Pop Music: Meet the team

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Team Pop Music. Photo: Orlando James.

We’re delighted to announce the cast and creative team working on Anna Jordan’s POP MUSIC alongside tour dates throughout autumn and winter.

POP MUSIC will have integrated British Sign Language (BSL) and captioning.

Anna Jordan talks about the origin of the show:

“Pop Music is a celebration of my love of – well – pop music! For years I felt the need to hide just how low brow some of my music choices were, covertly dancing in the kitchen to Kiss FM for hours on end and lingering longer in shops to scribble down lyrics of songs so I could find out what they were. But no more!

Pop has been a huge part of my life, and part of my work too. I’ve become fascinated by the role music plays throughout our lives and how that role changes as we get older, and I became particularly interested in exploring the statement “Pop music makes promises it can’t keep”.

I’m hugely excited that we get to tour Pop Music around the country and I’m thrilled to be working with Paines Plough and Birmingham Rep. I’m especially pleased that James is directing after admiring his work for many years.”

Our Joint Artistic Director James Grieve will direct:

“I’ve been a huge fan of Anna’s work for many years and I am thrilled to be taking her joyous, riotous pop party to audiences the length and breadth of the UK. I am excited to be working with the remarkable actor Ciaran Stewart Alexander to put BSL at the heart of the production, and with Backlight Productions on creative captioning. With a hilarious, heart-string tugging story and a soundtrack of cast iron pop classics, this is theatre you can dance in the aisles to.”

POP MUSIC is a co-production with Birmingham Repertory Theatre in association with Latitude Festival. You can see POP MUSIC at Latitude on 13 & 15 July at 5pm and at Birmingham Repertory Theatre 12 – 22 September.

We’ll then tour England as follows:

30 Oct Unity Theatre, Liverpool [On sale soon]
31 Oct Key Theatre, Peterborough [On sale here]
01 Nov South Hill Park, Bracknell [On sale soon]
02 Nov The Old Market, Brighton [On sale here]
03 Nov Trestle Arts Base, St Albans [On sale soon]
06 Nov The Garage, Norwich [On sale soon]
07 Nov CAST, Doncaster [On sale here]
08 Nov The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre, Havant [On sale soon]
09 Nov The Edge Theatre & Arts Centre, Manchester [On sale soon]
10 Nov Derby Theatre, Derby [On sale here]
13 Nov Selby Town Hall, Selby [On sale here]
14 Nov The Continental, Preston [On sale soon]
15 Nov Arts Centre Washington, Washington [On sale soon]
16 Nov Lincoln Performing Arts Centre in association with Home, Lincoln [On sale soon]
17 Nov East Riding Theatre, Beverly [On sale soon]
22 Nov Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury [On sale soon]
23 Nov Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury [On sale soon]
24 Nov Phoenix Theatre and Arts Centre, Bordon [On sale soon]
27 Nov Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis [On sale soon]
28 Nov Electric Theatre, Guildford [On sale soon]
29 Nov Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax [On sale soon]
30 Nov Mill Arts Centre, Banbury [On sale soon]
01 Dec Studio 3 Arts, Barking [On sale soon]
04 Dec Norden Farm, Maidenhead [On sale soon]
05 Dec Artrix, Bromsgrove [On sale soon]
07 Dec The Maltings Theatre, Berwick Upon Tweed [On sale here]
08 Dec Rosehill Theatre, Whitehaven [On sale soon]

THE WRITER:

ANNA JORDAN

Anna Jordan
Anna Jordan. Photo: Rebecca Need-Menear.

Anna Jordan is a writer, director and acting coach.

As a writer her current projects include THE UNRETURNING (Frantic Assembly / Theatre Royal Plymouth) and a new adaptation of MOTHER COURAGE (Royal Exchange / Headlong). She is also under commission to the Royal Court Theatre. Anna won the Bruntwood Prize in 2013 for her play YEN, which has had productions at The Royal Exchange, Royal Court Theatre and MCC New York as well as several international productions. It was also shortlisted for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize 2015-2016.

Other theatre includes WE ANCHOR IN HOPE (Royal Court – Beyond the Court), A SERIOUS CASE OF THE FUCKITS (Central School of Speech and Drama) CHICKEN SHOP (Park Theatre) and FREAK (Theatre503 / Assembly Studios). She was recently part of the writers room on HBO’s new series SUCCESSION, created by Jesse Armstrong, and has written episode 4. Film includes THE IVORY YEAR (LAMDA).

Anna has taught / directed at RADA, LAMDA, Arts Ed, Central and Italia Conti. She runs her own company, Without a Paddle Theatre and recently started a support network for recent drama school graduates called The Long Game. Anna co-founded Hackney Showroom Young Actors with Sam Curtis Lindsay, a free weekly acting training for young people based in Hackney. She is also the vocal coach for ALT Actor Training, a free training programme for actors in London led by Toby Clarke.

