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 Jonathan Burgess - Writer

Jonathan Burgess has been working in theatre in Londonderry since 1995.  A graduate in Drama and Theatre Studies from the University of Liverpool, he returned home where he began work as a technician and actor before progressing through the roles of stage and production manager until he finally began producing for Blue Eagle Productions in 2002.  The led to developing work as both a writer and director. 

For Blue Eagle he has written and produced full length plays, ' The Exodus', 'The Pride' and 'Muckbeth' as well as countless living history and bespoke pieces for conferences and events.  For The Alley and Balor Theatres he has written the three one-act plays 'Remembrances', 'Far Off Fields' and 'The Parting'.  He has also written several theatre in education productions which include ' The Billie Girl' which looks at the history surrounding the Orange Order, ' The Honest Sod' which is a tri-lingual production in Irish, English and Ulster-Scots and 'Fair Faa Yee' which tells the story of the Ulster-Scots from Plantation to present day.

Aside from Blue Eagle, Jonathan has produced with and directed for The Playhouse, Wasterside Theatre, Millenium Forum, Partisan Productions, Echo Echo Dance Theatre, Sole Purpose Productions, Crackitopen Productions and Class Acts Ltd, as well as numerous councils, statutory and community organisations.  Jonathan is also the production director of the Walled City Tattoo.

 

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 Caitriona  McLaughlin - Director

Caitríona McLaughlin is originally from Donegal and currently divides her time between London, Dublin and New York.  This year she has directed a number of productions for the City of Culture Festival in Derry.  'On the Subject of Love' by Ken McCormack for the Playhouse,'Factory Girls' by Frank McGuinness for the Millenium Forum and 'Bunny's Vendetta' by Darren Murphy for Blue Eagle Productions.  Her production of 'Killers and Other Family' is currently running in New York.  In November 2012 Caitríona directed her 1st Opera ' A Dinner Engagement' for the Wexford Opera Festival.

Caitríona has a particular interest in new writing and development.  She was awarded a Clore Fellowship in 2007, worked at the Royal Court Theatre in 2008/09.

Recent acclaimed directing credits include Ibsen's 'Wild Duck' at Bard Summerscape, New York from June 2001 and 'Irish Blood English Heart' by Darren Murphy at Trafalgar Studios, London's West End March 2011.  Previously she directed 'Bottom of the World' by Lucy Thurber at the Altantic Theatre in New York.  September 2010.  'Spring Chickens' at Millenium Forum, Derry for Big Telly, 'Judgement Day' at Bard, Summerscape Festival in New York. 'Still, The Blackbird Sings' which toured Ireland 2010, 'Killers and Other Family' for Rattlestick Theatre, New York 2009 and 'The Recruiting Officer' for the Farquhar Festival, Blue Eage Theate Company, Northern Ireland 2008.

 

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Charlie Archer - Actor

Charlie started his career with the National Youth Theatre, appearing in Matthew Dunster's ' The Band' and 100 Word Plays' at the Soho Theatre.  He then trained at RADA, and graduated in 2012.

Since then he has appeared in ' Midsummer Night's Dream' at the Royal and Derngate, Northhampton, Mark Rylance's ' Pop-up Shakespeare/ What You Will' for the London Olympics, 'Ladybird' at the New Diorama, 'Bunny's Vendetta' at the Glassworks in Derry, as well as Tony Kushner's ' The Illusion' and as Billy in Herman Melville's 'Billy Budd', both at Southwark Playhouse.  In the latter play he was nominated for 'Best Male Performance' in the Off-West End Awards.

 

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Denise Stephenson has played in many roles not only on the stage but also on TV.  Many of her roles have been performed in theatre houses in New York and throughout England such as Araminta in 'The Philathropist', Harriet in 'Blood Poetry', Stella in 'No End Of Blame' at the Manhatten Theatre Club in New York and many, many more.....

On Screen Denise starred opposite Leslie Grantham when she played Jo in 'Winners and Loosers', she played lead roles in many more prominent prime time TV series such as 'Saracens, Waterfront Beat, Peak Practice, This Life, Bad Blood, The Bill, Doctors and many others.  Film roles include Sally opposity Tommy Lee Jones in 'The Dead Can't Lie', Lindsey in 'About a Boy', Denise in 'St. Trinians', Nickola in 'What Rates Won't Do', The reporter in 'Fritons Gold St Trinians 2', Lady Carberry in 'From Time to Time', Liason Office Tracey in 'Jean Charlies', Mother in 'Life a Dream'.  In 2011 she wrote Stand Up and Be Counted' for the Edinburgh Festival 2011, and has been performing stand-up comedy in the London circuit since 2012.

