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The Man with the Luggage: Cast and Creative Team


Nicholas Tizzard – Damir
Nicholas trained at RADA. His work in theatre includes War Horse at the New London Theatre; Much Ado About Nothing & Dangerous Corner (Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds); Bleak House at the New Vic, Stoke, Cinderella at Warwick Arts; Coram Boy and The UN Inspector at the RNT; Jamaica Inn at the New Vic, Stoke; Martin Chuzzlewhit and Bouncers at The Belgrade, Coventry; Lysistrata at BAC; Intimate Death and Une Tempête at The Gate; Catch the Pigeon at The Old Red Lion; Measure for Measure for English Touring Theatre; The Art of Success for The Man in the Moon; Caledonian Road at The White Bear; The Comedy of Errors and Sons and Lovers for Live Space; Bottling Out and Jack and the Beanstalk for Channel Theatre; No Way Out and Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay on tour and The Live Bed Show in the West End.  His work on television includes New Tricks, Vexed, Doctors, Holby City, Mike Bassett – Football Manager, Wire in the Blood, Grange Hill, Men Only, Border Café, Family Affairs, Casualty, Wycliffe, My Summer With Des, Live Line and Deadline.

John Cockerill – Dragan (and as Cast)
John trained at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts and his theatre credits include Merlin and the Legend of King Arthur (Dukes Theatre) The Three Musketeers, Beauty and the Beast, The Garbage King, The Tempest, The London Eye Mystery, Cinderella, Twelfth Night, The Cat Who Ran, Sleeping Beauty and Red Fortress (Unicorn Theatre). Peter Pan (Chalkfoot Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Ludlow Castle), Journey to the River Sea (Unicorn Theatre/Theatre Centre), Treasure Island and The Jungle Book (Birmingham Stage Company), Widows (Unity Theatre). Television includes: Children’s Ward (Granada Studios for ITV) Internet includes Rik Mayall’s Noble England (Motivation Records) and Mobsters (BBC – Blast).

Nicole Lewis – Ema (and as Cast)
Nicole trained at Italia Conti and RADA. Her work in theatre includes National touring productions of Ernest and The Pale Moon, The Terrible Infants and Immaculate (Gilded Balloon) for Les Enfants Terribles; Twelfth Night for Snap Theatre Company. The Comedy of Errors for Complete Works Theatre Company; Peter Pan at The Millfield Theatre; Westside Story for the Avondale Theatre and Be My Baby at the Landor Theatre. Her television and film work includes Frankenstein for Hallmark; If I had You and Miss Marple for both ITV and Laugh out Loud (Nickelodeon).

Creative Team

Director: Oliver Jones
Oliver is founder and Artistic Director of Blindeye. He is also currently Associate Director of Trestle and was previously Youth Theatre Director at the Theatre Royal Plymouth. He is an Associate Director of the National Youth Theatre and a board member of Jacksons Lane. He studied Drama at Manchester University and acting at Arts Ed and has recently trained with Yoshi Oida, Gennadi Bogdanov, Peter Brook and Peta Lily.

His work as a director includes Revolution for East 15 drama school, Burn my Heart, Out of Sight Out of Mind and 1215 for Trestle, Incident 5 as part of Nabakov’s Present Tense at The Junction, Cambridge, and many productions at The Drum, Plymouth, including Just by Ali Smith, Widows by Ariel Dorfman, Mad Forest by Caryl Churchill, and R.U.R by Karel Capek. As a youth theatre director his work includes Romeo and Juliet and Spectacle X for NYT, and Trapped for Theatre Royal Stratford East.

As an actor he has worked at West Yorkshire Playhouse, Sheffield Crucible, and Chichester Festival Theatre, and has toured extensively throughout Europe and South East Asia. His TV and film work includes BBC, France 3 and Scala Films.

He has also written extensively for BBC Radio and won the Radio Five Sports Shorts competition with his script, The Try that was produced by BBC Radio Devon.

He is writer/director of Relevant Lives, a national project raising awareness of young people leaving care, and has made two short films for them.

Oliver worked for many years at The Photographers Gallery and his work is highly influenced by photography, especially the work of Robert Capa, Don McCullin, and Joel Sternfeld.

 Lizzie Nunnery
Lizzie’s play The Swallowing Dark was a finalist for The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize 2010 and will be the first production in the re-launched Liverpool Playhouse Studio in October 2011. Her play Intemperance (Liverpool Everyman, Sept 2007) was awarded 5 stars by The Guardian and shortlisted for the Meyer-Whitworth Award.  She was one of the writers of the critically acclaimed Unprotected, which was awarded the Amnesty International Award for Freedom of Expression. She is currently under commission to The Gate in London and has also worked with Cardboard Citizens, Slung Low and Paines Plough.

Lizzie’s recent work for radio includes her essay Over The Water: Writing Belonging (BBC Radio 3) and her short play The Galway Ghost, (BBC Radio 4, Dec 2010). She is currently under commission to adapt The Painted Veil by Somerset Maugham and to write a half hour horror for the series Weird Tales, both for Radio 4. She is working with Lime Pictures on a TV project and her debut short film Monkey Love aired in 2009 on Channel 4.

