Park Theatre presents the UK premiere of

Building the Wall

By Robert Schenkkan

ROBERT SCHENKKAN I WRITER
JEZ BOND I DIRECTOR
SARAH BEATON I DESIGNER
SALLY FERGUSON I LIGHTING DESIGNER
THEO HOLLOWAY I SOUND DESIGNER
NATASHA HARRISON I MOVEMENT DIRECTOR
RACHAEL WILLIAMS I PRODUCER
SACHA QUEIROZ I PRODUCTION MANAGER
EMILY HUMPHREYS I COMPANY STAGE MANAGER
GERALDINE DONALDSON I ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER
THE SCENERY SHOP I SET CONSTRUCTION
KATE HEMSTOCK I COSTUME SUPERVISOR


Writer I Robert Schenkkan

Pulitzer Prize, Tony, and WGA Award winner, three-time Emmy nominated writer.

Author of sixteen plays:  All the Way, The Great Society, Hanussen, Shadowplay, By the Waters of Babylon, Handler, A Single Shard, Devil and Daniel Webster, Lewis and Clark Reach the Euphrates, Final Passages, The Marriage of Miss Hollywood and King Neptune, Heaven on Earth, Tachinoki, The Dream Thief, and The Kentucky Cycle (Pulitzer prize, Tony and Drama Desk nominations) and a musical, The Twelve. In its first year, Building The Wall has had over 60 US productions as well as performances in Canada, Mexico, Sweden, Austria, and Tehran.

Film includes: Hacksaw Ridge, directed by Mel Gibson and starring Andrew Garfield – 6 Academy Award and 5 BAFTA nominations. The Quiet American directed by Phillip Noyce (Academy and BAFTA nominations). 

Television includes: All the Way (8 Emmy nominations), The Pacific (WGA Award, two Emmy and Humanitas noms), The Andromeda Strain, Crazy Horse, Spartacus. Robert is currently writing movies for Robert Redford and for Joseph Gordon Levitt. His newest play, Hanussen, will premier this season.

 

Director I Jez Bond

Jez Bond is the Founder and Artistic Director of Park Theatre. He graduated Hull University with a BA Honours in Drama and was later awarded the Channel Four Theatre Director Bursary.

For Park Theatre: Ian McKellen with Shakespeare, Tolkien, Others and You; Madame Rubinstein, Hurling Rubble at the Sun, Adult Supervision plus Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty, Jack and the Beanstalk, which he also co-wrote and composed.

Directing credits include: I Have Been Here Before (Watford Palace Theatre); The Fame Game (Tour of Austria); Sleeping Beauty (Salisbury Playhouse); The Twits (Tour of Switzerland); Misconceptions (Hong Kong Arts Centre); Big Boys (Croydon Warehouse); Shot of Genius (West End); Canaries Sometimes Sing (Kings Head & France); A Season in South Africa (Old Vic).

As a dramaturge he began working with writers at Soho Theatre, Royal Court and Young Vic before championing new work at Park Theatre, where he has developed a number of new plays many of which have gone on to production.

Having led the £2.6m conversion of Park Theatre, Jez has been a guest speaker at the Theatres Trust Conference: Converting Spaces, the RIBA Conference: 150 years of Engineering, Bruford on the Southbank: New Build / ReBuild and The International Theatre Conference in Colombia. He has also consulted on a number of new theatre buildings internationally.

 

Designer I Sarah Beaton

Sarah is an award-winning UK based performance designer.

She studied Design for Stage at The Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, graduating in 2011 with First Class Honours. Later that year she was awarded The Linbury Prize for Stage Design.

From 2015-2016 she was the Designer On Attachment at The Old Vic Theatre. Her work has been exhibited at The National Theatre, World Stage Design and the Victoria and Albert Museum. She was a finalist for World Stage Design 2017 in Taiwan.