 

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Gerard McDermott trained at the Royal Welsh College in Cardiff.  His recent theatre performances were; 'Bunny's Vendetta' at The Glassworks in Derry, 'Billy Liar' at The Ashcroft in Croydon, 'Being Tommy Cooper' at the Old Red Lion and 'Calendar Girls'.  Northern Broadsides productions include; 'Anthony and Cleopatra', 'Romeo and Juliet', 'King John' and 'A Midsummer Nights'.  Other theatre work includes Sheriff and Minister in the West End production of 'Whistle Down';  Gordon in 'Neville's Island' at the Duke Theatre, Lancaster;  Gerard playedIan in 'Blasted' by Sarah Kane for Graeae Theatre Company's National tour and run at Soho Theatre.

On screen - Gerard recently played Gordon Bags in 'East Enders' and 'The Sheriff in Downton Abbey'. 

 

 

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Rob Mills - Lighting Designer

Working principally in Theatre and Opera, Rob's work also includes corporate and live events.  

His recent credits as Lighting Designer include:  Tosca (Uk Touring & Luxembourg National Cultural Centre); Daredevas (Watermans Theatre); Napoleon Noir (Shaw Theatre); Gilbert is Dead (Hoxton Hall); Romeo & Juliet (Cambridge Arts Theatre);  Gays the Word (Finborough Theatre), Love Bites (Leatherhead Hall Opera); The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe and Hayton on Homocide (Edinburgh); Niceties (Cambridge Footlights).

His works as Production and Lighting Designer include:  Aida (Epson Playhouse); Madama Butterfly (Harlequin Theatre); Venus & Adonis, Did & Aeneas and The Magic Flute (Upstairs at the Gatehouse); The Mikade and Yeomen of the Guard (Minack Theatre), The Mikado (Cambridge Arts Theatre), Don Giovanni & Pelléas et Mélisande (West Rd Concert Hall), Crave (Edinburgh).  Rob has also provided the lighting & event design for a number of live & corporate events, including the 2012 'Floating Finale' to the Lord Mayor's Show, on the River Thames.

 

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 Liam McDermott - Sound Designer

Liam has been involved in Professional Entertainment for over a decade, working in Theatre, Live Music, Events and Conferences since the age of sixteen. A graduate of Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, Liam has a strong audio bias to his portfolio with recent sound design credits for the award wining production of ‘Call Mr. Robeson’, the life story of Paul Robeson, the critically acclaimed ‘The Last 5 Years’ (Life In Theatre productions, Liverpool) and ‘The Sunshine Boys’ (Life In Theatre Productions, Liverpool.) with an Associate Sound Design credit for ‘Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs’ (Les Petits/Les Enfants Terribles, Edinburgh & London). 

 
“As a Sound Designer, I take pride in creating very high quality audio environments, which are subtle to the audiences' ear.”    “It is fascinating to mix 'live' effects with pre-recorded effects to make the entire aural experience as transparent as possible.”  “… Sound design by duo David Darlington and Liam McDermott add a refreshing vitality to the production which even includes authentic voices from the 1956 Senate hearing.” Debbie Minter Jackson, Review of ‘Call Mr. Robeson’ 2009
‘Liam delivers excellent sound quality whenever he is involved in the product.’ Darren Harvey, Production Manager, Mv/ Arcadia 2012

 

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Stephen Bamford is a belfast based artist and designer who has 15years experience working in theatre and outdoor events. He graduated from the University of Ulster in 1998 with a BA Hons in fine and applied art and from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 2005 with a Specialist Graduate Certificate in scenic construction.

He has designed and built sets for many Northern Irish theatre companies including Prime Cut, Greenshoot Productions, Ransom Productions and Cahoots NI. Stephen's work in outdoor events most recently saw him take on the role of Design Coordinator for Walk the Plank's production "Return of Colmcille" for Derry City of Culture 2013.