Actively evolved in Stickleback is a very small team
Directing more than 60 plays over twenty years in small theatres in Cheshire, and highly recognised by the Cheshire Theatre Guild. These include A View From The Bridge (Best Director; Best Overall Production), Early One Morning (Best Production), I Licked A Slag’s Deodorant; The Clearing; The Merchant of Venice; (Best Production and Best Director), Kindertransport (Best Production), The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Best Overall Production and Best Director), Eight and The 39 Steps. Gordon directed Stickleback Theatre Company’s current touring production of Jordan and Blackbird by David Harrower.
Graduating from The Oxford School of Drama in 2004, Sian has performed at the Pegasus Theatre in Our Town, Battersea Arts Centre as Larita in Easy Virtue (Directed by Tim Stark), toured with various children’s theatre companies as well as featuring in a number of short films. As a relative newcomer to Cheshire, in 2010, she quickly made an impression in four productions: Dick Barton, Don’t Dress for Dinner and Katherine Howard, where she was nominated as Cheshire Theatre Guild Best Actress. Earlier this year she created the three finely-crafted and widely diverse characters of Annabella Schmidt, Margaret and Pamela Edwards in Gordon Hamlin’s sell-out production of The 39 Steps. Sian is currently to be seen in Stickleback Theatre Company’s touring productions of Jordan and David Harrower’s Blackbird.
Richard has created a heady mix of good guys and bad guys; most notably Israel Hands in Treasure Island; Henry Higgins in Pygmalion; Dr Albert Dussel in The Diary of Anne Frank; Lennie in Of Mice and Men and Dracula in the play of the same name! He was most recently seen as Richard Hannay in The 39 Steps. Last year Richard directed the award winning Salt of the Earth. Richard is currently touring Buttons from Eight by Ella Hickson with Stickleback Theatre Company.
Chris palys Ray in Stickleback's touring production of Blackbird by David Harrower alongside Sian Weedon as Una. Chris has created many strong parts on stage, most notably Shylock in The Merchant of Venice, Sergeant Mitchem in The Long and the Short and the Tall, Felix in The Odd Couple, John Silver in Treasure Island and Moley in Wind in the Willows. In 2012 he was nominated as Cheshire Theatre Guild Best Actor for his role of Marley in Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol.
Carys Tavener was recently seen as the eponymous Peter in Harlequin Theatre’s production of Peter Pan, directed by Laura Bason. Carys has been performing since she was six years old after joining Stagecoach Theatre Arts, where her enthusiasm for theatre sparked. Since then she has been in at least one production annually, both school and college productions as well as a local youth theatre. Her bug for acting turned into a passion after working as an extra for the BBC and performing with Action Transport Theatre. Carys is currently exploring other aspects of theatre production. Recently, she was seen as Beatrice (disguised as Federigo) in A Servant to Two Masters for Harlequin Theatre. Carys will continue to tour as The Girl in Blackbird with Stickleback during 2013 – 2014.
Sophie Coward is a first-year student at LIPA. She has already worked in TV, film and on stage including the Bride in Lorca’s Blood Wedding at the RNCM in May 2012 and as Abbie in the new BBC1 series, Secrets and Words. Sophie was nominated 'Best Youth Actress 2010 by the Greater Manchester Drama Federation and 'Most Promising Young Performer 2010' by the Cheshire Theatre Guild for her portrayal of Patricia in Murder in Company with Bollington Festival Players. Sophie will continue to tour as The Girl in Blackbird with Stickleback during 2013 – 2014.
Is the essence of Stickleback being edgy, unpredictable but just loves to put on a show. Background is unknown and the future...