Training: Napier and Queen Margaret Universities, Edinburgh.
Immediately after graduating, Caroline was picked for the graduate scheme at Dundee Rep, where productions included: Cars and Boys, And Then There Were None, The BFG, Hecuba, Victoria and The Shape of a Girl (UK tour).
Other theatre includes: Locker Room Talk and Tracks of the Winter Bear (Traverse, Edinburgh); Flora’s Fairy Challenge (Beacon Arts Centre); The Fair Intellectual Club (Stellar Quines Theatre Company); Telling the Truth Beautifully and Greenvoe (St Magnus International Festival).
After a successful run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and a UK tour which included The Women of the World Festival at the Royal Festival Hall, The Fair Intellectual Club was adapted into a six-part series for BBC Radio 4.
TV includes: Trust Me.
Karen trained at Motherwell College.
Her Theatre credits include: Glasgow Girls (National Theatre of Scotland); The Overcoat (Ryhmäteatteri, Helsinki, London and Edinburgh); The Caucasian Chalk Circle, A Christmas Carol (Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh); Hansel and Gretel (Citizens Theatre); Hello, Dolly!, Present Laughter, Lady Windermere’s Fan, A Chorus of Disapproval, The Yellow on the Broom, The Admirable Crichton, Mr Bolfry and Whisky Kisses (Pitlochry Festival Theatre); Beauty and the Beast (PACE); Hansel and Gretel (Carnegie Hall); Cinderella, Mother Goose (Adam Smith Theatre); Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens (Tron); A Night of Musical Improv (Red Note Ensemble).
TV includes: Scot Squad, Badults, Comedy Blaps – The Kronicles of Kirk, BBC Comedy Shorts and The Illuminati.
Short Films include The Hum, Checkout, Delilah and Only the Best Need Apply. Karen appeared in music videos for The Winter Tradition and The Hostiles.
As a musician Karen features on albums by There Will Be Fireworks, Laurie Cameron and Foreign Fox and on soundtracks for Worrying Drake Productions’ Where Do We Go From Here?, Dundee Rep’s Lovesong and Edinburgh Royal Lyceum’s The Venetian Twins.
Isis is a member of Strange Town Youth Theatre and Lothian Youth Arts and Musicals Company (LYAMC).
Short films include: Anna in Anna Is a Slut (Screen Academy Scotland).
TV includes: Maddy in One of Us and Vivienne in In Plain Sight.
Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour is Isis’ professional stage debut.
Training: Dance School of Scotland and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Theatre includes: Susanna Walcott in The Crucible (Royal Lyceum Theatre); the title role in Rapunzel (Platform Theatre); Susan Walker in Miracle on 34th Street, Lady Agatha in The Admirable Crichton, Morag in Mr Bolfry and Bella in Yellow on the Broom (Pitlochry Festival Theatre); Azuriel in Sleeping Beauty (Imagine Theatre) and Little Miss Thimble in Freak Show (Noisemaker Productions).
Radio includes: Lulu in A Lulu of a Kid and Lulu’s Back in Town.
TV includes: Children in Need.
Short films include: Skin Deep and End of Season.
Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour is Kirsty’s West End debut.
Frances Mayli McCann
Frances Mayli McCann
Training: Glasgow Academy of Musical Theatre Arts.
Theatre includes: Soloist in Here Lies Love (National Theatre); cover Audrey and Dance Captain in Little Shop of Horrors (Salisbury Playhouse and the Mercury, Colchester); Cynthia in Priscilla Queen of the Desert and Britain’s Got Talent Runner in I Dreamed a Dream – the Susan Boyle Musical (UK tour); Snow White in Snow White (His Majesty’s, Aberdeen and King’s, Edinburgh); Princess Jasmine in Aladdin (King’s, Glasgow, and SECC, Glasgow) and cover Diva in Priscilla Queen of the Desert (Palace Theatre).
TV includes: River City, Lip Service and Against All Odds.
Workshops include: Wonderland (National Theatre) and Carmen (London Theatre Company).
Training: GSA Conservatoire and the Dance School of Scotland.
