Stephen Tomlin (Producer & Director) trained as a speech & drama teacher at the Central School and has enjoyed a long career as an actor in all media since graduating in 1972. He founded Demi-paradise in 2000 and was both producer & director of Richard II and Measure for Measure; thereafter producing all subsequent shows as well as directing the 2003 Deck The Hall and Richard III – On Trial for Murder in 2007. He also edited and directed Ghostly Tales. Stephen was a part time tour guide at Lancaster Castle from 1998 – 2017. Based in Lancaster since 1976 and a keen city quiz league player Stephen was the 1991 BBC Mastermind Champion. www.stephentomlin.co.uk
Sue McCormick (Resident Artistic Director) has enjoyed an acting career stretching back nearly 30 years and made her professional directing & writing debut with demi-paradise. She has since gone on to direct Twelfth Night for Cottongrass Theatre at Thornbridge Hall and was commissioned by Mikron Theatre to write a play, Hell and High Water, for their 40th Anniversary Tour. In the same year, 2013, her comedy with songs No Fat Juliets played at The Dukes & Oldham Coliseum. For Demi-paradise, Sue co-directed Richard lll and Hamlet and devised, directed & performed several Deck the Halls. Sue also directed The Merchant of Venice and Much Ado about Nothing. www.suemccormick.net
JOYCE BRANAGH (Artistic Director: Measure for Measure 2016) is a freelance director, living in the North West and working all over the UK and beyond. Credits include: Much Ado About Nothing (Vienna’s English Theatre); Mother Goose, Sleeping Beauty, Dick Whittington (Salisbury Playhouse); Satin ‘n’ Steel, Two, The Sunshine Boys and Travels With My Aunt, (Oldham Coliseum); Still ill (The Lowry & Tour); Thin Air (UK tour) Peggy and the Spaceman, Sheepish (24:7 Theatre Festival) Twelfth Night (Holland Park Open Air Theatre & UK Tour); Hamlet (Tivoli Dublin & Cork Opera House); Macbeth, Twelfth Night (Orange Tree Theatre tour); Memory of Water, Blue/Orange, Cinderella, Aladdin, Dick Whittington, Jack & the Beanstalk, Flying Under Bridges, Queen’s English (Watford Palace) Kebab Shags, Black/White, Joined at the Hip and Master Harold and the Boys (Bristol Old Vic).
Ian Blower (Associate Artistic Director) A native of the West Midlands, he began his professional career at The Greenwich Theatre in 1969 & since then has worked in theatre and television in this country & abroad. Ian’s directorial credits include Theatre Centre London, Merseyside Young Peoples Theatre, Gwent Young Peoples Theatre and The Next Stage in Nottingham. For a number of years in the 1990’s Ian directed and played in a string of pantomime hits for The Duke’s Lancaster. For demi-paradise He directed Macbeth and All’s Well That Ends Well, and co-directed Richard III. Ian also directed the 2013 rehearsed reading of The Trial of the Pendle Witches by Graham Kemp.
Jude Glendinning (Resident Musical Director) Studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and works as a freelance musical director, teacher and performer. She was MD for the Brewery Theatre’s production of The Crucible and A Man For All Seasons. Jude conducts for world music singing group HumHoller’n’Sing and a classical chamber choir Grupo Voces. As part of acappella group Five In A Bar, she sings close harmony folk/jazz. As a classical or operatic soloist Jude has sung the title role in Puccini’s Suor Angelica for Musica Lirica and the soprano solo in Haydn’s Creation. Jude is DP’s musical director for Deck the Hall…and was also MD for Macbeth, All’s Well That Ends Well, Richard III, Hamlet, The Merchant of Venice, & Much Ado About Nothing.
Louie Ingham (Guest Artistic Director) is associate director at The Dukes Lancaster, involved with the new work programme at the theatre and in the wider community. Credits include Hamlet (Dukes Young Actors), Jim Cartwright’s Two, and premieres of The Gift by John Moorhouse and No Fat Juliets by Sue McCormick. As a freelance theatre maker Louie has developed or directed a range of new writing with National Theatre of Wales, The British Council, UK Arts International, First Word Writers Programme, The Tron, Frantic Assembly & York Theatre Royal amongst others. Louie directed the demi-paradise production of Othello in 2014. www.dukes-lancaster.org
Lee Affen (Guest Musical Director) is a composer, music producer & sound designer. He was the MD for the Shattering Images original production of Diamonds Aren’t Forever. He composed & produced Into the Light, used for the final showpiece event of Light up the Waterways, part of the Light up Lancaster week. He was also the M.D. for the Light Up The Streets original production of Ignite, in association with Ludus Dance & The Dukes. He has also co-composed & performed a live score for the original silent film version of Phantom of the Opera. For Demi-paradise Lee composed the original electronic music score and sound effects for Othello.
