Cast and Creative Team
Boy – Bradley Foster
Bradley Foster is currently training at the Guildford School of Acting. Previous to this he has performed as a member of the National Youth Theatre in Pope Joan (London), and Curve Young Company (Leicester) in; The Dreaming, GameFace and 3am, as well as His Dark Materials and the Curve 5th Birthday Gala. He is delighted to be returning to the Midlands and working with The Spark Arts for Children and Nottinghamshire County Council for the first time.
Bear & Composer - Ivan Stott
Ivan has worked in Theatre for 25 years as a Composer, Musician, MD, Sound Designer, Actor and Workshop Facilitator. He has created work for children and young people with some of the best children's companies and theatres across the UK and is recognised as a leading artist in this field.
Companies Ivan has worked for include Derby Theatre, The West Yorkshire Playhouse, Tutti Frutti Productions, Graeae, Polka Children's Theatre, Pilot Theatre Company, Contact, Theatre Centre, Half Moon Young People's Theatre and Red Ladder amongst others. Ivan trained with Gypsy Musicians and ran workshops in Bucharest and Baccau (Romania) in 1993 and composed and sound designed the first European tour of John Godber's Teechers in 1992.
Playwright - Stewart Melton
Born in Aberdeen, Stewart has lived in Norway, Yorkshire, the Scottish Borders and now London. He wanted to be an archaeologist, a toy maker or invent robots when he grew up. For many years Stewart has made theatre with and for children and young people, most recently as Youth and Community Director at Southwark Playhouse. His plays include Usagi Yojimbo for Southwark Playhouse, Seesaw for Unicorn, Two Endless Minutes for Young Vic Taking Part and Peter Is Not Here for Company of Angels.
Director - Adel Al-Salloum
Adel's experience is in creating theatre for children and young people and finding ways in which people of all ages and abilities can access great art. The work has ranged from creating multi sensory installations for children under 5, to large scale community productions involving 100 members of the community, to commissioning playwrights to create new material for children and young people
Prior to joining The Spark Adel worked as an Associate Director for both Northern Stage Ensemble and Curve Leicester.
Designer - Sue Pyecroft, Dark Horse Puppetry
Sue is a puppet maker, puppeteer, theatre designer and teacher/ trainer. She graduated from Bretton Hall in Art and Design 1985 and has worked with a wide variety of arts organisations and theatres in puppetry and design. She was an advisory teacher for theatre design and puppetry for the Leicestershire Advisory Service 1987 - 1991 where she ran the Leicestershire Puppet Centre, taught puppetry in schools, and designed sets and costumes for youth theatre, youth dance and the Leicesterhire T.I.E productions.
Sue has been Artistic Director of Bamboozle Theatre Company since 1994 working with children and young people with learning difficulties. She designs and makes puppets, sets, costumes and directs the puppetry in Bamboozle's touring shows.
Movement Director – Pete Shenton
Pete is an award winning choreographer and comedian. He has been working as a dance and theatre artist since 1994. He is co-founder of New Art Club with whom he has toured nationally and internationally since the late 1990s. His work has been translated into French and Mandarin.
He has directed a number of pieces, for companies including Probe, Laurie Lorry and Dave Parkin. Recently he has worked as movement director on The Accordion Shop and Shiv at Curve and as artistic advisor for Gabi Reuter and Turned on its Head. He is currently touring New Art Club's Hercules.
Stage Manager - Jo James
Jo has worked extensively in the theatre for over 20 years as a stage manager. She has also toured with numerous productions, many of which have toured abroad to places such as Mexico, Canada and Algeria. Some of the companies Jo has worked for include Shakespeare's Globe, Young Vic, Propeller, Lakeside Arts Centre Nottingham, Leicester Haymarket, Roundabout TIE, Nottingham Playhouse and York Theatre Royal.
Producer - The Spark Arts for Children
The Spark Arts For Children is a registered charity which offers children the opportunity to discover and enjoy the arts as audiences, as learners and as creators of their own art.
Dave Shelton – Book Author & Illustrator
Born and raised in Leicester, Dave now lives in Cambridge with a brilliant woman, a beautiful girl, a bonkers dog and an inexcusable cat. He is the creator of the slapstick comedy noir comic strip Good Dog, Bad Dog, as seen in the DFC, the Guardian and the Phoenix. His debut prose novel for children, A Boy and a Bear in a Boat, which he also illustrated, was shortlisted for the Costa children's prize and the Carnegie Medal, and won the Branford Boase Award. His latest work is Thirteen Chairs, a collection of ghost stories for older children.
A BOY AND A BEAR IN A BOAT based on an original novel by Dave Shelton and published by Random House Children's Publishers UK, a Penguin Random House company.
Copyright agent for the Play:
The Agency (London) Ltd., 24 Pottery Lane, London W11 4LZ.
Illustrations copyright © Dave Shelton, 2012