Cornelius Macarthy was born in London, but grew up in Sierra Leone, West Africa. In 1996, shortly after his return to London, he joined the London Community Gospel Choir. His world tours as one of their lead vocalists eventually led to extensive work as a session singer with a wide variety of recording artists on tour, in the recording studio and during TV appearances, including: Blur (Think Tank World Tour, UK & US TV appearances, number 1 single “Tender” ), Beautiful South (UK tours), Manu Dibango (International tours), Madonna, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Spiritualised, Tom Jones, Death in Vegas, Eternal, Atomic Kitten, Will Young, Paul Carrack, Carleen Anderson, Bebe Winans, Westlife, Lucie Silvas, Gabrielle, Billie Piper, R. Kelly, Boy George, Van Morrison, Andrea Bocelli and Jessye Norman.
In 1999, Cornelius won a scholarship to the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and graduated 3 years later with a BA (Hons) in Acting.
He recently completed a nationwide theatre tour of a new stage adaptation of ITV’s most successful comedy of all time, Rising Damp. Other Theatre, Film and Television includes:
Antony & Cleopatra (Chichester Festival Theatre); 1936 (Sadlers Wells); Come Dancing (Theatre Stratford East);12 Proposals for a Better Europe (Belarus Free Theatre/West Yorkshire Playhouse); Peter Pan (York Theatre Royal); To Kill a Mockingbird (National Tour UK); Welcome to Thebes (National Theatre, London); The Good Soul of Szechuan (Manchester Library Theatre); Lost in the Stars (Queen Elizabeth Hall); King Cotton (Manchester Lowry/Liverpool Empire); A Taste of Honey (York Theatre Royal); Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Liverpool Playhouse); One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (West End, London); Lifting the Mask (National Tour, UK); Spirit of the Dance (National Tour, UK); Cinderella (Greenwich Theatre); Drive Ride Walk (Albany Theatre); Notes Across a Small Pond (Bridewell Theatre).
Touch of Frost; Doctors; EastEnders; Collision; Murder Investigation Team; Empathy; My Hero; Torchwood; Kingmakers.
Candle to Water; Patient 17; Millions; In the Mood
Thomas Steyaert studied contemporary dance at the Hoger Institute voor Dans in Antwerp (BE). From 2002 until 2008, he worked with Wim Vandekeybus/Ultima Vez and danced in Blush (2002), Sonic Boom (2003) and the reprise of Les Porteuses de Mauvaises Nouvelles (2004). He also took part in in Puur (2006) and Spiegel (2008). From 2006 he decided to make his own work and founded Ponyhill VZW, a collective of artists active in dance, performance, music, photography, film and visual art. Within that context he created his first solo work, The Dance of Vulpes Vulpes. In 2007, he was for the first time supported by the Ulti’Mates, Ultima Vez’ supporting program for young artists. Together with Raul Maia (PT) and Gabrielle Nankivell (AUS), he made Of Raving Gods and The Dogs Who Made Them. In 2008 and 2009 he was invited by DOT504 Dance company and Vertedance, two dance companies based in Prague (CZ). He created respectively Hidden Landscape and The Dance of Canis Lupus. Since 2006, Thomas Steyaert has also been also part of a delegation of artists of the KVS (Royal Flemish Theater, BE) and Ultima Vez which organizes cultural exchange programs between Belgium and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The project resulted in Mist in 2009, a performance with 6 Congolese dancers and musicians. In 2011 Thomas was invited by Haris Pasovic and East West Theatre Company, to take part in the creation Roses for Anna Theresa/Football Stories. Since 2009 Thomas is working with Raul Maia on an ongoing artistic process based on the development of a real-time, non-representational kinetic movement system. Until now the research resulted in two stage performances, The Ballet of Sam Hogue and Augustus Benjamin and The Ballet of Albertina Macchiavello, Johnny McLay and Ignatz van Stereo, in many site specific performances and in several video works. Within the same context he also develops his individual approach and practice. He also teaches workshops and explores different media such as painting, photography and music.
