WHO’S WHO
Adam Bayjou (The Hard Man). Adam graduated with distinction from the London School of Musical Theatre. Theater credits include Factory Foreman/Montparnasse/cover Jean Valjean in Les Misérables (West End, London), Bystander/cover Charles Guiteau and Guiseppe Zangara in Assassins (Menier Chocolate Factory), Dr Ackerman/cover Oliver Barrett in Love Story (Union Theatre), Jerry Lukowski in The Full Monty (New Players), cover Frederic in The Pirates of Penzance and HMS Pinafore (U.K. tour/Chichester), Enoch Snow in Carousel (Broadway Theatre) and Viper in Rue Magique (King’s Head). Adam has also toured the globe as an established member of VOXX - The West End Tenors, The 12 Tenors and The Opera Boys. Instagram: @adambayjou • Twitter: @adambayjou
Jahlil Burke (The Pub Bore). Jahlil M. Burke is thrilled to be making his National Tour debut, with The Choir of Man! He is even more elated to be back onstage doing what he loves, after the few years away from theatre. Jahlil was born and raised in New York, where he has always had a love for performing. Favorite past credits include: After Midnight (Quartet Bass), RENT (Roger), In The Heights (Benny), Memphis (Ensemble), A Chorus Line (Richie), and many others! Special shoutout to NCL Choir of Man 4.0, for killing it every week and inspiring me to be a part of this wonderful show! Thank you to my amazingly supportive friends and family, you all are my rock. Most importantly, thank you to you all, for supporting live theatre. Theatre is back! Instagram: @jah94_
Jordan Crouch (The Handyman). Jordan trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, graduating in 2019. Theatre credits include Ensemble in Anything Goes (London Barbican), Tapper in The Choir of Man (Sydney Opera House), Ensemble/Mr T Impersonator in The Wedding Singer (Troubadour Wembley Park), Onstage Swing and 1st Cover Mike in White Christmas (Dominion Theatre), Soloist in The Songs of Daniel and Laura Curtis (The Hippodrome), Soloist in The Mayor of Southwark’s Charity Ball (Shakespeare’s Globe), Ensemble in Magic at the Musicals (Royal Albert Hall) & Ensemble in Michael Ball & Alfie Boe at the O2 (O2). Jordan has also appeared on tv as Tap Soloist on BBC1’s The Greatest Dancer (Thames TV), Featured Dancer on This Morning (ITV) & Tap Dancer on The One Show (BBC). Instagram: @Jordiecee
Aled Davies (The Joker). Aled is an actor and musician from South Wales. With the exception of a couple of delivery and bar-based muggle jobs in the past 18 months (for reasons we need not speak of), he’s been performing professionally since 2017, after graduating with a BA in Drama Studies from Bath Spa University in 2015. Aled’s done a little bit of everything, from busking to pantomimes to cruise ships, where he performed in the Jungle for the first time in 2019. He also recently finished his first job as Musical Director for his Christmas Pantomime. Despite the best efforts of a global pandemic to put an end to his career, Aled’s thrilled to be back onstage after a tough two years, and hopes you enjoy this return to some semblance of normality! Aled’s credits include Cinderella (2021), Decommissioned (2021), The Choir of Man (2019-2022), Dead Man Walking (2019), Snow White (2018), A Night With Gerard Carey (2018), Aladdin (2017), West Side Story (2017) and others. Facebook: Aled Thomas Davies • Instagram: @aledthomasdavies • Twitter: @aledtdavies • YouTube: Aled Davies
Conor Hanley (The Poet). Conor is absolutely delighted to be back in The Choir of Man once again on the U.S. tour! Having previously been in the show in the inaugural cast on board the Norwegian Encore and in Coventry for the amazing assembly festival gardens, it’s a pleasure to be back with the show. Touring the US has been a dream since he was young so he can’t wait to get started! Other credits include What Would Ma’ Say (Irish tour), Casca in Julius Caesar (Smock Alley Dublin), John in Bash (The Mill, Dublin), The New Irish Playbook (Manchester Fringe, Camden Fringe, Smock Alley), Jake and Jess (Smock Alley), Hound’s Hotel (Smock Alley, Galway Fringe), OpenBin Originals (Webseries), 1916 Seachtar Dearmadta (TG4). Feicfidh mé ann thú, Slainte! Instagram: @conorhanley_ • Twitter: @conordoesntcare
Mark Irwin (The Romantic). Mark trained as a classical singer for 9 years with Dervla Conlon and during that time he won the prestigious Tenor solo title at the Féis Ceoil. He then studied at the London School of Musical Theatre where he was the recipient of the Andrew Lloyd Webber Scholarship. Mark’s credits include The Commitments Musical (West End, London), Marco Polo (The Shaw Theatre, London), The 12 Tenors European Tour, Tenors of Rock, VOXX-The West End Tenors, The 3 Tones, Our Lady Valentine, The Choir of Man (Sydney Opera House, Norwegian Encore). Instagram: @markirwinirishtenor • Facebook: Mark Irwin