Helen Longworth (Associate Director) On graduating from RADA in 2001, Helen was awarded the Carleton Hobbs Radio Award resulting in her joining the BBC Radio Drama Company, where she has performed in over 300 plays. She also played the character of Hannah in The Archers. Helen toured nationally with new work for various theatre companies and has also appeared in The Comedy Project at the Soho Theatre. TV appearances include Hollyoaks, Heartbeat and Emmerdale. She also sings with rock band, ‘Heroes of She’ & Jazz combo ‘Quay Change’. For demi-paradise Helen played Lady Anne in Richard III & thoroughly enjoys compiling, directing as well as regularly appearing in Deck The Hall…Helen runs her own company providing bespoke music & theatre packages: www.blueskiesentertainment.co.uk
Victoria Brazier (Associate Director) Theatre companies include a wide range of work with Cottongrass Theatre, North Country Theatre, The Royal Exchange, four seasons of JB Shorts, Stoke New Vic and Red Ladder. TV appearances include Land Girls, Doctors, The Street, Vincent, Boy A and Coronation Street. Victoria has been heard on several occasions on Radio 4, once even playing the Queen herself. She played Helena in All’s Well That Ends Well for demi-paradise and has been involved as a performer and/or director in four Deck the Halls. Victoria was also Master of Ceremonies for the 2012 & 2013 Ghostly Tales.
Robert Garrett (Associate Director) Robert trained at RADA and during a long career has worked throughout regional rep plus extensive touring. Site specific theatre roles include George Fox at Swarthmoor Hall and Warwick in The Kingmaker at Middleham Castle for Square Peg Productions. He played Ted Hughes Dreaming of Foxes, commissioned for the 10th anniversary of the writer’s death, a role later reprised on Radio 4. For demi-paradise Robert performed as the Ghost & Player King in Hamlet & read a Charles Dickens story for our 2012 Ghostly Tales. Robert’s appeared in two Deck the Halls … the second of which he directed in 2010.
Sarah Thurstan (Associate Director) is a graduate of Webber Douglas & spent younger years in Theatre in Education and with theatre companies touring Europe. Most recently she worked for the Dukes, Lancaster in Lady of Letters and was in Tom Thumb in Williamson Park. Numerous TV appearances include Emmerdale, Coronation Street, East Enders, Casualty, Hollyoaks, Tracey Beaker Returns and Mrs Brown’s Boys Xmas Special. Sarah runs her own company taking theatre skills, especially presentation & leadership communication, into business & academia. Sarah’s work for demi-paradise started with the first Deck the Hall in 2000; Blood Red Roses in 2003; as the Countess in All’s Well that Ends Well & Gertrude in Hamlet. She compiled, directed & performed in the 2005 Deck The Hall and co-directed the 2012 show. www.performance-link.co.uk
Bekah Sloan A native of Lancaster Bekah trained at Bretton Hall and later at Hope Street. She majors in live performance, from musicals to main stage, fringe and touring. Credits include Jane & Lizzy (Nonesuch Theatre; Unity Liverpool & Edinburgh Fringe 2015) The Energy Show (National Science Museum tour) Beasts and Beauties (Spike Theatre Co) The Devil & Three Golden Hairs (Babbling Vagabonds) plus pantomimes – Aladdin & The Christmas Carol – for Brewery Arts Centre Kendal. She is also kept busy with various corporate videos, voice overs and medical roleplays. Bekah made her Demi-paradise debut in the 2013 Deck The Hall and will be compiling and directing as well as performing in the 2015 concert.
C.P. Hallam (Associate Director) has had a long association with new writing in London and Greater Manchester, where he is now based. Chris has taught at the University of Salford and Urban Stage in Manchester, where he directed Daisy Pulls it Off. Since graduating from Birkbeck College University of London theatre directors course in 2013 he has directed at rep theatres in Nottingham & Colchester, in London fringe & in Singapore. Chris previously performed for Demi-paradise in All’s Well That Ends Well & Richard III as well as Ghostly Tales and Deck the Hall. He also co-directed our production of Hamlet. www.cphallam.co.uk