Adam Blanshay Productions in association with Park Theatre present the UK Premiere of
WRITER I ALEXIS MICHALIK
DIRECTOR I CHÉ WALKER
TRANSLATOR I PAMELA HARGREAVES
LIGHTING DESIGNER I DAVID HOWE
DESIGNER I PJ MCEVOY
Ché Walker’s writing includes Been So Long (1998), Flesh Wound (Royal Court, winner of both George Devine Award, Arts Council Writer of the Future Award 2003). Both ‘Been So Long’ and ‘Flesh Wound’ have been translated and produced world- wide. ‘Crazy Love’- featuring foremr student Phoebe Waller- Bridge- for Paines Plough Theatre was the winner of the Blanche Marvin Award in 2007.
In 2008, Che made theatrical history with ‘The Frontline’,the first contemporary-set new play to be performed at Shakespeare’s Globe in London. His musical adaptation of ‘Been So Long’ premiered at the Young Vic and has just been adapted into a feature film which has been bought by Netflix and will open the London Film Festival in October 2018.
Other writing includes ‘The 8th’ - in collaboration with UK rock musician Paul Heaton, ‘Lovesong’ in collaboration with UK Soul legend Omar MBE- both of which toured the entire UK. ‘The Lightning Child’ (2013) made history as the first musical at Shakespeare’s Globe. 'Klook’s Last Stand’ premiered at Park Theatre 2014 before playing at the NAMT fest in New York in 2017.’ Klook’ has been performed in Horizon Theatre Atlanta, Red Mountain Theatre Birmingham Alabama in 2018, Minnesota and is soon to be seen at Zach Theatre, Austin, Texas. ‘The Etienne Sisters’ played Theatre Royal Stratford East in 2015, and is under option for a TV Serial adaptation.
He currently has three screenplays under option in his native UK. His short film ‘ My Old Flame’ was directed by Academy Award Winner Asif Kapadia and screened on Channel 4 UK. Ché has written and directed four short films which have won two awards and fifteen film festival selections worldwide to date.
As director- thirty one professional theatre credits both in US and London. As actor- forty professional TV and film credits, fifteen professional theatre credits.
Ché has taught at Stella Adler since 2015. Before that, he was Guest Teacher and Audition Panel at Royal Academy of Dramatic Art since 2004, and taught acting at the Weekend Arts College for twenty years.
West End Lighting Design credits include: A Comedy About a Bank Robbery, McQueen, Quatermaine’s Terms; Bette & Joan, Birdsong, My Trip Down the Pink Carpet, Sweet Charity, Mrs Warren’s Profession, Private Lives, A Christmas Carol, The Norman Conquests, The Last Five Years, Tick Tick Boom, Maria Friedman Re-Arranged, Rent, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Pageant, Forbidden Broadway, Sweet Charity, La Cage aux Folles.
Opera credits include productions for British Youth Opera, Philadelphia Opera, Royal Opera and many European companies.
Broadway credits: Private Lives, The Norman Conquests Trilogy and Primo.
UK Regional Theatre recent work includes: Orpheus The Mythical The Other Palace, Sleeping Beauty Hall For Cornwall, Bullets Over Broadway, Cabaret ArtsEd, Richard III, The Cherry Orchard, Lower Depths, Clarion, The Sweet Smell of Success Arcola Theatre, All My Sons Rose Theatre Kingston, Starlight Express The Other Palace, Alex Salmond Unleashed, Edinburgh Festival and Tour; An Audience with Jimmy Saville, Dead Sheep, Park Theatre, Matchbox Theatre, Hampstead Theatre, The Curing Room, Pleasance London and Edinburgh, Love Me Do, Watford Palace, Sisters, Crucible Theatre Sheffield. Numerous pantomimes across UK.
UK National tours include: A Comedy About a Bank Robbery, Finding My Voice, Million Dollar Quartet, Dead Sheep, Bette and Joan, Chin Chin, 42nd Street, The Man from Stratford, Oklahoma, Little Shop of Horrors, Singing in the Rain, Seven Brides For Seven Brothers, Our House, Fiddler on the Roof, South Pacific, and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Me and My Girl and Carousel.
International design work Rocky Horror Picture Show -European Tour 2009-2018, All My Sons – Hong Kong Festival, The Sound of Music – Cairo and Beirut, Private Lives, Toronto, A Chorus Line -New Israel Opera, Evita, Grease, Jesus Christ Superstar and Hair! - Ljubljana Festival-Slovenia, Spring Awakening, The Full Monty, Cabaret - The English Theatre Frankfurt, Fame, Monaco. The Sound of Music Stars of the Musicals and Chicago – Malaysia. Woyzeck, The Roundabout - New York.
Associate Lighting Designer; Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, West End, The Nether, West End, Women in White, West End and Broadway, Ross and Another Country Chichester Festival. Lord of the Rings, Toronto and West End. Other productions include West-End UK Tours, Europe, Japan and USA.
PJ designs Sets, Costumes & Projection Content, and holds a 1st class (Hons) degree in Professional Production Skills from Guildford School of Acting.
Credits include: All In A Row (Southwark Playhouse); Fanatical (Playground Theatre); A Little Princess (Royal Festival Hall); One Minute, The Secret Garden (Barn Theatre); Doubt, A Parable (Southwark Playhouse); Outlaws To In-Laws (King’s Head); Legally Blonde (Alexandra Theatre); The Dover Road (Jermyn Street Theatre); Some Girl(s) (Park Theatre); The Pillowman (Aberdeen Arts Centre); Alice in Wonderland (Guildford Shakespare Company); Hatched ‘N’ Dispatched (Park Theatre).
Credits for drama schools include: Sweet Charity (Royal Northern College of Music); Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (Arts Educational Schools); Crazy For You, Fanatical (Mountview); Spring Awakening, Goodnight Mr Tom (BTA/Stockwell Playhouse); Dear World, Carrie, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Catch Me If You Can, Honk!, Spelling Bee, Snoopy!!!, Hands on a Hardbody, On The Town, Henry IV, V & VI, LIFT: The Musical, Little Women, The Witches of Eastwick, The Fix, Songs for A New World, The World Goes Round, The Gut Girls (GSA).
As Assistant Designer to Jack Galloway: Punchdrunk Theatre: The Drowned Man (Temple Studios); Batman Live (World Arena Tour)
PJ also designs Paper Props & Graphics for shows across the West End, most notably the Golden Tickets & Wonka Chocolate Bars featured in Charlie & The Chocolate Factory.