CREATIVES

Howard Gray

Musical Director | Director | Composer

Howard is both the Theatre Director and Musical Director for Alterean Media. He worked on ‘Celtic, the Musical’ (Pavillion Theatre, Glasgow)  ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’  (Royal Court, Liverpool) and ‘One Night In Istanbul’ (Echo Arena, Liverpool).

For the Royal Court, Liverpool. Director on,’80 years of the Royal Court’, ‘Scouse of the Antarctic’ and ‘Pharaoh Cross the Mersey’.

Musical Director on over 35 shows including, ‘Brick Up the Mersey Tunnels’ on all five outings, ‘Our Day Out’, ‘Lennon’, ‘Red and Blues, the Musical’, ‘Scouse Pacific’, ‘Merry Ding Dong’, ‘Sons of the Desert’, ‘Eight Miles High’, ‘Little Scouse on the Prairie’, ‘Golden Oldies’ and composer on ‘Macbeth’ and ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. He will also be returning as Norman in ‘Council Depot Blues’ in the New Year.

He has been an Associate artist of the Bolton Octagon and was MD on,  ‘Blonde Bombshells of 1943’, which was a co-production with Hampstead Theatre and awarded the Manchester Evening News Award for best production in 2006. Other work at Bolton. Other work at Bolton includes: ‘Looking for Buddy’ (Co-pro with Live Theatre, Newcastle), ‘The Rise and Fall of Little Voice’, ‘Oh What a Lovely War’, (Nominated for the MEN Best production 2008)  ‘Once Upon a Time in Wigan’, ‘Eight Miles High’, ‘I Just Stopped by to see the Man’, ‘Song of Singapore’, ‘Danny the Champion of the World’ (Composer).

For Oldham Coliseum Theatre Musical Direction/Composition: ‘Bread and Roses’,  ‘Oh What  Lovely War’, ‘Our Gracie’, ‘Hot Stuff’, ‘Our Day Out’, ‘Close the Coalhouse Door’ (Nominate for MEN Best production 2012) , ‘Blonde Bombshells of 1943’ (Co-Pro with New Vic Theatre) ‘Curtain up at the Coliseum’, ‘Satin ‘n’ Steel’, ‘Stepping Out’, ‘Private lives’, ‘The Road to Nab End’,’Up on the Roof’, ‘Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis’, ‘Dick Barton’, ‘Quartet’, ‘Union Street’, ‘Feed’, ‘Brassed Off’, ‘Sweet Charity’, ‘Return to the Forbidden Planet’’ From a Jack to a King’, ‘Good Golly Miss Molly’, ‘Feels Like the First Time’, ‘Women on the Verge of HRT’, ‘Wake up Little Susie’ and four Pantos.

For The Royal Exchange, Manchester, ‘Accrington Pals’

For The New Vic, Stoke:’ Spring and Port Wine’, ‘The Admirable Crichton’, ‘Bus Stop’ and ‘A Taste of Honey’,

For Harrogate Theatre: ‘Up on the Roof’, ‘Of Mice and Men’, ‘Tears of a Clown’, ‘Uncle Vanya’ and various pantos.

He has worked on many re-incarnations of, ‘The Blonde Bombshells of 1943’ including the first at the West Yorkshire Playhouse and National and International tours.

He co-wrote and was Musical Director on, ‘Puss in Blue Suede Boots’ and ‘Alice in Boogie Wonderland’ (Liverpool Everyman Theatre)

In a previous life, Howard was an Actor worked in most theatres up and down the Land.

He was also in Dave Kirkby’s film, ‘Reds and Blues’.

Howard is a Visiting Practitioner at LIPA and LMA.

Vedi Roy

Director | Writer

In 2009 Vedi learnt the joy of creation when he was given the opportunity to choreograph for the Pineapple Arts showcase held at the Leicester Square Theatre. Gaining experience leading a room, a team and a creative piece at a young age gave him the confidence to pursue this avenue further culminating in a catalogue of movement based works leading up to his formal training.

Since finishing training Vedi has expanded his capacity with further experience in choreographing, directing and writing for shows and collectives alike. This includes Pinky and Preetho’s Comedy Night (Rifco Theatre Company); Futures in the Making (Spread the Word) and in March 2019 he completed his role as Assistant Director on Absurd Person Singular for Watford Palace Theatre as part of an RTYDS placement. 

Vedi continuously develops his creative practice whilst making issue-led pieces with strong narratives, often focusing on previously unheard of stories using movement, written form and comedy as vehicles for his creativity. 

A joyful energy, lateral-thinking and the ability to adapt, create and thrive on any brief is what you will gain with Vedi on your project. 

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Anita Gilbert

Voice & Accent Coach

Training: ALRA (3yr Professional Actor Training) The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (MA Dist. Professional Voice Practice)

Anita can provide her expertise on set or in the rehearsal room. She continues to develop her extensive research on the connection between authenticity and clarity for actors working on screen.

