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Gareth Bennett-Ryan - Grandson

Gareth was born in Grimsby, where he worked as a carpet fitter and in a scaffold yard before training as an actor for three years at the Birmingham School of Acting. Theatre credits include: Lovers Vows (Reading), Dick Whittington, The World in a Village (Reading), Mother Goose (Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds); Much Ado About Nothing (Cambridge Shakespeare Festival); Anthony and Cleopatra (Cambridge Shakespeare Festival); Single Sex (Reading) (The Print Room); Macbeth and As You Like It (Shakespeare’s Globe); The Mermaids Curse (SKIP Theatre); Tell Me Lies (Sudden Productions); The Shoemaker’s Holiday and Henry V1 Part 1 (The Rose, Bankside); Poison in the System (Possible Productions); Sons of Bond (Theatre Royal Haymarket) NewsRevue (Canal Café Theatre); Burnt Out (Fairgame Theatre Company); Of Mice and Men, As You Like It, Daughters of Revolution, The Winters Tale (Birmingham School of Acting) and The Sleeping Policeman (Edinburgh Festival) Film and Television credits include: Shakespeare Uncovered (BBC); Woodfalls (Tales from the Motherland); Wounded (Big View Productions); Mercenaries (ABC Productions); From This Day (Fire in the Hole Productions); For Love (Porcelain Films) The 11th Hour (Rotunda Films); Dark Country (Fire in the Hole Productions); The Critic (Starbound Pictures); Arrivals (Dreamfinder Productions); Anticlimax shorts (Last Man Standing Productions); Memoirs of an Alien (Non Multiplex Cinema); A Million Friends (The Butchers); Carlsberg - World Cup (Irresistible Films); Corporate (Illumina Digital); Corporate (Louth Council)

John Walters - Grandpa

John trained at the University of Birmingham and spent many years teaching French before becoming an actor. His extensive theatre work includes three spells in the West End and numerous tours in the UK and Europe, as well as repertory at Bromley, Eastbourne, Plymouth, Salisbury and Southampton. This is John’s fifth tour with new Perspectives, having appeared in The Farm (2008), and his fourth outing as Grandfather in Farm Boy. Theatre includes: Gandalf in The Hobbit (Vanessa Ford Productions); Malvolio in Twelfth Night (Open Hand Productions); Inspector Rough in Gaslight (Middle Ground); Rafe Crompton in Spring and Port Wine (Newpalm Productions); Ben Weatherstaff in The Secret Garden (The Tobacco Factory); Kipps in the West End production of The Woman in Black and, most recently, Leonato in Much Ado about Nothing (The Tobacco Factory). TV includes: Ferdinand de Lesseps in Panama Canal (BBC); Creon in a French version of Antigone (Direct Entertainment); Cold Enough for Snow (Greenpoint Films/BBC); Darwin (WGBH Boston); Doctors (BBC) and The Thieving Headmistress (Firefly/BBC). Films include: Saving Private Ryan (Dreamworks) and Ever After (20th Century Fox). John also writes and translates, and his version of the Marivaux play The Game of Love and Chance was produced at the Nuffield Theatre, Southampton prior to publication by Methuen.

Creative Team

Writer - Michael Morpurgo

Director - Daniel Buckroyd

Daniel joined New Perspectives as Artistic Director in 2003, having previously worked as Associate Director of the Nuffield Theatre, Southampton 1996 - 2003, Artistic Director of Oxfordshire Touring Theatre Company 1992 - 1996, and Education Director of the Haymarket Theatre in Leicester 1988 - 1992. For New Perspectives directing includes: Lark Rise To Candleford; Dolly; Farm Boy; Those Magnificent Men; The Falling Sky; Faith Healer; Farm Boy; Sir Gawain and the Green Knight; The Farm; In Search of Pontiflunk; The Hired Man (which transferred to New York); On Saturdays This Bed is Poland; Saturday Night and Sunday Morning; The Iron Man; The Allotment; Not Now, Bernard & Other Monster Stories; The Evidence; The Ghost Downstairs; The Butterfly Lion and The Long Way Home. Other directing includes: the first ever staging of Beowulf (Seamus Heaney); Freddie Jones as Charles Dickens; the original stage production of Quadrophenia; Roger Lloyd Pack in The Caretaker; Peter Pan at Polka Theatre; and currently Friend Or Foe for Scamp Theatre & Watford Palace.

