Writer Lynn Nottage
Director Indhu Rubasingham
Design Robert Jones
Lighting Oliver Fenwick
Sound Christopher Shutt
Composer Dominic Kanza
Music Director Akintayo Akinbode
Musician Joseph Roberts
Chroeographer Coral Messam
Fight Director Bret Yount
Dialect Coach Majella Hurley
Lynn Nottage - Writer
Lynn’s plays include: Intimate Apparel (New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play. Roundabout Theatre, CENTERSTAGE, South Coast Repertory); Fabulation, or The Re-Education of Undine (OBIE Award; Playwrights Horizons, Tricycle Theatre); Crumbs from the Table of Joy; Las Meninas; Mud, River, Stone; Por’knockers and POOF!Ruined enjoyed successful runs at Manhattan Theatre Club and the Goodman Theatre and won several awards including the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Nottage is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2007 MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant”, the National Black Theatre Festival’s August Wilson Playwriting Award, the 2004 PEN/Laura Pels Award for Drama, the 2005 Guggenheim Grant for Playwriting, as well as fellowships from the Lucille Lortel Foundation, Manhattan Theatre Club, New Dramatists and New York Foundation for the Arts.
Lynn sits on The Dramatists Guild Council, an alumna of New Dramatists and a graduate of Brown University and the Yale School of Drama, where she is a visiting lecturer.
Indhu Rubasingham - Director
Theatre includes: Disconnect, Free Outgoing, Lift Off Clubland, The Crutch, Sugar Mummies (Royal Court); Detaining Justice, Darfur, Fabulation, Starstruck, How Long is Never, The Great Game (received a 2010 Olivier nomination; Tricycle Theatre); new adaptation of Wuthering Heights (Birmingham Rep and tour); Yellowman (also at Liverpool Everyman), Anna In the Tropic (Hampstead Theatre); The Waiting Room (National Theatre); Ramayana (Olivier/Birmingham Rep); The Misanthrope, Secret Rapture (Minerva, Chichester); Romeo and Juliet (Festival Theatre Chichester); Pure Gold (Soho Theatre); Heartbreak House (Watford Palace); Sugar Dollies, Shakuntala (The Gate); No Boys Cricket, Club, Gulp Fiction, D’yer Eat With Yer Fingers?!, Party Girls (Theatre Royal Stratford East); A Time of Fire, Kaahini (Birmingham Rep); The Morris (Liverpool Everyman); A River Sutra (Three Millsland Studios); Rhinoceros (UC Davies, Califronia); A Dolls House (Young Vic).
Opera includes: Another America (Almeida and Sadler’s Wells). Indhu has been an Associate Director for the Gate Theatre, Birmingham Rep and the Young Vic.
Future projects include Women, Power & Politics at the Tricycle Theatre.
Robert Jones - Design
Robert trained at Central School of Art and Design.
For the Almeida: There Came a Gypsy Riding; The late Henry Moss; The Mercy Seat.
Recent work includes: Greta Garbo Came to Donegal, Fabulation (Tricycle Theatre);Twelfth Night, Sejanus: His Fall, Venus and Adonis (RSC); Calendar Girls (Chichester, West End and UK tour); Hamlet (RSC, West End and BBC Film); The King & I (Royal Albert Hall); Cyrano de Bergerac, Hay Fever, The Music Man (Chichester); The Sound of Music (London Palladium, UK Tour, Canada and Japan); Aspects of Love (UK Tour); Voyage Round My Father (Donmar Warehouse and Wyndham’s Theatre); Rock ‘n’ Roll (Royal Court Theatre, Duke of York’s Theatre and Broadway); Heroes (Wyndham’s Theatre, UK Tour and Geffen Playhouse, L.A.); On the Town (English National Opera and Paris-Chatelet); a new translation of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca by Frank McGuinness (U.K. Tour); Cloaca (Old Vic); Piaf (Sheffield Theatres); Dancing at Lughnasa (The Gate Theatre Dublin).
Further Credits include: For the RSC: Pentecost, The Herbal Bed, Jubilee,Cyrano de Bergerac, Henry VIII (also Broadway and Washington), Romeo & Juliet, The Merchant of Venice, The Winter’s Tale, Othello, Eastward Ho! For the National Theatre: Look Back in Anger, Playboy of the Western World and Noises Off (West End and Broadway). West End: The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (Strand); When We Are Married (Savoy); Lautrec (Shaftesbury); The Killing of Sister George (Ambassadors); Jolson (Victoria Palace also Canada, USA and Australia); Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead, Ragtime (Piccadilly); The Goodbye Girl, Benefactors (Albery); The Real
Inspector Hound/Black Comedy (Comedy); Dance of Death (Lyric & Australia); The Secret Rapture (Lyric).
