C P Hallam - Director
Chris has worked in theatre since 1987, initially as an actor and now predominately as a director.
His early work was creating performances alongside stand-ups and performance artists from Brighton before producing and performing tours of two one man-shows. This desire to make theatre that is small and conversational, made collaboratively and maximising the talent in the room at that moment started then and has been a major influence ever since.
The playful way of working he discovered then, grounded in fun and pleasure for those creating the work as well as those watching it, has heavily influenced his work ever since. Theatre has to be fun.
His acting career has taken in companies such as New Perspectives Theatre Company, Bolton Octagon, West Yorkshire Playhouse, The Queen’s Hornchurch, Library Theatre, Manchester and various middle and small scale touring companies.
As a director he has had a long association with new work either through devising or acting as dramaturge with writers helping them develop the play they want to write. Work has involved theatres such as Theatre 503 London, The Arcola London, Nottingham Playhouse, Mercury Colchester, The Dukes Lancaster, 24:7 Festival Manchester, Squint & The Pleasance London and Mighty Heart Theatre Manchester. As well independent projects with individual writers and companies.
He is currently developing the first adaptation of Booker nominated novel Quartet in Autumn in association with York Theatre Royal.
Directing includes Nottingham Playhouse The Lost Plays Revue (on newly discovered Pinter and Shelagh Delaney plays), Mercury Colchester The Only Way Is Ethics (curating & directing a wrap-around festival), Theatre 503 and Arcola London (new writing), Eastern Angles Theatre as assistant to Joel Horwood on I ❤ Peterborough, Polka Children’s Theatre and The Misanthrope in Singapore, Hamlet at Lancaster Castle and French Fancies for the rural touring network.
Influences include Mike Alfreds, Paul Hunter, John Wright and the intuitive work of Brian Astbury. He has taught at the Independent Centre for Acting Training and ALRA.
Chris gained an MFA in Theatre Directing from Birkbeck College London and was the winner of the Peter Cheeseman Award.
He is a member of Equity and SDUK
Dan graduated from Liverpool University with a First in Music, having trained on Saxophone with Andy Scott prior to Drama Training at the London Academy of Performing Arts.
He has worked extensively as an Actor Musician - credits include West End, The Royal Exchange, Derby Theatre, York Theatre Royal, Bolton Octagon, The Watermill, Birmingham Rep, Nottingham Playhouse and several national tours. He has also developed strong relationships with companies that create work through devising, particularly using mask, puppetry and music.
He first wrote music for Theatre after creating a score for 'Ward 6' at the Royal Exchange whilst appearing in 'The Seagull' in 2004. Since then he has written scores for 17 productions, including several actor musician shows, for The Royal Exchange, The V&A, Nottingham Playhouse, Big Window Theatre Co, No Nonsense Theatre Co, Rocket Theatre, Two Friends Productions, and Urban Stage.
Most recently Dan wrote the music for One Finger, One Thumb, a newly commissioned musical play for the very young, written by award winning playwright Mike Kenny for Big Window Theatre Company; scored Lay me Down a short film, Bath University; and arranged the music for Arletty Theatre’s production of Indigo Higgins. Dan will shortly begin work on Dear Juno, a forthcoming touring production for Little Birdhouse Theatre.
Dan also scored a film presentation for Goodenough College, viewed by alumni in more than 40 countries.
He is the founder and director of The Actors’ Choir, an associate Musical Director of The London International Choir, and a founding partner of Word Song Studio.
Dan is also an Associate Artist a the V&A Museum, London.