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JACK LANE

Norman Wisdom & Writer

 

Jack started his theatrical career backstage and in film projection but soon found himself at home on stage. Over the last 15 years he has worked in a variety of roles in countless plays, musicals and pantomimes.

 

In 2010 Jack founded Engine Shed Theatre Company and went on to co-adapt three episodes and two Christmas specials of the classic BBC sitcom, Steptoe and Son which met with approval from the original writers Ray Galton and Alan Simpson. Jack took the role of Albert Steptoe whilst producing and designing the productions. In 2015 Jack premiered his self-penned one man play based on the life and career of comedy icon, Norman Wisdom. The play opened to critical acclaim and was endorsed by Wisdom's estate. Wisdom of a Fool embarked on a UK Tour in 2016/17.

 

Theatre includes: Dad's Army Radio Hour (Edinburgh Fringe & UK Tour), Wisdom of a Fool (UK & IOM Tour), The Mistress (workshop), Great Britain (ASM, Theatre Royal, Haymarket) Gretel and Hansel, Cue for a Song, Steptoe & Son, Peter Pan (Middlesbrough), From Turner To Houston, National Theatre Connections (voice), Steptoe & Son Christmas Special, The Wizard of Oz, Aladdin, Peter Pan, Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens, Confusions, Annie, That’s Entertainment (The Capitol Horsham) and Max Bialystock in The Producers (The Hawth). Film includes: 7 Days (Pixel Revolution Films).

Television includes: Twirlywoos (BBC/Ragdoll) Radio includes: Barbara Windsor Celebrates (BBC Radio 2)

 

 

MARTYN BELL

Additonal material

 

Martyn graduated with a Bachelor of Honours Degree in Acting from Newcastle College in 2011. Since then he has written and performed his own play Double Act, which centred on the career and lives of a long running comedy duo. It premiered at Surgeons Hall as part of The Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2011. It ran for the full festival garnering positive reviews and notices for script writing and performances. In 2012 it was adapted for Spark FM radio and renamed Stick To The Act. More recently he has been working behind the scenes at the BBC's Newcastle Studio.

 

Martyn is the on board voice for Thomson Cruise Liners for which he also works as Crusie Director for Thomson Dream. Previous credits include: Presenter for 360 Development, Curse of Skull Island, Dick Whittington, Stick To The Act, Jack and the Beanstalk (tour). Martyn also has his own Podcast, Creativity Talks where he interviews creative people.

 

KENNY CLAYTON

Music & Direction

 

Kenny studied piano at Trinity College of Music in London. He has worked as a musical director and arranger for a number of popular singers, including Dick Haymes, Shirley Bassey, Matt Monro, Robin Gibb, Cilla Black, Charles Aznavour, Sacha Distel, and Roger Whittaker. He was Petula Clark's musical director and arranger from 1962 until 2005. As a composer, Kenny has scored the films Ragman’s Daughter, The Pied Piper, The 14, Brother Sun, Sister Moon, The Savage Hunt, and the final Morecambe and Wise project, Night Train To Murder.

 

Stage credits include: The scores or Bertie, Oedipus, Ring Your Mother, Box, and The Mistress. Theatre credits as musical director and arranger include: The Sound of Music and Someone Like You (both with Petula Clark), No Strings, Privates On Parade, Billy, Song & Dance, and Nightingale. Television credits as a musical director and accompanist include: Shirley Bassey and Count Basie's Something Special (for NBC), Petula Clark's Traces Of Love (for ATV), The Vocal Touch - Anita Harris (for BBC2), and the original series Company & CO (for BBC2), Coming Next (for Channel 4) and Lilly Live (for LWT).

 

Kenny has composed, scored and recorded incidental music for spoken word albums including The Secret Garden, A Journey to the Centre of the Earth, Puckoon and Black Beauty. For Peter O'Toole, he composed incidental music to accompany his readings of Shakespearean ballads and sonnets.

 

DAVID PHILLIPS

Lighting Designer

 

David started his career in theatre in 1994 and has designed both nationally and internationally.

