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DARREN DAY (Gideon) Darren’s first starring theatre role was as ‘Joseph’ in the West End Production of Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dream-coat, a role which he reprised in the West End three times, as well as touring internationally. His West End career also includes starring roles as ‘Don’ in Summer Holiday; ‘Danny’ in Grease and ‘Tony’ in Copacabana. On tour nationally and internationally, he has played ‘Alfie’ in Alfie; ‘Billy Bigelow’ in Carousel; ‘Pip’ in Great Expectations; ‘Jesus’ in Godspell; ‘FranknFurter’ in The Rocky Horror Show; ‘Cornelius Hackle’ in Hello Dolly; ‘Khashoggi’ in We Will Rock You, and concert style productions of The Music of Manilow and Darren Day on Broadway. In 2011 he toured nationally in the acclaimed Brother Love’s Travelling Salvation Show, directed by Craig Revell-Horwood. In 2012, he took on the role of American author Paul Sheldon in an International production of Stephen King’s Misery and this gripping production was nominated for a Time Out theatre award. Darren is also well-known for his television presenting, which includes several years on series such as Just Kidding; Don’t Try This at Home; Clockwise, Teen Win Lose or Draw and You Bet! Darren’s roles as a television actor include ‘David Wilde’ in Doctors; ‘Jeff Slade’ in The Bill; ‘Arthur’ in Harry Hill’s satire Extreme Soap and ‘Inman’ in one of French and Saunders’s acclaimed comedy film reworkings. Most recently in television he is known for his 2010/2011 role as Hollyoaks soap villain ‘Danny Houston’ and has just completed filming on a new ITV drama that will be shown in Autumn 2012.

SIMONE CRADDOCK (Vicki) trained at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts when it was the only Musical Theatre course in Australia! After graduating, her career took her across Australia, Asia, Europe and America, where she fronted Jazz Quartets and Big Bands in 5 Star Hotels and was Lead Vocalist for Star Cruises, Thomson Cruises and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. Since relocating to the UK, her credits include Jesus Christ Superstar (Bill Kenwright Ltd, UK Tour), Snow White (Theatre Royal, Nottingham), Gym and Tonic & The Opposite Sex (Lyceum Theatre Rep Season, Crewe), An Asylum on Every Corner (Edinburgh Fringe Festival), ‘Irene Molloy’ in Hello Dolly! (Lincoln Theatre Royal), the title role in Snow White (Ipswich Regent Theatre) and ‘Fairy Narcissus’ in Sleeping Beauty (Broadway Theatre, Barking). When not treading the boards Simone can be seen performing her self-devised cabaret, singing at various Jazz venues around London. She was delighted to play the role as ‘Grace Farrell’ on the UK Touring Production of Annie, a role that she also performed in Hong Kong and Singapore.

A J DEAN (Buddy) trained in drama at St Mary’s University, Twickenham (2004 – 2007). He has been singing for as long as he can remember and frequently plays gigs across the country.  A self-confessed rocker, AJ was raised on the likes of Elvis, Buddy Holly and Del Shannon, and still collects vinyl records of his heroes to this day.
It follows therefore that AJ was delighted to play ‘Ray’ in Dreamboats and Petticoats, which was also his theatrical debut.  Having been with the show since the very beginning, AJ played in both the initial tour and hugely successful West End run. AJ was then ecstatic to play both his hero ‘Eddie Cochran’ and, his biggest influence and idol, ‘Elvis Presley’ in the tour of Rock ‘n’ Roll Heaven.  Most recently, AJ has just finished playing ‘Milton’ in the national tour of new musical Save the Last Dance for Me.

RON EMSLIE (Jim) has worked extensively in theatre all over the country – from the Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre Co.  to the Tyne and Wear Theatre Co. in Newcastle and the Theatre Royal in Plymouth. In the West End he has appeared as ‘Judas’ in Godspell, ‘Norman Petty’ in the original production of Buddy, which he played for over 1200 performances and the Inspector in Piaf with Elaine Paige for the Peter Hall Company. He has toured the Highlands and Islands every year since 2004 with Who Bares Wins, Watching Bluebottles, Whisky Kisses and From These Parts. He was invited to play ‘Willy Loman’ in Perth Theatre’s production of Death of a Salesman in 2011. On television he has appeared as leading characters in ITV’s The Bill, as ‘Howard Bailey’ in the comedy series Dr. Willoughby with Joanna Lumley, the Prison Governor in the BBC series Insiders and the Headmaster in Matt’s Million for Carlton TV.  He co-starred with Paul Nichol as ‘Adam Freeman’ in two series of Bust, played George Cole’s son, Wilfred, in two series of Don’t Forget To Write for the BBC and has had regular roles in series such as  Brush Strokes and Inside Story. His films include Ready when you are, Mr. McGill starring Bill Nighy and Tom Courtney and Christine Edzard’s The Fool with Derek Jacobi. Ron is also a well known voice-over artist. He has been the voice of Dewar’s 12 Year Old Malt Whisky and The Bank of America Merril Lynch around the world for the last two years.

