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Michele Clapton Costume Designer

Michele Clapton is an award winning freelance costume designer who joined balletLORENT for Rapunzel and The Night Ball. She lives in London and works internationally and is best known for her designs for HBO's Game of Thrones, for which she won 3 Emmys and 3 Costume Designers Guild Awards. She won two Royal Television Society Awards in 2005 for Casanova, starring David Tennant and Peter O-Toole, for Best Costume Design and Outstanding Achievement in Craft. She received a BAFTA in 2009 for her costume design on The Devil's Whore, and in 2017 for The Crown. She is currently working on the final season of Game of Thrones and the upcoming prequel of Mamma Mia.

Michele Clapton
Ben Crompton Narrator & Dramaturg

Ben Crompton is an actor, writer and stand up comedian. He was a regular in several TV shows, including Pramface; Man Stroke Woman; Ideal and Clocking Off, and also featured in Housewife 49; The Sinking Of the Laconia; Doctor Who; The Great Fire and Hit & Miss. He may be best known for playing Dolorous Edd in HBO's Game of Thrones. His theatre work includes Normal (The Bush) and The Weavers (The Gate), and his film work includes All or Nothing; 102 Dalmatians; Blow Dry; Les Miserables; Kill List and Blood. Writing credits include Angelmoth (balletLORENT); Dog Dazed Afternoon and Neurotics Anonymous (Radio 4).

Ben Crompton
Carol Ann Duffy Scenario Writer

Carol Ann Duffy lives in Manchester, where she is Professor and Creative Director of the Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University. She has written for both children and adults, and her poetry has received many awards, including the Whitbread Prize, the Forward Prize, the TS Eliot Prize, the Signal Prize for Children's Verse and the Lannan and EM Forster prizes in America. Her most recent collection is The Bees which won the 2011 Costa Prize for Poetry. Carol Ann Duffy was appointed Poet Laureate in 2009.

Carol Ann Duffy
Phil Eddolls Set Designer

Phil's worked on over 300 productions across the spectrum of theatre, opera, rock and roll, ballet and outdoor theatre. Phil worked at West Yorkshire Playhouse before taking ‘technical care’ of Improbable Theatre Company’s Shock Headed Peter. Phil co-designed within Improbable before becoming a designer in his own right. Two significant co-designs were The Hanging Man with Improbable, (Joint TMA Award: best design), and Go Do tour for Jonsi of rock band Sigur Ros (collaboration with 59). Recent shows include: Treasure Island and The Boy who cried Wolf (Bristol Old Vic); Dracula (Mark Bruce Company) (winner of Sky Arts award 2014); Rapunzel, Snow White and LOVE STRUCK (balletLORENT); Dick Tracy (Le Navet Bete); The Light Princess Christmas show, Bristol; and Crime and Punishment the Musical by Toyah Willcox (Gods and Monsters). Phil is currently working on shows for Mark Bruce Company and Le Navet Bete; revisiting Beauty and the Beast for its Chicago opening; War and Peace at Greenham Common Air Base; and will appear in Satyagraha at the ENO in February 2018.

Phil Eddolls
Murray Gold Composer

Murray Gold has composed for many popular shows including Doctor Who, Last Tango in Halifax, Shameless and David Attenborough's Life Story. His music has featured in concerts all over the world including the Sydney Opera House and The Royal Albert Hall. He has received five BAFTA and four Royal Television Society nominations and won the Grand Prize: Mozarts du Septieme Art for his soundtrack to the film Kiss of Life. He is currently working with Stephen Frears on the forthcoming A Very English Scandal. This is Murray’s third collaboration with balletLORENT.