Theatre includes: Glasgow Girls (National Theatre of Scotland); The A–Z of Mrs P (Southwark Playhouse); Legally Blonde (Savoy Theatre); Weans in the Wood, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast (Macrobert Arts Centre); Letters From Everyone (YAT Theatre) and Quadrophenia (UK number one tour).
Other work includes: Dance Captain for the Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony and feature film Beyond.
Understudy Kay & Kylah
Understudy Kay & Kylah
Training: Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2016.
Katie recently played Jackie Coryton in Hay Fever (Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh,
and Citizens Theatre, Glasgow).
Other credits include: Weans in the Wood (Macrobert Arts Centre); Scarfed for Life (Citizens Theatre); Butterfly Kiss (Scottish tour); Supply (Òran Mór); A Bit of a Dick Whittington (Òran Mór); Theatre Uncut (Traverse).
Understudy Chell & Fionnula
Understudy Chell & Fionnula
Training: Edinburgh Napier University, graduating in 2015 with a BA (hons) in Acting and English Literature.
Theatre Credits include: Dead Letter Office (Some Company Productions); Emma (Edinburgh Napier University); A Thief on the Wind (Playground Productions); In the Heights (Edinburgh University Footlights); You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Edinburgh University Savoy Opera Group) and Fault Lines (For the Love of TC/Edinburgh Napier University).
Understudy Manda & Orla
Understudy Manda & Orla
Training: Glasgow Academy of Musical Theatre Arts, graduating in 2016.
Credits whilst training include: Wonderland (GAMTA studios); Cinderella (SECC, Glasgow); The House of Bernarda Alba (Brickhouse Theatre) and CBBC’s Comic Relief Does Glee Club.
Laura is delighted to be making her West End debut with Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour.
Musical Director / Keyboard
Musical Director / Keyboard
Training: The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where she graduated with a BMus (hons) in Piano and an MA in Musical Direction, which was awarded with distinction.
Musical Director: Wicked (premiere UK tour); Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour (UK tour/National Theatre).
Assistant Musical Director: The Phantom of the Opera (25th anniversary UK tour); Children’s MD on Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (UK tour); Children’s and Assistant MD on Peter Pan (Grand Canal, Dublin/Southampton Mayflower).
Keyboard player: White Christmas, Evita, Ol’ Blue Eyes and Friends, A Chorus Line, Les Misérables, Mary Poppins and The Commitments.
Assistant Musical Director / Keyboard
Assistant Musical Director / Keyboard
Training: The Purcell School of Music before moving on to Chetham’s in Manchester. She is a scholarship graduate of The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where she studied classical piano.
Theatre includes: as Musical Director (Arts Educational Schools London): Into the Woods, Pippin, Parade, A New Brain, Calamity Jane and Songs for a New World.
As Assistant Musical Director: Fiddler on the Roof (UK tour) and Carnaby Street (UK tour).
As Deputy Keyboard Player: Jersey Boys (Piccadilly Theatre/UK tour); Book of Mormon (Prince of Wales Theatre) and Aladdin (Prince Edward Theatre).
Other: Lilly is the former Musical Director for the pupils’ school at the Arts Educational Schools London. Audition/rehearsal pianist: Matilda (RSC); School of Rock (New London Theatre) and Mrs Henderson Presents (Theatre Royal Bath).
Training: Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Drama in 2015 graduating with a first class honours degree in Drums and Percussion.
She played in the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony and with Colin Currie at the 2014 Southbank Centre Festival of Percussion. She was a guest musician for the world premiere of Hofesh Shechter’s Untouchable (Royal Opera House), and played drums and percussion for Baddies (Unicorn).
Becky Brass is also the drummer and arranger for Chiqas.
Training: Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts where she graduated with a BA (hons) in Music.
Theatre includes: Brick Up 2, Scouse of the Rising Sun, Pharaoh ‘Cross the Mersey, Scouse of the Antarctic and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Fazakerley
(Royal Court, Liverpool); Mam! I’m ‘Ere! (Royal Court, Liverpool/Dome, Liverpool); The Official Story of LFC (Echo Arena, Liverpool/Odyssey Arena, Belfast); YNWA: The Official History of Liverpool Football Club (Royal Court, Liverpool/Gaiety, Dublin); Departure Lounge (Edinburgh Fringe, 2012) and Spring Awakening (LIPA).
