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Cast

Jo Mills

Shirley Darroch

Shirley is from Dundee and trained at Birmingham School of Acting (formerly BSSD), graduating in 2004. Theatre credits include: Fairy Bowbells – Dick Whittington (New Wolsey Theatre); Mama Morton – Chicago (Oldham Coliseam: Voted No.6 in Guardian's critics choice 2013); Wicked Witch of the West – The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Hull Truck Theatre); Maggie, Stella and Lisa - Soul Man (Stephen Josephs Theatre, Scarborough); Maid Marion - Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood (New Wolsey Theatre); Avonia Bunn – Trelawny of the Wells; Zoe/Nan – Henceforward; Jeanie – Dr. Angelus (All PFT 2011 season); Fairy Aubergine – Jack and the Beanstalk (New Wolsey Theatre); Audrey – Little Shop of Horrors (Birmingham REP); Nicola – Girl’s Night Out (No.1 UK Tour); Genie – Aladdin (New Wolsey Theatre) Holly – The Life of Stuff; Mary – The Servant O’ Twa Maisters; Monica – The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie; Catriona MacLeod – Whisky Galore (all with Pitlochry Festival Theatre, 2009 Season); Fairy Godmother – Cinderella, The Panto With Soul (Theatre Clwyd, Cymru); Audrey – Little Shop of Horrors (The New Wolsey Theatre); Toby Legend/Trumpet/Vocals – Once Upon a Time in Wigan – Live! (Octagon Theatre, Bolton); The Witch/Vanity – Beauty and the Beast (New Wolsey Theatre); Bridget/Mother/Headscarf – Good Golly Miss Molly (Royal Court, Liverpool); Elizabeth Perry – Blaze (Bridewell Theatre, London); Vera – Blonde Bombshells of 1943 (TEG Productions, Richmond Theatre); Mr Shu Fu/Mrs Yang/Mother – The Good Person of Sichuan (NGA Festival, Birmingham); Thomasina the Cat – Dick Whittington (New Wolsey Theatre); Sam – Happy About Me; Fairy Frederica – Sleeping Beauty (New Wolsey Theatre); Mrs Cox – Wallop Mrs. Cox; (The Birmingham REP). TV/Film/Commercials: Nun – For George... (Feature), Shirl – Blue Monday (Short); Jane – Howdee Mr. Kid (Short); Girl – Phonophobia (Short); Victim – Trading Standards (Short); Kellogg’s Drop a Jean Size Campaign parts I & II; Scottish Blood Transfusion Campaign. Shirley is delighted to be working with Theatr na nÓg for the first time.

Jack Lister

Phylip harries

Phylip trained at Trinity College Carmarthen and the Welsh College of Music and Drama.
Theatre credits include The Dumb Waiter, The Rape of
The Fair Country, Blavatsky’s Tower, Aesop’s Fables, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Secret of Belonging, A Tale of Two Dogs, Cyrano De Bergerac, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Contender, A Funny Thing
Elin Phillips trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
Theatre credits include: The Rape of the Fair Country,
As You Like It, Animal Farm (Clwyd Theatr Cymru);
Yerma (West Yorkshire Playhouse); A Christmas Carol, Station and Patrolophobia (Sherman Cymru); The Falling Sickness (Upstart Theatre); Gwlad yr Addewid (Theatr
Happened On The Way To The Forum, A Child’s Christmas In Wales, A Christmas Carol, Gigi, Silas Marner, The BFG, The Government Inspector, The Merchant Of Venice, The Winter’s Tale, Under Milk Wood, The Thornbirds. Phyl has just finished playing Bronwen Bigbreaths in the pantomime Beauty and the Beast at Clwyd Theatr Cymru where he has appeared in different frocks for the last ten years.
Television credits include Hinterland, Torchwood: Children of Earth, High Hopes, The Story of Tracy Beaker, Zanzibar, The Welsh in Shakespeare, Fun At The Funeral Parlour, Harpur and Iles, Tiger Bay, Lifeboat, Mistress of Suspense, Sticky Wickets, Ar Y Tracs, City Central, Noson Lawen, Pobol y Cwm and Amdani.
Film credits include Aneurin Bevan, A Bit of Tom Jones, Arthur’s Dyke, The Last Seduction, Cow, Masterpiece and Cyber Stalk.
Radio credits include playing the Welsh fictional detective Louie Knight in Aberystwyth Noir, Redstar Newport, Understanding Water, The Owl Service for BBC Radio 4, Dyn Y Carped and Wales Observed for BBC Radio Cymru
Voice credits include Grandpa Max in the Welsh version of Ben 10, Captain Ahab in the Welsh version of Moby Dick, and various voices in Macbeth, Otherworld and countless other cartoons.
Phylip is an Associate Director for Theatr na n’Og and has directed many productions for them including Halt! (Theatre Critics nominated Best Children’s Production), We Need Bees, and The Sinking of the Arandora Star. Other directing includes Spam Man, Picnic Plays at Clwyd Theatr Cymru and The Canterbury Tales for Mappa Mundi.

