Cast & Creative Team


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Sarah Applewood

Sarah trained at The University Of Hull obtaining a Drama Degree and went onto complete a Post Grad Diploma in Professional Acting at the Academy of Live & Recorded Arts. She plays the clarinet, sax and piano and once studied under the legendary late jazz musician John Dankworth. Her professional career has taken her to Argentina, Japan, The International Festival of Music Theatre in Greece, Italy, Spain, Prague and Malta’s astounding National Theatre ‘The Manoel’. Credits include: Bethsabe in The Love of ‘King David & Fair Bethsabe (Shakespeare’s The Globe), Can Can (Sadlers Wells: Lilian Bayliss Theatre),  The Screams Of Kitty Genovese (Tete a Tete Opera Festival Riverside Studios), World Tour A Christmas’ Carol, Hey Jack (The Opera) (Arcola Theatre), Anthology a concert for Conor Mitchel filled with West End regulars, Dude! Where’s My Teddy Bear! (The Tricycle Theatre), Cabaret In The House: Stephen Schwarz (Lauderdale House), NewsRevue, Red, Hot & Cole and The Pirates of Penzance. Sarah sings regularly at high profile global events for Incognito Artists, has worked on several new musicals and recordings for Mercury Musical Developments. Sarah also works extensively in commercials including Activia with Martine Mcutcheon, Planitherm, Baileys and the Halifax DJ mug drop ad! She has a handsome hubbie and 3 children: 5 year old twins Clementine & George and 2 year old Evangeline to keep her busy when she is not treading the boards!

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Patrick Bridgman

Patrick is very pleased to be returning to the role of Charlie and the world of Some Like It Hotter.  Since the show’s last outing he has performed outdoors in a short tour of Yorkshire gardens (Love-in-Idleness, Rachel Dean Company), taken part in several performances of new writing across the northwest, and toured with Tall Stories Theatre Co in their staging of The Snail and the Whale, which visited Singapore and Hong Kong before travelling from Berwick-upon-Tweed to Exeter via Wales and many other stops.  He will be on the road (and in the sea) with that show again from September to December, taking in Dubai, Scotland and anywhere else they missed the first time.Occasionally, Patrick manages to stay in one place for a while: two full seasons at Theatre by the Lake in Keswick have included roles in What the Butler Saw, Bus Stop, Shining City, The Lady in the Van, Arsenic and Old Lace, and The Caretaker. Over the course of five pantos at Oldham Coliseum he has graduated from Alderman to King. He has worked at various regional theatres, London’s West End and fringe, and on several other tours, nationally and internationally.His TV work includes several brief visits to Coronation Street and Emmerdale, as well as The Street, No Angels and The Grand.  On radio he has acted in various Afternoon Dramas and has been a reader on With Great Pleasure.

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Daniel Lloyd

Dan is from Rhosllannerchrugog, North Wales and he trained East 15 Acting School.
During training he enjoyed such roles as De Flores in The Changeling, Tewson in Fen, Emmanuel in Widows and Algernon in The Importance Of Being Earnest.
In 2004 he was a BBC’s Carleton Hobbs Bursary Award finalist.
Theatre credits include: Mods and Rox (The New Wolsey Theatre), Spring Awakening a New Musical (Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru). Gluscabi, Melangell, The Princess and the Hunter and Me, a Giant! for Theatr na n’Og. The Comedy of Errors (Stafford Festival Shakespeare) and Romeo & Juliet for Bitesize Theatre.
The Hub, Animal Farm, The Taming Of The Shrew ,Yesterday, The Suicide, Tales From Small Nations, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and 8 consecutive rock ‘n roll pantos inc. Sleeping Beauty, Aladdin, Robin Hood & The Babes in The Wood, Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Beauty & The Beast, Dick Whittington all for Clwyd Theatr Cymru. Television and film credits include: Dau Dŷ a Ni, Tipyn o Stad, A470 (ITVWales) and in a number of short films. He has very recently finished filming for the forthcoming Muppets movie sequel for Disney. Dan is a signed guitarist, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist and has had some success with his first solo Welsh language album Tro Ar Fyd. reaching no 3 in BBC Radio Cymru’s chart. A regular on Welsh television and radio performing his own songs, he also fronts the band Daniel Lloyd a Mr Pinc who have released several Welsh language recordings and have toured a lot in the last 7 years. A career highlight of theirs was a performance at the Bryn Terfel Faenol festival in 2008.

