Creative Team

Author- Gill Lewis

Gill used to run a hospital for creepy-crawlies, mice and birds in a shed at the bottom of her garden. She secretly hoped a golden eagle would land on the bird table in need of assistance. But it never did. She grew up to become a real vet instead. She now lives in Somerset with her family and writes stories inspired by her work and travels both at home and abroad.

Sky Hawk was Gill’s debut novel, published to critical acclaim by OUP in 2011. Shortlisted for 23 awards, the novel won 9, including Heart of Harwick Childrens book award and UK literacy association Childrens Book of the Year Award. In the US it was an USBBY Outstanding International Book for Young People and Kirkus Review’s Best Childrens Book of the Year 2011. Sky Hawk is published in 25 languages.

Adapted and Directed by – Tim Baker

Tim is Clwyd Theatr Cymru’s Associate Director, and the Artistic Director of Clwyd Theatr Cymru Theatre for Young People. He joined Clwyd Theatr Cymru in 1997, and since then has directed many highly acclaimed productions and won a number of awards, including Daily Post Best Director and Manchester Evening News Best Visiting Production for To Kill a Mockingbird. 
 
Tim has written over thirty plays, including many for young people, and adapted works for the stage by Dickens, Steinbeck, Eliot and Dylan Thomas. Two of these, The Grapes of Wrath and Great Expectations, have been published.

For the 2007 Mold National Eisteddfod, Tim wrote and directed the children’s pageant Y Fordaith Fawr, widely hailed as the best in many years. He also directed the 2011 Pageant for the Wrexham National Eisteddfod. Tim has directed two productions for the Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru (Welsh Language National Theatre of Wales). In February this year he re-created Y Fordaith Fawr for Alleni Youth Theatre in Anglesey.
 As the founder director of the Catalan company Frec a Frec, Tim has created a number of productions in Catalonia since 1995 which are still touring. In 2003 Tim directed The Threepenny Opera for the National Theatre, which was hugely popular and toured Britain and visited Clwyd Theatr Cymru. He has also directed for the National Theatre in Japan. During the summers of 2005 and 2006 Tim was visiting professor at the Lewis and Clark summer institute in Portland, Oregon where two of his plays have been produced. 
In 2008 Tim won a major Arts Council of Wales Creative Wales Award, which will enable him to undertake a huge project involving theatre in small nations across the world. More recently CTC Theatre for Young People won a coveted Arts Council Beacon Award for Outstanding work in the Field.
 Tim was also Artistic Director of the National Youth Theatre of Wales from 2008 to 2012. He is an adviser to the Arts Council of Wales and also to the Department of theatre, film and television studies at Aberystwyth University, and is an honorary associate of Bangor University.

At the Denbigh Eisteddfod last year Tim was made a member of the Gorsedd of Bards for services to the Arts in Wales, and this year Tim has been made an Honorary Fellow of Glyndwr University, again for services to the arts.

Composer & Musical Director – Dyfan Jones

Dyfan trained at Kingston University and The Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He began working professionally in 1995 and has been a Composer, Musical Director and Sound Designer on over 100 theatre productions. As a television composer he has written music for numerous drama, factual and light entertainment series.

