Louise Breckon–Richards was born and brought up in North Wales where her first interest in acting came from attending the Clwyd Youth Theatre. She then went on to train for three years at the Guildhall school of Music and Drama graduating in 1993.Since then, she has gone on to appear in numerous theatre, television and film productions.Theatre includes playing Juliet for the English Shakespeare Company’s Romeo and Juliet, Under Milk Wood and A Little Night Music at the National Theatre, The Sound of Music at West Yorkshire playhouse, working at Harrogate theatre, the Mercury Colchester, Windsor Theatre Royal and many other touring productions.Television includes, Sherlock, Midsomer Murders, Casualty, Holby City, Bedtime, Doctors, Belonging, The Bill, Underworld, Mortimer’s Law, Foyle’s War, Eastenders and most recently Cuckoo for BBC 3, Through the Hawthorn – An animation short for likely story and most recently Mike directed by Petros Silvestros winning a crystal bear at The Berlin International film festival 2014.
Feature films include, Dirty War, To Kill a King and Beautiful People. She has recently finished filming the feature Time will tell in Holland.For radio she was in Precious Bane and extracts from The Old Curiosity Shop for the BBC.She has written three plays, Maiden, Mother, Crone which has had a rehearsed reading, Trace, and Fire blight ( Longlisted for the 503 playwriting award) http://louise-breckon-richards.com/
Steve Grihault – Director
Steve is a professional actor and freelance director and has worked with many diverse, prestigious and experimental companies including the Royal Court, English Shakespeare Company. Young Vic, Theatr Clywd, Wilson+Wilson, Jacksons Lane, Trestle Theatre Company, Midsommer Actors and Kiklos Teatro.
He recently worked in Somaliland as a director on shows for the Geediga Nabada Theatre Troupe, based in Hargeisa. A fascinating and challenging experience, introducing interactive theatre techniques to the company and working on shows promoting peace and conflict resolution within the clans and communities of Somaliland. As a freelance director and with his company Jaw Rattle Productions, he continues to explore inventive and innovative ways of approaching research, plays and theatre making. Recent projects include a one person show exploring the life and work of Mervyn Peake and ‘The Tide’ which explored memory and identity both focusing on the synergy between the visual and verbal in order to create imaginative, curious and visually inventive productions.
Steve is currently Senior Tutor in acting at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. He is really excited to be working on Can You Hear Me Running? with Louise and Jo.
Steve Kirkham – Movement director. Steve is a movement director, performer and teacher. Choreography includes : Associate choreographer on The curious incident of the dog in the night time, 2013/2014/2015/2016. Dogfight and Spelling Bee at Mountview Theatre, co direction for Frantic Assembly’s The Tempest, Tommy, Prince Edward Theatre – director Raz Shaw, 13- National Theatre – director Thea Sharrock, The hanging man, Improbable, Klub and Zero Frantic assembly, and The prime of Miss Jean Brodie – director Laurie Sansom. Adverts include TFL, Barnados,Kit Kat, Marks and Spencer’s, Burburry and Orange mobile phones. Assistant Choreographer His Dark materials, National theatre – director Nick Hytner, Earthquakes in London, National tour- director Rupert Goolde, World War Z, Movie – director Marc Foster and Goldfrapp Supernature Tour, Brixton Academy. Steve has also 20 years experience as principle dancer/resident director and teacher with Matthew Bourne and New Adventures.
Adrian Gee. Production design. Adrian trained at LIPA where he received a first class degree in Theatre and Performance Design. Theatre includes: As Production Designer Aladdin (Theatre Clywd, Mold)The woodlanders, (Everyman,Cheltenham), THE WHITE PIG, GRACE (Jacksons Lane,Highgate), Sweeny Todd, Rags (Theatre Royal, Stratford), Anne of Green Gables, Bernarda Alba (Unicorn Theatre), Dogs of war (Burdall’s Yard, Theatre Royal Bath), Seasons of larson (Lyric, Shaftesbury Avenue )The daily Plays (Pleasance Theatre, Islington ), OTHELLO, MEASURE FOR MEASURE, The wild duck, five women wearing the same dress, no quarter, Romeo and juliet, Julius caeser, (LAMDA, Linbury Studio), The Grandfathers, The Prince of Denmark (Karamel Club), molly (Pleasance Above, Edinburgh Fringe), amour, carousel (RAM), Passing Places, Love,love,love (LAMDA, Linbury studio), KIng john (Bath/Bristol Tour), molly (Pleasance Above, Edinburgh Fringe) THE THREE LITTLE PIGS (Victoria Theatre, Halifax), Freefall (New Wimbolden Studio), 1984 (UK Tour), The Comedy of Errors (Greenwich Playhouse), Beautiful Thing (UK Tour), Hi-Ho (Cobden Club, Westbourne Park), Persephone (Linbury Studio, London), Thyestes, First Lady Suite, Vincent in Brixton (BAC, London), Far Away, NOT ENOUGH OXYGEN (The Cockpit, London)
Tamar Saphra. Assistant director. Tamar’s experience as a director is chiefly in collaborating closely with writers on new work. After graduating from Sheffield University with a First Class BA in English Literature & Theatre, she directed and assisted on a variety of work at venues including the Park Theatre, the Almeida, Theatre503 and the Southbank Centre. She was a script reader for this year’s Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting, as well as a regular reviewer and feature writer for A Younger Theatre. Tamar will graduate with an MA in Theatre Directing from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in October.