Ollie Kaiper Leach (The Maestro). Ollie is an actor, songwriter, and award-nominated musical director from South Yorkshire. Having obtained a BA (Hons) in Music and Drama from the University of Manchester, Ollie went on to study at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, graduating with a distinction from the MA Music Theatre program. Most recently, Ollie appeared in the internationally acclaimed hit show The Choir of Man, as the "Pianoman" on board the NCL Encore, and has also been seen in Antic Disposition’s U.K. Tour of Shakespeare’s Henry V, Sondheim’s Assassins at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and starred alongside Sir Michael Caine in the feature film Is Anybody There? Ollie’s work as a musical director earned him a nomination in the 2019 Great British Pantomime Awards for Musical Achievement for his work on Sevenoaks Panto Ltd.’s Dick Whittington. He was recently able to put those skills to good use as music captain for The Choir of Man. As a singer, Ollie has sung with some of the country’s most revered choirs (inc. NYCC, CBSO Male Chorus, Cambridge’s St John’s Voices), singing at the Royal Albert Hall for the BBC Proms, and as far afield as Cathedrals in Hong Kong and Singapore. His reputation as a jazz pianist earned him a place in big bands and function bands across Manchester, and his compositions have been performed by ensembles across the country. Ollie is currently working on his debut EP, "Avalon," set for release this autumn. Instagram: @ollieklmusic • Twitter: @ollieklmusic • Facebook: Ollie Kaiper-Leach
Joshua Lloyd (The Barman). Josh is so thrilled to have been a part of The Choir of Man family for the past 3.5 years, having most recently played the Barman at the Assembly Festival in the U.K.’s City of Culture. Josh’s interest in acting and singing started at the age of 16 and from then on couldn’t get enough. Josh went on to train at the prestigious Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London to study musical theatre. Some of Josh’s career highlights include performing all around the world with the The Choir of Man, including the Sydney Opera House, Shakespeare’s Globe and The Royal Albert Hall supporting Elaine Paige. Joshua would like to thank his family for all their continued love and support without which he wouldn’t be where he is today. Instagram: @joshualloyd1 • Twitter: @Joshua_Lloyd1 • Facebook: Joshua Lloyd (Josh Smith)
Ed Tunningley (The Beast). Ed trained at the Guildford School of Acting, B.A. (Hons) Musical Theatre. Performance credits include Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dream Coat (U.K. Tour, 2019), The Choir of Man (Norwegian Cruise Lines), Hotels.com (Commercial, 2018), Barclays (Commercial, 2020), The Choir of Man Live From The Hercules Pillars (The Grand 1984 Opera House, 2020), The Choir of Man (Adelaide Fringe Festival, 2021), Twelfth Night (Jupiter Theatre Regional Tour, 2021), The Choir of Man (Underbelly Festival, 2021). Ed has also performed in workshops of Cymbeline (Jupiter Theatre 2019) and As You Like It (Jupiter Theatre, 2021). He is the co-producer and head of movement for the actor-musician company Jupiter Theatre, and plays bass and guitar in multiple bands. Instagram: @ed_tunningley • Twitter: @TunningleyEd • Facebook: Ed Tunningley
Andrew Kay (Producer). Andrew Kay is an international theater producer and concert promoter based in Melbourne, Australia. Together with his theatrical co-producer Liza McLean, Andrew produced the world premiere of Alfred Hitchcock’s North By Northwest and has toured productions including the Old Vic/Brooklyn Academy production of Richard III starring Kevin Spacey, Waiting for Godot starring Ian McKellen, and The Graduate starring Jerry Hall. Andrew has also presented international productions The Hollow Crown starring Derek Jacobi, Diana Rigg, Ian Richardson and Donald Sindon; The Importance of Being Earnest starring Patricia Routlege; and Talking Heads starring Dame Maggie Smith and Brenda Blethyn. In Australia, Andrew has produced and toured The Blue Room starring Sigrid Thornton and Marcus Graham, Masterclass starring Amanda Muggleton, the Australian tour of The 39 Steps and Secret Bridesmaids Business starring Jacki Weaver. Since 1996, Andrew has been one of the major