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Paul Matania

Paul trained at Rose Bruford College and gained BA (hons) Actor Musicianship. Whilst at Rose Bruford, Paul played: Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Christopher Mahon in The Playboy Of The Western World and The Proprietor in Stephen Soundheim’s Assassins.

Paul’s professional Theatre credits include: Trevor in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Watermill Theatre; George Robey in The Hard Boiled Egg and The Wasp, Lion and Unicorn Theatre; The Genie in Aladdin, Chalkfoot Theatre; Tony Curtis in Some Like it Hotter, The Watermill Theatre.

As well as being a performer, Paul is also a strong Musician, playing various instruments including guitar, double bass, drums and ukulele.

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Sophie Byrne

Sophie trained at the Urdang Academy, Covent Garden and the BRIT School (Music Major).
Theatre credits include; Radio Times (UK Tour), A Vote for Father Christmas (Workshop, The Charing Cross Theatre), Robin Hood & Babes in the Wood (New Wolsey, Ipswich), Radio Times (Watermill Theatre), Guys & Dolls (Theatr Clwyd, New Theatre Cardiff, Grand Theatre Swansea, New Wolsey Ipswich & Salisbury Playhouse), Daisy u/s and playing Laura in Dreamboats & Petticoats (Playhouse Theatre, West End), Hold Tight It’s 80′s Night (Creative Fabriek, Hengelo), Dreamboats and Petticoats (Savoy, West End & 2009 UK Tour), Gotta Sing Gotta Dance (UK Tour), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (UK Tour and Singapore Esplanade Theatre), Columbia in The Rocky Horror Show (European tour) and Turned on Tap (Queen Elizabeth Hall). TV credits include; Hallo Berlin, 100 Greatest Musical Hits (German TV), GMTV. Recording; Original Cast Recording of Dreamboats & Petticoats (Universal Music), Through the Looking Glass (Reed Player), Around the World in Eighty Days. Cabaret and functions include; Piano/Vocalist at The Montague on the Gardens Hotel, Royal Variety Show After-show Party, The Players Bar, Emirates Stadium, Soho Revue Bar, Dorchester, Intercontinental and Hilton Hotels in London. Music and pit work; Jekyll and Hyde (The Union Theatre), The Glorious Ones (The Landor Theatre). Sophie is the creator and musical director of The Daisy Chains- an all-girl all singing and playing 1950′s rock ‘n roll band.

Andrew Venning

Theatre includes: Laugh Your Farce Off (The Pleasance Theatre, Islington) Cinderella-The Anti Panto (Leicester Square Theatre)The Winter’s Tale (The Rose Bankside) How does that make you feel? (RehearsedReading, Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury) A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Oxford Shakespeare Company) The Alchemist (Let Them Call it Mischief) Ondine (The White Bear Theatre) Look Back in Anger (The Space) Baal (Rehearsed Reading , Arcola Theatre) Phaedra’s Love (Arcola Theatre) Peter Pan (Grand Canal Theatre, Dublin & Mayflower Theatre, Southampton)Twelfth Night (Hoxton Hall/Middle Temple Hall) The White Devil (Blue Elephant Theatre) Henry V, Love’s Labours Lost (Cambridge Shakespeare Festival) Original cast of the Olivier nominated Dreamboats & Petticoats (Tour, Savoy Theatre West End & Playhouse Theatre West End) The Master & Margarita (The Space) A Midsummer Night’s Dream (France Open Air Tour) Romeo & Juliet (Jermyn Street Theatre)The Winter’s Tale (Courtyard Theatre) The Real Inspector Hound, Dogg’s Hamlet (The Space) Twelfth Night (CochraneTheatre) The Billie Holiday Story (Hackney Empire, Tour UK/Ireland/Holland) Thomas the Tank Engine (Wembley Arena/Arena Tour), Richard III (Antic Disposition/Site specific,Hampstead) Treasure Island, The Children of Hercules (Scoop Amphitheatre) The Secret Garden (National Theatre, Malta) Staircase (ETC & Baron’s Court Theatre). TV includes: Doctors (BBC1), Days that shook the World (BBC 4), Talk to Frank (Commercial) Trivial Pursuit 90′s Edition(Commercial), Tikka Massala (Pilot sitcom). Radio/Voice Over’: Cartoon Network, Milkshake (Channel 5), Talk to Frank, Dreamboats & Petticoats (Original Cast Album recording), News Spin (Variety Radio Show Live).


