Paul is an experienced actor, writer and creative born and bred in Smethwick. He has over 25 years experience in the arts and creative industry, in a wide ranging career working in the UK and internationally. He has also worked in film, TV and in theatre in education. He is thrilled to have the support of Arts Council England to return to writing for ‘Marshall Street.’
Writing credits include: Whatever Happened to White Dog Shit? Co2, Edinburgh Fringe, 2003, Poetry, various, Triumph House anthologies, The Lost Book of Knowledge (Joolz School of Dance), The Most Magnificent Pineapple in the Whole World (for Julia Smiths The Mousepeople), Singles’ Nite (an original play)
Bottom’s Dream ’69 (an adaptation of A Midsummer Nights Dream), Silence, Absence, Competence and Nonsense, a piece of performance poetry for Moot! (University of Birmingham)
Acting credits include: Associate Artist, Creature Encounter – Outdoor performance and puppeteer at UK & International Festivals/Corporate Events including performances in Kuwait, Bahrain & Qatar, Passing On, Santé Theatre/Little Angel Theatre, Claudette Bryanston; Painting, Sadness in Sculpture at Birmingham’s Waterhall Gallery Watt About the Smethwick Engine?, Closer, The Blue Orange Theatre, Simon Ravenhill; Guide, Birmingham’s Ghost and Graveyard Walks for the Birmingham tourism office, Core member, impro comedy troupe, Dr Comedy’s Side Split Surgery, Birmingham and Leicester’s Comedy Festivals. The Shagaround, mac, Emma Clayton; An Evening with the Neighbour, Old Joint Stock, Claire Bennett; Cat and Mouse, Belgrade Theatre/Imagineer, Julia Smith; Punch and Judy, Imagineer, Julia Smith; City Child, musical – mac Productions, dir. Jon Morris/Paul Herbert; Cuckoo, Hearth Theatre, Eve Jones, Forward, Birmingham Rep/Coventry Belgrade, Ben Payne; Henry V Maverick Theatre, Nick Hennegan; Jackie & Heidi (The Bad One) Women & Theatre, Janice Connolly; Squawk!, The Chicken Sisters/mac, Katy Coxall; Transmissions, Birmingham Rep, Oi For England! Forum Theatre, John-Paul Cherrington; Baggage, Howl, Monomania, and Individual Portions, Dragon’s Tail Productions/Old Joint Stock, Beverley Dartnall; The Lichfield Mysteries, Birmingham Mystery Players, John-Paul Cherrington; Pigtales, Inamorata (national tour), Julia Smith; PALS , Maverick Theatre (tour), Julia Smith; A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Now & Then Productions, Ben Oldfield; Our Day Out, Maverick Theatre, Dani Parr; Twelfth Night, mac (tour), John-Paul Cherrington; The Recruiting Officer, mac, John-Paul Cherrington; Up ’N’ Under II, Maverick Theatre, Julia Smith; Up ’N’ Under, Maverick Theatre, Julia Smith; Colin Matthews Machines & Dreams, London Symphony Orchestra, Michael Tilson-Thomas; Laborintus II, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Sir Simon Rattle; Woyzeck, Chamberlain Players, Tony Madden; Macbeth, Chamberlain Players, David Henson.
Jon is a freelance director, writer, workshop leader and actor. Originally from Coventry, Jon moved to Birmingham 30 years ago and began his career acting in ‘V‘ and ‘Dead Meat’ at Birmingham Rep. As well as his acting portfolio, Jon has also built a substantial body of work as a director, including most recently: ‘City Child’ and ‘The Wesker Trilogy’ for mac Productions, Birmingham; and residencies at Artsites, Birmingham; The National Youth Theatre; The Royal Shakespeare Company; Women and Theatre, Birmingham; The Playhouse, Birmingham; and, Maverick Theatre (touring).
He has also worked extensively directing young people and in youth theatre with MAC, Birmingham Rep, The Belgrade Theatre, National Youth Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company amongst others. Over the last two years Jon has toured with Birmingham based Untied Artists in “The Boy Who Bit Picasso” and “Acorn Emporium” as well as tours of “Macbeth” and “Jekyll and Hyde” with Big Brum. As well as directing “Marshall Street” this Autumn Jon will also be performing in “The Oracle of The Taproom” a play by Coventry writer Vanessa Oakes at various venues around Bedworth and Nuneaton. He lives in Birmingham with his wife Cheryl and their two boys Aldo and Eli.
Abigail King is a Smethwick-based designer working across theatre and community arts. Current work includes: Fantabulosa (a pop-up children’s drag cabaret and story time); Dead End with OutSpoken (a digitally immersive performance exploring youth mental health); Bookworm with The Playhouse (a show bringing the joy of reading to nursery and Year 1 children); A show about the Apollo Space missions with Women & Theatre’s, Wordlounge (youth theatre); and, designing and building ancient thrones, with Infamous Community Arts, for the Bearwood Street Festival. Much of Abigail’s recent work includes theatre in unusual places, such as Back In Ten, created with Black Country Touring and The Black Country Living Museum, which brought to life different spaces within the museum, telling stories from the history that has lived out in those spaces.
Other work for Black Country Touring includes design work for Life’s A Beach and Eat! both of which toured theatre inside caravans that had been transformed into, amongst other things, Elvis’ Bingo Chapel and a library in the middle of a warzone. Abigail has also been working on a number of productions aimed at young people. With OutSpoken Theatre Company she has created issue based theatre for teenage audiences, focusing on accessibility and interaction using modern platforms such as smartphone apps, and using contemporary music and dance to tell stories. These shows include Hyped, Catfish and Get It On.
Jack is a Sound Designer primarily based in Birmingham. He has worked on multiple touring productions and has a diverse range of skills in audio including sound design, audio engineering and producing.