Paul Rissmann, Composer

Paul Rissmann was born on the Isle of Bute, Scotland. He studied composition and classical saxophone at the Royal Academy of Music, Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. 
He currently holds the position of Animateur for the London Symphony Orchestra and is Children’s Composer in Residence for Music in the Round. His diverse portfolio of compositions range from electronic music for Microsoft to an orchestral fanfare for the opening of the Twin Sails bridge. 
Paul is frequently commissioned to set children’s books to music. His partnership with Ensemble 360 has resulted in hundreds of performances around the UK, from the Crucible to the Wigmore Hall. In 2012 Paul won a British Composer’s Award for his composition The Chimpanzees of Happytown. This piece was recently recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra, with Paul as narrator, and will be released in 2016.
Future commissions include a concert suite inspired by Alice in Wonderland for the LSO, a theatrical collaboration for MishMash Productions and the Aurora Orchestra, and a choral work for 16 singers to be performed to babies aged 6-18 months.

Martin Berry, Director

Recent credits as director/associate director include: Macbeth, Harvest, Richard the Third (Italia Conti, London), The Last Five Years (Brewery Theatre/Lakeside), The Lonesome West (Alma Tavern), A Christmas Carol, Sweeney Todd, Into The Woods, Lysistrata, Oh What a Lovely War, Little Shop of Horrors, Doctor Faustus, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lakeside), The Mod Crop (Theatre Royal), Savage Children, Pictures at an Exhibition, The Last Days of Mankind (Bristol Old Vic and tour), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (West End and tour), Hammer of Defiance (Galleries of Justice), Terrorism (Greenwich Playhouse), To Kill A Mocking Bird with Harriet Walter (Bath Literature Festival) and The League of Youth, Our Man in Havana (Nottingham Playhouse).

Credits in TV and radio include associating on The Archers for Radio 4.

In 2015 Martin will be developing a new production of The Wiz and Neverland as well as a revival of his production of Michael Eaton’s All School Should be Art Schools.

Martin is an international examiner for Trinity London, including extensive work in Asia, and trained at Rose Bruford College.  He has a Masters Degree in directing from the Bristol Old Vic.

Hannah Wolfe, Designer

Hannah graduated from the Glasgow School of Art in 2006 with a BA (hons) in Painting and Printmaking. She worked briefly installing exhibitions and as a scenic artist before moving into costume, touring extensively with companies including Scottish Opera, Scottish Ballet and National Theatre Scotland. In 2014 she graduated with a Masters in Theatre Design from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

Theatre design credits include ‘Club Noir Presents: A Night at the Opera’ (Picturehouse, Edinburgh), The Innocent Mistress (Bristol Old Vic Studio), Love Steals Us From Loneliness (Brewery Theatre, Bristol), London Road (Bristol Old Vic Studio), Kafka vs. Kafka (Etcetera Theatre, London), The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil (Bristol Old Vic Studio), Amadis de Gaule (Bloomsbury Theatre, London), After All This (Ovalhouse, London), Clause 39 (Salisbury Playhouse), Where We Are (Egg Theatre, Bath). Film credits include ‘I’ll Be Right Here’, ‘The Rule of Thumb’, ‘The Clay Wall’ (all for Digicult), ‘Serenade’ and ‘Cherubino’ by Shadwell Opera for Channel 4.

Josie Rattigan, Actor

Josephine trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Credits include: 
Alice in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland /Underground’ (Les Petits/Les Enfants Terribles, The Vaults Waterloo); We´re Going On A Bear Hunt (KW & NB Productions USA Tour - Including Broadway); Vicky in A Christmas Carol (Nottingham Lakeside Arts); Tea Time (Oxford Playhouse); Feste in Twelfth Night (Edinburgh Festival Fringe); Frau Jonas in The Last Days of Mankind (Bristol Old Vic); Panacea in A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum (Tobacco Factory Theatre); Marina in Boris Godunov (The Brokley Jack); and Mina In Dracula (The Lion and the Unicorn Theatre).

This will be her debut with MishMash Productions and first time performing with live classical music. 

Florence Cooke, Violin

Florence has performed extensively in Europe as well as in the US, South America, Canada, China and Israel.  She studied at Cambridge University, where she held an academic scholarship, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where she held the Leverhulme Fellowship.  Her main teachers were Krzysztof Smietana and David Takeno.  She is the winner of many prizes and awards, including the Myra Hess award, Nigel Brown Prize, Razumovsky Trust award, and awards from the Countess of Munster Trust and Musicians Benevolent Fund.  A recent review in the Observer described her playing as 'taut, precise and atmospheric... appeared flawless'.

