Michelle Roche (Artistic Director) A founding member of The Wonder Club in 2007, since then Michelle has directed, designed and performed in The Gallery of Words and Don’t Stray from the Path and has co-produced, co-directed and co-written The Juniper Tree, At Tether’s End and The Lamentable Tragedy. She is a graduate of Central School of Speech and Drama (Masters in Advanced Theatre Practice)
The Gallery of Words Collaborators
Michelle Roche (Direction and Design), Lim Lee (Sound) Mike Powell and Rosalind Wyatt (Artistic Support), Irene Wernli, Claire Thill, Mingyu, Soren Evenson Williams and Anna (Performers) Imogen Crouch-Hyde and Rachel Cohen (Devising performers), Tom Bellamy (Fear of Falling song), Mamoru Iriguchi and Yojiro Ishigawa (voice recordings), Amie Shilan, Andrea Salazar and Lee (Production and Technical Support), Eva, Darryl, Gemma, Rosie Colman (Production support and boat building), Tom Marshman, Ayse Tashkiran and Clare Lizziemore (Mentors)
The Lamentable Tragedy Collaborators
Nick Young (Co-Director) has been working as a director and actor in Bristol and the South West for 5 years. This is his second collaborative adventure with the Wonder Club, the first being At Tether’s End as part of the Bristol Sound Project for Trinity Community Arts. Other recent and current projects include Controls (Crack Theatre), The Redman (Fairground Theatre) and Station (Malcolm Hamilton).
Rachel Moffat (Stage Manager) studied Drama and Theatre Arts at Queen Margaret University. She most recently production managed an eco festival “Off The Grid” as part of the Philadelphia Fringe. She has worked in a variety of roles including production manager, director and designer for rainpan 43, Shakespeare in Clark Park, Geoff Sobelle and Charlotte Ford, Pig Iron Theatre Company, James Sugg, Inis Nua, Theatre Exile, the National Theatre of Scotland and London-based theatre producers, Fuel.
Katie Dunn (Co-Producer/Production Manager) is a Bristol based theatre producer working with great companies such as Show of Strength, Soap Soup and of course the wonderful Wonder Club! She is a self coined “theatre-pusher” and can often be seen pushing theatre to the kids on the streets of St Paul’s.
Sarah Joy (Music Director) graduated from Dartington in Visual Performance. Sarah is a performing musician, playing with World Government as well as a solo performer. She has worked with The Wonder Club on all 3 productions.
James Cooper (flyer design and swinging sign) loves unicorns and writing signs.www.signflu.blogspot.com no job to small…
Natalie Rose Ball (The Tailors Stand)- Designer for Stage and Screen. Recent work includes design and installation for HALL with London based site-specific company 19;29 as well as productions at the Bristol Old Vic and Tobacco Factory. She is also currently working on several short films with Bristol-based Raindrop Pictures and Overlook Films. 07855 080092 / email@example.com / www.natalieball.carbonmade.com
Emma Caton (The Garden of Plastic Dreams) Visual Artist. Nothing wasted, nothing gained, no job to small,Can do births, deaths and marriages.Ephemera rules.Plastic is a resource. Love yr Planet.
Alex Welch (Caravan Cage and Metal Embryo) is an artistic blacksmith currently based in Bristol. Alex has worked with The Wonder Club previously and also does set building for the Caravan Stage Company.
Emma Byron (Shadow Puppet Trip tych with assistance from co-creators Sarah Green and Trevor Houghton)is a visual artist and puppeteer. She has worked and trained with Welfare State International, Horse and Bamboo Theatre; and most recently worked as a parade and puppet pageant designer for In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, and Barebones Productions, Minneapolis.
145 Collective (The Fair Installation) We are an ever expanding collective of artists, that work under the moniker 145. We believe that art should be about collaboration and community rather than a the search for audience and applause. Our exhibitions are site specific, and encourage interactivity and involvement from our audience; they are open to anyone to come along and get involved in.
Lou Gray (Bird Puppets) has been designing and making sets, costumes and props for theatre companies all over the country for years. Recent and favourite Bristol creations have been – ‘Bertha’ – one of the life-sized prostitute-puppets in ‘At Tethers End’ The Wonder Club, and two 12′ tall dancing skeletons for Invisible Circus’ ‘Day of the Dead Ball’.
Becca Rose (Shadow Grinder Puppet Show) Away with the Spoons have been make puppet shows in the streets, in churches, in abandoned warehouses, up trees and occasionally in theatres. They began making street shows in 2008 and are currently developing a cycling tour with puppets! firstname.lastname@example.org
Matt Robinson (Moralists room) set design, prop maker and fine artist www.jinpow.co.uk,email@example.com
Tom Richmond (Lighting designer) Since graduating from the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in 2004 he has designed and toured shows with Taurusvoice; My Mother’s Stories, King Leah, Voices in Love, The Snow Queen, Silenced – Voices of Freedom. Gonzo Moose; I am a Viking, You Don’t Need to Know That, Is That a Bolt in Your Neck. Caravan Stage Company; Vanishing Currents, Utopian Floes. Brockley Jack; The Hound of the Baskervilles, Jayne Eyre. Currently working at Bristol Old Vic.
