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David Farmer (born 9 July 1955, in London) is a theatre director, playwright, drama consultant and yoga teacher.
London is the capital and largest city of England and the United Kingdom. Standing on the River Thames in the south-east of England, at the head of its 50-mile (80 km) estuary leading to the North Sea, London has been a major settlement for two millennia. Londinium was founded by the Romans. The City of London, London's ancient core − an area of just 1.12 square miles (2.9 km2) and colloquially known as the Square Mile − retains boundaries that follow closely its medieval limits. The City of Westminster is also an Inner London borough holding city status. Greater London is governed by the Mayor of London and the London Assembly.
Yoga is a group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines which originated in ancient India. Yoga is one of the six orthodox schools of Hindu philosophical traditions. There is a broad variety of yoga schools, practices, and goals in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. The term "yoga" in the Western world often denotes a modern form of Hatha yoga, yoga as exercise, consisting largely of the postures called asanas.
Trained as a primary school teacher, David Farmer worked first as an actor and teacher before setting up Tiebreak Theatre Company in 1981. Under his leadership, the company produced 65 productions for children and young people which toured across the UK and abroad. He left in 2005 to pursue a freelance career as writer and director. He also trains teachers in the use of educational drama and runs a drama resource website.
The Royal Opera House (ROH) is an opera house and major performing arts venue in Covent Garden, central London. The large building is often referred to as simply "Covent Garden", after a previous use of the site of the opera house's original construction in 1732. It is the home of The Royal Opera, The Royal Ballet, and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. Originally called the Theatre Royal, it served primarily as a playhouse for the first hundred years of its history. In 1734, the first ballet was presented. A year later, Handel's first season of operas began. Many of his operas and oratorios were specifically written for Covent Garden and had their premieres there.
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The City of New York, usually referred to as either New York City (NYC) or simply New York (NY), is the most populous city in the United States. With an estimated 2018 population of 8,398,748 distributed over a land area of about 302.6 square miles (784 km2), New York is also the most densely populated major city in the United States. Located at the southern tip of the state of New York, the city is the center of the New York metropolitan area, the largest metropolitan area in the world by urban landmass and one of the world's most populous megacities, with an estimated 19,979,477 people in its 2018 Metropolitan Statistical Area and 22,679,948 residents in its Combined Statistical Area. A global power city, New York City has been described as the cultural, financial, and media capital of the world, and exerts a significant impact upon commerce, entertainment, research, technology, education, politics, tourism, art, fashion, and sports. The city's fast pace has inspired the term New York minute. Home to the headquarters of the United Nations, New York is an important center for international diplomacy.
"David Farmer's direction encourages a sense of wonder and wit." - Sunday Telegraph
"This year’s outstanding show at the festival." - The Herald (on Singing in the Rainforest)
"At last, the show we’ve all been waiting for. Bursting at the seams with theatrical energy and full to the brim with visual wit, My Uncle Arly is also a sensational piece of ensemble playing... Sensationally silly and utterly brilliant." - Sunday Herald (on My Uncle Arly)
"A clever collaboration between physical-theatre company Hoipolloi and the children's company Tiebreak, this is one of those shows that entirely defies categorisation. It is equally suitable for adults and children, and all it requires is an audience that is prepared to embrace the absurd." - The Guardian (on My Uncle Arly)
"A beautifully imagined account of this children's favourite, performed with gusto and real storytelling suspense." - The Sunday Times (on Jack and the Beanstalk)
"It can be quite happily summed up as intelligent, humorous, inventive theatre for young people" - The Stage (on Jack and the Beanstalk)
Educational and Art Form Theatre in 'Theatre for Children and Young People (Aurora Metro Publications 2005)
So You Think You Know Boal in Teaching Drama magazine (2006)
101 Drama Games and Activities (Lulu 2007)
Learning Through Drama in the Primary Years (Drama Resource 2011)
101 More Drama Games and Activities (CreateSpace 2012)
Ben Nicholas is an Australian actor. He is best known for playing Scott "Stingray" Timmins in the Australian soap opera Neighbours.