Mickey Gee

Daniel Lloyd

Clwyd Theatr Cymru Credits include:
The Hub, The Taming Of The Shrew ,Yesterday, The Suicide, Tales From Small Nations, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and 8 consecutive rock n roll pantos inc. Sleeping Beauty, Aladdin, Robin Hood & The Babes in The Wood, Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Beauty & The Beast and two portions of Dick Whittington.
Television credits include: Dau Dŷ a Ni, Mici in Tipyn o Stad, Dafydd Meirion in A470 (ITV) and in a number of short films. Earlier this year Dan worked for Disney on the forthcoming Muppet Movie sequel at Pinewood studios (he got to meet his heroes Kermit, Fozzie and Animal in the flesh!) Muppets Most Wanted will be released this Spring.
Dan is a professional signed guitarist/singer-songwriter/ multi- instrumentalist and has had recent success with his first solo studio album Tro Ar Fyd reaching no 3 in BBC Radio Cymru’s chart. He is a regular on Welsh Daniel was raised in Rhosllannerchrugog and trained East 15 Acting School. During training he enjoyed roles as De Flores in The Changeling, Tewson in Fen, Emmanuel in Widows and Algernon in The Importance Of Being Earnest. In 2004 he was a BBC’s Carleton Hobbs Bursary Award finalist.
Theatre credits include: Some Like It Hotter (Nationwide Tour) Mods and Rox (The NewWolsey Theatre), Deffro’r Gwanwyn/Spring Awakening a New Musical (Theatr Genedlaethol
Cymru/Elen Bowman). Gluscabi, Melangell, The Princess and the Hunter, Me, a Giant! for Theatr na n’Og, The Comedy of Errors (Stafford Festival Shakespeare) and Romeo & Juliet for Bitesize Theatre.television and radio performing his own songs. Appearances include: Wedi 3, Ar Gamera, Yr Ystafell Fyw, Trac, Gofod, Bro, Bryn Terfel’s Gwyl Y Faenol, Pws, Wedi 7, Noson Lawen, Nodyn, Uned 5 and Bandit.
He also fronts the Welsh band Daniel Lloyd a Mr Pinc who have released several Welsh language recordings and have toured extensively over the past 10 years. A career highlight of theirs was a performance at the Bryn Terfel Faenol festival in
2008. 9
Dan began his career with Theatr na nÓg almost ten years ago... he is thrilled to be appearing in Tom.

