Creative Team

CREATIVE TEAM

‘The set was so beautiful and the performers really engaging! We loved it.’

Audience Member

Director and Choreographer Rosie Heafford
Performed by Helena Webb & Keir Patrick (Understudy, David Oogle & Georgia Heighway)
Set and Costume Design by Sarah Booth
Lighting Design by Sarah Gilmartin
Composed by James Marples & Amir Shoenfeld
Animation by Ben Walden
Sound design by Edward Lewis
Voiceover by Nadia Clifford

Recorded Voices: Martin Ezeoke, Lewis Ezeoke, Rosemberg Adao Pinto, Luke J Gilder, Connor Greenaway, Adrian Heafford, Helena Webb, James Ross, Jean Ross, Colin Bailey, Oscar Bailey and all others who contributed their stories to the research

Thanks to: Emelie Wangstedt & Laura Street who contributed to the devising process.

ROSIE HEAFFORD / CHOREOGRAPHER & DIRECTOR
Rosie Heafford is a choreographer and producer of her own work. After graduating Trinity Laban with a degree in Contemporary Dance Theatre, she went on to study Sociology at Goldsmiths College specialising in Participatory Theatre. In 2011 she established Second Hand Dance, a collaborative company that works with lots of different people including artists, schools, policy makers, and the public to produce participatory and interactive dance experiences. Her vision is to curate performative events that stimulate and gently converse with audiences to inspire joyful dancing and an outlook of hope. She likes making work in all kinds of forms and spaces, from performance in theatres and libraries to intimate children’s shows and large-scale community events.

HELENA WEBB / PERFORMER
Helena Webb is a choreographer and performer from Wiltshire, currently living and working in London. She has worked with choreographers Xavier le Roy, Yvonne Rainer and Tino Seghal. Autumn 2014 saw a three week run at Battersea Arts Centre with Dad Dancing by Helena, Alexandrina Hemsley, Rosie Heafford their three dads and a supporting cast of local dads, sons and daughters. Dad Dancing will tour nationally Autumn 2015- Summer2016. Helena is currently working on a solo, Majesty which so far sees her in a golden sequinned unitard, turning slowly and singing Total Eclipse of the Heart.

KEIR PATRICK / PERFORMER
Keir trained at Laban and London Contemporary Dance School and was a member of EDge 2004. He has worked for Choreographers and Companies such as; Clod Ensemble, Nigel Charnock’s Ten Men, Siobhan Davies, Maresa Von Stockert, Stephanie Schober, Aletta Collins, Telling Tales for Children, Bare Bones and Children’s Bare Bones including works by William Tuckett and Enrique Cabrera. Other projects include Verdi’s Macbeth and La Vie Parisienne by Offenbach, both for Malmo Opera, Sweden and Prokofiev’s Betrothal in a Monastery for Theatre Du Capitole, Toulouse. Keir worked with Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre and has enjoyed international touring with the double bill; Rite of Spring and Petrouchka (2013) and also Rian (2011). This period also includes a collaboration with English National Opera for Julius Caesar by Handel at The Coliseum in London (2012).

DAVID OOGLE / PERFORMER
David is excited to be performing 'Grass' as he comes from a fun wiggly run of children's theatre work.  He has performed several works by Enrique Cabrera - most recently performing at the Imagine festival.  David also choreographed and performed a Baby Opera for Wonderful Beast Company and he will shortly be performing a new work for Maiden Voyage Dance at the Children's International Festival in Belfast. David has worked as a dance artist,  choreographer and collaborator on a wide range of other projects.

GEORGIA HEIGHWAY / PERFORMER
As a founder member of Shoreditch Youth Dance Company, Georgia performed works by the likes of James Wilton, John Ross and Mafalda Deville in numerous platforms and festivals both in the UK and internationally. After graduating from Trinity Laban, she joined VERVE, touring commissioned pieces by Kerry Nicholls, Douglas Thorpe and Luca Silvestrini throughout the UK and Europe. She has been involved in various R&D phases for new works with artists such as Fernanda Prata and Lea Anderson, and most recently worked with Sara Dos Santos Dance. Georgia teaches across a range of educational settings including English National Ballet’s engagement programme, and is the Administrator for Dance Umbrella.