 

She is available for workshops & 1:1s in all aspects of Voice, Accent work & Public Speaking.

Voice/Accent Coaching Credits include:

Abi, What Fatima Did, One Man Two Guvnors & Treasure Island (Derby Theatre) Directed by Sarah Brigham

Under The Greenwood Tree (Hammerpuzzle Theatre Co)

Sold, Pentecost, Raving, Don Juan in Chicago (Royal Birmingham Conservatoire)

Nicky Allt

Writer

After travelling for employment and living in numerous cities to work as a builder, roofer, scaffolder, I eventually returned to Liverpool to complete a university course in playwriting and TV writing at John Moores Uni.

 

My first real success as a writer came with a book I wrote called “Boys from the Mersey”, about following Liverpool FC all over the World. It went on to sell over 75,000 copies. Not long after my first book, I had success in theatre, with the show “Brick up the Mersey tunnels”; a musical comedy about people on opposite sides of the River Mersey. It was often referred to as a Northern “Passport to Pimlico”. Along with my first book, it put me on the writing map. Soon I became a regular on LFC TV and was asked to write many articles for sporting publications and newspapers.      

 

After some smaller theatre productions (to understand theatre) and once my first commissioned musical play/show (B.U.T.M.T. See above) had become a huge local hit at Liverpool's Royal Court Theatre - running throughout the so called dark months of summer for four years - I went on to win various awards, after being told that the show had been seen by over 180,000 people in its ten years of production. In British, North West Theatre folklore, it has been stated many times that the show saved the historic Royal Court Theatre from closing.

 

My next venture into theatre was to write and produce the hit show, "One Night in Istanbul", which became The Empire Theatre's fastest selling show, after being watched by 26,000 people in a short run (spring 2009). The show had repeated success at the Liverpool Empire a year later, and the brand-new Grand Canal (renamed, Bord Gais Energy) Theatre in Dublin's docklands, as well as Belfast’s Grand Opera house. After being seen by over 60,000 people, One Night in Istanbul was then made into a movie

 

I have since written and produced a show about the history of Liverpool Football Club called “YNWA” with the backing of the club, that received rave reviews in Liverpool and Ireland, and is now looking to be seen in places such as Australia, Norway and Indonesia where LFC’s popularity is enormous. Most recently I became the author of hit show "Celtic the Musical" which had sell-out runs in Glasgow’s Pavilion theatre, 2016 & 2018, and is set to play the SEC Hydro in 2020. I have written other shows and productions for both football clubs and appeared on their TV stations many times.

 

I now live reside just outside Liverpool, with my wife and three children. Brick Up the Mersey Tunnels, Celtic the Musical, YNWA, and One Night in Istanbul have all proven very popular with audiences and my ambition and hope remains to have a hit show in London’s West End, a well-known TV series, and to travel a theatre or TV show around the World. Presently, I have been commissioned for a new theatre show to be announced in 2019, some TV work, and am the co-author of the prize- winning Liverpool FC interactive stadium tour.

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Lohani Noor

Psychosexual Therapist

Lohani is an experienced relational Psychotherapist with a special interest in psychosexual function. Recently she presented on a BBC programme called Sex On The Couch which showed her delivering couples therapy to willing participants. She also appeared on BBC Radio 4 Saturday Live programme. She has a growing media presence, having recently appeared in the Boots Health & Beauty Magazine. Lohani can also be often found to be the resident Sex & Relationship Therapist for an International Asian Magazine called Deziblits.

 

Lohani has written a couples guide book called '12 steps to sexual connection', which will be released by Audible in Autumn of 2020.

She grew up in a densely populated Asian community in the North of England and has over 30 years experience of working with people in a supporting capacity, be that socially, educationally or psychologically. Lohani works with couples, individuals and groups in private practice. She lives in Manchester.

Vici Wreford-Sinnott

Writer / Director

Vici is an award winning British disabled theatre writer/director, screenwriter, activist and equality strategist whose work tours nationally and internationally, and now digitally. She is Artistic Director of Little Cog, a disabled-led theatre company based in the North East of England and is a leading figure in the UK Disability Arts movement.

Vici is currently under commission from ARC Stockton where she is an Associate Artist, Northern Stage, DadaFest and Home Manchester for an exciting new digital broadcast project to be announced soon. She also has new stage work in development with Live Theatre and ARC Stockton.

In 2020 Vici was commissioned by Home Manchester and ARC Stockton to create a short film – Siege - which is a 12-minute character piece focusing on Mim, a wannabe cabaret artist trying to get a gig, starring Philippa Cole. This was followed by a Northern Stage, ARC and Arts Council funded digital broadcast piece called Funny Peculiar starring Liz Carr, Mandy Colleran, Bea Webster and Vici herself. It was hugely successful and has transferred to digital on demand platforms at The Space, Thespie and British Council, after being screened at three international film festivals.