Vernon Hopkins

Alex Parry

Alex trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
Theatre work includes: Jackie: The Musical (Gardyne Theatre Dundee) Beauty and the Beast, Dick Whittington, Sleeping Beauty, Aladdin: The Wok ‘n’ Roll Panto, Festen, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Of Mice and Men, To Kill a Mockingbird , The Cherry Orchard, Hobson’s Choice, Oh What a Lovely War, Romeo
and Juliet (Clwyd Theatr Cymru) Buddy: the Buddy Holly Story, (UK Tour) Shimmer (Chapter Arts Centre) A Christmas Carol, A Child’s Christmas in Wales (Wales Theatre Company) Into My Own (Hijinx) Hang Up (Edinburgh Festival) The Adventures of Red Riding Hood. (Ripley Theatre Company)
TV and Movie credits include: The Muppets: Most Wanted (Disney Pictures), Torchwood, Dirk Gently (BBC) Alex provides most of the voices in Channel 4’s Empire Square.
Follow Alex on Twitter at @alexparry99

Linda

Elin Phillips

Elin Phillips trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
Theatre credits include: The Rape of the Fair Country,
As You Like It, Animal Farm (Clwyd Theatr Cymru);
Yerma (West Yorkshire Playhouse); A Christmas Carol, Station and Patrolophobia (Sherman Cymru); The Falling Sickness (Upstart Theatre); Gwlad yr Addewid (Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru); Snow Child/ Plentyn yr Eira (Theatr Iolo/ Sherman Cymru) and most recently The Compleat Female Stage Beauty (Mappa Mundi).
Film and Television credits: Gwaith Cartref (Fiction Factory); Zanzibar (Rondo); Doctors (BBC); Crash (BBC Wales and Red Planet Productions); Y Syrcas (ffati ffilms)
Radio work includes: The Last Lesson, Writing the Century 1966-1970 and Lemon Meringue Pie for BBC Radio Drama.

Tom

Kit Orton

Kit trained at The Royal Northern College of Music and The Royal Academy of Music. Theatre credits include: Dickens Abridged (Arts Theatre), Spamalot (West
End & Tour), The Hired Man (Mercury Theatre/Leicester Curve) Arabian Nights (Watermill Newbury), Twelfth Night (Perth Rep), Peter Pan (Canal Theatre Dublin), Hot Mikado (UK Tour), Spend Spend Spend (Watermill
Newbury), Martin Guerre (Watermill Newbury), Songs For A New World (Young Opera Company Freiburg). Pantomimes include: Arabian Nights (Watermill Newbury), Cinderella (New Wolsey Ipswich) and Jack and the Beanstalk (Stafford Theatre).
Kit appears on the cast recordings of Spamalot and Dracula and has written a musical called My Land’s Shore, based on the Welsh hero Dic Penderyn and the Merthyr Riots (a recording of which is available now).
Kit is thrilled to be joining this production that pays tribute to one of his all-time idols.
Follow Kit on Twitter at @kitorton

Gordon Mills

Dean Read

Dean trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. His West End Credits include We Will Rock You- Rebel Leader (covered and played Pop
and Khashoggi) and touring work; We Will Rock You World Arena Tour and Original UK tour – Rebel Leader (covered and played Pop/Khashoggi), Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – Reuben (covered and played Pharaoh).
Dean’s panto work incudes Prince Charming in Cinderella (Pavillion, Porthcawl and Oakengates Theatre, Telford), Beast in Beauty and the Beast (Aylesbury Civic Centre) and Prince Charming in Sleeping Beauty (Catford Theatre).
Television work includes Songs of Praise and A League of Their Own.
Dean’s rehearsed readings include Jocastas Version (Soho Theatre), Celt and Stealing Mona Lisa.
His live events include All through We Will Rock You: Olivier Awards, Savoy, Olympics – Hyde Park.

