Tom Curzon – Performer (The Elves and the Shoemaker)
Tom Curzon is an award-winning clown, actor, musician and teacher. After graduating from the University of Oxford, Tom studied at École Philippe Gaulier under Philippe and Carlo Jacucci, and since returning from France has been performing around the UK with his clown collective Bright Buoy Productions. Tom’s clown double-act, ‘Stepdads’ came second at both the Leicester Square Sketch-Off and Musical Comedy Awards. His debut solo show at the Brighton Fringe won the Balkan Otherplace Award in conjunction with his other work with Bright Buoy. He is enormously excited to be a part of the Stuff and Nonsense team.
Julie Nesher – Performer (The Elves and the Shoemaker)
Born in Russia, raised in Israel, Julie Nesher is an award-winning, multidisciplinary performer and theatre practitioner. In the past 10 years Julie has been involved with projects around Europe and the Middle East integrating dance, theatre, circus and clown. In 2017 Julie worked as an associate director for Franco Dragone (Cirque du Soleil) during the creation of the seasonal show at The Land of Legends Resort in Antalya, Turkey. She also toured the world with critically acclaimed company Pyromania where she worked as a performer, choreographer and co-director. Education and credentials include: Sandciel Circus School, MA Physical Theatre St. Mary’s University, London, and Ecole Internationale de Theatre Philippe Gaulier, France.
Toby Gascoigne – Performer (Puppet Panto, The Emperor’s New Clothes) and Lyricist (Puppet Panto, The Emperor’s New Clothes and The Gingerbread Man)
Toby has worked with Niki and Stuff and Nonsense since 2000, having spent quite a lot of time playing Sam Lacey in The Elves and the Shoemaker. Toby can best be described as an actor / musician / puppeteer / comedian / writer. While he rarely gets the chance to display all of these skills all at the same time, Toby finds that working with Stuff & Nonsense often presents the perfect opportunity to do just that. As well as making family theatre, Toby can be found doing stand-up comedy, writing and performing his darkly comic poetry and playing in various ludicrous novelty bands. He has also spent some time practicing the art of street theatre. Toby has also created lyrics for our shows Puppet Panto, The Emperor’s New Clothes and The Gingerbread Man. Toby lives just outside Bath with his wife, their daughter and the dog.
Jenny Harrold – Performer (Puppet Panto, The Emperor’s New Clothes)
Jenny graduated from East 15 acting school in 2004- since then her UK and international shows include ‘More Light’ at The Arcola Theatre London, ‘Two Noble Kinsmen’ at Teatro delle Muse Rome, ‘Spoilt’ a tour around Oman, and most recently ‘Puppet Panto’, ‘The Elves and the Shoemaker’ and ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’ with Stuff and Nonsense. She has been in several BBC Radio 4 plays- including ‘Schubert and Me’, ‘Zauberjackl’ and most recently the popular ‘Martin Beck’ series with Lesley Sharpe and Neil Pearson. She toured the UK with her one-woman comedy show finishing with a 4 week run at the Underbelly venue at the Edinburgh fringe festival and Co-Produced and devised ‘Unexpected Item’ – a site-specific, interactive show – for the Barbican and Create Festival. Jenny also won best actress at the Van D’Ors Cannes film festival for her role in ‘Stalker’.
Ed Trotter – Assistant Director (The Man Who Wanted to be a Penguin, Puppet Panto and The Gingerbread Man) and various other roles for various productions!
Ed has known Stuff and Nonsense since he did a favour for a friend and worked as their touring Technician on Goldilocks and the 3 Bears, The 3 Little Pigs and The Elves and the Shoemaker in 2015. On the back of that he decided it would be quite good fun to production manage and do the lighting design for The Emperor’s New Clothes and the company decided to do him a favour and let him! The Gingerbread Man in 2018 was his first go at assistant directing for anyone, but he has enjoyed the fresh challenge having spent most of his career in production management for touring dance companies including Candoco and Hofesh Shechter Company.
