Caroline is a playwright, director and performer. She writes for children’s theatre and youth theatre, for adults and for audio drama. Her plays for Cotton Grass Theatre include: Into The Rose Garden, The Hollow Country, Black Bread and Tired Feet and Gardens of Delight and The Unknown Land. Recent projects include Cabbage and Custard, an audio drama for children, and Travels With A Broken Heart, a collaboration with singer Carol Bowns and pianist Heidi Rolfe. Caroline is also a workshop leader, specialising in participatory theatre making and creative writing with people of all ages in education and community settings.
Louise adapted Izaak Walton's The Compleat Angler for Cotton Grass Theatre in 2004. Her published plays include Salonika (Royal Court) for which she won the George Devine Award in 1983, Real Estate (Tricycle) Golden Girls (RSC) and Adam was a Gardener (Chichester). She adapted No Name by Wilkie Collins for June Hunt Mayer Productions, New York and Philomel Cottage by Agatha Christie for ACT. TV credits include: Crown Court, Broken Lives, Jailbirds, Bad Girls and Doctors. Her writing for radio includes an adaptation of Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, and for some years she wrote for The Archers.
Dave is a native of Derbyshire Dales. Theatre includes: Macbeth (National Theatre) Romeo and Juliet (English Shakespeare Company), Cabaret and Twelfth Night (York Theatre Royal) Tess of the D’Urbervilles (Manchester Royal Exchange) Chicago (Century Theatre) Leader of the Pack (Coventry Belgrade). TV work includes: The Bill, Eastenders, Inspector Morse, Dangerfield, Hetty Wainthrop Investigates, Peak Practice and Monster Café for CBBC. He has directed Bazaar and Rummage, Romeo and Juliet and The Caucasian Chalk Circle. He is also a stage fight director. He is artistic director of Brief Candle TiE Company.
Chris has toured extensively with the RSC. He has twice been nominated for Manchester Evening News Best Actor Awards. His many TV credits include Seeing Red, Cardiac Arrest, Brass Eye, Hetty Wainthrop, Heartbeat and The Beiderbecke Tapes. He has directed here and abroad, including his own work. Recently, he played George Moore in Rumpus Theatre's production of Tom Stoppard’s Jumpers at the Pomegranate Theatre in Chesterfield. For Cotton Grass Theatre: Haunted (M R James), Sherlock Holmes and The Final Problem (co-director) and The Compleat Angler (Viator)
Alan has played many leading roles in Rep and on tour. He has directed most things from Panto to Pinter, as Associate Director of the Manchester Library Theatre and freelance. He has written for stage and radio and appeared in Heartbeat, The Royal, Coronation Street, The Clinger, Emmerdale and How We Used to Live. While living in Greece for some years he wrote dozens of short plays to assist in the learning of English, and you might even come across his children’s stories on the Internet. For Cotton Grass Theatre he directed The Unknown Land and Sherlock Holmes and The Final Problem.
David first worked with Sheffield-based Compass Theatre, playing many leading roles. Other theatre includes: Pride and Prejudice, Duet for One (Bury St Edmunds); Alice in Boogie Wonderland (Everyman Theatre); Tears of a Clown and Macbeth, (Harrogate) and A Chorus of Disapproval (Theatre Clwyd). Television includes Heartbeat, Coronation Street, Emmerdale, Cold Feet and Nature Boy. David also works as a musical director and accompanist. For Cotton Grass he has played Holmes in Sherlock Holmes and the Final Problem, Aguecheek (and MD) in Twelfth Night and is now touring in Thin Air by Berlie Doherty.
Chris is a playwright, novelist and poet. He has worked extensively in theatre and radio and more recently in opera and music theatre. He wrote the libretto for Red Azalea by William Kraft and scripted a ‘Jazz Romance’ Don't Explain about Billie Holiday. His The Play of Jennet (Lancaster) was voted Best New Play of the Year by the Manchester Evening News. He was for some years a member of The Archers writing team. He has just finished his fourth novel for young adults, The Storytellers. For Cotton Grass Theatre he adapted the stories of M R James under the title Haunted. The show toured in autumn 2004 and again in 2010.
Berlie Doherty began writing for children in 1983, after teaching and working in radio. She has written more than 35 books for children, as well as for the theatre, radio and television. Berlie has won the Carnegie Medal twice: in 1987 for GRANNY WAS A BUFFER GIRL and in 1992 for DEAR NOBODY. She has also won the Writer's Guild Children's Fiction Award for DAUGHTER OF THE SEA. Her work is published all over the world, and many of her books have been televised. An adaptation of Berlie's STREET CHILD about Victorian street children and Dr Barnardo was toured by Cotton Grass Theatre in autumn 2011.
Sarah Bradnock is a freelance director who lives in the Derbyshire Dales and works throughout the UK. With Cotton Grass Theatre, she has directed The Hollow Country Into the Rose GardenBlack Bread & Tired Feet La Ronde and The Crow in the Know Sarah has also worked as a youth theatre director for the Sheffield Crucible Theatre, Great Eastern Stage, the Salisbury Play House and the Marlowe International Youth Theatre. Sarah has also directed productions and run workshops for Box Clever Theatre Company, SNAP Theatre and the Bath Theatre Royal. In 2011 she directed Street Child by Berlie Doherty for Cotton Grass Theatre.
Garry is based in Huddersfield and until recently worked as theatre technician in the Performing Arts Department of Sheffield College. He left to run his own stage lighting company, Spook Lighting. He has designed lighting for more shows than he can remember and has been lighting designer and stage manger on many productions for Cotton Grass Theatre. He is soon to tour as company stage manager and lighting designer on Cotton Grass's production of Thin Air by Berlie Doherty.
Helena graduated from E15 Acting School in 2001 and is based in the north. She has appeared in numerous shows for Babbling Vagabonds and for Cotton Grass Theatre played the eponymous trickster crow in Corvus Corax: The Crow in the Know in 2006. She is currently working with us again on Cotton Grass Theatre's production of Thin Air by Berlie Doherty.
He trained as a speech and drama teacher and has since worked as a drama specialist, researcher, presenter, actor, director and producer. Stephen played the folksong collector Cecil Sharp for Cotton Grass in A Nest of Singing Birds. Previously, he had worked at Derby Playhouse in Sarah Daniel's play Masterpieces and more recently at Haddon Hall as Mrs Rochester's doctor in Jane Eyre (BBC). He met David Frederickson while working on a drama documentary about the 1988 Brighton bombing. His company, Demi-Paradise Productions specializes in site-specific promenade Shakespeare and other entertainments at Lancaster Castle. For information visit: www.stephentomlin.co.uk