producers of children’s theatre including Hi-5, Bananas in Pyjamas, Cat in The Hat, Giggle and Hoot, Hairy Maclary, The Fairies, LazyTown, ABC Christmas Spectaculars, Horrible Histories - Awful Egyptians and Barmy Britain, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt. Most recently he has produced the very popular Dan TDM Live, Operation Ouch Live and Steve Backshall’s Deadly 60 Live. In music, Andrew has presented artists of renown including Kathleen Battle, Yehudi Menuhin, Wynton Marsalis, flamenco guitarist, Paco Pena, Ibrahim Ferrer and Omara Potuondo and The Buena Vista Social Club and Nigel Kennedy performing his ground breaking Vivaldi: the New Four Seasons, as well as the brass bands: Grimethorpe Colliery Band and Austria’s Mnozil Brass. In 2015, Andrew co-created the critically acclaimed a cappella production, Gobsmacked, which had its world premiere at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In dance, Andrew produced and tours the world’s most acclaimed tango show Tango Fire which has had two sell-out seasons in New York and seven sell-out seasons in London. Other dance companies toured by Andrew include Pilobolus, Complexions and Les Ballet Trockadero de Monte Carlo. Other attractions and artists presented by Andrew include QI Live starring Stephen Fry and Alan Davies, the symphonic version of Monty Python’s Life of Brian Not The Messiah starring Eric Idle, An Evening with Kevin McCloud, The Goodies Live starring Tim Brooke Taylor, and Graeme Garden and Louis Theroux Live on Stage.
Nic Doodson (Producer & Director). Nic has been at the forefront of global singing for the past 20 years as a performer, director, competition judge and producer. As a performer, he founded The Magnets and took the group from amateur student beginnings to one of the most successful a cappella groups in the world, securing a major record deal with EMI and releasing three albums. In 2015 Nic created Gobsmacked!, an a cappella stage show that debuted at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and toured to Hong Kong, London’s Southbank plus a 132 date North American that took in performances in Chicago, Washington D.C, Dallas, Toronto among many others. In 2017 Nic co-created and directed The Choir of Man. The show and has now toured extensively throughout Australia, Europe and the United States and is also resident on two ships with Norwegian Cruise Line. Like the rest of the world the show closed its doors in March 2020, but was the first post-pandemic international show to play at the Sydney Opera House in January 2021 and the first touring show to open in North America in June 2021. In 2019 Nic created, directed and co-produced Noise Boys, a tap dancing, rapping, singing show that played to five-star reviews at the Edinburgh Festival. The show was booked to make its West End debut at the Peacock Theatre in September 2020, but had to postpone the run until 2022 due to the Coronavirus pandemic. As a producer and director Nic has created and managed shows at festivals throughout Europe, Australia, and New Zealand including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Auckland Arts Festival, Perth International Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Glastonbury, Isle of Wight Festival, the Cayman Islands Festival, Harare International Festival, Henley Festival, and the Holders Season in Barbados.
Jack Blume (Music Supervisor, Arranger & Orchestrator). Jack Blume is a composer, music supervisor and music producer working across film, TV and theater. Credits include arranging and vocal directing music for BBC1 and Channel 4 primetime TV shows ("Pitch Battle," "Big Fat Quiz of Everything"), scoring and orchestrating original music for feature films (Snap Shot, The Bad Education Movie), TV ("Pitch Battle," "Emily Time!") and orchestrating music for theme park rides (The Lost World and Rudolph’s Adventure at Paultons Park), in addition to being the lead musical creative behind a number of globally touring music theater productions (The Choir of Man, Gobsmacked!, Noise Boys, The Cereal Cafe), which have performed multiple seasons at world-renowned venues including the Sydney Opera House and the Kennedy Center. Jack is currently developing new musical theatre productions and TV treatments through his production company Big And Brave LtdAs a record producer, Jack produced and mixed The Choir of Man’s Original Cast Recording, which has since sold tens of thousands of physical and digital copies around the world. Jack produces artists and theatre albums from his London studio.