THE ACTORS:

RAKESH BOURY

Rakesh Boury
Rakesh Boury. Photo: Rebecca Need-Menear.

Rakesh is originally from Hull and trained at the Midlands Academy of Dance and Drama.

Previous experience includes: WE WILL ROCK YOU (Dominion Theatre); BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM (Phoenix Theatre); ROCK OF AGES (Original UK Tour); WIND IN THE WILLOWS (Original Cast); DJ LOVELY, BRITAINS GOT BHANGRA (Original UK Cast) and most recently THE ASSASSINATION OF KATIE HOPKINS (Theatr Clwyd).

Rakesh also runs one of the UKs most successful Surprise Entertainment Companies – Secret Singers (www.secretsingers.com) as well as managing and performing in two vocal group The Brit Tones (www.thebrittones.com) and MODI-5 (www.modi-5.com) who recently appeared on SKY1 Sing:Ultimate A Cappella.

Rakesh will be playing G.

KATHERINE KOTZ

Katherine Kotz
Katherine Kotz. Photo: Rebecca Need-Menear.

Katherine trained at East 15 Acting School.

Theatre credits include HAPPY TO HELP (Park Theatre), directed by Roxy Cook, A PROGRESS (Beggars Belief/Yard Theatre), directed by Carl Heap, TWELFTH NIGHT (RBL Theatre Company), directed by Hal Chambers, VESTA (Figuetta), devised by the company, PLAYHOUSE CREATURES (Otherplace Productions) directed by Lauren Jones, CABARET BRECHT (Otherplace Productions), directed by Alex Brown.

Katherine will be playing Kayla.

CIARAN ALEXANDER STEWART

Ciaran Alexander Stewart
Ciaran Alexander Stewart. Photo: Orlando James.

Theatre includes: TRIBES (Sheffield Theatres), JUNKYARD (Headlong/Bristol Old Vic/Theatr Clwyd/Rose Theatre), DR JOHNSON GOES TO SCOTLAND (Oran Mor/Traverse Theatre), DREAM ON! (BBC Arts), TALES FROM THE CROFT (Solar Bear).

Film includes: ARABESQUE, A LOVE DIVIDED, UN MALENTUNDUE, and STARGAZER.

Work whilst training includes: LAST WOMAN LEFT, AFTER PARTY, LOVE & INFORMATION, SCAVENGERS, PERFUME.

Ciaran will be playing Remix and integrating British Sign Language into the production.

THE DIRECTORS:

JAMES GRIEVE (Director)

James Grieve
James Grieve. Photo: Rebecca Need-Menear.

James is our Joint Artistic Director.

For PP he has directed OUT OF LOVE by Elinor Cook, BLACK MOUNTAIN by Brad Birch, HOW TO BE A KID by Sarah McDonald Hughes, BROKEN BISCUITS and JUMPERS FOR GOALPOSTS by Tom Wells, HAPPINESS by Nick Payne (BBC Radio 3), THE ANGRY BRIGADE by James Graham, AN INTERVENTION and LOVE, LOVE, LOVE by Mike Bartlett, HOPELESSLY DEVOTED and WASTED by Kate Tempest, THE SOUND OF HEAVY RAIN by Penelope Skinner, YOU CANNOT GO FORWARD FROM WHERE YOU ARE RIGHT NOW by David Watson, TINY VOLCANOES by Laurence Wilson and FLY ME TO THE MOON by Marie Jones.

His freelance work includes the new musical THE ASSASSINATION OF KATIE HOPKINS for Theatr Clywd, a new production of LES MISERABLES for Wermland Opera in Sweden and Brian Friel’s TRANSLATIONS which won Best Production at the UK Theatre Awards 2014. James was formerly founder and Joint Artistic Director of nabokov with George Perrin, and Associate Director at the Bush Theatre.

ELIN SCHOFIELD (Assistant Director)

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Elin Schofield. Photo: Rebecca Need-Menear.

Elin is a director, movement director and facilitator. She is also the director of northern company Footprint Theatre. Her work includes:

Director: SIGNALS by Footprint Theatre (New Diorama, HOME, Pleasance), LOSING IT by Sheffield Theatres’ Young Company (Sheffield Theatres), DANIEL by Footprint Theatre (New Diorama, Royal Exchange, Camden People’s Theatre, Theatre Delicatessen).

Assistant Director: A DREAM by Chris Bush (Sheffield Theatres).

Movement Director: THE CHANGING ROOM by Chris Bush (Sheffield Theatres), THE SNOW QUEEN by Paperfinch Theatre (Theatr Clwyd), THE NUTCRACKER by Paperfinch Theatre (Theatr Clwyd).

CREATIVE TEAM: 

TANYA STEPHENSON (Lighting)

Tanya Stephenson Headshot
Tanya Stephenson.

