Our most ambitious cycle to date, the 2018 production looked, sounded and felt amazing whether you were in it or watching it. A top-notch professional team ensured high standards were established and maintained, and our wonderful community and professional cast certainly rose to the occasion and delivered again and again. The audiences loved it, as did the reviewers.
- ”ethereal angelic voices” North West End
- ”See it now”North West End
- ”a community coming together to create something powerful and magnificent”
North West End
- ”Get yourself down there”
- ”Beautifully imaginative and visually striking” The Stage
- ”Nick Sherratt”s presentation of Jesus is brilliant and emotive”We Are Chester
- ”Biblical stories….. skillfully wedded to contemporary themes” The Chester Blog
- ”a celebration of a community”
- ”The solo and choral singing is at times out of this world”
- ”the music feels like its been beamed in from another age, a hugely effective piece of community theatre” The Chester Blog
- ”Chris Davey’s designs for this make superb use of angles and colour for intimate moments and epic clashes”
Peter Leslie Wild
Set & Costume Designer
Deborah’s performed and published plays include original work and adaptations of classic novels and foreign language plays for various theatres and companies. Her moving WW1 drama An August Bank Holiday Lark won both the UK Theatre Award and Manchester Theatre Award for Best New Play 2014.
Deborah’s most recent work in 2017 included adaptations: Cyrano for Northern Broadsides; The Tenant of Wildfell Hall for Bolton Octagon Theatre; Anna of the Five Towns for New Vic Theatre; and A Christmas Carol for Hull Truck Theatre. Also an original play: Dirty Laundry for Claybody Theatre.
Deborah’s new adaptation of Hard Times is currently touring with Northern Broadsides. Upcoming work in 2018: Deborah’s adaptation of A Christmas Carol will be produced by the West Yorkshire Playhouse in December, and her adaptation of Oliver Twist will be this year’s Christmas show at Hull Truck Theatre. There will be a reading of Deborah’s play Dirty Laundry at the Festival in a Factory, at the Emma Bridgewater Factory in June.
Deborah began her acting career on the cobbles of Coronation Street where she played Weatherfield regular, Angie Freeman, in the early 1990s. In the years following ‘Corrie’ Deborah enjoyed a varied career in the theatre and television, playing everything from Shakespeare to Music Hall, and has appeared in countless dramas for BBC Radio.
His theatre work includes The Wizard of Oz (Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, 2017); Dial M for Murder (New Vic, 2017); Seeing the Lights (New Vic, 2016); Inherit the Wind (New Vic, 2014); Alice (Theatre in the Quarter, 2015); A Fine Bright Day Today (New Vic, 2012); Passion (West Country Tour, 2014); Dealing With Dreams (Birmingham Rep at Walsall Art Gallery); The Worcester Pilgrim (Artworcs in Worcester Cathedral); Upside Down and Back to Front (Number 8, Pershore); Electra (BOVTS); Someone Waiting; The Return of the Prodigal; How He Lied to Her Husband; Romeo and Juliet; The Magic Island; The Children’s Mysteries; The Bell (all Orange Tree Theatre); The Real Long John Silver (Battersea Arts Centre); White Liars (Edinburgh Fringe).
Radio includes more than 150 dramas and drama-documentaries for BBC Radio 4, Radio 3, Radio 2 and Radio 4 Extra. He produced and directed all five series of the detective series set in Ancient Rome, Falco, starring Anton Lesser; plays by Stephanie Dale, David Edgar, Arnold Wesker, Stephen Poliakoff, Lucy Gough, Nicholas McInerny, Sarah Woods, Colin Shindler, Louise Page, and many more. For Radio 2, he directed a version of Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus starring Oscar-winner F Murray Abraham. He is a regular guest director on Radio 4’s The Archers, a programme he is been associated with for more than 20 years. He is a twice winner of the prestigious Prix Marulic for his drama-documentary work in collaboration with producer Rosie Boulton and writer Tim Jackson.
On television he was a producer on series 17, 18 and 19 of BBC One’s daytime drama series Doctors.
He recently produced a major online project bringing together artists, writers and performers with hundreds of community members across Worcestershire to create an audio map of the county - Lending an Ear. Peter regularly teaches at drama schools and universities across the country including Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Bournemouth University, Aberystwyth University, the University of Birmingham and Lincoln University.
