Cast & Creative

Cast & Creative

Cast

Cameron Leigh as PIAF

Cameron trained at Italia Conti and The Royal Ballet School. Theatre credits include: The White Feather (Union Theatre/Arion Productions); playing The Queen in Fables and Fairytales (The Spa Bridlington); the title role of Charlotte in Charlotte’s Web (Gordon Craig Theatre); Ruth’s Mother in the acclaimed Dessa Rose (Trafalgar Studios); Adelaide Adams in Calamity Jane (Shaftesbury Theatre/UK Tour); creating the roles of Lola & Salome in Imagine This (New London Theatre); Jemima & Victoria in Cats (New London Theatre/Cameron Mackintosh); Roxie Hart in Chicago (Adelphi and Cambridge Theatres West End plus UK, European & Hong Kong Tours); Alternate Narrator in Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (New London Theatre/UK Tour); Estella & understudying Anita in West Side Story (No. 1 UK Tour); Alice in Wimbledon (Fortune Theatre); Viva la Diva (Arena/UK Tour) and Featured Singer for Katherine Jenkins Believe Tour. Cameron has also appeared in numerous pantomimes including Aladdin (Theatre Royal, Windsor). She also performed on the Cast Recording of Imagine This. Screen credits include: Hide (Channel 4); The Western Frontiers (Sky Television); the Viva La Diva DVD; Katherine Jenkins’ Believe Tour DVD, Royal Variety Show and Children in Need.

Samantha Spurgin as TOINE

Trained at Drama Studio London - Theatre includes PIAF, (The Other Place/Pingng Productions) Jari Laakso Glinda in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, (PMA) The Grand Guignol (The Space), Dido Queen of Carthage, (The Rose Theatre), Between 10 and 6, (The Leicester Square Theatre/ Cuckoo bang) Hound, (The Riverside Studios/Wet Paint) Lavinia in The Dunwich Horrow, (The Courtyard Theatre), Abigail Williams, The Crucible,( Winston Churchill Theatre) Film and TV include Feature Film, Claire, All About Town, Tower of Light Motion Picture Company, Sam Marlowe Shona, Enemy Within, Reality Lies, The Judge, Faith Drama Productions, Feature Film, Charlie, Rehab, Recoil Films, ,Feature Film, Helen, London Paris New York, Fox Entertainment, TV, The Bill - Talkback Thames

Valerie Cutko as MARLENE/MADELEINE/NURSE

Valerie trained at Boston Conservatory. West End credits include Fraulein Kost in Cabaret, Madame Egorova in Beautiful and Damned and The Queen of Transylvania in My Fair Lady (National Theatre, Theatre Royal Drury Lane and in the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall). She played Madame Giry in The Phantom of the Opera (UK Tour) and Mrs Mullin in Carousel at the Arcola Theatre. This summer she appeared as Rafaella in Grand Hotel at the Southwark Playhouse, reprising the role she took over in Tommy Tune's original Broadway production. She played Ninotchka in Silk Stockings in a concert staging at Sadler's Wells, a role she reprised with an American cast in Manhattan to critical acclaim. Film credits include Les Miserables and The Phantom of the Opera ; on television she was in The Robinsons and Material Girl (both BBC). Radio credits for the BBC include Tales Of The City, The Midnight Cry Of The Deathbird and The Gobetweenies. She regularly hosts Sunday cabaret at at Lauderdale House in Highgate and has performed in cabaret and revue at venues including the St James Studio, Jermyn Street Theatre and King's Head Theatre.

Mal Hall as CHARLES/LEGIONNAIRE/JEAN/RAYMOND/GEORGE

Training: Arts Educational Schools London. Credits whilst training include: Pastor John in Defect (World Premiere), Everett Baker in Crazy for You, Roger Strong in Catch me if you Can (European Premiere), George in Sunday in the Park with George, and Captain Corcoran in H.M.S. Pinafore. Theatre credits include: Marcel/Ensemble in Piaf (Bridewell Theatre) Workshops include: Hard Tale of Winter at The Old Vic (Assistant Musical Director) Concerts include: Follies in Concert (Royal Albert Hall), Featured Ensemble in Friday Night is Music Night for BBC Radio 2, Olivier Awards 2013 Mal is delighted to be taking over as MD on Piaf, and would like to thank his family for their continued love and support.