Jack Shepherd is an English actor, playwright, theatre director, saxophone player and jazz pianist. He is known for his television roles, most notably the title role in Trevor Griffiths' series about a young Labour MP Bill Brand (1976), and the detective drama Wycliffe (1993–98). His film appearances include All Neat in Black Stockings (1969), Wonderland (1999) and The Golden Compass (2007). He won the 1983 Olivier Award for Best Actor in a New Play for the original production of Glengarry Glen Ross.
Kay Adshead is a poet, playwright, theatremaker, actress and producer.
Ieuan Rhys is a Welsh actor. His television work has included thirteen years in the BBC Cymru soap opera Pobol y Cwm, Seargent Tom Swann in the last series of A Mind to Kill and six series of the Welsh-language version of Mr & Mrs – Sion a Sian for HTV. For the past four series he has portrayed Eurig Bell, the "not to be messed with" Deputy Headmaster in S4C's Gwaith/Cartref.
The Lyric Theatre, also known as the Lyric Hammersmith, is a theatre in King Street, in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, which takes pride in its original, "groundbreaking" productions.
Fascinating Aïda is a British comedy singing group and satirical cabaret act founded in March 1983. The line-up consists of founder member Dillie Keane; Adèle Anderson, who joined in 1984, and Liza Pulman, who first joined in 2004. The group received a Perrier Award nomination at the 1984 Edinburgh Festival, and went on to be nominated three times for the Olivier Award for Best Entertainment, and twice for the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revue. Keane and Anderson were also nominated for the 2010 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lyrics. Their name is derived from the expletive exclamation 'F**king Ada!', which appears in the text of Alan Bennett’s play The History Boys (2004), and is also the name of a song by Ian Dury.
Peter Michael "Pete" Hillier is a dancer born in Cambridge, England.
Leanne Jones is a British actress best known for her role as Tracy Turnblad in the West End production of the musical Hairspray. In 2008, she won both the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical and the Theatregoers' Choice Award for Best Actress in a Musical and the Critics Circle Award for Best Newcomer.
David Benson is an English theatre actor, writer and comedian.
Tiebreak Theatre was founded in 1981, in Norwich, England. It functioned as a Theatre in Education (TIE) and young people's theatre company until April 2006, when it closed following a funding decision by Arts Council England.
Ché Walker is an English actor, playwright, theatre director and teacher at the Identity Drama School. Walker lives in Camden in London His musical Been So Long played at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and the Young Vic. His mother is the actress Ann Mitchell.
Liza Kate Pulman is a British singer and actress, known since 2004 as a third of the cabaret group Fascinating Aïda. As a member of the group, she received Drama Desk Award nominations in 2005 and 2010.
Hoipolloi are a British touring theatre company committed to creating new work for theatre that imaginatively engages their audience and makes them laugh. Their work includes ensemble shows such as The Doubtful Guest and My Uncle Arly, and collaborations with fictional Welsh artist "Hugh Hughes", including the shows Floating and Story of a Rabbit.
Story of a Rabbit is a stage production created and performed by Hugh Hughes, in collaboration with British touring theatre company Hoipolloi.
The Ian Charleson Awards are theatrical awards that reward the best classical stage performances in Britain by actors under age 30. The awards are named in memory of the renowned British actor Ian Charleson, and are run by the Sunday Times newspaper and the National Theatre. The awards were established in 1990 after Charleson's death, and have been awarded annually since then. Sunday Times theatre critic John Peter initiated the creation of the awards, particularly in memory of Charleson's extraordinary Hamlet, which he had performed shortly before his death. Recipients receive a cash prize, as do runners-up and third-place winners.
Shockheaded Peter is a 1998 musical using the popular German children's book Struwwelpeter (1845) by Heinrich Hoffmann as its basis.
Rolan Bell is a British actor who was born in Chiswick, west London, of Jamaican heritage. He became known for appearing in the BBC One television soap opera EastEnders as Theo Kelly in 2009.
Bette Bourne is a British actor, drag queen, campaigner and activist.
David Farr is a British writer, theatrical director and Associate Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Yolanda Mercy is an award-winning British actress and playwright of Nigerian descent. In addition to her work as a writer and performer, she leads theatre workshops and mentors young artists.