Michael Peavoy, Neil Marcus and Paul Tyrer & Jamie Clark for Buskers Opera Ltd in association with Park Theatre present the World Premiere of

The Buskers Opera

A new musical by Dougal Irvine

Writer | Dougal Irvine
Director | Lotte Wakeham
Musical Director | Sean Green
Set Design | Anna Kezia Williams
Set Design Mentor | David Woodhead
Lighting Design | Christopher Nairne
Sound Design | Andy Graham
Musical Staging and choreography | Lucie Pankhurst
Casting Director | Charlotte Sutton
Producers | Michael Peavoy, Neil Marcus, Jamie Clark and Paul Tryer for the Buskers Opera LTD


Biographies

Writer | Dougal Irvine

Dougal is an award winning composer, lyricist and writer. He has recently been made Associate Artist at Curve Theatre.

Credits as Bookwriter/Lyricist/Composer: The Buskers Opera (Park Theatre), Angry Birds (The Space, Havering), The Other School (St James Theatre/NYMT), In Touch (LONDON Bridewell Theatre, JAPAN Rabinest Theatre), Departure Lounge (many productions including LONDON Waterloo East [Whatsonstage award nomination – Best New Musical], OFF BROADWAY Public Theatre – NY Summer Play Festival).

As Lyricist: Laila (Rifco Arts/Watford Palace/Tour) Britain’s Got Bhangra (2 National tours Rifco Arts/Stratford East/Watford Palace 2010/11 – UK Theatre Award nomination – Best Musical Production, Off West End Award Winner – Best New Musical). The Lighthouse (The Production Exchange).

As Composer: The Witches (Leicester Curve) Teddy (Southwark Playhouse – Off West End Awards, best new musical) The Snow Queen (Nuffield Theatre/Royal and Derngate) The Bacchae and Blood Wedding (Royal & Derngate – during the Cameron Mackintosh/Mercury Musicals Resident composer scheme), The Merchant of Venice, Merry Wives of Windsor and The Comedy of Errors (Changeling Theatre), Captured by the Dark (StopGap Theatre). 

Dougal was also runner up in the Antony Gormley’s prestigious Arts Foundation award.

 

Director | Lotte Wakeham

Lotte is delighted to be directing The Buskers Opera, having previously directed Dougal Irvine’s The Other School (St James Theatre).

Her directing credits include Upper Cut at Southwark Playhouse, which was nominated for the 2015 Alfred Fagon Audience Award.  Lotte has previously been nominated as ‘Best Director’ in the Off West End Awards for her production of The Kissing-Dance (Jermyn Street).  Her production of Lizzie Siddal at the Arcola Theatre won 2 Off-West End Awards (2013).

Regional credits include: Sweet Charity at Leicester Curve and new family musical Rumpelstiltskin at Theatre Royal Bath, which transferred to the MAC Theatre, Belfast. 

Other directing includes UK tours of: Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Danny the Champion of the World.  Further London credits include The Beautiful Game, Austentatious and Allegro.

Lotte is the Associate Director of Matilda (West End and Broadway).

She trained at the National Theatre Studio.

 