Sarah has designed for various venues including the Lilian Baylis Studio, Manchester Royal Exchange, Trafalgar Studios, The Oxford Playhouse, The Lowry, Howard Assembly Rooms and Hampstead Theatre. She is an Associate Artist of Engineer Theatre Collective and a visiting lecturer at the RCSSD.

sarahbeaton.com @sarahbeaton7

 

Lighting Designer I Sally Ferguson

Theatre credits include: Richard III (Perth Theatre); Again (Trafalger Studios); Aladdin (Watford Palace Theatre); While We’re Here (Up In Arms); Educating Rita (Queen's Theatre Hornechurch); The Two Boroughs Project (Young Vic); Sweet Charity (Royal Exchange); Jess and Joe Forever (Orange Tree/Farnham Maltings); We Wait In Joyful Hope; And Then Come The Nightjars; Many Moons (Theatre503); Big Fish (Arts Ed Studio Theatre); Shiver (Watford Palace Theatre); Medea (Platform Theatre); The Sleeping Beauties (Sherman Cymru); As You Like It; Floyd Collins (Southwark Playhouse); Lost In Yonkers (Watford Palace Theatre); Hag; Microcosm; The Girl With The Iron Claws (Soho Theatre); Slowly (Riverside Studios); The Imagination Museum (UK Tour); Cosi Fan Tutti (Village Underground);  The Devils Festival (Print Room); The Marriage of Figaro (Wiltons Music Hall/Musique Cordial); The Wonder! A Woman Keeps A Secret (BAC); Saraband (Jermyn Street Theatre); Trying (Finborough Theatre); Little Me (Bloomsbury Theatre/NYT); Fiddler on the Roof  (The Bridewell NYT); Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat & Eschara (Northcott Exeter); Christie in Love; African Gothic; No One See The Video (The White Bear); Whisper (The Place/Lindbury Studio, ROH); The Edge of Words; The Drowner (The Place).

 

Sound Designer I Theo Holloway

Building The Wall is Theo’s hundredth professional credit as a composer and sound designer.

For Park Theatre: These Shining Lives, Adult Supervision, Sleeping Beauty, Stroke of Luck and Rapunzel.

Other credits include: At the Mountains of Madness, The Trials of Galileo, Hedda Gabler, Spring Awakening, Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth & Hamlet (Icarus Theatre); eight seasons at the Scoop at More London; Charley Bear’s Christmas Adventure (The Ambassador’s Theatre); Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus (UK Tour, Edinburgh); Gutted, Shalom Baby, The Graft, Two Women, There’s Something About Simmi (Theatre Royal Stratford East); Third
Floor (Trafalgar Studios); The Moon is Halfway to Heaven (Jermyn Street Theatre); Parade (Southwark Playhouse); Sign of the Times (Duchess Theatre – Musical Arrangements); Corrie! (The Lowry); A Plague Over England (Duchess Theatre) and pantomimes for Qdos, First Family, Newbury Corn Exchange and Theatre Royal Stratford East.

He is Associate Sound Designer for Woman in Black (Fortune Theatre/Tour); and for international productions of Impossible. Theo sings and plays bass for The September Men – their selftitled debut album is available now from all major streaming and download services. He also works as a technical consultant and developer for live sound, specialising in radio frequency engineering.

 

Movement Director I Natasha Harrison 

Trained at Northern School of Contemporary Dance and Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

Theatre includes: FE Julius Caesar (RSC); Yokes Night (Theatre Royal Stratford East); Zoetrope, Ode to Leeds, Blackthorn, Into the Woods (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Sacha Guitry: Ma Fille et Moi (Drayton Arms); Tumulus (The Vaults); Tiny Dynamite (Old Red Lion); Dear Brutus, The Cardinal (Southwark Playhouse); Leeds Lads (The Carriageworks, Leeds); The Taming of the Shrew (Webber Douglas Studio).

Choreography includes: Sleepless Long Nights (Tempered Body Youth Dance Theatre); The Corporation (Riley Theatre, Northern School of Contemporary Dance); Foolfilled (Corn Exchange Leeds) and Breadline (Linbury Studio, Royal Opera House Covent Garden).

Associate Choreography includes: Birds of Paradise (The Ingénue Magazine).

Natasha is the BA Dance and Movement Lecturer at the Leeds Beckett University and Guest Movement Lecturer at the Royal College of Music. @NatashaHarrison