Freddie Huddleston (Choreographer & Movement Director). His training started at Peterborough Regional College and then on to Tiffany Theatre College in Essex. Since graduating in 2012 Freddie has performed on stage and screen with credits including West End Heroes (Dominion Theatre); 42nd Street Charity Gala (London Palladium); Back to Broadway (U.K. Tour); "Let’s Dance" (BBC); "Lip Sync Battle" (Channel 5); "Children in Need for Eastenders" (BBC); "Got to Dance" (Sky 1). As an associate choreographer, Freddie has worked on The Producers (International Tour); Side Show (Southwark Playhouse); Thoroughly Modern Millie (Landor Theatre); The MGM Story (Upstairs at the Gatehouse); Jerry’s Girls (St. James Theatre). Choreography and movement director credits include West End Bares (Novello Theatre); Back to Broadway (U.K. Tour); The Choir of Man (Norwegian Cruise Lines / Sydney Opera House / U.S. Tour / Edinburgh Fringe / Adelaide Fringe /European Tour / West End Live). As an educator Freddie has guest taught and choreographed for Arts Ed, Guildford School of Acting, London Studio Centre, Urdang Academy, Chichester University, Tiffany Theatre College, D&B Performing Arts and Masters Performing Arts. Freddie is delighted to be reprising the role he originated as ‘Tapper’ in his performing and choreographic West End debut of The Choir of Man. He would like to thank his amazing parents, wife, family and friends for all their continued love and support.
Ben Norris (Writer). Ben Norris is a poet, playwright and actor from Nottingham. He is a two-time national poetry slam champion, performing his work widely, from Latitude Festival to the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall as well as across BBC Radio, and has published two pamphlets of poetry. As a theatre-maker, his debut solo show, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Family, won the 2015 IdeasTap Underbelly Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival before touring the UK and Australia, and his first short film, commissioned by Channel 4, was nominated for a Royal Television Society Award. Ben is currently under commission from BBC Films and BBC Drama for his second short film, and has two plays in development. Other commissions include work for BBC Radio 4 and the Southbank Centre. He is a former writer-in-residence at Theatr Clwyd and Nottinghamshire Libraries, and has just completed his tenure as a Creative Associate at Nottingham Playhouse. He wrote and originated the role of The Poet in The Choir of Man. He also plays Ben Archer in BBC radio drama The Archers.
Oli Townsend (Scenic Design) Oli Townsend is a U.K.-based theater designer who trained at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Set and costume design credits include: The Caretaker (Bristol Old Vic), The Darkest Corners, Two Man Show (RashDash), An Injury (Ovalhouse), We Want You to Watch (National Theatre/RashDash), Pelleas et Mellisande, Werther, The Tales of Hoffmann (English Touring Opera), Grounded, The Christians, and Wittenberg (The Gate Theatre), Islands (Caroline Horton, China Plate, & The Bush Theatre), Incognito (Nabokov & The Bush Theatre), The Measures Taken (Alexander Whitley Dance), L’Elisir D’Amore, Rodelinda (Scottish Opera), The Gamblers, Dead to Me, Gods are Fallen and All Safety Gone (Greyscale), The Coronation of Poppea, Macbeth (Blackheath Halls Opera). Oli designed the sets for Aladdin, Cinderella, Dick Whittington, and Jack & the Beanstalk at the Lyric Hammersmith. Costume credits include: Wozzeck (ENO); The Lighthouse (ROH Linbury); Big Maggie (Druid). He was awarded Best Set Design at the Off West-End Awards for Grounded in 2013. Design work is temporarily on hold though as during 2018 Oli is cycling around the world as part of the project: In Tandem Stories.
Verity Sadler (Costume & Associate Scenic Designer). Verity Sadler has worked as designer for Noiseboys at Edinburgh Fringe and for Little Bulb Theatre on Extravaganza Macabre, When Autumn Turns to Winter and Antarctica; and as design associate to Bunny Christie on Company for Harper Elliot Productions, Ink for Sonia Friedman Productions and the Almeida and People, Places and Things for the National Theatre and Headlong. Work as Costume Supervisor includes The Last Ship for U.K. and U.S. tour; Space Shed for Unlimited; Poppea at Trinity Laban; Missing for Gecko; Stowaway for Analogue; Holes for Jamie Hendry Productions; One Million and Burntwater for Tangled Feet. She is a design assistant to Bunny Christie and Rhys Jarman on various productions. TV/film includes: Cbeebies Hansel & Gretel, Thumbelina, The Snow Queen, The Nutcracker, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan and A Christmas Carol, and Macbeth, Blitz, Hamlet and Mr Nice.
