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Aladdin Creative & Production Team

Plested and Brown

Writers and Directors
Adam (Brown) and Clare (Plested) met and began working together whilst training in clown and stand-up. In 1999 they joined forces with director, Amanda Wilsher and together they formed ‘Plested and Brown’.

Between 1999 and 2011, Plested and Brown were an international touring theatre company who created original and innovative comic theatre shows. The company was supported by Arts Council England and had six acclaimed runs at the Edinburgh Festival, ten nationwide tours as well as performances in South Korea, Armenia and New Zealand. Over their decade together the company worked with Phelim McDernott (Improbable), David Sant (Peepolykus/ Benidorm), John Wright (Told by an idiot) and Cal McCrystal (One Man Two Governors). They had an enthusiastic fan base in the UK and Newbury audiences will remember Clare and Adam for their infamous turns in the Corn Exchange pantomimes between 2006 - 2011.

The team recently reunited when they were approached to write Newbury panto!

They have subsequently been developing their comedy musical The Perfect Wife with Debbie Isitt (Nativity!)… coming soon!

Adam Brown

Adam is an actor and writer. He is perhaps best known for playing the dwarf Ori in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit Trilogy - as well as working alongside Jonny Depp in the Pirates Of The Caribbean 5. Other film and T.V credits include The Limehouse Golem for Lionsgate, The Bunker (Cannes Film Fest 2017) and up and coming feature film, Stanleyville. As a writer, he is currently developing a romantic sci-fi comedy series, Perfect 10.

Clare Plested

Clare is an acclaimed comedian, actress, writer and improviser. Clare trained in long-form improv with the Free Association, UCB, Groundlings and iO. She is a member of The Free Association’s house team The 838 and long-form improv groups The Committee, Do Not Adjust Your Stage and Ladies of FA County. Clare performs improv across London, the UK, at the UCB Theatre in New York and Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Clare has written and performed three critically acclaimed one-woman character comedy shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival - Flock Up, The Essential Collection and Vegas, Jesus & Me.

This year Clare was invited to be apart of the BBC Comedy Writersroom.

Amanda Wilsher

Amanda is a writer and director. As well as directing all of Plested and Brown’s shows - other credits include the national tour of Island and Assistant Director for The Stoneheads at The National Theatre (both for Trestle Theatre Company). Director of solo shows for Clare Plested. Director/Writer for The Village Idiots (Coffin Up, Screwloose, Filch & Blunder, Small Medium at Large, Madame Tellier’s Establishment and Hotel De Mer) with sell-out shows at the Edinburgh Festival and UK tours. She has written many plays for children and young people, developed and directed shows with award-winning magicians and singers in Germany.

Holly Hughes

Movement Director
Holly trained at ArtsEd and graduated with a BA (Hons) in Musical Theatre.

Performance: HMS Pinafore (Battersea Barge), Carousel (Broadway Theatre, Catford), Mother Goose (Northcott Theatre, Exeter), Aladdin (Broadway Theatre, Peterborough), My Fair Lady (Aberystwyth Arts Centre), Babes in the Wood (Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield), Babe, the Sheep Pig (Regents Park), The Untold Story (National Trust), The Horse of the Year Show (Olympia).

Associate/Assistant Choreographer: West Side Story (Royal Northern College of Music), HMS Pinafore (Battersea Barge and Kings Head, London), Carousel (Broadway Theatre, Catford), Once Upon a Time at the Adelphi (Union Theatre), Moon Shadow (Drill Hall), My Favorite Year (Guildhall School of Acting), The Night of 1000 Voices (Royal Albert Hall), I Sing! (Union Theatre).

