Creatives

 

SIMON BEAUFOY - Writer

The Full Monty was Simon Beaufoy’s first screenplay. It went on to be nominated for four Academy Awards as well as winning a BAFTA for Best Film in 1997. His other screenplays include the Oscar and winning Slumdog Millionaire, Among Giants, This is Not a Love Song, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, 127 Hours, Everest, the climate change drama Burn Up and an adaptation of the novel Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, which was nominated for a Golden Globe. He also adapted Suzanne Collins’ dystopian novel The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Current work includes Gold, the story of the rivalty between the runners Sebastian Coe and Steve Ovett. Larwood, co-written with Lee Hall, a new television adaptation of Le Carré’s The Spy Who Came in from the Cold for Ink Factory/Paramount TV and an original television series for FX, Trust, with regular collaborator Danny Boyle. He is also working in a new, original screenplay First We Take Manhattan which, despite its title, is set in Yorkshire, where it all started.

Roger Haines - Director

Roger has been awarded the prestigious Horniman award for his contribution to theatre.

For the Library Theatre, Manchester he directed productions of Into the Woods, (Manchester Evening News Award Best Production of a Musical) Assassins, (TMA Award Best Production of a Musical) Company, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, A Little Night Music and Sweeney Todd, as well as the European premières of William Finn's March of the Falsettos (MEN award Best Production of a Musical) and Sophisticated Ladies, both of which transferred to the West End, Maltby and Shire's Closer Than Ever, which launched the first Festival of Musicals in Buxton, and the national tour of Baby. As musical supervisor for the Library theatre company he was responsible for the European premières of Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along, Follies and Pacific Overtures.

Roger both wrote the music for and directed The Secret Garden (two national tours). He has also directed Ain't Misbehavin' and Peter Pan (Theatre Royal, Norwich), High Society (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Cabaret and When We Are Married (Sheffield Crucible), Treasure Island (Theatre Clywd), Godspell, Shylock (for which he also wrote the music) (Leicester Haymarket), Roy Hudd's Beautiful Dreamer (Greenwich Theatre), Annie (Liverpool Playhouse and Thorndike Theatre, Leatherhead) Assassins (Old Fire Station, Oxford) The Borrowers (Birmingham Stage Company) Oklahoma! (Cardiff International Festival of Musical Theatre and Peacock Theatre, London), and a musical adaptation of Jean de Florette at The Venue, Leicester Square, London.

Roger has also directed national tours of Steel Magnolias, Driving Miss Daisy, (TMA Award Best Touring Production) and Neil Simon's Laughter on the 23rd Floor, (MEN Award Best Production of Play) which he also directed in the West End, starring Gene Wilder (nominated for an Olivier Award). The show then toured nationally with Frank Finlay in the lead role.

Other productions for the Library Theatre Company include the European première of Terence McNally's Love! Valour! Compassion! Tony Kushner's Angels in America, The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams, Martin McDonagh's The Beauty Queen of Leenane, The Borrowers (which has been on two national tours), Perfect Days (which also played the Palace Theatre, Watford), Shelagh Stephenson's The Memory of Water (MEN Award Best Production),  David Wood's Tom's Midnight Garden,(TMA Award Best Production for Children & Young People),Stephen Sondheim's Putting it Together, Brian Friel's Translations (MEN Award Best Production), Dancing at Lughnasa, The Faith Healer (this production was invited to be part of the Brian Friel Festival in Ireland)and Neil Bartlett's adaptations of Oliver Twist and Great Expectations

He also has affiliations with two drama schools, the London School of Musical Theatre and Bristol Old Vic Theatre School where he directs and also mentors on the directors' course, and he directs and develops new musicals at the University of Central Lancashire. He also has close relations with Perfect Pitch, an organization created to nurture and produce new musicals.

Most recently, he directed the national tour of the new production of Calendar Girls, and the highly acclaimed world premiere of the musical The Go-Between (TMA Theatre Awards UK Best Production of a Musical 2012) for West Yorkshire Playhouse, Derby Live and the Royal & Derngate, Northampton.

Robert Jones - Designer

Training: Central School of Art.

West End credits include: The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, When We Are Married, Ragtime, The Sound of Music (also Toronto, UK tourand Tokyo), Much Ado About Nothing, Dance of Death (also Australia), Benefactors, Calendar Girls (and UK tour), A Chorus of Disapproval, Heroes (and Los Angeles), The Wizard of Oz (also Toronto and US tour) and Rock and Roll (and Broadway).

As an Associate Artist of the RSC: Pentecost, Othello, Romeo and Juliet, The Herbal Bed, Twelfth Night, Hamlet, Henry VIII (and NewYork) and The Winter's Tale.

Other theatre includes: Look Back in Anger, Noises Off (also West End and Broadway), The Playboy of the Western World (NT), Lobby Hero, The Physicists, Divas, A Voyage Round My Father and Black Comedy (DonmarWarehouse), The Mercy Seat, Filumena, Ruined and The Late Henry Moss (Almeida), The Music Man, Hay Fever, Kiss Me, Kate (also Old Vic), Cyrano de Bergerac (Chichester) and various productions for theBush Theatre, Hamsptead Theatre and CrucibleTheatre, Sheffield.