Emily Linden also writes and performs for various artists and bands throughout the UK, including UK country artist Frankie Davies.
Lee Hall studied English Literature at the University of Cambridge. He has been writer in residence at the RSC and Live Theatre, Newcastle Upon Tyne.
His work in theatre includes: The Pitmen Painters (Evening Standard Award, Best Play and TMA Award, Best New Play) for Live Theatre, the National Theatre, on Broadway, in London’s West End, and on UK tour; Billy Elliot – the Musical (Olivier Award, Best Musical and nine Tony Awards including Best Book) in London, Australia, on Broadway and in Chicago; and Cooking with Elvis at Live Theatre and in London’s West End. Adaptations include Shakespeare in Love (Noël Coward); The Barber of Seville (Bristol Old Vic); The Good Hope (National Theatre); Mother Courage for Shared Experience and at the Ambassadors; The Adventures of Pinocchio (Lyric Hammersmith); A Servant to Two Masters (RSC & Young Vic); Mr Puntila and his man Matti (Almeida); and Leonce and Lena (Gate). Opera includes the English adaptation of Pagliacci (ENO).
TV includes Toast, The Wind in the Willows, A Prince of Hearts and Spoonface Steinberg.
Film includes War Horse and Billy Elliot (Oscar nomination, Best Screenplay).
Radio includes I Luv U Jimmy Spud (Writers’ Guild Award, Best New Play; Gold Sony Award, Best New Play; Alfred Bradley Award; and Society of Authors Award), Spoonface Steinberg, The Love Letters of Ragie Patel, The Sorrows of Sandra Saint, Blood Sugar, Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter, Gristle, Child of the Snow and Child of the Rain.
Alan Warner has written eight novels: Morvern Callar (which was made into a film with Samantha Morton), These Demented Lands, The Sopranos, The Man Who Walks, The Worms Can Carry Me To Heaven, The Stars in the Bright Sky (which was longlisted for the 2010 Man Booker Prize), and The Deadman’s Pedal, which won the 2013 James Tait Black Prize. His most recent novel, Their Lips Talk of Mischief is published by Faber & Faber.
Vicky Featherstone joined the Royal Court as Artistic Director in January 2013. At the Court she has recently directed Cyprus Avenue by David Ireland in the Theatre Upstairs & the Abbey Theatre Dublin, and X by Alistair McDowall in the Theatre Downstairs. Previous directing at the Royal Court includes Zinnie Harris’s How to Hold Your Breath; Molly Davies’s award-winning God Bless the Child; Maidan: Voices from the Uprising; Abi Morgan’s The Mistress Contract; Dennis Kelly’s The Ritual Slaughter of George Mastromas; Ali McDowell’s Talk Show; Nicole Beckwith’s Untitled Matriach Play and The President Has Come to See You by Georgian playwright Lasha Bugadze. Her other work includes the current National Theatre of Scotland’s production of Lee Hall’s Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour (National Theatre/Tour); Enquirer, An Appointment with the Wicker Man; 27; The Wheel; Somersaults (National Theatre of Scotland); The Small Things; Pyrenees; On Blindness; Tiny Dynamite; Crazy Gary’s Mobile Disco; Splendour; and Crave (Paines Plough). Vicky was Artistic Director of Paines Plough 1997-2005 and was the founding Artistic Director of The National Theatre of Scotland 2005-2012. She began her career at West Yorkshire Playhouse and in television.
Music Arranger & Supervisor
Martin Lowe’s work in theatre includes The Light Princess, Nation, War Horse, Caroline or Change, Once in a Lifetime, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Jerry Springer – The Opera (National Theatre); Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Palace Theatre); Mamma Mia! (Novello/Shanghai/Tokyo/Seoul/Stockholm/international tour), The Full Monty, Les Misérables, Cats and Once on this Island in the West End; The Twits and Hope at the Royal Court; Once (New York Theatre Workshop/Broadway/West End) (Tony, Grammy, Olivier, Drama Desk, Green Room and Obie Awards); The Wolves in the Walls and Appointment with the Wicker Man (National Theatre of Scotland); The Lily’s Revenge (American Repertory Theater); Vintage Voices (London International Festival of Theatre); and The Threepenny Opera and Jedermann (Salzburg Festival).
