Andy Cannon- Lachlan Douglas Hamilton
Andy began his professional career in 1986 with Theatre Workshop Edinburgh. It was during this time that he first started to explore his signature style of incorporating direct first-person storytelling into his work.
In 1996 he left Theatre Workshop to set up Wee Stories Theatre for Children. As Artistic Director of the company he was lead or co artist of Wee Stories’ many acclaimed productions – including the multiple award winning productions of Labyrinth and Arthur, the Story of a King (the latter produced in partnership with the Scottish Touring Consortium).
Since leaving Wee Stories in 2012 he has been concentrating on creating and performing his own work which has included the Expo commissioned Scota-land for the 2012 Imaginate Festival and the London 2012 festival and Tales of a Grandson produced in partnership with the Macrobert Arts Centre and the Scottish International Storytelling Festival in 2014 and then with Red Bridge Arts in 2016. In 2014 he was Creative Director of Performance for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony.
In 2016, alongside Andy Manley and Shona Reppe, he co-created and performed in Black Beauty, (winner of 2017 CATS AWARD - Best show for Children & Young people) a co-production with Red Bridge Arts and Traverse Theatre Company. Andy has recently finished a sell out run of performances of his acclaimed one man show Is This a Dagger? The Story of Macbeth, co produced by Red Bridge Arts.
Neshla Caplan - Jacqueline Duval
Neshla graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2014 from the Masters Musical Theatre Programme.
Since graduating, alongside her other work, Neshla has had a keen focus on developing and creating new contemporary Music Theatre in Scotland.
Recent Theatre credits: Adam (NTS), The Breakfast Plays (Traverse Theatre), Wee Free! The Musical and Voices in her Ear (A Play, A Pie and A Pint), Secret Show 1 (Blood of the Young), Progressive Playwright Final Award (Tron Theatre), The Choir (The Citizens Theatre/ATG) The BFG (The Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh), The Girl Who…(Noisemaker, Theatre Bench, RCS) The Addams Family (Assembly Edinburgh, RCS).
Barrie Hunter - Glen Duval
Barrie has worked consistently in Theatres across Scotland and the UK with companies such as The Royal Lyceum, The Tron Theatre, Perth Rep, Dundee Rep, Borderline, Theatre Babel, Citizens Theatre and the National Theatre of Scotland.
Recent theatre credits include: August: Osage County, Death of a Salesman, The Cheviot, The Stag and the Black, Black Oil, Much Ado About Nothing, Love Song, Witness for the Prosecution (as part of Dundee Rep Ensemble). Other credits include: Stones in his Pockets, Whisky Galore (Mull Theatre/Citizens Theatre) Rough Island (Mull Theatre/Oran Mor) Ane Pleasant Satyr of the Three Estates (A+BC Theatre/Gregory Thomson) The Government Inspector (Communicado & Aberytswyth Arts) The Mill Lavvies (Dundee Rep) Ubu Roi (Oran Mor) Betrayal (Citizens Theatre). Barrie has worked with Ken Alexander in the following productions: Whistle Down The Wind, Into The Woods, Worzel Gummidge, Aladdin, The Odd Couple (Byre Theatre) and Out On The Wing (Oran Mor).
TV and Film credits include: The Angel’s Share (Sixteen Films), Fast Romance (Icklefix Films) Rab. C. Nesbitt (Comedy Unit/BBC) The Field of Blood (Slate North/BBC) Dear Green Place (Effingee/BBC) Jess The Border Collie (BBC) Still Game (Effingee) Stacey Stone (BBC) Velvet Soup (BBC).
John Kielty - Ranald MacKinnon
John Kielty is an actor, writer and musician and one of the Kielty Brothers who wrote the opening number for the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games. Together they also wrote the zombie musical Sundowe (Eden Court) Confessions of a Justified Songwriter and the award winning Wasted Love (RCS) - currently being developed for TV. They also collaborated on Glasgow Girls (NTS) and their latest musical project The Edinburgh Seven just showcased at The Other Palace in London.