Musical Director |  Sean Green

Sean has a classical music degree from Birmingham University and completed a postgraduate diploma in Musical Direction from the Mountview School of Theatre Arts in 2009. Sean was most recently Musical Director on Into The Woods at the Manchester Royal Exchange and Assistant MD on the European Tour of The Rocky Horror Picture Show with BB Promotions. Prior to this his credits as a Keyboard player include Stephen Ward the Musical at the Aldwych Theatre, Cabaret Tour with Will Young (also Assistant MD), Evita Tour with Marti Pellow (also Cover Conductor), The UK Tours of Wicked, The Phantom of the Opera, Whistle Down the Wind and Peter Pan with Michael Rose Productions in Dublin and Southampton. Credits as Musical Director include the original production of Soul Sister at the Hackney Empire, and the subsequent transfer to The Savoy Theatre and the UK Tour, the UK Tour of Britain's Got Bhangra with Rifco Arts, plus Little Red Riding Hood, Five Guys Named Moe and Aladdin all at Stratford East Theatre Royal, as well as Buddy Upstairs at the Gatehouse, Pages: Promised Land at the Union Theatre and the 400th Production of Honk! at George Square 1, Edinburgh Festival. He has assisted on I Was Looking at the Ceiling and then I Saw the Sky, a joint production between Stratford East and the Barbican, and Crazy For You an Eyebrow 48 Hour Showtime Challenge. Alongside the musical direction credits he has also workshopped Leave Hitler To Me Lad with Duck Egg Theatre Company (Uk Tour), Laila with Rifco Arts, Material from The Diary of Me with Perfect Pitch and Stuart Matthew Price at the Musical Theatre Academy, Fanny Hill a new the musical at the Jermyn Street theatre and has taught at Mountview School of Theatre Arts, Guildford School of Acting, Arts Educational London, Trinity Laban Conservatoire, Tring Park School and the Performance Preparation Academy.

 

Musical Staging and choreography | Lucie Pankhurst

Trained at the Arts Educational School and the London School of Contemporary Dance.

Theatre credits include; Sweet Charity, NYMT at the Curve Theatre. Directed by Lotte Wakeham Shock Treatment, the Kings Head Theatre. Directed by Benji Sperring The Royale, Bush Theatre. Directed by Madani Younis Love Story, Union Theatre. Directed by Sasha Reagan Dogfight, Southwark Playhouse. Directed by Matt Ryan Horrible Histories Prom, Royal Albert Hall and televised.  Directed by Dominic Brigestock.  For Original Theatre Company: Birdsong, Dancing at Lughnasa, Twelfth Night, Three Men in a Boat, all directed by Alistair Whatley.  Cacophony national tour for the Generating Company.  Devised, directed and choreographed.  Troilus and Cressida at the National Theatre, directed by Sir Trevor Nunn. Assistant choreographer to Arlene Philips for the original choreography We Will Rock You, directed by Christopher Renshaw. Peter Pan, Mort and Love and Madness for YMT. Workshop performance Peter Pan, Lyric Theatre. Directed by Christian Durham Workshop performance Exposure, Three Mills Island.  Directed by David Newman The Fast Show Live tour, directed by Roxanna Silbert. About Kissing and Lyrical Request, Devised, directed and choreographed.  Robin Howard Dance Theatre.  Drowning Point, BlueGreen Productions, Edinburgh Festival and Regents Park Open Air Theatre.

For television, credits include; series choreographer, Horrible Histories, Sadie J and Bad Education, Catherine Tates’ Nan Special, Watson and Oliver, The Omid Djalili Show, Dead Boss, Caroline Quentins’ Little Cracker, Pompidou and the Goodness Gracious Me Reunion Show.Films for Pate, Disney and Universal, commercials for RSA, Homecorps and Hungryman.


Assistant Director | Jordan Murphy
Assistant Choreographer | Paul Saunders

Lighting Programmer & Associate | Jamie Platt

Production Manager | Christine Piper

Company Stage Manager | Dan Miller
Deputy Stage Manager | Anna Sheard
Sound Operator | Mike Woods
Costume Supervisor | Emily Moore
Set Design Mentor | David Woodhead 

Associate Producer | Michael Sackler

Production Electrician | Rob Price

Lighting Supplied By | White Light Limited
Sound Supplied By | Autograph Sound Recording

Scenery Supplied By | Whitelight & Set One Ltd.

Scenery Constructed By | Ali Kleissner & Reg Scott

Marketing | Boom Entertainments
Press & PR | Target-Live
Insurance | Gordon & Co
Accounts | Andrew Williamson
Rehearsal Photography | Chris Mann
Production Photographer | Simon Annand Artwork and Design | Sam Hunter
Programme Design | Oliver Seddon