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at the moment

I’m currently Co-Director of Theatre for Take Art, a pioneering arts charity that serves the towns villages and rural communities of Somerset.  I share this part-time post with Sarah Peterkin; together our role is to support the development of theatre across the county.

It’s a challenging job, not least because Somerset became the first local authority in England to cut its arts funding budget by 100% last year.  We became an Arts Council National Portfolio organisation.

Highlights of the last few months include working with Contact, Manchester and Beaford Arts, Devon, to co-commission Maxwell Golden’s solo show CountryBoy’s Struggle which started its tour in Somerset last autumn.  Contact has recently received a BBC / Arts Council The Space Award to transform the show into a 12-part series of two-minute storytelling videos. This is ahead of a national re-tour in Autumn 2012.

We’ve also supported the development of the incredible Hip Yak Poetry Shak, a new spoken word cabaret that’s the brainchild of performance poets Liv Torc, Jonny Fluffypunk and Chris Redmond.

There are several more projects I’m currently involved with, so if you’d like to find out more, please visit the Take Art website or check out Dance and Theatre Somerset.

in the past

I’ve been Artistic Director of two companies: proteus, one of the south’s leading touring companies (1998 - 2004) and West 28th Street, Company in Residence at Fairfield, Croydon (1992 - 1998).  I’ve also worked extensively as a freelance director and musical director.

While I was Artistic Director at proteus, the company produced a diverse education programme, including Chaser, an award-winning project that was funded as part of the Home Office’s national strategy to tackle drug prevention at a community level.

The company regularly toured professional productions to non-theatre venues in urban and rural local locations. Mainly new commissions targeted at family audiences, the shows included:

Four Dames in Search of a Panto by James Barry;

Walking Out by Andrew G Marshall;

The Extraordinary Tale of Colonel Cody by James Barry;

Around the World in 80 Days by Deborah Shaw;

3 Musketeers by James Barry;

I Do!  I Do! by Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt;

Charlie by John Townsend;

Sherlock’s Excellent Adventure by James Barry;

and The Lost Voyage of Sinbad by James Barry.

I founded West 28th Street in 1992 to produce touring shows and educational projects throughout South East England.  On the strength of its highly successful Shakespeare education programme, Kicking Bardom, West 28th Street was invited to become company in residence at Fairfield, Croydon.

I produced a number of shows in both the Ashcroft Theatre and Concert Hall which subsequently toured to a number of venues throughout the region.  These included: Macbeth; Romeo and Juliet; The Taming of the Shrew; Educating Rita; Great Expectations; Hard Times; Starting Here, Starting Now; The Fantasticks; and the UK premiere of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s A Grand Night for Singing.

As a pianist, composer, musical director and accompanist I’ve performed in numerous productions, cabaret and concert engagements.  I’ve composed over 80 songs that have been performed professionally and written the score for eight shows, including several of the family shows for proteus mentioned above.

More recently I’ve composed the music, and musical-directed, Aladdin and Robinson Crusoe, both written by James Barry, at the Theatre Royal Winchester.

theatre images
Some of these images are pretty vintage now, but I’m still proud of the shows
I think there is no world
without theatre
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