Park Theatre presents the world premiere of
Director | Jez Bond
Designer | Janet Bird
Lighting | Julian McCready
Sound | Theo Holloway
Casting | Lucy Jenkins and Sooki McShane
Assistant Director | Holly Race Roughan
Sarah Rutherford has a first-class degree in English from Oxford University and completed a PhD on Black Farce in Jacobean and 1960s Theatre alongside a career as an arts journalist and broadcaster. She then trained as an actor at Guildford School of Acting and worked in television and theatre before becoming a playwright. Sarah's play What You Do To People was showcased at the Hampstead Theatre and led to her current position as Writer in Residence at Park Theatre. For Park, she has written Allah in Neon, due for production next year. Adult Supervision was initially performed as a staged reading starring Tara Fitzgerald at Theatre Royal Stratford East, under the title Tonight Is Your Answer. Her monologue La Barbe has been performed at the Salon Collective's Echo Chamber and at the Equal Writes event, and her writing was recently shortlisted for the Adrienne Benham Award.
Jez Bond graduated Hull University with a BA Honours in Drama and was awarded the prestigious Channel Four Theatre Director Bursary, under which he trained at Watford Palace Theatre. In 2010 he founded Park Theatre, leading the £3m project and taking the reins as Artistic Director when it opened, to critical acclaim, in 2013.
Jez has been a guest speaker at the Theatres Trust Conference: Converting Spaces, the RIBA Conference: 150 years of Engineering and Bruford on the Southbank: New Build / ReBuild – and was recently named in the Evening Standard’s Power 1000; a list of the one thousand most influential Londoners.
As a director his credits include; The Fame Game (Tour of Austria), Sleeping Beauty (Salisbury Playhouse), Oliver! (starring Rowan Atkinson, Oxford), I Have Been Here Before (Watford Palace Theatre), The Twits (Tour of Switzerland), Misconceptions (Hong Kong Arts Centre), Big Boys (Croydon Warehouse), Shot of Genius (Leicester Square), Canaries Sometimes Sing (Kings Head & France) and A Season in South Africa (Old Vic). As a dramaturge he has worked with writers at Soho Theatre, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Royal Court and Young Vic.
Janet Bird trained at Nottingham Trent and Wimbledon School of Art. Recent design credits include: The Madness of George III (Apollo); Enjoy (Gielgud); The Merry Wives of Windsor, Comedy of Errors, Holding Fire (Shakespeare’s Globe); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Regent’s Park Open Air); Hay Fever (Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis); National tours of The History Boys, Tell Me On A Sunday, Single Spies, Rough Justice, and Dandy Dick; Alphabetical Order (Hampstead); Hobson’s Choice (Sheffield); Way Upstream (Salisbury); The Rise And Fall Of Little Voice (Dundee Rep); Long Day’s Journey Into Night, A Taste of Honey, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Age of Arousal (CATS nomination, Edinburgh Lyceum); costumes for Mahabharata (Sadler’s Wells); The Rocky Horror Show (2006-2011 national and international tours); Longwave, The Adventures of Woundman and Shirley (UK tours, Chris Goode and Co.); The Energy Show (Science Museum); A Small Family Business (Watford); A Doll’s House (Exeter).
Julian McCready has lighting designed: Ken Campbell’s History of Comedy: Part One – Ventriloquism (National Theatre); The Curse of Tittycarmen (New End); Oliver! (Oxford); I Have Been Here Before (Palace Theatre Watford); Risk Everything (Old Red Lion); Canaries Sometimes Sing (Old Red Lion and The King’s Head); Hyperlinx (Citizen’s Glasgow, Pleasance Dome and Tricycle); Wild Raspberries (Citizen’s Glasgow and Pleasance Dome) and The Baltimore Waltz (The Gatehouse).
As Chief Electrician at the National Theatre until 2012, Joules has headed up the lighting departments in all three theatres and toured numerous productions across the world. Re-lights include Elmina’s Kitchen, Closer, Private Lives and Betrayal. As a freelancer he has worked on the London 2012 Olympics as well as a number of festivals – and has consulted on the technical installations at theatres both in the UK and abroad, including Park Theatre.
Theo Holloway's recent work as a sound designer and composer includes: The Thebans Season (The Scoop, London); These Shining Lives (Park Theatre); Gutted (Theatre Royal Stratford East); Spring Awakening (UK Tour); Jack and the Beanstalk (Theatre Royal Stratford East); Little Charley Bear and his Christmas Adventure (Ambassadors Theatre); Whisper Me Happy Ever After (UK Schools Tour); The Woman in Black (UK Tour – Associate Sound Designer); Romeo & Juliet (UK Tour); The Trojan War & Peace Season (The Scoop, London); The Producers (Yvonne Arnaud Theatre); Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus (UK Tour); Shalom Baby (Theatre Royal Stratford East); Third Floor (Trafalgar Studios) The Moon is Halfway to Heaven (Jermyn Street Theatre); Parade (Southwark Playhouse); Macbeth (UK Tour); The Dangerous Journeys Season (The Scoop, London); Sign of the Times (Duchess Theatre – Musical Arrangements); The Knitting Circle (Soho Theatre, Cochrane & Tour); The Graft (Theatre Royal Stratford East); The Invisible Man (Menier Chocolate Factory – Associate Sound Designer); Hamlet (UK Tour); Pam Ann – Flying High (Vaudeville Theatre); Spare (New Diorama Theatre); Corrie! (The Lowry, Salford); The Bad Boys Season (The Scoop, London); Two Women (Theatre Royal Stratford East); Counted? (London County Hall – Consultant Sound Designer); The Extension (Theatre Royal Stratford East); Crossings (RichMix and Tour); Plague Over England (Duchess Theatre). He also works as a technical consultant and software developer for live sound, specialising in radio frequency engineering.