a theatre by the lake production


by Moira Buffini

Showing Fri 16 June – Fri 4 November Previews Thu 15 June, 7.30pm

Creative team

Louie Whitemore

Louie Whitemore


Louie trained at Motley Theatre Design and the Royal Scottish Conservatoire. Old Vic 12 2016 finalist and JMK 2010 finalist.

Theatre includes: Stewart Lee: Content Provider (UK Tour); Good Soul (Young Vic); The Chair, The Minotaur, My Father Odysseus (Unicorn Theatre); The
Winter’s Tale (NAPA Karachi); Lost Land (Jenin, Palestine); Potted Sherlock (Vaudeville Theatre, UK Tour); Three Birds (Bush Theatre, Royal Exchange Theatre); Egusi Soup (Soho Theatre); Mud (Gate Theatre); The Dog, The Night And The Knife (Arcola Theatre); Shakespeare Untold, The Magic Playroom (UK Tour, Pleasance Theatre); I Am A Superhero (Old Vic New Voices at Theatre 503); The Kitchen (National Theatre); Black Battles With Dogs, Figaro Gets Divorced, The Wild Duck, The Winter’s Tale (Set designs for The Cochrane).

Opera credits include: Messiah (Danish Opera, Frankfurt Opera); Die Zauberflöte, Dead Man Walking (Schwerin Opera); Carmen (Dorset Opera); Serse (Iford Opera); Banished (Blackheath Halls); The Magic Flute, Carmen, La Bohème, Albert Herring, The Marriage of Figaro (costume design for Co-Opera Co).

Dance credits include: The Nutcracker (Shanghai Ballet); Egle, Angelina Ballerina (English National Ballet); Unsilenced (English National Ballet Youth Company); Choreographics, Dance Journeys (English National Ballet at Sadler’s Wells, The Barbican). Unsilenced (English National Ballet Youth Company).

Claire Nicolas

Claire Nicolas

(Costume Supervisor)

Claire is a French costume supervisor and costume maker.

She studied Fashion Design in Paris at the Atelier Chardon-Savard, where she learned dressmaking for both women and menswear, and also developed a passion for the history of costume and fashion. That’s when she discovered her love for theatrical costume. In 2007, she moved to London after briefly working in the French film industry.

She has specialised in costume supervision over the last 9 years, keeping a hand in dressmaking and other specialities related to costume such as dyeing, ageing and hand-embellishment.

She has had the chance to work for some of the most famous British institutions, like the English National Opera, Royal Opera House, Sadler’s Wells, and in the West end. She works extensively across various productions for stage work mainly, but has also worked in film and advertising, and is currently working on large productions as well as smaller scale projects. She is thrilled to enjoy lovely Keswick and to work at the Theatre by the Lake for the 2018 Summer Season.

Giles Thomas

Giles Thomas


Current and forthcoming projects include: Death of a Salesman (Royal & Derngate); The Ugly One (Park Theatre); DYL (Old Red Lion Theatre); Disco Pigs (Trafalgar Studios); Wait Until Dark (UK Tour).

Composer & Sound Design credits include: How My Light is Spent (Theatre by the Lake, Royal Exchange Theatre, Sherman Theatre); Othello (Tobacco Factory); Wish List, YEN
(Royal Exchange Theatre and Royal Court); Contractions (Sheffield Theatres); Correspondence (Old Red Lion Theatre); I See You (Royal Court); Pomona (National Theatre, Royal Exchange Theatre & Orange Tree Theatre); Sparks (Old Red Lion Theatre); The Titanic Orchestra, This Will End Badly, Allie (Edinburgh).
Sound Design credits include: A Dark Night in Dalston (Park Theatre); What Shadows (Birmingham Rep); They Drink It In The Congo (Almeida Theatre); The Sugar-Coated Bullets of the Bourgeoisie (Arcola Theatre, HighTide Festival); Decades (The Brit
School for Performing Arts); The Snow Queen (Nuffield Theatre, Southampton & Royal & Derngate); Orson’s Shadow (Southwark Playhouse).

