Althpough we are a non-professional and not-for-profit organisation, between them our associates have many professional credits, for example:
• Regional Theatre
• BBC, ITV, Cable & International TV channels
• TV and general release Films
• Corporate and Training Videos
• TV commercials, CD presentations and E-learning voice-over
• Business Acting and Medical Role Play
• Languages, Accents, Character Voices
• Movement and Choreography
• Conference Presentations
• Production and Direction
• Music Composition and Arrangements
• Music Performance
• Design of Programmes, Productions and Training Events
Drama Lead Associate
Madeleine is a founder member of Theatre Matters.
Madeleine trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama specialising in drama and modern dance.
She also trained as a teacher, has worked in promotion and marketing, and has just retired from a senior position in the BBC.
Wyrd Sisters; Easter Diaries; Travels with My Aunt; Spark in Judea; Hayfever; Lark Rise to Candleford; Pericles; Jew of Malta; Tale of Two Cities; Midnight Folk; Revenger's Tragedy; Alice
London Contemporary Dance Group; Cambridge Contemporary Dance Group; Arts Theatre Cambridge; Combined Actors of Cambridge;
for shows such as:
Hunchback of Notre Dame; Titus Andronicus; Pericles; Alice Through the Looking Glass; Gingerbread Man; Midnight Folk
BBC Radio Two Broadcasts; Video Training Packages; CD Rom Character Voices; E-learning packages; Narrations; Audio Prospectii
Character roles to support organisational training and development programmes.
Organiser, Presenter, and Workshop Leader.
Alan’s career as a professional actor has taken him from being Father Christmas on BBC Radio Humberside to an international theatre tour.
Following a brief foray into television, Alan moved into directing and producing, running two successful small theatre companies performing for children and communities.
Here he discovered his abilities as a manager and artistic leader.
Alan then became Theatre Officer with the Arts Council in the East of England.
During this time he honed his leadership skills and undertook critical management training to support his role as advisor and assessor of subsidised theatre and small scale theatre companies. He worked with local authorities, national funding agencies, and commercial arts organisations before embarking on a freelance career as an arts and education consultant.
He is an accomplished Business Actor, undertaking character roles in support of organisational training and development programmes.
Alan is currently managing Extended Schools provision for a consortium of schools in South Cambridge.
Paul has a degree from the Open University and trained as an actor at Mountview Theatre School (where he won the scholarship prize two years running and took major roles in the school's tour of the USA), making his professional debut as a member of The Bristol Old Vic Company.
After about 2 years in touring and rep he took up teaching, but continued to act with leading semi-professional and amateur companies in both London and Cambridge.
Over the years Paul has played many stage roles in many different theatres, and directed a number of shows.
When he retired from teaching he developed role play skills focusing on the medical field particularly, now totalling well over a hundred different role simulations as patients or relatives of patients.
Jacqui is Principal Lecturer, HRM, at Middlesex University Business School, presenting and lecturing to large numbers of students on a daily basis.
One of her specialisms is the use of hats and masks in management development.
Using these techniques, for many years she led Open University courses in Creative Management.
Her role with Theatre Matters draws on her significant experience as a drama adjudicator for the Drama Board, officiating at many drama festivals in the South of England.
She has acted in performance on stage in London, most recently in leading roles in Pantomime, and is an accomplished roleplayer.
Evelyn is a leading international musician.
Playing Recorders, she made her BBC debut at the age of nine, and her remarkable skills span early, baroque and contemporary music.
She has had works written for her by David Bedford, Carl Rütti and Roxanna Panufnik, and has given concerts all over the world.
Evelyn has played at the Wigmore Hall many times, the South Bank Centre in London, the Barbican, the Royal Albert Hall, on BBC TV and radio and in the USA, South America, Australia and New Zealand.
"Evelyn Nallen 'pushes the supposed technical and timbral limitations of the instrument to spine-tingling extremes, with noises that conjure up both birdsong and wing-fluttering. She can swing, and she can play a simple tune sweetly, with little embellishment."
[ John Walters, The Guardian]
Evelyn is chair of the European Teachers Association, UK, and is a mentor on the Certificate of Teaching Course for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.
She is currently collaborating with the composer David Gordon on new repertoire for the Music Medal Scheme of the ABRSM, and is now regularly appearing with Eddie Hession (accordion) in the duo "Recordion".
Music, Direction & Technical Associate
Ian is a founder member of Theatre Matters.
Ian trained at Guildhall School of Music & Drama, and later Trinity College London.
He is our Music Teamleader, has significant theatre and media experience, and is an accomplished role player.
He has written and directed pantomimes (book and music), directed stage plays, written a series of case studies for role play activities, composed and arranged music for many stage shows, and been Music Director for a number of productions in the Bedford and Cambridge areas.
