The Scouse Jack & The Beanstalk Show Programme

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TWO OF US The Lennon & McCartney Songbook BY STARRING DIRECTED BY

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Welcome To

Welcome to our Christmas show – The Scouse Jack & The Beanstalk! It’s Christmastime (or if you are here early in the run, late autumn) and there’s no need to be afraid. The city is alive again with light and laughter as everybody gets ready for the most wonderful time of the year. The Royal Court Christmas show has become a landmark event in the festive season, with families and friends travelling from all over the North West to see what we will make fun of this year. That’s a lot of pressure so we have made sure that our jokes are 10% funnier (in line with inflation) and you will get more music for your pound than you did before the economy collapsed.

Every show that we produce has one real aim. To entertain the audience. We know that every time that you put the news on, something else has gone wrong. Life is full of worries so our job is to make you forget all about them for a couple of hours at least. So sit back, take another sip of your drink and let yourself be washed away by silly jokes, belting songs and festive joy. This is the Royal Court Christmas show and you deserve it. Thank you all for coming, take care of yourselves, have a great Christmas and let’s hope that 2023 brings us all a brighter future.

To make this happen, it takes a special team of people. Our cast are the first people to thank. Jake, Michael, Lindzi, Drew, Hayley, Keddy and Liam. Not forgetting our two Emmas as well. Our marvellous band keep the night rocking around our Christmas trees so huge thanks to Ben, Mike and Greg and of course to our MD Howard Gray for pulling it all together.

Kevin Fearon Executive Producer Liverpool’s Royal Court

The director, Stephen Fletcher, has turned the chaos of rehearsals into organised chaos. His strong hand and overall vision has made the show what it is. The set is stunning so thanks to Olivia, it is superbly lit so thanks to Ian and the whole show sounds amazing and that is down to Kate Harvey. A new addition to the creative team is Natasha Gooden, our choreographer. Her boundless energy and laser-like focus has given the show more zip than Santa’s favourite jeans.

Liverpool’s Royal Court presents

The Scouse Jack & The Beanstalk by Kevin Fearon Director Stephen Fletcher • Musical Director Howard Gray • Designer Olivia du Monceau • Lighting Designer Ian Scott Sound Designer Kate Harvey • Video Designer Jamie Jenkin • Wardrobe Supervisor Marie Jones • Movement Director Natasha Gooden

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Royal Court Christmas Facts

Improve your Christmas knowledge with our 100% TRUE facts about the festive season! 1. Christmas wasn’t always on December 25. While Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ, the actual date of the big event is lost to history. In 1924 it was moved to its current date by John Lewis to fit in with the Boxing Day sales.

2. When Prince Albert of Germany got a new tree for his wife, Queen Victoria of England, the tradition of the Christmas tree really took off. Prince Albert also drove a massive metal spike through his trunk.

3. The Dutch gave us the idea to leave cookies and milk. Don’t bake Dutch special cookies though or you will sleep through the whole day.

4. Santa Claus invented Coca-Cola. 5. Jingle Bells was the first song played in space. Nobody joined in because there was no atmosphere.

6. Christmas decorating sends nearly 15,000 people to A&E. Injuries include tinselitis, a broken fe-myrrh and several incidents of elf-harm.

7. Ham is more popular than turkey in the USA at Christmas. Even more popular


is eating the kids selections boxes and drinking loads of wine.

8. Norway provides the tree in Trafalgar Square. Due to Brexit delays, the 2022 tree will arrive in 2028.

9. It’s a tradition in Sweden to watch Donald Duck cartoons on Christmas Eve. Some people think this makes the Swedes Christmas quackers.

10. If you gave all the gifts listed in the Twelve Days of Christmas, it would equal 364 presents. It would also be a real pain the arse to clean up after.

11. Rudolph’s nose redness is hypothesized as a parasitic respiratory infection. No wonder he wasn’t allowed to join in any reindeer games.

12. The Statue of Liberty is the largest Christmas gift ever given. It was a bugger to wrap.

13. There are nearly 750 different versions of Silent Night. Ed Sheeran’s is the worst.

14. Mariah Carey wrote “All I Want for Christmas Is You” in 15 minutes which means she was earning £300m an hour at the time.

