Creative Team

Creative Team

Simon Harvey – Director


Simon has been a professional director for the last twenty years, with a diverse portfolio of experience which includes small scale rural touring through to mid-scale international touring, working with theatres all over the UK, Australia and the USA.

He is the Artistic Director of o-region, a Cornwall-based theatre and film production company, which has produced original works since 2002. He is also an Associate Director with Kneehigh, who he has worked extensively with since 2004, and an Associate Artist of the Hall for Cornwall. He also lectures regularly on the Film and Theatre courses at Falmouth University.

Recent credits include: FUP for o-region / Kneehigh, Hellsmouth (HFC Youth Theatre), BRIEF ENCOUNTER (West End remount)(Kneehigh / David Pugh), SLEEPING BEAUTY, JACK & THE BEANSTALK (Hall for Cornwall), THE CORNISH CARETAKERS / TREVITHICK (Palores Productions). Film includes BROWN WILLY (dir: Brett Harvey), WEEKEND RETREAT (Dir Brett Harvey).


Edward Rowe – Writer & John Trevaskis


Edward Rowe is a writer, comedian and actor. The writer & co-producer of HIRETH, Ed will also be playing the role of Father. Writing credits include TREVITHICK! A 70 minute two person tragicomedy piece of theatre reliving the life of Cornishman, Richard Trevithick, THE CORNISH CARETAKERS, a 45 minute children’s show celebrating the lives of ten Cornish men and women and FERGUSON’S GANG a new play commissioned by the National Trust to tell the true story of the all female Ferguson’s Gang. As his stand-up alter ago Kernow King, Ed has toured 5 shows: WONDERS OF THE CORNISH UNIVERSE, SPLANN!, MINORITY RAPPORT, KERNOW KING’S GREATEST HITS, and his new show MERGE IN TURN. Acting Credits include Edmund in KING LEAR (Wycombe Swan), BRIEF ENCOUNTERS (Eye Theatre), TREVITHICK! & THE CORNISH CARETAKERS (Palores Productions), the recurring lead of Kenwyne in HFC’s Christmas shows: DICK WHITTINGTON & HIS MOUSEHOLE CAT, JACK & HIS BEANSTALK, SLEEPING BEAUTY (Hall For Cornwall). Film credits include BAIT (Mark Jenkin) which will be released in 2019.


Ned Cooper – Harry

Ned is a recent graduate of the Manchester School of Theatre. Credits whilst training include THE SUICIDE, TWELFTH NIGHT, A WASTE OF TIME and FLARE PATH (HOME Theatre). He recently made his professional debut as Romeo in Feelgood Theatre’s open air production of ROMEO AND JULIET at Heaton Park, Manchester. Other theatre work includes KES, PLAYING FOR TIME and PRIDE AND PREJUDICE (Sheffield Theatres).


Mat Betteridge – Fairgrieve

Mat trained at the Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama and has worked extensively in theatre, television and film.  Last year Mat finished on the number one tour of A JUDGEMENT IN STONE for Bill Kenwright Limited. Other recent theatre credits include LITTLE PIECES OF GOLD (Southwark Playhouse), ANTENORA (Etcetera), MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING and ROMEO AND JULIET (Waterloo East Theatre), HEARTBREAK HOUSE (Union) and KING LEAR (National Theatre), directed by Sam Mendes. TV work includes ARROWS OF DESIRE (Channel 4) and Crimewatch (BBC).


Emily Faulkner – Edna

Emily is a Cornwall born actor. Training and performing with Rogue Theatre from 2012-2016, Emily has gone on to work with companies such as Spindrift Dance Collective and Northsouth Theatre, recently performing in JOURNEY’S END for Cube Essential Theatre.  Emily recently relaunched her Caburlesque act, The Slinky Minsky’s, encouraging body positivity and celebrating beauty in venues across Cornwall.


Morgan Val Baker – Will

Morgan trained at LAMDA; recent credits include OVERSPILL (Hampstead Theatre), THIS LAND (West Yorkshire Playhouse) and THE LAMENTABLE TRAGEDY (Tobacco Factory). Screen credits include PLACEBO (BBC), DOC MARTIN (ITV) and the American documentary THE EXTRA MILE ADVENTURE where 18 artists travelled 8000 miles on an old school bus. Morgan is also a professional musician and multi-instrumentalist and a regular on the London folk circuit. He continues to compose and perform for THE INVISIBLE CIRCUS.


Peter Hoggart – Ernest

Originally from Wiltshire and trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School; Peter’s Theatre credits include BEAU JEST, RUN FOR YOUR WIFE, THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GREY (Vienna’s English Theatre), 1001 NIGHTS (Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch), FIVE FINGER EXERCISE, AN INSPECTOR CALLS, NOT NOW DARLING, SLEUTH, NOISES OFF, THE LATE EDWINA BLACK (Suffolk Summer Theatre), TWELFTH NIGHT, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, ROMEO & JULIET, THE LEGEND OF KING ARTHUR (Oddsocks Productions), STEPTOE & SON, STOP! YOU’RE KILLING ME, A FISTFUL OF SPAGHETTI (Hambledon Productions), MACBETH (Young Shakespeare Company).


