Company - Creatives

Sally Cookson

Director

Sally is an associate artist of Bristol Old Vic where productions have included JANE EYRE, THE BOY WHO CRIED WOLF, SLEEPING BEAUTY, and TREASURE ISLAND. For The National Theatre: JANE EYRE and PETER PAN. For The Rose Theatre: ROMEO AND JULIET. For Sadlers Wells: VARMINTS. For Tobacco Factory Theatre: ONE HUNDRED AND ONE DALMATIANS, CINDERELLA: A FAIRYTALE (Olivier Nominated), THE UGLY DUCKLING, ALI BABA AND THE FORTY THIEVES (all co-productions with Travelling Light).

For Kenny Wax Productions: LA STRADA, WE’RE GOING ON A BEAR HUNT, HETTY FEATHER (Olivier Nominated). Sally’s ongoing collaboration with Travelling Light Theatre has resulted in her directing numerous productions for the company, including BOING!, CLOUDLAND, BOB THE MAN ON THE MOON, HOW COLD MY TOES, SHADOW PLAY, CLOWN, LENNY and HOME. For Polka Theatre: LOST AND FOUND. For Scamp Theatre: STICK MAN, AESOP’S FABLES and TIDDLER AND OTHER TERRIFIC TALES.Other theatre includes: SAPLING SONG, AS FAR AS I CAN SEA (National Trust), THE MERMAID AND THE MIRROR (Half Moon), JUMP (Myrtle Theatre). Sally’s credits as an actress include work at the National Theatre (The School For Scandal), Almeida, Young Vic, Gielgud Theatre and repertory theatres nationwide.

Mike Akers

Writer in the Room

Mike is from Malmesbury and he studied drama at the University of East Anglia. He wrote his first play, Holding Hands With Angels, for Theatre West in the late 90’s. It won a national one act play competition and was produced in Bristol and on the Edinburgh fringe. Since then he has had over thirty plays commissioned including productions for Salisbury Playhouse, Bristol Old Vic, Travelling Light, The Tobacco Factory, Kazzum,, Polka Theatre, Green Ginger, the egg Theatre Bath and The Royal & Derngate, Northampton. He has also written several radio plays broadcast on BBC radio 4. He works regularly with director Sally Cookson, shows they have done together include Boing!, Bob The Man in the Moon (both for Travelling Light) and a trio of highly successful productions for Bristol Old Vic, Treasure Island, Peter Pan and Jane Eyre, which will be embarking on a UK tour in 2017.

Benji Bower

Composer

Theatre credits as a Composer/Musical Director include: Sleeping beauty, Jane Eyre (National theatre), Outpost, Green Ginger, Hetty Feather (Tour/ Vaudeville/Rose Theatre, Kingston), Romeo and Juliet (Rose Theatre, Kingston), Sleeping Beauty, Jane Eyre, The Boy Who Cried Wolf, Peter Pan, Treasure Island, Papa Please Get The Moon For Me, Strong Case, Aesop’s Fables (Bristol Old Vic), We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, 101 Dalmatians, Cinderella, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, Bob The Man on the Moon, Lost and Found, Ugly Ducking (Tobacco Factory & Travelling Light), Varmints (Sadler’s Wells), Orpheus and The Furies, Table of Delights (Damfino Theatre) Pirate Gran, Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales, Stick Man (Scamp Theatre), Very Old Man With Enormous Wings (Little Angel/Kneehigh).

Television and film credits as a Composer include: Faster Harder Stronger, Rude Britannia, Comics Britannia. The wonder of Animals, Castles, Country File (BBC), Cult of a Suicide Bomber, Wind Farm Wars (Channel 4), Weekend Retreat (O region).

Musician credits include: Bonobo, Alice Russell, 100 Strong, Kneehigh theatre, Mark Pritchard, Jermaine Clement, Unforscene, Sulston Connection, Pacific Heights, New World Disorder (Kudos Records), Fingers and Thumbs (Tru Thoughts), Return of the Wob (Wob Recordings).

Katie Sykes

Set & Costume Designer

Recent productions include: Peter Pan, Jane Eyre (National Theatre / Bristol Old Vic), The Two Gentlemen of Verona (The Globe), Hetty Feather (West End / National Tour), Wind in the Willows (Mercury Theatre ), Up Down Man (Salisbury Playhouse), Romeo and Juliet (Rose Theatre Kingston), World Cup 1966, Sleeping Beauty (Bristol Old Vic), 101 Dalmatians, Cinderella, Sinbad the Sailor (Tobacco Factory), Into the West, The Mysterious Vanishment of Pobby and Dingan, Boing, Cloudland (Travelling Light).