15. Decorating Disney World involves 8.5 million lights. That’s almost as many as are used in one street in Tuebrook.


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Talent Development

Liverpool’s Royal Court continues on its journey to work towards talent development across the city

Maurice Bessman

Music Access All Areas

Boisterous Stage Write

There is no doubt Liverpool is renowned for its wealth of talent but we, along with the rest of our city’s theatre organisations and institutions, recognise we need to do more to ensure we are accessible, engaging and aspirational if we are to be truly representative and inclusive of the communities we serve. It is a long-term continuing process and funding is key as is working together with the theatres across the region. Over the past three years we have laid down the foundations, initiating our plans for meaningful and real change. This includes the theatre’s programming, engagement, accessibility and relationships with artistes, communities, creatives, individuals, institutions, organisations, Schools/FE. We are working towards ensuring our talent development programmes are applicable, realistic and robust. Listening and engaging in the first instance to a wide cross section of creatives and communities – recognising and taking ownership of our failure to be fully inclusive and to take a proactive approach to ensure there is inclusivity and diversity across the sector A brief look at a few of our talent development projects so far:

Community Music AAA (Access All Areas) is a partnership project together with three grassroots organisations: Positive Impact, Capoeira For All, and Catalyst performing arts supported by funding from Youth Music. Children and young people aged 6 – 25 can access free musical instruments, musical theatre, hip hop, dance, singing, drama and performance

Raw Talent Young people from our youth theatre continue to have access to auditions and employment opportunities – during the past 3 years, 6 young people have been cast in Terriers, written by Maurice Bessman touring to schools and venues across the country. More recently working with Fury films, 120 young people aged 15 – 25 from across the city took part in audition workshops for the film of Terriers at Fire Fit in South Liverpool, MYA’s Space in Bootle and The Vibe in Huyton. 8 young people will be working with the Director to support the script development.

Mentoring This is a pilot programme supported by PH Holt Trust and Curious Minds – eight mentors from the creative industries have been paired with mentees – providing support, guidance and shadowing opportunities in acting, marketing, production, directing, writing, set design, and music skills. This talent development initiative will support eight young black, asian and minority artistes and creatives develop their skills as they progress through the industry.

Programming Our Boisterous Theatre strand of programming brought us a main house production of Bouncers, in August and September introducing four new actors to the main house stage – and new audiences to the theatre. The Alternative Black Cabaret Showcase – now a regular bi-monthly show presenting some of the best black comedians and singers on the circuit and with a platform to showcase emerging and existing local talent. Co-production with Red Ladder in September/October, with a cast of professional actors and 20 members of our community choir. Stagewrite – our new writing classes/workshops to encourage and support new writers to develop their work to full production. We continue on our journey with a number of other talent development initiatives in progress as a matter of priority to ensure we remain accessible, adaptable and continually listen and learn. It will take time and investment and with your continuing support for all we do. We will make a difference.


Rehearsal Photos

Photographs by LIverpool’s Royal Court


Cast Ensemble/Swing Daisy The Cow Jack Jones Mrs Jones Commissioner Jill Fairy Mayor

Emma Grace Arends Jake Abraham Michael Fletcher Lindzi Germain Andrew Schofield Hayley Sheen Keddy Sutton Liam Tobin

Band Vocals Bass Guitar Keys Drums Guitar

Emma Bispham Howard Gray Ben Gladwin Greg Joy Mike Woodvine

Company Writer Director Musical Director Designer Lighting Designer Sound Designer Video Designer Choreographer Wardrobe Supervisor

Kevin Fearon Stephen Fletcher Howard Gray Olivia Du Monceau Ian Scott Kate Harvey Jamie Jenkin Natasha Gooden Marie Jones

Painters Head Painter Jennifer Baron Painters Christopher McCourt Abbie Jones Emma Sharpe Rhiannon Hodgson

Head of Technical & Production Stage Manager Deputy Stage Manager Assistant Stage Manager Workshop Manager Chief LX LX & AV Operator Sound Operator Sound No. 2 Crew

Sean Gannon Andrew Lock Steph Carter Lauryn Jamieson Mick Bawden Jamie Haining Helena Harvey Jonathan Tringham Liam McGrath Scott Sheerins Lee McNeilis Jake Pendleton

Set by Sightlines Carpenters Johnathan Defty Michael Gray

Mick Gunnigle Derek Colley

Thanks Barry and all at Colourcreate


Cast Biographies

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Emma Grace Arends Ensemble / Swing Emma Grace is thrilled to be returning to Liverpools Royal Court for a second year. Getting to spend Christmas Holidays with family whilst being on stage is every actors dream!

Theatre: Macca & Beth (Liverpool’s Royal Court); TABOO 20th Anniversary Concert (The London Palladium) The Scouse Sleeping Beauty (Liverpool Royal Court) The Scouse Snow White (Liverpool Royal Court) Paint Your Wagon, Othello and The Big I Am (Everyman Theatre Repertory Company 2018) Blood Brothers (Phoenix Theatre, West End) Taboo (The Venue, West End & National tour) Spend Spend Spend (The English Theatre, Frankfurt) Bad Girls –The Musical (West Yorkshire Playhouse) 16 Gobs (Kingshead Theatre, London) Notes Across a Small

Emma Grace recently finished a run of ‘Home, I’m Darling’ by Laura

Pond (Bridewell Theatre, London) Closer Than Ever (Everyman Theatre,

Wade at Frinton Summer Theatre, playing Fran.

Liverpool).