BENJAMIN WALDEN / ANIMATOR
Ben is a Brighton-based Video Designer and Filmmaker. Selected theatrical video design credits include; Bat Boy: The Musical (Southwark Playhouse); Merlin (Royal & Derngate), Songs & Stories (Wilton’s Music Hall); We Are Proud To Present… (Bush Theatre); Grounded (Gate Theatre/ U.S. & European tours); P.I.I.G.S. (Royal Court); The Universal Machine (New Diorama Theatre); Kiss Of The Spider Woman (Arts Ed.); Mare Rider (Arcola Theatre) and Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical (Union Theatre). Other works have included roles as projectionist, video engineer and camera roles on projects for David Bowie, Bugatti, Microsoft, V&A Museum, Science Museum, Donmar, National Theatre, P&O Cruises, and tours for Headlong Theatre, National Theatre of Scotland and Frantic Assembly. Ben also directs and creates music videos, short films and promotional content; incorporating animation, camerawork & editing.

SARAH BOOTH / SET & COSTUME DESIGNER

Sarah studied Drama at the University of Exeter and trained on the Motley Theatre Design Course. Previous design credits include: The Man Who Shot Liberty Liberty Valance, Park Theatre; A World Elsewhere, Theatre 503; The Poet’s Manifesto, Theatre Royal Stratford East; The Enchanted Story Trail, Rose Theatre Kingston; Bad Physics; A Midsummer Night’s Dream & A Cunning little Vixen for Southgate Opera and L’Enfant et les Sortileges & Wind in the Willows for Iris Theatre. Sarah works regularly with Tete a Tete and Box Clever and has made puppets for the Thames Festival Carnival, Folded Feather and Third Hand Opera.

SARAH GILMARTIN / LIGHTING DESIGNER
Sarah trained at the Royal Academy of Dancing and London Contemporary Dance School before moving into Lighting Design and Production Management, first based at The Place Theatre, then touring the UK and internationally. She has lit theatre, dance and opera, recent credits include; Clearing Place Prize Finalist Anna Williams, U-dance at The Point, London School of Fashion’s MA Costume Design Show, At Any Moment Something Else and Imprint Laila Diallo, Masquerade Tilted Productions, In-Finite IJAD Dance Co at V&A,
Dad Dancing Second Hand Dance at the BAC.

JAMES MARPLES / COMPOSER
James Marples is an Australian songwriter, composer and performer. Drawing inspiration from sources as diverse as 1950’s rock n roll, French Chanson and the films of David Lynch, James’ songs and soundscapes conjure strange characters and imaginary worlds. James has previously worked with Second Hand Dance on the music for Creepy House as part of National Libraries week, has released music on two independent record labels and has performed his own compositions at Glastonbury festival and at theatres and venues in Europe and Australia.

AMIR SHOENFELD / COMPOSER
Amir Shoenfeld is an Israeli producer and songwriter with experience ranging from indie, EDM, Pop and Folk to Musical Theatre, music for film and traditional Jewish music. A graduate of London’s Goldsmiths College, Amir has been living in the UK since 2010 focusing on music production, and has most recently produced an album called Desire Lines by the artist Fictonian, released on Distiller records.

EDWARD LEWIS / SOUND DESIGNER
Edward’s recent theatre includes: Gravity (Birmingham Rep Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Almeida); Molly Sweeney and Thom Pain (Print Room); On The Rocks, Amongst Friends, Ignorance and Darker Shores (Hampstead Theatre); The Speed Twins, Slowly, Hurts, Given and Received and Apple Pie (Riverside Studios); Measure For Measure (Cardiff Sherman); Emo (Bristol Old Vic and Young Vic); Abigail’s Party (Curve, Leicester); Once Upon A Time in Wigan and 65 Miles (Paines Plough / Hull Truck Theatre); Krapp’s Last Tape and Spoonface Steinberg (Hull Truck); The Shallow End (Southwark Playhouse); I Am Falling (Sadler’s Wells & The Gate, Notting Hill); Orpheus and Eurydice and Quartet (Old Vic Tunnels); The Beloved (The Bush) and The Stronger, The Pariah, Boy With A Suitcase, Walking The Tightrope and Le Marriage and Meetings (The Arcola).