Amy Thomas – Trustee – PR – Since long before I was born I always loved performing, music or theatre.
Now, having been a professional musician for 15 years, a huge part of my life has been paused and I really miss it… So it was a no-brainer for me to jump on board with Aunty Jen productions!
To be able to support this incredible innovative journey that has grown out of something so terrible, is an honour and a privilege. I’m so excited that we now have an incredibly talented professional theatre company on our doorsteps. How many people are that lucky?!
Hayley Maher – Trustee – Secretary – I’ve been in Marketing and Events for over 20 years. I’ve organised conferences and dinners for hundreds of people and have become the official social gathering organiser for both sides of my family now!
However 2020 has seen me turn my hand to organising virtual events, so it was a pleasure to get involved with some of the background needs for “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”.
I am delighted to have been asked to work on the pantomime and look forward to working with everyone involved in the Aunty Jen Productions; people I only know due to being involved in Studley Isolation Support Group; a group born out of an awful pandemic, but bringing wonderful new experiences and friendship.
Jennifer Rigby – Artistic Director – I’ve had a varied career! From performing for Super-group U2 to sharing the small screen with Jedward, life has certainly never been dull! Once the ‘Birdseye Pea Lady’ I spend my time performing, directing and public speaking here in The Midlands.
I found it a privilege to help the community as one of the SISG phone holders and to use my skills as an actress to keep everyone entertained. I can’t wait to bring some magic to Studley with Sleeping Beauty.
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Annaliese Morgan – Acting Company – I used to be typecast as the damsel in distress. Then I chopped my hair off and suddenly played a multitude of boy roles! Hurrah!
I had fun racing around pretending to be a 10 year old (or an animal!) and gaining muscles puppeteering whilst touring shows overseas to Switzerland, Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
You may have heard me giggling as a flirty nun in ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’ or gossiping as a Glastonbury lush in ‘Kingsman’. Then I went back to playing girls but these have had a bit more bite. Cue feisty Hermia on the back of a lorry, raging that Helena took her man! My greatest love is comedy. As a new friend said the other day (quite rightly!), “…laughter is good for the soul!” Lee Evans, Rowan Atkinson and Phoebe Waller-Bridge are just a few of my heroes.
For her next role with Aunty Jen Productions, Annaliese may need some wings and a wand!
Jack Scott-Walker – Acting Company – I quit an unfulfilling accountancy career to follow my passion of performing. In the years since I have trodden the boards numerous times in a variety of comedies, dramatic plays, musicals, family shows, Shakespeare, and the ever-fun world of Panto!
I spent a sunny season in Majorca as a hotel entertainer and singer in 2018, and last year on board Fred Olsen cruise lines singing and dancing away each night in their onboard show team, all while taking in the amazing European sights! I was due to be back performing on the ships this year, but plans changed! While not working I am busy steadily writing my own musical. I also play the piano and saxophone.
We don’t want to disappoint our audiences, so Jack’s next role with Aunty Jen Productions won’t be much of a surprise!
Neville Cann – Acting Company – I used to have a real job doing stuff. I stopped doing that in 2011 and went to the Birmingham Theatre School instead. Since then I have quite literally not shot to fame, playing real historical characters such as Joseph Goebbels, Herbert Asquith, Joseph Goebbels, Winston Churchill, Fourth Wildebeest, an evil pudding from space, Doctor Who and a goat. This summer was my first time performing on the back of a lorry, though I have previously played a scary doctor in a shipping container. My television appearances do not include The Bill.
Other Shakespearean roles in 2020 included the Doctor, a Lord and the First Murderer in ‘Macbeth’; Ford and Simple in ‘The Merry Wives of Windsor’; Clarence and Richmond in ‘Richard III’; Egeon, 2nd Merchant and Balthazar in ‘The Comedy of Errors’, and Gonzalo in ‘The Tempest’. But they were all cancelled.
For Neville’s next role with Aunty Jen Productions, he may need to polish his crown!
Nicolette Morgan – Acting Company – In my career so far I have spent a Summer in Spain singing musical theatre, pop and classical music in a hotel, worn 4-inch silver platform boots and a blonde wig in an ABBA tribute band in Greece, stomped around as Mary in ‘The Secret Garden’ in Brum and toured theatres across Europe and Malaysia playing Oliver Twist.
I got princessy last Christmas in ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ and stalked a guy to a forest in ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’! I love books, beaches, being outdoors, Harry Potter and Game of Thrones. I’m an absolute musical theatre nerd and love Alan Menken’s music.
For her next role with Aunty Jen Productions, Nicolette may need to invest in some good quality pyjamas!
Oliver Hume – Acting Company – I have been shot by a Dalek while dying of radiation poisoning. I’ve also been an evil Time Lord trying to kill Dr. Who, run around Regent’s Park open air theatre as a mad bald giggling fairy, killed witches as Macbeth in Germany, had a split personality as Jekyll AND Hyde and have shaken my rig as an Ugly Sister… twice!
I know a vast amount about medieval medicine and witchcraft and have been in over 200 different productions!
Oliver’s next role for Aunty Jen Productions will be something you won’t want to miss!
Our Treasurer is the wonderfully supportive Phil Hunt.