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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
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 know for her designs for Game of Thrones, for which she won Emmys for Outstanding Costumes for a Series in 2012 and 2015. Her costume design has been nominated for some prestigious awards including the Costume Designers Guild Awards for Outstanding Period/Fantasy Television Series (2012, Game of Thrones) and Best Costume Design for a Television Mini Series (2009, Sense and Sensibility). 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 also received a BAFTA in 2009 for her costume design on The Devil's Whore. As well as her credits for film and television, Michele has also worked on a range of commercial credits for an assortment of high-profile companies, and with music artists including Leona Lewis, Paloma Faith and Coldplay.

Michele Clapton
Ben Crompton 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
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
Phil Eddolls Set Designer

Phil’s career to date has seen him involved in over 300 productions across the spectrum of theatre, opera, rock and roll, ballet, outdoor theatre, and site specific one-off events. After gaining a degree in Drama and Teaching, Phil worked as part of the technical team for 13 years at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, before travelling the world with Improbable Theatre Company, taking technical care of their show Shock Headed Peter. From this, Phil was offered co-designs within Improbable before becoming a designer in his own right, and has since worked with over 50 different companies. Two significant co-designs were The Hanging Man with Improbable, for which Phil jointly won a TMA Award for best design, and the Go Do tour for Jonsi of rock band Sigur Ros, where Phil collaborated with 59. Notable shows include Beauty and the Beast for OneofUs with Improbable; Treasure Island and The Boy Who Cried Wolf, both outdoor shows for Bristol Old Vic; Dracula for The Mark Bruce Company and Wiltons Music Hall (winner of Sky Arts award 2014); Rapunzel for balletLORENT; Dick Tracy for Le Navet Bete; Lost on Earth for Dot Comedy; and Goldilocks and the Three Bears for Stuff and Nonsense. Recent shows include Odysseus (Mark Bruce); Snow White and Instant Light (balletLORENT); and The Light Princess (Tobacco Factory Christmas Show, Bristol).

Phil Eddolls
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
Murray Gold Composer

Murray Gold was born in Portsmouth, England. He is a five time BAFTA nominated composer for stage, film and television, and a dramatist for theatre and radio. His music has been performed by orchestras all over the world, including at the Sydney Opera House, Wembley Arena and at four Proms at the Royal Albert Hall. He is probably best known for his work on the BBC series Doctor Who, for which he has been sole composer since 2005.

Murray Gold
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
Malcolm Rippeth Lighting

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
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
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
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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