Vi

Nicola Reynolds

Nicola trained at the Welsh College of Music and Drama.
Her Film credits include: The Machine – Joan, Sex Lives
of The Potato Men, Devotion Films - Poppy, Human Traffic – Nina.
Nicola’s Television Credits include Stella 2 – Shelley Evans BBC, Ideal series 1 - 6 BBC, The Story of Tracey Beaker BBC, Lucky Bag 3 series, BBC Wales Ready when you are Mr McGill, Murder – Roz, Beeban Kidron, BBC Clocking Off - PC Crane, Dirtywork and Coronation Street.
Nicola has worked extensively in Theatre and her credits include
Dead Funny and Silas Marner by Theatr Clwyd, Maid Marian and her Merry Men at Bristol Old Vic, Cinderalla at the Coliseum Oldham, Tales from the Magic at Octagon Bolton, Storyball, Cabaret, Brezhnev’s Children, Richard III Our County’s Good all at RWCMD
Her Radio Credits include My Dog’s Got No Nose. The Road to Paradise and Nietzsche’s Nose all for BBC Radio
Follow Nicola on Twitter at @nicolareynolds7

Chris Slade

Kieran Bailey

Kieran has been playing piano and drums from an early age. He began to take an interest in singing and acting in his late teens before going on to study drum kit and percussion at London's DrumTech.

Over the last five years he has worked professionally in studio recording, live music and theatre.

His musical credits include: Charlotte Church recording of EPs 1,2,3 and 4 along with the 2012/13 tour of UK, US and Canada including dates at SXSW Festival in Texas, Canadian Music Week in Toronto and live sessions for Billboard in New York, Rhydian Roberts (X Factor), Steve Balsamo, Magenta (Best Album and Best Live Band at CRS Awards 2009), Jamie Smith's Mabon (European Tour 2010), Sion Russell Jones (UK Tour 2012), P&O Cruise Ship Pit Band Drummer for Oriana, Oceana and Artemis ships (backing artists including Jimmy James, Bobby Crush and Headliners Theatre Company), Christina Booth (Album recording and Launch 2010), Avenue Q Pit Band (Welsh premiere 2013), RENT Pit Band (Welsh Premiere 2010), Claire Simone (Burning Album 2008), The Semantics (Album 2012) plus many more. Kieran has also worked extensively as a Piano/Vocal entertainer for Don Jones and Border Leisure agencies whilst still finding time to play with his function band Face Value and write his own music. He released his first single and music video "Weekend Rock and Roll Star" in 2012 written about his experiences of working as an entertainer around the South Wales club circuit.

TV/DVD/Radio Credits: Role of "Dai Substantial" in pilot episode of Fontygary (BBC3), Can i Gymru (S4C), Dechrau Canu Dechrau Canmol (S4C), Twrw Yn Y Ty (S4C), Magenta Live at Realworld Studios DVD, Water Tower Music Video for Charlotte Church, Wonderous Stories Music Video for Magenta, Radio Presenter on Rhondda Radio FM, Live music sessions for Roy Noble Show (BBC Radio Wales), Rhydian (S4C), TOM promo video.

Theatre Credits: Role of Keith in Jackie the Musical (Gardyne Theatre, Dundee), Role of Domestos in Sleeping Beauty Pantomime (New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich), Role of Chris in TOM Workshop (Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff).

Kieran is delighted to be returning to play the role of Chris Slade in the full production of TOM.

Dave Cooper

Tom Connor

Tom trained at Bournemouth Arts Institute as an actor but has been playing musical instruments from a young age.
Previous Theatre credits include; Paul McCartney in Lennon (Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool), Vic in Carnaby Street (UK Tour), Mugsy in Mods and Rox (The New Wolsey, Ipswich); Cecil in Yesterday (Theatr Clwyd), Johnny Cash/Jerry Alison in Buddy vs The Killer (Asian Tour), Ben in BBC Sitcom Mission Finalist Arthouse. Various Impressions and Characters in satirical sketch show NewsRevue (Edinburgh). Also the Actor/Musician Pantomimes; Preen in Beauty & The Beast (Theatr Clwyd), Rat Smallpox in Dick Whittington (Theatr Clwyd), Much the Millers Son in Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood (Theatr Clwyd), Harold the Herald in Sleeping Beauty the Rock n Roll Panto (Theatr Clwyd)
Film Includes: The Muppets Most Wanted (Walt Disney Pictures) which is due for release in March this year.
Tom plays drums for an up and coming London based band called The Workhouse, which you can follow on Facebook
and Twitter @the_workhouse.
Tom will reprise his role as Paul McCartney in Lennon at the Royal Court Theatre in Liverpool this summer.