Mary Woodvine – Mildred

Mary left drama school in 1989 and has worked extensively in theatre and television since then, from touring village halls through to performing at The National Theatre and The RSC. Mary was a core member of Kneehigh Theatre from 1991. This summer she played Persephone in Wildworks’ 100: UNEARTHED at Heligan Gardens, and it was in their 100: THE DAY THE WORLD CHANGED in 2014 that she first met and worked with Edward Rowe.

She then went on to perform alongside Edward in the sell out two hander TREVITHICK!

She has recently been touring DARKE WOMEN (Bec Applebee) which will return again in Spring. Television credits include; JUDGE JOHN DEED, Gerry Anderson’s SPACE PRECINCT, PIE IN THE SKY, GRAFTERS, EASTENDERS, CASUALTY, HEARTBEAT, DOC MARTIN and POLDARK. Film credits include; INTRUDERS, THE MIDNIGHT DRIVES, BRONCO’S HOUSE and BAIT.


Matthew Houston – Percy

Matthew trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, stage credits include the UK premiere of THE CURING ROOM (Stripped Down Productions) TRYING TO FIND CHINATOWN (Pokfulam Rd Productions) and The Beast turned Prince in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (South Hill Park Productions). TV Credits include THE CORONER and CASUALTY (BBC) and Film includes BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY and HURRICANE. In August 2017, Matthew received the award for “Best International Actor’ at the Seoul WebFest in South Korea, for his role as ‘Darren’ in the multi-award winning comedy series DARREN HAS A BREAKDOWN.


Richard Healey – Musical Director

As Keyboard/MD, Richard musically directed the European Premiere of Ordinary Days (Finborough Theatre), securing its West End transfer and his original orchestrations have also appeared off-Broadway as part of the Ars Nova New Composers series. He assisted Richard Balcombe on the world premiere of Simply Cinderella (opening season, Curve), directed by the Royal Ballet’s Adam Cooper, including the Royal Command Performance. Richard also undertook the musical arrangements and supervision of the large-scale televised Cultural Olympiad event for BBC Kent and Kent County Council. He re-orchestrated the score for the critically acclaimed first UK revival of Jule Styne, Don Black and Jack Rosenthal’s The Bar Mitzvah Boy (Upstairs at The Gatehouse) and collaborated with Robert J. Sherman Jr., arranging, orchestrating and supervising Love Birds (Pleasance Theatre), the cast recording of which is available from SimG Records. Richard is an Associate Musical Director and Composer for Youth Music Theatre UK and is also in demand as a pianist and singing teacher.

He has musically directed, taught singing (technique & repertoire) and written music for Mountview Academy, LAMDA, East 15 Acting School, Wilkes Acsdemy and CPA. He is a respected singing teacher, having trained at Southampton (BA [Hons], Music), Bournemouth (MA Multimedia Design for Film & Television) and Cambridge Universities. He studied voice with John Wakefield (Trinity Guildhall) and orchestration/arranging with Matthew Scott (Head of Music, The National Theatre).

Musical Director Credits:

Fame (TSE Productions, Scandinavia); Unsung Songs (John Mills Theatre), Pirates of Penzance and The Mikado (UK Tour, Illyria); Merman’s Apprentice (The Landor, Aria Entertainment); New Jersey Nights (UK Tour, Spirit Productions); Songs To Make You Smile (UK Festivals & International Tour, Gag Reflex); Cinderella, Jack & the Beanstalk, Robin Hood, Dick Whittington & his Mousehole Cat and Aladdin (Hall For Cornwall and Hiss & Boo Co.) Rhinestone Mondays (UK Tour, Mercury Theatre); Simply Cinderella (World Premiere, CURVE); Ordinary Days (European Premiere, Finborough Theatre); Cultural Olympiad Live (BBC Kent); One Night Only (Guildford Festival, Right Note Theatre Company); New Beginnings (UK Album-launch Tour, with Jonathan Eiø); A Celebrity Chef Ate My Hamster (Bridewell Theatre); Cinderella (Watersmeet Theatre, Paul Holman Associates); A Threepenny Opera (Lyric Theatre); Into the Woods, Love Story, Passion, Our House, Rent, Grand Hotel, Spend Spend Spend (New Wolsey Theatre); Follies (Theatre Royal); Emma (King’s Head Theatre & National Tour); Tess of the D’Urbervilles (New End Theatre & National Tour); The Lost Christmas (Hazlitt Theatre, Perfect Pitch); Mina Laury (Brighton Festival); 45755 (Vivian Ellis Award)