Murray Gold
Michael Morgan Lighting Designer

Michael studied in Fine Art, his main focus being figurative work, both 2D and 3D. His most recent series of works are an interpretation of improvised floor-based and aerial dance. He now finds great enjoyment working with lighting in dance, discovering new ways of working with both creative processes. Michael’s roles include lighting design, re-lighting and stage electrics. Recent productions he has lit include Newton’s Ladder’s aerial dance performance Hope is a thing with Feathers, Fertile Ground’s Dancing the Road, Northern Stage’s Up and Out Christmas Sprout, Music in the Minster’s Opera Goal and Street Wise Opera’s The River Keeper. As re-lighter Michael toured with balletLORENT’s productions of Snow White and The Night Ball. He has also toured with Compagnie TDU’s physical theatre production All the things.

Michael Morgan
Caroline Reece Rehearsal Director

Caroline has taught and performed with: Nexus Dance Company with repertoire by David Massingham, Janet Smith, Emilyn Claid, Nigel Charnock; Emma Diamond; Felix Ruckert; Gary Clarke; in Dance For Camera projects with Wendy Houstoun and Nigel Charnock; and Northern Stage productions, Peter Pan directed by Erica Whyman, and The Black Eyed Roses and Animal Farm directed by Alan Lydiard. She has taught and choreographed at Newcastle College, Northumbria University, The Centre for Advanced Training at Dance City, Billy London, Gateshead College on the Degree and BTEC courses, and YDA Swindon. She was Rehearsal Director for Verve 2010-2011. Caroline has performed in most of balletLORENT’s productions since 1996 and has recently begun studying part time for an MA at London Contemporary Dance School. .

Caroline Reece
Malcolm Rippeth Lighting Designer

Malcolm has been working with balletLORENT since 2002, lighting productions including Snow White, Rapunzel, The Night Ball and Love Struck. He is an Associate Artist of Kneehigh, with productions including Brief Encounter (West End and Broadway), Tristan & Yseult, The Wild Bride, 946, The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips and Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs).

His other work includes The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Six Characters in Search of an Author (West End); A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare's Globe); Titus Andronicus (RSC); Spur of the Moment (Royal Court); Decade (Headlong); My Brilliant Friend (Rose Theatre Kingston); HMS Pinafore (Guthrie Theater Minneapolis); Stones in his Pockets (Tricycle); Calendar Girls (West End/Australia/Canada); The Dead (Abbey Dublin); The Birthday Party (Manchester Royal Exchange); Wallflower (Quarantine); The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (Children's Touring Partnership); The Threepenny Opera (Graeae); The Devil Inside Him (National Theatre Wales); London (Paines Plough); His Dark Materials (Birmingham Rep); Refugee Boy (West Yorkshire Playhouse); After Electra (Plymouth); Richard III (Hull Truck); Copenhagen (Edinburgh Lyceum); Tutti Frutti (National Theatre of Scotland); The Bloody Chamber (Northern Stage); Noir (Live Theatre); West Side Story (Sage Gateshead); Carmen Jones (Royal Festival Hall); In Parenthesis (Welsh National Opera); Idomeneo (Garsington Opera); Pleasure (Opera North); Orfeo ed Euridice (Buxton Festival); Le Premier Meurtre (Opéra de Lille); and Capriccio (Santa Fe Opera). His lighting design for Brief Encounter was awarded the whatsonstage.com Theatregoer’s Choice Award in London, an OBIE in New York and was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award on Broadway. In 2016 he was nominated for the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Tristan & Yseult.

Malcolm Rippeth
Andrew Stephenson Set Designer

Since leaving Newcastle College, Andrew has worked predominantly in Newcastle designing for a number of companies, including Northern Stage, Unfolding Theatre, Theatre Sans Frontiers and Live Theatre. For Northern Stage Andrew designed Oh The Humanity and many productions for children aged six and under including: Thumbelina, Tattercoats (nominated as Best Performance in the Culture Awards 2008); The Goblin Who Saved Christmas; The Prince and The Penguin and The Little Boy Who Lost the Morning. Other design work for Northern Stage includes Happiness, Swim Like a Gold Fish, On Top of the Town and several summer school productions. His work for Live Theatre includes Pick & Mix Youth Festival and his work for Theatre Sans Frontiers, Magic Ball and Golden Tails. He also designed the spectacular promenade performance of Building Palaces for Unfolding Theatre. Andrew designed the set for balletLORENT's Underneath the Floorboards.