Production Team

Musical Director

Ben Goddard

Training: Guildford School of Acting
BA Hons in Music from Leeds University
As an Actor: Jerry Lee Lewis in Million Dollar Quartet (Whatsonstage Award Nomination Best Supporting Actor in a Musical), Noel Coward Theatre West End. Joe Gillis in Sunset Boulevard (Olivier nomination best Company Performance) Comedy Theatre West End and Watermill Theatre, Newbury. Arnauld Du Tihl in Martin Guerre, Watermill Theatre. Judas Iscariot in Jesus Christ Superstar National and European Tour. Also for Andrew Lloyd Webber created the role of Del Copeland and went on to play John Kelly in The Beautiful Game, Cambridge Theatre. Detective Sergeant Trotter in The Mouse Trap, St Martins Theatre.
Edward Ireton in Two Cities Salisbury Playhouse for Howard Goodhall, Juan in Murderous Instincts, Savoy Theatre, Damien in Old Big 'Ead in the Spirit of the Man, Nottingham Playhouse & Tour, Sanders-Draper in The Good Intent, and Tom in The Glass Menagerie both at Queens Theatre, Hornchurch, Charles B Cochrane in Over my Shoulder, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Paris in Romeo and Juliet, ensemble in Oh, What a Lovely War and Amiens in As You Like It all at the Regents Park Open Air Theatre. Horatio in Hamlet & Friar Francis in Much Ado About Nothing Ludlow Festival, Inigo Jollifont in The Good Companions, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, Dandini in Cinderella --The Panto with Soul, Theatre Clwyd, Balthazar in Much Ado About Nothing, Royal Exchange Manchester and Boy in Kiss the Sky, Shepherds Bush Empire.
Television & Film include: Tim Burton's Sweeney Todd, Lt Walton in The Somme: From Defeat to Victory BBC, Crispin Yates in Trial & Retribution BBC, Neville in London Bridge Carlton Television & Guy in Bugs BBC. Demon in Gulliver's Travels with Jack Black.
Ben has Musically Directed countless shows all over the UK and abroad. He has also written music for plays at Nottingham Playhouse, Derby Playhouse, and arranged music for many other productions nationwide. He wrote a musical version of Two Gentlemen of Verona which was performed in Seoul, South Korea. He also Musically Directed Little Shop of Horrors at Birmingham Rep Theatre. For the last 10 years Ben has been working as Musical Director for the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich on productions including Little Shop of Horrors, Mods and Rox, and many Rock'n'Roll Pantos .

Designer

Sean Crowley

Sean studied theatre design at Wimbledon School of Art, graduating in 1985 and then worked across the design spectrum, as a designer and assistant designer, in Opera, Dance, Theatre, film and television.
In 1993, he left London and returned to Wales to live in Swansea with his wife and four children. Over the past 18 years, he has designed over 150 productions for companies across UK and Europe. Including, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, The Wales Theatre Company, The Tron Theatre, Glasgow, The Grand Theatre, Swansea, The Torch Theatre, Milford, The Sherman Theatre Cardiff, Theatr Y Byd, Theatr Nanog, Script Cymru, The Hampstead Theatre London, The Soho Theatre London, The Birmingham Stage Company, Northampton Theatre Royal, St Pauli Theater Hamburg, The Hamburger Kammerspieler the Theater am Kurfürstendamm, Berlin, and The Danish Royal Opera.
He became Head of Design at The Royal Welsh College of Music, Drama in 1999 and was made an honorary fellow of the College in 2007. In 2008, he became Director of Drama, and in 2010, he became an Associate Director of the Torch theatre Milford Haven
He was Chair of the Association of Theatre Design Courses for 9 years, is a member of the Linbury Prize committee, and as Vice Chair of the OISTAT Education Commission, was Project Leader and designer for the Prague Quadrennial international student festival Scenofest, in 2007. In March 2011 he was the exhibition designer for the Society of British Theatre Designers national exhibition Transformation & Revelation held at RWCMD in Cardiff, March 2011. He became Chair of the Society of British Theatre Designers in September 2011 and has now working as the Project Leader for World Stage Design 2013 which will also be held in Cardiff.