Film includes: Hamlet.

Opera includes: Tristan and Isolde (Tokyo and Vienna), Giulio Cesare (Glyndebourne and Chicago), The Coronation of Poppea (Paris and Berlin), Anna Bolena, Giulio Cesare and Die Fledermaus (Metropolitan Opera) and Don Carlos (Frankfurt).

He has been nominated for two Olivier Awards and won a Drama-Logue and Dora Award.

Ian West - Choreographer

After graduating from Doreen Bird College of Performing Arts (London), Ian worked extensively in theatre, television and film as a dancer and choreographer. Now based in Glasgow, Ian is continuing his choreographic ventures alongside developing his own dance company in Scotland.

Recent choreographic work includes the TV series The Dog Ate My Homework (CBBC), a music video for Roxy Agogo, independent film Waitress, Clyde 1 Live (SECC Arena) Pulse (Tramway Theatre, Glasgow), Too Darn Hot (Theatre Royal, Glasgow), Pent Up (Dundee Repertoire Theatre), Roofless (Theatre Royal, Glasgow). Ian has also choreographed and directed multiple projects for Glasgow Commonwealth Games including the Tom Daley ambassador performance, (Salt Market) Royal performance for the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge, (Emirates Arena) Commonwealth Mascot Press Launch (BBC Scotland, Blue Peter BBC), Queens Baton Relay (Holyrood Parliament) , one-year countdown with Sir Chris Hoy (ITV Daybreak), Clyde and Friends (Scottish Tour). Other choreographic credits include The Blues Brothers (UK National Tour), The Wizard of Oz (Notre Dame Theatre), Cinderella (Kings Theatre Glasgow), Dance Fusion (Eastwood Theatre). Ian was also the Dance Captain for Olivier award winning show The Play What I Wrote (UK national tour).

Performance credits include OVO (The Millennium Dome, Central Arena), Royal Millennium Performance (The Millennium Dome), Aladdin (New Theatre, Cardiff), Bernard Haitink Farewell Gala (Royal Opera House, London), Barnum (Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne), Die Meistersinger (Royal Opera House London), Jack and the Beanstalk (Alhambra Theatre, Bradford), Cavalcade (Sadler's Wells Theatre, London). Ian worked extensively for The Walt Disney Company, The Golden Mickeys, on Hercules the Musical, Pirates of the Caribbean, Disney Dreams, Morty and his Madcap Musical. 

TV and film credits include The Bill (ITV), London's Burning (ITV), Dogging Around (BBC Movie), Leprechauns (NBC Entertainment), Feel the Force (BBC2 Scotland), The Flying Scotsman (The Movie Verve Pictures).

Tim Lutkin - Lighting Designer

Tim is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. He recently won Best Lighting Design in the 2014 Laurence Olivier Awards for Chimerica at the Harold Pinter Theatre.

Recent work includes: The Crucible (Old Vic); Strangers On A Train(Gielgud); Chimerica (Almeida / Pinter); Candideand All's Well That Ends Well(RSC); A Bunch of Amateurs (Watermill); Children of the Smoke (Glasgow Green/Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme); Hope Place (Everyman, Liverpool); The Summer Book (Unicorn); The Life of the Party (Menier Chocolate Factory); Venice Preserv'd (Paynes & Borthwick Wharf, Greenwich); Minotaur (Polka); Once A Catholic (Tricycle & Royal Court Liverpool); The Full Monty (Noel Coward and UK Tour); Calendar Girls(UK Tours); Ghost - The Musical (UK Tour - co-design with Hugh Vanstone); Philadelphia Here I Come! (Donmar); Megan Mullally & Supreme Music Program, Alan Cumming - I Bought a Blue Car Today(Vaudeville); Party (Arts); The Dark At The Top Of The Stairs (Belgrade, Coventry); Our Brother David(Watford Palace); Wondershow (Roundhouse); The Go Between(West Yorkshire Playhouse); Bronte(Shared Experience); The Rime of the Ancient Mariner(Royal Festival Hall); My Dad's a Birdman(Crucible, Sheffield); That Face(Tron, Glasgow); Restoration(Salisbury Playhouse); Fuchsia(White Bear); Lucky You(Assembly Rooms); The Calling of Maisy Day(Welsh National Opera).

Jack Ryder - Director

Jack's directing credits include Act of Memory (short film with Claire Skinner, Owen Teale & Anna Massey), which has been officially selected for nine international festivals around the world including the Cannes Film Festival. It was then broadcast on Sky Arts on Christmas Day. In theatre, Jack has directed the award-winning productions of the plays Calendar Girls and The Full Monty. His screenplay credits include Act of Memory, adapted from the award-winning story of the same title by Mary Grace Dembeck.

As an actor, Jack's theatre credits include Plenty (Crucible Studio); The Play What I Wrote, Calendar Girls (West End); Romeo and Juliet (Wales Theatre Company); Single Spies and The Safari Party (national tour).

