Ron Aldridge – Author
His career as a Director/Writer has spanned over 35 years. He has directed in repertory theatre; on the London Fringe; at the Edinburgh Festival; in Israel (directing in Hebrew); in Vienna (in English); in the Far and Middle East (for Derek Nimmo Productions); on numerous U.K. touring productions and Summer Seasons; and in the West End of London.
He has written sixteen stage plays, and his four recent comedies, ‘You’re Only Young Twice’, ‘It’s Never Too Late’, ‘That’s Love’, and ‘My Dog’s Got No Nose’ have all been published by Josef Weinberger Ltd.
His one-man play ‘Hovering’ was nominated for an award at the ’97 Edinburgh Festival, and his new children’s play ‘Eat A Rainbow’ premiered in New York September 2011. His psychological, supernatural, erotic thriller, with comedy, ‘Deadly Revenge’, had its World Premiere in Feb. 2012 followed by a short UK tour.
His new ghost story, ‘Scared To death’ with magic and effects created by Paul Daniels, had its World Premiere in September 2012 at The Mill at Sonning, and has now been published by Josef Weinbergers. His latest play, ‘Three’s A Crowd’, will have its World Premiere in Antwerp, translated into Flemish, in January 2015 and will then tour Belgium and Holland.
Productions of ‘various’ of his plays are currently being presented in Hungary, Belgium, Germany, Holland, Switzerland and Poland.
Damian Williams – Actor
Damian has just completed his seventh record-breaking season as Dame in Dick Whittington for Evolution Pantomimes at Sheffield’s Lyceum Theatre. In 2014 Damian portrayed Edna Turnblad in Paul Kerryson’s five star production of Hairspray at Curve, Leicester for which Broadway World nominated him as best lead actor in a musical. Prior to this he played the lead role of Tommy Cooper in the number 1 U.K theatre tour of Being Tommy Cooper.
Damian has appeared in repertory seasons all over the country for the last 24 years with productions including, Don’t Dress for Dinner, Communicating Doors, Spider’s Web, Time and the Conways, Dancing at Lughnasa, Natural Causes, Dangerous Corner, Having a Ball, April in Paris and Educating Rita.
Musical theatre credits include; Daddy Warbucks in Annie (Octagon, Yeovil), Alfred P Doolittle in My Fair Lady (Octagon, Yeovil), Mr Fezziwig in Scrooge (UK tour), Sir John Tremayne in Me and My Girl (Octagon, Yeovil) and the voice of Audrey II in The Little shop of Horrors (UK Tour).
Damian’s first love is comedy with roles including; Luther Billis in South Pacific, Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum and lead roles in Lucky Sods, Run for your Wife, The Mating Game, Hi-de-Hi!, Beside Manners and the one-man play, My Dog’s Got No Nose.
Television work includes Pilot for Tom and Jenny (Objective Productions) and presenter of Damian’s Are You Smarter Than a Ten Year Old? (Sky One).
Brad Fitt – Director/Producer
Brad originally trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and toured extensively as a Company Manager before moving into theatre production. For three years he was the General Manager of Stanhope Productions and was Associate Producer on many West End shows such as Fiddler On The Roof starring Henry Goodman, Summer and Smoke with Chris Carmack and Rosamund Pike, Epitaph for George Dillon starring Joseph Fiennes and RENT Remixed directed by Kylie Minogue’s creative mogul Will Baker.
Other notable credits include Associate Producer of Harley-Davidsons 100th Anniversary Party on the shores of Lake Michigan, a six-hour concert attended by 250,000 Harley-Davidson riders. Brad also wrote the script and many of the show links for the host Dan Ackroyd.
For eight years Brad was the resident Writer, Director and Dame of the record breaking Pantomime seasons for the Cambridge Arts Theatre. Brad has been highly praised for his pantomime writing and writes and hires scripts to various theatres including an eight- year association with the Towngate Theatre Basildon. The Daily Telegraph listed Brad as one of the best ‘Dames’ in the business. For the past four years Brad has been Director and Dame for Evolution pantomimes annual offering at Shrewsbury’s Theatre Severn where he has recently played Mrs. Smee in the record breaking Peter Pan. Brad will be returning for his fifth season at Theatre Severn later this year as Dame Dolly in Dick Whittington.
Between 2010 and 2014 Brad was Producer at Curve, Leicester where he worked on many notable productions such as Gypsy, Hairspray, Chicago, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Hot Stuff!, Abigail’s Party, The Sound of Music, 42nd Street, The Long Road, Buried Child, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Absurd Person Singular, Entertaining Mr. Sloane, Hello Dolly!, The King & I, Oliver!, Obama The Mamba, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Serious Money and Piaf to name but a few.
