legally Blonde (Arts Educational School, London); Pushing Up Poppies (Theatre 503, Battersea, London).
Tom has acted as an Associate Sound Designer on over thirty shows in the UK and internationally. Prior to this he worked as No.1 (Head of Sound); opening and mixing numerous large West End shows over the past two decades. As a freelance mix engineer Tom has had the privilege of working on countless events, such as the 2012 Olympic stadium athletics and touring with many artists including The Coral, The Bees, The Lightning Seeds, Elaine Paige, Lewis Taylor, Martina-Topley-Bird and PJ Harvey.
Ruth works extensively in theatre as a performer and Foley consultant, collaborating regularly with Simon McBurney and Katie Mitchell amongst others. Her TV and film work includes Killing Eve, Bodyguard, Peaky Blinders, The Death of Stalin, 28 Days Later and The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, for which she won an Emmy, and which also involved performing Spike Milligan’s footsteps...
Theatre credits include: Brief Encounter (Watermill Theatre), Under Milk Wood (National Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Storyhouse, Chester), Cabaret (Royal Danish Theatre, Copenhagen), Die Zauberflöte/The Magic Flute (National Opera and Ballet, Amsterdam; English National Opera, London; Festival d’Aix-en-Provence; Theatre Basel, Switzerland), Wunschloses Unglück/Sorrow Beyond Dreams (Burgtheater, Vienna), Die Ringe des Saturn/Rings of Saturn(Schauspiel Köln, Cologne), The Yellow Wallpaper (Schaubühne, Berlin), Edmond de Bergerac (Birmingham Rep) and The Hush (National Theatre).
She is co-Artistic Director of the independent Tower Theatre Company in London and as well as programming up to 18 productions a year she is also a director, choreographer, performer and sound designer. She is currently directing perennial favourites Bouncers and Shakers at the Tower.
Tayo first discovered theatre in London at the Royal Court’s Activists Youth Theatre at 18.
He moved to Manchester to work on the stage crew at the Royal Exchange Theatre for a season and play bass guitar in their Christmas show Christmas Fun and a Fairy tale. After a few years spent playing in bands, Manchester Youth Theatre asked him to write music for their production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Since then he’s been a composer and Musical Director for theatre, film, TV, radio, circus and community projects for companies including: The National Theatre, The Generating Company, OCT East Shenzen, Almeida Theatre, Littlebigman Films, The Royal Exchange Theatre, Miami Gablestage, New York Public Theater, M6, Storyhouse Chester, Specsavers, and Spirit of the Union UAE 40th Birthday celebrations in Abu Dhabi.
Recent work includes: Much Ado About Nothing for New English Shakespeare Company at The Dubai Opera House; Beauty and the Beast - Theatr Clwyd; Henry IV pt 1, pt2 and Henry V - Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre; The Whip – Royal Shakespeare Company; Backyard - Bamboozle; Ruff Tuff Cream Puff Estate Agency – Cardboard Citizens; Snow White - The Wrong Crowd and My Voice Was Heard - Red Ladder; Storytime Short Films – Tutti Frutti; Love Unspoken – Spare Tyre/Queen’s Hornchurch, and The World According To Grandpa - Grandpa Productions and Channel 5 Milkshake.
Anjali Mehra was born in the UK, lives in South London and is of South Asian Heritage. Anjali trained at Central School of Ballet, London where she won the Christopher Gable Choreographer Award. On graduating, she joined Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures Dance company performing various roles in Swan Lake. From 1999-2019 she performed on and off as a guest principal dancer for the company, including the role of Irina in The Red Shoes, The Queen and The Unsuitable Girlfriend in Swan Lake, The Step Mother in Cinderella, Glenda in Play without Words and Sugar in Nutcracker!. As a dancer she has had a varied career in musical theatre, opera and film as well as working with Wayne McGregor, Arthur Pita, Imogen Knight, Nick Winston, Cathy Marston, Will Tuckett and Alex Reynolds while touring with Goldfrapp.
Alongside her performing career, she always choreographed and is now currently a Choreographer, Movement Director and Mentor. Anjali recently completed a Masters Degree with Distinction in Choreography at Central School of Ballet and University of Kent.
Choreography highlights include: Rumi the Musical directed by Bronagh Lagan at the London Coliseum, Judgment Day directed by Richard Jones at Park Avenue Armory, New York, Brief Encounter directed by Robert Kirby and As You Like It directed by Paul Hart at The Watermill Theatre, First Ladies for British Youth Musical Theatre, Dick Whittington at Watford Palace Theatre, L’Orfeo for Silent Opera, Jacob Lenz at ENO, Don Giovanni, La Tragedie De Carmen and Oreste for the Jette Parker Young Artist at Royal Opera House and I Puritani at Grange Opera. Anjali was Revival Choreographer on Queen of Spades at Lyric Opera Chicago, La Fanciulla at Santa Fe Opera, Macbeth for Opera de Lille, Hansel and Gretel for Welsh National Opera and Munich State Opera and was an Associate for the The Watermill Theatre’s productions of Macbeth and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Nico Project at Melbourne Arts Centre and Masterpieces of Motion at Windsor Castle with Edwin Ray and Tom Jackson Greaves.
During the pandemic, Anjali was teaching Movement at LAMDA and Arts Ed and choreographed virtual pieces Inside Looking Out and A Soldiers Tale for the Central School of Ballet and the Royal College of Music. Anjali was commissioned by New Adventures to conceptualise, choreograph and direct a dance film with TEA films. Her film little grasses crack through stone (based on Sylvia Plath’s play Three Women: A Poem for Three Voices) has been viewed over 10,000 times and was recently shown by Sadler’s Wells Theatre.
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