Brian Gilligan as BRUNO/EDDIE/AMERICAN SAILOR/JACQUES/DOPE PUSHER

Trained in Music Performance at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Theatre includes: Deco in The Commitments (Palace Theatre, London), Billy in The Commitments (Palace Theatre, London) Perchik in Fiddler on the Roof (Jim Molloy Productions 2011), Man 1 in Songs for a New World (Mermaid Arts Centre, Dublin, 2011), The Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz (Helix DCU, Dublin 2011), Robinson Crusoe in Robinson Crusoe and the Caribbean Pirates pantomime (Gaiety, Dublin 2011-12), Anglo Boy 4 in Anglo the Musical (Olympia, Dublin 2013), Sean Og O Coileain in The Promise Musical (Irish premiere, Helix DCU, Dublin 2012), Curly in Oklahoma! (National Concert Hall 2012) and Michael Collins in Michael Collins a Musical Drama (Tivoli, Dublin 2013). Opera and operetta include: Frederic in The Pirates of Penzance (Festival Productions 2008 and New Lyric Opera Productions 2010), Marco in The Gondoliers (Festival Productions 2009), Parpignol in La Bohème (Lyric Opera Productions 2009), Giuseppe in La Traviata, Normanno in Lucia di Lammermoor and The Registrar in Madame Butterfly (Lyric Opera Productions 2010), Blink in Die Fledermaus (Loughcrew Garden Opera 2011), Camille in The Merry Widow and Un Messo in Il Trovatore(Lyric Opera Productions 2011) and Lensky in Eugene Onegin, Ferrando in Così Fan Tutte and Sam in Street Scene (Opera in the Open 2012)

Kit Smith as LOUIS LEPLEE/GERMAN SOLIDER/AMERICAN OFFICER/DOCTOR/MONSIEUR VAMBERT

Kit’s recent credits include Funny Money for G&G Productions (Dugdale, Enfield), Britannia Fury for Hillcrest Artists and the recently released feature film Echoes where, as an aspiring Eurovision entrant, Kit draws on his past as a musician; he can also be heard voicing characters for this Christmas’s Cinderella on Ice at Alexandra Palace. Other actor-musician roles include playing the lead as a drug-fuelled rockstar wannabe in Virginia Plain for Firebird Theatre and a nightclub pianist in Awake for Black Box Theatre. Kit trained at Mountview Academy and is delighted to be involved in the Charing Cross Theatre production of Piaf.

Philip Murray Watson as LOUIS/LITTLE LOUIS/GERMAN SOLDIER/LUCIEN/THEO

Philip was the Musical Director and Lead Singer in the live band in the National Theatre’s One Man Two Guvnors, on tour and in the West End. He has also curated music and performed at the Old Vic’s 24 Hour Plays Gala and was in Manon Sandra at the NT Studio. He previously performed with the National Youth Theatre. His own music has featured on BBC Introducing and he performs live both solo and with a full band. www.philipmurraywarson.com For composition enquiries contact Nick Quinn at the Agency: nq-office@theagency.co.uk

Zac Hamilton as MARCEL/EMIL/POLICE INSPECTOR/AMERICAN SAILOR/YVES

Training: London College of Music Theatre credits include: Ensemble in The Mikado (The Charing Cross Theatre); Elgar's Light of Life (Live Theatre); Prince Hilarion Princess Ida (Finborough Theatre); Conrad Birdie in Bye Bye Birdie (Ye olde Rose & Crown); Edward Brown in The White Feather(The Union Theatre) and John in John & Jen (The Et Cetera Theatre)

Stephanie Prior as (UNDERSTUDY) TOINE/MARLENE DIETRICH/MADELEINE/NURSE

Training: Arts Educational (Acting Course)Theatre credits include: Lucy in A Study in Scarlet (Southwark Playhouse); Pamela in An Innocent Man (Stack 10); Musician in Little Red Riding Hood (Omnibus); Chorus in Clever Old Woman (Omnibus); Spirit in When the Fallen Sang(Lightning Ensemble); Girlfriend in Thomas the Watchmaker (Stack 10); Jennifer Parker in Shawshank Redemption (Future Cinema) Credits Whilst Training include: Gracein Ice Cream & Hot Fudge; Clown in Twelfth Night; Queenie in The Wild Party.