Written by
Richard Hurford

Richard Hurford is a theatre, radio and performance playwright, whose work has been produced throughout the UK and Europe.  He has collaborated extensively with Sheffield Theatres, York Theatre Royal and Pilot Theatre.   He has also worked with BBC Radio 4, Oxfordshire Theatre Company, Watermill Theatre, Dundee Rep, Polka Theatre for Children, Theatre Royal, Plymouth, Seven Sisters Group, Emergency Exit Arts, Merseyside Young People’s Theatre, Compass Theatre Company, Mad Dogs Theatre Company, Whoopee Stomp Dance Company, Vrienden van de Dansmuziek (Netherlands), Exit Productions (Norway) and the European theatre networks MagicNet and Platform 11+.

His other plays include the adult dramas iShandy, Lives in Art, Catcher, Age/Sex/Location? (European Theatre Convention Award 2004), Killing Camilla, Casualties, Bedevilled, Boys’ Stuff and Adopt a Soldier.    Work for children and young people includes the plays Jack & Daniel’s Comedy Guide to Girls, What Light, Jack & the Clones of Chaos, Suitcase City, Eyecatcher, Battina & the Moon, Chameleon, Little Father, Peach Boy, Beauty and the Beast and Gorbelly.  Classic adaptations include Moby Dick (MEN Theatre Awards Best Touring Production Nominee 2006), Frankenstein, The Canterbury Tales, The Odyssey and The Three Musketeers.  Youth theatre and community pieces include 20 Tiny Plays about Sheffield, Confessions of a City, The Keys to the Kingdom and Secret Solstice.  Multi-media work includes the dance/video pieces Like a Fish out of Water, Submarina, Queen of the Deep and Atalanta.

He has written The King of Sootland, The Nature of the Beast and How I Wonder What You Are? for BBC Radio 4  and has appeared writing live on stage in York and Amsterdam in the Tune In, Turn On, Drop Out performance event.



Directed by
Karen Simpson

Karen’s work as director includes Vertigo, Jungle Book, Loving April, Hansel and Gretel, River’s Up, Peach Boy, Dancing in my Dreams and Alice in Wonderland (Oxfordshire Theatre Company),two productions of Handful of Henna (Rasa Theatre and Sheffield Theatres).

Karen directed and produced a range of musical productions for younger audiences including Battina and the Moon, The Minotaur, Eyecatcher, Leopard, The Sound Collector, Shadows on a Wall, The Magic Book, Jago’s Box, Warrior Square, The Jazz Conductor (Sheffield Theatres); The Ugly Duckling (Nottingham Playhouse); Nanna’s Nightingale, Jack and the Junk Box, Jack and the Fir Tree (Haymarket Theatre, Leicester).

Karen founded and was Artistic Director of new writing young people’s theatre, Action Transport Theatre in the North West producing and directing over 60 productions for younger audiences including Castles and Roses, Cover Up, Runnaway, Glory, Love Trouble, Sorted, Iyadola’s Babies, Peace Maker, Raj and Ship of Fools.  She also co-directed outdoor productions of Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, Caucasian Chalk Circle, Comedy of Errors and Midsummer Night’s Dream; two community plays The Pool of Dreams and The Big Ditch; and a number of family shows including The Snow Queen, The Ugly Duckling, The Emperor’s New Clothes, and Gawain and the Green Knight.