Theatre credits include - Much Ado About Nothing / Romeo & Juliet

Emma also gigs regularly as a soloist or with Sense Of Sound Singers

(Folksy Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (We Are Butterfly);

and has supported and worked with music legends such as Nile Rogers

Troll (Pleasance); Peppa Pig’s Surprise (Sydney Opera House &

and Paul McCartney. Also appearing in the popular Cream Classical

Australian Tour); Twopence to Cross the Mersey (Liverpool Empire);

concerts at the Anglican Cathedral.

Florence Nightingale (Peter Addis); Peppa Pig’s Big Splash (Fiery

Emma is made up to be back working in the BEST theatre in town for

Light); Peppa Pig’s Surprise (No.1 UK & Ireland Tour); Sleeping

Christmas!

Beauty (M&S Arena); Beauty & The Beast (Dorking Halls); Her Benny (Liverpool Empire).

She would like to wish all her family and friends a fabulous festive season and thank them for their constant love and support.

TV / Film Credits - Peppa Pig; My First Cinema Experience - Daisy (Sky / E1); Emmerdale (ITV); Cilla (ITV); A Night with Kylie Minogue (BBC); Ratted Out (Feature); Across The Pond (Pilot); Galbani (Advert & Radio); Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom / Peppa Pig’s Big Splash

Jake Abraham

(Original Cast Recording).

Daisy The Cow

Tricyle (short) to be released 2023 - an original story by Paul Ritchie Tomkinson.

So pleased to be back at the Royal Court.

Emma Grace would like to thank & dedicate her performance to

Theatre includes:

everyone at The Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital and Charity .

Brown Bitter Wet Nellies and Scouse (Liverpool Everyman); On The

Thank you to the wonderfully loyal Royal Court Audience , you are so

Ledge by Alan Bleasdale and Guiding Star by Jonathan Harvey (Royal

special , have a sparkly festive season and we’ll see you in the Courtyard

National Theatre and Liverpool Everyman tour); The Pinocchio Boys by

after the show ! X

Jim Morrison (Young Vic); Grand Old Lady (North West Tour); Council Depot Blues. Lost Soul 1 and 2 by Dave Kirby. A Fistful Of Collars, Scouse of the Pacific, Merry Ding Dong by Fred Lawless, A Miracle On Great Homer Street and Yellow Brick Road by Gerry Linford and

Emma Bispham

Selection Box (Liverpool’s Royal Court).

Vocals

Films include: Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels by Guy Ritchie, Mean

Emma continues to enjoy a full and varied career. Below are some of her

Machine by Matthew Vaughn, London Boulevard, 51st State,

most treasured credits to date;

Blonde Fist, Spike Island and The Parole Officer.

Television; Doctors, Tin Star, Clink, The League of Gentlemen, Paranoid,

Television includes:

Prey 2, The Mill, Good Cop, Emmerdale, Coronation Street, The

Sharpe’s Gold, The Governor, Brittas Empire, Justice, GBH,

Driver, Shameless, Heartbeat, The Royal, Drop Dead Gorgeous, Strictly

Liverpool One, Red Dwarf, Help, The Bill, Holby City, Moving On,

Confidential and The Bill.

The Responder.

Film; Kelly & Victor (Bafta Winner) Dog Run, Bride Not To Be and Half


Pharoah ‘Cross The Mersey, Scouse Nativity, Mam I’m ‘Ere, Sex In Suburbia (tour), YNWA (Royal Court and tour), A Fistful of Collars,

Michael Fletcher Jack Jones

Little Scouse on the Prairie, Her Benny, The King & I, King Lear, Our Bessie, Reds & Blues, Scouse Cinderella, Lost Soul 2 and Achy Breaky Bride. Peter Pan, Cinderella, Snow White, Robin Hood and Babes In The Wood.

So happy to be back with you all for Christmas, this one is for Jake and Max.

TV and film credits include: Tin Star with Tim Roth. Bella in Clink (5Star), The Way We Are

Michael trained at The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts.

(Feature film), Lynda La Plante’s Above Suspicion (ITV), Les’ Liverpool

After graduating he became a top 20 finalist for the ITV1 Search For A

(BBC), Bodies II (ITV), Common As Muck (ITV), Emmerdale (Yorkshire

Superstar with Andrew Lloyd Webber.

TV), Prime Suspect (ITV), Dave Kirby’s 15 Minutes That Shook The

His theatre credits include: Scouse in Scouse Sleeping Beauty, Mikey in Royal Court Selection

World, Gwladys in Reds & Blues: The Ballad of Dixie & Kenny, Adam (Short film) and Shooting Fish (short). Anthony.

Box, Ringmaster and Singer in The Feast (Gifford’s Circus); Will in Pete

Writing credits include:

Price Is Dead (Royal Court Theatre Liverpool); The Huntsman in The

The Royal, Mother’s Pride, Lindzi Germain Merseymouth stand up

Scouse Snow White (Royal Court Theatre Liverpool); Lead Vocalist

show, Women With Balls. Also penned a new musical for 2024.

and Ring Master in Xanadu and The Feast (Giffords Circus UK tour);

Voiceover work includes:

Buttons in The Scouse Cinderella, Joseph in The Scouse Nativity

Lindzi is the voice of Atomic Olga in the computer game Evil Geniuses

(Royal Court Theatre Liverpool); Man 1 in Revolt. She Said. Revolt

2 and has her own vlog page Mersey Mouth.