Choreography/Movement Direction: “Until We Meet Again” by Martin Tillman (Music Video), Aladdin (Harrow Arts Centre), Sleeping Beauty (Corn Exchange, Newbury), My Son Pinocchio (Southwark Playhouse), Sh*t-faced Showtime’s Alice Through the Cocktail Glass (Underbelly Festival/Edinburgh Festival/Leicester Square Theatre), The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (Corn Exchange, Newbury), Bye Bye Birdie (Italia Conti), Peter Pan (Courtyard Theatre, Hereford), Bright Lights, Big City (Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts), Sh*t-faced Showtime’s Oliver with a Twist (Edinburgh Festival/Leicester Square Theatre), The Biograph Girl (Finborough Theatre), Mack and Mabel (Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts), Sasha Regan’s All Male Mikado (UK Tour), Anyone Can Whistle (Union Theatre).

Assistant Director: Othello (Union Theatre).

Holly is delighted to be back in Newbury this year working on her ninth pantomime at the Corn Exchange!

Sean Green

Musical Supervisor
Sean has a classical music degree from Birmingham University and completed a postgraduate diploma in Musical Direction from the Mountview School of Theatre Arts in 2009.

Upcoming work: Get Up! Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical (West End) opening June 2021.

His recent credits include Musical Director of Priscilla Queen of the Desert (UK Tour), Leave To Remain (Lyric Hammersmith), Jack & The Beanstalk (Hastings/ Qdos), Twelfth Night (The Young Vic), Live Birds Flying Home (Royal Court Liverpool), Sleeping Beauty (Chatham/ Jordan Productions), The Wedding Singer (UK Tour), One Love: The Bob Marley Musical (Birmingham Rep/ Playful Productions), Murder Ballad (Arts Theatre - West End), The Buskers Opera (The Park Theatre), Into the Woods (Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester), Soul Sister at the Hackney Empire, and the subsequent transfer to The Savoy Theatre as well as the UK Tour; Britain's Got Bhangra UK Tour for Rifco Arts, plus Little Red Riding Hood, Five Guys Named Moe and Aladdin all at Stratford East Theatre Royal. Buddy Upstairs (Gatehouse), Pages: Promised Land (Union Theatre) and the 400th production of Honk! at George Square 1, Edinburgh Festival.

Sean was Assistant Musical Director on I Was Looking at the Ceiling and then I Saw the Sky, a joint production between Stratford East and the Barbican, Crazy For You an Eyebrow 48 Hour Showtime Challenge, the European tour of The Rocky Horror Show,Cabaret (UK Tour).

Alongside the Musical Direction credits he has also work-shopped One Love: The Bob Marley Musical, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Leave Hitler To Me Lad with Duck Egg Theatre Company (UK Tour), Laila with Rifco Arts, Material from The Diary of Me with Perfect Pitch and Stuart Matthew Price at the Musical Theatre Academy and Fanny Hill a new the musical at the Jermyn Street theatre.

As a keys player Sean has worked on shows including Evita with Marti Pellow (also Cover Conductor), The UK Tour of The Phantom of the Opera, Whistle Down the Wind and Peter Pan with Michael Rose Productions in Dublin and Southampton.

Sean has taught at Mountview School of Theatre Arts, Guildford School of Acting, Arts Educational London, Trinity Laban Conservatoire and the Performance Preparation Academy.

Harry Haden-Brown

Musical Director
Originally from Fareham, Hampshire, Harry trained at the University of Bristol and with National Youth Music Theatre. Harry is in house Musical Director for several leading cabaret evenings and teaches at Arts Ed as well as spending most of the week accompanying auditions and masterclasses.

This year he’s been doing some similar work but just usually through a computer - sending piano recordings to performers who need them for ‘zoom auditions’ and lessons - although he’s very pleased to be singing and playing in person without the possibility of the ‘mute’ button accidentally being on!