He is also musical director for the vivacious and successful all women’s choir A Handbag of Harmonies, and is musical director of the brand new LGBT choir for Chester called Proud Mary’s. He is also director of music for the University of Chester Choir this year.
Matt’s work as musical director takes him to all corners of the world including Australia, India, Malaysia and Germany. He is also widely sought to bring people from all backgrounds together in singing, whether it is hundreds of children in a park, or thousands of bank workers in a stadium.
He was awarded the Cheshire Community and Voluntary Arts award for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts in 2016. Matt is looking forward to being composer for this year’s Christmas production Wind in the Willows at the New Vic Theatre, Stoke.
For more about Matt’s amazing work visit his website mattbakermusic.co.uk.
Recent design credits include:
Hard Times, The Winter’s Tale (Northern Broadsides); Votes for Women, Anna of The Five Towns, Beryl (New Vic Theatre, Stoke); Murder, Margaret and Me (Salisbury Playhouse/York Theatre Royal); Dick Whittington, Northanger Abbey (Bury St Edmunds and national tour); Dirty Laundry, Ugly Duck (Claybody Theatre); The Lost Boy (Theatre in the Quarter); Our Country’s Good, Treasure Island (Bristol Old Vic Theatre School); Giants On The Hill (Centric Theatre and rural tour); Kiss Me Quickstep (New Vic, Oldham Coliseum and The Winter garden Ballroom, Eastbourne); Dancing Through The Shadows (Hull Truck); Much Ado About Nothing (Stafford Festival Shakespeare); Mrs Warren’s Profession (Cheltenham Everyman Theatre and national tour); Noises Off (Mercury Theatre Colchester); The Rise And Fall Of Little Voice (Derby Theatre); Midsummer Songs (New Wolsey Theatre); Drummer Hodge (Dorchester’s 6th community play); Brassed Off (York Theatre Royal, Bolton Octagon and The Touring Consortium); Dangerous Corner (Salisbury Playhouse); Private Lives, The League Of Youth (Nottingham Playhouse).
Television includes set designs for Cbeebies; Tortoise and The Hare, The Ugly Duckling, Jack and The Beanstalk.
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In 2013, Paula opened Chester Costume House, a theatrical costume hire and costume making business, which she runs alongside her freelance work.
Theatre credits include: Treasured, Aspire Trust/Cut to the Chase Productions (The Anglican Cathedral, Liverpool); LHK Productions Ltd – multiple productions both UK and internationally; Hope St Ltd; Theatre in the Quarter; European City of Sport Opening Ceremony, Northwood Stadium; Café Missing, Fittings Multimedia Ltd, regional tour; Love on the Dole, Salford; Celtic The Musical, Alterean Media Ltd, Scotland and Ireland Tour.
Forthcoming projects include: You’ll Never Walk Alone, Royal Court, Liverpool (2017); Peter Pan, LHK Productions Ltd, The Epstein Theatre, Liverpool.
Sam also works as a part-time lecturer in the Technical Theatre Dept. at Cheshire College South and West.
He has designed extensively for the National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, Shared Experience Theatre, Royal Court, Royal Exchange Manchester, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Royal Lyceum Edinburgh, Citizens’s Theatre Glasgow, Manchester International Festival, Opera North, and Welsh National Opera.
Recent designs include Witness for the Prosecution (County Hall London); The Best Man (Playhouse Theatre London); Rhinoceros (Edinburgh International Festival); Vamos Cuba! (Sadler’s Wells); Sweeney Todd (La Monnaie, Brussels); 42nd Street (Chatelet Theatre, Paris); 1984 (Northern Ballet); Matthew Bourne’s Lord of the Flies, The Car Man (national and international tours); Carlos Acosta’s Classical Selection (Coliseum, Royal Albert Hall and world tour); The Driver’s Seat (National Theatre of Scotland); The Shawshank Redemption, The Graduate, History Boys, Dial M for Murder, High Society and Wonderful Town (national tours); Eventual Progress (Ekaterinburgh Russia).
Working alongside Chris is John Slevin, associate lighting designer and production electrician.
Vicki has extensive experience working with performers of all ages backgrounds and she deeply thrilled to be assisting Peter and be part of the creative team for Chester Mystery Plays 2018.
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She has also co-directed productions as part of her role as a specialist teaching assistant at Dee Banks Special School for children with additional educational needs, a role
she has held for more than 20 years.
