Christopher’s theatre work includes leading roles with the NT, regional theatre and London’s fringe, as well as a large body of classical and contemporary work with the RSC and the ESC. More recently has worked on new plays such as Jack Shepherd’s In Lambeth, Stephen Wyatt’s Told Look Younger and Mike Poulton’s acclaimed adaptation of A Tale of Two Cities directed by James Dacre.
His work on film includes Merchant-Ivory’s Maurice, 51st State with Samuel L Jackson and he was Al in Maestro – the award-winning short for Primal Screen. His recent television work includes Sherlock, Mr Selfridge and Silent Witness.
Directing work includes Pinter’s The Dumb Waiter in Chicago, Berlin and the Young Vic. He works extensively with acting students at leading drama schools in the UK and has just directed Rookery Nook (Ben Travers) and The Shakespeare Project for the Manchester School of Theatre.
Christopher became increasingly interested in developing his own work and The Noontide Sun was formed to produce Patrick Süskind’s The Double Bass, which played to great critical acclaim in London. In 2015 (with Claire Allfree) he devised a dramatised compilation of children’s Christmas poetry, which he performed at the Brewhouse Arts Centre in Taunton.
As a writer, he has written scripts and short stories and has recently completed State of Mind which he work-shopped with the RSC
David is a director and acting teacher. Productions include: A Russian Play (Lion and Unicorn); Broadway in the Shadows (Luxembourg/Arcola); Life of Galileo (BAC/Washington DC); Richard III, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet, Henry V, The Tempest and Comedy of Errors (Cambridge Shakespeare Festival); Ghetto (Pleasance–Guardian International Student Drama Award). As associate director: Blackbird (Albery/EIF); Female of the Species (Vaudeville); The Shape Of Things, Lulu and Richard II (Almeida). David currently works at the Manchester School of Theatre.
Hilary Townley‘s acting credits include leading roles in acclaimed productions for the RSC, the West End, Broadway and as a founder member of Deborah Warner’s award winning Kick Theatre. She has worked in TV and radio and has been a presenter for London’s LBC Radio on their popular Drivetime slot. She has worked on the B.Supreme Festival for Women in Hip Hop at the South Bank and on the ground breaking Dare2Dance programme and works with independance to develop their Hip Hop programme in Brixton.
She worked with The Noontide Sun to produce The Double Bass in London and is happy to be producing Venus and Adonis at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Stephen is delighted to return to the Edinburgh Fringe 30 years after his last production, Hauptman by John Logan, won a Fringe First. He went on to produce John Logan’s first play Never The Sinner at the Playhouse Theatre, London. The production starred Joss Ackland and Julian Glover and featured a young Ben Daniels, who was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actor. Stephen has spent the intervening years practicing medicine, studying Jazz piano, writing songs and composing music. He is a regular visitor to the Festival and Friend of the Edinburgh Fringe.
CLOSE QUARTER PRODUCTIONS
Close Quarter Productions is a UK/US company, formed by Giles Cole and Alexander “Sandy” Marshall. It has produced 30 productions including The Art of Concealment (London, written by Cole); And in the End, The Death and Life of John Lennon (Edinburgh, Sydney & London, written and directed by Marshall); The Heart of Things (London, written by Cole); Max Maven: Thinking In Person (New York, directed by Marshall); A.A. Milne’s The Dover Road (London); Pasteboard Warrior (Chicago, directed by Marshall) and, most recently, When Love Grows Old (Brighton Fringe, written by Cole).