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Natasha Sutton Williams - Writer and Composer

Natasha Sutton Williams is a playwright, composer and performer. Her work includes Dead Lucy at Southwark Playhouse, Brasserie Zedel, Waterloo East Theatre, Angel Comedy Club, Clown Sex at Arcola Theatre, Chelsea Theatre, Bunker Theatre, Angel Comedy Club, Freud The Musical at King’s Head Theatre, Space Theatre, Prone to Mischief at Old Red Lion Theatre, and I AM NOT SICK at the Pleasance Theatre. She is a graduate of the West End Criterion Theatre’s new writing programme 2017. She is a member of the Soho Theatre’s Young Writers’ Alumni scheme and has been twice shortlisted for their Young Writers’ Award. She is an arts journalist for Londoncalling.com. Natasha is signed with Hannah Layton Management.

She performed as an actor-musician in Orpheus and Eurydice at the Old Vic Tunnels, London. She was lead singer in the Chaplin Songs Cabaret performed at the Berlin Silent Film Festival, which was also recorded for German radio. She was one of two singers for the National Theatre’s production of Women Beware Women.

She sings early jazz and musical theatre internationally and composes and performs the music for her plays.

 

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Bern Roche Farrelly - Writer and producer

Bern Roche Farrelly is a writer, dramaturg and producer. He is the co-writer of More More More and founding member of Working Birthday.

His work includes writing and directing Determine, a choose your own adventure style play set in a world without free will at The Yard Theatre in 2014.

He was the dramaturg and producer of Freud The Musical, at the King's Head Theatre, also that was his suit Freud was wearing.

He produced The People Versus Democracy, an interactive theatre game for Hobo Theatre. Performed at London's Free Word Centre during the 2015 UK general Election the show  was called 'A provocative piece of theatre' RemoteGoat and received a five star review from BritishTheatre.com.

He currently works as Communications Manager for the Poetry Translation Centre where he oversees their online presence and workshop programme. 

He was a reader for Arcola Theatre’s PlayWROUGHT 2017 and recently completed the Criterion Theatre new writing programme.

He has been known to fill his twitter feed with drawings of sleeping heads. See for yourself @BernDraws.


Steph Weller - Producer

Steph is an independent producer who supports theatre companies and individuals with project development, production management and touring. She is producer for the annual Reading Fringe Festival, and is currently working on the premieres of Matilda the Empress by Reading Between the Lines, and Alby the Christmas Penguin by Reading Rep. She has worked with Tonic Theatre, MAYK, IJAD Dance, and The Very Perry Show.

 

Lee Lyford - Director

Lee is a director. He is an associate of the Egg, Theatre Royal Bath and Joint Artistic Director of Gallivant. Lee has directed The Snow Queen, Bristol Old Vic, The Owl Who was Afraid of the Dark, Unicorn Theatre and Haya Cultural Centre Jordan, Polar Bears Go Up, Unicorn Theatre, The Ladykillers, Watermill Theatre, The Falcon & Malteser, The Pleasance/The Egg, Tuxedo Junction, Watermill Theatre, Moominland Midwinter, Waterside Arts Centre, Britain & Recruiting Sergeant, Unicorn Theatre, The Fourth Wise Man, Unicorn Theatre, Muscle, Bristol Old Vic and Hull Truck, Bluebeard, Bristol Old Vic and Soho Theatre, The Window, Bristol Old Vic, Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, Watermill Theatre, and The Elephant Man, Salisbury Playhouse. His movement direction includes The Witch of Edmonton, Southwark Playhouse, Fen and Far Away, Sheffield Crucible, When Harry Met Sally, National Tour, A Little History of the World, Watermill Theatre, and Mother Savage, Travelling Light. His choreography includes We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, Bristol Old Vic and Travelling Light, The Ugly Duckling, Tobacco Factory and Travelling Light.

 

Tom Unwin - Musical Director

Tom is a pianist, performer, arranger and composer. He has performed and arranged music for the Glastonbury and Edinburgh Festivals, theatre productions, big bands, singers, and small groups. He has recorded extensively, writing and recording soundtracks for film and TV, including scores for documentaries on RTE Television in Ireland. He has worked as an MD and arranger for many singers, including Helen Sheppard. Tom has worked and performed with David Tennant and Martin Freeman at Northcott Theatre, Exeter, jazz composers Django Bates and Scott Stroman, and the legendary Pee Wee Ellis, James Brown’s bandleader. Tom is currently writing a musical set in inner city London.