Creative

Jari Laakso, Director

Jari Laakso, born in Finland, trained at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. His main interests lie in musical theatre and plays, working on new writing and re-discovering old classics. Jari has just completed his postgraduate in Musical Theatre Writing at Goldsmiths College.
 Credits include: PIAF (Brighton Fringe Festival - director); Tempest (London Theatre Workshop - dramaturge); Suicides and Small Talk (Lost Theatre & Old Red Lion Theatre – director); Ah Wilderness! (London Theatre Workshop - dramaturge); Consumed (UK Tour - assistant director); Sports Play (UK Tour & Soho Theatre - assistant director). Twitter: @laaksojari

Mal Hall, Musical Director

Training Arts Educational Schools London. Credits whilst training include: Pastor John in Defect (World Premiere), Everett Baker in Crazy for You, Roger Strong in Catch me if you Can (European Premiere), George in Sunday in the Park with George, and Captain Corcoran in H.M.S. Pinafore. Theatre credits include: Marcel/Ensemble in Piaf (Bridewell Theatre) Workshops include: Hard Tale of Winter at The Old Vic (Assistant Musical Director) Concerts include: Follies in Concert (Royal Albert Hall), Featured Ensemble in Friday Night is Music Night for BBC Radio 2, Olivier Awards 2013 Mal is delighted to be taking over as MD on Piaf, and would like to thank his family for their continued love and support.

Isaac McCullough, Musical Supervisor

Trained at Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester and Royal College of Music, London. Musical Direction includes Zanna, Don’t (Landor Theatre); Lost Boy (Finborough / Charing Cross); From Up Here (Tristan Bates Theatre).
As Assistant/Associate Musical Director: European Premiere of Dessa Rose (Trafalgar Studios); The Adventures of Pinocchio (Greenwich Theatre); The Other School (St James Theatre & GSA); Into the Woods (All Saints Church, Hove). Isaac teaches singing at Sylvia Young’s Theatre School and is an Associate Tutor at Guildford School of Acting.

Katya Bourvis, Movement Director

A native of London, Katya is a graduate of English National Ballet School and has performed with English National Ballet. After graduating Katya joined Stuttgart Ballet, performing in works such as Giselle, Songs of the Earth, Requiem and Onegin. She then moved to Aalto Ballett Theatre Essen performing soloist roles in Midsummer nights dream and having the pleasure of working on David Dawson’s modern version of Giselle.

Pippa Batt, Designer

Pippa trained at Cleveland College of Art and Design before undertaking a Postgraduate Diploma in Theatre Costume at RADA. She is currently Resident Costume Designer for Arion Productions and part-time Wardrobe Assistant at RADA. Credits as Costume Designer – Piaf (Bridewell Theatre), Annie (Madinat Theatre, Dubai), Marriage a la Mode (LSMT), Dessa Rose (Trafalgar Studios), The A-Z of Mrs P (Southwark Playhouse), The Broken Token (UCLA), Passing By (Tristan Bates transfer), Prince of Thebes, Oedipus Rex and Antigone (More London outdoor theatre at The Scoop), As Is (Finborough Theatre), Measure For Measure (Union Theatre), Rooms (Finborough Theatre), Bespoke designs for London Fashion Week, A Winter’s Tale (Landor Theatre), Passing By (Finborough Theatre), The Thing About Men (The Landor Theatre) Much Ado About Nothing (GBS Theatre for NYU), The Pied Piper (Highworth School) Twelfth Night (Vanbrugh Theatre), As You Like It (Changeling Touring Theatre).

Chris Randall, Lighting Designer

Chris trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and is currently Technical Manager at Polka Theatre. Lighting designs for Polka include: Peter Pan (winner of the 2015 Offie for Best Production for Under 8s), Grandad, Me... and Teddy Too, Gorilla, The Odyssey, Lullaby, Inside Out, and Ugly Duckling. Most recently Beasty Baby with Theatre Rites for Christmas 2015 As former Assistant Electrician at York Theatre Royal he lit a score of productions; from musicals and operas to drama and work for younger audiences. With companies including: tutti frutti, Pilot Theatre, York Light Opera Company, York Opera, Once Seen and YTR.