Cast & Creative

About Murray Lachlan Young

Murray Lachlan Young is an award winning, multi disciplinary writer spanning the worlds of: poetry, theatre, film, music, lyrics and as much live performance as time will allow.  He appears regularly on Radio 4, Radio 2 and is resident poet on BBC 6 Music.  His recent collection How freakin’ Zeitgeist are you was a number one best seller in the Amazon UK book charts.  In 2019 Murray will release two new studio albums, the first being The Mystery of the Raddlesham Mumps.

Murray has also written for Shakespeare’s Globe, The CERN institute in Switzerland and MTV USA. 2015 saw Murray’s co adaptation of the critically acclaimed Dylan Thomas’ Under Milkwood movie directed by Kevin Allen and starring Rhys Ifans, listed for the Best Foreign language Oscar.

Joe Allen

Joe’s Theatre credits include: Ensemble/U/S Mr Mushnik in Little Shop Of Horrors (Regents Park Open Air), Stephano in The Rover (RSC Stratford), Jimmy in The Seven Acts of Mercy (RSC Stratford), Mars in The 2 Noble Kinsmen (RSC Stratford), Mr Gloop/Oompa Loompa/U/S Augustus in Charlie & The Chocolate Factory (World Premiere Theatre Royal, Drury Lane), Wishee Washee in Aladdin (Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford); Oompa Loompa in Charlie & The Chocolate Factory (Workshop); Charlie in Santa Claus & The Christmas Adventure (Ambassadors Theatre, West End), Will in Stop Dreamin’ – The Chas and Dave Musical (Theatre Royal, Windsor), Little John in Robin Hood (Theatre Royal, Norwich), The Caterpillar in Alice in Wonderland (The Castle, Wellingborough), Sparky in Forever Plaid (Upstairs at the Gatehouse and International Tour)

Film credits include: Greek Fisherman in Mamma Mia: Here I Go Again, Pete in Blood Means Nothing

Commercials include: The Funny One in Girl With The Perfect Smile – Macleans; Pizza Boy in Rugby World Cup, Pukey for Talk to Frank, Morrisons.

Cast recordings include Mamma Mia: Here I Go Again (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Original Cast Recording)

Arun Ghosh (composer)

Arun is a British-Asian clarinettist and multi-instrumentalist, composer and music educator.   Awarded ‘Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year’ at the 2018 and 2014. Parliamentary Jazz Awards, he is a renowned innovator of the modern IndoJazz style.

Well regarded as a theatre composer, he has contributed scores and sound design to over one hundred productions (including works for Manchester Royal Exchange, The Globe, NYT, Library Theatre, Cardboard Citizens, Bolton Octagon, Belgrade Theatre, Salisbury Playhouse, Unicorn, Stratford Theatre Royal, Polka, Tamasha and Watford Palace) since his debut in 2002; Storm by Lemn Sissay at Contact, Manchester.  Arun leads his own band, touring nationally and internationally. In association with British Council, he has run international music residencies in Morocco, Kuwait, UAE, Ukraine, Kenya and China.

Nina Hajiyianni (Director)

Nina is one of the UK’s leading theatre directors for families and young people.  The projects Creative Producer, Matthew, has a long association with Nina.  Together they grew and developed the Unity/ATT christmas show doubling both audiences and revenue as well as significantly increasing the quality of the work.  In December 2017 the acclaimed 2016 Christmas show Little Red and the Big Bad Wolf was revived as the Christmas show for Z Arts in Manchester and The Brewery in Kendal before going on a spring tour.

Nina’s other recent work for ATT includes Adrift (ATT) and the influential Happily Ever After (ATT) – a primary school-age show in which two Princes fall in love and marry.   Nina is a former chair, and member of ASSITEJ International and is hugely respected across the industry for her family work.

Scott Hurran (Associate Director)

Scott trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama, and RADA.  He is currently Artistic Associate at Eastern Angles (who are supporting his work on this project), and Associate Artist at the Mercury Theatre. 

Directing credits include Macbeth by Shakespeare, Brainstorm by Company Three, Our Town by Thornton Wilder (Farrar Theatre), Hidden by Nicola Werenowska (UK Tour), Counting Starts by Atiha Sen Gupta (Assembly, Edinburgh Fringe), shortlisted for the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award, The House of Bernard Alba (Kings Head Theatre), Three to Four Days (Theatre 503), Immigrant (Theatre Uncut, Young Vic) and The Grandfathers (National Theatre Connections, Theatre Chipping Norton and Oxford Playhouse).

Matthew Linley (Creative Producer)

Matthew Linley is a freelance producer and theatre maker.  Until December 2017 he was Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Unity Theatre, Liverpool, leaving to pursue freelance projects in 2018. 