Composition Credits (original songs, lyrics & score):

Beauty & the Beast (The Playhouse Theatre); Wuthering Heights (Theatre in the Forest, Red Rose Chain); The Boy With The Cuckoo Clock Heart (Pleasance Theatre, ‘Les Enfants Terrible’ Award 2012); Christmas Comes But Once A Year..? (Hazlitt Theatre & Cameron Mackintosh Award); Aqua Springs (Hazlitt Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe & educational tour); Nana (LAMDA); Bent, Troilus & Cressida, Rock ‘n’ Roll Alice and Talking Heads (Nuffield Theatre); One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Edinburgh Fringe Festival). Additionally, he has written music for Volpone, Emma, The Canterbury Tales and Hamlet (Riverside Theatre), as well as scoring the short film, It’s In His Jeans.

Richard was the Associate Musical Director for the ATG Summer Stage Experience at The Sunderland Empire, where he musically directed Oliver!, Bugsy Malone, Footloose and Fame. He was also resident at the Hazlitt Arts Centre, musically directing Working, Honk!, Seussical the Musical, Fame and The Baker’s Wife. Additional credits include Up On The Roof and West Side Story (Nuffield Theatre), Summer Holiday, The Wiz, The Wedding Singer and We Will Rock You (Spa Pavilion, Open Wide District Coastal Ltd.)


Richard is developing the book, lyrics and score for a new musical based on the Oscar Wilde short story, The Selfish Giant. He is also the Associate Vocal Arranger and Musical Director for Slamdunk Entertainment. This coming Christmas he will be at The Marina Theatre, Lowestoft musically directing Peter Pan for PHA.


Ben Sutcliffe – Musician

Ben cut his musical teeth in the Classical world as a choirboy at Tewkesbury Abbey and virtuoso Violinist. At a young age he began to compose for theatre which opened him up creatively to many styles of world music throughout history. He is the co-founder and front man of the urban-roots project “The People’s String Foundation” which tours internationally as a Trio, a festival band and an Orchestra. Currently Ben is MD for a select number of Cornish Theatre Companies. Working with Trebiggan Productions (Bish Bash Bosh) on multiple projects introduced Ben to the Minack Theatre; a relationship that turned organically into position of Director of Music for the Minack Youth Theatre. In 2018 Ben has been on national tour with Kneehigh’s production of FUP.


Kath Williams – Musician

Kath trained classically, studying at Wells Cathedral School and playing with the National Youth Orchestra. After working in London’s West End for 10 years She moved to Cornwall and started performing and writing her own music, as a soloist and in bands including Fruit For Birds, All The Fires and The Loose Salute. She is in much demand as a session musician and on the theatre stage has performed with Duchy Opera, the Sound Of Light Ensemble (Eden) and Minack Theatre. 


Pat Moran – Musician

Pat has written original music and lyrics for over a dozen professionally produced theatre productions in the US and served as resident composer / lyricist / musical director / multi-instrumentalist for the San Francisco Mime Troupe from 2007 – 2013. He is an active composer currently working as a solo artist and with the projects PM Syndicate; Yesterday’s Camel; and Unreliable Witness. Pat trained at California Institute of the Arts (USA), earning a Performer/Composer dual focus MFA. Recent theatre credits include Brief Encounter (Kneehigh); Tristan & Yseult (Kneehigh); 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips (Kneehigh); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare’s Globe); Sleeping Beauty (Bristol Old Vic); and An Audience with Meow Meow (Berkeley Repertory Theatre).

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Lucy Gaskell (Lighting Design)

Lucy has designed lighting for Cornish companies Golden Tree, Bec Applebee Presents, WildWorks, Kneehigh, Cscape, Scary Little Girls, Shallal and others. These include The Man Engine (Golden Tree), Souterrain, Babel, The Beautiful Journey (WildWorks), Darke Women and Ugly Sisters (Bec Applebee), The Red Shoes (Kneehigh).

Her interest in lighting performances is from a wish to collaborate with creative people, make pictures in light and enhance a production through colour, focus, atmosphere and contrast.

Other lighting productions and installations include Enchanted Palace at Kensington Palace (WildWorks); 12 years lighting Eden Project’s ice rink, autumn and winter events 2005-2016; several seasons illuminating a parade in Cambodia for the Giant Puppet Project; lighting artworks and rooms at Croome Court for the National Trust; a two year installation at Kasteel van Gaasbeek, Belgium 2014-15; three Christmas installations of light boxes at Kensington Palace 2016-18 and lighting automata at Kew Gardens for Historic Royal Palaces.

Lucy trained in theatre lighting design graduating from Croydon College sometime last century. Back when LED’s were tiny diodes available from Radio Shack in red or green. She previously studied general art and design, concentrating on the arts at school and absenting herself from all physics and computer studies on a “don’t need to know” basis. Oops.



