Emerging Artists 2014

As part of the 2014 programme we produced four ambitious site-specific performances. Sense & Sustainability was presented in partnership with the Bluecoat and was performed in most of the venue's indoor and outdoor spaces by more than 50 artists. Spring Heeled Jack was a community project which enabled us to work with residents and groups in Everton to present a procession, carnival and performances in Everton Park. Race Against Time was a film noir-inspired immersive action game that took place all over Liverpool City Centre in a variety of indoor and outdoor locations. The programme ended with the emerging artists' own production, This Must Be The Place, presented at Constellations Bar in Liverpool.
 

Meet The Artists:


Laura Lomax is a freelance designer based primarily in Liverpool and the North West of England. She graduated from the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts with a 2:1 BA (Hons) in Theatre & Performance Design, with special emphasis on Production Design and Audio Visual Installations. She has worked in a variety of roles including producing and styling music videos, set dress and art direction for film and designing set and AV for theatre. In 2014, Laura participated in Hope Street Ltd's internationally-renowned Emerging Artists Programme as a Designer & Maker. Collaborating with companies such as 20 Stories High and Suitcase Ensemble, she specialised in puppetry, set & costume, and leading creative workshops.  Laura is a founding member of the award-winning independent film collective "Clockwork Arts", with several producer and director credits, including the inaugural It's Liverpool On Film winner "Lamb", premièred at FACT.

 
Danny Dwyer has recently finished a Level 3 Extended Diploma course in Acting, in which he achieved grades D*D*D*. He went on to Hope Street Limited’s Emerging Artists Programme where he experienced 6 months of intensive training, creating numerous pieces of theatre whilst working with artists of international reputation.  These included Cocoloco, Suitcase Ensemble, Adam McGuigan (Barefeet Theatre), All Things Considered Theatre, Tmesis Theatre. He has experience in stage and street theatre, as well as appearing in a few short films. In the future, Danny hopes to set up his own theatre company, creating unique comedy performances which are suitable for touring. He also would like to run workshops in the community to engage younger people into the arts and encourage them to use their passions in productive ways. 

 
Guy Shread is a multi-disciplined, dynamic performer, who graduated with a first class honours in Visual Theatre from Edge Hill University. Guy specialises in physical theatre and has strong abilities in circus skills, contemporary dance and characterisation. He is also a competent drummer, having played Taiko since the age of 10 with Kagemusha Taiko. Throughout University, Guy toured with Edge Fwd Dance Theatre and devised solo and ensemble work for both the theatre and the street. Since then, he has gained a role as a performer on the Hope Street Ltd Emerging Artist Programme in Liverpool, where he has worked with internationally renowned artists such as Coco Loco, The Suitcase Ensemble and Adam McGuigan. 


 
 
Siân Gardiner has recently graduated from Liverpool John Moore's University with a First Class B.A. (Hons) degree in Drama and English. During her time at University Siân successfully production managed two festivals; 'Directorials 2013' and 'The OVERLOAD Festival' (that's a grand total of 86 plays). During her time at University Siân also honed skills in publicity, stage management, front of house management, sound operation and much more, all whilst juggling a dual honours degree. Siân is a highly self motivated individual who works well within a team structure. She is an extremely organised and conscientious person who is particularly interested in site-specific and immersive theatre. Siân is very excited to be involved in the Emerging Artist Programme 2014 at Hope Street Ltd. where the tasks undertaken so far have demonstrated Siân's high resilience and integrity in overcoming various obstacles.

 
Alex Hewitt trained at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. During his time there he designed the visuals for many shows including Esther - Queen of Egypt, Freckleface Strawberry, American Woman, The End and two external shows at the Unity Theatre, Hansel and Gretel and Pied Piper contributing elements such as moving backdrops, animated elements, projected shadow puppets and even a talking tree. Alex also worked on many external projects including assisting in the filming and editing for Momentous which was created by Illuminos as part of Leeds Light Night in 2013, and worked as both a technical assistant on the Food for Real Film Festival, as well as creatively contributing to two films. Alex is now participating in the Emerging Artists Programme as a film maker, and is contributing both in the form of visual design and in documentation of the projects. Alex is happy to contribute to any project with a digital element, but he also enjoys working in more traditional design as he has many skills such as sewing, painting and construction. Alex also has a background in technical theatre.
 
