Cast & Creatives – The Children

Philip Rham  (Robin) 

Philip has been a professional actor for over thirty five years now, covering theatre, musical theatre, television and film. He co-founded The English Speaking Theatre in Florence where he was teaching English after studying French and German at university.

Among his many theatre credits he has played Cavaradossi in Tosca, She Stoops to Conquer (seasons at Liverpool Everyman); Mother Courage, The Vortex (Glasgow Citizens and West End); Shared Experience’s Jane Eyre (West End, world and UK tour); Dr.Korczak’s Example (Manchester Royal Exchange – nominated for Best Actor); Private Lives (LIbrary Theatre); The Man Who Had All The Luck (Sheffield Crucible); Deep Blue Sea, French Without Tears (Watford Palace) and A Doll’s House and Colder Than Here (a season at  Keswick Theatre). He has also appeared in numerous musicals including Sweeney Todd (Derby Playhouse); Scrooge in Scrooge! (Pitlochry); Candide in Candide (Liverpool Everyman); Lend Me a Tenor (York Theatre Royal); State Fair (Finborough and Trafalgar Studios); Parade (Southwark Playhouse) and last but not least Captain Smith in Titanic – The Musical which started out at Southwark Playhouse and has since played Toronto, Charing Cross Theatre, a UK tour and Hamburg. The show will be coming to Munich, Mannheim and Cologne this coming August.

Philip’’s TV and feature film work includes Johann the Cannibal in The IT Crowd, Band of Brothers, Dr Who – Let’s Kill Hitler, D-Day, Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire,  Company of Heroes, 102 Boulevard Haussmann and Devil’s Arithmetic.

Annie Wensak (Hazel) 

Annie trained at Arts Educational Schools. She recently played Mother Midnight and Moll’s Mother in Moll Flanders at the Mercury Theatre in Colchester. Other theatre credits include: Mimi in The Rhythm Method (Bush Theatre); Aunt Susan in Half a Sixpence (Noël Coward and Chichester Festival Theatre); Margie in Beyond the Fence (Arts); Gloria Deakin in The Stationmaster (Tristan Bates); Mrs Hoallum in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Regents Park Open Air); Frau Schmidt in The Sound of Music (Leicester Curve); Mary Lazarus in Sister Act (Kilworth House); Mrs Snoringman in White Christmas (Cardiff Millennium Centre, Edinburgh Playhouse); Dora/Mrs Dinsmore in Singin’ in the Rain (Courtyard theatre, Hereford); Mrs Eynsford Hill/Mrs Pearce in My Fair Lady (Plenary Hall Kuala Lumpur); Mrs Everett/Mrs Johnson in Jailhouse Rock (Piccadilly); Lydia in Supposed to Live (Pleasance); Rose Henderson in The Tree Dream (Norwich Playhouse); Winnie in Two Men from Derby, Sister Mary in Happy End, and Frau Kost in Cabaret (Library Theatre Manchester); She in Marry Me a Little (Edinburgh Festival).

Annie has toured nationally as Mrs Bedwin in Oliver!,  Lalla in Double Death, Mrs Waterman in Spend, Spend, Spend and Joan Durbey Field in Tess of the d’Ubervilles. European tours include Sybil in An Inspector Calls and Maria in Twelfth Night.

Television credits include: Beyond the Fence, The Bill, Casualty, Crimewatch UK, Pennies from Heaven. Film credits include: Strictly Body and Soul, Walking Away.

Alwyne Taylor (Rose) 

Theatre credits include: This Beautiful Future (The Yard Theatre); Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens (Criterion Theatre); Flowers in the Forest (Jermyn Street Theatre); Pygmalion, Home, Blithe Spirit (Oldham Coliseum – Manchester Evening News Best Actress Award nomination for role as Madame Arcati); Rhinoceros, The Arsonists (Royal Court); Annie, Peter Pan, David Copperfield, A Small Family Business ( West Yorkshire Playhouse Leeds); The Sunken Garden (English National Opera); Stallerhof (Southwark Playhouse); East Lynne (New Vic Theatre); Guys and Dolls (National Tour); Platonov (Almeida); A Christmas Carol ( Liverpool Playhouse); Once in a Lifetime,Company, Sweet Charity, Accrington Pals (Manchester Library Theatre – Manchester Evening News Best Actress Award for this season of plays); Chorus of Disapproval, Revengers Comedies, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, The Linden Tree, The Dining Room (The Stephen Joseph Theatre Scarborough).