Karen also produced and directed Young Voices with BBC Radio Sheffield.

Karen trained at Bretton Hall College and has taught at a range of universities and drama schools.

Karen was Artistic Director of Oxfordshire Theatre Company and Action Transport Theatre Company and the Creative Development Director and Education Director for Sheffield Theatres.  In 2012 Karen set up her own company, KSP producing a new play The Incredible Doctor Guttman’ which toured nationally.


Designed by
Jane Linz Roberts

Jane is a designer whose work spans theatre, film and interpretive installations.  Her earliest work included landmark theatre productions for new writing companies, such as Lear’s Daughters for the Women’s Theatre Group, and theatre for young people with writers such as Mike Kenny and Charlie Way; collaborative partnerships with leading exponents of children’s theatre which continue to form part of her work. As resident designer at the Sherman Theatre in Cardiff she designed a dynamic programme of main stage and studio work, both classics and new writing. Highlights were The Merchant Of Venice, Of Mice And Men and Under Milk Wood (which toured to America); Christmas plays such as The Dark Is Rising, Sleeping Beauty and Matilda; and a new musical Everything Must Go with music by The Manic Street Preachers. She worked with companies throughout Wales and continues to collaborate with them now that she is based in London.

Most recently she has designed projects for Theatr Clwyd, Theatr Na n’og and the National Theatre of Wales. She also developed a strong collaboration with Y Cwmni and writer/director Ed Thomas culminating in a celebrated production of Song From A Forgotten City which was invited to the Royal Court Theatre. Jane has designed for theatre companies throughout the UK including Birmingham Rep, Nottingham Playhouse, Sheffield Crucible, the New Vic in Stoke and the National Theatre. Recent shows have included a production of Roots for Nottingham Playhouse to mark Arnold Wesker’s 80th birthday and a touring production of Lilies on the Land (about land girls in World War 2) for Fresh Glory. Jane has developed her film work in differing directions. She has collaborated on a number of occasions with Met Film (previously APT). This has included two outstanding projects; Deep Water was a feature documentary which won Best Documentary at the Independent Film Awards and Rome Film Festival, September was a 25 minute film by rising star Esther May Campbell. It won the BAFTA for Best Short Film in 2009.

Another strand of film work has been created for museums, in collaboration with Elbow, including recreating the eighteenth century Pleasure Gardens in films for 2 walls of an installation at the Museum of London. As Design Director for a new museum whose development is underway in Oxford called The Story Museum, Jane spent three months working closely with the client team, the architects and other creatives including Michael Rosen, to produce proposals and designs for the exterior and courtyard of this exciting project.


Lighting designed by
Mark Dymock

Recent credits: Jack and the Beanstalk (Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch); Arabian Nights (Watermill); Kabaddi-Kabaddi-Kabbadi (Kali); The Incredible Dr Guttmann (KSP); Insufficiency (Riverside Studios); Arsenic and Old Lace (Mercury Theatre); Return To The Forbidden Planet (30th anniversary production), The Merchant of Venice, Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay!, Cinderella, (Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch); Butterfly Lion (The Curve); Farm Boy (59E59 Theatre, New York).

