Park Theatre present a special fundraising run of the World Premiere of
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY I JEZ BOND & MARK CAMERON
SET DESIGNER I LEE NEWBY
LIGHTING DESIGNER I JULIAN MCCREADY
SOUND DESIGNER I ANDRE T
PRODUCER I RACHAEL WILLIAMS
ASSISTANT PRODUCER I DANIEL COOPER
PRODUCTION MANAGER I SACHA QUEIROZ
COMPANY STAGE MANAGER I RICKY MCFADDEN
ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER I JOSHUA BAYLES
FIGHT DIRECTION I CLAIRE LLEWELLYN
MOVEMENT DIRECTOR I NATASHA HARRISON
CHOREOGRAPHER I MELLI MARIE
COSTUME SUPERVISOR I SABIA SMITH
PRODUCTION ELECTRICIAN I JAKE AYRIS
PYROTECHNIC DESIGN I PAUL GAVIN FOR PURPLE SHEEP LX
SET BUILDERS I LEON SWEENEY & KIERAN WATSON
PRESS & PR I NICK PEARCE & JULIE HOLMAN FOR TARGET LIVE
PHOTOGRAPHY & ANIMATION I PIERS FOLEY FOR TARGET LIVE
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.
Directing for Park Theatre includes; Shakespeare, Tolkien, Others & You (starring Ian McKellen), Madame Rubinstein (starring Miriam Margolyes and Frances Barber), Hurling Rubble at the Sun, Adult Supervision – plus Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty and Jack & the Beanstalk, which he also co-wrote and composed.
Other directing credits include: Oliver! (starring Rowan Atkinson), 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 (Leicester Square), Canaries Sometimes Sing (Kings Head & France) and 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.
Mark began his career as an astonishingly average stand up comedian before winning a scholarship to drama school; a huge relief for him but more so for comedy club audiences throughout the UK. Since then he has appeared regularly on stage and screen and works extensively as a voice-over artist for both radio and television.
Television credits include regular characters in: Tina and Bobby, Coronation Street, Steel River Blues, Eastenders, Emmerdale, Doctors and guest roles include: Good Omens, Brief Encounters, The Royals, Law and Order, Casualty, Holby City, Waterloo Road, The Roman Mysteries, Vincent, The Royal, Fifty Five Degrees North.
Theatre includes four recent productions at Park Theatre: Dean Walsh in HURLING RUBBLE AT THE Moon, The Great Gazumbees in RAPUNZEL and Nurse Ottom in Sleeping Beauty all directed by Jez Bond and The Daftas Ceremony Host in Park Theatre Review directed by Sean Mathias. Other credits include: The Dame in Sleeping Beauty (Salisbury Playhouse), Chancer in Mathematics of the Heart (Theatre 503 and winner of Brighton Fringe Festival Best Play), Dorante in The Game of Love and Chance (National Tour), Alfredo in The Breakfast Soldiers (Contact Theatre, Manchester) Tom in Life Imitates Art (Camden Peoples’ Theatre), Johan in The Bergman Project (Tristan Bates Theatre), Harcourt in The Country Wife (The Gatehouse), Scott in Blue Funk (Old Red Lion) and Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare in the Park).
Film includes: Norman Hunter in The Damned United, John in Tomo (Sundance Film Festival Winner). D.I. Hackman in Scar Tissue, The Boss in The Boss, (Reed Festival short film winner).
As a writer he has co-written Sleeping Beauty, Jack and the Beanstalk (both published by Methuen) and Rapunzel (published by Playdead Press) all with Jez Bond, the Artistic Director of Park Theatre and all performed at Park.
Jez and Mark’s latest collaboration, Whodunnit [Unrehearsed] will play at Park Theatre before transferring to the Edinburgh Festival as a co-production with Avalon.
Mark has just finished Ozymandias, an independent feature film about an ageing Orson Welles coming to terms with his mortality, co-written with BAFTA and EMMY winner John Hay. Eddie Izzard is set to star.
Melli began studying dance when she was four years old. She has choreographed Sleeping Beauty (Salisbury Playhouse), Oliver! (Summer Fields, Oxford), The Master Forger (The Tabard Theatre), The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged) (Reduced Shakespeare Company UK National Tour) and for Park Theatre Jez Bond’s Sleeping Beauty and Jack and The Beanstalk. Melli is very excited to be working on Whodunnit (Unrehearsed).
Melli is a multi-skilled artist with a B.A. in Theatre and English from the University of South Carolina and an M.A. in Theatre from the University of Hull. Melli’s career includes acting, choreography, script development and workshop facilitator.
Melli ’s acting career in television, film and theatre began at the Tabard Theatre, playing parts such as Lizzie Curry in The Rainmaker by N. Richard Nash, Sherry in Independence by Lee Blessing and Kate in the Number 1 tour of Romantic Comedy with Tom Conti. She has enjoyed working in radio (Caryl Churchill’s Serious Money and the award-winning Trying for the BBC); television (Mindy in Ridley Scott’s The Vatican); and especially enjoyed performing in Park Theatre’s opening production: These Shining Lives by Melanie Marnich.
But in Melli’s heart and soul is Park Theatre where she is a co-founder and Associate Artistic Director. Melli programs the Park 90 seasons and runs the annual Script Accelerator program giving voice to upcoming playwrights and creatives. Melli also designed the Creative Learning programme at Park Theatre which continues to engage, educate and entertain people of all ages in our local community.