After 22 years as a senior manager in BBC Radio Networks, he has maintained his technical abilities by providing theatre sound design and operations, and lighting operations for a range of productions.
Malcolm has been active in the Cambridge drama scene since the mid 70’s directing and acting in a wide range of productions.
More recently he has furthered his singing activities, and since 2003 has been an active member of the Cambridge Chord Company, an international award winning close harmony group, where he has travelled extensively performing in concerts and in competitions.
His most recent production for Theatre Matters was as a member of the Company for our "Cafe Cabaret Tonight" production.
Martin has performed at the Edinburgh Festival and has been active in Cambridge drama now for 25 years, playing lead roles in many productions, varying from William Shakespeare to Alan Bennett, Oscar Wilde to Bram Stoker.
Martin is a solicitor specialising in company/commercial law, practising in Bishop’s Stortford.
Stage credits include leading roles in:
• TERRA NOVA
• THE BROWNING VERSION/HARLEQUINADE
• DOCTOR FAUSTUS
• SPARK IN JUDEA
• SOMEONE WHO’LL WATCH OVER ME
• THE MAN BORN TO BE KING
• KATHERINE HOWARD
• A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS
• THE CRUCIBLE
• MURDER IN THE CATHEDRAL
• THE PRICE
• TWELVE ANGRY MEN
• QUARTERMAINE‘S TERMS
• TROILUS AND CRESSIDA
• HABEAS CORPUS
• THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST
• ANNE OF THE THOUSAND DAYS
• TERRA NOVA
• THE MERCHANT OF VENICE
His most recent roles for Theatre Matters has been in our Cafe Cabaret series of productions.
Gabrielle read Music and Education at Cambridge and spent some years teaching before gaining her diploma in 'Voice' from Trinity College, London.
She subsequently moved to a career undertaking stage and concert performances, and individual tuition of students in vocal music.
She has played leading roles in many stage musicals and has appeared in concert at the Theatre Museum, London and at many East Anglian venues.
Guy's drama career has included performances at numerous venues throughout East Anglia, London, Edinburgh and at the Minack theatre in Cornwall.
He has appeared in around 40 productions and has a further 150 music hall performances to his credit.
He has written, performed and directed a number of revues and has also appeared in musicals and light opera.
After qualifying for a degree in Laser Physics, Guy spent several years researching laser materials processing before moving into commerce.
He now heads a photonics distribution company based outside Cambridge.
Stage credits include leading parts in:
MACBETH, HAY FEVER, THE MADNESS OF GEORGE III, A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS, AN IDEAL HUSBAND, THE GHOST TRAIN,
TREASURE ISLAND, DICKENS' CHILDREN, THE MAN IN THE IRON MASK, DOCTOR FAUSTUS, PYGMALION, DAVID COPPERFIELD,
VALENTINE'S NIGHT, DICK BARTON - SPECIAL AGENT, PACK OF LIES, PASS THE BUTLER, THE ODYSSEY, AMADEUS,
HABEAS CORPUS, NOISES OFF, LARK RISE TO CANDLEFORD, ON THE RAZZLE, THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE,
A TALE OF TWO CITIES, THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS, SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER, and FOUR NIGHTS IN KNARESBOROUGH.
Eddie is a leading accordion player. As well as concert and theatre performances he has performed on many film tracks including:
• Lord of the Rings
• Mickey Blue Eyes
• Shall We Dance?(2004 version with Jennifer Lopez & Richard Gere)
• Gosford Park
• Shipping News
• Captain Corelli's Mandolin (where he also makes a screen appearance).
He has also worked with a long list of stars, from
The Three Tenors, to Westlife, including:
• The Corrs
• Chris Rea
• Ronan Keating
• George Martin
• Ute Lemper
• Andrea Bocelli
• Bill Wyman
• Lesley Garret
• Russell Watson.
He has performed with leading orchestras, including the LSO, LPO, RPO, Philharmonia, CBSO, BBC Concert Orchestra, London Sinfonietta and ENO.
Eddie is currently appearing with Evelyn Nallen (recorders) in the duo "Recordion", and he has recently featured in BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, and on the latest Wallace and Grommit.
We have been delighted that Eddie joins us from time to time in our Cafe Cabaret series.
A lifelong performer, Mandy has been an active member of the Cambridge drama scene for over 18 years, including performances at the Arts Theatre.
She continues to perform in such diverse contexts as Management Development programmes, school assemblies, church services and as part of Cambridge University’s Continuing Education Programme.
A recent stage role was as Mrs Malaprop in Combined Actors outdoor production of ‘The Rivals’ at Anstey Hall, and frequently joins us as a member of the Company for our Theatre Matters 'Cafe Cabaret' series.
Theatre Matters is a not-for-profit organisation providing high quality entertainment.
We can be found at Suite 7, 505 Coldhams Lane Cambridge CB1 3JS. Tel: 07967-728852