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CREATIVE TEAM

JAMES GADDAS
ADAPTOR & PERFORMER

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James Gaddas is well known as an actor, most notably for playing Governor Neil Grayling in ‘Bad Girls’ (ITV), Vinny Sorrell in ‘Coronation Street’ (ITV), four years as Dr Robert Nevin in ‘Medics’ (ITV) D.I. Latham in ‘Class Act’ (ITV) and in 2020, he joined the cast of the Channel 4 soap opera ‘Hollyoaks’ as Cormac Ranger. On stage he was Bill Anderson in ‘Mamma Mia!’ (West End), Jackie Elliot in ‘Billy Elliot’ (West End) John in ‘The Girls’ (West End), and starred in ‘Art’ (West End) ‘A Passionate Woman’ (West End), ‘Spamalot’, ‘This House’, ‘The Messiah’, among many others. As an improviser, he appeared many times at The Comedy Store in London, and he has been a regular current affairs panellist on Radio 5 Live.

PIP MINNITHORPE
DIRECTOR

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Pip grew up in Plymouth, and read Drama & Theatre Arts at University of Birmingham. He began his career in new writing, developing and directing new plays for the fringe before becoming an Assistant Director at Birmingham Rep and Support Worker at the Royal Court’s Young Writers Project. Productions include Descent (Birmingham Rep), The Maids, Judith, The Diva Drag, Attempts on her Life and Stitching.

Pip's work on classics includes Romeo and Juliet & As You Like It (open air tour), Othello & Chekhov’s The Sneeze (UK tour), plus Box and Cox, Showstopper & A Bold Stroke for a Husband (Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds and tour)

Pip was an Associate Director of Perfect Pitch Musicals, developing and directing new musical theatre, including premieres of Lift, From Up Here and Extraordinary! plus the award winning Departure Lounge at the Edinburgh and London Fringe. Further musical productions include Cinderella (Manchester Opera House), Jesus Christ Superstar, Into the Woods, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Alban Arena), World Goes ‘Round, and Aladdin (Hawth, Crawley).

He has worked as Resident Director on a number of large scale productions in the West End and on tour, including Wicked, Viva Forever!, Mamma Mia!, Spamalot and the Far Pavilions.

Pip is the UK Associate Director of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and Associate Director of the Hamburg and Toronto productions.


JEREMY SWIFT
COMPOSER

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Jeremy is a composer and actor.


Credits include ‘Macbeth’ for Downstage company in New Zealand and the soundtrack for ‘Werewolves: The Dark Survivors’ for The Discovery Channel. He has also brought out an album ‘Everything’s A Joke’ which is available on iTunes and Spotify.


As an actor he has worked with legendary film directors like Roman Polanski (‘Oliver Twist’), Robert Altman (‘Gosford Park’) and the Wachowski Siblings (‘Jupiter Ascending’).


On television he has appeared as a regular in ‘Downton Abbey’, ‘Foyle’s War’, ‘The Durrells’ and more recently ’Ted Lasso’ for Apple TV+ for which he was nominated for a Primetime Emmy award for best supporting actor in a comedy.

LEE WARD
SET & COSTUME DESIGNER

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Lee is a northeast based set designer and maker for stage and screen, interactive

theatre and immersive commercial installations. After pursuing his interest in

design and creating works of a wide range of mediums for over a decade, Lee became a recent production design graduate from The Northern School of Art

and quickly found his feet in the industry. He has designed and built sets for theatre such as the recent Elysium Theatre Company production of Athol Fugard’s Hello and Goodbye and, CaroleW Productions’ Haddock & Chips.

Involved in various art department roles for tv and film, Lee has also been creating immersive spaces for interactive theatre and commercial installations such as a recent Santa’s Grotto in the historic Grainger Market in Newcastle, and partnering with Geek Retreat Middlesbrough to blur the lines between role playing games and reality by developing immersive events that put ticket holders in the centre of a story.

JOHN BULLEID
ILLUSION DESIGNER

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John is an illusion designer, actor and magician with work on multiple Olivier Award-winning productions. He holds the title of Associate of the Inner Magic Circle with Silver Star, and trained as an actor at The Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art.

Illusion design credits include: The Magician’s Elephant (RSC); Doctor Who – Time Fracture (Immersive London); When Darkness Falls (Park Theatre & UK Tour); Death of a Salesman (Piccadilly Theatre – Olivier nomination, Best Play Revival); The Canterville Ghost (Unicorn Theatre); Oi Frog! (Lyric Theatre – Olivier nomination, Best Family Show); Dick Whittington (Theatre Royal Stratford East); Our Lady of Kibeho (Northampton/Stratford East – Olivier nomination, Outstanding Achievement in Affiliate Theatre); Witches of Eastwick (Cirkus, Stockholm); The Worst Witch (Northampton/UK Tour/Vaudeville Theatre – Olivier winner, Best Family Show); #WeAreArrested (RSC/Arcola Theatre); Sherlock Holmes: The Final Curtain (Theatre Royal Bath); The Invisible Man, Partners in Crime (Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch); Beauty And The Beast (Watford Palace); The Star (Liverpool Everyman); The Inn At Lydda (Shakespeare’s Globe); Dirty Dancing (Secret Cinema); Dracula (Thailand); The Gypsy Thread (National Theatre Studio); The Ladykillers, The Secret Adversary (Watermill Theatre); Thark (Park Theatre); Alice In Wonderland (Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton); Murder Most Fowl (Quay Arts Centre) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Theatre in the Forest).

