Get to know the Artistic Team behind The Kings River
Andrew Tidmarsh is the director of The King' River
Jana Rowland is the composer of The King's River.
Having earned her living as a professional musician, Sylvia Fairley found a new career as a writer. Her poetry has been published in several anthologies; one of her poems, Woodbridge, led to her involvement in The King’s River as co-librettist. She lives by the estuary and enjoys an uninterrupted view of Raedwald’s mound!
Dominic has a long history with writing. Although his career has been in IT, he has produced novels, plays, poetry, scripts, and now teaches writing. He has published fiction and non-fiction. Moving near to Woodbridge means he is now thoroughly tangled up in its cultural world, pursuing his other love: playing the viola.
The King’s River is an opportunity for all these strands to marry with his life-long passion for history.
As well as being conductor of Woodbridge Choral Society, Andrew is a busy pianist, organist, accompanist, piano teacher, composer and chairman of the Suffolk Festival of Performing Arts. He was a music scholar at King's College, Cambridge and studied piano with Dennis Murdoch at the Royal Academy of Music. He has conducted performers of all ages at a variety of venues, including Snape Maltings, cathedrals and theatres.
He likes to cycle to musical gigs wherever possible and in his spare time he enjoys walking, especially up Scottish Munros.
Rosie Hoare is the production manager of The King's River.
Claire's varied career has ranged from Morecombe Pier to the West End. She has worked a great deal internationally, and more recently in Suffolk. Along the way, Claire has designed 45 Shakespeares and 62 premieres and about 180 other theatre, opera and musical productions. www.clairelyth.com
Caroline Mummery was born and educated in Woodbridge. During her professional dance career in television, film and cabaret she toured extensively before returning to her native Suffolk to explore the possibilities of teaching and choreography. At the moment Caroline works as a freelance artist and teacher, is a core tutor for Dance East and works on the outreach programme “Primary Steps” for The Royal Ballet School.
Theatre Credits: The King’s River Riverside Trust, District Project Dance East, It’s A Wonderful Life Farnham Maltings, The One Direction Story/Musical The Lyric Theatre Shaftesbury Avenue- West End, Stalag Happy Thirdman Theatre, Not The End of The World YMT/Lyric Theatre/Edinburgh Fringe, New Town Theatre, Mugs Arrows Bicycle Shed Theatre, Birdy by Michael Wharton- UK Tour/ Jackson’s Lane Theatre, Sikes and Nancy West End, Trafalgar Studios, Miss Havisham’s Expectations West End, Trafalgar Studios, Encounters International Film Festival Watershed/Arnolfini Bristol-PM, Mugs Arrows Old Red Lion Theatre, La Boheme English Touring Opera – LX, Akram Khan Dances (Sadlers Wells transfer) King Priam and The Magic Flute English Touring Opera – LX, In Skagway Arcola Theatre 2014 Theatre/Edinburgh Festival-Assembly Rooms 2011) Twelfth Night (Theatre in the Woods - Red Rose Chain
Silki graduated with a BA Hons degree in English Literature and Drama, Middlesex University, London. She is delighted to be working on The King’s River in her hometown.
Anne Henderson is the Casting Director of The King's River.
Sam's family moved to Woodbridge when her father, Ray Evans, became a boat builder for Whisstocks in the late 1960's. Hence her passionate connection with the new community space and the celebration of its opening with "The King's River" performance.
Following an education in Woodbridge, Suffolk College and Nottingham Trent University she spent time working for an Australian company before going travelling. Sam enjoyed sailing around Britain and Europe with Ocean Youth Club and then headed to New Zealand. After five years working and sailing in New Zealand, Sam sailed her own boat to Brisbane, Australia via the Pacific islands. Now back in Woodbridge with her husband, Rob, and twins, Clara and Freddie, she and her husband run a regional Pluming and Drainage company and they all enjoy sailing for pleasure on the Deben and are active members of Deben Yacht Club.
Sam sees her involvement as a Trustee of Woodbridge Riverside Trust and Co-Producer of " The King's River " as a legacy to her late fathers memory and treasures the tremendous amount of support and good feelings this performance enhances by involving people from all ages and abilities. "It's our opportunity to learn from professional theatre artists and create and perform something truly special for the community of Woodbridge and the local area."
Nancy was part of the “corporate” world (e.g. with Shell International; as a Partner of Transcend Consultancy) for over 35 years. She is now volunteers in various organisations, including her role as Co-Producer of The King’s River production. She and her husband, Pete, moved to Woodbridge in 1999 – following their boat here (which was already moored on the River Deben).
She is loving getting to know the community of Woodbridge better through The King’s River project, working as a Chaplain on Mondays at HMS Chelmsford Prison, starting again to play the piano, learning more about bridge, and being an active member of her church.