Television credits include In the Club, EastEnders, Holby City and MIT. Film credits include The Boy in the Darkness, Popcorn and Henry V. Radio credits include Ryan in The Archers.

James Robert-Moore - Assistant Director

James trained as an actor at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York.

He was recently assistant to Tim Firth, Roger Haines and Gary Barlow on The GIRLS at The Leeds Grand.

As Assistant Director: Jerry’s Girls (St James Theatre and Jermyn Street Theatre) and the workshop of The GIRLS in Burnsall.

His Theatre credits include: Fanny & Stella (Above The Stag); Privates on Parade (Greenwich Theatre and Manor Pavilion, Sidmouth); Expectations (Arcola Theatre); Meet Me in St Louis (Landor Theatre) and The Road To Qatar! (Edinburgh Fringe Festival).

James is also a keen playwright, and was recently shortlisted for the Old Vic 12.

Alistair Turner - Associate Designer

Alistair trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

Designs include A Catered Affair and Little Me (Royal Academy of Music); Beast (White Bear); Ordinary Days (Trafalgar Studios); The Diary of a Nobody (Drill Hall), Airswimming (Garajistanbul, Istanbul International Theatre Festival 2010); The 24 Hour Plays Celebrity Gala (Old Vic); Who Will Carry the Word (Courtyard, Hoxton); Fucking Men and Weapons of Happiness (Finborough); Blackout (Soho Theatre); Albert Herring (Sherman Theatre, Cardiff); and Hansel and Gretel (Chat’s Palace, Hackney).

He was associate designer on Ruined (Almeida); A Moon for the Misbegotten (Old Vic and Broadway); Phaedra (Donmar) and Love Song (West End).

Alistair is also creative director to UNTitled Theatre.

Sarah Weltman - Sound Designer

Associate sound designer credits include: Inside Wagner's Head (Plymouth Theatre Royal), Street Scene (Young Vic), Swallows andAmazons (Vaudeville and UK tour) and One FlewOver the Cuckoo's Nest (Garrick and UK tour).

Sound Designer credits include: The Ring Cyclotrope (Deloitte Ignite, Royal OperaHouse), Crowning Glory (Stratford EastTheatre Royal), Cape (Synergy TheatreProject/Unicorn Theatre), The Empty Quarter and Donny's Brain (Hampstead TheatreDownstairs), Wild Oats (Bristol Old Vic), Next Thing You Know, A Winter's Tale and The Hired Man (Landor Theatre), Caligula, The  Damnation of Faust and Idomeneo (ENO), Burning Bird, Glengarry Glen Ross andConvictions: New Plays Festival (SynergyTheatre Project), The Riots (Tricycle), What Fatima Did (Hampstead Theatre), Wolfboy – the Musical (Trafalgar Studios) and The Good Soul of Szechuan (Young Vic).

Sound designer and consultant credits include: the new Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, the Globe to Globe season 2012, and York University Theatre, Film and Television facility, built in 2011.

Marc Frankum - CASTING DIRECTOR

Marc originally trained as an actor at Drama Centre London before moving into casting.

Marc has recently cast Much Ado About Nothing (Mercury Theatre Colchester); The Picture of Dorian Gray (English Theatre Frankfurt); Hand to God (West End); Clybourne Park (Mercury Theatre, Colchester); Twelfth Night (Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank/Shakespeare’s Globe); Barbarians (Tooting Arts Club); When Blair had Bush and Bunga (Pleasance One); The Glass Menagerie, Disgraced (English Theatre Frankfurt); Noises Off (Mercury Theatre, Colchester); The Full Monty (UK Tour); Death and the Maiden, Other Desert Cities, Ghost, The Musical, Strangers on a Train (The English Theatre Frankfurt); Macbeth (Mercury Theatre Colchester); Dial M for Murder (UK Tour); The Duck House (West End); Goodnight Mister Tom (West End/Chichester Festival Theatre/The Children’s Touring Partnership); Stepping Out (Salisbury Playhouse); The Mousetrap (60th Anniversary Tour); The Woman In Black (West End); An Inspector Calls (UK Tour); Mother Adam (Jermyn Street Theatre); The Hairy Ape (Southwark Playhouse); End of the Rainbow (UK Tour); Sign of the Times (Duchess Theatre); Calendar Girls (UK Tour); Far Away (Bristol Old Vic) and The History Boys (Theatre Royal Bath/West Yorkshire Playhouse) and was casting associate on Big, the Musical (Plymouth/Dublin); Good Canary (Rose Theatre Kingston); The Bodyguard (West End) and Elf, The Musical (West End/Plymouth/Dublin).

Marc has worked alongside fellow Casting Director Sarah Bird on series 6 of Hustle, the BBC One Wales series Crash and various theatre productions including Perfect Nonsense, All My Sons, Sweet Bird of Youth, Fortune’s Fool, The Ladykillers, The 39 Steps, The Madness of George III, Cause Celebre, Me & My Girl, When We Are Married, Deathtrap, Calendar Girls, The Rivals, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, Mrs Klein and many more.