Andrew Stephenson
Matt Britten Lighting

Recent lighting design credits include, Stand by Your Van for Menagerie Theatre Company, Tom Conti's Jesus My Boy UK Tour and the Idiots of Ants UK tour of This is War. As well as The Orpheus Complex, The Government Inspector and Entangled Lives for Theatre De L'ange Fou. The Wrong Man for New Strung Theatre Company. Terror Alert, Querido Antoine, Oceans in Violent Blue and Envolee for Y Espacio Creativo Artes in Madrid.

Matt Britten
Lindsay Duncan Narrator

Lindsay’s recent theatre work includes Claire in A Delicate Balance (Broadway); Elizabeth (The Royal Ballet); Hayfever (West End); That Face (The Royal Court and West End); Private Lives (West End and Broadway) for which she won Olivier, Tony, Variety Club, Drama Desk and Critics Circle Awards for Best Actress; The Homecoming, Berenice, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and Plenty (The National); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, and Troilus and Cressida (RSC); Celebration and The Room (The Almeida); Ashes to Ashes and Top Girls (Royal Court and New York). Her recent film credits include Birdman; About Time; Le Week-End; and Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. Recent TV credits include Sherlock; Black Mirror; and The Honourable Woman.

Lindsay Duncan
Libby EverallCostume Designer

Libby Everall graduated from a Costume Design and History degree at Wimbledon College of the Arts in London, and began her career in the Film Industry assisting in productions including King Arthur, X-Men: First Class, Prometheus and Exodus. Costume illustration has also played an important part in her career, and Libby has illustrated designs for HBO's Game of Thrones and for the Russian Ballet in a new production of Romeo and Juliet.

She has design credits within both theatre and independent film, most recently The Tree Climber for Shubbak Theatre Festival, London's Arab Arts Festival. Bold design, creative and imaginative flare with a clear understanding of the demands for the theatrical costume and more delicate on screen designs result in a beautiful reflection of history and style within the different productions she has worked on.

Libby Everall
Kit Haigh Music

Kit's first composed film score was well received at the Edinburgh Film Festival, and only a couple of years later his sixth film, Channel 4's documentary The Boy Whose Skin Fell Off, was winning major awards including an International Emmy and two BAFTAs. Since 2000 Kit has worked with choreographer Amanda Drago, both composing for dance performances and creating innovative, interactive light and sound installations for their company Falling Cat. Recent credits include: guitarist at the BBC Electric Proms with Maddy Prior; score and sound design for Northern Stars film academy; sound design and composition for Sunderland Aquatic Centre launch event; score for Wedding Addicts Channel 5 documentary; contributions to all aspects of Minsterllation for Shine winter festival, Sunderland.

Kit Haigh
Elin Manahan Thomas Soprano

Elin Manahan Thomas studied at Clare College, Cambridge, before turning to the world of music, performing, and presenting. She is known for her interpretation of baroque music and made the world premiere recording of a newly-discovered Bach cantata in 2006 for Sir John Eliot Gardiner. Elin has also recorded and performed Handel with the Orchestra of the Sixteen, Vivaldi and Pergolesi with Florilegium, Dowland and Campion with David Miller (lute), Mozart with the AAM, and she released her debut solo disc of baroque music with the OAE. In August 2012, Elin performed at the Paralympics Opening Ceremony in London before a global audience of one billion people.