Lucy Graham has recently graduated from John Moores University with a BA Hons in Drama. Throughout this degree, Lucy gained numerous work experience placements with local theatre companies of Liverpool, including 20 Stories High, Tmesis Theatre and YEP. It was this that influenced Lucy's decision to apply for the Emerging Artists Programme as Participation Co-Ordinator. During her time at Hope Street Ltd, Lucy has thoroughly enjoyed working with the community groups during Spring Heeled Jack, and hopes to continue working within the community after Hope Street. Alongside of this, Lucy also enjoys expressing creativity as an actor in Tell Tale Theatre, a Liverpool based community drama group. In the future, Lucy would like to explore the possibility of starting a theatre company and hopes to remain in Liverpool!

 
 
Luke Thomas studied at the University of Liverpool specialising in composition, orchestration, and world music. He has since worked as a composer / musical director with a variety of internationally renowned artists including State of Play Games, Cocoloco, Alter Ego Abu Dhabi, Studio Kontrabida, Suitcase Ensemble, and the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. He is a proficient percussionist and guitarist who also has experience teaching and leading workshops with community groups and young musicians. After a number of years creating audio for video games and film, Luke worked on four unusual theatrical events with Hope Street Limited. This included the immersive and thought provoking Sense & Sustainability at the Bluecoat and the outdoor spectacle Spring Heeled Jack in Everton Park. He has written music for the Red Crescent charity, is a frequent collaborator with the singer Amanda Lee, and also has extensive experience in sound design.
 
Natasha Patel is a recent graduate of Liverpool Hope University achieving a First Class Degree in BA Single Honours Drama. During her time at university she took part in many productions as well as devising original work both collaboratively and on solo projects. Natasha also gained experience in other fields including stage management and directing. In addition to this she is currently training as an actor on the Hope Street Limited Emerging Artist Programme, covering a range of street and site-based performances whilst working with well established directors and theatre companies. In the future Natasha wishes to continue working and acting within the arts industry, collaborating on projects as well as producing original work. She would also like to develop academically by completing a Masters degree.
 
 
Elouise Bracewell was born in Manchester and graduated from The Arden School Of theatre with a degree in Acting For Live and Recorded Media. Her strengths lie in acting for screen and stage, radio, and musical theatre. She is also a published writer and is interested in creating her own work. Elouise not only has experience in voice and vocal coaching, leading vocal warm ups and teaching singing but her ability to play a range of diverse characters can be added to the list of her many skills’. During her time at Hope Street she gained experience in site specific theatre, outdoor performance and street theatre working alongside several internationally recognised artists.


 
 
Jordan Rodgers is a Liverpool based multimedia artist specialising in digital drawing and animation to exhibition and theatrical performance including puppetry, site-specific installation and outdoor projection. His degree was in Fine Art Practice & Theory at Lancaster University. Since graduating in July 2012 his work has already been exhibited in selected group and solo shows and published in national and international art magazines and websites, including the Aesthetica Art Prize 2012, the 100 Contemporary Artists 2013 Anthology and the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2013. In 2014 Jordan joined Hope Street Ltd as part of the internationally renowned Emerging Artists Programme 2014 taking on the role of Digital Artist/ Animator. To date he has participated in three theatrical productions - Sense and Sustainability, Spring Heeled Jack and Race Against Time. Passionate about working within various aspects of theatre, Jordan seeks to offer a unique innovation to challenge the relationship between audience and experience.
 
 
Edward Feery graduated from the University of Liverpool with a BA(Hons) in Popular Music and a three-year stint as Front of House Manager for Liverpool University Student Theatre under his belt. Prior to joining the Hope Street Emerging Artists Programme (EAP), he worked as musical director with numerous companies and venues including Grosvenor Park Young Theatre Company and Underheard Theatre, and as Assistant Musical Director at the Bolton Octagon, and was also director of an independent record label, 7L Recordings, for three years. In his capacity as EAP Researcher & Dramaturg, he created three unique theatrical experiences, working alongside artists from companies including Suitcase Ensemble, Draw & Code and Barefeet Theatre. A keen multi-disciplinary practitioner, he frequently combines research and dramaturgy with writing, composing and performing, and particularly enjoys creating exciting musical theatre shows with his comrades-in-arts at Liverpool-based community theatre group What We Did Next.