Composition includes The Misanthrope, The Secret Rapture, The Blue Room and Hysteria (Chichester); Into Exile and Dear Exile on BBC Radio 4.
Film includes Mamma Mia! (Golden Reel Award) and Greetings from Tim Buckley.
Chloe Lamford trained at Wimbledon School of Art. She is currently Associate Designer at the Royal Court. Her designs for theatre include Rules for Living and The World of Extreme Happiness (National); 1984 (Almeida/West End); The Twits, Circle Mirror Transformation, Teh Internet is Serious Business, 2071, God Bless the Child, Open Court and How to Hold Your Breath (Royal Court); Atmen and Ophelias Zimmer at Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz, Berlin; Het Hamilton Complex at Hepaleis, Antwerp; Salt, Root and Roe (Donmar Warehouse); The Events for ATC (Young Vic); Disco Pigs, Sus and costume design for Blackta (Young Vic); My Shrinking Life, Appointment with the Wicker Man and Knives in Hens (National Theatre of Scotland); Praxis Makes Perfect and The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning (National Theatre of Wales); Boys (Headlong); Cannibals and The Gatekeeper (Manchester Royal Exchange); The History Boys and My Romantic History (Sheffield Crucible/Bush); Joseph K and The Kreutzer Sonata at the Gate; This Wide Night and It Felt Empty… (Clean Break); The Mother Ship and How to Tell the Monsters from the Misfits (Birmingham Rep); The Country (Salisbury Playhouse); and Small Miracle (Tricycle and Colchester Mercury (winner of Best Design at TMA awards).
Designs for opera include Alcina at Aix en Provence Festival; The Little Sweep and Let’s Make an Opera (Malmö Opera House, Sweden); The Magic Flute (ETO); War and Peace (Scottish Opera/RCS); and The Cunning Little Vixen and Orpheus in the Underworld (Royal College of Music).
Theatre credits include: Nuclear War, God Bless the Child, The Low Road; A Time to Reap (Royal Court Theatre); Seventeen (Lyric Hammersmith); All the Angels, The Broken Heart, Tis Pity She’s a Whore (Shakespeare’s Globe); Amadeus, The Threepenny Opera, Les Blancs, I Want My Hat Back, Edward II, Dido, Queen of Carthage (National Theatre); The Emperor, Measure for Measure, Dirty Butterfly (Young Vic); Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour (National Theatre of Scotland/National Theatre/UK Tour); Red Velvet (West End); Five Finger Exercise (The Print Room); The Skriker (Manchester International Festival & Royal Exchange); Carmen Disruption, Little Revolution, Turn of Screw, King Lear, Filumena, Measure for Measure, When the Rain Stops Falling (Almeida Theatre); Hamlet, Blindsided, Cannibals (Royal Exchange Theatre); In Time O’Strife, An Appointment with the Wicker Man, The Missing (National Theatre of Scotland); The Crucible (The Old Vic); Pests (Clean Break/Royal Exchange Theatre/Royal Court Theatre/UK Tour); Adren Of Faversham (Royal Shakespeare Company); Of Mice and Men, As You Like it (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Red Velvet (Tricycle Theatre, Garrick Theatre & New York); The History Boys, Macbeth (Sheffield Crucible); Under Carpet (De Stilte, Holland); OMG! (Sadler’s Wells Theatre/Company of Angels/The Place/Winner of the Chorography for Children Award 2012); Penelope (Dramaturgs Network/Company of Angels); But I CD Only Whisper, When Five Years Pass (Arcola Theatre); One Day When We Were Young, The Sound of Heavy Rain (Paines Plough); Love, Love, Love (Paines Plough/Royal Court Theatre); The Tempest (The Watermill Theatre); Persuasion (Salisbury Playhouse); Corrie (The Lowry/UK Tour); Snow Queen (Chichester Festival Theatre); The Boiler Room (Clean Break); A Dolls House (Exeter Northcott Theatre); Wuthering Heights (Birmingham Rep); Success (National Theatre with Islington Youth Theatre).