Recent designs include: Broken Time (Wakefield Theatre Royal, UK Touring) Hamlet, Loves’ Labours’ Lost (Northern Broadsides, UK Touring) She Stoops to Conquer, The Trial, The Ashes (Nottingham Playhouse),Loot, The Killing of Sister George (Derby Playhouse), Burial at Thebes (Spoleto Festival, Charleston USA and Arts and Ideas Festival, New Haven USA, also Rose Theatre, Kingston-upon-Thames), The Jolly Postman (Polka, London), Sleeping Princess, Victorian Mikado, The Tempest, Gretel and Hansel, Waving Cat of Japan, Mattress Mattress (Krazy Kat Theatre Company, UK Touring), Jack and the Beanstalk (Gaiety, Dublin), Aladdin (Mercury, Colchester) Footloose and Godspell (Greenwich Theatre) Roots (Mercury, Colchester/Hull Truck/ Nottingham Playhouse) Spring Awakening, Parade, Little Shop of Horrors (LSC/Pleasance), The World Goes Round (GSA Tour), Thirst (MC Theater Amsterdam/ NL & UK Touring) Miss Nightingale (New Wolsey / UK Touring) Blue Stockings (Arts Educational), The Thunders (Giffords Circus) Dracula (Fitzrovia / Mercury Theatre) Our Country’s Good, Billy Bow, Accordian Shop (Curve, Leicester)

 

DANIEL BARNES

Production Manager & Sound Design

 

Over the past 10 years Daniel has worked in the industry as a Sound Technician and Designer.

He has created hundreds of different effects for a variety of productions.

As well as being Technical Supervisor at The Capitol Theatre, he also runs his own business and tours with various productions throughout the year including No Jacket Required and London Studio Centre.

 

Previous credits include: Cue For A Song, Wizard of Oz , Sweeney Todd, Steptoe & Son (Guildford Fringe) From Turner To Houston, Steptoe & Son Christmas Special, The Wizard of Oz , The 39 Steps, Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens and Annie. For The Capitol Horsham - Cinderella, Peter Pan, Jack and the Beanstalk, Snow White and Aladdin.

 

MIKE SIMMONDS

Assistant Director & Producer

 

Mike came to acting relatively late in life when he completed his first course at the Academy of Creative Training in Brighton. Towards the end of his training he collaborated with comedy scriptwriting legends, Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, and together with Jack Lane adapted and produced for stage a number of the original Steptoe & Son television episodes. Mike played Harold in the subsequent productions.

 

Theatre credits include: Looking for Mr Right (Under Ground Theatre), Steptoe & Son (Guildford Fringe), Steptoe & Son Christmas Special (Capitol Theatre), Steptoe & Son (Capitol Theatre), Alarms and Excursions (Nightingale Theatre). Short film credits include: Volatus (Bucks New University), Isola (UCA Farnham), Behind the Scenes (Fixers), Katherine (UCA Farnham), Lady Luck (Breakneck Films), His Footsteps (UCA Farnham), The Photographer (Met Film School)

Far From Here (UCA Farnham).

 

Mike is a director of Engine Shed Theatre Company.

SUZANNA ROSENTHAL

Co-producer & general manager for Something for the Weekend

 

Suzanna is managing director of Something for the Weekend and Meadow Rosenthal Ltd. Productions/co-productions include J.B. Priestley’s When We Are Married (Garrick Theatre, West End), R.C. Sherriff’s Journey’s End (Duke of York’s Theatre, West End), Everything is Illuminated (Hampstead Theatre) and An Evening with Sir Roger Moore (five national tours & Royal Festival Hall). Something for the Weekend promote and manage the Olivier Award winning Showstopper! The Improvised Musical and their recent Edinburgh Festival Fringe portfolio also included Monica Dolan’s The B*easts, Max Dickins’ The Man on the Moor and Cirque Eloize’s Cirkopolis. Suzanna is founding producer of London’s Free Open-Air Theatre Season on London’s south bank. www.sftw.info

 

For Something for the Weekend:

General Manager - Madeline Espinoza

Production & Marketing Co-ordinator - Rhiannon Morris