The Old Woman, the Buffalo & the Lion of Manding
Jan Blake Storyteller
Kouame Sereba Musician
Raymond Sereba Musician
Harmage Singh Kalirai Artistic Advisor
Matt Edwards Designer
Stuart Walton Lighting Designer
Naomi Wilds Producer
Louisa Davies Associate Producer
Artistic Advisor Harmage Singh Kalirai trained as an actor at the Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama in London, Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris, and at the Ladislav Fialka Mime School in Prague. He has worked as professional actor for over twenty-five years in TV, Film, Radio and Theatre. His theatre directing and producing credits include work for the Royal National Theatre, Waterman Arts Centre, M6 theatre company and the Asian Cooperative Theare (ACT) He directed the comedy play with songs Arrange That Marriage for DesiPulp and The Drum in Birmingham, which toured England. In Kolkata, India he directed In The Further Soil (Produced by Sampad & Teamwork in conjunction with The British Council and ICCR, India). He directed promenade style in the outdoors Arena Theatre for mac Birmingham, the classic love stories of Heer Ranjha and Layla Majnun, with large casts of up to seventy performers (actors, dancers and musicians). He has also conducted workshops and taught theatre skills with actors, students, youth and community theatre groups in England, Germany, Norway and India.
Designer Matt Edwards trained at the Motley Theatre Design School in London and has designed for Vanessa Redgrave. He was awarded Best Design for the London New Play Festival. He has over ten years experience in Theatre Set and Costume design, Installation Art, Design for Choreography and Film and Television set design. He also designs, produces and installs for galleries and exhibitions. Matt will complete his MA in Museum and Exhibition Design (part-time) in 2012, from Lincoln University. In addition to this, he is a qualified teacher with experience of working with students at post-graduate, graduate, undergraduate, secondary and primary level, including teaching in Ghana with Global Link. He is also developing opportunities in children’s Book Illustration with the Jan Blake and runs his own Art, Design, 3D and Computer Aided Animation based Workshops. His recent designs include The BFG, by Roald Dahl for Harrogate Theatre (Director Phil Lowe) and Under A Foreign Sky, by Paula B. Stanic (Director Natalie Wilson) opening at the Unicorn Theatre and touring the UK.
Costume Makers: Joanna Close, Molly Bray and Silje Hostvedt Isaksen
Set Makers: Harrogate Theatre Scenic Services
Lighting Design Stuart Walton is a Production Manager, Lighting Designer and composer. Over a long and interesting career in the arts, he has worked all over the world with a diverse range of artist and companies including Dreamthinkspeak, Young Shakespeare company, Srishti Dance Creations, Rifco, The European Chamber Opera, Rejects REvenge, Zero Culture, Brouhaha, London City Opera and others. Stuart is a musician and recording engineer and has his own band, The Bloogs, with whom he produces and performs.
Producer Naomi Wilds studied English Literature at the University of Leeds, winning a Crabtree Prize and gaining an MA by Research in Narrative Strategies. After working for various arts organisations such as West Yorkshire Playhouse and Sinfonia Viva, she specialised in literature development for Derby City Council and the East Midlands Literature Development Network from 1999 -2008. Naomi set up Adverse Camber in 2006; the company gained limited company not-for-profit status in April 2009. Naomi has produced five national tours, working with over 70 promoters across England and Wales, in addition to raising funds for creative investment in partnership with individual artists and ensembles.