Christopher Simpson was born in Dublin to an Irish father and a Rwandan-Greek mother. He read Drama and English at Hull University before attending intensive training with Le Theatre du Soleil in Paris. His wide ranging creative practice has encompassed radio documentary, mask making, film making and teaching internationally. Recent theatre work includes: Forests (Barbican/Birmingham Rep) produced by Barcelona International Theatre. Other work includes: Leanerfasterstronger, written by award-winning playwright Katie O’Reilly (Sheffield Crucible); the double-bill of School Plays: The Knowledge and Little Platoons, (The Bush Theatre), directed by Charlotte Gwinner and Nathan Curry respectively; Fallujah, written from eyewitness accounts and directed by Jonathan Holmes (ICA at the Truman Brewery); The Bacchae of Baghdad (Abbey Theatre, Dublin), ,; the title role in Pericles in a site-specific co-production (Royal Shakespeare Company and Cardboard Citizens), Bharatha in The Ramayana (National Theatre, London) and Omar in Fragile Land (Hampstead Theatre). Film work includes the forthcoming Cuban-set drama The Day of The Flowers, directed by John Roberts; Sarah Gavron’s film adaptation of Monica Ali’s best-selling novel, Brick Lane; Penny Woolcock’s exuberant Mischief Night and Michael Winterbottom’s Code 46. Christopher also worked with Mike Figgis on The Ground Beneath her Feet and on French film Le Fils De Mon Pere, filmed on location in Paris. Television includes: Spooks: Code 9; the TV adaptation of Zadie Smith’s novel White Teeth; Neil’s Biswas’s TV film Second Generation and Paul Abbott’s State of Play.
Patrick J O’Reilly is an Actor, Writer and Director who recently trained at the Le Coq International school in Paris and currently lives in Belfast. Theatre Credits include: Wobble Irish Arts Centre NYC, Replay Theatre, Assault Events; The Comedy of Errors; Lyric Theatre Wobble; Replay/ Assault Events, Hecuba; Kings College London, The Jungle Book (Movement Director) Lyric Theatre ;Cinderella with Ulster Theatre Company, Live ads with Big Telly, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, Oh what a lovely war!, Candide, Lady Windermeres Fan and The Canterbury Tales with Bruiser Theatre Company; The Hypochondriac- t, Bah, Humbug! at the Lyric Theatre Belfast, Midsummer night’s dream with Creation Theatre Company Oxford, Robin Hood, Belfast Waterfront; Carnival with Kabosh; Macbeth with Replay Productions. Patrick is also Artistic Director of Red Lemon Theatre Company having written and directed; The Generous Bank, Jack’s Last Puff, Flesh Dense, Kissing Marigolds( Dublin Fringe), The Weein, Tart (Brighton Festival), The Cleaners and The Edible Cabaret. In 2010 Patrick was awarded the Stewart Parker BBC Radio Drama Award for The Weein. Patrick also wrote the adaptation of Candide (Irish Tour) and Othello ( Irish Tour)for Bruiser Theatre Company and Plasticine Tina for Replay Productions. Patrick was also writer in attachment with Tinderbox Theatre Company He is currently Director of Hatch, the adventures of the Ugly Duck for the MAC Theatre Belfast and developing an adaptation of The Nose for Bruiser Theatre Company
Saša Handžić graduated from the Academy of Performing Arts in Sarajevo in 2007. He has been a member of the ensemble of the Bosnian National Theatre in Zenica since 2008.During his studies, before becoming a member of BNT, he was engaged in a wide range of other Bosnia-Herzegovinan theatre projects and ad hoc theater troupes. After the academy, as a member of the ensemble, he performed roles in sixteen plays in the Bosnian National Theatre . He played in radio-drama forms, TV series and movies. For his acting creations he received several collective and individual awards at theatre festivals in Mostar, Brčko, Zenica (B&H), Zagreb (Croatia) and Kragujevac (Serbia)
