Music & Lyrics by Robin Hiley
in collaboration with James Ross
Directed by Thomas Henderson
Conceived and developed by Dr Meghan Perry and Robin Hiley
Principals (in order of appearance)
President of U.N. General Assembly / Doctor Sarah Barron
Howard Florey / Soldier 1 Ross Jamieson
Ernst Chain / Soldier 2 Matthew Tomlinson
Sergeant Major / Staph / Merlin Pryce Graham Richardson
Alexander Fleming Benjamin Froelich
Medic / Plague Sarah Haddath
Strep Sister 1 Sheila Grant
Strep Sister 2 Sarah Wilkie
Scientist / Mr X Gavin Easton
Albert Alexander / Chair of Nobel Committee James Ross
Piano Neil Metcalfe
Violin Jess Conway
Guitar Robin Hiley
Double Bass May Halyburton
Percussion Chris Rawson
Soprano: Aileen Boyle, Alina Selega, Janet Murray, Karyn Joss, Nicola, Henderson, Sian Robson, Val Munro. Alto: Ailis Orr, Bernadette Baretto, Corrine Cao Yun, Helen Willis, Jo Smith, Juliette Oxford, Keetah Konstant, Lucy Remnant, Moira Stewart. Tenor: Helen Inns, Helen Nickerson, Ian Laurenson, James Ross, Sujai Kumar. Bass: Gavin Easton, Mathew Brown, Robert Kerr, Scott Waddell
Thomas Henderson studied Opera Directing at Accademia Europea in Florence. He has done Observerships with The Royal Opera House in Covent Garden and Scottish Opera, and undertaken Assistant Director roles with The Royal Opera House Youth Company and National Opera Studio. Past Edinburgh Fringe Festivals have included work with Magnetic Opera and Edinburgh Studio Opera.
Neil Metcalfe read music at the University of Edinburgh, subsequently training as a repetiteur/vocal coach/conductor in the Opera School of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. After a time on the music staff of Scottish Opera, he worked as a freelance repetiteur in Australia, the USA and Germany. He currently works as a musical director, conductor, vocal coach, pianist, composer/arranger and session musician.
Robin Hiley holds an undergraduate degree in music from Newcastle University and a MSc in enthnomusicology from the University of Edinburgh. As co-founder of Charades, he is passionate about writing and creating musical theatre that contributes to education and social change. The Mould is the latest output from a long-time co-writing partnership with friend and colleague James Ross.
Sarah Barron trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS). Her theatre credits include: Romeo and Juliet (Union Theatre, Southwark); The Worst Was This (The Hope Theatre, London); Untaught to Shine (Stellar Quines); Peter Pan (Capitol Theatre, Horsham); The Shakespeare Revue (New End Theatre, London); A Christmas Carol (Antic Disposition); and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Bloomsbury Theatre London and French tour).
Ross Jamieson graduated with a Diploma in Musical Theatre from The MGA Academy of Performing Arts. Ross is no stranger to the Fringe having featured in the Derek Award Winning ‘Best Musical’ last year – “The Great American Trailer Park”. He featured as Kyle (UPS Guy) in “Legally Blonde” and played the role of Hennesey in “Dames at Sea” in his final year of training.
Matthew Tomlinson trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Credits include Peter Carter in the development of new musical A Matter of Life and Death, Griff in feature film Moon Dogs, Will Stutely in Robin Hood the Musical, Male Understudy track in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe at the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh, Aladdin in Imagine Theatre’s production of Aladdin, and Chuck Cranston in the Actor Muso Number 1 UK Tour of Footloose.
Graham Richardson holds a Master’s in Musical Theatre from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and an undergraduate degree in Biology. Performing credits include working with Peter Weigold on the semi-improvised Brecht concert Happy End, Bobby in Urinetown, (all RCS), Dionysus in The Frogs, Macheath in The Threepenny Opera (both Just So), Gustav in Creditors (Hands in the Air) and The Major General in The Pirates of Penzance (Happy Go Lucky).
Benjamin Froehlich graduated from the Musical Theatre MA at the Royal Academy of Music London in 2017, other training includes 4 years in pre-clinical and clinical studies at the medical school of the University of Arts Zurich. Credits: Lead vocalist Best of Musical Starnights (European Tour), King Ferdinand of Navarre Love’s Labour’s Lost (Hackney Empire), Ensemble Mack&Mabel (Hackney Empire), Ensemble Bernstein’s Candide (Cadogan Hall), Ensemble Disney’s Broadway Hits (Royal Albert Hall).
Sarah Haddath holds an an MA (Hons) in Musical Theatre from The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Credits include: Lead Production Vocalist in Thursford Christmas Spectacular, Maid Marion in Robin Hood (Manhattan Children’s Theatre), Jubilee Climax in Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens (The Komedia), Jill in Jack and the Beanstalk (Byre Theatre), Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family (Assembly, Edinburgh Fringe), Deb in the Scottish premier of Ordinary Days (Scottish Storytelling Centre).
Sheila Grant graduated with 1st class BA(Hons) degree from Bird College of Dance, London. Theatre credits include: West End; Wicked (Apollo Victoria), Carousel (Savoy), Cabaret (Lyric); London: Measure for Measure (Cockpit), Follies (Olde Rose & Crown), Steel Pier (Union); International: On The Town (Switzerland), The Feather Pillow (South America). TV/Film: God Help the Girl, London Paris New York, The Mighty Boosh.
Sarah Wilkie graduated with 1st class BA(Hons) degree from Bird College in Dance and Theatre Performance. Theatre Credits: Rocky Horror Show (European Tour), Still Game Live (Glasgow Hydro), Mamma Mia (West End and International Tour), We Will Rock You (European Tour), Fame (Ireland Tour), Musical Starnights (European Tour). Dance credits: Limelight TV awards, Arsenal in Wonderland, IGD annual Glitterball, Time To Wander (Music Video).
James Ross studied history at the University of St Andrews. He brings over 10 years of experience as a singer and performer to the mould stage. Having co-founded Charades in 2010, James has been immensely proud to support Rob Hiley in the creation of The Mould. Away from the theatre stage, James has toured Europe’s folk festivals as lead singer of folk/rock band The Simple Touch.
Gavin Easton studied music and dance at the University of New Mexico and performs with various groups around from around Scotland when not tied down to his day job. His return to the Fringe follows guest Musical Directorship of EUSOG (2002-2005). Gavin featured singing with the Mark Morris Dance Company (2009) and has also performed with Carlos Acosta, as part of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra Chorus.
Our principal Ross Jamieson, who plays Florey in the Mould, survived Meningitis with four-million-to-one chances sings to save
We were delighted to receive our official sell-out laurel from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for our run
NHS workers perform in new musical at Edinburgh Fringe to send a message with a difference Health care
The P5-7 pupils of Gullane Primary are the first school to perform the show. They have been working
The important message of the rise of antibiotic resistance and the fragile future of antibiotics needs to rapidly reach all corners of society. Performing a musical is a truly interactive experience that will immerse a child in the evocative story of antibiotics and have a profound effect on their knowledge and understanding of the subject. A child’s involvement in a musical impacts the entire school community and three generations; their siblings, parents and grandparents.