Florence plays regularly with Aurora Orchestra (including leading and principal work), the Northern Sinfonia (also as principal), European Camerata (principal 2nd), Arcangelo, Ensemble Cymru and Spira Mirabilis.  She has made guest appearances with the Aronowitz Ensemble and Razumovsky Ensemble, and has also been invited to many international chamber music festivals including the Wye Valley Festival, Sommerklaenge Festival Zürich, Ludwigsburg Schlossfestspiele Germany, Haaglanden International Festival, Kerry International Festival, Domaine Forget and Banff Summer Festivals in Canada, “Etchings” contemporary music festival in France, Obertoene Festival Austria and IMS Prussia Cove, as well as founding and directing a chamber music festival in France for three years.  She has collaborated with international artists including the Maggini and Endellion Quartets,  Christoph Richter, Hariolf Schlichtig and Isabelle Faust.  Florence also teaches at the Junior Guildhall in London and is a guest teacher at the Yehudi Menuhin School.

Sophie Rivlin, Cello

Sophie Rivlin is a freelance cellist working in London. As a chamber musician, she has performed at leading venues including the Wigmore Hall, St John's Smith Square, St James's Piccadilly, Purcell Room and St Martin in the Fields. Solo work includes performances with the Joyful Company of Singers and the solo of Rutter's requiem under the baton of the composer. Featured on several best-selling recordings, and on BBC radio and television, Sophie also has experience performing with orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Northern Sinfonia. She is a founding member of TROUPE who produce concerts that tell stories, most recently performing their family concert ‘The Bad Mood’ at Spitalfields Summer Festival. She also enjoys collaborating with dancers such as Silversmith Dance Theatre (performing at leading dance venues such as The Place and The Rich Mix) alongside playing with classical chamber groups including the Metier Ensemble and Faust Ensemble. Sophie has a keen interest in education work, doing workshops for ENO and the Two Moors Festival as well as founding the Singing Tree children's choir in Mumbai, India. After gaining a BA in philosophy from Cambridge University, Sophie graduated with distinction from the Royal Academy of Music, where she studied with Colin Carr. 

Lully Bathurst, Bassoon

Lully is a graduate from the Royal Academy of Music, after winning the Florence Woodbridge bassoon prize in just her first year.  She now enjoys a busy and varied freelance career playing, often as guest principal, with some of the UK’s leading orchestras, include; the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Sinfonietta, the Halle, the BBC Concert Orchestra, London Mozart Players, Ulster Orchestra, Birmingham Royal Ballet and Aurora Orchestra.  Some of her highlights so far include playing quest principal with the RPO in La Scala, Milan, two proms with the London Sinfonietta at the Royal Albert Hall, and a live radio broadcast of Mahler 9 conducted by Sir Mark Elder, with the Halle orchestra.  

Lully held the bassoon chair in the world tour of West Side Story last year at Sadlers Wells, and has performed in the West End shows of Oliver, Carousel and the Wizard of Oz.  She has also played in recording sessions at both Abbey Road and Angel studios – the latter for the soundtrack of a film.

Lully is a keen music educator and is the conductor of the Junior band for Musicale Summer Holidays – this takes place every summer in her home town of Harpenden.  She is also the woodwind tutor for the National Children’s Wind Sinfonia of Great Britain – a course held every Easter, highlighting some of the most talented children from all over the country.  Lully is very passionate about sharing her love of music, and inspiring others.  She is very excited to be part of this MishMash Productions project and looks forward to the creative journey ahead.  

Alice Eddie, Clarinets

Since graduating from the Royal College of Music, where she studied as a Full Founder Scholar, Alice has enjoyed a busy and varied freelance career. She has performed with orchestras including BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, English National Ballet, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia and the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra in Norway. Alice regularly works in the West End and her credits include the National Theatre’s production of War Horse, Les Miserables, Porgy and Bess, Oliver!, Love Never Dies and Billy Elliot. She played in the orchestra for Regents Park Open Air Theatre’s acclaimed production of Steven Sondheim’s Into The Woods, Chichester Festival Theatre’s Oklahoma, Birmingham Rep’s Secret Garden and the Lincoln Center production of South Pacific, at the Barbican and UK tour.

Alice has participated in education projects with the Royal Opera House, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. She is a passionate educator and teaches both clarinet and saxophone at Putney High School for Girls and Eaton House the Manor. Alice holds the position of Bass Clarinet tutor for the National Youth Wind Ensemble of Great Britain.

She can be heard on recordings for film, television and theatre and recently featured as a soloist on the soundtrack to the Polka Theatre’s Beasty Baby.

Aside from playing, Alice is the proud mother to Arthur and Posy and is excited to introduce them to live theatre when they are older!