Theatre, Film and TV includes: For the Bosnian National Theatre: Class, directed by G. Damjanac, La vie devan soi, directed by L. Kaikčija, H. Pašović, Mujo, Suljo i Fata in society of the spectacle, directed by Haris Pašović, Nora Nora directed by L. Kaikčija Letter from 1920., directed by O. Frljić , Strangers, directed by L. Kaikčija, Saved, directed by J. Pavić, Positive Hour, directed by L. Kaikčija, Singing Kingdom directed by Altteatar Sarajevo Who stole the children’s rights? directed by Altteatar Sarajevo, Old Saybrook, directed by L. Kaikčija, Four Princesses and a Dragon, directed by Ž. Joković, Swedish Heart Of My Mother directed by A. Kurt, Place in the Centre of the Earth, directed by N. Tuncer, Gulliver Among Puppets, directed by Ž. Joković, Nevakat, directed by S. Kilibarda, Play, directed by L. Kaikčija, The Full Monty (Lady’s Night), directed by Altteatar Sarajevo and A. Glamočak, Insurrection in the People’s Theatre, , directed by H. Pašović, A Flea in Her Ear, directed by A. Glamočak, Electra, directed by A. Jevđević, White, directed by S. Stojanović. He also starred in Jean Luc Godard’s film Our Music (2004).
County Derry native Dermott has been working in T.V and theatre since graduating from Queen’s University Belfast in 2009. Recent theatre credits include Owen in Brian Friel’s Translations (Millenium Forum, Derry), Moira Buffini’s Marianne Dreams (Replay Theatre Co., Belfast) and Carol’s Christmas (Theatre at the Mill, Newtownabbey). Recent T.V and Film includes the BBC PG Wodehouse Biopic Wodehouse: In Exile (Great Meadow), BBC drama series 6 Degrees, Colin Bateman drama Scúp, and Video Hacker comedy series ‘The Clandestine’.”
Belfast-born Neil Martin, a Music and Celtic Studies graduate of Queen’s University, Belfast, is a composer and musician with an international reputation who enjoys a most varied and rewarding career. Among major commissions are The Great and First Object (2013) for soprano, organ and symphony orchestra; Further Shore (2012), a setting of part of Seamus Heaney’s The Cure at Troy for Barry Douglas, Camerata Ireland and Choir; 100 fiddles, 55º North (2012) – a suite for 100 traditional fiddle players from North America and Europe; Exsultet (2011), an a cappella work with a macaronic text, set in Latin and Irish; a setting of the Agnus Dei (2010) for a cappella choir, premiered at Ground Zero, NYC; Hell’s Pavement (2009), a feature film score; 4 Quartets (2008), a dance project based on TS Eliot’s poems; OSSA (2007), a choral symphony; no tongue can tell (2004), a concerto for uilleann pipes and symphony orchestra.
Composition for television, film and radio includes Trevor Griffiths’ award-winning Food for Ravens (1998), various short dramas, television series for children, award-winning documentaries and series for BBC, C4 and RTE and many radio dramas. Neil has composed and directed music extensively for theatre, notably Stephen Rea’s award-winning production of Northern Star (1998), Marie Jones’ Women on the Verge of HRT (1996 -West End) and This is What We Sang (Belfast & NYC 2010). A cellist and uilleann piper, he has worked with many leading musicians, both on stage and in the studio – these include The Chieftains, Liam O’Flynn, The Dubliners, Christy Moore, Altan, Mary Black, Eimear Quinn, Donal Lunny and De Danann. The Irish Tenors version of Knocknashee, a song Neil co-wrote with Brendan Graham (author of You Raise Me Up), was in the top 10 of the USA Billboard World Album Charts during 2010. Neil has contributed to more than 100 albums and his music has taken him throughout Europe and North America, including performances in Carnegie Hall in NYC, the Royal Albert Hall in London and the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence. He has recorded with The London Symphony Orchestra, collaborated with Bryn Terfel and performed with both the Irish and English Chamber Orchestras. Neil Martin’s debut uilleann pipe album, A Celtic Heart, was released on Universal Records (UCJ) in 2004. His compositions for The West Ocean String Quartet have received global acclaim, and the quartet released its fourth album, An Indigo Sky, in January 2013.