LUCY VANDI (Tryshia) Lucy won a scholarship and studied Performance at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. Upon graduation she appeared in the ground-breaking West End Musical Jerry Springer The Opera and as a part of the Ensemble went on to win The Laurence Olivier Award for Best Perfor-mance in a Supporting Role in a Musical. Theatre Includes: Jerry Springer The Opera (Cambridge Theatre), The Life of Galileo (National Theatre), Lion The Witch & The Wardrobe (Leicester Haymarket Theatre) Television includes: Mile High, Top of the Pops, Music Hall of Fame, Record of the Year
Lucy has recorded with Fatboy Slim, reaching No 3 in the UK charts and No 1 in many European countries. She has worked with Pink, Chic, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Leo Sayer, Peter Andre and has performed Wembley, Glastonbury, The Jazz Café and the legendary Ronnie Scott’s.
Lucy is thrilled to be part of The Last Session.




CREATIVE TEAM


Steve Schalchlin (Composer & Lyrics) is the award-winning composer and lyricist of the off-Broadway musicals, The Last Session and The Big Voice: God or Merman? The latter he performed with his partner, NY Drama Desk Award winning actor, Jim Brochu. He also composed New World Waking, which was performed by the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus with Women's Community Orchestra at Davies Symphony Hall, with Piper Laurie and soloist Jennifer Holliday. His work has gained him a number of Award wins and nominations including: Best Musical Nomination NY Drama League, 1997. Best Musical Nomination NY Outer Critics Circle, 1997. Best Musical Score, L.A. Drama Critics Circle, 1997 & 2003. Best L.A. Theatre Production, GLAAD Media Award, 1997. Best Musical L.A. Ovation Awards 2005. PFLAG-LA Oscar Wilde Award, 1997 & 2003. Steve often works with groups tackling school bullying and has had the honour of playing John Lennon's  personal White Piano used in Imagine as part of this work. He is also  the resident composer at Christ Church Episcopal in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, New York .His music is available at watchfiremusic.com and his landmark website is located at bonusround.com.


JIM BROCHU
(Book) Jim was recently awarded the coveted New York Drama Desk Award for Best Solo Performance.  He recently appeared on Broadway as Andrew McLaren in Brigadoon opposite Christine Ebersole and in Washington, DC as Willy Clark opposite Theodore Bikel in Neil Simon’s The Sunshine Boys. Over the past few years, Jim has been leading a double life – both as himself and as the great Zero Mostel in his multi-award winning play, Zero Hour.  Along with the Drama Desk, he has won The Ovation Award in Los Angeles (Best Play), the Carbonell Award of South Florida (Best Actor), the Helen Hayes Award in Washington, DC, (Best Actor). He is the author of two books, ten plays and two musicals, The Last Session and The Big Voice: God or Merman? www.Jimbrochu.com

JOHN BETTIS (Additional Lyrics), inducted in the Songwriters Hall of Fame, has written songs that have sold more than 250 million records worldwide and have been sung by some of the most loved artists of all time including, Michael Jackson, George Strait, Celine Dion, Madonna, Diana Ross, Whitney Houston, Karen Carpenter and many more. His songs include ‘Human Nature’, ‘Heartland’, ‘Top Of The World’, ‘Yesterday Once More’, ‘Good-Bye To Love’, ‘Only Yesterday’, ‘Can You Stop The Rain?’ ‘One Moment In Time’, ‘Crazy For You’, and ‘Slow Hand’. Bettis has been nominated for an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, three Grammys® and three Emmys. In 1988 he received an Emmy for ‘One Moment in Time’, the theme song for the 1988 Olympics. He also received an Emmy for ‘Where Is The Hope’ in 2003. His song ‘Human Nature’ was included in the historic album of the year Thriller. His film work includes Twilight Zone: The Movie, Vision Quest, Pure Country, Cocktail, Star
Trek V and The Godfather III among others. His TV themes include Growing Pains, Murphy Brown and Nurses.

