Winner of the 1998 Brian Glover Memorial Award, Gary Clarke is currently regarded as one of the UK’s leading contemporary dance artists who has received great appreciation for his work as a Choreographer, Director, Performer, Mentor, Teacher and Facilitator.
He has developed a growing reputation for creating extraordinary dance work of various sizes and scales which has received praise from critics, audiences, producers, national dance agencies and venues in the UK and abroad.
Gary’s current production of COAL is touring this year. Find out more on the COAL Website.
Sherry Coenen - Lighting Designer
Sherry has a huge string of credits to her name, and is currently designing 'In a Vulnerable Place' for Bush Theatre, '10,000 litres' at The Place, and 'The State vs John Hayes' at Kings Head Theatre.
We first met Sherry when she lit Freedom Studio's 'Home Sweet Home' in Bradford and touring, and she went on to light our touring production of 'England, Arise!'
Emilie has 15 years experience facilitating participatory video projects. She has a background in social anthropology and video journalism, with an Msc in Forestry and an Ma in Politics, Economics and Philosophy. Emilie works as a film based researcher and evaluator for national and international development organisations, with work that ranges from researching the impact of youth based UN peace building programmes in Cote d'Ivoire to devising community based films with asylum seekers in Northern England.
Emilie has a particular specialism in gender, sustainable development and rights based work, and has facilitated over 20 participatory video projects for InsightShare in the UK, Africa and Asia.
Ivan Mack - Sound Artist
Ivan graduated from the University of Bradford with a degree in Archaeology in 1998 during which time he dabbled in Theatre as part of the Bradford University Theatre Group. Since then he has worked in a wide range of jobs, as an archaeologist and archaeological consultant and more recently in events production and technical provision for performance.
Since 2003 he has worked as a freelance technician on events as diverse as festivals, private parties, corporate functions and art installations. At the start of 2008 he joined the Arts on Campus team at Bradford University to take up a new cross-artform technician post. Previously the role of technician had focussed on hands-on technical support for Theatre in the Mill.
He also plays percussion, is married, surfs in fair weather, and has a nerdy obsession with WW2.
The Hail Bails - Musicians
In 2012 the guys started bashing out rawking tunes by Carl Perkins, Link Wray and Collins Kids in a dusty studio held together with tape and egg boxes in Armley, Leeds. They became Hailbails! They include ex-members of the Folk Theatre Partisans, the Lodger and the Lovesick Cowboys.
They consist of Bruce Renshaw (Drums), Michael Rossiter (Guitar/Vocals) and David Broad (Double Bass/Vocals).
They have performed at an Ace Records promo event at Jumbo Records in Leeds and gig regularly at festivals, clubs, living rooms, parties, weddings, pubs, charity stuff and pretty much anywhere else they get asked. They have an EP out on Gin House Records – H.B.E.P #1.
Ben's theatre credits include Merry Wives, King Lear & An August Bank Holiday Lark - Northern Broadsides; Kes - Cast Theatre; & Dunsinane - Royal Shakespeare Company. He has also recently appeared as Tony in ITV's Emmerdale.
Natalie Davies - 'Connie Godwin'
Natalie's theatre credits include: Red,Amber,Green - Pilot Theatre; What Remains?, When George Came to Bradford, Nusaybah - Freedom Studios; Thieving Little Simpkins - The Urban Shed Crew / West Yorkshire Playhouse; Wind in the Willows - Northern Stage; & Happy Place - Theatre in the Mill.
TV work includes: Emmerdale, ITV; Doctors, BBC; & Casualty, BBC.
Claire-Marie Seddon - 'Brenda Cowgill'
Claire-Marie's theatre credits include: Harold and Maude - Interplay Theatre; The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - The Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh; A Little Night Music and Improbable Fiction - Pitlochry Festival Theatre; & We're Not Going Back - Red Ladder.
Film includes: In His Skin - Manchester Film School ; Sunday Deliveries - York film school.
Meriel Scholfield - 'Esme Church'
Meriel's theatre credits include: Kes - Oldham Coliseum; Hansel & Gretel - Wakefield Theatre Royal; A Kick in the Baubles - Hull Truck; If I Were You & Rozencrantz and Guilderstern Are Dead - Library Theatre; & Abigail's Party - New Vic Theatre.
Her TV work includes: Coronation Street, ITV; Emmerdale, ITV; Casualty, BBC; Innocence, Tightrope North Ltd; & Flesh and Blood, Granada TV/ Red Productions.
Jim English - 'Tom Wheatley'
Jim's theatre work includes: Darknet - Southwark Playhouse; Dancing Through the Shadows - Hull Truck Theatre; Hurling Rubble at the Moon - Park Theatre/Red Ladder; Solid Air - Theatre Royal Plymouth; Harvest - Greenwich Theatre; & What You Will - Shakespeare's Globe.
TV includes: Holby City, BBC; New Blood, BBC & Eleventh Hour Films; Doctors, BBC.
Brett Lee Roberts - 'Jack Watmough'
Brett's theatre credits include: Sleeping Beauty, Dancehall & The Glee Club - CAST Theatre; The Northern School (R&D) - Mick Martin and Jude Wright/Bradford Playhouse; An August Bank Holiday Lark - Northern Broadsides; The Plumber's Apprentice/Loaded - The Library Theatre Company; Should Love Hurt This Much? - Octagon Theatre Bolton; & The Rise and Fall of Little Voice - Sheringham Little Theatre.
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