Rod was born in 1958 & is from Belfast. He began his musical career playing in bands & working at the Lyric Theatre and The Arts Theatre whilst at the same time completing a music degree at Queen’s University Belfast. He has worked with artists such as Van Morrison, The Kinks, Kris Kristofferson, Ian Dury, Christy Hennessey, Maura O’Connell, Stockton’s Wing, De Dannan, The Corrs, Paul Brady, Dolores Keane & Shaun Davey. In 1992 he began a long association with the master uilleann piper, Liam O’Flynn, with whom he has recorded 3 albums & toured extensively both in Europe & the US. He has also written music for theatre & TV and is a veteran of 35 years of studio recording.
Shane O Reill lives in Dublin, Ireland. He holds a first class honors degree from Trinity College Dublin in Drama and Theatre Studies. He is an associate artist with WillFredd Theatre Company. Shane’s theatre work includes the award winning shows Follow, nominated for Best Male Performer at the Dublin Fringe Festival 2011 and Farm (WillFredd Theatre), Richard II (Abbey Theatre/Everyman Theatre Cork) The Dead (The Abbey Theatre, Dublin) Those Sick and Indigent (Bewleys Café Theatre) The Harbour (Limbik Theatre) Life is A Dream (Rough Magic Theatre Company) Jack, Boy With A Suitcase, Song From The Sea, A Murder of Crows (Barnstorm Theatre); Cinderella (Gaiety Theatre); Seven Jewish Children (Mirari Theatre), Lucia Di Lammermoor and The Pearl Fishers (Anna Livia Opera Company).Film and television work includes Fair City (RTÉ), The Resistors (CTVR/TG4), The Killings at Coolacrease (Sideline), Nanettes New Glasses (Disney), Lovesick (Screenworks). Radio work includes 1923 (Radio Kerry/RTÉ).
Mona Muratovic is from Sarajevo. She is a Graduate from the Academy of Performing Arts in Sarajevo and studied Literature and History of Art at the Faculty of Philosophy in Sarajevo. Mona has worked across Bosnian Theatre as well as in Croatian and Serbian international theatre co-productions where she collaborated with directors Emir Kapetanovic, Aleksandar Jevdjevic, Damir Zlatar Frey, Dusan Jovanovic, Katarina Pejovic, Boris Bakal and many others. As an author and performer she participated in the experimental theatre project Male-Female Shadow Casters. Besides a range of TV appearances, she has also been cast in films by internationally acclaimed directors Danis Tanovic, Alen Drljevic, Nedžad Begovic and Sergia Castellitto. For many years, Mona has also worked with war stricken children, handicapped and children with special needs as a hypo therapist. Mona is a member of a new avant-garde theatre group Magacin Kabare with which she explores the art of theatre through new and innovative forms. She also performs as a singer and dancer.