Tanya is a Theatre Maker, Designer, Art Director, Production Manager and Lighting Designer with an MA in Advanced Theatre Practice from RCSSD (2013) and a BA in Performance Design from the University of Leeds (2010).

She won the Francis Reid Lighting Design award in 2010 and has since worked on national and international tours with companies such as Fuel, Theatre Rites, Gecko, BBC, Punchdrunk, Little Bulb, Wardrobe Ensemble, The Invisible Dot, Spymonkey, Polka Theatre and Stomp.

Her solo work also extends outside of TV and theatre – from designing installations at the British Library and at festivals, to artistic workshops with ex-offenders and prisoners to working alongside fashion photographers and VM designers, such as Rhea Thierstein.

Check out Tanya’s work here.

DOMINIC KENNEDY (Sound)

Dominic Kennedy is a Sound Designer and Music Producer for performance and live events, he has a keen interest in developing new work and implementing sound and music at an early stage in a creative process. Dominic is a graduate from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama where he developed specialist skills in collaborative and devised theatre making, music composition and installation practices. His work often fuses found sound, field recordings, music composition and synthesis.

Recent design credits include; RAMONA TELLS JIM (Bush Theatre), AND THE REST OF ME FLOATS (Outbox), I AM A TREE (Jamie Wood), BOX CLEVER (nabokov), SKATE HARD TURN LEFT (Battersea Arts Centre), ROUNDABOUT SEASON 2017 (Paines Plough), GAP IN THE LIGHT (Engineer), BROKEN BISCUITS (Paines Plough), ROUNDABOUT SEASON 2016 (Paines Plough), WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK (Paines Plough), THE HUMAN EAR (Paines Plough), THE DEVIL SPEAKS TRUE (Goat and Monkey), RUN (Engineer), ONO (Jamie Wood).

Check out Dominic’s work here.

ANNIE-LUNNETTE DEAKIN-FOSTER (Movement)

Annie-Lunnette Deakin-Foster
Annie-Lunnette Deakin-Foster. Photo: Rebecca Need-Menear.

Annie-Lunnette Deakin-Foster is a passionate contemporary dance theatre choreographer, maker and movement director and is a co-founding member of award winning company, C-12 Dance Theatre.

Recent Theatre Credits Include: These Bridges by Phoebe Éclair-Powell (WCYT as part of National Theatre Connections at The Bush) The Little Match Girl and Other Happier Tales by Joel Horwood and Emma Rice (Presented on tour 2017-2018 at Bristol Old Vic, Theatr Clwyd, Chichester Festival Theatre, Oxford Playhouse, Theatre Royal Plymouth, Buxton Opera House, Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse, Malvern Theatres and the Shakespeares Globe); The Dark Room by Angela Betzien (Theatre 503); Trumps Women by Lily Bevan (RADA); i know all the secrets of my world by Natalie Ibu (Latitude Festival, Watford Palace Theatre, The Porter Theatre, Pegasus Theatre Oxford, Salisbury Playhouse, Unity Theatre, Lincoln Drill Hall, Bristol Old Vic, The Lowry, The Drum, Nottingham Playhouse, Mercury Theatre, The Albany).

Recent Dance Credits Include: Force (Abbey Road Studios, Imagine Festival Watford, Greenwich & Docklands International Festival, Dalsfen, Zwolle & Oldenzaal Netherlands) Shhh! (Dance City, MAC Birmingham, New Wolsey Ipswich, Norwich Playhouse, The Woodville Gravesend, CircoMedia Bristol, Winchester Theatre Royal) The Van Man (Watch This Space at The National, St Albans Festival, Freedom Festival Hull, The Albany Outdoors)

Annie-Lunnette is currently working with Clean Break on Artichokes’ Processions 2018 project, as well as working on play The Court Must Have a Queen by Ade Solanke to be presented in The Great Hall at Hampton Court Palace throughout the summer season.

Check out Annie’s work here.

BEN SMITH (Associate Sound)

Ben Smith
Ben Smith. Photo: Rebecca Need-Menear.

Ben recently finished training at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in Theatre Sound. Sound Design Work includes: WHY EVEN BOTHER (Edinburgh Fringe); HOW TO MAKE ME HAPPY (Old Vic Workrooms); TOMORROW I’LL BE TWENTY FOR COMPLICITE (West Yorkshire Tour, Pleasance Theatre); THE EMPRESS (CSSD); FROM MORNING TO MIDNIGHT (CSSD); RICHARD III (CSSD); INTO THE WOODS; SPRING AWAKENING (Jellicoe Theatre).

Check out Ben’s work here.

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For a taste of what’s to come here’s the POP MUSIC Spotify playlist.

You can keep up with POP MUSIC by following #PopMusic on Twitter.

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