Credits include: Phantom of the Opera (UK and Ireland Tour), Sleeping Beauty (Newbury Corn Exchange), Sunshine (The Other Palace), Midnight (The Union Theatre), The Biograph Girl (Finborough Theatre), West End Alive with Kerry Ellis (Bristol Hippodrome), Jack and the Beanstalk (Newbury Corn Exchange), Chicago (McMillan Theatre), Sweet Charity (Bristol Big Act), Cinderella (Grand Pavilion Porthcawl), Gate (Cockpit Theatre, Marylebone), A Night on Broadway (Passenger Shed, Bristol), Drink Up Thy Cider (Redgrave Theatre, Bristol), Side by Side by Sondheim (Bristol Hippodrome), Cabaret (Bristol Big Act), Side Show (McMillan Theatre), Ophelia UK tour (The Kitchen, Bristol, Manchester Met and Swiss Church, Covent Garden), Half a Sixpence (McMillan Theatre), Carrie (The Loco Club), Jack and the Beanstalk (Grand Pavilion Porthcawl), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Alma Tavern), Fiddler on the Roof (Bristol Hippodrome), Once On This Island (Southwark Playhouse), My Fair Lady (Bristol Hippodrome), Sunset Boulevard (Bristol Hippodrome), Pendragon (Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds), Lakme (UK tour, Swansea City Opera), The Juniper Tree (UK premiere - Hammond Theatre), The Adding Machine (Finborough Theatre), La Boheme (UK tour, Swansea City Opera), Snow White (Bristol Hippodrome), Girlfriends (The Tunnels), How to Succeed in Business (Wiltons Music Hall, répétiteur), Harley’s Place (UK/Royal Academy of Music Workshop).

Luke Hinchliffe

Second Musician
Picking up a pair of sticks aged just 3 years old, Luke has been playing the drums for as long as he can remember. Now a masters graduate and fellow of the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he majored in Orchestral Percussion, he performs in a variety of settings in and around London where he lives and works.

Luke considers himself an all-rounder, dabbling in percussive studies from a broad range of traditions and conventions, equally comfortable on the drum kit as behind the vibraphone. His versatility has enabled frequent performances at internationally celebrated venues including the Barbican Hall, Festival Hall, Colston Hall, Bristol Hippodrome, and Symphony Hall Birmingham, as well as at major UK events and festivals including the London 2012 Olympics and Cheltenham Jazz Festival. Luke has also received regular BBC radio air-time, from new music performances (recently the BBC Total Immersion Ligeti celebration, Barbican 2019), to features with his very own fusion-pop project, Argle Bargle, on top of his work as an events coordinator with his thriving function band, Charlie and the Funk Factory, performing at weddings across the UK and abroad.

Prior to lockdown, Luke performed on the West End musical, Falsettos at the Other Palace towards the end of 2019, and is glad to be back at the Corn Exchange for his second year of panto in 2020.

Mark Walters

Glitter Pantomimes
Set & Costume Design

Glitter Pantomimes was formed in 2010 by Mark Walters and Martin Holland, with a strong vision of creating a unique, high-quality scenery and costume hire company that would service the pantomime industry for professional theatres.

They specialise in everything pantomime to create that magical experience that children and adults alike love, from sets, costumes and props to music, scripts and special effects!

At the forefront of Glitter Pantomimes is Set and Costume Designer Mark Walters. Mark is a well-established professional theatre designer, working in the industry for over 15 years and with a highly regarded reputation for his pantomime designs at theatres throughout the UK. The company has a team of dedicated theatre professionals on hand, including carpenters, production managers, painters and prop makers, and Mark oversees the entire design operation from inception through to completion.

Glitter Pantomimes bring the magic and wow factor to pantomime.

Carl Davies

Costume Supervisor
Carl Davies trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, graduating in 2004.
Carl was a Finalist for the Linbury Prize for stage design 2005.

