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Wind in the Willows: Creative Team

Claudette Bryanston - Director

Claudette Bryanston is an award-winning director and has been teaching and directing theatre for over 30 years including guest director of the MA in Fine Arts in stage direction at the University of Boston America. She has directed both large scale (site specific) community touring and studio productions, many of which have toured both nationally and internationally. She was the co-founder and co-Artistic Director of Classwork’s Theatre Cambridge. Her stage direction has been described as visually incisive by The Sunday Times, extraordinary and impressive by The Guardian. Claudette is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Warwick and Artistic Director of STAMP (previously Santé Theatre). She was awarded the Warwick/RSC Fellowship in Creativity and Performance at the CAPITAL centre. She is delighted to be directing The Wind in the Willows by Mike Kenny and has directed several of Mike’s plays which are always a particular joy. She is looking forward to seeing the theatre overrun with Weasels.

 

Tonia Daley Campbell - Assistant Director

Tonia Daley-Campbell is an actress, director, producer and community activist. As a mother of four and a foster carer shes not shy of hard work. In 2014 Tonia set up her charity Kuumba Arts Movement supporting disadvantaged young people by using the creative arts, and as part of the charity Tonia also set up a film school called 4th Wall. The film school project was funded for 3 years supporting young people from diverse backgrounds.

Tonia now runs and owns her own drama school ACTS and is also the young children's agent at Red Talent Management. Tonia is committed to supporting young hidden talent. Her recent acting credits include Lenny Henry's Danny and the human zoo playing Mrs Patterson, Feature film London Town playing Mamma Letty, Gazebo theatres Sorry no coloureds and short film Giants which has been shortlisted for an award. Tonia is currently writing her first book "39 steps to 40" which she hopes will be the first of a series of fun insightful little pocket books, inspiring those creatives and non creatives, who consistently doubt their ability to achieve.

 

Robert Wilkinson RED Talent - Co-producer

Robert is an actor and writer, with over 30 years experience in the business. He was a director of the award winning Tic Toc Theatre Company from the early 80s until 1991, producing and performing in all of their plays, notably Hooligans which won a Fringe First, was performed at the Donmar Warehouse and recorded as a TV play.

With Tic Toc he also helped run a business that promoted performers like Mike Myers, Frank Skinner, Lee Evans, Harry Enfield, Julian Clary, and many others at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Since 1991, Robert has been a freelancer working across Theatre Film and TV, including The Cheeky Chappies, a comedy double act for which he writes and performs with his partner Paul Nolan (Mole in this production). Robert has an MA in TV Scriptwriting and is also chair of Live and Local, an Arts Council funded organisation promoting rural touring across seven Midlands counties.

Robert is delighted to be acting as Co-Producer with the Albany on Wind in the Willows, under the banner of RED Talent www.redtalentmanagement.com and wishes everyone broken legs all round.

 

Trudy Rees Marklew - Designer

Trudy studied theatre design at Nottingham Trent Polytechnic and began her career in the theatre working as a scene painter, painting over a hundred shows. She began to combine painting with designing and eventually became Associate Designer at the Belgrade theatre in Coventry. She has designed many productions since that time, including musicals, plays, pantomimes and several world premieres. She now combines designing for the theatre with a successful career as a community and textile artist.

 

 

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