Elsewhere: Extensive work for Hampstead Theatre and The Bush. Uncle Vanya, The Magistrate (Royal Exchange, Manchester); York Millennium Mystery Plays (York Minster); Divas (Donmar Warehouse); Stressed (Ruby Wax Tour); The Secret Rapture (Los Angeles); Lobby Hero (Donmar Warehouse and West End); Marty (Huntingdon Theatre Boston); Sweet Charity (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield).
Opera includes: Tristan & Isolde (Japan); Don Carlos (Frankfurt); Giulio Cesare (Glyndebourne and Lyric Opera of Chicago);Couronnement de Poppee (Theatre de Champs-Elysees); The Elixir of Love (ENO); Der Rosenkavelier (Wuppertal/
Gelsenkirchen); Manon Lescaut (Goteborgs Opera). Robert has been nominated for two
Olivier Awards and was the winner of the dramalogue Critics Award and a Dora Mavor Moore Award.
Oliver Fenwick - Lighting
Theatre includes: Ghosts (Duchess Theatre); Disconnect (Royal Court); The Drunks, The Grain Store, Julius Caesar (RSC); Happy Now? (National Theatre); Kean (Apollo, West End); Private Lives, The Giant, Glass Eels, Comfort Me with Apples (Hampstead); The Elephant Man, The Caretaker, The Comedy of Errors, Bird Calls, Iphigenia (Crucible, Sheffield);The Line (Arcola); Timing by Alistair McGowan (King’s Head); If There Is I Haven’t Found it Yet, The Contingency Plan (Bush); Hay Fever, A Doll’s House (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Sunshine Over Leith (Dundee Rep and tour); Mary Poppins (UK tour); Mary Stuart (Sweden); Endgame (Liverpool Everyman); Hedda
Gabler, The Chairs (The Gate Theatre, Dublin); The Lady from the Sea; She Stoops to Conquer, On the Piste (Birmingham Rep);Terms of Endearment (tour); Restoration (Bristol Old Vic and tour); Henry V, Mirandolina, A Conversation (Royal Exchange, Manchester); My Fair Lady (Cameron Mackintosh/NT tour); Heartbreak House (Watford Palace); Jack and the Beanstalk (Barbican); A Model Girl (Greenwich); The Solid Gold
Cadillac (Garrick); The Secret Rapture (Lyric); Noises Off, All My Sons, Dr Faustus (Liverpool Playhouse); Follies, Insignificance, Breaking the Code (Theatre Royal, Northampton); Tartuffe, TheGentleman from Olmedo, The Venetian Twins, Hobson’s Choice, Dancing at Lughnasa, Love in aMaze (Watermill, Newbury); Fields of Gold,
Villette (Stephen Joseph Theatre); Cinderella (Bristol Old Vic); Hysteria, Children of a Lesser God (Salisbury Playhouse); Three Sisters, Wild, Wild Women,The Daughter in Law (Orange Tree).
Opera includes: Samson et Delilah, Lohengrin (Royal Opera House); The Trojan Trilogy, The Nose (Royal Opera House Linbury Studio); The Gentle Giant (Royal Opera House Clore Studio); TheThreepenny Opera (Opera Group); L’opera Seria (Batignano Festival).
Christopher Shutt - Sound
Christopher Shutt trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.
For the Almeida: Judgment Day.
Recent work includes: War Horse, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, The White Guard, Really Old Like Forty Five, Burnt by the Sun, Gethsemane, The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other, Philistines, Happy Days (also world tour), Coram Boy (also on Broadway), A Dream Play, Measure for Measure, Mourning Becomes Electra, The PowerBook, Humble Boy (National Theatre); Work for Complicite includes A Disappearing Number, The Elephant Vanishes, A Minute Too Late, Mnemonic, Noise of Time, Street of Crocodiles, Three Lives of Lucie Cabrol, and Caucasian Chalk Circle.