 

Rajwantee Panchoo is a strong and versatile performer. She creates diverse characters, is a confident deviser/writer, a fast text learner and is also a talented jazz singer.  She holds experience in screen and stage acting, cabaret, comedy and peripatetic performance art and also creates cross-discipline immersive performance and contemporary theatre events, as well as one woman shows. A real believer in collaboration, Rajwantee engages strongly in devising processes and enjoys researching her roles in order to bring as much depth as possible to her performances. She is comfortable with challenge and enjoys the contrasts and contradictions often present in the
devising process. Her passion is to create unusual contemporary theatre, challenging comedy and intelligent performance through learning and integrating a variety of disciplines.


Lorna Rose Fraser is a Liverpool born actress, she began her training at the Liverpool acting academy where she trained from the age of 16. Here she developed skills and knowledge in acting for TV, film and theatre. In 2013 Lorna became a member of the national youth theatre, where she studied in London. Currently Lorna is participating in Hope Street's Emerging Artists Programme as an actor. 
 




 

Andrew Games is a British actor experienced within a range of stage, film, television, street theatre and radio. Andrew has been an active performer since the summer of 2008 and previously worked with Birkenhead based independent acting company, Active Drama. Andrew graduated from high school with an A* in Drama, an A-Level in Theatre Studies and D*D*D* within the Level 3 Acting National Diploma Course at the City of Liverpool College. Experienced in chorus singing, ensemble work, orchestral work, puppetry, dancing, mime, staged combat and physical theatre. Andrew can also do many accents, such as American, Scottish, Welsh, Irish, German, French and Russian.  He is also an independent film maker, an aspiring writer, a producer, director, editor, cinematographer as well as actor. Andrew began the Emerging Artists Programme at Hope Street Limited in the summer of 2014.

 
 
After graduating from Liverpool John MooresUniversity with a BA Hons Drama & English degree Christos Cailleux began a career in Stage Management. Credits include Venue Technician - The Pleasance at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, ASM - Jack & The Beanstalk for UK Productions at the Floral Pavilion New Brighton, DSM - Forever & Anon at the Liverpool Everyman Studio, SM -Manchester Day Parade for Walk The Plank. Recently he gained a place on Hope Street Ltd's Emerging Artist Program as an SM, working with internationally renowned lead artists Cocoloco on a site-specific immersive piece, Sense & Sustainability, at the Bluecoat Chambers Liverpool. Taking time out of the program Christos joined the Welsh National Opera as an ASM working on three productions in their Autumn Season 2014. Christos had developed a wide skill set including: people management, planning, technical understanding, props sourcing/making, construction, timetabling, book making and Health & Safety diligence. 


Stephen Hull is a sound engineer specialising in bespoke sound design for theatre and audio post production for film and television. His experience includes creating sound for theatrical productions, short films, TV documentaries, websites, radio programmes and immersive artistic installations. Stephen is also involved with All Things Considered, a company exploring theatre for social purpose and collaborates with drama practitioners, facilitators, writers, composers and performers with the intention to create meaningful, beautiful and purposeful theatre for a wide range of audiences. Clients range from the BBC to independent filmmakers and he has collaborated with many diverse and amazing artists on a variety of exciting projects. Stephen trained at Manchester’s School of Sound Recording and has diplomas in Audio Engineering Techniques and Technology, Audio Post Production for Film and TV and is Avid Pro Tools trained.


 
Ellie Hurt studied at Liverpool John Moores University where she obtained a First Class BA (Hons) in Drama. Throughout her time at university, she gained a passion for directing which developed both inside and outside the institution. Her credits as an assistant director include Ruby and the Smoke, an adaptation of the Philip Pullman novel, and most recently The Bells by Leopold Lewis (in a new version by Deborah McAndrew) produced by Hazard Theatre.  Ellie has also been an Assistant Choreographer for Tmesis Theatre, in their graduate company’s recent devised production, BlueBeard, which was a part of Physical Fest 2014. She has directed several productions included Bryony Lavery’s Beautiful Burnout and David Grieg’s The Events whilst at university. Ellie is currently part of the Hope Street Limited’s Emerging Artists Programme as a producer and stage manager

 
 
Rebecca Christian is a production and costume designer from Liverpool, with an eye for artistic innovation and scenic perfection. Rebecca took an unusual route to hone her craft, following her entrepreneurial and project management skills to found and run her own creative events company for almost 4 years. Throughout these years her passion for theatre design grew stronger and the decision was made to follow her artistic dreams. She joined the Hope Street Ltd Emerging Artist programme as a designer in 2014 and has since worked with the team to create productions including ‘Sense & Sustainability’ and ‘Race Against Time’, working with renowned artists from companies such as ‘Cocoloco’, ‘The Suitcase Ensemble’ and ‘Barefeet Theatre’. Rebecca strives to improve and learn new skills and continues to combine her knowledge and experience to deliver the best creative to clients and audiences.
 