MARIE CAIN
(Additional Lyrics) is a proud contributing writer to both The Last Session and The Big Voice: God Or Merman? authored by Jim Brochu and Steve Schalchlin. She is also a contributing writer to the worldwide popular revue Naked Boys Singing and a co-writer of the multi-produced Too Old For The Chorus. Her songs have been recorded by Cher, Laura Branigan, Helen Reddy, Gloria Gaynor and Maureen McGovern, two of which earned gold and platinum records. As a performer, Marie has sung many national commercials, Coca-Cola & Buick among them, and in feature films and television series, most memorably the original TV movie and first season of Cagney & Lacey. She is currently living as trailer trash in a tiny rural community with one of the Baldwin brothers (not sure which one), busily writing six—count ‘em, six—new musicals, none of which have naked people as characters. Yet.

GUY RETALLACK
(Director) experience as a director encompasses a wide variety of work including: Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story (Tristan Bates Theatre & Charing Cross Theatre), nominated for the Best Off West End Show at the Whatsonstage Awards 2012 and 7 Off West End Awards (Offies). The World Premiere of Stephen Brown's groundbreaking play: Future Me (Theatre503 & ACE tour 2007/09) Liberty (Shakespeare's Globe & ACE Tour 2008), and The Gambler (BBC R3 & R4), both by Glyn Maxwell. Tommy by Pete Townshend toured the UK for Bill Kenwright (BKL) in 2005, and was nominated for Best Musical by the MEN Awards. The Lifeblood by Glyn Maxwell, a contemporary take on the last days of Mary Stuart, nominated for Best Ensemble by the Empty Space Awards 2005. The Secret Rapture by David Hare at the Lyric, Shaftesbury Avenue (BKL). In 2002 Guy collaborated with Filter Theatre on a devised show, Faster, by Stephen Brown (BAC, Soho, Lyric Hammersmith, ACE Tour & the 59E59 Festival in New York 2005). Guy's other directing credits include: Richard III (Wild Thyme), Emma (Gilded Balloon, Watford Palace & The Tricycle), and The Master and Margarita (Company of Clerks). Guy's directorial training came from working as assistant and associate with some of the UK's most talented directors including Howard Davies, Jeremy Sams, Stephen Daldry, and Max Stafford- Clark. During 2006-7 Guy worked as Dramaturg for Bill Kenwright Productions.
www.guyretallack.co.uk

TOM TURNER (Music Director) read Music at the University of Leeds, graduating with a BA (Hons), and a Masters Degree in Composition. Musical director credits include The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Union Theatre), The House of Mirrors and Hearts (Arcola Theatre), Thrill Me (Charing Cross Theatre), Mother Goose (Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds), Newsrevue (Canal Cafe Theatre), Piramania-the Swashbuckling Pirate Musical (C-Venues, Edinburgh), Next Thing You Know (C-Venues, Edinburgh), Snow White (Queens Theatre, Barnstaple) A Clockwork Orange (Lost Theatre), Romeo and Juliet (UK and International Tour), Roll on the Day (Etcetera Theatre). Assistant MD/Pianist Credits include Steve Coogan’s National Tour, Cinderella (Grimaldi Forum, Monte Carlo), It’s a Wonderful Life (New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich), A Man of No Importance (Arts Theatre), The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (Palace Theatre, Southend), Carousel (Landor) and The Little Belter Show (Madame Jojo’s). Tom was also deputy musical director/keys 2 for Goodnight Mrs. Calabash (Upstairs at the Gatehouse). He works regularly at the Guildford School of Acting, as a musical director/repertoire coach, and this Christmas will be musical director of Jack and the Beanstalk at the Theatre Royal, Windsor, for Bill Kenwright Ltd.

ANNE VOSSER (Casting Director) has cast over 20 West End Musicals and numerous touring productions.  She is currently working on four new musicals and three plays, in development, including Loserville by James Bourne and Elliot Davis at the West Yorkshire Playhouse this June.
Television:  I Dream (BBC 1 / 19 Entertainment), starring Christopher Lloyd; and Casting team on all BBC talent searches for ‘Maria’, ‘Joseph’, ‘Nancy’ and ‘Dorothy’, and recently the search for ‘Jesus’ in ‘Superstar’ for ITV.
Play credits include: (West End & Touring) What The Butler Saw, Duet For One, Dancing At Lughnasa; The Madness of George III; and Olivier and Tony Award-winning Stones in His Pockets.
Musical theatre credits include: (West End & Touring) Taboo; Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story; 20th Century Boy; Zorro; The Wedding Singer; Footloose; Never Forget; Fame; Starlight Express; Saturday Night Fever; and Kiss Me Kate.  www.vosser-casting.co.uk