Vici’s original theatre work includes Butterfly (Best One Person Play 2018 British Theatre Guide, National Tour), Lighthouse (bilingual piece in English and BSL, British Premiere ARC Stockton), Another England (National Tour), The Art Of Not Getting Lost (ARC Stockton and Northern Stage), Vote for Caliban (Northern Stage), Deadly Devotchka (Edinburgh Fringe), Moll Cutpurse: A Comedy for the 21st Century (UK and Ireland Tour). Directing Credits include Ironmistress by April de Angelis and Lear’s Daughters by the Women’s Theatre Group for cirque des femmes. She directed two of the first pieces of original disability theatre in the Republic of Ireland, The Baby Doll Project by Rosaleen McDonagh (National Tour and Met Éireann Award) and Broadcast (Dublin Fringe Commission, Project Arts Centre) with Donal Toolan. Vici has directed many pieces of disability theatre written or devised by other disabled practitioners including Matryoshka and Coal Dust Whispers Song by Alison Carr, NeverNeverland and Occupation by Pauline Heath, and The Lab, Los Muertos, The Keepers, and In The Middle of Our Street by Full Circle.

Vici gained a First Class Honours for her specialist fourth year directing specialism at the University of Kent. She was invited to take part in the British Council Diverse Directors at Director’s Lab North Toronto Canada, and has shared her model for disability equality in a number of international British Council events. Vici has been shortlisted for Royal Court Northern Writers Group and undertaken Royal Court Masterclasses, BBC Writers Room & Leeds Playhouse Airwaves Shortlist and the Royal Court / Kudos Fellowship Longlist.

Vici is regarded as an authority on disability representation and equality, featuring regularly as a keynote speaker and panellist on theatre, cultural equality, representation and political work. She is currently doing a PhD is Disability Theatre and Disabled Women’s Voices.

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Jen Heyes

Theatre Director

Jen is a northwest based Theatre Director, Digital Theatre Creator and Director, Film director, Specialist in Site specific  Production and Creative Producer who has worked regionally, nationally and internationally directing small, medium and large-scale productions. Although perfectly at home in dedicated theatre spaces Jen specialises in multimedia, digital and site-specific theatre and always strives to use live music within her work. She is founder and artistic director of cut to the chase production company https://jenheyes.com  She is the Associate Director of London Artists Projects www.londonartistsprojects.co.uk

 

Jen developed and directed the regional/national and the international touring production of Truth to Power Café  www.truthtopower.co.uk she also created and directed Truth to Power Café Digital Theatre Adaptation streamed from: Bloomsbury Festival, London Conway Hall/ Montgomery Arts Centre USA, Singapore.

 

Jen is presently creating HEDDA a queer re-imagining of Hedda Gabler in collaboration with legendary avant-garde performer legend David Hoyle and composer Tom Parkinson, this unique digital theatre production is co-produced by Soho Theatre. Artistic Director of the European City of Sport 2016 Opening Ceremony Produced Science in the Stadium in partnership with Everton FC and The Open University. London Artists Projects Spider Love. Brecht’s Mother Courage with Penny Arcade and other leading NYC artists. Artistic Director of Opera North’s Switch ON Leeds. The highly acclaimed Epstein – The Man Who Made The Beatles which transferred to London’s West End in July 2014.  creator/director of Through the Wilderness a new choral theatre work. Curiouser & Curiouser @ Tate Liverpool with creative input from Punch Drunk Enrichment. Tony Teardrop producer and director of this highly acclaimed, site-specific production Produced, directed BLOOD WEDDING at The Liverpool Playhouse. Creative Producer for the Four Corners of the City Exhibition Liverpool Culture Company WALL TALKS at The Tobacco Warehouses, Stanley Dock a large site-specific multimedia work to mark Liverpool’s 800th birthday. For The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra directing/ re- working their Spirit of Christmas Concerts with Soprano/presenter Lesley Garrett. Talking Heads – regional tour The Little Mermaid - artistic director/ co creator @ Unity Theatre, Liverpool Midriff - artistic director @ The Tristan Bates theatre, Covent Garden/Hong Kon  Shed your Skin (Dance) - artistic director Mujers No Shakespeare - artistic director, Site Specific -Portugal Women in Love - artistic director @ Unity Theatre, Liverpool Yerma - artistic director @The Black room Theatre Porto, Portugal Therese Raquin - artistic director - National Tour. Winner of Best Production in the Echo Arts and Entertainment Awards A Midsummer Nights Dream - artistic director - North West Tour The Three Lives of Lucie Cabrol - artistic director/producer @ Unity Theatre. Liverpool Much Ado about Nothing - artistic director - Regional Tour

 

Awards
 

2021 Truth to Power Café Digital Theatre Adaptation OFFIES finalist

2020 Truth to Power Café Digital Theatre Adaptation ONCOMM commendation award

2007 Woman of the Year Award Finalist and Commendation

2000 Liverpool Echo Arts and Entertainment Awards THERESE RAQUIN winner Best Liverpool Production 

2000  Best New Talent Director Liverpool Echo Arts and Entertainment Awards