Again (YEP Everyman Theatre); Jonny Hamlet In Roll Over Beethoven (Belgrade Theatre); Boris in Scouse of the Rising Sun (Royal Court Theatre Liverpool); Si in Mam! I’m ‘Ere (Life in Theatre Productions-

Throughout lockdown Lindzi kept herself busy performing live on Facebook with Wake And Shake and Storytime Live.

Royal Court Theatre Liverpool); Ensemble in Something Wonderful

Last year Lindzi also set up a private wall on Facebook called Peri/Meno

- A Celebration of Rogers and Hammerstein (Hope Mill Theatre);

Queens 👑 it’s a place for women to learn, educate, laugh and cry to love

Boris in Pharaoh Cross The Mersey (Royal Court Theatre Liverpool);

and to support each other while going threw what can be the most

Joseph in One Night In Istanbul Theatre and Arena Tour (Alterean

horrendous time of there lives The Menopause. To date she has over

Media Ltd); Boris/ Kawolski in Scouse of the Antarctic (Royal Court

6.8k members!

Theatre Liverpool); Paul McCartney- Yellow Submarine Tour (Italy Tour - Erasmus Theatre); Eddie in The Sunshine Boys (Life In Theatre Productions) Beast in Beauty and the Beast (Stafford Gatehouse Theatre); Pete in Departure Lounge (The Unity Theatre and Edinburgh

Lindzi and her husband Darren are the founders of CNC Nutrition building a happier, healthier community., Form more information check out their Insta @LindziGermain and Facebook CNCNutrition.

Fringe Festival); Man 1 (Songs For a New World- The Unity Theatre). Theatre credits whilst training include: Molina (Kiss of The Spiderwoman); Henry Etches (Titanic the Musical); Saturninus (Titus Andronicus); Roger (The Danny Crowe Show); Various (A Clockwork Orange); Billy Bigalow (Carousel);

Andrew Schofield Commissioner

Action (West Side Story); Nanki Poo (Hot Mikado); Mordy (Three Sisters on Hope Street); Gertie (Fuddy Meers)

Andrew has appeared in Blood Brothers in 1983 at the Liverpool Playhouse and in the subsequent transfer to the Lyric Theatre in London’s West End. He also appeared as George in Of Mice and Men at the Old Vic, London in 2005.

Lindzi Germain Mrs Jones Lindzi is one of our city’s well known character actors and is one of the Royal Court’s regulars - so much so she doesn’t even take her stuff home any more!

Theatre credits include: Brick Up The Mersey Tunnels as Dickie Lewis; Smigger in Lost Soul in 2007 and 2008; Brian in Good Golly Miss Molly; Moey in the Alan Bleasdale comedy On The Ledge; Paul Sheldon in Misery; the Traveller in Eight Miles High; Danny in Council Depot Blues; Joe in Night Collar; JJ in The Flags and Mr Briggs in Our Day Out - The Musical. He performed all of these roles at the Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool. Since then he has appeared in A Life In

Theatre credits include:

The Theatre, The Sunshine Boys and Mam I’m ‘Ere (Life in Theatre

Ellen & Rigby Royal Court Selection Box, Night Collar, Council

Productions); Dreaming of a Barry White Christmas (Echo Arena)

Depot Blues, Lost Soul, Down Our Street, The Royal, A

Royal Court Selection Box,Ellen & Rigby and Making It (with Cath

Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twopence To Cross The Mersey,

Rice) (Liverpool’s Royal Court).

Alehouse, The Entertainer, Bon Voyage, Beserker Boys, Virgin Express, Desperate Scousewives, Merry Ding Dong, Scouse Pacific, Scouse of the Antarctic, Scouse of the Rising Sun,

Film credits include: Sid and Nancy, Distant Voices, Still Lives, Three Businessmen, Hamlet, Revengers Tragedy, Under The Mud.


TV credits include: Scully in Alan Bleasdale’s Scully. He has also

(Southbank London); Peppa Pig (West End and No 1 Tour); ; Cruel

appeared in three more Bleasdale series, as Peter Grenville in GBH

Sea (Liverpool Everyman); The Games, Hoof, Beasts And Beauties

in 1991, Jake’s Progress in 1995 and in Melissa in 1997. Other TV

(Spike Theatre); Dormouse in Alice In Wonderland (Hope Street); Ken

credits include Maisie Raine; Sharpe; Murphy’s Law; Boys from the

Campbell’s Improvisational School Of Night (The Globe, Drill Hall,

Blackstuff; Liverpool Nativity for BBC Three; Fifteen Minutes That

Edinburgh Fringe, Jeremy Beadles Library and The Royal Court, London);

Shook The World; Cilla; Moving On; Loco; Tin Star, Help.