Opera Credits Include: The Winter’s Tale, Powder Her Face (ENO); Let’s Make An Opera, The Little Sweep (Mamo Opera).
Television Credits Include: Harlots (ITV); Call The Midwife, The Hollow Crown (BBC).
Film Credits Include: On Chesil Beach (Golan Films (OCB) Limited); My Name Is Ruthie Segal, Hear Me Roar (Jewish Film Festival 2009); Is also choreographer for filmmaker and animator Jasmin Jordy and commercials for Age UK and ChildLine.
Imogen has been commissioned to create performance installations for The British Library and Curious Lab – Barbican 2016.
Imogen is a visiting lecturer at Central School of Speech and Drama and acted as a mentor, on behalf of Old Vic New Voices, for the young company Snuff Box Theatre on their acclaimed production Bitch Boxer.
Theatre credits include: The Mountaintop (Young Vic); Frankenstein/Hedda Gabler (Northern Stage); Glasgow Girls (National Theatre of Scotland/UK Tour); Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour (National Theatre of Scotland/UK Tour); Human Animals, Violence and Son (Royal Court); Endgame, The Choir, Fever Dream: Southside, The Libertine, Far Away/Seagulls, Krapp’s Last Tape/Footfalls (Citizens); The Brink (Orange Tree); Fruit Trilogy (West Yorkshire Playhouse): Romeo and Juliet (Sheffield Crucible); The Mighty Walzer, Anna Karenina (Royal Exchange, Manchester); Secret Theatre (Lyric, Hammersmith/Tour); In A Time O’ Strife, My Shrinking Life, The Enquirer, An Appointment with the Wickerman, Knives in Hens, Girl X, Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off, Venus as a Boy (National Theatre of Scotland); White Gold (Iron Oxide); Idomeneus (Gate); Spring Awakening, While You Lie, Any Given Day, The Dark Things (Traverse); Pangaa (Ankur); Huxley’s Lab (Grid Iron/Lung Ha’s/Edinburgh Festival Theatre); Under Milk Wood (Theatre Royal, Northampton); Cockroach, The Dogstone/Nasty, Brutish & Short, Nobody Will Ever Forgive Us (National Theatre of Scotland/Traverse).
Mike Walker trained at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London.
His sound designs for theatre include 3 Winters, Chewing Gum Dreams, Home, Hymn, St Matthew Passion, Major Barbara, Caroline or Change and Jerry Springer – The Opera (for which he won the first Olivier Award for Best Sound Design) (National Theatre); The Last Mermaid (Weston Studio); Flowers for Mrs Harris (Sheffield Crucible); Hapgood and Drawing the Line (Hampstead); Hobson’s Choice (UK tour); Taken at Midnight and The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Chichester/West End); Enemy of the People and For Services Rendered (Chichester); Temple (Donmar Warehouse); Crazy for You, The Fantasticks!, Latin Fever, Bat Boy – The Musical, Songs My Mother Taught Me, Jus’ Like That, The Full Monty and The Graduate (West End); Crazy for You, Into the Woods, Hello, Dolly! and Gigi (Regent’s Park); Oh What a Lovely War (Stratford East/Tour); The Herd and Disgraced (Bush); The Three Musketeers (Rose, Kingston); and Aspects of Love (Tour).
In Singapore: The Tempest, The Merchant of Venice, Twelfth Night, Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing, Avenue Q, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Cabaret, My Fair Lady, Forbidden City, Honk! The Ugly Duckling, Chang and Eng, They’re Playing Our Song, M Butterfly, Art, A Twist of Fate, Hamlet, Sing to the Dawn, Little Shop of Horrors, Noye’s Fludde, Kampong Amber, Death of a Salesman and Into the Woods.
With his company, Loh Humm Audio, Mike Walker provides consultancy, project management, sales and installation services for theatres.