In addition she is making great waves as a singer/ songwriter and her debut album Company of Ghosts was released on Fellside Recordings in April 2010 to wide critical acclaim. She is also co-producer of Almanac, working with musicians, composers, writers, visual artists, and other adventurists to create out of the ordinary nights of theatre and music.

Artistic Associate: Emily Gray  more

Designer: Anoushka Athique
Anoushka is a theatre designer and multi-disciplinary artist intent on capturing the naïve qualities of the imagination and using these qualities to re-tell stories revealing a simple, poetic style. Underpinning this is an interest in recreating space through its emotional resonance.

Since graduating from Central Saint Martins in 2005 with an MA in Scenography, Anoushka has undertaken a broad spectrum of projects both in the UK and internationally. Work has included The Barber of Seville, Degollado Theatre, Guadalajara, Mexico – awarded city prize for best scenography; designing for the Young Company and Peoples Company at the Plymouth Theatre Royal; the performance walks Mobile Machinoeki and Fabulous Walks in Teignmouth and her first solo exhibition at the Wellington Arts Centre, New Zealand.

Lighting Designer:
 Matt Haskins
Matt graduated from Rose Bruford College with a BA (Hons) in Lighting Design. His recent Theatre credits include Six Characters In Search of An Author, Festen (GSMD); Girls Night Out, Glass Mountain, Sorcerer’s Apprentice (UK Tours); Peppa Pig (UK Tour & West End); Blowing Whistles, Hit Me! (Leicester Square Theatre); The Pool (Arts Theatre London); Lovely & Misfit (Trafalgar Studios); Mud (Gate Theatre); Joe Orton (Arcola Theatre); Only The Brave (Edinburgh Festival); Ana In Love (Hackney Empire); We’ll Gather Lilacs (Bridewell); Four Knights in Knaresborough (Riverside Studios); I Have Before Me… (Finborough Theatre).

Matt has also an extensive background in Opera including Turn of the Screw (Opera North); La Cenerentola (Malmö Opera); Pelléas et Mélisande, The Sofa, The Departure (Independent Opera); Don Pasquale, The Marriage of Figaro, A House on the Moon, Orfeo, Tolomeo (ETO); Partenope, Les nuits d’été (Les Azuriales Festival); Tobias & the Angel (Young Vic/ETO); Così fan tutte (Classical Opera Company); L’assedio di Calais, The Marriage, La Cambiale di Matrimonio, La Colombe, L’occasione fa il ladro (GSMD); La Fedeltà Premiata (RAM); Le nozze di Figaro (RCM).

He has also been involved with Architectural and Site Specific projects namely, Hotel Deux Deux, Apartment 54, Cabaret Les Embiezand other numerous projects (Blonstein & Associates); Dido Queen of Carthage (Kensington Palace); Sea Tongue (The Shout/De La Warr Pavilion); Interactive Lighting Commission (ECOS Stones Somerset); Encounters (Greenwich & Docklands Festival). Ben has also worked with Grace Jones (Royal Albert Hall); Shun-kin, A Disappearing Number (Complicite); Flamenco Flamenka! (West End). He is currently developing The Years Between (Royal & Derngate); Cautionary Verses (Opera North); When A Man Knows (Bridewell Theatre) and Peer Gynt/Into the Little Hill (Hamburg Laeiszhalle).  Matt has also been nominated for a Knight of Illumination Award for his opera work with ETO & IO.

Composer: Ben Glasstone
Ben is a composer, writer and performer. Recent work includes music and lyrics for The Royal Shakespeare Company/Little Angel production of The Tempest (The Swan, Stratford-upon Avon and Little Angel Theatre, 2011) and an adaptation of Quentin Blake’s picture books, All Join In (Polka Theatre 2011).

His musicals include The Mouse Queen (co-written with Tim Kane) originally produced by Little Angel Theatre, 2004/5. The show toured off-Broadway to New York’s New Victory Theatre and off West End to Hampstead and Unicorn theatres. He has written music and lyrics for Little Angel’s puppet musicals: Fantastic Mr Fox, 2005-2010 (five tours including RSC, MTYP Winnipeg and Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room), The Giraffe, The Pelly and Me, 2008 and Alice in Wonderland, 2010. Scores and songs for other shows include: Goldilocks, 2003, Lyric Hammersmith and WAC, How to Beat a Giant, 2007 Unicorn, Pinocchio, 2001/08 Unicorn Theatre at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and Polka Theatre and shows for Tricycle, Trestle, Gate, Half Moon as well as collaborations with companies such as Unpacked, Quicksilver and Indefinite Articles. Forthcoming shows include Red Riding Hood for Norwich Puppet Theatre.

He is currently developing a new musical, The Adventures of Thunder and Coal with his company Nonesuch Theatre. He has led theatre and composing education projects for the BBC, The Royal Opera House, Roundhouse, Unicorn, Philharmonia Orchestra and many others and his songs for children are published by Faber and A and C Black. He also performs comic songs for grown-ups.