Beyond Our Ken (National Theatre); In Pursuit Of Cardeenio (Edinburgh Fringe); 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea (Nuffield Theatre, Southampton); Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs and Dick Whittington (Buxton Opera House); Beauty And The Beast (Theatre

Hayley Sheen Jill Hello to the wonderful Royal Court audience. It is a joy to be able to get back on this stage this year in my 7th Christmas show at this amazing

Royal, Wakefield); Robinson Crusoe (Theatre Royal, Winchester); Singa-Longa-Eurovision (AJN Productions). Television: Good Cop and Nice Guy Eddie (BBC); Fated (Ace Films); Keddy appeared in her own driving documentary - Mirror, Signal, Manoeuvre; Pot Noodle Advert. Radio/Audio: Brian Jacques’ Redwall; Narrator of the April Ashley

theatre. Theatre credits include: Snowdrop in The Scouse Sleeping Beauty; Hayley in Royal Court Selection Box; Snow White in The Scouse Snow White; Sally in Mam I’m ‘Ere; Cinderella in The Scouse

Project (Liverpool Museum); Narrator (Chester College); Narrator (BBC Learning); The Witching Hour and 1,000 Feet Deep (Periplum), Culture Knowsley and Patterdale (BBC Radio 4).

Cinderella; Eve in Adam & Eve and Steve; Mary in The Scouse

Keddy is a member of the vocal group Handbag of Harmonies.

Nativity; Blue Girl in Shout; Faryl in Golden Oldies; Daisy in Scouse

Writing: Tabbard The Musical and Caz ’N’ Britney Present Scottie

of the Rising Sun; Multi-Role in Shake It Up Baby.

Road The Musical (From Primark to Prison) and Mis Les (A Revolution

TV credits include: Hollyoaks (Channel 4 and Grease Is The Word

In Rollers).

(ITV). I hope you all have a fantastic time and don’t forget a Christmas tip for our front of house team who have worked harder than ever to make this one possible. This one is for my dear friend Emily. You’re ‘All I See’.

Liam Tobin Mayor Previous work at the Royal Court: ​The Scousetrap, Mam I’m ‘Ere, The Scouse Sleeping Beauty, Homebaked, Selection Box, Pete Price is

Keddy Sutton Fairy Keddy trained at Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama and with Ken Campbell’s Improvisational Company - The School of Night.

Dead, Lost in Colomendy, The Menlove Avenue Murder Mystery and ​Slappers & Slapheads. Other Theatre includes: ​Miracle On 34th Street (Liverpool Playhouse), ​ Sweeney Todd (Liverpool Everyman), ​Benny (Gilded Balloon Edinburgh Fringe), ​Paint Your Wagon, A Clockwork Orange, The Big I Am, Fiddler on the Roof, Conquest of the South Pole, The Sum,

Theatre:

Romeo & Juliet (Liverpool Everyman Rep Company), ​The Hobbit​

All The Joy You Can Wish (Shakespeare North and SlungLow);

(Dukes Lancaster), ​Hamlet (Clwyd Theatr Cymru), ​Clybourne Park,

That Sketch Show (The Edge Theatre); Royal Court Selection Box

When the Rain Stops Falling (Unity Liverpool/Said & Done), ​A

(Liverpool’s Royal Court); Pop Up Party (Paperwork Theatre); Mr

View From The Bridge (Liverpool Playhouse), ​One Flew Over the

Gum RND (National Theatre); Shirley Valentine (Theatre Royal, Bury

Cuckoo’s Nest​, ​Brief Encounter​ , ​Dead Funny (Torch Theatre), A ​

St. Edmunds); Keddy was a member of the Liverpool Everyman Rep

Midsummer Night’s Dream &​She Stoops To Conquer (Torch

Company in 2017 and 2018 in Paint Your Wagon, The Big I Am A

Theatre/Mappa Mundi), Cider With Rosie & The Merchant of Venice​

Clockwork Orange and Fiddler On The Roof. The Sum, Conquest

(Theatre Royal Bury St. Edmonds), ​Gods Official (West Yorkshire

Of The South Pole and Romeo And Juliet (Liverpool Everyman);

Playhouse and, a European tour of ​Pygmalion (American Drama Group).

Scouse Sleeping Beauty, Pete Price Is Dead, Scouse Snow White, Scouse Cinderella, Scouse Nativity, Scouse Of The Rising Sun, Father O’Flaherty Saves Our Souls, Stags And Hens (Directed by Willy Russell and Bob Eaton For Capital Of Culture), and Slappers And Slapheads (Liverpool Royal Court); Terry Titter’s Summer Special (Liverpool Royal Court Studio); Princess And The Pea (Unity Theatre, Liverpool); Mam I’m Ere (Life In Theatre Productions); Dreaming Of A Barry White Xmas (Liverpool Echo Arena); The Queen’s Knickers

Screen work includes ​Then & Now, Hollyoaks,​ ​Emmerdale, Coronation Street, The Royal, Heartbeat, The Cops, Seeing Red, The Second Coming​and the feature film Al’s Lads​.


