CREATIVE TEAM

Caroline Jester - Writer / Director

Caroline is a writer, dramaturg and director. Plays as writer/translator include The Wedding, Don't Forget the Lights both Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Weaving the Town Museum of Carpet. She has worked as Dramaturg on numerous productions for companies including the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Dresden State Theatre, Teatr Polski Bydgoszcz, ZKM Zagreb, Kali Theatre and Yellow Earth Theatre. Directing includes a sell out national tour of David Hare's The Blue Room, ten festivals of new work for the Birmingham Repertory Theatre and new plays for Menagerie Theatre. Publications include Fifty Playwrights on their Craft and Europa (both Bloomsbury Methuen Drama) and Playwriting Across the Curriculum (Routledge). 

Steve Elias - Choreographer

Steve was presenter and lead artist in BBC2 documentary Our Dancing Town '[he has an] exuberance that seems capable of awakening Billy Elliot style stirrings in almost anyone' The Guardian.

Steve was born in Camarthen in Wales the youngest son in a family of builders, carpenters, plumbers and electricians a career in the performing arts was not an obvious one for Steve but at sixteen Steve was accepted into the National Youth Theatre of Wales.

After training at Middlesex Polytechnic Steve has had a huge career as an actor, dancer, director and a choreographer spanning 25 years. West End credits include Mr Braithwaite in the original company of Billy Elliot, Nicely Nicely Johnson in Guys and Dolls, George in My Fair Lady and Samuel in The Pirates of Penzance. He is also known to children as Mr Whoops in the Bafta nominated BBC's Grandpa in my Pocket. Steve has also found time to become the Artistic Director of the Carmarthen Youth Opera so his career has come full circle.

Jon Bates - Composer

John has composed and scored music extensively for theatre, dance, film and television including a 'short' that won a BAFTA award in the early 1990’s 'Release Me'  - script by Simon Beaufoy, Directed by Frances Lea, screened at Bafta, on BBC2 and won awards at several international festivals..

He has had a long career in music that started as a teenage musician working on many tours with Tamla Motown and Stax Record artists whilst having songs published by EMI. He then worked in Scandinavia as a freelance session arranger and player, simultaneously having songs published whilst also branching out into contemporary dance with a commissioned electronic score. Work for theatre, radio and film soon followed.

He has written TV theme music (Central Weekend, You’d Better Believe It and others), worked on other short films (Barbarians At The Gate, 2010), numerous theatre shows (incidental music), original pantomime scores, and very recently, a commissioned full length modern dance score for Ignite Dance Company performed live on violin and piano.

As well as being a very active live performer, arranger and music director, Jon has also had several music books published by Oxford University Press and Kevin Mayhew. He has also written and articles for numerous music technology magazines for over 20 years and is currently a design consultant for music software. He has also worked at Kidderminster College for many years, running the music technology department and being music director for numerous theatre shows. He is also a frequent guest lecturer at Wolverhampton University.

Pippa Frith - Producer (October 2016 - April 2018)

Pippa is an award winning Independent Producer based in Birmingham. She works with artists to create art that aims to surprise and delight audiences nationally and internationally. She is passionate about working in the regions to create new work of high quality, showcase new voices and grow new audiences. In 2014 she won The Mark Marvin / Peter Brook Award for her work with Birmingham REP. She is currently Producer for Fierce Festival.

She is the long-term producer for celebrated solo artist Francesca Millican-Slater (Me, Myself and Miss Gibbs, The Forensics of a Flat, My Dearest Girls, GOLD, Stories to Tell in the Middle of the Night). She has an ongoing relationship with Stephanie Ridings (The Road to Huntsville, Unknown Male).She was Co-Producer of Our Fathers (Babakas, commissioned by Warwick Arts Centre, mac birmingham and China Plate), supporting the work through two national tours, a number of international dates and a critically acclaimed Edinburgh Festival Fringe run (2013). She is also Co-Director of well-loved work-in-progress platform PILOT Nights.

 

She has ia a visiting lecturer at The University of Birmingham and Birmingham School of Acting. Before developing her producing portfolio Pippa worked as Project Manager for Women & Theatre, as a Programmer at the Drum Arts Centre; was Project Manager of The Decibel Performing Arts Showcase 2007 and for Fierce Earth. 

Cast

Find out all about our cast here on our news pages, and watch a short film of them in rehearsals here