DIRECTOR - BRONAGH LAGAN

Originally from Northern Ireland, Bronagh studied Acting in Liverpool John Moores.

She then went on to train as a physical theatre performer at Hope Street Ltd this is where she developed her passion for directing. She has directed and assisted in shows in Ireland, Britain, Turkey and Philippines. In 2006, she was elected Young Persons Theatre Representative of Britain through the British Arts Council as part of the Contacting The World Festival.

In 2011 Bronagh directed and produced Henry VI Part I at the excavation site of The Rose Theatre Bankside. It was the first time the piece had been performed at this venue since Shakespeare had directed it himself and was performed on the actual ruins. The Off West End Awards nominated Henry VI Part 1 Best Production Best and Bronagh Best Director in 2011.

In addition to directing Bronagh also enjoys writing comedy sketches for TV.

Directing credits: The Mistress Cycle, Landor Theatre, Expectations, Arcola, Bat Boy, Berkoff Studio, Blood Wedding, Courtyard Theatre, The List, Landor Theatre, On Top of the World, Brockley Jack, Acting Without the Drama, Tristan Bates, Newsrevue, Canal Café, Henry VI Part 1, Rose Theatre, Erris, Theatre 503, Julius Caesar The Scoop, She, New End Theatre, Contractions, Etcetera, Hi Vis Calthorpe Arms (Theatre Uncut)

Associate Director credits: Flight, Brockley Jack, Ladies and Gentlemen Buonasera, C Venues Edinburgh Festival

Assistant Director credits: Nothing Left too Lose, Company Collisions, Regional tour & Purcell Rooms, Drogo Island, Enchantment, Ordu festival, Turkey (Devised Puppet show), After The End, New End Theatre

 

CHOREOGRAPHER - RACKY PLEWS

Racky trained at Arts Educational & Sylvia Young.

Choreography credits include: Liza Liza Liza by Richard Harris (Bill Kenwright Tour); Seussical The Musical (The Arts Theatre, Leicester Square); How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying (3rd Year Grad Show, CPA); The Mistress Cycle (From Page To Stage); The Ring Cycle and Oedipus & Antigone (The Scoop Amphitheatre, South Bank); Respect La Diva (Garrick Theatre); The Sensational Josephine Baker (Beckett Theatre, New York); Momentous Musicals (New Wimbledon Theatre, ATG); Aladdin (Hastings, Qdos); A Tale of Two Cities (Charing Cross Theatre); The Lost Boys (Liverpool Playhouse); West End Bares (Cafe de Paris); Billy Elliot's West End Eurovision Entry (Dominion Theatre); Deniece Pearson - The Jackson's World Arena Tour; Forever Plaid (UK & International Tour); Sophie Tucker's One Night Stand (UK Tour); Radio 4 Musical (Leicester Square Theatre); The Boy Who Was Woody Allen (Pleasance Theatre); European Premiere of Bare (Best Choreography nomination Broadway World); Bernarda Alba; and Once Upon A Mattress (Best Choreography nomination Off West End Awards, The Union Theatre); Get That Beat (Tristan Bates Theatre, Leicester Square); A Christmas Carol (Kings Head Theatre); Assassins (The Landor); Speed Dating The Musical (Jermyn Street Theatre); Broken Rose (The Cockpit Theatre); La Traviata and The Marriage of Figaro (Hampstead Garden Opera); Freshers (Edinburgh Festival - Best Musical Whats On Stage Award); Dangerous Daughters (Perfect Pitch); The 48hour Musicals - The Boy Friend (Her Majesty's Theatre); Crazy For You; and Me & My Girl (Palladium).

Racky was Resident at Trafalgar Studios on State Fair and also the Choreographer in Residence Upstairs at the Gatehouse where credits include: Guys and Dolls (thirteen Off West End nominations); The Drowsy Chaperone (Best Off West End nomination What's On Stage); Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story; A Slice of Saturday Night; and Into The Woods.

She is a Judge for Kent Stars, has worked at Arts Ed, Mountview, CPA, London Studio Centre, Goldsmiths University and was Head of Theatre for Camden School for Girls.

 

MUSICAL DIRECTOR - MATT RAMPLIN

Training: Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Cardiff University and RWCMD.

Credits include: When Midnight Strikes (Upstairs at the Gatehouse), The Woman in White 2013 Workshop (Sonya Freidman/RUG), [Title of Show] (Edinburgh), Company (CSSD), Privates On Parade (S&C Productions), MAMT Graduate Showcase 2013 (CSSD), Bristol Hippodrome Centenary Concert (BBC/Bristol Hippodrome), High Fidelity (UK Premiere – Theatreworx Productions).

Matt also works as a musical director and vocal coach for CSSD and Arts Ed.

 

MUSICAL ARRANGEMENTS - ANDY COLLYER

Andy trained at Liverpool University, graduating with a BA (Hons) in Music, then at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, gaining a Postgraduate Diploma in Theatre Design.

He was resident musical director for Bruce James Productions where he worked mainly in creating musical theatre for children, where credits include original music for ‘The Little Mermaid’, ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’, ‘Pinocchio’ and numerous pantomimes.

He has also worked for many years as a composer/lyricist. His most recent appearance was at the Landor Theatre in London, performing his own work along with past and present students, in a showcase entitled Accidental Songs; The Words and Music of Andy Collyer as part of the From Page To Stage season.

Andy is also a lecturer at The Wessex Academy Of Performing Arts, delivering a degree in musical theatre for Bath Spa University.

 

PRODUCER - KATY LIPSON FOR ARIA ENTERTAINMENT

Katy Lipson of Aria Entertainment has been recognized by the Stage One charity for new producers as one of the country’s most promising young producers. Katy’s diverse experience in the arts include theatre producing, working as a musical director, accompanist, vocal coach, composer and piano/vocalist.

She created Aria Entertainment in 2011 and has gone on to produce the Best Little Whorehouse In Texas (Union), the West End charity Gala performance of Children Of Eden (Prince Of Wales) starring Gareth Gates, Russell Grant and Kerry Ellis, the West End revival of The Mystery of Edwin Drood starring former Coronation Street actress Wendi Peters and Edward Reid and Living The Dream One Song At A Time (Edinburgh Fringe and Scottish tour) which won the Radio Forth Award for ‘Best Fringe Show’.

She produced a UK Tour revival of the musical The Secret Garden in collaboration with Knockhardy Productions, which toured to venues such as Buxton Opera House. She also produced the World Premiere of Sleeping Arrangements a new musical by Chris Burgess, based on the novel by Sophie Kinsella (author of Confessions Of A Shopaholic) and the off-Broadway musical The Road To Qatar which was nominated for an MTN award at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She produced the revival of the musical When Midnight Strikes at Upstairs at the Gatehouse in London, to critical acclaim. She was also General Manager and Associate Producer on Cinderella: Boom or Bust!, a charity pantomime at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane and Lorca’s Blood Wedding at The Courtyard Theatre.

She was delighted to have secured a Grant For The Arts to present a season of new musicals at The Landor Theatre entitled From Page To Stage this year where she presented 8 new works of musical theatre which are now undergoing further development.

For more information on Aria Entertainment please visit: www.aria-entertainment.com