Thursday, 23 October 2014

Match Company Biographies

We'd like you to meet the talented ladies and gentlemen of the 'Match' company

Heidi Vaughan - Director and Co-Director of Dot and Ethel

Over the last 15 years Heidi has worked as a director, senior manager, head of department and workshop leader- venues include; the Egg, Bath, Nuffield Theatre Southampton, Oxford School of Drama, Bristol Old Vic, The Sherman Cardiff, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, The Point, Eastleigh (Director of Young People's Theatre) and Oxford Playhouse (Head of Learning). She is delighted to be an Associate Artist of the egg.

Heidi has worked on an international level delivering workshops and community projects for children and young people in the near and mid East, Ireland, Spain and Italy with the British Council and the inspiring Druid Theatre Company.

Eloise Secker - Performer

TRAINING: Ba Hons Actor Musicianship (Rose Bruford)
Recent credits include:
THEATRE: Enduring Song (Southwark Playhouse) The Events (Young Vic) Splosh! (Salisbury Playhouse & UK Tour), Eva (Hightide), Secrets of the Sea (Latitude Festival)
P1XX1E (Rich Mix), Ovid's Metamorphoses (Ed fringe and World Tour) 
RADIO: Murder by Proxy (BBC Radio 4), Gift (BBC Radio 4), Chain Gang (BBC Radio 7) 
CONCERT: Snap Shot Songs (Soloist, Barbican), Sondheim's 80th Prom (Royal Albert Hall)

Jade Berks - Performer

Jade graduated from Bath Spa University with a Drama degree in 2012. She went on to play Evelyn in The Shape of Things and Adela in The House of Bernada Alba working with the Engage program at Theatre Royal Bath. Since then she has enjoyed exploring all aspects of theatre from writing to acting. Jade is delighted to be apart of Match on her first national tour.

Tom Richmond - Technician

Tom graduated from the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in 2004. Since then he has worked in a wide variety of roles, providing technical support and wizardry to performances of all kinds. Although primarily a lighting designer, Tom has also designed and built sets, worked with video and sound, and rigged aerial equipment for circus. He has enjoyed periods of employment at the Criterion Theatre and the Bristol Old Vic, and has done venue work at amongst others, Circomedia Church, Tobacco Factory Theatres and Theatre Royal Bath. He has toured extensively both in the UK and abroad with companies such as Pickled Image, Gonzo Moose, Caravan Stage and Tessa Bide. Tom also co-produces Apocalyptic Circus, and plays the role of performing technician in their current work “Push Me, Pull You!”. 

Anna Croxson - Movement Director

Anna studied acting, theatre and dance through BA (hons) and dance and movement through Masters degree (M.A)

Anna's work has been performed at Bristol Old Vic Studio, The Rondo Theatre, Bristol Old Vic Basement,  Bierkeller Theatre, The Cube Cinema, Royal West of England Academy, Bike Shed Theatre, Bath Institute of Contemporary and Interdisciplinary Arts, Tobacco Factory theatre Bristol, Exeter Bike Shed, Edinburgh Fringe (C Aquila) , amongst many others.  Alongside her professional work, Anna developed her practice whilst working as a Qualitative Researcher investigating collaborative dialogues between live performance and film projection. Most recently, Anna has worked as Movement Director and Choreographer for Idiot Child Theatre Company, Shanty Theatre Company, Myrtle Theatre Company,  Dot and Ethel Theatre, Living Spit Theatre,  Anna is currently rehearsing with her own company  'Moon Jar theatre' for a new show which will be touring Independent  bookshops in 2015. Anna is currently completing her PhD in movement and theatre. 

Seamas Carey - Musical Director and Composer

Seamas Carey is a performer, composer and puppeteer based in Bristol. His stage career began at the age of 15, playing accordion, piano, double bass, banjo and various other instruments for a number of different bands and theatre projects.
He has toured both the UK and Europe extensively, working with Wild Works, Horse & Bamboo, Traveling Light Theatre, Bash Street Theatre, Shanty Theatre, Kneehigh Theatre, C-Scape Dance, Owdyado Theatre, English Heritage, Radjel and The Eden Project. During Christmas 2013, he played the part of Moomintroll, in Horse & Bamboo/The Egg’s production of Moominland Midwinter – the first ever UK stage adaption of The Moomins.
He is a founder member and joint artistic director of Bristol based theatre company, Silly Boys, of whom he performs, composes and co-writes with.
Seamas also facilitates workshops and lectures for primary, secondary and A – level students. His focus is on music for silent film, theatre soundtrack, performing and puppetry. 

Corina Bona - Puppetry Director

Corina Bona is a Bristol Based Puppeteer, maker and facilitator. 
Her seven years of experience have lead her to discover a great variety of puppetry from bunraku, shadow to object puppetry.
She loves to collaborate and work with other companies to bring puppetry into new and devised work, broadening its audience.
Having recently completed her one woman show, "Detective O", she is creating shadow puppets for a Stuart Bryson Musical fundraiser. She is also Working on the Wardrobe Theatre's current Christmas show "Muppets Die Hard" and most excitingly she is starting her family! 
Corina  is regularly involved with the Smoking Puppet Cabaret, Puppet Place and The Puppet Centre trust to promote and support fledging and experienced puppeteers. Through her work in education she loves to see people of all ages discover what they can do with puppetry. For more information about Corina please check out

Harriet de Winton - Designer and Co-Director of Dot and Ethel

Harriet is a designer, stylist and illustrator. She trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

She has been resident designer for Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory for 6 seasons. Shows include: As you Like It (UK Tour); Arcadia; Richard III; Two Gentlemen of Verona (UK Tour); King Lear; The Cherry Orchard ; Richard II; The Comedy of Errors; A Midsummer Night’s Dream; The Tempest; Julius Caesar; Antony and Cleopatra; Uncle Vanya (Co-production with Bristol Old Vic); 
Other Theatre includes: Fields Unsown (Attic Theatre), Mmm Hmm (UK Tour),  Fat Man, The Collision of Things (Little Mighty), Jigsy (UK Tour); The Adventures of Pinocchio (Tobacco Factory); Vanity Fair (Bristol Old Vic Studio); The Comedy of Errors; The Laramie Project; The House of Bernarda Alba, The Winter’s Tale (The Egg, Theatre Royal Bath); The Canterbury Tales; Titus Andronicus (Nuffield Theatre).

Harriet worked as Creative Editor for Cloth Magazine for 5 years, styling nearly every shoot published over that time for the magazine.  She has gone on to style for various designers and publications. She is represented by Gingersnap Models.

Whilst at Cloth Magazine, Harriet also learned her craft as an illustrator and has gone on to illustrate for numerous books, magazines and websites.

Mae Voogd: Animator

Mae is a designer, puppet maker and animator who studied at the Bristol School of Animation, graduating with a First.

She is the resident designer for Bristol based theatre company, Silly Boys. 

She has worked alongside Chris Pirie (Green Ginger) making props and puppets for Sally Cooksen’s Peter Pan as well as working alongside children’s theatre Dot & Ethel Co, creating animations for their Christmas production of the Little Match Girl aimed at under 8’s. 

She has since gone on to work with Sarah Wright and Lyndie Wright MBE (Little Angel Theatre) as a puppet maker for Kneehigh Theatre’s most recent show, Dead Dog in a Suitcase and Other Love Songs.

Her short film 'Carousel' was selected for the Bristol Festival of Puppetry and Encounters Festival 2013.

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