Damjana Černe has worked at the Mladinsko Theatre, since the early 1980s as part of the Acting Ensemble there. She has also made a mark in Slovenia’s independent theatre scene, most notably with the director Dragan Živadinov – she appeared in two of his cult performances, The Baptism under Triglav and Gravitation 0, the first theatre performance in the world to take place in weightlessness. She is a collaborator of the Art Programme of Radio Slovenia and has been part of several international co-productions: in 1993 she worked on the project Sarajevo (in Antwerp – Cultural Capital of Europe), took part in the European co-production Stories of Europe, The Attendants’ Gallery and appeared in the role of Gertrude in Hamlet, directed by Haris Pašović, one of the biggest cultural co-productions in Balkans in the last 20 years. Recent theatre work for Mladinsko includes: Letters to Nora (from the correspondence of James Joyce), concieved and realised by Damjana Černe, Going to Pot, concept and direction by Oliver Frljić, The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum, directed by Matjaž Pograjc, Nickel Stuff, directed by Ivica Buljan, Oliver Twist, directed by Matjaž Pograjc, Šumi, directed by Vinko Möderndorfer, A Clockwork Orange, directed by Matjaž Pograjc, Knitting, concieved, directed and visual concept by Barbara Kapelj Osredkar, Lowering the Skies (after Ovid’s Metamorphoses), directed by Jernej Lorenci, A handful of Shakespeare, directed by Matjaž Pograjc, Malfi (after The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster), directed by Ivan Talijančić, Young Flesh, directed by Ivica Buljan, Don Juan. Who?, directed by Anna Furse, 2007 Mišmaš Bakery, directed by Robert Waltl, The Belly of the Whale, directed by Matjaž Pograjc, The Epic of Gilgamesh directed by Jernej Lorenci, The Wedding, directed by Jernej Lorenci ,The Physicists, directed by Matjaž Berger, The Visages of Sand, a self-concieved project by Ivan Peternelj, Supremat, directed by Dragan Živadinov,
The Name of the Rose, directed by Matjaž Berger, Phaedra’s Love, 4.48 Psychosis, directed by Eduard Miler,: Peter Pan or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up, directed by Matjaž Pograjc, Die Traumdeutung, 1900, directed by Matjaž Berger, The House of Bernarda Alba, directed by Matjaž Pograjc, Who’s Afraid of Tennessee Williams?, directed by Matjaž Pograjc, A Girl and a Double Bass, directed by Barbara Novakovič Kolenc,
Zeljko Hrs Immediately after his graduation in 1981, Željko Hrs became a member of the Mladinsko Theatre ensemble. He has been one of the pillars of the company since the early 1980s, when the theatre reached wide international recognition. He has also collaborated with Koreodrama Ljubljana, Radio Slovenia, TV and has appeared in films, among them in a leading role in the TV drama Paradise Now directed by Haris Pašović. In 1993 he took part in the international co-production Sarajevo (text by Goran Stefanovski, directed by Slobodan Unkovski), which was first presented in Antwerp – the Cultural Capital of Europe 1993. In the last decade, he has also been exploring other theatre fields: he has worked as the dramaturg with directors Matjaž Pograjc and Anna Furse on several internationally acclaimed projects, has been mentoring post-gaduate students at Goldsmiths College in London and is a lecturer at the Academy of Visual Arts Ljubljana. Recent work for Mladinsko includes: Going to Pot, concept and direction by Oliver Frljić, Danton’s Death, directed by Jernej Lorenci The Class Enemy (Re-/de-/construction), directed by Borut Šeparović,: Scandal in the Valley of St. Florian, directed by Vito Taufer, Oliver Twist, directed by Matjaž Pograjc, A Clockwork Orange, directed by Matjaž Pograjc,
Lowering the Skies (after Ovid’s Metamorphoses), Crime and Punishment, directed by Diego de Brea, A Handful of Shakespeare, directed by Matjaž Pograjc, Young Flesh, directed by Ivica Buljan, Don Juan. Who?, directed by Anna Furse, Mišmaš Bakery, režija Robert Waltl, The Damned (after an original script by Nicola Badalucco, Enrico Medioli and Luchino Visconti), directed by Diego de Brea, The Belly of the Whale, directed by Matjaž Pograjc, The Epic of Gilgamesh (dramatised, adapted and expanded by Nebojša Pop Tasić), directed by Jernej Lorenci, La Reine Margot, directed by Diego de Brea, Kaspar, directed by Jaka Ivanc, The Wedding, directed by Jernej Lorenci, The Physicists, directed by Matjaž Berger, Play It Again, Caligula (Albert Camus: Caligula), The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat, directed by Matjaž Pograjc, Ime rože, directed by Matjaž Berger, Soba srečanj (Maison des rendez-vous), directed by Matjaž Pograjc, Die Traumdeutung, 1900, directed by Matjaž Berger, Who’s Afraid of Tennessee Williams?, directed by Matjaž Pograjc.