Recent work includes the UK tour of Nina – a story about me and Nina Simone (Unity Theatre/Riksteatern), Horny Handed Tons of Soil (Phrased & Confused/ Unity Theatre), Into the Cuckoo’s Nest (Martin Green/Lepus Productions) and When Did You Stop Dancing (What A Little Bird Told Me Theatre).

Projects in development include Lonely Hearts Club (by Luke Barnes), The Ballad of Maria Marten (with Eastern Angles) and The Stitch Brothers Patchwork Wonders (with Arun Ghosh, Fabric Lenny and Jason Singh).

Metro Boulot Dodo (VR animators)

MBD produces high quality arts experiences with a focus on storytelling, heritage and technology. MBD is part of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio and delivers immersive experiences for theatres, galleries, street arts, online and a whole range of spaces you might not expect to find artwork. These can range from large scale outdoor performances, interactive installations, intimate VR experiences and everything in between.

Most recently MBD has created a number of storytelling experiences using Virtual Reality, including the Empire Soldiers VR series, telling the stories of colonial soldiers in WW1. In 2018, Empire Soldiers VR won the VR Expo Immersive Theatre Award and was selected for the Lumen Prize longlist.

Bek Palmer (Designer)

Bek trained in Performance Design at LIPA and studied Post Graduate Theatre Design at RWCMD.

Other set and costume designs include; My Mother Said I Never Should, The Birthday Party, Waiting for Godot and Betrayal (London Classic Theatre).  A Christmas Carol, Henry II, Matilda the Empress (Reading Between the Lines), The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart (Eastern Angles), Spirits of the Sea, Bear & Butterfly, Tiny Treasures, Luna, The Elves and the Shoemakers, Angel, The Night Pirates and My Mother Told Me Not To Stare (Theatre Hullabaloo),  Alfie White: Space Explorer and Lemony Snicket’s Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming (Tall Stories),  What The Ladybird Heard (Kenny Wax Ltd),  Shaun The Sheep (Dan Coleman),  Happily Ever After (Action Transport Theatre), 5 More Minutes (Travelled Companions).

Bek specialises in designing/making puppets and has also worked as Installation Artist for Punchdrunk.  She regularly works as Wardrobe Mistress for Qdos Pantomimes and Grange Park Opera.

Laura Williamson Biggs (Movement)

A graduate of London Contemporary Dance School, Laura is a physical performer with over 10 years’ experience of choreographing, devising and performing for contemporary art companies. She currently works with Dance East on Creative Learning and Community Dance Company, UNIT, associated with Dance East as their Rehearsal Director.

Laura has worked with Ben Wishaw, Aneil Karia (Director), Nerina Pallot, Deptford Goth, Wave Machines (winner of 2011 MVA for choreography) Stuart Bentley DOP, Secret Cinema, Future Shorts, Sony, Geffen Record, 59 Productions and The Mostly Everything People.


Julie Kearney (Lighting)

Julie graduated from LIPA with a BA (Hons) in Theatre and Performance Technology and is senior technician at Unity Theatre, Liverpool.

Julie has most recently been lighting associate on the UK and Ireland tour of “Nina – A Story About Me and Nina Simone“. Julie has designed a variety of shows including “Beauty and The Beast” (ATT/Unity Theatre) “Horny Handed Tons of Soil” (Phrased and Confused – UK Tour), “Little Red and the Big Bad Wolf” (ATT/Unity Theatre – UK Tour), “Omnibus” (Royal Court Productions), “The Lost Boy” (Theatre in the Quarter), “Gaffer” (Unity Theatre), “Scottie Road The Musical” (Caz and Britney), “The Art of Falling Apart” (Big Wow) and “Floating” (Lives of Others Theatre). In 2004 Julie won the Stage Electrics Best Lighting Design prize at the NSDF for “Beautiful Thing“.


Esther Malkinson (Stage Manager)

Esther is a 2016 graduate of Loughborough University and now works as a freelance Stage Manager.

Her theatre credits include Ain’t Misbehavin’, Jack and the Beanstalk, Silence, Moll Flanders, Babe, The Sheep-Pig, Europe After The Rain and Pieces of String for the Mercury Theatre where she worked as an ASM. Other theatre credits include Sixth Night: Shakespeare For Those With Short Attention Spans, (Edinburgh Fringe 2017 – ★★★★ Broadway Baby), Macbeth (Bussey Building, Peckham), Macbeth (Iris Theatre), Into The Woods (RicNic London), Jane Ayre the Musical, (Bernie Grants, Mountview), 5 Guys Chilling, (The Kings Head Theatre), Four Plays for Coarse Actors & The Ladykillers, (Edinburgh Fringe), The Mutant Man (The Space, London), Hong Kong City (White Bear Theatre & The King’s Head Theatre).

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