Giant Cherry Productions in association with Park Theatre presents
Hello Norma Jeane
Playwright | Dylan Costello
Director | Matthew Gould
Set Designer | Zoe Hammond
Costume Designer | Sissy Stenimachali
Lighting Designer | Joshua Sung
Stage Manager/Operator | Lorrell Rawlins
Dylan Costello writes for stage, film and television as well as being Artistic Director of LGBT-focused production company Giant Cherry Productions. Dylan’s debut screenplay Coronado won in the PAGE International Screenwriting Contest in Hollywood and is currently being produced by Polaris Productions with filming due to start in late 2016. Dylan also scripted the narration for a short climate change film Edge of Existence which as shown to world leaders at the Copenhagen Climate Change Summit in December 2009. His first two stage plays Fresh Meat and Secret Boulevard premiered in London in 2010, the latter for which Dylan was nominated as ‘Most Promising New Playwright’ in the 2011 Off West End Awards (Offies). Hello, Norma Jeane is Dylan’s fourth play and was one of five winners in ‘The Great Gay Play Contest’ in Chicago, USA in 2012 and received a one-off showcase there in 2012. The play then came to London in autumn 2014 for a 6 week run at the Kings Head Theatre before being transferred to Park Theatre. His most recent play The Glass Protégé had a sell-out 4 week run at Park Theatre in April 2015 and also in Chicago where it recently received three Broadway World awards.
Matthew Gould has been directing for a number of years both plays and musicals. He adapted comedienne Janice Day’s book about getting over breast cancer for her one-woman show, which premiered at the Epsom Playhouse and then directed the recording of Adolf Killed my Sweetheart for ALL FM radio. Recently he directed the musical The Mystery of Edwin Drood at The Arts Theatre, London, a UK tour of the dark and moving musical The Secret Garden and the harrowing one man monologue The Anorak by Canadian writer Adam Kelly Morton. He then directed A Body to Diet For which premiered at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe Festival along with the first UK production of the classic Azerbaijani play My Favourite Madman. Matthew was at the 2013 Grimeborn Festival in Dalston, London with the World Premiere of a new opera The Miller’s Wife by Mike Christie followed by a season of new Asian writing for Yellow Earth. He has recently completed a season of News Revue at The Canal Café in Maida Vale, London and a run of a new play about the actress Valerie Hobson at the Jermyn Street Theatre. The summer of 2014 saw Matthew back at The Grimeborn Festival at the Arcola Theatre with a new actor/musician musical San Domino. Then in Autumn 2014, he directed the film Down Flew The Doves, a new English translation of the Azerbaijani play You Are Always With Me and Hello, Norma Jeane at the Kings Head. In 2015, he directed the sell-out run of The Glass Protégé at Park Theatre.
Zoe Hammond is a 2014 graduate from Rose Bruford College with a degree in Theatre Design. Zoe has assisted on a variety of productions including: The Promise (Trafalgar Studios), Hero (The Royal Court), Macbeth (The Balfron Tower) and The Little Green Swallow (The Peacock Theatre). Her set and costume design credits include: Anne Boleyn (Stratford Circus) and Pig Girl (The Finborough Theatre).
Sissy spent her formative years in Northern Greece during the 1980s where entertainment was limited and her only salvation was from old Hollywood movies and 1960's Greek musicals, all of which introduced her to her life long interest in fashion. Endless teenage experimentation with her mother’s wardrobe and her Singer sewing machine led Sissy to her first job in the heart of fashion in London. She quickly became a devotee to many of the fashion houses in London, working with some of the lead designers in various roles. A change in career led her away from her passion and so feeling somewhat fashion starved, Sissy heartily agreed to return to costume design dressing the lovely cast of Hello Norma Jeane.
Joshua Sung studied Drama and Theatre Studies at Royal Holloway University and graduated in 2010. He has been lighting designing for a number of years and has been finding his own style across a variety of different genres. When he is not designing, he works for Framestore as a Systems Engineer and a Witness Camera Operator. Credits include: San Domino (Arcola Theatre), The Anorak (Hope & Anchor Theatre), Shellshock (Waterloo), Thou Shalt Not (Ashcroft Theatre), Hello Norma Jeane (Kings Head Theatre) and The Glass Protégé (Park Theatre).
Lorrell studied at the Academy of Live and Recording Arts completing her degree in Stage Management and Technical Theatre. Taking on the roles as Stage Manager and Deputy Stage Manager, within the past year she has worked with the performing arts school Urdang Academy, Drama Studio London, the award winning theatre company ‘Lazarus’ and has just finished a successful run at the polka theatre with the production of Beasty Baby which made it in the top 10 theatre shows of 2015 in The Guardian. In 2014 Lorrell was nominated for the SMA’s GDS Student Achievement Awards at the National Awards for Stage Management. Lorrell has worked in various venues such as; Leicester Square Theatre, Cafe De Paris, Tricycle Theatre and Trafalgar Studios.