Guest Artists

Paul Herbert - Musical Composer

Paul joined the team in 2005 and has written the music for three shows.

Paul has worked extensively in the UK as a Composer, Performer, Singing Teacher and Musical Director appearing at venues such as The Theatre Royal Drury Lane, The Royal Opera House and The Leicester Square Theatre.

As a composer, Paul has written for both stage and screen. Alongside his work with Plested and Brown, he is currently writing three new musicals including ‘Mary Kelly; The Last Victim of Jack The Ripper’ which has already been performed at The New Players Theatre – West End 2009.

Paul has recently accepted the role of Associate Musical Director for ‘Perfect Pitch’ a company that develops and promotes new Musical Theatre writing. Paul assists with the realisation of the Musicals within the network and also Musically Directed the recent Perfect Pitch – In Concert (Edinburgh Festival 2009) and ‘Through the Door’ (Trafalgar Studios) featuring Julie Atherton, Paul Keating and Oliver J Hembrough.

 

Paul Herbert

James Lewis – Designer & Company Manager

After graduating from the University of Wales, James was left to fend for himself in the scene dock of a theatre. Summoned to a disused airbase in darkest Berkshire he was quizzed on his knowledge of lighting gels, timed when asked to change a plug and probed by the directors of a company he would soon become a part of; Plested and Brown.

Initially employed as a touring technician for Flamingo Flamingo Flamingo, James soon found himself at a sewing machine and covered in glue. Touring Flamingo drew James deeper into the organisation and he began to lose his grasp of things outside of Plested and Brown. An intimacy formed from many hours in vans, darkened rooms and sharing sleeping quarters with Brown lead to James’ devotion to the company.

James went on to tour Flamingo Flamingo Flamingo to South Korea, he then designed and toured Hot Pursuit which took him to Armenia and New Zealand which lead to him designing, building and touring Minor Spectacular, followed by designing and touring Health and Stacey. 

When he’s let out James runs a well equipped workshop in Basingstoke, working with a team of freelance practitioners and has designed and built shows for Niki McCretton, Stuff and Nonsense, Farnham Maltings, Queer Up North, Chris Goode, Bootworks, Analogue, Debut Theatre, Watermill Theatre, Richard Thompson, Finborough Theatre, Signal to Noise and Pentabus. His work has been seen at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, London fringe venues, at venues across England, Scotland, Wales, New Zealand, Greece, Armenia, China and at The Sydney Opera House, Australia.

Find out more about James at  www.jlewistheatre.co.uk

 

James Lewis

Nick Flintoff – Lighting Design

It was 5 years ago that Nick first stumbled into a meeting about a load of pink flamingo's and his first chance encounter with the infamous, Plested & that other one.  It turned out to be a very fortunate meeting for he is now proud to have become part of the P&B family and one of the company's resident designers.  He has lit 'Flamingo Flamingo Flamingo', 'Hot Pursuit' and their last tour of 'Health and Stacey'.

Before all the flamingo's, Nick trained at RADA in lighting design before spending several years running the technical department at Southampton's Arts Centre, The Gantry.  Here he had the fortune of being involved with such ground breaking contemporary theatre companies as Hull Truck, Red Shift, Forkbeard Fantasy, Volcano, Snarling Beasties and Trestle.  After The Gantry he went on to become a production manager and full-time lighting designer for the award winning company Imagination in London where he worked all over the world on large corporate roadshows and conferences.  Finishing Imagination, Nick then returned to theatre and became the Lighting Technician at The Corn Exchange, Newbury.  Through his theatre roots in Newbury he has recently lit many shows for such names as David Benson, Barb Jungr, So & So Circus, The Watermill Theatre, Debut Theatre Company, Piggy Nero, Wildfire Theatre Company, Pluck and one night after a few beers the New Greenham Tandoori restaurant!  Nick also frequently designs the lights for Newbury's pantomimes at the Corn Exchange which also have stared Plested & Brown.

Aside from lighting, Nick has recently directed his first short film documentary after gaining a scholarship to attend The Metropolitan Film School based at Ealing Film Studios.  The film is entitled 'The Devil's Footprints' and is an investigative look into the mystery of a 100 mile of mysterious cloven footprints left in the devonshire snow during the winter of 1855.  For more information about Nick's lighting and films you can visit his website at nickflintoff.com.

 

Lee Crowley - Choreographer

 

Lee’s recent staging and choreography credits include: For the Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds; Black Eyed Susan, The Glass Slipper and Puss in Boots. For the National Youth Music Theatre, Little Me (Bloomsbury) and Fiddler on the Roof (The Bridewell) A Midsummer Night’s Dream (British Shakespeare Company) as part of the 2009 Open Air Shakespeare Festival. Cinderella (Salisbury Playhouse – 2005 and 2009), A Play in a Day (Old Vic), several commercial Pantomimes and the UK and European theatre tour of The Dreamboys. Calamity Jane (Blackheath Halls, London). The Rose And The Ring and Merrily We Roll Along (Dancehouse, Manchester).

Youth theatre projects include movement workshops for the Young Vic, National Youth Theatre summer courses (2006 and 2009), BBC Blast project (2009) and Big Dance (BBC/Arts Council). Plus summer school at The Sylvia Young Theatre School (2007 and 2008)

As a freelancer he teaches at Italia Contis (Main school), Urdang (associates) and Syliva Youngs Theatre School. Tring/Arts Ed (reach4dance – boys coaching scheme)

Lee is a co founder and creative director of The Company Music Theatre, a new youth theatre company based in Manchester. This year The Company will be staging Parade at The Lowry Theatre. In 2008 The Company were awarded the Biza award at the Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards for Best Newcomer. The Company Website

Future work includes returning to the Salisbury Playhouse for a production in November.

leecrowley.co.uk

 

Lee Crowley

David Clarke - Sound and Web Designer

Although David trained in traditional stage management he soon realised that playing around with set, lights and sound was a lot more fun. And over the years he's become reasonably proficient at it to boot. Well better than at writing biographies at any rate. Oh and while taking a sabbatical to be a stay at home dad, he's been dabbling in web design too.

David first became a part of the Plested and Brown family about seven years ago and being a bit of a jack of all trades has been roped into all sorts of shinanagins since. Including a bit of lighting here; 'The Reconditioned Wife Show' and 'Minor Spectacular'. The odd (very) prop there; 'Flamingo Flamingo Flamingo'.  Being let out for good behaviour as the touring tech on 'Minor Spectacular'. And most importantly laying down wall to wall sound designs for 'MInor Spectacular' and 'Health and Stacey'.

More recently he's swapped his Maglite, Swiss Army Knife and Headphones for html and CSS to knock out Plested and Browns new website.

David wishes P&B all the best with their new adventure and is convinced that the only they keep having him back  is because he still laughs at their gags... even after seeing the shows over and over and over and o....... Well at least it keeps him out of trouble.

 

David Clarke