Other work includes: Piaf, Hecuba, The Man Who Had All The Luck (Donmar Warehouse); Aunt Dan & Lemon (Royal Court); All My Sons (Broadway); The Bacchae, Little Otik (National Theatre of Scotland); The Caretaker (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield and Tricycle Theatre); Moon for the Misbegotten (Old Vic and Broadway); King Lear, Much Ado About Nothing, King John, Romeo & Juliet (RSC); Julius Caesar (Barbican); Beyond the Horizon and Spring Storm (Royal & Derngate, Northampton); The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (New York with Al Pacino and Steve Buscemi, music by Tom Waits).
Radio includes: A Shropshire Lad; Tennyson’s Maud; A Disappearing Number; After the Quake.
Christopher has twice been awarded the New York Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Sound Design. Olivier Award Nominations for Coram Boy, War Horse, Piaf and Every Good Boy Deserves Favour.
Dominic Kanza - Composer
Dominic Kanza has been touring around the world for the past 25 years. The guitarist / singer / songwriter has performed with a wide and diverse variety of artists, such as Jazz legends Chris Botti, Pharaoh Sanders, Michael Brecker and Bill Laswell. He has also worked extensively with singersongwriter Paul Simon, with whom he has collaborated on events such as President Bill Clinton’s inaugural ball and Simon’s annual Back at the Ranch concert series, sharing the stage with performers such as Billy Joel, James Taylor, Jimmy Buffet, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Jose Feliciano and others.Dominic Kanza has also recorded with friend/ composer Bob Telson (Bagdad Cafe), and has worked with him on numerous projects, including the Broadway musical Chronicle of a Death Foretold.
As a composer, Dominic has been active in television, writing the score for a National Geographic TV documentary film. He has recorded numerous jingles and also wrote one of the theme songs for the Oprah Winfrey Show. Dominic toured and performed with the singer Harry Belafonte, appearing in a PBS television concert entitled An evening with Harry Belafonte and friends, which was released on video and CD.
In 1993, Dominic received the Award of Excellence from the United Nations Writers Association. He was one of only 25 recipients worldwide, a group which included Mikhail Gorbachev and Vanessa Redgrave. In 2004 he performed at the Blues concert at Radio City Music Hall with artists as diverse as BB King, Buddy Guy, Aerosmith and The Neville Brothers. A DVD of the show called Lightning In a Bottle was released. As the composer for Ruined, Dominic received the 2009 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music in a Play.
Akintayo Akinbode - Music Director
Tayo has composed and been musical director for numerous companies around the country including: West Yorkshire Playhouse, Contact Theatre Manchester, Granada TV, Glasgow Citizens’, and Birmingham Rep.
Theatre includes: Much Ado About Nothing, The Taming Of The Shrew, The Count of Monte Christo, Antony and Cleopatra, The Glass Menagerie (Royal Exchange, Manchester); Our Day Out (Sheffield Crucible); Renegades, Totterdown Tanzi , Maid Marion and her Merry Men (Bristol Old Vic); Mother Courage (Nottingham Playhouse/Eclipse); In The Midnight Hour, Choo Choo Ch Boogie, Drink The Mercury (Bolton Octagon); The Gods Are Not To Blame, The Estate (Tiata Fahodzi); Yerma (Arcola Theatre); Fallen, Voices (Upswing); Danny Diva, The Buddy Bolden Experience, Heelz on Wheelz (Fittings Multi-media); Horror For Wimps, Jane Bond, Tony And Twizzle (Lip Service); Lysistrata (British Museum).
Radio includes: Shells On A Woven Cord, Listen To Your Parents, If Music Be The Food Of Love Mine’s A Jam Butty, Opera do Malandro Cat’s Whiskers (BBC Radio).
Television includes: Brooks Family Bistro; The Virtual Body; Flying Vets; Coronation
Street; See Here; Blue Peter; Specsavers TV adverts.
Recent work includes: One Little Word (M6); Othello (RSC); Haunted, The Miser,
and The Entertainer (Royal Exchange, Manchester); Feeble Minds (Spare Tyre); Aqua (The Generating Company/OCT East in Shenzhen, China); Fireflies (The Lowry Centre); Dick Whittington (Liverpool Everyman).