Credits as magic associate/assistant include Harry Potter & The Cursed Child (Palace Theatre); The Ocean at the End of the Lane (Duke of York’s Theatre/National Theatre); Prince of Egypt (Dominion Theatre); White Christmas (Curve, Leicester) and A Very Very Dark Matter (Bridge Theatre).

MATT KARMIOS
LIGHTING DESIGNER &
TECHNICAL SUPERVISOR

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Matthew is a London based Sound and Lighting Designer. He also runs Apex Production Group providing technical design and supply services for theatre, concerts and tours.

 

His design work includes; Dracula (UK Tour), Mario: A Super Musical! (Off West-End), Thread (Off West-End), SNAG (Chiswick Playhouse), Perfect Pitch (Chiswick Playhouse), Relatively Speaking (Chiswick Playhouse), Jingle All The Way Christmas Spectacular (Essex Christmas Wonderland), ILLUSION:IMPOSSIBLE (UK Tour), Musicals in Concert (UK Tour), Creature Features (Radio), Dusted with Sugar (Radio), Agatha Crusty and the Village Hall Murders (Questors Theatre), Sylvias Wedding (Questors Theatre), My Darling Clemmie (Bedford Park Festival), About Heroes (ECA), Made in Dagenham (CADOS), School of Rock (TAT), Grease (TAT), We Will Rock You (TAT), Hairspray (TAT), The King & I (TAT).

 

Other work includes; DeathDrop UK Tour, Essex Christmas Wonderland, Bedford Park Festival, Chiswick Book Festival, Peterborough Christmas Magic, A Time To Breath, BBC Concert Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Classic FM…

 

Matthew has also worked with artists including; Brad Ryan, New Kings Order, London Gay Big Band, RAF Big Band, The Cory Band, NYJO…

DEBORAH RADIN
MOVEMENT

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Deborah began her studies as a ballerina at the Stella Mann School of Dance, before completing her training at the renowned London Studio Centre.

Subsequently, she performed across Europe with many ballet and opera companies, including The Weiner, and the Keil. She appeared in numerous productions including, ‘Carmina Burana’, ‘Sleeping Beauty’, ‘Coppelia, ‘Romeo and Juliet’, ‘Swan Lake’ and ‘Nutcracker’.

Returning to the UK, she appeared in ‘Phantom of the Opera’, before attending the Royal Academy of Dance, where she graduated with the Jerwood Award for Most Outstanding Teacher.

She then turned her attention to studying classical movement and choreography.

‘Dracula’ marks Deborah’s debut as a professional movement coach.

ESTHER MALKINSON
PRODUCTION & STAGE MANAGER

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Esther has been working in Stage Management and Theatre for the last few years after graduating from Loughborough University. Recent freelance work includes Beauty and the Beast (Towngate Theatre, Basildon), Absurd Person Singular UK Tour (London Classic Theatre), The Railway Children (Brewhouse, Taunton), A View From The Bridge (York Theatre Royal & Royal & Derngate, Northampton), 10:31 MCR (Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019),  Hamlet (Iris Theatre, Covent Garden), The Mystery of the Raddlesham Mumps (UK Tour). Previously she was based at the Mercury Theatre, Colchester working on Ain’t Misbehavin’, Jack and the Beanstalk, Silence, Moll Flanders, Babe, The Sheep-Pig, Europe After The Rain and Pieces of String.

JAMIE CLARK
PRODUCER

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In a 23-year career, Jamie Clark has produced/co-produced/associate produced over 25 shows. He is also a well-regarded General Manager by other industry-leading producers, and is one of the leading UK tour bookers, enjoying long friendships and relationships with theatres up and down the country.

During his time working with Bill Kenwright and Adam Spiegel, he worked on many world-famous productions - ‘Blood Brothers’, ‘The Mousetrap’, ‘Motown The Musical’, ‘A Few Good Men’ (starring Rob Lowe), ‘The Night Of The Iguana’ (starring Woody Harrelson) and ‘Hayfever’ (starring Judi Dench). His own productions include ‘Harvey’ (James Dreyfus, Maureen Lipman) at The Theatre Royal Haymarket, ‘Fings Ain’t Wot They Used T’Be’ (Directed by Terry Johnson, starring Jessie Wallace and Gary Kemp) at Theatre Royal, Stratford East and in 2018, he co-produced ‘Pieces Of String’ with Colchester’s Mercury Theatre, which was nominated as Best New Musical at the UK Theatre Awards.