Sam Bradshaw – Producer
Sam Bradshaw trained in drama at City of Bath College and was then offered a full scholarship to train in Musical Theatre at CPA in London. Sam has studied Magic and is now the director of his own Magic and events company, which showcased in Selfridges Oxford, street early last year. Dragons Den’s Entrepreneur Doug Richards spotted the business and Sam was offered a full scholarship for his business mentorship program. Sam has worked as Assistant Cruise Director and in Cabaret on cruise ships presenting his own one-man show for Brittany Ferries, Salamis Glory and Disney Cruise Lines. Moving into ‘straight’ theatre he played the title role in Bill Naughton’s play Alfie and
performed in ‘Night London’ an improvised show at the Tristan Bates theatre in the West End.
Sam’s stage credits also include Aladdin at the Sunderland Empire and the New Wimbledon theatre along side Paul O’Grady and Pamela Anderson. More recently Sam has performed in Peter Pan with Evolution Productions in both Chatham and Shrewsbury.
Three years ago Sam set up his own children’s theatre school business in Hampstead, which he continues to grow.
Sam started producing theatre in 2007 when he was asked to write, produce and direct a show for Longleat Safari Park. Sam created The Go Banana’s Show, which ran for two summer seasons and played to over 47,000 people. The show was revived last year for the London Stage. In 2014, Sam Co Produced for TNT Productions tour of The Tinder Box by Hans Christian Andersen.
‘My Dog’ marks Sam’s first production with Producer Brad Fitt, which he hopes will be the start of a wonderful partnership in producing exciting and credible theatre.
Chris Flux – Lighting Designer
Connie Watson – Designer
Connie graduated with a degree in Theatre Design in 2013. Since then she has worked in many theatres designing and creating costume. Connie was Costume Manager for ‘HONK’ and ‘The Dreaming’ at The Curve in Leicester and Costume Deputy on ‘The Wiz’ at Milton Keynes Theatre and ‘Gulliver’s Travels’. Connie has worked backstage on many productions including ‘Top Hat’, ‘Cats’ and ‘Wicked’ and has done a lot of model boxing for set designs including The Curve’s Christmas production of ‘The Sound of Music’. When not working in the theatre she enjoys making leather bags, cards and other textile gifts to sell in various shops in and around Northampton.
James McCutcheon – Composer
James studied voice as part of the Applied Music course at Strathclyde University in Glasgow, where he specialised in Performance and Music Technology.
He has enjoyed many years arranging for a variety of shows and concerts. His first professional show “Hits Of The West End” was arranged for a large ensemble cast and a 10 piece band, but he has worked on smaller cabaret type shows like the “Beyond Broadway” performances in The Boards to the Edinburgh Playhouse’s “Glee Experience” which had a cast of 200+ and a 12 piece band. Some of his most exciting ventures include creating the arrangements and orchestrations for John Ward’s original musical “MacPherson’s Rant” in 2011 with Simon Hanson and the specially created concert, “Guys Sing Dolls” starring Anton Stephans and Tim Newman which involved a fantastic male cast singing songs iconically sung by woman.
Another big part of his work is education, the bulk of which he has done as a member of the teaching staff here at the MGA Academy of Performing Arts. As well as this however, James has been involved with the Edinburgh Stage Experience at the Playhouse for many years from being a cast member as a teenager to assisting the creative team as a tutor. He also spent two years as Assistant Musical Director for the Stage Experience in Manchester working on “Guys and Dolls” at the Palace Theatre and “Fame!” at the Opera House.
Away from Edinburgh and Stage Experience, James has worked with GALA Theatre Durham on the musical aspects of their in-house plays and pantomimes as well as teaching for their stage school: GTSS. He spent three years working on in house pantomimes at the GALA, for which he was Associate MD and Saxophonist for the in-house band. The past four years has seen him in Shrewsbury working in the same capacity for the Evolution Productions Pantomime having just finished a very successful run of “Peter Pan” at the Theatre Severn.
Isla McKinlay – Composer
Isla graduated with a BMus (Hons) from the University of Aberdeen in 2012 and went on to train in Musical Theatre at the MGA Academy of Performing Arts in Edinburgh.
While training in Edinburgh she performed on the stage of the Festival Theatre in Flashdance and alongside Ruthie Henshall and John Owen-Jones in the Usherhall as part of the ensemble. Other musical experience includes performing with the National Youth Choir of Scotland across the UK and Internationally, training at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama Junior School for three years, as well as seven years teaching experience in instrumental, musicianship and musical theatre, both privately and in theatre schools across Scotland.
She is currently the Head of Singing at Scene One Elites in Glasgow and is also working as rehearsal pianist and Assistant Musical Director for Lothian Youth Arts and Musicals Company in Edinburgh. Other work has seen her playing Clarinet and Saxophone for musical productions across Scotland.