Design Credits: Dead Good, A Brave Face, Sharing Joy, Finding Joy, Nursing Lives (Vamos Theatre), Micro Plays (Open Sky Theatre), Cotton Fingers, Peggy’s Song, Stick Makers Tale, For All I Care, Come Back Tomorrow (National Theatre Wales), All But Gone, The Effect, A Number, Looking Through Glass (The Other Room Cardiff), The Eye of the Storm (Theatr Na-Nog), The Dreaming (Lichfield Garrick), The Trials of Oscar Wilde, Still Life, Stage Beauty, Much Ado About Nothing, Dangerous Liaisons (Mappa Mundi), Outlaw, Sleeping Beauty, Alice Adventures, Road to Glory, Treasure Island, The Wind in the Willows, The Little Match Girl, The Snow Queen, A Christmas carol, Midsummer Nights Dream (The Point, Eastleigh), Oliver Twist, Oh no not Snow, Immune, Honk, Sweeney Todd (Royal & Derngate), Hansel and Gretel, The Mikado, Madam Butterfly (Co Opera Co), Nansi, Blodeuwedd (TheatrGenedlaethol), The Goal, Lord of the Flies (The Courtyard Theatre).

Josh Pratchett

Company Stage Manager
Training: Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA).

Corn Exchange Credits Include: Sleeping Beauty (Deputy Stage Manager).

West End and Touring Theatre Credits Include: Dreamgirls UK Tour (ASM Book Cover) Matilda The Musical (Rehearsal Assistant Stage Manager), Dreamgirls London (Stage Management Dep), Miss Saigon UK and Ireland Tour (Rehearsal Assistant Stage Manager), Billy Elliot the Musical UK Tour (Assistant Stage Manager, Cast Change).

Regional Theatre Credits Include: Oliver (Deputy Stage Manager) 42nd Street (Production Stage Manager), Summer Holiday (Deputy Stage Manager), Footloose (Stage Manager on the Book), Grease (Deputy Stage Manager), Aladdin (Rehearsal Assistant Stage Manager), CATS (Deputy Stage Manager), Hairspray (Deputy Stage Manager).

Commercial Events Include: Animal Hero Awards (Stage Management), Q Awards (Stage Management), HMV Conference (Stage Management), Glastonbury Festival (Production Assistant), Pride of Sports Awards (Stage Management).

Josh is delighted to be returning to the Corn Exchange this year but appreciates how fortunate he is to be working when so many others in the industry are unable to.

Tom Lewer

Deputy Stage Manager
Tom trained at Rose Bruford and has worked in stage management for the past seven years.

Recent credits include Peter Pan Goes Wrong (Mischief Theatre - West End & UK Tour), The Comedy About a Bank Robbery (Mischief Theatre - UK & Ireland Tour), Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (West End), Hamlet (Almeida - West End) and King Charles III (Almeida - UK & Australian Tour).

Tom last worked on a panto six years ago so is delighted to be at the Corn Exchange this Christmas working on Aladdin.

Joseph Stairs

Lighting Design
Joseph became the Lighting Technician at the Corn Exchange in April 2018. He operates and programmes lighting for a wide variety of shows and performances here, from live bands to musical theatre.

Prior to the Corn Exchange, he worked for Nottingham Playhouse (Technical Crew), Opera North (Technical Apprentice at the Howard Assembly Room and Sound and Video Technician with the main touring company) and the Stratford ArtsHouse (Lighting Technician) in Stratford-upon-Avon.

His previous designs include: Unlocked and Unbolted, Sleeping Beauty, Great Expectations, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Jack and the Beanstalk (all for the Corn Exchange, Newbury); Les Misérables school edition and The Snow Queen (Stratford ArtsHouse), The Selfish Giant (Opera North) and Dracula (New College Nottingham).

Tom Malone

Sound Design
Tom is the Sound Technician at the Corn Exchange and had his first panto season at the venue last year with Sleeping Beauty.

He is an avid music fan with over 6 years experience in theatre and even more in live sound engineering and producing in recording studios as well as playing in a band himself. Tom has a Music and Audio Technology degree from Bournemouth University and since then has worked six pantomimes, as well as other shows including many rock and roll and musical theatre tours such as Fame and Dirty Dancing.