Associate Sound Designer on: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (National Theatre); Henry IV (Donmar Warehouse & tour); Henry V (Michael Grandage Company, West End); 1984 (West End, UK Tour).

Music Producer on: An Appointment with the Wickerman (National Theatre of Scotland).

Giles was nominated for Best Sound Designer - Offie Awards 2015 - for his work on Pomona.

Chris Davey

Chris Davey

(Lighting Designer)

Chris has designed extensively for Shared Experience, Royal Court, Hampstead Theatre, Lyric Theatre Hammersmith, Royal Exchange Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Royal Lyceum Edinburgh, Citizens Theatre Glasgow, Birmingham Rep and Manchester International Festival. For the National Theatre: Or You Could Kiss Me, Beyond the Horizon, Spring Storm, Harper Regan, The Seagull, Pillars of the Community, A Dream Play, Iphiginia at Aulis, War and Peace, Baby Doll and The Colour of Justice.

For the Royal Shakespeare Company: Titus Andronicus, Twelfth Night, The Winter’s Tale, Pericles, Cymbeline, Alice in Wonderland, Night of the Soul, Romeo and Juliet, A
Midsummer Night’s Dream, (Everyman both also in New York), A Month in the Country, Troilus and Cressida, The Comedy of Errors (world tour) Mysteria and Easter.

Recent designs include: Rose (Home, Manchester); 42nd Street (Théâtre du Châtelet); Vamos Cuba! (Sadler’s Wells); 1984 (Northern Ballet); Sweeney Todd (Welsh National Opera, La Monnaie, Brussels); The Car Man, Lord of the Flies (Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, Sadler’s Wells, national and international tours); Carlos Acosta Classical Farewell (Royal Albert Hall); The Driver’s Seat (National Theatre of Scotland); TheGraduate, The Crucible, The Shawshank Redemption, Dial M for Murder, High Society and Wonderful Town (national tours) and Eventual Progress (Ekaterinburgh Opera and Ballet Theatre, Russia).

Charmian Hoare

Charmian Hoare

(Voice Coach)

Recent theatre credits include: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mosquitoes, Barber Shop Chronicles, The Deep Blue Sea, The Plough and the Stars, Peter Pan, Ugly Lies the Bone, The Consent, Angels in America, Pinocchio, Network,
John, The Great Wave, Absolute Hell (National Theatre); Forty Years On, Fiddler on the Roof, Quiz and Present Laughter (Chichester Festival Theatre); Road (Royal Court); Frost/ Nixon (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield); Luna Gale and Rabbit Hole (Hampstead Theatre); The Hook and The Herbal Bed (Northampton Royal and Derngate); Million Dollar Quartet (Regional Tour); Made in Dagenham (Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch); Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); The Treatment and Against (Almeida Theatre); Welcome Home Captain Fox, One Night in Miami (Donmar Warehouse); Abigail’s Party, While the Sun Shines, Talking Heads, Half a Life (Theatre Royal, Bath); William Wordsworth and Handbagged (Theatre by the Lake, Keswick); Playhouse Creatures and The Kitchen Sink (New Vic Theatre, Stoke on Trent); Jekyll and Hyde (National Tour).

She is also a member of the Voice Department at the National Theatre and trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

Ellie Collyer-Bristow

Ellie Collyer-Bristow

(Casting Director)

Ellie is delighted to be casting the 2017 season for Theatre by the Lake. Other current projects include a new musical about Dusty Springfield for Eleanor Lloyd Productions and the UK tour of Wait Until Dark.