Theatre: Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog, Season’s Greetings, Rape of the Fair Country (2013 revival), Festen, Great Expectations, Drowned Out, Measure for Measure, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, A Toy Epic, Grapes of Wrath, To Kill a Mockingbird, Rape of the Fair Country, Song of the Earth, Abigail’s Party, Hosts of Rebecca, Oh What a Lovely War, The Way It Was (Clwyd Theatr Cymru), Sky Hawk, The Spirit of the Mimosa, Humbug!, A Feast of Festive Fun, Flora’s War, Thinking Out Loud, Tall Tales, Yesterday, Twilight Tales, Tales from Europe, Tales from Small Nations, Y Fordaith Fawr, Y Mabinogi, Home Front,  (Clwyd Theatr Cymru Theatre for Young People), Contractions (Iain Goosey/Chapter), Love & Money (Waking Exploits), The Snow Tiger, Trwy’r Ddinas Hon, Corina Pavlova, A Family Affair, Say it with Flowers (Sherman Cymru), Melltith yr Helfesia, Morfa, Halt! Who Goes There?, The Bankrupt Bride, Cyrano, The Princess and the Hunter, Halen yn y Gwaed, Melangell (Theatr na n’Og), Beyond Borders, Mimosa, No Other Day Like Today, Canrif/Century, The Magnificent Myths of the Mabinogi (National Youth Theatre of Wales), Jack and the Beanstalk (Stafford Gatehouse Theatre), Porth y Byddar (Clwyd Theatr Cymru/Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru), Blodeuwedd (site specific & Tour), Pridd, Dyled Eileen, Spring Awakening, House of America, 2110/Yn Y Trên, Y Gofalwr/The Caretaker, Esther (Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru), Cider With Rosie, Hirdymor, I’r Byw, Spam Man, Skylight (Theatre West Glamorgan), Bonansa, Y Groesffordd, Radio Cymru (Dalier Sylw), Amdani, Indian Country (Sgript Cymru).

 

Film and Television: Boj & Buddies (Bait); Llanargollen (Twt/S4C); Soli and Mo (CITV/S4C and Al Jazeera), Cwm Teg (Dinamo Productions for S4C), Abadas (Cbeebies), Dragon’s Eye, Children in Need, Close to You, Wales Yesterday, A Christmas in Clay, Belonging, Just Up Your Street, The Indian Doctor, Voices, Save Our World (BBC), Teulu, Iechyd Da!, Dim Ond Celf, 31/12/99, Cymylau Bychain (S4C), Pobol y Cwm (BBC for S4C), Jac yn y Bocs (Opus for S4C), Jara, Pam Fi Duw?, Bydd yn Wrol (HTV/Carlton for S4C).

Designer – Ruth Hall

Trained: Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and spent a year as a trainee designer at the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Theatre: Play Strindberg (Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal Bath) and Contractions (Chapter Arts Centre) both co-designed with Max Jones, Associate Designer on both Of Mice and Men (West Yorkshire Playhouse) and Crime and Punishment (Citizens Theatre Glasgow); Fiji Land (Southwark Playhouse), Pridd (Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru), Salt, Root and Roe, Roots, Jac and the Falling Apples, Humbug! the costumes for Educating Rita and Glengarry Glen Ross and Associate Desginer on Bruised (all for Clywd Theatr Cymru), Noah (Theatre On The Fly at Chichester Festival Theatre), The Ones Who Kill Shooting Stars (White Bear), A Bowl of Cherries (Charing Cross Theatre), Altogether Now (North Wall Theatre, Oxford), Patagonia – the Long Journey and Beyond Borders ( National Youth Theatre of Wales), The Road To Mecca (Arcola), Kindertransport (Aberystwyth Arts Centre and Welsh tour), Captain Oates’ Left Sock, Too Good To Be True, The Killing of Mr Toad and the costumes for Mirror Teeth (all Finborough Theatre), The Phoenix and the Turtle (Royal Shakespeare Company Complete Works Festival), the costumes for Origin: Unknown (Theatre Royal Stratford East), the musical Café Cariad (National Youth Theatre of Wales), The Government Inspector (Bute Theatre, Cardiff), White Darkness, The Canterbury Tales, in London The Last Session, Three More Sleepless Nights and Fourplay (all Tristan Bates Theatre) and The Fetch (Old Red Lion), The School For Wives, Topless Mum in Dead Hero Shocker and the costumes for Treasure Island (all Tobacco Factory, Bristol).

As Assistant Designer: Henry VI Trilogy, Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest, The Winter’s Tale and Pericles (all Royal Shakespeare Company), Zorro – The Musical (Garrick, West End), Henry IV Parts 1 & 2 (Theatre Royal Bath), The Most Incredible Thing (Sadler’s Wells) and London Road (Royal National Theatre).

Film: London Road (Art Department Assistant), Black Coffee, No Sugar (Short Film Festival, Bristol).

