Martin Berry, Director
Previous credits include: Cinderella (Queens Theatre Hornchurch), Playing With Fire with Aurora Orchestra (Royal Festival Hall and European tour), Hubbub A Musical Adventure (2 UK tours), The Libertine (Ovalhouse London), Harvest, Julius Caesar, Richard the Third, Macbeth (Italia Conti and RADA), The Last Five Years (Brewery Theatre/Lakeside), The Lonesome West (Alma Tavern), Neverland, 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, The Wiz (Lakeside), Savage Children, Pictures at an Exhibition, The Last Days of Mankind (Bristol Old Vic and on tour), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (West End and tour), Spirit House (Snape Maltings), To Kill A Mocking Bird with Harriet Walter (Bath Literature Festival) and The League of Youth, Our Man in Havana (as assistant at Nottingham Playhouse).
Credits in TV and radio include associating on The Archers for Radio 4, and a shamefully bad attempt to win The Weakest Link.
Martin also has an MA in directing, is an international examiner for Trinity College and frequently fails in suppressing an addiction to lemon drizzle cake.
Helen Fownes-Davies, Designer
Helen trained at Nottingham Trent University in Theatre Design, where she is now a part-time lecturer and has worked extensively in theatre for over 20 years. Alongside designing numerous productions, she has also initiated and delivered many creative projects in schools, arts centres and for festivals working with adults, and children of all ages and abilities.
Her theatre design credits include: Steven’s Berkoff’s critically acclaimed West End production On The Waterfront (as costume designer). Cinderella BB& Me and Small Worlds (Birmingham Royal Ballet) Ballet Changed My Life costume re-design ( Birmingham Royal Ballet and channel 4) Beauty and the Beast, Dick Whittington and Cinderella for Harrogate Theatre. Up the Duff (York Theatre Royal), Garage Band, I Have Been Here Before, Satin ‘n’ Steel, and The Man Who Nottingham Playhouse, Romany Wood (Theatre Severn, Royal Gala Opening) Misery for (Harrogate Theatre and at Liverpool Royal Court). Safahr (Birmingham Royal Ballet), Our Day Out (Harrogate Theatre), The Emperor’s New Clothes, The Snow Queen, Arabian Nights and The Firebird (mac Birmingham), Neverland, A Christmas Carol, The Kiss, The Retirement of Tom Stevens and A Who’s Who of Flapland (Lakeside Theatre, Nottingham) Cinderella’s Sisters (Red Earth Theatre)
Touring shows include: The Story Traders of Sichuan (Flying Panda), Those Magnificent Men (New Perspectives), Women On The Verge of HRT (Nick Brooke Ltd), Booty Call (Big Creative Ideas), Natural Breaks and Rhythms (Northampton Theatre Royal and TWP), 21 Tales (The Fionnbarr Factory), The Elves and the Shoemaker (mac Birmingham), Bowled A Googly (OTTC and New Perspectives).
Sophie Rivlin, Musical Director and Cello
Sophie Rivlin is a freelance cellist working in London. As a soloist and 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. As a member of the prize-winning Alea Quartet she was supported by the Park Lane Group Young Artists and performed across the UK and abroad at festivals (including Sounds New, Deal, Harmos - Portugal and Canterbury Festival with the Maggini Quartet). 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 orchestral experience, as an extra player with orchestras such as the Northern Sinfonia and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. She collaborated with Silversmith Dance Theatre to produce work with dance and physical theatre, performing at leading dance venues such as The Place and The Rich Mix. She is also a founder member of TROUPE who produce concerts that tell stories and have performed for Spitalfields Music Festival and The Wigmore Hall family concerts. Sophie has a keen interest in education work, doing workshops for orchestras such as ENO and the Aurora orchestra 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. Other teachers include Sue Lowe and Rebecca Gilliver.
Flora Curzon, Violin
London based violinist Flora Curzon is best known for her musical versatility with a special interest in contemporary and collaborative projects. Performing on both 'modern' and 'historical' violin set ups, she is a core member of the contemporary string group Project Instrumental and regularly works with historical ensembles, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Ex Catheadra. Whilst much of her work is in classical music, her musical horizons are broad: she is well versed in many styles of folk music and improvisation and is often involved with projects incorporating music from other cultures and different art forms as a performer, improviser/composer, recording artist, expressive movement artist and backing vocalist, including with Sam Lee, Talvin Singh, Jocelyn Pook, Tcha Limberger and She'koyekh. Her own folk duo "Fran and Flora" has had a track recently been selected as "Pick of the Week" by the BBC's Introducing platform, and been heralded "A string duo bound for glory" by Max Reinhardt (BBC radio 3, Late Junction). Other recent highlights include featuring on Jools Holland with Sam Lee, performing at Kammer Klang with Phaedra Ensemble, playing in Jocelyn Pook's Drawing Life, and a debut performance at King's Place for JMIs 'Alternative Menuhin' with Sitar player, Sheema Mukherjee. She is an alumnus of the Royal Academy of Music where she graduated with distinction in 2014.
Charlotte Fairbairn, Violin/Viola
Charlotte enjoys a diverse professional life as both ‘modern’ and Baroque violinist and violist, as chamber and orchestral player. After formative years at the Junior Academy, she obtained her undergraduate degree at King’s College London, where she was a choral scholar under David Trendell, and studied violin with Diana Cummings. She subsequently studied with Clare Thompson for her masters at Trinity Laban Conservatoire, where she began exploring Baroque violin with Walter Reiter. Whilst at Trinity she held three scholarships to the Leverhulme, Pearson and TCM Trusts. She led Haydn's The Creation under Nicholas Kraemer at St John's, Smith Square, Bach’s St John Passion in Trinity’s chapel and co-led the Symphony Orchestra under Martyn Brabbins.
Charlotte now plays with a variety of ensembles: as a regular member of the Hanover Band, Orchestra of the Swan and also with Brighton Philharmonic, Opera Holland Park (Alice in Wonderland), La Serenissima, Armonico Consort, Saraband Consort, Orchestra of St Paul’s, New Mozart Orchestra and Brook Street Band. She is very passionate about her quartet, the Keats Quartet, which has performed all across the UK including in the Norwich Chamber Music Festival, for HRH the Duke of Edinburgh at the Cutty Sark in 2013, and several tours to Scotland.
Charlotte has enjoyed chamber music collaborations with Alastair Ross, Theresa Caudle, Kinga Ujszaszi, Adrian Butterfield, Miles Golding, and with her sister soprano Susanna Fairbairn in the London Handel Festival 2015. She also played in Mark Latimer’s Arts Council-funded project The Imperfect Pearl, which toured nationally in Summer 2015. Charlotte enjoys participating in education work with the New Mozart Orchestra which performs concerts in schools, and with English Young Artists’ Sinfonia which workshops young composers’ music. She has participated in chamber masterclasses with the Wihan and Carducci Quartets, coaching with James Johnstone and Walter Reiter, and made several live broadcasts (as a chorister) for BBC Radio 3 and Daily Services. She has played for opera companies including Opera Lyrica and Winslow Hall, and recorded music for television, including Thomas Arne works for Ian Hislop’s BBC2 ‘Olden Days’ series, and a Handel aria for Channel 4 ‘Random Acts’.
Laura Stone, Company Stage Manager
Laura is a stage manager based in Birmingham. She trained in Theatre Design at Nottingham Trent University and also works as a designer. Her stage management credits include 'Getting Better Slowly' by Nick Wood and BE Festival at Birmingham REP Theatre.