Elin Manahan Thomas
Neil Murray Set Designer

Since 1992, Neil Murray's directing/designing credits with Northern Stage productions include Great Expectations, Kaput, Cinzano and Smirnova's Birthday, Pandora's Box, The Tiger's Bride, The Threepenny Opera, Carmen, They Shoot Horses Don't They?, Therese Raquin, The Swan and numerous Christmas shows including, Beauty and the Beast, The Snow Queen, Grimm Tales and The Little Prince. He continues to work with other companies when time allows. Recent work includes designs for 1001 Nights Now and Wings of Desire for Betty Nansen Theatre, Copenhagen; The Princess and the Goblin, Laurel and Hardy, Mrs Warren's Profession and Vanity Fair for Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh and Tutti Frutti for National Theatre Scotland. Last year, he realised Tilda Swinton and John Byrne's installation, Belsayland which formed part of Picture House at Belsay Hall. He also designed Brief Encounter for Kneehigh at Cinema Haymarket, London.

His work is presented in the design books, Make Space, Time Space and Collaborators. His design for Homage to Catalonia was selected for inclusion in the UK National Exhibition at the Prague Quadrennial of Scenography in 2007 and is now exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Neil Murray
Ben Ponton Sound

Ben is a Newcastle-based composer and sound artist who has undertaken the soundtrack and performance sound production for many of balletLORENT's works over the last ten years. As a member of the music group :zoviet*france:, he co-composed the soundtrack for Designer Body and has composed new music for Blood, Sweat & Tears.

Ben Ponton
Andy Ross Composer

Aside from scoring a major ballet piece for balletLORENT's Angelmoth, Andy Ross is a composer and record producer whose credits include Immaculate Fools, Howard Jones and Propaganda amongst others. He co-wrote and produced the Martin Grech acclaimed albums Open Heart Zoo and Unholy. Andy has composed for TV in the USA and scored for film in the UK. He has also scored a major instrumental piece for 140 musicians entitled Portrait of Ray which can be heard on his web site andyrossmusic.com

Andy Ross
Lesley Sharp Narrator

Award winning British actress Lesley Sharp has performed in an extensive and eclectic range of productions across television, film and theatre. Her numerous leading roles include: BBC drama Clocking Off, ITV's comedy drama Bob and Rose, mystery dramas Afterlife and Scott & Bailey, as well as Sky 1's new family comedy The Starlings. Lesley has also made a name for herself in film and received a Bafta nomination for best supporting actress in 1998 for her role in The Full Monty. Lesley's numerous Theatre appearances include Harper Reagan at The National Theatre, Ghosts at the Duchess Theatre and numerous appearances at The Royal Court Theatre.

Lesley Sharp
Paul Shriek Costumes

Paul graduated with a First Class Honours Degree from Newcastle Polytechnic. He established the Paul Shriek name in 1980 launching his Limited Edition label in 1981. He continues to work in fashion, dance, theatre, contemporary circus, rock music and education. His work has rewarded him with an international appreciation and respect for his vision. He has successfully worked with: Welsh National Opera; Diversions Dance Company; Cois Ceim Dance Theatre; Scottish Dance Theatre; The Customs House; balletLORENT; Dodgy Clutch; Virtual Motion; the BalletBoyz; Seven Stories; Drapes Aerians la Baule and Fidgetfeet Ariel Theatre Company.

Paul Shriek
Scott TwynholmComposer

Scott Twynholm is a Glasgow-based musician and composer whose recent stage commissions include balletLORENT’s Love Struck, Catch-22 (Northern Stage), Wallace (The National Theatre), The Gamblers (Greyscale) and Girl X (The National Theatre of Scotland). His songs and compositions have also appeared in numerous films including Alasdair Gray - A Life in Progress (Hopscotch Films), My Brother the Ark Raider (BBC ALBA), Scottish BAFTA winning Marty Goes to Hollywood (Urban Croft), Scottish BAFTA nominated drama short A Love Divided (Solar Bear), Palme d’Or nominated The Edukators and Cameron Crow’s Vanilla Sky. Band projects include Looper, Metrovavan and Hoboken. In 2015 his soundtrack Alasdair Gray, A Life In Progress was released through De-Fence Records and a Looper retrospective box-set was released through Mute Records.

Scott Twynholm



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