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Company Biographies

Stephen Fletcher Director Stephen trained at LIPA. As well as his work as an actor, he is also producer of Life In Theatre Productions in Liverpool, is the writer and director of Mam! I’m ’Ere! was a recent Artistic Advisor to The Liverpool Everyman/Playhouse.

He is developing a new musical with Liverpool band, Space, and has cowritten an original football musical ForEverton. He recently directed NHS: The Musical for Plymouth Theatre Royal. He is looking forward to directing A Thong For Europe at the Royal Court in May. Follow Stephen on Twitter @SteFletcher1

Onstage Theatre credits include:

Howard Gray

A Life in the Theatre, The Sunshine Boys, The Last 5 Years, Mam!

Musical Director

I’m ’Ere! (Life In Theatre Productions); A Streetcar Named Desire, Willy Russell’s Breezeblock Park (Liverpool Playhouse); Eric’s and Dead Heavy Fantastic (Liverpool Everyman); The Scouse Cinderella, The Scouse Nativity, Lennon, Our Day Out, Scouse Pacific, Little Scouse On The Prairie, Stags and Hens 30th Anniversary Remix, Noises Off!, Special Measures, and Canoeing For Beginners (Royal Court, Liverpool); 57 Hours in The House of Culture (The National Theatre Studio); Up on the Roof (Oldham Coliseum / The New Wolsey); Hamlet, Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Liverpool Shakespeare Festival); Cinderella (Liverpool Empire); Mary Stuart (The Donmar and West End); The Safari Party (The New Vic); Comfort (Old Vic); 7 Stories (Etcetera); 100% Bullet Proof (Soho Theatre); John Godber’s Teechers (Dubai); Betwixt: The Musical (The King’s Head); Top of the Heap / Cassanova Returns (Cardiff Global Search For A New Musical

For the Royal Court, Howard has been the Musical Director for Homebaked,Lennon, Our Day Out, You’ll Never Walk Alone, Eight Miles High, Sons Of The Desert, Council Depot Blues, Reds And Blues, Brick Up The Mersey Tunnels, The Scouse Nativity, Maggie May, The Scouse Cinderella and Scouse Pacific amongst many others. He has also directed two Royal Court Christmas shows Pharaoh ’Cross The Mersey and Scouse Of The Antarctic and subsequently tours of One Night In Istanbul and Celtic The Musical. He has been associate artist at the Octagon Theatre in Bolton and was musical director for Blonde Bombshells Of 1943, a co-production with Hampstead Theatre, which won the Manchester Evening News Best Production for 2006. The show has subsequently toured nationally and internationally.

Festival); The Wild Party (Edinburgh Fringe); She Loves Me (LIPA) and

Other work at the Octagon includes: Looking For Buddy, Little

Falsettoland (NSTC/Edinburgh Festival).

Voice, Once Upon A Time In Wigan, Oh What A Lovely War, The

TV Credits include: Emmerdale, The Liverpool Nativity, BRITZ, All About Me,

Song Of Singapore, Danny, Champion Of The World, and I Just Stopped By To See The Man.

Kerching, Ricky’s Joke Shop, Heartbeat, Hollyoaks and Coronation

At the Coliseum Theatre in Oldham: Bread And Roses, The

Street.

Ladykillers, Our Gracie, Close The Coalhouse Door, Martha, Josie

Stephen is also a regular voice for BBC Radio 4, various awards events including BAFTA, and is a member of the Old Vic New Voices Company. His directing work includes: Pete Price is Dead, The Royal Court Selection Box, The Pop-Up Panto, Mamet’s A Life In The Theatre, Neil Simon’s The Sunshine Boys, and Jason Robert Brown’s Broadway musical, The Last 5 Years-

And The Chinese Elvis, Dick Barton Special Agent, Union Street, Women On The Verge Of HRT, Private Lives, Feed, The Road To Nab End, Sweet Charity, and Brassed Off. Also a hatful of rock’n’roll muiscals and pantomimes. At the New Vic in Stoke: A Taste Of Honey, The Admirable Crichton, and Spring And Port Wine amongst many others.

all winning culture and theatre awards- as well as a new cabaret show,

Other work includes any number of pantos at the Liverpool Everyman

Fabaret.

and Harrogate Theatre.

His sell-out, one-woman show (co-written by actor and writer, Cath Rice),

Howard has worked on two of Dave Kirby’s films, Fifteen Minutes

Our Bev’s Christmas Cracker, won the Echo’s theatre award, and he

That Shook The World and Reds And Blues.

wrote, produced and directed the disco musical, Mam I’m ’Ere!, under

Plus productions at Opera North, the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Royal

his own production company, Life in Theatre Productions.