Rachel Chapman (Associate Choreographer & Movement Director) Rachel is a performer, dance teacher and choreographer from London. She trained at ‘London Studio Centre’ graduating with a BA HONS in Musical theatre. As a performer Rachel has appeared on numerous TV shows such as BBC’s "Children In Need," "Comic Relief," "The Royal Variety Show," "The Jonathan Ross Show" and "Britain’s Got Talent." She has created and performed for brands such as H&M, Disney, Debenhams, Sainsbury’s, Vans, Xbox & CBeebies. Theatre credits include several pantomimes for Evolution Productions, The 43 Club (The Other Palace) and Three Phantoms (Macau, China). Rachel started her creative work assisting choreographers on BBC’s "Strictly Come Dancing" and BBC’s "Wedding Day Winners." She then went on to choreograph The Rat Pack and Blues Brothers at Edinburgh Fringe, The Brit Awards opening at The O2 Arena, corporate productions at The NEC Arena, Birmingham, and variety dance and circus shows onboard MSC cruise line with Bor Productions. Rachel is renowned for her tap and jazz dance teaching skills. She is a regular guest teacher at top colleges such as Urdang, GSA and Millenium. She has adjudicated and tutored at many competitive events such as MOVE IT and CYD?. Rachel has been the associate choreographer for The Choir of Man since 2018. She has been responsible for installing the show with new casts onboard Norwegian Cruise Line ships and rehearsing in London for shows such as Australia tour, U.S. tour, London Wonderground and at the Art’s Theatre.
Sten Severson (Sound Designer). Sten’s sound designs were last heard in the West End on Hair at the Gielgud theatre while he was a partner in Acme Sound Partners. Acme designed over 30 Broadway shows earning five Tony nominations and four Drama Desk awards. He represented the partnership on Broadway shows and U.S. tours including Hair, In the Heights, The Motherf**ker with the Hat, Merchant of Venice, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and Avenue Q. Other New York credits include seven seasons at the New York Shakespeare Festival’s Delacorte theatre, The Total Bent and Venice at the Public Theatre. U.S. regional credits include Fallaci at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Family Album at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, No Place to Go at Two River Theatre, Moon for the Misbegotten at Great Lakes Theatre Festival, and six seasons on the Lowell Davies Festival theatre at San Diego’s Old Globe. Sten has taught sound design at the Yale School of Drama and New York University’s Tisch School for the Arts. He is currently the Sound Director at The Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis where, in addition to managing the sound department, he has designed various productions including Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Last Stop on Market Street, Matilda the Musical, The Sneetches, and Akeelah and the Bee, which transferred to Washington D.C.’s Arena Stage.
Richard Dinnen (Lighting Design & Production Manager). Richard’s work in technical design and production management spans 26 years for companies based in Australia and the U.K. He works regularly for Andrew Kay and Associates, most recently as Production Manager on The Songkeepers, Trainspotting (Australian Tour 2017), Operation Ouch – Live on Stage and Nigel Kennedy Australian tour 2017. Richard has also worked as production manager for Arena Theatre Company, Playbox Theatre Company, Kay and Maclean Productions, ICA, Chunky Move, Lucy Guerin Inc and Malthouse Theatre. He has worked extensively in large scale outdoor events including the M2006 Commonwealth Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies – River, Australian Technical Director for Stade De France’s Ben Hur Stadium Spectacular, AAMI Park Stadium Opening and the 2015 Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea. Alongside his production work, Richard regularly undertakes lighting designs for theatre and spectacle, designs include Spook (Malthouse Theatre), Game Girl (Arena), Outlookers (Arena), Charitable Intent (Melbourne Festival), Lust (Colour Clinic U.K.), Salt Creek Murders (Mainstreet Theatre Company), Awave and Waves (Speak Percussion), Multimodal (Lee Serle), and ANICCA (Mathias Schack-Arnott). His technical design and direction work spans festivals, theatre and interactive installations including Screen Worlds (ACMI), Queensland Biennial Festival of Music 2001-03, Mona Foma Festival 2011-13, and Dark Mofo 2013. He has worked with major festivals including Sydney Festival, Melbourne Festival, Out of the Box, Hong Kong and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals. Richard has toured nationally and internationally with Andrew Kay & Associates, Playbox Theatre Company, Kay and Maclean Productions, Queensland Theatre Company, ICA, Chunky Move and Lucy Guerin Inc.