She has also worked with Cheshire Youth Theatre, Gateway Youth Theatre, and for Merseyside TV on Hollyoaks and Grange Hill, and had her first experience of Chester Mystery Plays in 2003.
A switch to radio at LBC changed Jo's focus to news as she handled PR for the breakfast show with Donald Trelford and Angela Rippon before braving a move to the Isle of Dogs to join The Telegraph's PR and marketing team. There she worked on the launch of Young Telegraph and Electronic Telegraph, the first 'digital' newspaper in the UK and helped mastermind the building of a TV and radio studio allowing journalists to hold live interviews with national and local programmes around the UK.
A career break to raise a family and a move to the North West eventually led Jo to the Chester Chronicle, where she was Head of Communities and Digital Editor until 2017. Jo appeared in the Chester Mystery Plays in 2003 as a devil, a gawper and a mime. Finding herself typecast, she returned to Hell in 2008 before taking on the role of PR for the critically acclaimed 2013 production.
In other news, Jo has danced for the Prince and Princess of Wales and was once the only passenger in a jet airliner crossing the Pacific Ocean. Follow Jo on Twitter and Instagram @johenwood.
An enjoyable and satisfying area of his work involves projects that build new audiences for the creative industries and have a number of Arts Council National Portfolio Organisations and Creative People and Places programmes amongst their client list.
Now based at King Street Studios in Newcastle under Lyme Peter’s team have also concentrated on the emerging digital culture and are at the forefront of live streaming technology solutions within the theatre, music and conference industries.
This is the second Chester Mystery Plays that they have been involved in and are very much looking forward to helping deliver another successful production.
Working alongside Peter is Russell Coppock, associate sound designer and assistant production manager.
After school he worked for a year with the Royal National Institute for the Blind’s talking book service. In 1972 he joined the BBC as a television sound assistant and was lucky enough to be at Television Centre in London when some of the now classic BBC programmes were in production such as Morecombe & Wise, The Two Ronnies, Dad’s Army, the list is endless.
After a spell at Alexandra Palace (the home of the birth of TV) working on Open University programmes, John moved in 1979 to BBC Manchester and worked on numerous radio and TV productions. For the next 2 decades he travelled the length and breadth of this country and the world recording and mixing sound for a huge variety of programmes for TV and Radio in studios and on location. Credits during that period include The Travel Show, Rough Guides to the World, Blue Peter, The Clothes Show, Panorama, Tomorrow’s World, Why Don’t You?, Activate, Question Time, Top Gear, The Heaven & Earth Show, Songs of Praise, The Organist Entertains, Test Match Special, plus dozens of others.
In 2001 he moved to Granada Television and credits there included Coronation Street, My Favourite Hymns, Carol Vorderman’s Better Homes, Countdown, Mastermind, University Challenge, The Jeremy Kyle Show and the special Christmas Eve services from Norwich, Manchester and Liverpool Anglican Cathedrals.
Since 2008 John has been a freelance TV sound supervisor mainly working on ITV daytime programmes. He also gives guest lectures at The School of Sound Recording in Manchester and Salford University
In his ‘spare’ time he is a qualified railway guard at 2 heritage steam railways and drives trains at a miniature railway at a garden centre.
Assistant Musical Director
His musical theatre credits include: Return to the Forbidden Planet 25th Anniversary UK Tour; Return to the Forbidden Planet (Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch); Little Shop Of Horrors; Hello Dolly! (Pitlochry Festival Theatre); Oh, What A Lovely War (Blackeyed Theatre).
He musically directs a number of ensembles of all ages, as well as Theatre In The Quarter's teenage cohort Quartz, and the Wrexham-based choir, The Bitesize Singers.
This will be his third cycle of the Chester Mystery Plays and is very excited to be joining the production team.
Her experience and expertise in multiple dance and theatre genres has allowed her to work as a choreographer with a variety of companies including The Echo Arena and BT Convention Centre Liverpool, Theatre In The Quarter, Lodestar Theatre Company, The Harmonettes, The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, A Handbag of Harmonies, CADU, and on a range of corporate and private events across the country.
Cariad’s performance credits include Vintage Vocals (The Harmonettes); Dorothy’s War (The Harmonettes); Alice (Theatre in the Quarter), Ragz (ExTensions Dance Theatre), Spring Rain (China Pearl), Live and Interactive (Make Happen) and A Touch of Magic (Mello Mello).
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Peter Leslie Wild
Project and Stage Manager
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Assistant Musical Director