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.
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.
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)
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.
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.