Artist Advisory Group
Ashton Hall from Dereham, Norfolk is an ambitious dancer whose non-traditional route to the professional stage happened before any training when he was cast in Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures production of ‘Lord of the Flies’ at Norwich Theatre in 2014.
Ashton was subsequently offered a place in the flagship National Youth Dance Company, working with Damien Jalet, touring ‘Tarantiseismic’ nationally including Sadler’s Wells, Latitude Festival ‘17, and the Birmingham Hippodrome.
A few years later, Ashton went on to train at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and graduated with First Class Honours degree. In 2019 he rejoined Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures for the World Premiere tour (and film) of ‘Romeo+Juliet’ at Sadler’s Wells. More recently Ashton has worked extensively for the world renowned Akram Khan Company and is particularly proud of his performance in ‘Breathless Puppets’, commissioned by Manchester International Arts Festival.
Twitter and Instagram: @ashtonbhall
Adina Levay is a theatre director, producer, and the founding Artistic Director of Concentric Circles – a Norwich based, independent theatre company making contemporary European theatre.
Adina originally from Romania, is interested in post-dramatic theatre and socially engaged performance. After training as an actor at the Hangar School of Performing Arts in Budapest, then as a theatre director at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London, where she graduated with an MA in Advanced Theatre Practice, she went on to attain a degree in Creative Entrepreneurship from the University of East Anglia.
Adina started her directing career in Budapest. Through regular work she established herself as one of the few women directors creating significant productions that enriched the scene of the contemporary Hungarian theatre. She was Associate Director at the New Theatre in Budapest, the National Theatre in Miskolc, and Artistic Director at the Jókai Theatre in Komárno, Slovakia.
Anna Hamunyare Mudeka is a musician, dancer, entrepreneur, businesswoman and artist.
Anna was born and brought up in Zimbabwe, arriving in Norfolk as an 18-year-old, she is now settled with her family in near Dereham, Norfolk.
She was just six when she began playing traditional Zimbabwean musical instruments. By her teens she was a professional musician and dancer. She has taught music in schools and communities in Europe, America, Asia and Africa for more than 20 years. Anna is passionate about sharing cultural knowledge for positive impact running workshops for all ages consisting of drumming, singing, dancing and storytelling of music rooted in sub Saharan African cultures. She also perform solo or as part of a group her 7 piece band The Anna Mudeka Band.
Recently Anna’s career has concentrated in theatre and storytelling in her quest to share real stories and helping audiences in the understanding of other cultures, mainly Africa’s!
Edalia Day is an actor, theatre maker, producer, animator, projection mapper and poet.
Based in Norwich, Edalia is passionate about supporting marginalised voices and celebrating the wonderful art being created by trans artists worldwide.
Edalia has worked as an actor for 15 years after training first at ALRA, then Lecoq. In 2014 she started producing her own shows and whilst she had always loved creating animation as a hobby, in 2017 she started incorporating it into her theatre using interactive projection mapping. During lockdown Edalia’s focus on animation developed further and she is now working more on motion design and projection mapping projects for a variety of brilliant companies.
Edalia performs at poetry events around the UK and is currently touring her shows Super Hamlet 64, about videogames and Shakespeare, Too Pretty To Punch, about transphobia in the media, and Spectacular Spacebots, a new family show she is developing about an autistic robot who goes on space adventures.
Website: www.edaliaday.co.uk Facebook: @edaliatheatre
Gillian Dean is a theatre and film performer, best known for playing Isobel Reilly in ITV Drama’s Home Fires. She is also a singer and voiceover artist.
Gillian is a vastly experienced actor, committed to working with local and national theatres companies across the region and London. Although not being apparent, being severely sight impaired means Gillian is able and eligible to play both disabled and non-disabled roles.
After completing her degree in Contemporary Theatre, Gill worked in arts administration for 8 years, as well as leading workshops for The Garage in theatre techniques and voice. Gill began acting professionally in 2009 and since then has worked in a diverse range of productions including open air touring theatre, stage, television and film work. Later in 2021 she will be fulfilling the role of understudy in the National Theatre’s production of Manor.
Nelson Gombakomba is a raw stand-up comedian based in Norwich. He is a purist who wishes to be seen as a philosopher one day. One day, not now!
Nelson, originally from Mutare, Zimbabwe, has performed across the country and also hosts a monthly comedy night at Gonzo’s Tea Room in Norwich. His comedy awards include winning two of London’s best known gong shows at the Comedy Store and at Up The Creek. He was also a finalist in the 2020 Amused Moose ‘New Act’ competition and he was recently selected to represent Norfolk at the BBC Upload festival in 2021.
Although Nelson is dedicated to not just putting Norwich on the comedy map of the UK, but also to make it the premier city where comedians choose to perform and audiences flock to get their laughter kicks. He is also curious about the journey of live performance artists and the psychology of performance the make change. This fascination makes him enthusiastic to share his insights on stage and with other performers.
YouTube: Nelson Gombakomba
Miche Montague is the Artistic Director of MoCo Theatre, freelance director & creative practitioner.
Miche is passionate about making local immersive theatre, creating dialogue around mental health whilst supporting and nurturing the potential of diverse communities and individuals. Recently, her passion was evidenced directing Palm to Palm, an RSC Nation project at Norwich Theatre. Groups of adults with lived refugee experiences performed Palm To Palm, a devised piece of theatre based on the themes of Romeo and Juliet. Currently, MoCo is developing a new production with 18-25 year old male identifying actors, and working on a one woman show commissioned by the Hostry Festival.
Miche began her studies in acting with the British American Drama Academy, then an acting season with the Mermaid Theatre in Copenhagen launched her as a jobbing actor for the next 6 years. More recently Miche was the principal youth drama tutor at the Norwich Playhouse, a freelance practitioner for UEA drama. Her community drama projects include work with ex-offenders, rehabilitation programmes and with the Terence Higgins Trust for the East Norfolk Health Commission.
Shannon Clinton Copeland shares her time between Norwich and Kent. She is an English Literature with Creative Writing student at the UEA, works as a bookseller and freelance publisher and is a performance poet.
Shannon’s first real foray into the arts world was joining the National Youth Theatre in 2015 and by 2019 she was performing poetry and working in the Norwich arts scene. She has performed at events like the Norwich Young Arts Festival and TOAST Poetry. Shannon’s work has been published in Bandit Fiction online, Leslie Magazine and The Rialto. In 2020, I she was shortlisted for the Penguin’ WriteNow’ mentorship.
Creatively, Shannon’s work deals with myth and the literary and surreal. She is influenced by her upbringing in England and her Irish and Jamaican heritage. Academically, her study of historical and mythical women similarly informs her poetry and fiction writing. Currently she is working on several projects ranging from a poetry collection, a TV Miniseries, centred on a queer female protagonist and a non-fiction work called I Am a Myth which explores the place of myth and local stories in our upbringings.
Simon Floyd is a self-employed theatre-maker, workshop leader and performer, and director of The Common Lot.
Based in Norwich, Simon makes original theatre that supports well-being and social cohesion. He is driven to create theatre which challenges conventional routes of access for both performers and audiences, by actively seeking out new spaces, telling stories that resonate with common humanity and adopting a style that is immediate, positive and empowering.
Although Simon has always loved making theatre he has had a meandering career. After 14 years working in substance misuse as an outreach worker and training manager; designing and delivering training across the charitable, commercial and public sectors he moved into museum development becoming the architect and coordinator of SHARE Museums East, a ground-breaking regional development programme helping museums to share their skills, resources and experience to mutual and lasting benefit.