Rebecca Wood (Costume Design)

Born and raised in Penzance, but now living in Bristol, this homecoming to work with Cornish creatives on Hireth is really cherished for her. Rebecca discovered the magic of theatre and design through Wildworks’ A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings in Hayle while she was at school and this is what inspired her to go on to study her BA through drama at Bristol University. From here she co-founded the theatre company Bucket Club which she has designed for ever since and worked and on a string of professional shows as a maker and a designer. Rebecca then went on to train at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and 2015 she exhibited at the National Theatre as one of the 12 finalists in the Biennial Linbury Prize.  Since then she has enjoyed designing for award winning shows and even a transfer to New York for her company’s show in 2017. Rebecca is primarily a production designer which spans set, costume and props; Hireth is the first show that Rebecca has worked focussing only on the costume. 

Production Design: Fel Anifail (Meic Povey: Sherman Theatre, Cardiff); The Flop (Hijinx & Spymonkey: Chapter Arts and UK Tour); Cunning Little Vixen Goldfish Bowl (Paper Birds feat. Caleb Femi: Battersea Arts Centre); Fossils (Bucket Club: UK Tour, 59E59 New York); The North! The North! (Chris Harrison: UK Tour); Terrible Things I’ve Done (Alan Harris: Chapter Arts, Wardrobe Theatre); Epiphany (David Lane: Theatre Royal Plymouth)  Lorraine & Alan  (Bucket Club: UK Tour) The Depraved Appetite of Tarrare the Freak (Wattle&Daub: UK tour, Wilton’s Music Hall); The Love I Feel is Red (Sabrina Mahfouz: Tobacco Factory); The Long Trick (Marietta Kirkbride: UK Tour); The Window (Silva Simerciyan: Bristol Old Vic), Launch Party (Bucket Club: Farnham Maltings, UK Tour), Dumbstruck (Fine Chisel: UK Tour), The Beasts (Lyric Hammersmith, Latitude Festival, Greenwich Docklands International Festival, Watford Imagine)


Hal Silvester (Set Design & Build)

Hal is a designer, maker, puppeteer and lead designer of the Man Engine puppet. Also for Golden Tree Productions: Lead Designer for Seize the Day & Kernocopia. Other work: puppeteer for Erth’s Dinosaur Petting Zoo; puppetry R&D for Wildworks’ Wolf Child; exhibit design for Eden Project; puppet show design at Legoland Windsor; Head of Masks & Puppets at Disney’s The Lion King (London); Production Manager for Kneehigh’s The Women Who Threw the Day Away (Botallack).


Additional Credits

Company Stage Manager Gemma Gale

Sound Mixer Lee Bartholomew

Set Construction Dan Richardson & Luke Wood

Production Assistant Alex Hansley

Movement Director Helen Tiplady

Photography & Graphic Design Oliver Berry



Angela Beltane, Anita Foley, Barbara Stephens, Bronwen Rowland, Carol Jackson, Cheryll Hawksley, Chris Ellery-Hill, Dave Brotherton, Dave Stevens, Delia Brotherton, Dot Stevens, Felicity Moore, Fran Driscoll, Gail Charman, Ginny March, Grace Hattam, Helen Davies, Ian While, Jan Kirman, Jane Townsend, Jeanette Wood, Jenny Orpwood, John Anderson, John Kirman, Julie Price, Karen Lawrence, Karen Pirie, Lesley Ashton, Lin While, Liz Allmark, Marna Blundy, Mary Ann Bloomfield, Mary Kingdon, Michelle Morse, Paula Downing, Rita Nield, Rosemary Evans, Sarah Connors, Sue Thomas, Sue Vanhocht, Tamsyn Casley, Teresa Grant, Terry Harvey, Tim McQueen, Wendy Hosken and Caroline Watling.



The Hireth team would like to thank everyone who helped make this show possible, in particular the people who have donated items, lent us things, and volunteered their time & helping hands along the way. Extra special thanks: Clint, Jack, Grant, Eddy, Nick and all at Geevor, Tamsin Daniel, Deborah Boden, Kneehigh, Cape Cornwall School, Booths Print, Deborah Hinton, David Law Scaff olding, Raptor Scaff old Design, Ciaran Clarke, Simon Crick, Chris Rogers at Truro College, Martin Fenton, Darren Seed, George Arvidson, David James, Emma Lower, Lottie Clitherow, Jenny Beare, Bert Biscoe, Oliver Berry, Helen Tiplady & Kirsty Cotton, and WildWorks for props and costume for our choir. And the singing! Where would we be without our Hireth choir? Our heartfelt gratitude to all our choir members for your invaluable contribution to the show. Most of all, huge thanks to David James and St Just Miner’s Chapel.