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.
Sophie Geen, Designer
Sophie is currently completing her degree in BA (hons) Theatre Design at Nottingham Trent University. Her interest in theatre design developed during her Foundation Diploma in Art and Design at Buckinghamshire New University, where she specialised in the 3D/ Sculpture department on the course. In the Summer of 2018, Sophie worked as an Assistant Designer for the Youth Music Theatre UK production of A Winter’s Tale (Rose Theatre). She has also completed placements at the Royal Opera House Scenic Arts department and the children’s theatre, Polka for the production the Snow Queen.
Sophie has a keen interest in curation and the education department and programming of events within an Art Gallery. Currently, she is involved in the ‘1525 Collective’ based in Nottingham Contemporary, formed mainly by young creatives and she has now completed a ‘RESPONSE’ Placement there too, as well as volunteering at the New Art Exchange in Nottingham to help run and organise events.
She is very excited to be co-designing the performance ‘Strange Creatures’ and to work with the team at MishMash.
Laura Pennell, Designer
Laura Pennell is a final year BA (Hons) Theatre Design Student, studying at Nottingham Trent University. Laura has always been influenced by a creative pathway studying both Art and Drama throughout her educational life. Having completed an Art Foundation at Buckinghamshire New University. She has always been interested in Theatre and whilst on the Art Foundation year decided that she wanted to combine her love of design, devising and making.
Laura has assisted artist Jessica Kemp at Nottingham City Arts, on their 40th year of opening helping create a spectacular carnival puppet of a ‘Ruby Phoenix’; she also facilitated the workshops for schools, adults and families with fellow artists.
Laura is very passionate about theatre and art being accessible for the whole community and is looking forward to a career in Children’s Theatre, Disability Theatre and Community Arts. Laura thoroughly enjoyed working with the MishMash Creative team and is grateful for gaining experience in the industry with highly skilled professionals.
Helen Fownes-Davies, Design Consultant
Originally, from Shropshire, Helen graduated from BA (hons) Theatre Design at Nottingham Trent University in the mid 90’s. She has worked extensively as a Designer in live performance for over 20 years.
Her designs have toured into national and international venues and transferred into the West End. She has worked in regional theatres and small-scale venues on classic and emerging theatre, dance and music pieces with some of The UK’s finest directors and choreographers. She has also worked as designer/ art director on events, site specific, exhibitions and in museums. In 2010 Helen co-founded a Theatre Company with a consortium of artists developing links between two distinct theatre practices by looking at audience and community engagement in the UK and China, culminating in a live rural theatre tour in the Midlands. She is passionate about how genres and culture can intertwine cutting across borders.
Helen is a strong advocate of widening the visual and performing arts, to a broader society, and has held various positions in education throughout her career. She was a resident Designer and Workshop facilitator for 6 years at the Arts and Education Centre, Nottingham, and has had a 12 year part time, now recently full time, Senior Lecturer and Course Leader at NTU. She was delighted to design ‘Smile’ and be part of the process of bringing the piece to life in 2018 and delighted to be mentoring her Design students this time round for ‘Strange Creatures’ .
A great achievement has also been becoming a mother; her two young girls have generated even more inspiration and insights to how we view the world!
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
Flora Curzon is a London-based violinist performing on both 'modern' and 'historical' violin set ups. Having graduated from the Royal Academy of Music on modern violin in 2014 with a top distinction she has returned to do a one-year intensive course in Historical Performance, supported by the R C Wyse Bequest award. She recently came joint first in the RAM's Music Patrons Award 2019 and, for the prize, will make her debut at London's Wigmore Hall in May. Whilst classically trained, Flora is also well-versed in many styles of folk music and improvisation. Her experimental folk duo, Fran & Flora, described as 'a string duo bound for glory' (Max Reinhardt, BBC Radio 3 Late Junction) released a debut album Unfurl across global platforms recently, to widespread critical acclaim ('brave and classy', The Guardian; four stars, Songlines Magazine; 'playing that has the kind of quality that you couldn't fake', Tom Robinson BBC 6 Music). Flora has a keen interest in working with musicians from other cultures and with different art forms as performer, improviser/composer, recording artist and vocalist, and she has collaborated with ground-breaking artists, including Sam Lee, Talvin Singh, Jocelyn Pook and Tcha Limberger. She regularly performs with The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and contemporary music ensemble, Project Instrumental. This summer she will be taking up the position of Artist in Residence at Ryedale Festival.
Charlotte Fairbairn, Violin/Viola
Charlotte enjoys a diverse professional life as both ‘modern’ and Baroque violinist and violist. 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.
As an orchestral player, Charlotte performs regularly with the Hanover Band and Orchestra of the Swan, often as Principal 2nd, and has enjoyed working with many other groups including La Serenissima, Brighton Philharmonic, Opera Holland Park (Alice in Wonderland), Armonico Consort and Brook Street Band. As chamber musician, she had been a part of Keats Quartet for seven years, performing concerts nationally and abroad, and has loved being a part of chamber concerts with Alastair Ross, Theresa Caudle, Kinga Ujszaszi, Adrian Butterfield and Miles Golding.
Charlotte is proud to be a musician for MishMash, and likewise for other shows and opera, including Mark Latimer’s Arts Council-funded project The Imperfect Pearl, which toured nationally in Summer 2015. She appears in 2019 BBC Drama 'MotherFatherSon' with Richard Gere, playing quartet music arranged by her for the scene, and also played for Ian Hislop’s BBC2 ‘Olden Days’ series, and in a Handel aria for Channel 4 ‘Random Acts’. Charlotte also undertakes fun school concerts with the New Mozart Orchestra, and music therapy in school hospitals through the charity Jessie's Fund. She loves Scottish and Irish folk fiddle and dabbles whenever possible!
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