Sound Design

Mike Beer

Mike started his career at the Sherman Theatre Cardiff in 1986. Since then he has toured theatre and corporate events worldwide with companies including DV8 Physical Theatre, Theatre Royal Bath, Bristol Old Vic, Diversions Dance, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Birmingham Stage, Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Act Productions, Fiery Angel, Theatre Gwynedd, Imagination, Sony, and Ford Motor Car Company.
Mike's designs include: Coasting and Treasure Island (Bristol Old Vic), A Provincial Life, The Passion, Love Steals Us From Loneliness, The Persians, The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning, In Water I'm Weightless, Coriolan/us and Branches (National Theatre Wales), Deffro'r Gwanwyn (Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru), BFG (Fiery Angel), Great Expectations (Aberystwyth Arts Centre), Desire Lines, The Borrowers and Merlin (The Sherman Theatre Company), The Firework Maker's Daughter and Danny the Champion of the World (Birmingham Stage Company), Single Spies, Legal Fictions and The Importance of Being Earnest (The Theatre Royal Bath), Don Quixote (West Yorkshire Playhouse).
Much of Mike's work for the last 5 years has been with Stage Sound Services, working as Sound Designer and Project Manager on theatre and corporate events.

Lighting Designer

Ceri james

Ceri trained at WCMD and has designed lighting for National Theatre Wales, The Torch Theatre, University of Southern California, Catrin Finch, The Sherman Theatre, Fiery Angel, Royal and Derngate Northampton, Birmingham Stage Company, Colchester Mercury Theatre, Salisbury Playhouse, Oxford Touring Theatre, Unicorn Theatre London, National Youth Theatre Wales, Derby Playhouse, Leicester Haymarket, Dalier Sylw, Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, Theatr na n'Óg, Dragons Breath Theatre, FAB Theatre, Shock n Awe, New Vic Theatre, Theatr Bara Caws, Hijinx Theatre, Made in Wales and BBC NOW. He worked for 8 years as production manager for Cardiff Festival and is a founding member of Mappa Mundi Theatre, and has worked on many of their productions for the past 20 years.

Writer

Mike James

Ebbw Vale born Mike James has over thirty years experience working in theatre and TV as a writer, producer and director.

As Artistic Director of the Sherman Theatre Cardiff and also of the Torch Theatre, West Wales, he directed over sixty main stage shows including the hit musical Blood Brothers and has written many musical stage adaptations including 'Vanity Fair', 'Tess of the D'Urbervilles', 'History of Mr Polly, 'Gregory's Girl' as well as writing and directing eleven musical shows for children.

He is currently developing a new play with Terry Hands at Theatre Clwyd based on the story of the BBC's move to Bangor during the war, which will be presented as a joint production with Clwyd and Theatre Wolsey, Ipswich and is likely to be the opening production of a brand new theatre complex in Bangor at the end of next year.

Director

Geinor Styles

Geinor Styles - Director

Geinor Styles was born in Merthyr Tydfil and attended Ysgol Gyfun Rhydfelen. In 1988 she spent the summer teaching drama in California, and then attended the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama to study stage management. Geinor graduated in 1991 and worked with Dalier Sylw before joining Theatre West Glamorgan as their resident stage manager. In 1996 she was given the opportunity to direct Spam Man the award winning play at the National Eisteddfod in Bala. Following the success of the production she was invited to direct the Theatre in Education productions at Theatre West Glamorgan now Theatr na n'Og. In 1998 she became the company's artistic director, and has directed over 30 Theatre in Education shows and 10 UK Tours. She has written over 15 new plays for the company.

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