Lighting Designer - Mark Dymock

Mark regularly collaborates with New Perspectives and has previously lit Farm Boy, Those Magnificent Men, Wasteland, Sir Gawain and The Green Knight, The Hired Man, Saturday Night Sunday Morning, The Evidence, The Ghost Downstairs, Long Way Home and Last Train To Nibroc. Recent theatre credits include: Cinderella, The Young Ones, Ladies Down Under, The Woman Who Cooked Her Husband (Queen`s Theatre); A Russian Play (Lion and Unicorn); Wind in the Willows, Treasure Island (Watermill); Star of Wonder (Theatre in the Quarter); Friend or Foe (Scamp); 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea (Nuffield Theatre); Bollywood Baraat (Art Asia); Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Oliver! (Bermuda City Hall); Town (Northampton Royal); Alice in Wonderland (Nuffield Theatre);The Mystery of the London Eye (Unicorn Theatre); Shirley Valentine (Royal Court Liverpool); World`s End (Trafalgar Studios). Other theatre credits include: The Full Monty (Bermuda City Hall); The Comedy of Errors and A Midsummer Night`s Dream (Ludlow Castle); Sleeping Beauty, How to Beat a Giant (Unicorn); Broadway in the Shadows (Grand Theatre de Luxembourg); Educating Rita and Breezeblock Park (Liverpool Playhouse); James and the Giant Peach, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair De Lune, Another Sun, Spoonface Steinberg, Holes, Scent, Shoah, Ballroom, The Weir, The Entertainer, Last Train to Nibroc, Macbeth (Nuffield Theatre); Theatre Café, Virgins (Company of Angels); Beauty. Sleeps (Young Vic Company); St George and the Dragon, Jason and the Argonauts, World Cup Final 1966 (Carl Heap and Tom Morris); The Portrait of Dorian Gray (Vienna`s English Theatre).

Composer - Matt Marks

Matt studied Creative Arts and Music Composition in Nottingham and Musical Theatre Writing in New York, where he was awarded the Frederic Loewe ASCAP award for Musical Theatre. For New Perspectives compositions include: On Saturdays This Bed is Poland, In Search of Pontiflunk, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and Farm Boy. Other theatre credits include: The Jolly Postman for Polka Theatre; The Caretaker for Nottingham Playhouse; The Wind in the Willows for West Yorkshire Playhouse; The Railway Children for The Peacock Theatre; The Fifteen Streets for Darlington Civic Theatre; The Ugly Duckling for The Crucible, Sheffield and also numerous other scores for Nottingham Playhouse Roundabout Theatre Company. Dance scores include: Retina Springs for Retina Dance Company, First Equation with Rebecca Hart, Black Wings with Cidinha Fursan Bendixen and Long Room with Eunmi Kuk, performed in the USA. Matt recently composed the score for When The Pictures Came, a 3-way collaboration between Terrapin Puppet Theatre from Australia, The Childrens` Art Theatre of China and Lakeside, Nottingham. Matt has also worked with the site-specific company Parrabbola, creating the music for a large-scale community production of Pericles in Poland in 2010 and The Winter`s Tale in the Czech Republic and Poland in 2012. Matt has also co-written a musical, Giants in the Earth with Nick Wood, inspired by the life of the Victorian paleontologist William Buckland, for Oxfordshire Theatre Company which is currently in the final stages of development. Other musical collaborations include The Bridge with Liv Cummins, which is in development in New York; The People Could Fly with Adam Mathias, which was produced in New York in 2008; The Crow and the Pitcher with Tim McCanna and The Egg Factory with Esther Davis. Matt composed the score for Memoirs of a Biscuit Tin by Maison Foo, which was a huge success at the 2010 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and beyond, and is currently working with Tell Tale Hearts on a contemporary dance piece for children. Film and television credits include The Morris Jelly House of Fashion, Insight in Mind and Hotel for Channel Four. Matt is a member of The Institute for Crazy Dancing in Leeds and is Associate Practitioner for RSC Education. He is also an associate artist and musician with Bamboozle Theatre Company and Meander Theatre, both of whom specialise in work with children with learning disabilities. He continues to perform with the improvising quartet Kiplefti and the central European-inspired The Balkan Express as well as arranging and performing music ranging from East European Klezmer to Tango to South African Township Jive and Balinese Monkey Chant. Please visit his website at

Stage Manager - Jeremy Rowe / Alison Willcox


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