Stephanie Dale (Playwright ) writes for stage, radio and large-scale theatre.
Current commissions include: Dealing with Dreams (Birmingham REP, 2014) Death on a Yellow Page co-written with David Edgar (Birmingham REP). A World Beyond Man (Arena Theatre/Touring, 2014). Recent work includes: Chester Mystery Plays (Chester Cathedral, 2013) and an adaptation of Moonfleet which toured the South West (Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, May – June 2013), Believe Me (nominated for the Tinniswood Award 2011, BBC Radio Four, 2011) and The Witches’ Promise (Birmingham REP @ Weoley Castle Ruins, July 2012).
Stephanie teaches Applied Drama at Loughborough University, Writing and Devising at Birmingham School of Acting and is a visiting tutor on the MPhil in Playwriting at the University of Birmingham. Stephanie has facilitated playwriting workshops in over 500 schools, colleges and universities and has facilitated over 50 pieces of community based theatre projects. She has also written four large- scale plays for schools.
Peter Leslie Wild (Director) is a theatre director and audio drama producer with more than 20 years’ experience in the business. Since winning the 1989 BP Young Directors Award he has worked in a vast range of media including theatre, radio and video. He set up and ran the Community Programme for the Orange Theatre between 1991 and 1995, before moving to the BBC where he produced and directed hundreds of radio dramas for Radio 4, Radio 4 Extra, Radio 3 and Radio 2. He has also made a speciality of site-specific work, creating theatre and audio in vast cathedrals, a Roman gold mine, the streets of cities, and museums and art galleries.
He is known for combining drama and documentary, having produced more than 25 drama-documentaries for Radio 4, two of which won the prestigious Prix Marulic. His site-specific audio work has often included a documentary element, as in The Titanic Trail, which mixed commentary and drama to tell the story of the designer of the ill-fated Titanic; and the National Trust audio trail for Dolaucothi Gold Mine, which features interviews with archaeologists and dramatic inserts.
In the theatre, Peter has directed major site-specific work such as The Chester Mystery Plays (Chester Cathedral and Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, 2013), and The Worcester Pilgrim (Worcester Cathedral), right down to small scale touring and work in regional reps such as The New Vic, Stoke.
Composer Tim Laycock – will be composing and arranging original and traditional music.
Tim Laycock writes evocative and moving music and songs for theatre. Drawing on thirty years’ experience of live theatre and concert performance, and a deep knowledge and understanding of the folk music of the British Isles, Tim is able to create scores that enhance and support the text and the life of the play. His familiarity with the traditions of popular and community music-making bring a convincing reality to his work. Tim has worked at the National Theatre, the RSC and with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, but he is equally at home in the world of community theatre and small scale touring productions. Tim regularly appears as actor-musician performing on the concertina and other instruments in professional touring shows; in 2013 he was musical director for the RSC tour of The Winter’s Tale.
Music for Theatre
Tim has written and arranged music and songs for the following productions:
Far From the Madding Crowd, Tess of the D’ Urbervilles, Gawain and the Green Knight, The Woodlanders, The Return of the Native.
For Solomon Theatre: Trickster 2003, Too Good to Be True! 2007. For Jake’s Ladder Theatre Company: Pirates of Treasure Island, The Wind in the Willows’, Scrooge!, The Borrowers, The Happy Prince, Storm Boy 2011. For Theatre Merchants: Whoops. Apothecary! 2006, The Tea Show 2008; For Theatre in the Downs: Chippenham’s Story, 1810 [the Devizes Community Play], Hodge, Country Dancing, Cherrill Village Ramble. For the Lions’ part, Bankside: Twelfth Night; October Plenty, The Rape of Lucrece, May Games, Old Summer’s Last Will and Testament, The Land 2006. For the Colway Trust, The Shaftesbury Community Play On the Green Rock 2000, The 5th Dorchester Community Play – A Time to Keep 2007, The Western Women [ Ann Jellicoe] 2007; Moonfleet by Stephanie Dale 2009- Bristol Old Vic theatre School 2013; The Witches Promise by Stephanie Dale- Birmingham Rep 2012; The 6th Dorchester Community Play Drummer Hodge 2014.
Jane McKell (Artistic Director / Producer/ Senior Researcher) has been AsOne Theatre’s founding Artistic Director/Producer/Performer for 10 years. The company draws upon the experience of Jane’s work with memory projects in theatre, education, the community, and on both commercial and BBC radio. Jane set up AsOne Theatre Productions in 2004 to employ Dorset based professional theatre practitioners and shake hands with the community whilst taking real Wessex stories to theatres all over the region and encouraging new writing. An experienced professional actor, singer, director and theatre producer Jane has toured regionally and nationally performing in and directing everything from Pantomime to contemporary and classical theatre with a little film and television for good measure. She feels it is a privilege to explore real, regional stories then create exciting, touching theatre. Jane was: Assistant director with Andrew Dickson, director/composer for The Dorchester Community Play The Running Man 1996; Artistic Director/Director, Johnny Kelham’s Please! The Rock Opera invited by Michael Eavis to bring the cream of Dorset’s young performers to perform at The Glastonbury Festival 2000.
As Artistic Director/ Producer/Performer, Jane has toured six new pieces of theatre with music and projected image for AsOne Theatre: 2004/2005 In the Mood and String of Pearls – 60th anniversary tributes to D Day and VE Day respectively (‘very evocative, very emotional and very clever’); 2006, Let’s Do It! (‘sparkles with much loved songs and anecdotes’) by Jamie Chapman and Johanna Lawrence commissioned by AsOne Theatre; 2008 Hey Baby! (‘a magical piece of story-telling’) and the teenage pregnancy prevention project Hey Baby-Baby! (‘a memorable and captivating experience for the pupils’) in collaboration with Portland, Dorset Surestart parents sharing stories of pregnancy and birth in an innovative play by Nell Denton performed by the company. In 2010, asked by The Thomas Hardy Society, she commissioned Peter John Cooper to write and direct, She Opened the Door (‘Surely a theatrical treasure for the future’) for the finale of the International Thomas Hardy Festival. Jane went on to commission another piece from Peter John Cooper, The Cabinet Maker’s Daughter (‘powerful and thought provoking’). She is an experienced workshop facilitator for all Key Stages and ages; this year in collaboration with director, Jacqueline Avery, Jane instigated and produced a new AsOne Theatre Company project, AsCend physical theatre, a springboard for recent actor graduates within a professional company touring ‘100’ (‘A tremendous evening; thought provoking, original and everything I hoped it would be! ‘), devised originally by Imaginary Bodies.