Exchange, Theatre Clywd, Coventry Belgrade, Worcester Swan, York

During lockdown Stephen co-wrote the web series This is Our Bev,

Theatre Royal, Lancaster Dukes, Live Theatre Newcastle and Stephen

and crowdfunded the money for a Pop-Up Panto schools’ tour which

Joseph Scarborough.

employed local freelancers and entertained hundreds of children in the region.

Howard is the creative director of Alterean Media.


Olivia Du Monceau Designer Olivia du Monceau is a North West based Set and Costume designer. Alongside theatre she has created designs for exhibitions, events and art installations. Recent theatre collaborations include New Vic Theatre, HOME Mcr, Nottingham Playhouse, Southwark Playhouse, and Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse, Liverpool Culture Company. This is her 8th design for the Liverpool Royal Court with previous shows including Father O’Flaherty, Lonesome West, A Miracle on Great Homer Street, Yellow Breck Road, My Fairfield Lady, Scouse Snow White and Royal Court Selection Box, Scouse Sleeping Beauty and Homebaked. Example of her work can be found at www. oliviadumonceau.com

Cruises : P&O World Cruises, Island Cruises, Celebrity. Arena : Hot Ice (Stageworks Worldwide Productions); You’ll Never Walk Alone (Alterean Media and Liverpool FC). Music: The Christians, Chesney Hawkes, Sinita, Slade, Bad Manners, Toyah, Limahl, Cream UK Tour, Petula Clarke, Bobby Crush, East 17, Liberty X, Jane McDonald, Coldplay. Comedy: Jason Mansford, Peter Kay, Roy Walker, Norman Wisdom, Jim Bowen, Brian Conley, Brendan O’Carroll, Paddy McGuiness. Live Theatre: Aladdin and Sleeping Beauty (King Georges Hall, Blackburn); Mystique (Stageworks); Original TV Comedians (Blackpool Opera House); Paul Zerdin (Paradise Room Blackpool); Flags (Manchester Exchange); Mam I’m ’Ere (Life in Theatre); Eight Miles High, Council Depot Blues, Bouncers, Night Collar, Our Day Out, Shirley Valentine, Reds and Blues, Lennon, Noises Off, Canoeing for Beginners, Lost Soul, Golden Oldies, The Royal, Scouse Nativity, Girls Don’t Play Guitars (Royal Court Liverpool); Twopence

Ian Scott Lighting Designer Trained at Mountview.

To Cross The Mersey and By The Waters of Liverpool (Pulse Records); Shout! (Max Emmerson Productions); Out of Order and It Runs In The Family (Ray Cooney Comedy Company); Bang Bang (A production for John Cleese at Mercury Theatre, Colchester); Omnibus (Unity Theatre); Judy & Liza National Tour (Produced by Royal Court

Productions for the Royal Court include:

Liverpool); A Midsummer Nights Dream (Filter Theatre Company/Lyric

Scouse Pacific, Maggie May, The Miracle of Great Homer Street,

Hammersmith); Grimm Tales (Dukes Theatre Lancaster).

The Royal, The Scouse Nativity, Lonesome West, Down The Dock Road and in co-production with Lodestar and the Liverpool Shakespeare Festival; Macbeth and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Jamie Jenkin

Other theatre credits include: Much Ado About Nothing (Sheffield

Video Designer

Crucible and Ramps On The Moon); ¡Carpa!, The Hooley and Xanadu (Giffords Circus); By The Waters of Liverpool (Pulse Records); Up ‘n’ Under and Frozen (fingersmiths); Reasons To Be Cheerful, Peeling and Blasted (Graeae); Duet for One (Birmingham Rep; Lee Dean & Daniel Schumann); A Skull in Connemara and All My Sons

Jamie is the in-house graphic and video designer at Liverpool’s Royal Court. Starting as marketing assistant at the theatre in 2005, he has designed artwork for over 100 shows.

(Nottingham Playhouse); Marco Polo and Messiah (Bergen National

Video Designs for Theatre include:

Opera); Fish Eye (Theatre Alibi); The Solid Life of Sugar Water

Willy Russell’s Our Day Out - The Musical, A Fistul Of Collars, Lennon,

(Graeae; Theatre Royal, Plymouth; National Theatre); Owen Wingrave

Ladies Day, Hitchhikers Guide to Fazakerley, Ladies Night, Canoeing

and Where The Wild Things Are (Aldeburgh Festival); Fawlty Towers

for Beginners, The Scouse Nativity, Father O’Flaherty Saves Our

Live (Roslyn Packer Theatre, Sydney); Flat Stanley (Polka; West

Souls, A Miracle On Great Homer Street, Home, Going Halves,

Yorkshire Playhouse); The Drummer Boy of Waterloo and The Happy

The Royal, The Scouse Cinderella, My Fairfield Lady, Royal Court

Prince (Jubilee Opera); The 39 Steps (Criterion Theatre); Our Friends

Selection Box, Macca & Beth, The Scouse Sleeping Beauty, The

Up North (Northern Stage); The Joke, The Summer House and The

Menlove Avenue Murder Mystery, The Scousetrap and Girls Don’t

Victorian in the Wall (Will Adamsdale; Fuel); My Name is… (Tamasha);