Chloe Mantripp – Performer (The Gingerbread Man)
Chloe Mantripp is a circus theatre performer who trained at Circomedia. Since graduating in 2015, she has written and performed her own work alongside working on larger scale shows. Chloe also makes latex masks and puppets, and loves to devise, play and perform with them as often as she can. Taking the title role in Hetty Feather in June 2016 honed Chloe’s love for family theatre and working with young people. Shows include: Unmarked Vehicle, Hetty Feather, The Story Of The Unheard Man. Companies: Kenny Wax Family Entertainment, The Good-Fer-Nothing Circus, Gypsy Disco. Film: The Beast In The Basement (Palm Tree Entertainment).
Duncan Taylor – Performer (The Gingerbread Man)
Duncan’s Theatre credits include Pip in Great Expectations and Absyrtos in Jason & The Argonauts. He grew up in Devon before training at The Oxford School of Drama. Duncan is an experienced Street Theatre performer and Puppeteer, working in both the UK and UAE. He has toured extensively in the UK and internationally in educational theatre, and is also an elite mountain runner.
Maria Gray – Performer (The Little Red Hen and The Enormous Turnip)
Maria trained at East 15 Drama School and Flic Circus School in Turin Italy. Credits include; Machine in The Machine Stops York Theatre Royal/Pilot Theatre directed by Juliet Forster; Beggar in The Beggars Opera York Theatre Royal directed by Damien Cruden; Nurse/Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet Orange Tree Theatre; Full Stop Scribbled Thought/Light the Fuse Directed by Gemma Fairlie and Neil Bettles; Box Clever Theatre Company; Getting There directed by Stephan Burke, Witch in Macbeth, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet directed by Philippe Cherbonnier, Mark and the Marked directed by Kim Sykes; European Tour of Outdoor Festivals with solo show Motor Mouth created by Maria Gray. For Television: O2 Commercial directed by Rocky Morton and for Film; Irreparable directed by Martin Gooch. Maria’s skills include: acrobatics, trapeze, aerial hoop, dance, puppetry, Commedia dell’Arte and mask work, climbing, yoga, writing, Italian and the ukulele.
Gareth Price Baghurst – Performer (The Little Red Hen and The Enormous Turnip)
Gareth has worked as a professional actor-musician for 6 years, and toured the UK and Europe extensively since graduating from Coventry University in 2011. Gareth has worked in a variety of styles of theatre, and many theatre companies across the UK, inc Wooden Spoons Theatre, the Lions part, Rusticus Theatre, Handmade Theatre, Frolicked and Thingumajig to name a few. Gareth is very passionate about live music and puppetry in theatre and co-manages his own outdoor touring, theatre company ‘The Fabularium‘.
Peter Morton – Performer (3 Little Pigs)
Peter is a visual artist who specializes in physical performance and puppetry. He trained at the University of Kent in a Masters in contemporary performance and has since worked with a number of companies including Theatre Temóin, Sparkle and Dark, Hand Held Arts, and The Big Reveal whilst also training with the National Theatre’s War Horse. Peter is also Artistic Director of Half a String who create intricate, clever puppetry performances with live music and powerful stories. www.peter-morton.co.uk
Katie Underhay – Performer (3 Little Pigs)
Katie is an actress, puppeteer and theatre-maker. Since graduating from Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama she has performed in children’s theatre all over the country, created bespoke puppets for theatre and film and taught puppetry to children and adults alike. She is Co-Artistic Director of Mumblecrust Theatre, whose debut production ‘The Tale of the Cockatrice’ won Best Newcomer and Best Children’s Show at Brighton Fringe. Her other work has included performing in theatre in education, musical theatre, and Butlins’ ‘The Skyline Gang’; Director of Puppetry and puppet-maker for new musical ‘Heartwood’; and, most recently, puppeteering the title character in creature-feature short ‘The Mermaid of Mevagissey’.