 

Terri Taylor studied at the City of Liverpool College for two years doing an Extended Diploma in Acting and came out with two Distinction*'s and one Distinction. Straight from there at the age of 18 she is currently working as an Emerging Artist at Hope Street Limited. During the course she has improved on skills such as, community arts, street theatre and immersive theatre. Her strengths and interests lie in comedy, clowning, serious roles and also physical theatre however she is open to try any new styles of theatre to explore further interests. She has taken part in a number of workshops to improve her skills, including taking part in Physical Fest 2014. In the future Terri hopes to improve her skills in all aspects of performing and possibly gaining new skills in directing and leading workshops.

 
 
 
Adam Titchmarsh gained a B in AS Level Theatre Studies and a Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Acting. Very skilled in comedic acting, he is able to pull a wide range of facial expressions, gestures and voices. He is experienced in Shakespeare and has performed in the RSC. He also has experienced in screen acting, having been part of a number of small films and Acting for Camera courses. Adam has been involved with Altru Youth Theatre for 6 Years, performing in a wide range of plays and productions for them. He can also play trumpet up to Grade 4 level. He is currently working full time in the Emerging Artist’s Programme for Hope Street Ltd, as an actor.


 

 

Cameron McKendrick is from Belfast and studied BA (Hons) Drama for 3 years in Liverpool John Moores University where he gained experience in devising, storytelling, promenade theatre and adaptation. His time on the Hope Street emerging Artists Programme has given him invaluable chances to work with internationally recognised artists such as Cocoloco and the opportunity to improve on his devising and vocal skills whilst pushing him as a performer and a creative. He can work well as part of an ensemble and while working with Tmesis Theatre he discovered he is also a very confident physical performer and has a keen interest in movement and mask work. He is used to performing in unusual spaces; when playing Arnold Beckhoff in  Harvey Fierstein's "Torch Song Trilogy" the performance space was a nightclub in Liverpool's gay quarter and in his 2nd year University production "The Third Grace", directed by Paula Simms where they animated the famous Cunard Building. Cameron is looking forward to starring in The Unity's 2014 pantomime "Rumplestiltskin".
 
 
Roisin Fletcher has recently graduated from Liverpool John Moores University. During her studies Roisin developed a range of skills and knowledge in acting, production and directing.  She found her passion for directing whilst doing her final production Wasting Efforts at University, a brand new play based on her views of our society and the way we view waste. Other directing credits include: Seven Jewish Children and Collaborators. Her Assistant directing credits include: Bluebeard (Tmesis Theatre – Physical Fest 2014) Suitcase 1938 (Hope Street Ltd). Alongside Roisin’s interest in directing, she has also performed in Deborah McAndrew’s new adaptation of The Bells (Unity Theatre) produced by Hazard Theatre. She has also worked as production assistant with Walk The Plank on The Return of Colmcille in Derry- Londonderry, and has worked for WLP’s Pyrotechnic team at the Lights Up parade of the new Everyman. As the Emerging Artist Director in the Hope Street Ltd programme Roisin is looking forward to taking the lead as the director in This must be the Place, the EAPs own show, and hopes this will help develop further her career within the arts.


Dora Colquhoun is currently training on the Hope street emerging Artist program 2014. She gained extensive devising experience studying at Dartington College of Arts graduating with a BA honours in Contemporary Theatre 2008 – 2011.  She has worked in a number of community settings including writing and directing a pantomime with the Mamre theatre company South Africa 2010 and working as a creative ambassador for international citizen service in Nepal, implementing a social change programme facilitating theatre workshops 2012. Dora became a family entertainer as a Redcoat at Butlins Bognor Regis 2013. Whilst working at Butlins she gained a variety of skills including comparing, presenting and working on the new attraction freak show theatre 'world of wonders' devising and playing multiple characters. Dora has experience performing stand up and wishes to peruse this avenue as a comedienne. Most recently Dora Colquhoun performed with theatre company 'Colonial Bastards' at the the Brighton Fringe Festival to very positive reviews 2014. Dora Colquhoun is a enthusiastic singer and songwriter and enjoys writing and devising ensemble work, she has a passion for comedy, bouffant ,physical theatre and contemporary performance.