Aideen Malone

Lighting Designer

Aideen trained in drama and theatre in Trinity College Dublin and Goldsmiths University of London.  She has previously collaborated with Sally Cookson on HETTY FEATHER, JANE EYRE, ROMEO AND JULIET, SLEEPING BEAUTY and PETER PAN.

Theatre credits includes: National Theatre; Bristol Old Vic; Duke of York; Vaudeville; Rose Theatre Kingston; Tamasha; Octagon Theatre; Flying Cloud; Mercury Theatre; Cast; Nottingham Playhouse; Theatre Centre; Red Cape; Royal and Derngate; Theatre Rites; Theatre O; Yellow Earth; Lyric Hammersmith; Salisbury Playhouse; Manchester Theatre Royal; Clod Ensemble; Kaos Theatre; Bush Theatre; Cleanbreak; BAC; Plymouth Theatre Royal; Young Vic; Gate Theatre; ICA and Maximum Legroom.

Dance credits include: JOLI VYANN; PACO PENA; GWYN EMBERTON DANCE; JASMIN VARDIMON; SADHANA DANCE; ARC DANCE; SMITH DANCE THEATRE; ANGIKA DANCE CO.; MOYA MICHAEL and LONDON CHILDREN'S BALLET.

Opera credits include: English Touring Opera; Royal College Of Music; Guidhall School of Music and Drama; ENO Works and Opera Spezzata.

Installation credits include: Hayward Gallery; Sovereign House Brighton and Aberdeen Sports Village.

Aideen is a Director of Junction designing lighting sculptures and installations.

She also enjoys working with young people in education, currently tutoring at ALRA and St Marys, Twickenham.

Mike Beer

Sound Designer

Mike started his career at the Sherman Theatre Cardiff in the late 80s. Since then he has toured and designed theatre and corporate events worldwide with many companies. Theatre sound designs include: A Story of Tom Jones - the Musical  (TNN Productions); Candy Lion , Iliad , Coriolan/us , The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning  (National Theatre Wales); Sleeping Beauty , Jane Eyre , Peter Pan  (Bristol Old Vic); Sweeny Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street  (WNO); Romeo and Juliet  (the Rose Theatre); Under Milk Wood - the Opera  (Taliesin Arts Centre); Romeo and Juliet , Say It with Flowers  (Sherman Cymru); Legal Fictions , The Importance of Being Earnest  (Theatre Royal Bath).

Mike specialises in site-specific projects working closely with National Theatre Wales, Wild Works and Walk the Plank, projects include: City of the Unexpected , a project with a live audience of over 50,000 in the streets of Cardiff, The Passion , Michael Sheen’s Port Talbot Easter epic and 100 The Day Our World Changed , set in the Lost Gardens of Heligan, Cornwall. Over the last 10 years, Mike has worked closely with Stage Sound Services as sound designer and project manager, working on various projects throughout Europe and the UK.

