Patrick Wilde, Director
Patrick Wilde has been directing plays at the Edinburgh Fringe since 1986 when he brought a youth theatre production of Twelfth Night and has forged a career as both director and writer since. In 1993 he directed his own play, What’s Wrong With Angry? which transferred from BAC to The Arts Theatre and subsequently became the award winning film Get Real, for which Patrick also wrote the screenplay. He has also worked on such ground breaking TV as This Life and As If, as well as staples EastEnders and Casualty, and another film, Things To Do Before You’re Thirty.
In 2006 he and Sir Tim Rice collaborated and revamped Blondel and Patrick directed the first professional production of it for over twenty years at The Pleasance in London. In 2007 there followed the world premiere of Matthew Kelly’s Lightning Strikes at The Dublin Festival.
In Edinburgh, amongst other shows, he directed the Edinburgh cult hit of the late 80’s, Sell Out!, and more recently his own play You Couldn’t Make It Up at The Gilded Balloon and the controversial award winning musical Failed States. In 2008 he revived his own play What’s Wrong With Angry? in rep with the world premiere of Glenn Chandler’s Boys Of The Empire both of which transferred to London’s King’s Head. In summer 2009 Patrick was asked by the BBC to direct Scott Mills: The Musical which played to sell out crowds at The Pleasance. He is co founder of the Republic Theatre Company.
Oliver Jack, Assistant Director
Oliver is returning to the Fringe for the fifth time this year, his previous work as an actor and director in Edinburgh includes Black Comedy (Peter Shaffer), Road (Jim Cartwright), Scuffer (Mark Catley), Boys of the Empire (Glenn Chandler), What's Wrong With Angry? (Patrick Wilde) and Scott Mills: The Musical (with BBC Radio One).
His recent other work includes collaboration on devised pieces including work with Matthieu Leloup and Anna Iwanowska (Looking for Hannah and The Shakespeares Band) as well as work as an assistant director on projects such as Lightning Strikes (Matthew Ian Kelly).
Oliver was the youngest producer and director in Edinburgh in both 2006 and 2007 and is currently studying for his BA in Direction at Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance. He is a founder member of The Republic Theatre Company.
Kelly Kingham, Book & Lyrics
Kelly wrote the book, lyrics and co-composed the music for Jump. He also wrote and directed In Search of Love (Etcetera Theatre, Camden) and has written a feature film script, Past Imperfect. In addition, he performs on the London comedy circuit as a stand-up comedian. He also, along with Toby Herschmann, runs the creative writing and production team, TANK productions.
Toby Herschmann, Composer
Toby composed the music for Jump. In addition, he runs the record company, Apollo Sound, and music publisher, Obelisk Music. He also produces music for the De Wolfe Music Library yet still finds time to lead, and play in, the popular Latin band, Orquesta Caché. Also, along with Kelly Kingham, he runs the creative writing and production team, TANK productions.
Desmond O'Connor, Musical Director
Desmond is an internationally renowned musical comedian, composer, lyricist and musical director. His bittersweet lyrics and insanely catchy melodies never fail to shock, charm and entertain. Singing songs that deal with everyday worries and woes in a quirky, unexpected and eloquent manner, Des has been likened in the press to a modern day Noel Coward. Regular club and festival performances in London, Dublin, Amsterdam, Berlin and New York, alongside an acclaimed appearance at the New York Burlesque Festival, have earned Desmond a far-reaching army of loyal fans.
During last year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Des was musical director and co-creator of Scott Mills: The Musical for Radio One. This brought his work to the attention of over 6 million people across the country, which, combined with his work as a presenter for MTV at Bestival and The Big Chill has furthered his status as one of the biggest names on the UK music and cabaret circuit.
Terry Finnegan, PR/Marketing
Terry Finnegan has been working in Publishing, Marketing and Advertising for over 25 years and as well as managing musical comedy double act and Fringe Favourite's Topping and Butch. Terry also works with theatre, arts, music
and comedy performers as a Press and Publicity Consultant. Last year was his first year working in Edinburgh and he successfully garnered ten reviews and lots of additional press and marketing for Topping and Butch, as well as securing extensive coverage of By Grace the Musical, which is now scheduled for a West End opening in London in September 2010. Terry has worked with Patrick Wilde and Tim Rice on the recent production of Blondel in London and is producing the brand new talk show/game show format Edinburgh Tonight with Joe Simmons.
Adam Purnell, Theatre Designer
This will be Adam's first time up at the Fringe, taking a break from his second year studying for his BA in Theatre Design at Rose Bruford College. His recent work includes designing for a site specific show called X for Fireraisers with Director Paul Jepson which will be touring national heritage sites throughout the summer. In addition he has also been involved with various productions within College including designing for a recent adaptation of Bingo.
Charlie Morgan Jones, Lighting Designer
Having always had a passion for light in the theatre and currently studying for a BA(Hons) in Lighting Design, Charlie's recent designs have included Carmen (Mean Time Opera), Midsummer Night's Dream, Madness of George III (Everyman Theatre), Once A Catholic (Bridgend College) and Oscar and the Pink Lady (Rose Bruford College - Unicorn). He has assisted with the design process on Candide (Welsh National Opera), Turandot, Herodiade (Dorset Opera). He recently worked with Lighting Designer, Rick Fisher on the current West End production of The Fantasticks (Duchess Theatre). Charlie is also the resident Lighting Designer for London based Situation Opera.
Georgia Bird, Stage Manager
Georgia is currently in her second year at Rose Bruford College studying Stage Management BA Hons. Georgia is originally from Portsmouth, but moved to London to pursue a career in theatre. This will be her first time at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and she is excited to be working there on this new and exciting project.
She has been involved in various productions whilst at College, and has also Stage managed professional productions including What's Wrong With Angry? at the King's Head Theatre, Islington and Oscar and the Pink Lady at the Unicorn Theatre, London Bridge and Britain's Got Bhangra at the Theatre Royal, Stratford East.
With thanks to Andrew Miller who directed BAGGAGE! at the Pentameters Theatre, London.
Trevor Dunton, Concept Design / Illustration