James Lark has written extensively for theatre, particularly in the field of comedy and music, which he combined in his sell-out 2006 one-man show The Rise and Fall of Deon Vonniget. This was the culmination of several years of entertaining people with his songs and musically-inclined comedy routines at venues including London's Etcetera Theatre and Amused Moose Comedy Club, Jools Holland's Jam House venue and the Bongo Club Cabaret in Edinburgh, and The Junction in Cambridge.
His writing ranges from prose to plays, song lyrics, sketches, monologues and scripts for radio and film; it includes Fringe, a complete guide to the Edinburgh Fringe published in 2006 by Friday Books, several short films and character monologues for BBC Radio, one of which won a Jerusalem Radio Award in 2004. They also commissioned him to write The "Diversity Explored" Seminar, which was broadcast in September 2005, and in December 2004 he adapted and directed Sean Lang's play Do Not Be Afraid. Since learning many things about writing comedy in the Cambridge Footlights Dramatic Club he has written for Ealing Live!, Focus Theatre Company and The Friday Thing.
Delyth Jones (director) is the artistic director of the Io Theatre Company. Between April 2004 and June 2006 she was assistant to the Advisory Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company. She was also President of the Mitre Players in Cambridge.
Her directing credits include the new musical The Legend of Beowulf (Cockpit Theatre, London), The Rise and Fall of Deon Vonniget (Sweet ECA, Edinburgh), Romeo and Juliet and The Winter's Tale (BATS, Cambridge), Graceland Asleep on the Wind (Hen and Chickens Theatre, London), A Valentine's Showcase (Soho Theatre, London), Judgment (Conway Hall, London), Bea (Hen and Chickens, London), Coriolanus (rehearsed reading) and The Dig (Quarantine Films). She was assistant director for The War That Still Goes On (Royal Shakespeare Company) and is also director for the Edinburgh 2007 W.C. at Underbelly.
As Assistant Musical Director: My Fair Lady, HMS Pinafore, Little Shop of Horrors (Cambridge Arts Theatre), The Threepenny Opera (Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2005, and ADC Theatre, Cambridge), Spartacus (Footlights), Aristophanes' Peace, and Whistle Down The Wind.
Other work as a composer for theatre include the new musical Lost (Humble Theatre Company, March 2005), Jack Thorne's dramatic monologue With Blacks (performed as part of the Alight Here exhibition in London, March 2003), and the Pembroke Players' production of Oedipus (February 2002). He also directed the music for Richard Taylor's Whistle Down the Wind (Cameo Theatre Company, November 2005), and scored short films The Ghost of Kirkton Fell (Hired Thugs Productions, 2004), Summer's End (Hired Thugs Productions, 2005) and Hide and Seek (Talk to Rex Productions, 2006). His music has been performed by the choir of St Paul's Cathedral, Cambridge New Music Society, English Voices and Girton College Choir, and he was commissioned to write a Fantasia for a special recital by internationally renowned organist Guy Bovet in February 2003. He won the 2006 Choir and Organ advent carol competition. An album of his comic songs, also entitled The Rise and Fall of Deon Vonniget, was released in 2006 by Friday Audio.
In December 2005 and January 2006 he toured with improvised theatre company The Uncertainty Division ("actually, properly, non-ironically great" - the Guardian) with which he devised two successful shows at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2003 and 2004. Other acting includes Lord Capulet in Romeo and Juliet for BATS, Focus Theatre Company's As Time Goes By, Teiresias in Catmalogian Theatre Company's Oedipus (for which he also wrote and directed the music), von Strack in Amadeus and Derek in Blue Heart, as well as numerous shows for the Cambridge Footlights Dramatic Club (of which he was Secretary between 2001 and 2002), notably Sherlock Holmes, Treasure Island and the 2002 Footlights Gala Performance.
Further information about his work can be found at www.jameslark.co.uk
As Musical Director (and conductor): Merrily We Roll Along (ADC Theatre), Women of Trachis (Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2005), Too Darn Hot! A Night At The Musicals (Cambridge Corn Exchange). Chris also musically directed, and accompanied, for the UK Stephen Sondheim Society's inaugural Student Performer of the Year Competition (The Venue, Leicester Square).
As a pianist, Chris has played orchestral piano for Poulenc's Gloria, has played audition and rehearsal piano for Our Miss Gibbs (Finborough Theatre, London), and as a pit-pianist for Sweeney Todd, Marat/Sade, Whistle Down The Wind, Little Shop of Horrors, The Threepenny Opera, Women of Trachis, Spartacus, and for Impromime, a touring pantomime completely improvised (musically and dramatically) from audience suggestions. In the West End, Chris has worked as a rehearsal pianist for Mary Poppins (Prince Edward Theatre) and as a keyboard dep. on Evita (Adelphi Theatre).