Choreographer – Rachel Catherall

Theatre Includes ; Romeo and Juliet, The Four Seasons, A Chorus of Disapproval, Arcadia, The Cherry Orchard, As You Like It, The Winslow Boy, A View From The Bridge, Hobson’s Choice, Flights Of Fancy, Home Front, The Way It Was, The Voyage, The Grapes Of Wrath, The Timeless Myths of the Mabinogion, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twilight Tales, Great Expectations, A Childs Christmas in Wales, Feast of Festive Fun, Yesterday, The Spirit Of The Mimosa, Rape Of The Fair Country, Sky Hawk, Aristocrats, Gaslight, Dancing at Lughnasa, The Glass Menagerie, Shakespeare’s Will and A Dolls House for (Clwyd Theatr Cymru) Othello (Chester Performs). Peter Pan, Cinderella, Aladdin, Snow White, Jack and the Beanstalk and Dick Whittington and the Pirate Adventure (Sands Centre). Aladdin (UK Productions). Twelve Productions Shows for Mirage Shoa and Productions on board ‘Bouddica’ and ‘Black Watch’ cruise ships

Film: ‘Out Of The Darkness’ Short Dance film directed by Emma Lucia

Rachel trained at Merseyside Dance and Drama Centre

Lighting Designer- Kevin Heyes

Kevin came to Clwyd Theatr Cymru in 1984 from Leeds Playhouse to join the Sound and Lighting Department. He has since been designing the lighting and sound for both venues at Clwyd Theatr Cymru as well as for theatres throughout Wales and Europe. He also teaches lighting and sound design at Scarborough University College and in various colleges around wales. Kevin was responsible for the new design of the sound systems in the Anthony Hopkins Theatre and the Emlyn Williams Theatre, which now features state-of-the-art equipment using full digital systems. A big part of his life is now designing firework displays all over Wales and the North-West. Some of his light designs for Clwyd Theatr Cymru include: The way it WAs, Flora’s war, The Secret, The Ballad of Megan Morgan, Mrs Warren’s Profession, Our Country’s Good, The Daughter-in-law, Silas Marner, Misalliance and My Sister in this House. Sound design by Kevin includes: Great Expectations, A History of Falling Things, The Glass Menagerie, Festen, Aladdin- The Wok ‘n’ Roll Panto, A Child’s Christmas in Wales, Guys and Dolls, Animal Farm, Sleeping Beauty – the Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto and Merrily We Roll Along.

Sound Designer – Matthew Williams

Matthew, known to his colleges as Wills, trained at Clwyd Theatr Cymru and at the School of Sound Recording, Manchester. Wills has designed sound for over 70 productions at Clwyd Theatr Cymru, including; Arms & The Man, Copenhagen, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog, Season’s Greetings, Aristocrats, The Winslow Boy, Salt, Root & Roe, Educating Rita, As You Like It, Bruised, God of Carnage, Boeing Boeing, Rape of the Fair Country and Memory (London and New York transfer).
Other work includes sound design for Carpe Momento¹s production of A
Christmas Carol, narration recordist for the film documentary I Told You I Was Ill: The Life and Legacy of Spike Milligan, for Best FX, additional engineering for Colin Towns’, Blue Touch Paper’s current album, Drawing Breath, engineer for voice overs for many radio adverts and voice overs, engineer and co-producer of Dog¹s D¹Amour vocalist, Tyla¹s Nocturnal Nomad album, mastering engineer on around 20 of Tyla¹s CD releases and 5 DVD releases for King Outlaw / Cargo Records. He has also worked with a number of independent record labels, including, Stone Me Records, Changes one Records, Desert Inn Records, and Spank Records (which he was the co-founder). Other CD releases include a number of albums from various Welsh Male Voice Choirs and Clwyd Theatr Cymru¹s, ‘ Music from The Alexander Cordell Trilogy’ and ‘Brassed Off’. In 2013, Wills’ sound design work was part of the National Theatre Design exhibition at the V&A Museum, London, celebrating the work of British Sound Designers. Wills has recently finished editing a live concert recording of British band, The Dog’s D’Amour, for DVD, titled, ‘From Here Is An Eternity’, which has just been released by Dynamite Jet Saloon Records.

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