Written by | Èmile Zola
Adapted by | Nona Shepphard
Music by | Craig Adams
Book and Lyrics by | Nona Shepphard
Director | Nona Shepphard
Composer/Musical Supervisor | Craig Adams
Set and Costume Designer | Laura Cordery
Lighting Designer | Neil Fraser
Sound Designer | Richard Brooker
Musical Director | James Simpson
Associate Lighting Designer | Peter Small
Associate Sound Designer | Ross Portway
Casting | James Orange
Production Manager | James Henshaw
Company Stage Manager | Helen Gaynor
Deputy Stage Manager | Christina Salmon
Costume Supervisor | Sharna David
Sound Operator | Matt Williams
General Manager | Ros Povey
Producer | Jim Zalles
Nona Shepphard | Book, Lyrics and Direction
Nona Shepphard read Classics at King’s College, London, specialising in Greek Drama, before she began her theatrical life as an actor back in her home town of Liverpool for two years at The Playhouse. Having made her directorial debut at the Nuffield Theatre Southampton, (Poliakoff’s Hitting Town, Pinter’s The Caretaker), she continued to direct until she wrote her first play when she was Associate Director at the Chester Gateway Theatre.
Since leaving Chester in 1982, she has been working freelance as a writer and director for many companies both in the UK and abroad, with over a hundred and sixty productions and forty commissioned plays to her credit. Her plays for young people, which have received several awards, have been seen in USA, Canada, Europe and Russia, with Getting Through visiting Toronto for three successive years.
WRITING includes: You’re Thinking About Doughnuts, Forbidden Fruit and Tobacco Road (Nottingham Playhouse), Bed of Arrows, a trilogy of plays adapted from the great Hindu Epic The Mahabharata, (The Year of Opera and Musical Theatre), Cafe Vesuvio, (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester), Crazy Lady (Lincoln), Idle Pop (Quicksilver Theatre Co) In the Parlour With the Ladies, In the Bunker with the Ladies, Signs of a Diva (Drill Hall, London) A Tale for Winter (Quicksilver Theatre Co). The Sacred Thread (The Sujata Banerji Company) The Marriage Bed (Ruby Tuesday Productions), Signs of a Star-shaped Diva (Graeae Theatre Company/Theatre Royal Stratford East).
DIRECTING includes a short film Only A Kiss?(The Prince’s Trust), Cafe Vesuvio, (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester), Crazy Lady (Lincoln, Leicester, Drill Hall London, New York), A Passionate Woman, Krishna’s Lila, Romeo and Juliet, Two Old Ladies, East is East, Bali – the Sacrifice (Leicester Haymarket), Love Me Slender (The New Vic, Stoke), her own plays In the Parlour With the Ladies, In the Bunker with the Ladies, and, with Jenny Sealy, Signs of a Star-Shaped Diva – (Graeae/Theatre Royal Stratford East). She wrote some and directed all of seven legendary all-women pantos. at the Drill Hall, London.
She was Artistic Director of ASC, a small company based in New York, for whom she has directed Measure for Measure (The Bleeker Street Theatre, New York), Hamlet (1400, Los Angeles), and her own plays Crazy Lady (Solas, New York) and The Marriage Bed (Sanford Meisner, New York). She has been external examiner for Drama Centre’s MA in European Classical Acting making annual visits to the Vakhtangov Institute in Moscow. She is Associate Director at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and is Artistic Director of RADA’s Cunard Theatre Programme; she is International Consultant at the Lir Academy in Dublin.
Craig Adams | Composer and Musical Supervisor
Craig is a composer, lyricist, and arranger. He was Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer at the Finborough Theatre, facilitated by Mercury Musical Developments and Musical Theatre Network UK. Craig’s first musical Lift, developed in association with Perfect Pitch, received its world premiere at Soho Theatre in February 2013 and is now being licensed around the world, with an Off Broadway run in November 2013 and a WhatsOnStage nomination for Best Original Score 2014. Other writing includes DEFECT – premiering at Arts Educational 2015, 101 Dalmatians (The Castle, Wellingborough), Ghosts Of The Past and The Watchers (Youth Music Theatre UK), Ballet People (The Place), Battlement (Vanbrugh Theatre), Let Him Have Justice (Cochrane Theatre), Spell, The Frog Prince (Wimbledon Studio Theatre and Edinburgh Festival), Alice in Wonderland (Edinburgh Festival and tour).
His latest show 'Therese Raquin' opened at the Finborough Theatre in March 2014 to rave reviews and is now transferring to the Park Theatre.
He is currently working on an adaptation of the Terry Pratchett novel 'Soul Music' for YMT:UK, which will premier in August 2014 at the Rose Theatre, Kingston, a dance piece based on the acclaimed children’s book Bob Robber and Dancing Jane entitled 'Shadowthief'.
Laura Cordery | Designer
Laura is a London based set and costume designer primarily working in theatre, but also opera, dance and film. She trained at RADA in Theatre Design after completing a BA Art History at Warwick. Laura has worked with Nona Shepphard on Arabian Nights, The Merchant of Venice, Much Ado About Nothing and Canterbury Tales (Cunard QM2) and High Society (RADA). Other Designs include The Tempest, Goole Friendly Giant, and Laminated (Shooting Fish), Vigilante (Blueprint Film), Fragments of Clay (Hong Kong Rep Studio), Nine Days They Fell (RADA), When Chaplin met Gandhi (Kingsley Hall), Miss Julie (Greenwich Playhouse), The Defeat of King Cholera (Seething Wells), costume for Ekul Mizan (The Place) and Dido and Aeneas (Ca’Rezzonico,Venice).
Neil Fraser | Lighting Designer
Studied Drama at Manchester University. His first professional designs were for Contact Theatre in Manchester for Artistic Directors Richard Williams and Anthony Clark. Designs include The Tempest for Deborah Warner, Arturo Ui for Di Trevis, Moonlanding - a musical (Derby Playhouse), Bloody Poetry (Off-Broadway), Purcell’s King Arthur (Royal Naval Chapel, Greenwich), Ludus Danielis (Southwark Cathedral and King’s College Chapel, Cambridge), and many other UK repertory theatre productions from Glasgow to Milford Haven, Manchester to Swindon. Neil was appointed Head of Lighting for RADA in 1985, and subsequently became RADA’s Director of Technical Training in 2002. Since joining RADA, he has had the pleasure of designing light for directors including William Gaskill, Nona Shepphard, Andrew Visnevski, Geoff Bullen, Robin Midgley and Deborah Paige. Neil has written several technical books including Sound and Lighting for the Theatre (published by Phaidon Press), Stage Lighting Design: A Practical Guide, Stage Lighting Explained, The Handbook of Stage Lighting (with Simon Ben