Meet the cast and creatives for our next show
The Jungle Book
Adapted by Mark Whiteley
Touring December 2017
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Bethany-Jo Clews - Rita/Mowgli
Bethany trained at ALRA North, fans might well remember Bethany from last year's sell out production of Pinocchio. THE ELVES AND THE SHOEMAKERS (Derby Theatre and Tour), THE SORCERERS APPRENTICE and THE EMPERORS NEW CLOTHES (Illyria Theatre International Tour), THE SWITCHOVER (The Larks), THE SNOW QUEEN (Quantum Theatre UK Tour), ALICE IN WONDERLAND (Role With It Productions), DAISY DAISY and WE ALL LOVE A PADDLE (Making History Theatre), ACCRINGTON PALS and THE CHANGLING (The Corbett Theatre), THE BLUE ROOM, THE GOOD PERSON OF SICHUAN, CYMBELINE, BLOOD WEDDING, A DOLLS HOUSE and THE BABY (Mill At The Pier). @BJClews
Gareth George - Baloo/Bob
Gareth trained at ALRA North, this is his first time with us at Hard Graft, he comes with an excellent CV though and has worked with The Lowry, The Oldham Coliseum and the Manchester Royal Exchange amongst others. He's also a writer and filmmaker. Follow him on Twitter @Garbo_George
Emma Romy-Jones - Sue/Bagheera
Emma trained at Manchester Metropolitan School of Theatre in 2010 and has made Manchester her new home ever since. Credits include; Dark Satanic (Winner of Best Drama at the Greater Manchester Fringe with Breathe Out Theatre) A Fairy Affair (The English Theatre Company) Care Takers (Winner of The Stage Award for Acting Excellence with Truant Company) Roseacre (Squarepeg) Great Expectations (1956 Theatre.) Emma has previously worked with Gareth on Sanctuary in the Trenches (Dunham Massey) and with Bethany in The Enchantment (Wild Rumpus at Chester Zoo) She can't wait to work all together on The Jungle Book in her first production with Hard Graft. @emma_romy_jones
Mark Whiteley - Writer/Producer
Mark trained as an actor at The Arts Educational School London. He has been writing for 20 years and is the winner of a MTA, runner -up in the BBC Alfred Bradley Awards and winner of the TAPPS Comedy award. He has produced many tours including Much, Thick as Thieves, Burt n Joyce, Poles Apart, Coast to Coast, The Big Adventure, Weird Doug Goes Camping, GRASS, Christmas at our Carols, Knife Edge, I Love.., When Will I Be Famous
David Crowley - Director
David achieved a degree in Theatre Studies and furthered his actor training at Arts Educational Schools, London. Since then he has gone on to work extensively in both theatre and film as both Actor and Director.
David has recently been appointed Associate Director of West Yorkshire Playhouse's new show Beryl, which he staged for a U.K Tour throughout 2015. This show has recently been transferred to The Rose Theatre, London for a 3 week run. Beryl has also been nominated for 2 Manchester Theatre Awards 2016.
David has recently been appointed Associate Director at TroubleHouse after directing hit drama RAW which has also been nominated for a Manchester Theatre Award 2016.
David is also an ambassador for the J.M.K Trust creating a network for theatre makers in the north.
David directed hit comedy Thick as Thieves which was WINNER of a Manchester Theatre Award 2015. His other directing credits include Little Red RAW Babushka and Elves and the Shoemaker.
David is also Creative Director of ActUpNorth - the largest independent actor training program outside of London.
Celia Perkins - Design
Celia trained in Theatre Design at Croydon College and The Slade School of Fine Art. Work includes - Northern
Broadsides, and the New End Theatre Hampstead, Bel Air Theatre Cologne and Orange Tree Theatre
Richmond. she was resident designer at The Oldham Coliseum Theatre for 6 years, designing for every genre of
She is currently designing Oldham Coliseum panto.
Joanne Whiteley - Associate producer
Joanne has worked extensively with Hard Graft for over 5 years producing numerous projects.
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