Film and Television credits include: The Snowman (Working Title Films); Asylum (Paramount); The Old Curiosity Shop (Disney); Eastenders (BBC); Midsomer Murders (ITV); Casualty (BBC); Emmerdale (ITV); Doctors (BBC); The Royal (ITV).

Radio credits include: Women of an Uncertain Age and The Outside Child for the BBC.

Psyche Stott (Director)

Psyche work has taken her to Rome, Australia, Europe and throughout the UK, enabling her to work in Regional Theatre, West End as well as on National and International Tours. In 2006 she won the Channel 4 Regional Directors Award (now the, Regional Theatre Young Director Award) enabling her to work as Director in Residence, mentored by Erica Whyman at Northern Stage alongside a wealth of international visiting artists including Robert Lepage and his company Ex-Machina, who spent six weeks in residence with Northern stage developing Lypsynch. Psyche continued with Northern Stage as Associate Director for their UK tour of Our Friends in the North. Training includes the National Theatre Studio. 

As Associate Director, she has worked with award winning directors including; Sir Richard Eyre, Anna Mackmin and Rachel Kavanaugh. Psyche regularly supports the work of emerging artists in her capacity as a selector for NSDF and as Connections Director for the National Theatre. She is also a regular guest Director for the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and is currently on the audition panel for RADA.

Previous productions for RADA include: Suddenly Last Summer, Something Unspoken, Kindertransport, The Five Wives of Maurice Pinder, Women of Twilight. 

Some directing highlights include: Lucy Kirkwood’s NSFW (Platform Theatre London); The 20th anniversary production of David Farrs, Elton John’s Glasses (Watford Palace Theatre); The Fighting Bradfords, new commission (Gala Theatre, Durham); Blue Remembered Hills (Northern Stage & UK Tour); Skylight (Teatro Dell’Orologio, Rome); Come Back to the Five and Dime Jimmy Dean Jimmy Dean (Old Joint Stock Theatre); The Australian Premiere of the Award winning British hit comedy Calendar Girls (for Gordon Frost Organisation, Lyric Theatre, QPAC Brisbane, Theatre Royal Sydney and Comedy Theatre Melbourne); Calendar Girls (Chichester Festival Theatre and New UK Tour); Pub Quiz (New Writing North and Northeast Theatre Consortium Regional Tour). 

Directing for BBC Radio: Brian Friel’s Hedda Gabler (BBC Radio 4).

As Associate Director credits include: Wind in the Willows, new stage version by Stiles and Drewe (West End & UK Tour), Impossible, Jamie Hendry Productions (Singapore); The Illusionists Live (UK, Dubai & European Tour & ITV Xmas Special 2013); Calendar Girls (Original UK Tour & West End); Our Friends in the North (Northern Stage & UK Tour.

Simon Kenny (Set and Costume Designer)

Simon is a set and costume designer working in theatre, opera, musical theatre and live performance, across the UK and internationally. He has been selected to represent the UK at the 2019 Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design.

Previously for The English Theatre Frankfurt: Cabaret, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Venus in Fur, The Collector, Saturday Night Fever.

Recent theatre credits include: Noughts & Crosses (national tour for Pilot); the multi award-winning Sweeney Todd in a purpose built pie shop (West End and Off-Broadway, Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Set Design of a Musical), and Barbarians, a multi-storey performance in the abandoned St Martin’s School of Art building (both for Tooting Arts Club); The Selfish Giant, a new folk opera by Guy Chambers (West End); Macbeth (Stafford Castle); Holes (Nottingham Playhouse); Princess & The Hustler, Black Men Walking (national tours for Eclipse); Arthur Miller’s Broken Glass (Watford Palace); and The Wind in the Willows (Sherman).

Other designs include Glyn Maxwell’s stage adaptation of Babette’s Feast (Print Room); Twelfth Night, The Merchant of Venice (Shakespeare’s Globe); Driving Miss Daisy, Saturday Night Fever (Theatre Royal Bath and UK tour); Rose with Dame Janet Suzman (HOME Manchester); Fallen Angels (Salisbury Playhouse); Sleeping Beauty, The Ladykillers, Sleuth (Watermill); Ghosts (Theatr Clwyd); In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play (Ustinov/St James); Island (National Theatre); Entertaining Mr Sloane (UK tour, London Classic Theatre); Tales from the Bar of Lost Souls, a British Council collaboration with imitating the dog and the National Theatre of Greece; and BorderForce, an immersive installation/performance/club event for Duckie.

