The Creatives

WRITER:

GAY WALLEY

Gay Walley has published four novels: STRINGS ATTACHED, THE EROTIC FIRE OF THE UNATTAINABLE, LOST IN MONTREAL and DUET.

She has written two films which have been produced, THE UNATTAINABLE STORY, with Harry Hamlin and premiered at Mostra in Sao Paolo in Brazil, and THE EROTIC FIRE OF THE UNATTAINABLE, which is currently being submitted to film festivals. She has 3 e-books on Bookboon, and teaches  and edits novels and memoirs. She also ghostwrites books that have won awards. Her play LOVE, GENIUS AND A WALK opened in the Midtown Festival in New York 2013, was nominated for 6 awards including best playwright.

An autodidact, she studied a bit at the Writers Studio in New York. She also teaches privately and most of her students publish their work. She tends to push form in all of her works, and often (but not all the time) works in autobiographical fiction.

DIRECTOR:

LEAH TOWNLEY

Leah is a freelance director. She is passionate about keeping theatre moving, loves seeing bodies in space and working with amazing multi-talented artists that can move, speak, sing and play. She is particularly excited to be directing Love, Genius and a Walk having grown up with a mother who is a child psychotherapist and then married a composer. She is Artistic Director of Boy Who Cried Theatre company, established to create historically-based devised theatre told through narrative, music, and movement.

 

Shows include Animal Adventure (Alyth Gardens, 2017), My Barking Dog (New End Theatre, 2016), Bird With A Tale (Tristan Bates, 2016), Children of the Ghetto (Jewish Museum, 2014), The Chicago Cowboy (Rosemary Branch, 2013), Adult Child Dead Child (Etcetera Theatre, 2010), Vex (Hackney Empire, 2009), Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite (Etcetera Theatre and Edinburgh Festival, 2007), Little Red Riding Hood (Edinburgh Festival 2006).

 

Leah has an MA in Cultural and Creative Industries and has trained with a wide range of theatre practitioners. This includes the Year Out Drama Company, the Central School of Speech and Drama, and with inspiring professionals such as John Wright (mask work), Rosemary Brandt (Laban), Mick Barnfather (Ensemble and Clown), Susanna Alcantud (Le Jeu) and Simone Tani (Mask and Trance).

 

Leah worked with contemporary circus producers Crying Out Loud and is an experienced educational facilitator, having taught improvisation at Mountview Theatre School, led workshops with young offenders and delivered drama sessions in schools.

LIGHTING DESIGN:

CHUMA EMEBOLU

Chuma Emembolu trained under the Head of Lighting at the Royal
Shakespeare Company, where he worked as Lighting Technician on
productions including Tales of Ovid directed by Tim Supple and Richard II directed by Steven Pimlott. He went on to become Technical Director and Lighting Designer for several theatre companies moved to London pursuing his extremely successful career as a creative fully realise a career in lighting design.

 

Since then, his work has been seen at many theatres and festivals across the UK. His recent work includes lighting The Fear and Gravel Heart at the Bunker Theatre; Metamorphosis for Off the Cliff Theatre and Romeo and Juliet for Controlled Chaos Theatre, both at Waterloo East Theatre; Last One Here for Tripped Theatre, Gift of the Gab (also Sound Design) for Shiny Pin Theatre and The Project directed by Anthony Shrubsall, at The White Bear Theatre and Dare to Do for Ka Zimba Theatre at The Space.

 

Recently he produced a very successful and greatly received run of Macbeth - The Musical performed by puppets of which he co-wrote both the lyrics and story for of which he also designed the lighting, sound, and video for as well as creating the idea for and directed which achieved an offie commendation.

For more info please contact Sophie Rafalowska at Performing Arts sophie@performing-arts.co.uk or by calling the office 020 7255 1362

PR COORDINATOR:

CHRIS HISLOP

Chris Hislop is a freelance theatre PR, working in London, Brighton and Edinburgh for 6 years as a theatre publicist. He has worked across the London fringe and Off-West End circuit, at the Brighton and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals, and in New York.