Jamie Gillman (Gallows, Pub, Dancing Bear) is an artist who lives and works in Bristol. Graduated in 2001 Art Foundation at Bower Ashton, 2002-2006 BA Fine Art at Brighton UniversityPrevious show- “At Tethers End” in 2008Jamie_gillman@hotmail.com 075544971871
Rosie Murray (Graffiti Artist) is a 20 year old artist from Ireland. She started practising street art in 2008 after completing a year of art college in Dublin. She is currently working or several projects including set design and props for various theatre companies.
Holly Richmond (Emily’s Nest/Womb) studied Set Design at Arden School of Theatre in Manchester. Credits include ‘The Witch of Edmondton’ and ‘Touched’ ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’.
Jhassi Elliott (Prostitute) performed in The Wonder Club’s previous production “At Tether’s End”. As well as acting, she is an artist and a singer songwriter.
Samuel Griffiths (Henry) is a Bristol based actor who graduated from The University of The West of England in 2008. Previous work has included The Alma Tavern, Actionwork, The Bristol Old Vic and Fairplay Comedy Theatre.
Polly Barsby (Mrs Mary Lewis) trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.Previous roles include: Helen in Machinal at The Tobacco factory, Mistress Loveit in Man of Mode at Circomedia, Vivienne Starr in O What a Lovely War! At The Tobacco Factory, Masha in Three Sisters BOVTS, Dorothy in Today BOVTS, Lady Anne in Richard III at BOVTS, All female roles in Trainspotting Stephen Joseph Studio, Performer/deviser The Lost World Bristol Old Vic Studio.
Charlie Hanson (Tailor) attended the Circus in Performance course up in Sheffeild. She has worked with Faceless Theatre Company, The Invisible Circus and now, The Wonder Club.
Charles Shetcliffe (Love seller) is an actor, artist and a founding member of Bristol’s best heavy metal dance group, Travesty. He looks great in lycra.
Miranda Borman (The Fates) graduated in Performance Making from the Victorian College of the Arts (Melbourne) in 2006. Her training ranges from voice to Grotowski, Suzski, Butoh and the theatre of the Grotesque. In 2006 she worked with director Phillipe Genty where she specialised in puppetry and dance. In 2007, she set up her own Melbourne based theatre company, With the Teeth. She moved to London in 2008 where she studied the Roy Hart voice method with practitioner John Wild.
Tim Prior (The Fates) is an actor/director based in Bristol. He has extensive stage experience, and has toured in shows across Europe, including Germany, Italy and Latvia.
Michelle Thomas (Rosie) is a writer, deviser, performer. A graduate of Theatre Practice from the University of Central Lancashire.
Martha Lima Locke (Emily) graduated from Contemporary circus and Physical Theatre at Circomedia (2005), which lead her onto further her training at The London International School of Performing Arts.
Holly Beasley-Garrigan(The Fates) was a member of the RADA and National Theatre Young Companies before training on the one year course at RADA. She is currently undertaking dance training at Bristol Dance Centre. Previous theatre appearances include ‘The Emperor Jones’, ‘More Light’ and ‘Citizenship’ at the National Theatre as well as performances at The Lyric Hammersmith, Unicorn and Greenwich Theatres.
James Nuttall (Musician/Actor) is a statistician by day, and actor and musician by night.Oliver Edwards (Time Seller) has been fascinated by time since shortly after it began. His current timepiece is a seasoned traveller and veteran timekeeper. He has never been late since it’s acquisition in 1991. In 2003 he began working part-time at The Talking Clock (UK).
Tristram Shackerley-Bennett (Mr Middleton) has been working as a performer/director based in London for the last ten years. His recent credits include a four seasons tour with Big Love productions on their inflatable church odyssey and The Juniper Tree with The Wonder Club (2008).
Morgan Val Baker (Charles Bartlett) trained at LAMDA, graduating in 2005. Recent credits include the BBC3 sitcom PLACEBO, and adverts for Toshiba and Nationwide. Recent stage work includes Overspill, Hampstead Theatre and the National Tour of Mary Webb’s Precious Bane. He recently filmed the American documentary The Extra Mile Adventure for Ugly Dog Productions, where 18 artists from around the world travelled 8000 miles on an old school bus.
Vreni May (Tailor) is a character based circus performer with focus on comedy. Well known (not only) in the Bristolian cabaret scene for her slightly out of control performances on trapeze, rope and ground. www.myspace.com/vrenimay for more info.
Alexis Hobson (Prostitute) Documentary filmmaker by day, ‘performer’ by night.
Kathleen Downie (Ring lady) Born in Glasgow. Kathleen studied fine art painting and time-based media at Wimbledon School of Art. After several years of making performance art in underground venues around London Kathleen went on to train at Circomedia specialising in acrobatics and physical theatre. She is now focussing on dance, recently performing as a stilt dancer with Gyroscopic physical theatre.
Edward Rapley (Moralist) Arnolfini Associate Artist, The Basement supported Artist. Recent work includes The Middle Bit, The tragic and disturbing tale of Little Lupin, 10 ways to die on stage, The Juniper Tree (The Wonder Club).