Opera credits include: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Le Nozze di Figaro (Nevill Holt Opera); the world premiere stagings of Stephen McNeff’s Vivienne (Linbury Studio, Royal Opera House) and A Voice of One Delight (Riverside Studios); The Cunning Little Vixen, Háry János, The Prodigal Son, The Homecoming, Orlando (all Ryedale Festival); Carmen (Hampstead Garden Opera).

Richard G Jones (Lighting Designer)

Richard has previously lit Cabaret, Jekyll & Hyde, Other Desert Cities, The Collector, Venus in Fur, Good People and Breaking the Code for The English Theatre Frankfurt. Richard lit the actor musician Broadway Production of Sweeney Todd at the Eugene O’Neill Theater, for which he was nominated for an Outer Circle Critics Award and won a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lighting Design. He was nominated for a TMA Theatre Award for best lighting design for The Railway Children staged at the National Railway Museum York and a DORA for the Toronto production. 

Richard’s West End work includes productions of Only Fools and Horses the Musical, Sunset Boulevard, Sweeney Todd, The Gondoliers, Mack and Mabel, Carmen,  When Pigs Fly, Steptoe and Son, Horrid Henry Live and Horrid, Female Parts, Behud, The Complete World of Sport (abridged), The Complete Works of Shakespeare (abridged) {revised}, as well as The Railway Children at the Kings Cross Theatre. UK National tours include The League of Gentlemen Live Again, Early Doors,  Supervet Welcome to my World,  Sister Act, Calamity Jane, Son of a Preacher Man,  Fiddler on the Roof, Strictly Confidential, Beautiful Thing, Wuthering Heights, Rasputin, Candide, The Hot Mikado, Canterbury Tales, Spongebob Squarepants the Sponge that could Fly, Accidental Death of an Anarchist, To Kill a Mockingbird and The Diary of Anne Frank.  

Richard has recently lit the South Africa, Australia and New Zealand tours of Dynamo Seeing is Believing and The Catherine Tate Show Live (Phil McIntyre Entertainment) and Intemperance (New Vic Theatre Stoke). Richard is currently working on designs for Swallows and Amazons (York Theatre Royal), Dear Uncle (Theatre by the Lake Keswick)  and Strictly Come Dancing Arena Tour 2020 (Phil McIntyre Entertainment and Stage Entertainment).

Hendrik Dingler (Sound Designer)

Hendrik Dingler is a Frankfurt am Main based composer, sound designer, EDM DJ & live performer known as Hendrik Klangrausch and audio engineer. Since 2015 and after finishing his studies in Electronic Composition at the Folkwang UdK in Essen, he works full-time at The English Theatre Frankfurt. Pieces of him were played at the Lange Nacht der Museen (Darmstadt), the Galerie Lausberg (Toronto, Canada) and at the Music Festivals Limburg on/off, Next Generation (ZKM, Karlsruhe), Linux Audio Conference (Maynooth, Ireland) and the Musicacoustica−Bejing (China).

Compositions and Sound Designs: Quadrangle AV (Cultural Capital 2010, Zeche Zollverein Essen, Germany); Ruhrlautsonate (Pina Bausch Theatre, Folkwang UdK); Stadt Land Ruhr (Pina Bausch Theatre, Folkwang UdK); Cats lost in Space (short film by Eva Münnich); Regenbogenmaschine (short movie by Samuel Maasho and Riccardo Jurkovic); Apologia, The Lion in Winter, Hand to God, Disgraced, Witches, Living with Lady Macbeth (all for The English Theatre Frankfurt); TAMAH (short film by Erhan Yürük, participation at the 6th International Film Music Competition, original music by Jeremy Dirat); Cut’n go ahead v.0.1.5 (performance at the Institut für Neue Medien Frankfurt).

Melanie Schöberl  (Assistant Costume Design)

Melanie`s first experience as a costume designer was for the Chaincourt Theatre Company at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität in Frankfurt am Main. In 2006 she worked as a costume assistant for the choreographer/director Wanda Golonka on Crave by Sarah Kane. During the same year she was part of the creative team of the Sebastian Hartmann production Being Lawinky. She did costume design for The Threepenny Opera, The Crucible and Master Class. Her work for ETF as assistant costume designer includes The Who`s Tommy, Rain Man, Breaking the Code, Sweet Charity, Good People, The Ruling Class, Saturday Night Fever, Venus in Fur, The Collector, Other Desert Cities, Death and the Maiden, The Glass Menagerie, The Life, Disgraced, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Spamalot, Handbagged, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Pygmalion, Jekyll & Hyde, Hand to God, The Lion in Winter, Cabaret and Apologia.