Richard returns to the UK having spent 18 months working for 101 Productions in New York, where Broadway credits included Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Belasco Theater, Tony Winner – Best Musical Revival) and Romeo and Juliet (Richard Rodgers Theatre). Credits in the West End include Show Boat (New London Theatre), Beyond The Fence (Sky Arts, Arts Theatre), The Girls (Workshop), Jesus Christ Superstar (UK Arena Tour), The Wizard of Oz (London Palladium), Priscilla Queen of the Desert (Palace Theatre), Love Never Dies (Adelphi Theatre), Never Forget (UK Tour) and First Lady Suite (Union Theatre). Richard is an Associate Producer for Neil Laidlaw Productions.
Candida is a musical director, orchestrator and composer. Her credits include, as Musical Director: Beyond the Fence (Sky Arts/ Arts Theatre), JM Barrie’s Peter Pan (Regents Park Open Air Theatre); A Mad World My Masters (English Touring Theatre); Hecuba, The Witch of Edmonton, The Heresy of Love, The Heart of Robin Hood (RSC); The Tempest (RSC US Suitcase Tour); Galileo (Birmingham Rep); A Soldier in Every Son (International Tour); Bed and Sofa (Finborough); The Vaudevillians (Lowry Theatre, Manchester and Charing Cross); Everything Must Go (Soho).
Other theatre includes: Wendy and Peter Pan, The White Devil, Arden of Faversham, Titus Andronicus, Richard III, King John, City Madam, 50 years of the RSC Musical (RSC); The Sound of Music, The Wizard of Oz (Palladium), La Cage Aux Folles (Playhouse).
Composing: Buckets (Orange Tree) Promenade Summer Seasons 2009-2014 (Iris Theatre); Macbeth (Shakespeare in Styria); Once Upon a Time (Booktrust Tour); The Hostage (Southwark Playhouse)
As director: RED RIDING HOOD (Pleasance Theatre, London); PRODIGY (National Youth Music Theatre, St James Theatre); JERRY’S GIRLS (St James Theatre and Jermyn Street); STROKE OF LUCK (Park Theatre, Finsbury Park); CELESTE (Workshop, and Capitol Club, Rome); (CLAUS (Landor Theatre); PASSPORT TO PIMLICO (A new adaptation performed on location in and around the streets of Pimlico, SouthWestFest); MEN ARE FROM MARS, WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS (UK Tour & Edinburgh); THE ROAD TO QATAR! (Landor Theatre and Edinburgh Festival) PARADE and SPRING AWAKENING (Pleasance Theatre, London); DAISY PULLS IT OFF (Lost Theatre); BETWIXT! (King’s Head & Ambassadors Theatre); SIX WOMEN WITH BRAIN DEATH (Edinburgh Pleasance & Soho Theatre Studio); SWEETHEARTS (Finborough); NEWSREVUE (Canal Café); BE THE STAR YOU ARE (Young Vic, 2 Boroughs Project); the short film BORN YESTERDAY. Opera includes: A promenade production of CARMEN (Opera La Goziniere).
Kate is an Associate Artist of the Singapore Repertory Theatre for whom she has directed TREASURE ISLAND, JUNIOR CLAUS, THE NIGHTINGALE, RED RIDING HOOD and FANTASTIC MR FOX. She is currently preparing to direct CHARLOTTE’S WEB for Christmas 2016.
As Associate/ Resident Director: IMPOSSIBLE (World Tour and Noel Coward Theatre); THE WIZARD OF OZ (London Palladium); SWEET CHARITY (Menier Chocolate Factory & Theatre Royal Haymarket); EDUCATING RITA & SHIRLEY VALENTINE (Menier Chocolate Factory & Trafalgar Studios); new jazz opera BRIDGETOWER – A FABLE OF 1807 (UK Tour, English Touring Opera). As Assistant: DADDY COOL (Shaftesbury Theatre); GET CARTER (Red Shift Theatre Company UK Tour); SALOME (Royal Opera House) and THE DOORWAY PROJECT led by Phyllida Lloyd and Kate Flatt (Young Vic); JULIUS CAESAR (Dir: Deborah Warner, Barbican)
For drama schools: BACK TO BEFORE – a celebration of the collaborations of Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens (Arts Ed), KISS ME, KATE (Mountview); THE SUNSHINE GANG (The MTA); HONK, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND and A HOLLYWOOD PARTY (Trinity College of Music); FOOTLOOSE, PRINCESS IDA (Arts Ed).