Play Guitars (Liverpool’s Royal Court); Masquerade, Knee Deep In

Oh! What a Lovely War and Frogs (National Theatre); Curlew River

Promises and Hey Bunny Get Loose (Liverpool’s Royal Court Studio);

(White Light Festival, New York; UCLA Berkeley; St. Giles, Barbican);

Cured (Liverpool’s Royal Court in association with DaDaFest & Unlimited);

Animal Farm (West Yorkshire Playhouse) and Observe The Sons Of

The Dream Team and VR Family (Liverpool’s Royal Court Youth Theatre);

Ulster Marching Towards The Somme (Abbey Theatre, Dublin).

Macbeth and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Liverpool Shakespeare

Kate Harvey Sound Designer

Festival); Scouse: A Comedy Of Terrors (Dome Liverpool); Judy & Liza (National Tour); YNWA (Alterean Productions, international tour); The Big I Am (Liverpool Everyman); Celtic The Musical (Alterean Productions, Pavilion Theatre Glasgow and SEC Glasgow); Something About George

A list of sound credits include:

(Something About Productions, Epstein Theatre Liverpool and Edinburgh Festival Fringe); The Salford Docker (Salford Community Theatre,

Corporate/Outdoor : Labour, Conservative, NUT, TUC and many more

Lighthouse Salford); Our Country’s Good (Hope St Theatre);

conferences. Various exhibitions. Symphony in the Park (Hoghton

and Peter Pan (Storyhouse Chester). Jamie has also designed sound for

Tower) Liverpool Theatre Festival (Bill Elms Productions).

Hey Bunny Get Loose and Offered Up (Liverpool’s Royal Court Studio)

TV: Stan James World Match Dartsplay (Sky Sports), Strictly

and Our Country’s Good (Hope St Theatre).

Ballroom (ITV), Danny La Rue (BBC), Spirit of Shankly (Granada DVD).


Natasha Gooden Movement Director A part of the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony as a professional dancer, X Factor with JLS & One Direction, Mish B ‘Home Run’ Music Video, Ministry Of Sound advert; The House The Garage Built (UK tour) as a dancer with Diversity, performed on Strictly Come Dancing, Got To Dance Sky1 finalists with girl crew Boadicea. West End/Theatre shows include: Some Like it Hip Hop (UK Tour - Zoonation Kate Prince Company); Into The Hoods Remixed (UK Tour - Zoonation Kate Prince Company); Varmints (Sadlers Wells Theatre); Message In A Bottle (European tour - Zoonation Kate Prince Company); BWG (Touring UK, New York, Germany & Taiwan - Boy Blue Entertainment Company, Kenrick H2o Sandy); Eve’s Story (Royal Court Theatre Liverpool); NeverLand (Tuckshopdancetheatre - Lauren Tucker).

Marie Jones Wardrobe Supervisor Marie studied fashion and then moved on to theatre costume interpretation at Mabel Fletcher College. Marie’s work as a freelance costumier has included costumes for Oldham Coliseum, The Royal Exchange, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Jimmy McGovern’s film Liam, Beyond Friendship for Mersey Television and the many pantomime dames who have appeared on the Everyman stage. She has worked extensively at the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse and has recently been employed as full time Wardrobe Supervisor at the Royal Court. Most recently Marie’s work at the Everyman and Playhouse has included: Much Ado About Nothing, The Electric Hills, The Flint Street Nativity, The Tempest, Unprotected, Billy Liar, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolfe, Urban Legend, Fly, Breezeblock Park, The Entertainer, Still Life And The Astonished Heart, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, The Anniversary, Dr Faustus, The May Queen, Cruel Sea and All My Sons. Marie’s other credits include: Brick Up The Mersey Tunnels, Lost Soul, Good Golly Miss Molly, Stags and Hens - The Remix, On The Ledge, Misery, Eight Miles High, Council Depot Blues, Night Collar, Dirty Dusting, Shirley Valentine, Our Day Out - The Musical, The Salon, Funny Money, Merry Ding Dong, A Fistul Of Collars, Lucky Numbers, Lennon, Scouse Pacific, You’ll Never Walk Alone, Little Scouse on the Prairie, Reds And Blues - The Musical, Ladies Day, Bouncers, Scouse Of The Antarctic, Pharaoh ‘Cross The Mersey and Down The Dock Road for Royal Court Liverpool, Brouhaha International Street Festival, Working Class Hero on the recent Imagine DVD, Costume Supervisor for many shows at LIPA, The Splash Project at MYPT and Twopence To Cross The Mersey at the Liverpool Empire.


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