Theatre includes: Roman Bridge, Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off, To Begin (NTS) The Venetian Twins, The Cherry Orchard, Caucasian Chalk Circle, Confessions of a Justified Sinner (Royal Lyceum). Hansel and Gretel, Doctor Faustus, A Christmas Carol, (Citizens) Whatever Gets You Through the Night, (Arches) The Bible: Abridged (Reduced Shakespeare) The Cone Gatherers (His Majesty's Aberdeen)
John is regularly performs in BBC Radio Dramas. TV and Film includes One Life Stand, River City and Outlander.
Helen Logan - Astrobeth
Helen trained as an actor musician at Rose Bruford College. She lives in Perthshire and has done 11 seasons at Pitlochry Festival Theatre including productions of Scrooge!; Carousel; This Happy Breed; Thark; A Little Night Music; Improbable Fiction; Whisky Kisses; Yellow on the Broom; Perfect Days; My Fair Lady; Henceforward; Dr Angelus; Miracle on 34th Street; The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie; Whisky Galore – A Musical!; A Woman of No Importance; Man of the Moment; Dolly West’s Kitchen; Things We do for Love; Lend Me A tenor; Absurd Person Singular; Amadeus; Let Wives Tak Tent; and Hay Fever.
Theatre credits elsewhere include: Kaiser Bill Invented Jazz (the Rose Theatre & Queens Hall); The Angel and the Manse (Oran Mor & Lemon Tree Aberdeen); Blithe Spirit, Moonlight and Magnolias, Proof, Death of a Salesman, Streetcar Named Desire, Yellow on the Broom and Tales From Hollywood ( all Perth rep); The Cone Gatherers (APA tour); Life , Love and Liberty (Dumfries and Galloway Arts);The Snow Queen (Macrobert); Mary Queen of Scots got her Head Chopped Off (Prime Productions); Mill on the Floss (Nottingham Playhouse & Northcott Exeter); Hard Times (Northcott Exeter); The House of Bernarda Alba (Theatre Clywd) and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (West End 7 No1 Tour).
Film and TV credits include: River City (BBC); The Descent (Celador Films/Pathe); A Mugs Game (BBC); and Dr Finlay (STV).
Richard Ferguson - Pianist
Raised in Scotland Richard read music at Magdalen College, Oxford and Edinburgh University. After a year at the National Opera Studio he went to the Nationaltheater Mannheim where he worked on over 60 productions, both as conductor and repetiteur. Richard Ferguson is the composing nom de plume of Richard Lewis.
Since August 2000 Richard has worked as assistant to Adam Fischer at the Haydn festival in Eisenstadt, Austria, with the Danish Sinfonietta (on six award-winning Mozart CDs 2002 – 2008) the annual Budapest Wagner Ring Cycle’s (2006 – 2017) and at the Salzburg Festival (2005/2009).
Between 2007 and 2010 Richard was conductor and chorus master at Opera Queensland, making his Australian conducting debut with The Magic Flute (2008). He also gave the first Australian performance of Haydn’s L’isola disabitata (2010). He returns to conduct The Marriage of Figaro in Brisbane in 2018.
In 2012 he conducted Rusalka at La Monnaie, Brussels and La Clemenza di Tito for English Touring Opera.
As a visiting lecturer to the Royal Scottish Conservatoire’s musical theatre course since 2005, he conducted their inaugural show 3hree and has mentored the MDs on most of their shows since. He led the Scottish premiere of Kenny Miller’s production of Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? at the Glasgow Citizen’s theatre and in 2010 led the award winning children’s musical The Emperor’s Quest at the Edinburgh Festival.
His creative work includes two musicals, Riot and Heart Songs, as well the libretto to Spike (Edinburgh Fringe 2006) and Opera Galactica (2001).