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Stars Are Fire Cast & Creatives

8th July 2012 by Martin Gibbons

Monkeywood’s new play, STARS ARE FIRE, will run at New Century House in Manchester from Friday 20 to Thursday 26 July 2012. Tickets are available from 24:7 Theatre Festival. As rehearsals are well underway we’d like to introduce you to who’s involved…

Emma Clarke (Carly)

Born in Manchester, Emma trained at The Hammond School in Chester. Her theatre experience whilst training includes: Bride in Blood Wedding, Ann in Treats, Elle Woods in Legally Blonde. Stars Are Fire marks Emma’s professional debut.

Richie Gibson  (Lou)

Training: The Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. Recent theatre; Wallace in Frank Sent Me (Soho Theatre), Tony in Kiss Me Like You Mean It (Actor’s Platform, West End)) and The Bailiff in Complicit at The Old Vic, directed by Kevin Spacey. TV includes; Ten Days to D-Day (Ch4), Clay, The Grid (BBC) and Heartbeat, The Royal and Steel River Blues (ITV), Film credits include; Goal (dir. Danny Cannon) and Beyond The Sea (dir.Kevin Spacey).

Steven Hillman (Neil)

Training: The Arden School of Theatre. Theatre: Once Upon A Time in Wigan (West Yorkshire Playhouse & Contact Theatre), Inheritance (Live Theatre), 15 Streets (Darlington Civic Theatre), Fair (Contact Theatre). TV: Red Riding Trilogy, The Street, Vincent, Shameless, George Gently, Heartbeat, The Royal, Hebburn, Starlings, Young Dracula, 4 O’Clock Club, New Street Law, Blue Murder, Clocking Off, Steel River Blues, Coronation Street, Emmerdale, Donovan, Band of Gold. Films: Harrigans Nick, Desperate Measures, Dig Your Own Grave, Going Off Big Time, Bait Room, Unconditional. Short Film Director: Gutted, Those Who Can (currently showing at international Film Festivals).

Liz Postlethwaite – Director

Liz Postlethwaite is a Theatre Maker and Writer currently based in Manchester, UK. Following training as a Theatre Director at Middlesex University, RESAD Madrid and GITIS in Moscow, she has worked professionally for over 15 years for organisations including The Lowry, The Library Theatre and Contact Theatre. Alongside her work as an artist and facilitator she is the founder of SMALL THINGS and the company’s Creative Director.

Jyothi Kuna – Assistant Director

Jyothi is a director, lecturer and actor. She has worked as a Drama lecturer, examiner and moderator in Higher, Further and Secondary Education, including community and school workshops, devised and applied theatre projects in the North West. Graduating from Derby University in Drama and Literature and completing a PGCE in Drama & Performing Arts at the university of Bolton, Jyothi is currently studying for a Masters in Theatre and Performance at the University of Manchester, specialising in theatre directing. Theatre: ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: Alfie ( Bolton Octagon theatre Jan –April 2012) ACTOR: Prison Arts Network. EPEA Conference, ACTOR: Anita Sharma (Peoples History Museum Manchester).

Francesca Waite – Writer and Producer

Francesca is an actor, writer and co-artistic director of Monkeywood Theatre. Writing work includes On Standby for Verbally Challenged at The Contact, which she is currently adapting for film. She co-wrote the short film, The Artful Dodger, with Louise Lynch and David Barnes, which was produced by Libra Television & Two Sugars for BBC2 Education. The film was nominated for a Children’s BAFTA and selected by North West Vision and Media to be shown at the Short Film Corner at Cannes Film Festival 2010. Francesca collaborated on the research and development of the scripts for Monkeywood’s Flesh and Once in a House on Fire.

Sarah McDonald Hughes – Dramaturgical Support

Sarah is an actor, writer and co-artistic director of Monkeywood Theatre. Her writing includes Once in a House on Fire, Last Orders, Maine Road, A Song For The Lovers (Monkeywood Theatre), The Tower (Paines Plough/Royal Exchange Studio), The Tree, Night Train, Scratches In The Earth (Action Transport Theatre), Maine Road (BBC Radio 4), Streets Above (Banter Media), Scattered (24:7 theatre 24 hour plays), The North (Royal Exchange Studio). Sarah was highly commended in the BBC’s 2009 Alfred Bradley Award and her plays Last Orders and Once in a House on Fire were both nominated for Best New Play in the 2011 Manchester Theatre Awards.  In 2011 she completed North West Vision and Media’s prestigious Drafted initiative and is currently writing her first screenplay.

Michael Jacob – Dramaturgical Support

Micheal Jacob has worked in television comedy for 21 years – ten of them with Alomo Productions, and ten with BBC Television. While at Alomo, he script edited the company’s two biggest successes, Birds of a Feather, and Goodnight Sweetheart, as well as working on Get Back and producing Starting Out and Cry Wolf. He was creative head of the BBC college of comedy, which he combined with executive producing Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, and My Family. He developed The Smoking Room for which its writer, Brian Dooley, won a new writing BAFTA. Throughout his television career, Micheal has been involved in discovering and developing new writers, more than 30 of whom are now working professionally in the television industry covering soaps and drama as well as comedy, some having created their own series. Having left the BBC in March 2011, Micheal is now living in Manchester. He has a close relationship with Cofilmic, with whom he is developing a new sitcom by a graduate of their sitcom writing course. He is acting as a dramaturg on Stars Are Fire and Goldfish for the 24:7 Theatre Festival, and is consulting to the BBC on new writing initiatives. He is also working with Lime Pictures on a pilot project.

Music by Nick Lynn

Artwork by Lois Maskell

 

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