Other credits include: Treasure Island, Wind in the Willows (Watermill), Star of Wonder (Theatre in the Quarter); Friend or Foe (Scamp); Those Magnificent Men (Underbelly); 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea (Nuffield Theatre); Bollywood Baraat (Art Asia); Jungle Book (OTTC); Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Bermuda City Hall); Farm Boy (Assembly Rooms); Town (Northampton Royal); Alice in Wonderland (Nuffield Theatre); The Mystery of the London Eye (Unicorn Theatre); Oliver! (Bermuda City Hall); Shirley Valentine (Royal Court Liverpool); World’s End (Trafalgar Studios); The Hired Man (59E59 Theatre, New York); The Full Monty (Bermuda City Hall); The Comedy of Errors and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Ludlow Castle); Ladies Down Under, The Woman Who Cooked Her Husband, (Queen’s Theatre); Sleeping Beauty, How to Beat a Giant (Unicorn); Broadway in the Shadows (Grand Theatre de Luxembourg); Educating Rita and Breezeblock Park (Liverpool Playhouse); James and the Giant Peach, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair De Lune, Another Sun, Spoonface Steinberg, Holes, Scent, Shoah, Ballroom, The Weir, The Entertainer, Last Train to Nibroc, Macbeth (Nuffield Theatre); Theatre Café, Virgins (Company of Angels); Beauty Sleeps (Young Vic Company); St George and the Dragon, Jason and the Argonauts, World Cup Final 1966 (Carl Heap and Tom Morris); The Portrait of Dorian Gray (Vienna’s English Theatre).


Music directed by
Neil MacDonald

Neil trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he studied the piano.

Theatre includes: MD & Keys on The Wind In The Willows (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Hot Mikado (Electric Theatre, GSA), Allegro (Bridewell Theatre, LSMT production), Some Like it Hotter (Watermill Theatre & Touring), Giants in the Earth (Workshop), Bright Lights, Big City (Bridewell Theatre, London), The Rage to Live (The Mill Studio, Guildford & New End Theatre, Hampstead), Little Women (Waterloo-East Theatre), Copacabana (Watermill Theatre, Newbury), Into the Woods (Crescent Theatre, Birmingham), Lunch with Marlene & Noel (UK Tour),  Dracula (White Bear, London), A Little Night Music (Zion Arts Centre, Manchester), Lunch With Marlene (New End Theatre), George’s Marvellous Medicine (The Pavilion, Bournemouth & The Palace Theatre, Manchester).The Mikado and Cole (Westminster Theatre, London), A Grand Night for Singing (Steiner Theatre, London). Dep. Keys on Chicago (Cambridge Theatre, London) & Les Miserables (Queen’s Theatre, London).

Neil has also performed extensively as a solo classical pianist and accompanist at venues in London such as the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Wigmore Hall, St. James’s Piccadilly and St. Martin in the Fields. He has toured SE Asia, the Philippines and Hong Kong, and given recitals in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Paris, Nice, Barcelona, Rome and Hamburg.

Movement by
Alistair David

Alistair’s theatre credits include A Man Of No Importance (Salisbury Playhouse); My Fair Lady, Bull, The Way Of The World, My Dad’s  Birdman (Sheffield Theatres); Paper Dolls (Tricycle Theatre); The Sound Of Music (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); Posh (West End); The Golden Age Of Broadway (Southbank Centre); Once Upon A Time In Wigan (Paines Plough/ Hull Truck); A Bowl Of Cherries (Charing Cross Theatre); Thoroughly Modern Millie, Radio Times (Watermill Theatre/UK Tour); Sleeping Beauty (Sheffield Lyceum); Anything Goes (Arts Educational) Nicked (HighTide Festival); Bells are Ringing (Union Theatre,  2011 ‘Best Choreographer’ Off West End Award); Fascinating Aida (Theatre Royal Haymarket); Bat Boy, Footloose, Romeo & Juliet: The Rock Opera, Anything Goes (Arts Educational); Cinderella (Oxford Playhouse); Aladdin, Sleeping Beauty (Theatre Royal Bath); Snow White (Theatre Royal Hull); A Chorus Line, West Side Story, Seven Brides For Seven Brothers (Cambridge).

Alistair’s television credits include The Late List (Channel 4); Big Time Rush Week (Nickelodeon); My Super Sweet 16, Bustamove and The Laureus World Sports Awards (MTV).

Produced by
Fresh Glory Productions

Production Manager
James Mackenzie

Stage Manager
Sam Craven

Touring Technician
Joe Price

Assistant Stage Manager
Charlie Archer