James Lewis – Tin Shed Scenery
James studied Theatre Design and Production at The University of Wales in Carmarthen, graduating in 2003.
James founded TIN SHED scenery in 2011 and is the Director of the company. TIN SHED is a creative workshop in Hampshire, combining design, scenery construction and bespoke carpentry. TIN SHED consists of a group of talented freelancers who bring specific skills to each project to complement the core team.
As a set designer, James mainly works in theatre although clients include film, exhibitions, schools and themed events. James has worked extensively at the National Theatre Studio supporting the development of many new shows. Productions James has designed have been performed in London’s West End and other London venues, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, at venues across England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, New Zealand, Greece, Armenia and at The Sydney Opera House, Australia.
James lives in the beautiful Hampshire countryside with his amazing wife, wonderful daughter and 2 fabulous cats.
Matthew Huxley – Composer (Puppet Panto, The Enormous Turnip, The Emperor’s New Clothes, The Gingerbread Man)
Matt Huxley writes music in a lot of different ways for a lot of different people. Working in theatre, circus, film, and as a solo artist, his work has been heard on stage at London’s Young Vic, the Roundhouse, the Lyric Hammersmith, on BBC Three and Four, on Rinse FM and NTS, has been released by Bedroom Community and Cantaloupe Records, and has been toured nationally and internationally. He is one half of the band Strange Boy, who released their debut EP on Glass Guts Records in 2017. Matt grew up in Bridport, Dorset, then studied at Magdalen College, Oxford. He now lives in London.
Edwina Bridgeman – Designer (The Enormous Turnip, The Emperor’s New Clothes)
Edwina has been working as a visual artist for the past 20 years. Her practice is wide-ranging. She originally trained in technical Theatre at Rose Buford and worked for many organisations including Bristol Old Vic and Terry Murphy Scenery. Much of her work now is based in the community. Materials based, the focus of her work is the creation of inclusive, safe spaces where participants have creative opportunities to explore, play and be themselves, including with Elders at the Royal United Hospital in Bath, Mentoring Plus and Forest of the Imagination. She has a huge experience of working in school with all age groups and has undertaken many residencies throughout the country. Edwina’s design work for theatre includes Snow Mouse (the egg/Travelling Light), Can You See Me (the egg), The Illuminating Times of the Darkling Society (Kilter Theatre) and The Emperor’s New Clothes, The Hare and the Tortoise and The Enormous Turnip for Stuff and Nonsense.
Amy Yardley – Designer (3 Little Pigs & Puppet Panto)
Amy works across the spectrum of theatre practice as a Set and Costume Designer for large and small scale productions, creative learning projects, tours, site specific and open air theatre. She trained in Design at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and studied Theatre at Leeds University, starting her career working with masks and puppets at Trestle. Design work includes: Queen’s Hornchurch, Southampton Nuffield, Colchester Mercury, Orange Tree, Hull Truck, Creation, Red Ladder, Headlong, Foursight, Arcola, The Yard, Tangle, Townsend Productions, Talawa, Floods of Ink, Half Moon, The Point, Theatre Temoin, Tamasha and Birmingham Rep. Amy was nominated for an off west end award for ‘I am a Camera’ at the Rosemary Branch and ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ at artsdepot. Recent shows: ‘Around the World in 80 Days’ at the Talimhane Tiyatrosu Theatre in Istanbul and a major UK tour of Shirley Valentine. She was also Design Associate on the UK tours of Footloose and Spamalot. Amy works as a designer/tutor with various youth theatres and drama schools and is a Design lecturer at The London College of Music. She also spent a year as a Drama Teacher and Design Specialist at an International School in Thailand. For Stuff and Nonsense, Amy designed The 3 Little Pigs, and collaborated with Niki McCretton last year on Flea, Bridport’s Community Ukulele Opera.