Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense

A play from the works of P.G. Wodehouse by The Goodale Brothers

Showing Thu 24 May - Sat 27 Oct

Creative team

Colin Falconer

Colin Falconer


Colin studied Interior and Environmental Design at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, and Theatre Design at Nottingham Trent University.

Theatre credits include: After the Dance (Theatre by the Lake); Doctor Faustus (Tangle/Arcola Theatre); A Fox on the Fairway (Queens Theatre, Hornchurch); Travels with My Aunt (Chichester Festival Theatre); Workshop Negative (Gate Theatre); Cabaret, Urinetown (Arts Educational); The Three Lions (St James Theatre); Rumpelstiltskin (Theatre Royal Bath/ MAC Belfast); Travels With My Aunt (Menier Chocolate Factory); Blue/ Orange (Theatre Royal Brighton and tour); There We Have Been, Everything
and Nothing (Sadler’s Wells Theatre); The Importance of Being Earnest, Travesties (Birmingham Rep); Mummyji Presents, Happy Birthday Sunita (Rifco/ Watford Palace Theatre); The Constant Wife, The Picture, Private Lives, The Winslow Boy, Restoration, Northanger Abbey (Salisbury Playhouse); Blithe Spirit (Watford Palace Theatre); Outlying Islands (Theatre Royal Bath); The House of Bernarda Alba, Siwan, The Misanthrope, Endgame, Dominos (Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru); Romeo and Juliet, Three Sisters (Chichester Festival Theatre); The Merchant of Venice (Royal Shakespeare Company); The Misanthrope, The Secret Rapture, Hysteria (Minerva Theatre, Chichester); The Blue Room (Theatre Royal Haymarket); Acis and Galatea, Dido and Aeneas, Hansel und Gretel (RSAMD Glasgow); Aladdin (Costumes, Scottish Ballet) and Twelfth Night (Liverpool Playhouse).

Johanna Town

Johanna Town

(Lighting Designer)

Work at Theatre by the Lake includes Here I Belong (Pentabus), Remarkable Invisible, Miss Julie.

Theatre work includes Dear Lupin, Fences, What the Butler Saw, Some Like It Hip Hop, Betrayal, Speaking in Tongues, Beautiful Thing (West End); Rose (National Theatre/Broadway); My Name is Rachel Corrie (Royal Court/ West End/New York); Guantanamo (New York/Tricycle/West End); Arabian Nights, Our Lady of Sligo (New York); Haunted (Royal Exchange/New York); The Steward of Christendom (Out of Joint/Broadway); Macbeth, The Permanent Way, Our Country’s Good (Out of Joint/World Tour); Don Quixote, The Tragedy of Thomas Hobbes (Royal Shakespeare Company);
Frankenstein, Guys and Dolls, The House of Bernarda Alba, King Lear (Manchester Royal Exchange); Describe the Night, Experience, Deposit (Hampstead Theatre); The Big Corner (Octagon Theatre); A Mad World My Masters (English Touring Theatre/Royal Shakespeare Company); Arcadia, Tonight at 8.30 (English Touring Theatre); Moon on a Rainbow Shawl, All My Sons (Talawa); The Norman Conquests, FRACKED!, Educating Rita, The Deep Blue Sea/ Rattigan’s Nijinsky (Chichester Festival Theatre); Brainstorm (National Theatre/ Park Theatre); Medea, Romeo and Juliet (Headlong); One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Love and Information, Julius Caesar, The Nap, That Face (Sheffield Theatres).

Johanna is a Fellow of GSMD, an Associate Artist for Theatre503 and is The Chair of the Association of Lighting Designers.

Jon Nicholls

Jon Nicholls

(Composer / Sound Designer)

Jon studied composition at the London College of Music and electroacoustic music at Dartington.

Music / sound scores for theatre include: Hamlet (RSC); Spring Storm/ Beyond the Horizon and The Holy Rosenbergs (National Theatre); Good Canary, My Brilliant Friend, Much Ado About Nothing (Rose Theatre Kingston); Bakersfield Mist (Duchess Theatre); Yerma, Idomeneus (Gate Theatre); Bracken Moor, Mermaid (Shared Experience); Pink Mist, Medea (Bristol Old Vic); The Duchess of Malfi, The Revenger’s Tragedy, Wonderland, Our Country’s Good (Nottingham Playhouse); Richard III, (the fall of)
The Master Builder (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield); The Norman Conquests (Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse); The Mother, Things We Do For Love, Trouble in Mind (Theatre Royal Bath) and many other productions with theatres including Curve, Royal & Derngate, Northern Stage, Ustinov Studio, Bath, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Theatr Clwyd and Salisbury Playhouse.

Screen work: scores for numerous documentaries for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Sky and Al Jazeera, andover 30 short films. He’s also created music and sound design for over 20 BBC radio dramas and composed two operas, most recently Flicker which premiered at Sadler’s Wells with Aurora Orchestra.

He’s currently working with The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments on sound house, a national touring project combining 17th-century instruments with live electronics inspired by the writings of Francis Bacon.

Zoë Leigh Gadd

Zoë Leigh Gadd


Zoë is a Cumbrian based dance theatre artist, producer and choreographer with an extensive background in university lecturing, performance and choreographic practice both in the UK and internationally.

Zoë established Dance Ahead - Creative Collaboration in 2008 delivering multiple interdisciplinary projects across the North of England, including immersive works #HiddenSpaces15 & The Glass House - devised beneath Carlisle railway station. Additionally, Zoë works as a part-time lecturer in Learning and Teaching in the Performing Arts (Dance) at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and as a visiting practitioner at University of Cumbria - Institute of the Arts.

Recent credits include movement direction for Stephen Sondheim’s Company, co-devising A Midsummer Night’s Dream - Carlisle Schools Tour, both commissioned by UCIA, Carlisle. Recently nominated for the Cumbria Diversity Awards following collaborations with Multicultural Carlisle (MCC), Active Cumbria and local community centres, cross-cultural and cross-generational sharing lie at the core of Zoë’s work.

Forthcoming work includes Twelve Days of Carlisle – a diverse and festive celebration of the arts, culture, retail and heritage that exist in the city and beyond. Through Dance Ahead Zoë continues to build existing relationships and communities of practice through quality projects and collaborative engagement in both the UK and abroad.

Charmian Hoare

Charmian Hoare

(Dialect 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.

Sue Scott Davison

Sue Scott Davison

(Casting Director)

Sue has been casting and producing theatre since 2004, following over 20 years as an actor.

Productions include: The Railway Children (King’s Cross Theatre); Our Boys (Duchess Theatre); The Railway Children at Waterloo Station and Toronto; After Troy (Oxford Playhouse and Shaw Theatre), Future Me (Theatre 503 & UK tour), Two Way Mirror (Theatre Museum), and The Lifeblood (Wilton’s Music Hall & Riverside Studios). Sue also commissioned and co-produced, Liberty with Shakespeare’s Globe, which was the first production to tour nationally from the main stage.

As well as producing, Sue has been casting theatre for over 10 years, for companies including; York Theatre Royal, The Touring Consortium, Theatre Tracks, Scott Davison Productions and Andy Jordan Productions.

She was thrilled to be involved in the 2018 Summer Season at Theatre by the Lake, and looks forward to seeing Beauty & The Beast on stage at Christmas, following castings through the ridiculously hot summer!

Sue was also Creative Programmer for the new Broadway Theatre and Studio in Letchworth, 2016-18, and is now Artistic Programmer for the Rhodes Arts Complex in Bishop’s Stortford.

In 2011 Sue won a Laurence Olivier award for The Railway Children at Waterloo.

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.