PRODUCTION COORDINATOR: MELISSA MERCER

Melissa is thrilled to be working with LGW Productions for the first time and is very excited to be taking on the role of production coordinator. She has worked in film, TV and theatre for over three years tutoring and chaperoning child actors.  Her credits include The Kid Who Would be King and Eastenders.

MUSICAL DIRECTOR:

PETER MICHAELS

Peter is a composer and producer for film, television, theatre, dance and the concert platform. Trained in classical and jazz theory, he has incorporated elements from Brazil, Eastern Europe, India and the Middle East into his compositions. Peter’s compositions have been featured on BBC Radio 3 and performed at international festivals.

 

Theatrical work includes productions at Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Trafalgar Studios, The Orange Tree, New End, King's Head and Pleasance. Broadcast clients include BBC Drama, Sony Europe, National Geographic, Sky TV and independent production companies, as well as composing and working as supervisor in partnership with Ninja Tune for feature film The Habit Of Beauty.

STAGE MANAGER &
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR:

GWENAN BAIN

Gwenan was the Bread and Roses Theatre’s emerging director for 2018, most recently directing ‘Maisie’ and ‘Existential Fish and Dread’ (Bread and Roses Theatre) and ‘Other-Please Explain’ for the Park Theatre’s script accelerator program. Assistant Director credits include ‘Macbeth – the Musical’ (Stage Splinters, White bear Theatre);‘It Tastes Like Home’ and ‘The Buzz’ (Bread and Roses Theatre). She has also directed for new writing nights ‘Millennials’ (Black Cat Theatre); ‘The Scene’ (Get Over It Productions); ‘The Platform’ (Bread and Roses Theatre) and ‘Saw It Here First Productions’ (Teatro Technis). Gwenan also works as a Stage Manager and Operator, most recently ‘Dissociated’ (Etcetera Theatre); ‘Cuttings’ and ‘Little Echoes’ (The Hope Theatre); ‘Illusions of Liberty’ (Kings Head Theatre) and ‘As We Unravel’ (Bread and Roses Theatre). Gwenan is also a co-AD of Stage Splinters, a theatre company specialising in producing new writing and reinventing old stories.

STAGE DESIGNER:

CONSTANCE VILLEMOT

Constance is a set and costume designer based in London. What she really appreciates about theatre and performance in general is the collective effort leading to a performance. She designs simple and poetic spaces to enhance and engage with the audience’s imagination beyond what they can see. 

She is currently designing Tell it Slant (director Erica Miller, Merry Spinsters). Her most recent credits include Miss Julie (director Gavin McAlinden, Acting Gymnasium), A Doll's House (director Gavin McAlinden, Acting Gymnasium) Macbeth (director Gavin McAlinden, Acting Gymnasium), The Seagull (director Julien Balajas, Tamise en Scene), The Frogs (director Zara Walwyn, Wallfrog LTD), Dare to Dream (director Karen Gillingham, Buckinghamshire Music Trust). Previous work includes Jekyll & Hyde (director Jonny Morton, Chickenshed), Made in Dagenham (director Justin Joseph, Edinburgh Fringe), The Day Dawn (director Freya Wynn-Jones, Royal Opera House), Fémur Marker (director Caroline Lena Olsson, Tamise en Scene), Alice through the looking glass (Britten Sinfonia), Hunger (director Freya Wynn-Jones, Helios x English National Opera), Threads of the Past (director Freya Wynn-Jones, English National Opera)... 

Constance holds a master’s degree in scenography from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, a bachelor’s degree in technical theatre, specialising in design realisation from Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She has also completed a HND in spatial design, focussing on set design, architecture, and landscape design; and a foundation year at École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Appliqués et des Métiers d’Art – Olivier de Serres in Paris.

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