Current & recent credits include: 'The Worst Witch' (Royal & Derngate / Kenny Wax Family Entertainment); 'The Jungle Book' (Royal & Derngate / Fiery Angel / Children's Touring Partnership); 'Around the World in 80 days' (Kenny Wax UK tour 2017-2018); 'Harvest' (New Perspectives Theatre) and 'The Ladykillers' (New Wolsey Theatre / Salisbury Playhouse).
Past credits include: 'The Cup' (Hartswood Films for BBC2); 'The Sarah Jane Adventures' (BBC); 50+ episodes of 'The Bill' (Talkback Thames); 32 episodes of 'London's Burning' and 4 x 90 epsidoes of 'The Knock' (both LWT); 'Coming Up' (Touchpaper Television for Channel 4).
Past credits include: 'First Time Loser', 'Papadopoulos & Sons', 'West is West', 'Mrs Ratcliffe's Revolution'.
Anji Carroll is a member of BAFTA and part of the Casting Directors' Guild of Great Britain and Ireland.
Judith Greenwood is an Associate Director of Cheek by Jowl Theatre Company. Since 1990, she has toured the world with them and designed the lighting on all but one of their productions. Other work includes Le Cid (Avignon Festival), Boris Godunov, Twelfth Night and Three Sisters (Russian Theatre Confederation), Falstaff (Salzburg Festival), Homebody/Kabul (Cheek by Jowl and Young Vic), King Lear (RSC Academy), As You Like It, Great Expectations, Henry VIII (RSC Stratford), Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet (Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow), The Tempest (Tron Theatre, Glasgow), St Joan (AandBC) and Andromaque (Bouffes du Nord).
She also works with Lebanese theatre companies in Beirut, and has contributed to several books on African theatre.
Judith is currently the lighting designer for 'The Revenger's Tragedy' directed by Declan Donnellan which will run from 9 Oct - 16 Nov at the Piccolo Teatro, Milan.
Adrian Rees studied theatre design at the Wimbledon School of Art and has since designed more than 160 international productions.
He has worked extensively in repertory theatres around the British Isles, including Plymouth Theatre Royal, the Churchill Theatre, Bromley, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leicester Haymarket, the Coventry Belgrade Theatre, York Theatre Royal, Northern Broadsides, Pitlochry Festival Theatre and also the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
His many touring productions include High Society, Fame, In The Midnight Hour, Return To The Forbidden Planet, Bare Necessities, The Fifteen Streets, Buddy and Singular Women.
In the West End, Adrian has designed costumes for Leonardo the Musical - a Portrait of Love at the Strand and for The Return To The Forbidden Planet at the Cambridge and set and costumes for The Fifteen Streets at the Playhouse, 125th Street at the Shaftesbury, Jailhouse Rock at the Piccadilly, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story at the Duchess Theatre.
Most recently he designed the set and costumes for the current US tour of Buddy for Buddy Worldwide Ltd, and for High Society for Pitlochry Festival Theatre.
Pieter Lawman has directed theatre and radio in London and around the UK. He is the Resident Education Practitioner at Shakespeare’s Globe and directing performance for the Globe stage with Rutgers University students.
Richard Neale has directed and assisted on productions for Guildford Shakespeare Company with whom he recently directed 'Robin Hood' (14-30 June 2018), Richard is a core tutor for Open Door and has taught and directed at several drama schools including GSA, Drama Centre and Arts Ed. He is an associate board member of Actors from the London Stage.
Travis Preston directs theatre and opera throughout the world. Travis is the Artistic Director of the Center for New Performance at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts).
Recent credits include: 'Buried Child' (Hong Kong Repertory Theatre).
His theatre work in the USA includes the world premieres of 'Democracy in America' and 'Terra Nova' at the Yale Repertory Theater and the American premieres of Koltes’ 'Roberto Zucco' and Buero Vallejo’s 'Sleep of Reason'. UK Theatre includes 'The Master Builder' at the Almeida with Stephen Dillane and Gemma Arterton.
Barrie Rutter OBE
Barrie Rutter was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2015 New Year Honours for services to drama.
He founded Northern Broadsides in 1992 and was the company's artistic director for 25 years until the end of 2017.
Barrie Rutter recently directed and starred in the critically-acclaimed 'Jack Lear' which performed at Hull Truck Theatre and the Northern Stage from 17 Jan - 16 Feb 2019. His other directing credits include: 'The Two Noble Kinsmen' & 'The Captive Queen' at Shakespeare’s Globe and 'Richard III' & 'For Love or Money' (both for Northern Broadsides).
Musical Director & Composer
Tarek Merchant holds a Starred First Class Degree in Music from the University of York and a further First Class Degree in Actor-Musicianship from Rose Bruford College. Tarek is also an Associate Artist of the Watermill Theatre.
Musical DIRECTION (ON STAGE / PERFORMANCE)
Current & upcoming credits: 'Sweeney Todd' (Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse); ‘Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear - the Musical’ (National Theatre).
Recent credits include: 'Don Quixote' (West End for Royal Shakespeare Company / Nimax Theatres); 'Can't Wait for Christmas!' (Orange Tree Theatre); 'Pericles' (National Theatre); 'Miss Littlewood' & 'The Fantastic Follies of Mrs Rich' (RSC); 'Our Town' & 'Twelfth Night' (both Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester); 'Extra Yarn' (Orange Tree Theatre); 'The Grinning Man' (Bristol Old Vic); 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' (RSC).
Upcoming credits: 'The Prince and the Pauper' (Watermill Theatre, Christmas 2019).
Past credits include: 'Can't Wait for Christmas!' (Orange Tree Theatre); 'Arabian Nights' (Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh); 'The Borrowers' & 'Sleeping Beauty' (also Musical Director & both for the Watermill Theatre).
Film and television
Francis Wright has worked on a number of films and television programmes, beginning with ITV Entertainment's The Munch Bunch. He then became one of the two leading characters in a long-running series for BBC Schools called You and Me. His character’s name was Dibs. He played that role for eleven years, until the series ended in 1992.
During that time, Francis worked on his first feature film, Dragonslayer. His other credits include: the satirical puppet show Spitting Image; the Psammead in Five Children and It and The Return of the Psammead; the Phoenix in The Phoenix & The Carpet; Labyrinth; and the March Hare in the Hallmark Entertainment version of Alice in Wonderland.
He was featured as the Head in ITV's Art Attack and Art Attack International, played a bat in Grotbags, and also co-wrote (with director Peter Eyre) and performed in 3 series of the children's comedy Bug Alert for Channel 4 and ITV. He inherited the role of Sweep in series 50 and 51 of the classic ITV children’s show Sooty.
Other series include Mortimer and Arabel (the first drama series performed entirely with puppets, created by author Joan Aiken), Jay's World, Gophers!, The Spooks of Bottle Bay and many others.
Wright also teaches presentation and communication skills. He took part in the reality shows American Princess and Australian Princess, featuring as an elocution teacher, and also featured on The Generation Game and taught Paul O'Grady to "speak proper". Recent projects include voice-over work for advertising, and narrating two 10-part series: B & B the Best (for BBC TV) and Kitchen Showdown with Rosemary Shrager (for ITV). He also played Thomas Becket in the 75th anniversary production of Murder in the Cathedral by T.S. Eliot.