RUTH HALL (Set Designer) Trained: Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and trainee designer at the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Theatre: Noah (Theatre on the Fly, Chichester Festival Theatre), Roots, Humbug! and later in 2012 costumes for Glengarry Glen Ross (all Clywd Theatr Cymru), The Road To Mecca (Arcola), Patagonia – The Long Journey (National Youth Theatre of Wales), Kindertransport (Aberystwyth Arts Centre and Welsh tour), costumes for Mirror Teeth, Captain Oates’ Left Sock, Too Good To Be True, The Killing of Mr. Toad (all Finborough Theatre),  The Phoenix and the Turtle (Royal Shakespeare Company Complete Works Festival), costumes for the musical Café Cariad (National Youth Theatre of Wales), The Government Inspector (Bute Theatre, Cardiff), in London Three More Sleepless Nights and Fourplay (Tristan Bates Theatre) and The Fetch (Old Red Lion), The School For Wives, Topless Mum in Dead Hero Shocker and the costumes for Treasure Island (all Tobacco Factory, Bristol). Film: Black Coffee, No Sugar

RICHARD WILLIAMSON (Lighting Designer) The Dark Side Of Love (Roundhouse) Spinach & Denial (Kings Head); OperaUpClose;Happy New & The Firewatchers (Red Lion); 20th Century Boy: The Musical (New Wolsey Theatre); The Execution of Justice & The Taming of the Shrew, (Southwark Playhouse); The Provoked Wife (Greenwich Playhouse); Thrill Me, (Tristan Bates Theatre); Amphibians (Bridewell Theatre); Richard III, An Arab Tragedy, (Swan Theatre Stratford & international tour); Boy With a Suitcase, Peer Gynt, Macbeth, A Midsummer Nights Dream, The Night Just Before the Forest, Tartuffe, Through a Cloud, King Arthur, Mojo Mickybo, The Great Theatre of the World, Tombstone Tales and The Country (Arcola Theatre); In My Name (Trafalgar Studios); Follow (Finborough); Play Size (Young Vic);  Dutchman, (Etcetera Theatre & Edinburgh Festival); Blue Jam (Etcetera Theatre & Riverside Studios); The Al-Hamlet Summit  (Tokyo International Festival & international tour).
Richard is Production Manager for C venues at the Edinburgh Festival & Technical Manager Greenwich and Docklands Festivals.

ANJALI KALE (Production Manager) Anjali trained in Sound Engineering & BA Recording Arts at SAE Institute UK. Theatre Credits Include: TSM Sharron Matthews Superstar: Gold (CliMar), SM The History Boys (Sell A Door), TSM Sharron Matthews Superstar: Jesus Thinks I’m Funny (CliMar), TSM Naked Boys Singing (Charing Cross Theatre), Sound Op Pajama Men: In The Middle of Nowhere (Password Productions), LX Op Fascinating Aida (Charing Cross Theatre), Production Manager/Sound Designer Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story (CliMar), SM A Taste Of Honey (Sell A Door), TSM George M Cohan Tonight! (Spitalfields Theatrical Ltd), DSM Kissing Sid James (Cracking Up Productions), SM West End Glee Club (CliMar), TSM The Trials of Galileo (Hint of Lime), TSM Are There More of You? (Hint of Lime), Design & SM Fridays When It Rains (Iambic Arts Theatre).
Full list of credits available at www.uk.stagejobspro.com/anjali.kale
Anjali would like to dedicate this show to her father, Late Ganesh Ramchandra Kale, thanks dad for showing me the way xxx


CLIMAR PRODUCTIONS was founded in October 2009 by Rob Harris to strive to produce enjoyable and accessible theatre. The 2011 production of Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story received great praise from critics and public alike, being nominated for 7 “Off West End Awards” (“The Offies”) and also the "Best Off West End Production" at the “2012 Whatsonstage Awards” The show opened at the Tristan Bates Theatre and then moved to The Charing Cross Theatre. Most recently the company has been producing Sharron Matthews Superstar: Gold at the 2012 Edinburgh Festival Fringe - it is the 2nd year of their collaboration with Sharron Matthews. In 2011 their previous show won a coveted 'Best of the Fest' from ‘The Scotsman” newspaper. Previous productions include: West End Glee Club, A Christmas Carol, Romeo & Juliet, Dr Faustus and SAS - Terrorist Tarts Undercover.

 

Their Latest Show, The Last Session is due to open at the Tristan Bates Theatre in September 2012


In 2012, Huw Allen joined the company as an assistant producer after graduating from The University of Hull.

 

More information can be found at www.climarproductions.com and they can be followed on twitter @CliMarProd