Musician - Joseph Roberts
Educated at University College Chichester, Joseph received a BA (Hons) in Music & Media and studied Choral Composition & Arranging with Dr Michael Waite. To date Joseph has arranged music for, performed, and toured with many artists such as, Corinne Bailey Rae, Maxi Priest, Lily Allen, Carleen Anderson, Bishi, Roachford, Terri Walker, Eric Clapton, Moby, Luciano Pavarotti, Sibongile Mngoma and Ken Boothe to name but a few.
Theatre includes: Up Against The Wall (Octagon Theatre, Bolton); Mass Carib (Greenwich Theatre); The Evocation of Papa Mass (Plymouth and Brighton Dome); Once on This Island (Birmingham Rep/Nottingham Playhouse/Hackney Empire).
Opera includes: Cry of Innocence (Greenwich Theatre). When time permits Joseph works on music projects in schools for local councils and develops and implements music projects for arts organisations.
Coral Messam - Choreographer
Trained at Northern Contemporary Dance School, Actor Centre, and currently at the Central School of Speech and Drama.
Theatre includes: To Be Straight With You (DV8 Physical Theatre); Your Fault (Cockpit Theatre); Death and the Kings Horseman (National Theatre); Lion King (Natural Theatre Company); Airplane Man (Jonzi D productions, Adzido Dance Company and Badejo Arts).
Television includes: Saturday Night Live in New York and the Jay Leno Show for Kylie Minogue. Game of Thrones (HBO); Frititi Dance Company (Fespan Festival in Congo, Brazaville).
Bret Yount - Fight Director
Theatre includes: Shraddha, Piranha Heights, This Isn’t Romance (Soho Theatre); Babylone (Belgrade Theatre, Coventry); Two Women (Theatre Royal Stratford East); Disconnect (Royal Court Upstairs); The Lieutenant of Inishmore (Curve, Leicester); The Caretaker (Liverpool Everyman / Trafalgar Studios); Category B, The Great Game (Tricycle Theatre); Annie Get Your Gun (Young Vic); The Fastest Clock In The Universe (Hampstead Theatre); The House Of Special Purpose (Chichester Festival Theatre); The Harder They Come (Playhouse Theatre / Barbican / Toronto); Lost Monsters, Ten Tiny Toes (Liverpool Everyman); Bad Blood Blues, Family Man (Theatre Royal, Stratford East); Free Outgoing (Royal Court Theatre); Wuthering Heights (Birmingham Rep) and The Lover / The Collection (Comedy Theatre).
Film and television includes: Troy (Warner Bros); The New Girl; Shades of Beige; Against All Odds and Blue Peter.
Majella Hurley - Dialect Coach
Theatre includes: The Seafarer, Scenes from the Big Picture, Exiles, The Night Season, Pillars of the Community, Aristocrats, Translations, Anything Goes (National Theatre); Six Degrees of Separation, National Anthems (Old Vic); Disconnect, Catch, Loyal Women, The Force of Change, Dying City, The Weir (tour), The Seagull (Broadway) (Royal Court); Days of Wine and Roses, A little World of our Own (Donmar Warehouse); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Love’s Labour’s Lost (RSC); The Great Game, Guantanamo, The Bloody Sunday Inquiry, Let there be Love (Tricycle Theatre); Journey’s End (West End/Broadway); Pygmalion (Broadway); The American Plan (Manhatten Theatre Club); Hello Dolly! (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); Abigail’s Party (Hampstead Theatre/West End); Honour (Wyndhams Theatre); One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Garrick Theatre); Some Girls (Gielgud Theatre); Boeing Boeing (Comedy Theatre); Orphans (Soho Theatre); Chicago (West End/Tour); Cats (Tour); Dirty Dancing (Aldwych Theatre); The Lion King (Lyceum Theatre); Wicked (Apollo Theatre); Mother Courage, The Cherry Orchard, Far from the Madding Crowd (English Touring Theatre); Jane Eyre, After Mrs Rochester, War and Peace, Brontes, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, A Passage to India (Shared Experience).
Television includes: Cranford; Little Dorrit; White Girl; 10 Days to War; Northanger Abbey; The Old Curiosity Shop; Wuthering Heights; Married, Single, Other; Bouquet of Barbed Wire; The Swap; A Thing Called Love; Identity; Money; State of Play; Bedtime; Hearts and Bones; Gunpowder; Treason and Plot; The Whistleblower.
Film includes: Al’s Lads; Perrier’s Bounty; Intermission; With or Without You; Sleepy Hollow; Endgame; The Man; Mr Nobody; Skydance.