Other recent credits include: Madame Rubinstein (Park Theatre); A Lie of the Mind (Southwark Playhouse); Dirty Great Love Story (Arts Theatre); Fool for Love (Found 111); The Wind in the Willows (Theatre Royal Plymouth, Lowry, Mayflower and London Palladium); Much Ado About Nothing (ReFASHIONed Theatre at Selfridges for The Faction); French Without Tears (Orange Tree/English Touring Theatre and UK tour); Night Must Fall (Salisbury Playhouse/Original Theatre Company and UK tour); Sideways (St. James Theatre); Gaslight (Ed Mirvish Toronto); The Glass Menagerie (Nuffield Southampton Theatre); Dancing at Lughnasa (Lyric Theatre Belfast); Handbagged (Eleanor Lloyd Productions and UK tour); The Gathered Leaves (Park Theatre); Arcadia (English Touring Theatre and UK tour); Told Look Younger (Jermyn Street Theatre); Eldorado (Arcola Theatre); Tape (Trafalgar Studios); Blue Remembered Hills, Playhouse Creatures, Fred's Diner (Chichester Festival Theatre), Four Nights In Knaresborough (Southwark Playhouse); Fings Ain’t Wot They Used T’Be and Bernarda Alba (Union Theatre); This Is How It Goes and A Christmas Carol (King’s Head Theatre).

Ellie previously worked as Casting Associate for the Ambassador Theatre Group.

Siân Williams

Siân Williams

(Movement Director)

Founded The Kosh dance theatre company with Michael Merwitzer.

Choreography includes: The Messiah (Birmingham Rep & Tour); Troilus and Cressida (RSC); Hamlet, As You Like It, Twelfth Night, The Merchant of Venice, The Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare’s Globe) Handbagged, As You Like It, The Secret Garden, Sense and Sensibility (Theatre by the Lake); Room (Theatre Royal Stratford East); Powerplay (Hampton Court); The Taming Of The Shrew (Shakespeare’s Globe Education); Dedication (Nuffield Theatre, Southampton); Pride and Prejudice (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); The Night Watch (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester); Singin’ In The Rain (Bolton Octagon/ Salisbury Playhouse/ New Vic Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Play for the Nation, Wolf Hall, Bring Up The Bodies, The Mouse and His Child (RSC); I Am Thomas (Told By An Idiot/ Scottish National Theatre); Kate Bush’s concerts Before the Dawn (Hammersmith Apollo); Wolf Hall Parts 1 & 2 (Winter Gardens Theatre, New York for RSC/ Playful Productions); Wolf Hall (BBC2 TV); The Knight of the Burning Pestle, The Changeling, Romeo and Juliet tour; Hamlet Globe to Globe Tour; As You Like It, Measure for Measure, Heresy of Love, Pericles, The Tempest (Shakespeare’s Globe); Ben Hur (Tricycle Theatre / Fiery Angel); My People (Theatre Clwyd / Invertigo Theatre Company); Merry Wives of Windsor (Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre); Twelfth Night, Richard III (Belasco Theatre, New York for Sonia Friedman Productions/Shakespeare’s Globe); Eternal Love, Anne Boleyn (English Touring Theatre); Oh! What a Lovely War (Northern Stage); Cafe Chaos, The Storeroom (The Kosh).

Kash Arshad

Kash Arshad

(Assistant Director)

Kash was most recently Assistant Trainee Director on Romeo and Juliet at West Yorkshire Playhouse. Previously he was Associate Director on North Country for Freedom Studios, directed by Alex Chisholm and before that completed the RTYDS three month placement as Assistant Director on #ChipShoptheMusical with Freedom Studios/Bolton Octagon.

He has directed My Mum the Racist (Slung Low Shorts, Slung Low Hub); Destiny Does as She’s Told and Cob (Manchester ADP, The King’s Arms); The Big Reveal (Abooo Theatre, HOME); Tactics and Cravings (Hercules Productions, The Wonder Inn); Fat Penguin or Chubby Polar Bear (Finecomb Theatre, Theater Arlecchino, Basel).

He was also Assistant Director on an award-winning new adaptation of Kafka’s The Trial for People Zoo Productions, as part of the Greater Manchester Fringe and Edinburgh Fringe. Kash co-runs Rogue Bones Theatre Company, who recently performed at Paines Plough’s Roundabout and he will direct Free Fall by Vinay Patel for them at the Greater Manchester Fringe this year.

Kash is very excited to be a part of the Handbagged company and is looking forward to his first working experience of Theatre by the Lake.