Kate was a 2009 JMK Trust Award finalist with THE CRUCIBLE.
Training: Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts.
Jake Brunger (book and lyrics) and Pippa Cleary (music and lyrics) are a London based musical theatre partnership. They met at Bristol University, where they were studying Drama and Music respectively.
Their musicals include: Jet Set Go! (Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Theatre 503 and Jermyn Street Theatre, licensed by Josef Weinberger Ltd), The Great British Soap Opera (Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Jermyn Street Theatre), Red Riding Hood (Singapore Repertory Theatre, licensed by Rodgers and Hammerstein Theatricals), the stage musical adaptation of Sue Townsend’s The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13¾ (Leicester Curve, nominated for the 2015 UK Theatre Award for Best Show for Children and Young People), Prodigy (National Youth Music Theatre / St James Theatre) and Treasure Island (Singapore Repertory Theatre, nominated for Best Production for the Young at The 2016 Singapore Life Theatre Awards). The UK premiere of Red Riding Hood ran at the Pleasance Theatre for the 2015/16 Christmas season, produced by Paul Taylor Mills, toured the Middle East in Spring 2016 and will open at Pleasance Courtyard for Edinburgh Fringe 2016. It has also been produced in Mexico City in its Spanish-language debut and will premiere in South Korea in Autumn 2016, with plans afoot for a Chinese translation in Singapore in 2017.
Their additional credits include music and lyrics for The Snow Gorilla (Rose Theatre, Kingston), a song for the musical revue A Song Cycle for Soho (Soho Theatre) and the opening number for 2014’s West End Bares (Café de Paris).
Their work is regularly performed in cabarets and concerts in and around London and the West End. They were chosen for the 2013 Johnny Mercer Foundation Songwriters Project in Chicago and in Pippa won the 2013 Arts Foundation Fellowship for Musical Theatre Composition.
Founded in 1976, the National Youth Music Theatre offers exceptional opportunities in pre-professional, musical theatre training for talented young people aged 10 to 23 years through skills workshops, master classes and residential courses led by industry professionals, through commissioning and presentation of exciting new work and, in collaboration with some of the UK’s leading creative minds, producing bold, new realisations of major works of the core repertoire.
These opportunities exist for stage performers, musicians, technicians and stage crew and, through our Creative Team Mentorship programme, for aspiring directors, musical directors, choreographers and designers.
The National Youth Music Theatre represents the very best in work with young people through musical theatre enabling thousands of youngsters across the UK to develop both their creative and personal potential, leading Andrew Lloyd Webber to dub it “the finest youth music theatre in the world”.
Auburn Jam Music is a production & recording studio based in South West London. For independent projects, they provide full service album production, working with clients right from planning stages, through arranging, MDing, recording, mixing and mastering, to CD design & print, web design and video production – all done in-house by husband and wife team Joe & Nikki Davison, both multi-instrumentalists who also have a talented roster of session musicians on hand to bring their arrangements to life.
They set up independent label Auburn Jam Records in 2012 to help promote some of the brilliant music from new musical theatre writers, West End artists and singer-songwriters whose music they have produced.
Album credits include: The West End Goes MAD for Christmas, Nadim Naaman Sides and We All Want The Same, Will Barratt Confessions of a Justified Sinner, Corrine Priest Heart of Winter – a new song cycle by Tim Connor, Alex James Ellison Duvet Days, Joe Sterling Half A Year and S.M.I.L.E, Gloria Onitiri Dignity – Alzheimer’s Society charity single by Anderson & Petty, Prodigy – Original Cast Recording by Brunger & Cleary (all Auburn Jam Records); Van Winkle – A Folk Musical, The Bakewell Bake Off, Joe Sterling Somewhere In My Mind, My Land’s Shore (SimG Records); Louise Dearman, Kerry Ellis & Ben Forster The Route To Happiness – a new musical by Alexander S. Bermange; Felix Hagan & The Family Kiss The Misfits and String Up The Entertainer (Debt Records); Best of Times Cable Street Collective.
Music produced by AJM has been featured on BBCR2 (including Elaine Paige on Sunday), BBC6 Music, BBCR4, BBC World Service and BBC Introducing, and they have produced several sell-out album launch gigs and Auburn Jam Live events at London cabaret venues including The Hippodrome and The Pheasantry.
They have also written & produced music for BBC TV, BMW, England Rugby, Roughcut TV, Portobello Film Festival, Boosey & Hawkes, Merlin Entertainment and Bill Kenwright Ltd.