Jill Green CDG

Casting

Jill Green is a full member of the Casting Directors’ Guild of Great Britain and Ireland. London theatre includes: Lazarus (Kings Cross Theatre); Disney’s Aladdin (Prince Edward Theatre); Kinky Boots (Adelphi Theatre); The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Gielgud Theatre first recast and current cast); Beautiful - the Carole King Musical (Aldwych Theatre); Show Boat (New London Theatre); Jersey Boys (Piccadilly and Prince Edward Theatres); War Horse (New London Theatre final cast); The Scottsboro Boys (UK casting, Garrick and Young Vic theatres); I Can’t Sing! (London Palladium); Rock of Ages (Garrick and Shaftesbury theatres); The Human Comedy (Young Vic); The Producers (Theatre Royal Drury Lane and UK tours); Jack and the Beanstalk (Barbican); Sinatra at the Palladium; Aladdin (Old Vic Theatre); Bad Girls (Garrick Theatre); The Vagina Monologues (Wyndham’s Theatre); Contact (Queen’s Theatre); Thoroughly Modern Millie (Shaftesbury Theatre); Fosse (Prince of Wales Theatre) Tours and regional theatre includes: Jane Eyre (National Theatre in co-production with Bristol Old Vic, UK tour 2017); The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (UK tour 2017); Show Boat (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield); Jersey Boys (UK tour); The Lion King (international touring production); Anything Goes (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield and UK tour); Rock of Ages (UK tour); Singin’ in the Rain (UK tour and Tokyo Theatre Orb); West Side Story (UK tour); Finding Neverland (Curve Theatre, Leicester); She Loves Me, 42nd Street, Oklahoma!, The Music Man, Babes in Arms, Carousel (all Chichester Festival Theatre); Spike Milligan’s Adolf Hitler: My Part in his Downfall (Bristol Old Vic/Hampstead Theatre and UK tour); Wuthering Heights (Bollywood adaptation, Tamasha Theatre Company); The Three Musketeers (Bristol Old Vic Theatre); Much Ado About Nothing (Liverpool Everyman); Promises Promises (Crucible Theatre Sheffield); My One and Only (Chichester Festival and Piccadilly theatres); Fosse (European and international tours); Cats (UK tour). Recent workshops include: Becoming Nancy (London Workshops 1 and 2); Pink Floyd’s The Wall (London Workshops 2 and 3); Marilyn (London Workshop 1); Around the World in 80 Days (London Workshops 1 and 2); X Factor the Musical (London Workshop 2); Made in Dagenham (London Workshop 1); Finding Neverland (London Workshops 1 and 2); Queer as Folk and Silk. Feature films include: Paddington 2 (dancers) and Beyond the Sea (co-casting, UK dancers). Credits as casting consultant: The Tailor Made Man (Arts Theatre); Truth in Translation (Belfast); A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (National Theatre); Some Girls are Bigger than Others.

Cameron Carver

Movement Director

Originally from London, Ontario, (Canada), Cameron completed his training in the Musical Theatre program at Sheridan College (Toronto) and recently completed his Masters Degree in Theatre Directing at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Currently, he is on the faculty at St. Lawrence College, as well as directing and choreographing their graduate production of The Wizard of Oz.

Director/Choreographer credits: Panopticon, Freak, and The Architecture of the Moon (The Dance Concept), Never Swim Alone (Alma Theatre), Seussical (Music Theatre Production), Edges (OKTC Alumni), Legally Blonde (CATS Main stage), Autobahn (BOVTS).

Assistant Directing/Movement Direction Credits: The Trojan Women (Bristol Old Vic Theatre- Dir. Sally Cookson) The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe (Royal Lyceum Theatre- Dir. Andrew Panton), Shrek: The Musical, Elf (The Grand Theatre-Dir. Susan Ferley), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (West Country Tour- Dir. Christopher Scott) Romeo and Juliet and As You Like It (GB Theatre Company-Dir. Nancy Medina)

Peter Clifford

Magic Consultant

After becoming obsessed with conjuring as a boy and busking in pubs as a teenager, Peter used magic to pay his way through drama school in Manchester. Since graduating he has worked as an actor on stage and television as well as continuing to perform as a magician. He has also worked as a magical advisor, creating effects for many theatre shows; creating a stomach churning eye-plucking scene in King Lear (Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory, Bristol; with whom Peter has acted in 12 of their productions) and producing a whole cast from nowhere in The Mysteries of Father Brown (Worcester Swan); creating spooky supernatural happenings for Dracula: the Blood Count (Feelgood Theatre); comedy magic for An Evening With Tommy Cooper, and many others. Magical television appearances include: Isaac Fawlkes in BBC’s Magic - a History of Magic, Stanley Milgram in Derren Brown’s The Heist and Professor John Gladwell in Derren’s Fear and Faith: Placebo. Peter was an original part of the creative team for the award-winning Derren Brown television series.

He also co-created and co-directed the sell-out tour and West End run Derren Brown – Live. Peter has recently been working as a consultant for David Blaine on his Beyond Magic special.

Gwen Hales

Circus Consultant

Gwen has worked as an aerialist, a street performer, a fire-eater and a clown. She now works as a freelance circus director, choreographer and mentor, collaborating with UK circus and theatre companies, and specialising in work that crosses the boundaries between skills and narrative.

As aerial director with Sally Cookson: Peter Pan in 2012 for Bristol Old Vic, and again in 2016 for National Theatre and Hetty Feather in 2014-16 (West End and touring, Olivier nominated).

Other productions include: National Theatre’s Angels in America, 2017 (as aerial director); Betwixt & Between by CirqOn the Seam, 2017 (as director); Flown by Pirates of the Carabina, 2011-15 (as
performer/co-creator; winner of the Total Theatre Award for Physical Theatre) and Tobacco Factory Theatre’s Sinbad, 2014 (as consultant).