Friday, January 19, 2018

Meet the Team Behind “DON’T LEAVE ME NOW’

In advance of the upcoming performance at Quay Arts on the Isle of Wight, we’d like to tell you a little more about the artistic team behind the production.
Brian Daniels -(Chris) has produced more than 200 new plays and musicals since 1994. These have previously included co-productions with the West Yorkshire Playhouse. He produced concert artists including Eartha Kitt, Michael Feinstein, Boy George, Ute Lemper, Maria Friedman,Elaine Stritch and Ron Moody. His own plays; A BIG DAY FOR THE GOLDBERGS and WHERE’S YOUR MAMA GONE? have been acclaimed and WHERE’S YOUR MAMA GONE is being produced as a feature film in 2014. In early 2013 he completed a tour of THE GOOD AND THE TRUE which successfully ran in Leeds, Prague, Brussels and London is currently week season off-Broadway in New York at the Daryl Roth Theatre.

Jeni DraperDirector. Jeni has recently directed a sell out and critically acclaimed national tour of Bryony Lavery’s play ‘Frozen’ for fingersmiths in co-production with Birmingham Repertory Theatre. Fingersmiths is a physical theatre company of which she is co-founder and Artistic Director , also this year she directed Shenagh Govan in her one woman show ‘War Crimes for the Home’ by Anne Pearson. Jeni is delighted to have been on the ‘Don’t Leave Me Now’ journey since it’s early days as the subject is close to her heart however she is looking forward to directing a comedy soon!

Kate Dyson- (June) Kate trained at the Guildhall school of music and drama and spent 2 years with the D’Oyly Carte Opera company both in the UK and USA. Her most recent West End appearance was as Mrs Enysnford Hill in Trevor Nunn’s My Fair Lady. Other theatre credits Mdm De Volanges in Les Liaisons Dangereuses (West End and world tour) Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest and the old woman in The New World Order (both for Brighton Festival). Moira in Mindwalking (UK and India tour) and Kath in Peter Skellern’s new musical You Can Always Hand Them Back (Colchester Mercury). At the National theatre, numerous roles in Death Of A Salesman, A Little Night Music, The Cripple Of Inishmaan, Yerma, The London Cuckolds, Animal Farm, Jaques Brel Is Alive And Well. West End musicals include Blood Brothers, Annie, Sweeney Todd, Windy City, Les Miserables, Billy, Showboat, Phil the Fluter.

Karen Spicer- (Judy) Brighton based actress Karen Spicer has worked all over the country. Originally from Nottingham she was a stalwart Red Ladder and Theatre Centre company member, was part of the award winning Graeae Reasons to be Cheerful company which guest starred in the Opening Ceremony of the Paralympics for London 2012 before going to Rio and wowing the Brazilians, has run her own company which toured nationally and internationally and to unwind, she relaxes with a G&T by the sea.

Shenagh Govan- (Penny) Shenagh trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School & has worked extensively in theatre, TV, film & radio, including national tours & seasons in regional rep theatre & fringe productions in London. Recent work with Jeni Draper includes ‘Whose Afraid of Virginia Woolf’ by Edward Albee & also ‘Frozen’ by Bryony Lavery at The National Theatre Studio for Fingersmiths Theatre Company. TV film credits include Aunt Gritty in “The Mill on the Floss”, Sally Masey in Peter Kosminsky’s “Innocents”, Bookish Woman in “Stuart A Life Backwards”and “Summer in The Suburbs” & “The Vascillations of Poppy Carew”. Shenagh’s TV extensive credits include 8 years as Joy, S.O.C.O in The Bill, & episodes of “Murder in Mind”, Sea of Souls, “Holby City”, “Doctors”, “Casualty”, “Midsomer Murders”, “Without Motive”, “Eastenders”, “Taking Liberties, “Dear Dilemma” & “Inside Victor Lewis Smith.”

Marie Fortune- (Lauren) Marie’s recent work includes: Jo Brand On Kissing (BBC), Tommy – The Enlightenment Cafe (Old Vic Tunnels), Nightingale – Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales (Pleasance), Carol – Where’s Your Mama Gone? By Brian Daniels (New End Theatre Beyond), Cinderella (Globe Players Tour), Juliet – Romeo & Juliet (Wycombe Arts) and Lead in Perfect Choice (Nollywood feature). Marie is also a puppeteer.

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