Company members

Mark Griffiths – Writer

Mark Griffiths began his writing career contributing to comedy shows on radio and TV, selling his first material to Radio 4 while still at school. At age 18 he was writing for Smith & Jones on BBC 1. He was co-writer of BBC Radio Wales’s political sitcom The Basement. His play The Lullaby Witch was nominated in the Best New Play Category in last year’s M.E.N. Theatre Awards. His most recent commission was Leona Cash, a play for Radio 4.

Laura Harper – Performer

After graduating from The Arden School of Theatre in 2002, Laura has enjoyed a wide variety of acting jobs which range from a short stint on Emmerdale to The Easter Bunny at Cheshire Oaks shopping centre! This is Laura’s 3rd appearance at 24/7; it follows a very successful run of The Lullaby Witch at last year’s festival – a one-woman play which was subsequently toured at The Bolton Octagon, The Library Theatre and nominated for an M.E.N theatre award. As a founder member of Rookie Theatre, (1 of 2 to be precise) Laura is very proud that the company has a place in this year’s festival and even more excited by all our new recruits!

Chrissy Hoey – Performer

Chrissy Hoey graduated from The University of Salford in 2003 after studying Performing Arts. Theatre credits include The Rivals, Tokens of Affection, Gym Bags and Jam Rags, The Woman Who Cooked Her Husband, Centre Stage (to the left a little), and most recently, A Really Bad Secret, by Sophie Woolley. Chrissy would like to thank the Rookie Theatre Company for this great opportunity. It’s been… special.

Paul Hassall – Performer

Paul graduated from the University of Central Lancashire a year ago. He received a First Class BA Honours degree and ‘The Jane Horrock’s Outstanding Graduate Award’. Since then he has gone on to play Demetrius in ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, Company Sergeant Major in ‘Journeys End’, Young Valentine in ‘The Kings Speech’ and Fortinbras in ‘The Tragedy of Hamlet’. After ‘The Impossibility Club’ Paul will be off to Edinburgh to play Benedick in ‘Much Ado About Nothing’.

Gillian Knox – Director

Gillian trained at MMU Cheshire in Contemporary Arts and has recently completed an MA in Performance studies at Leeds University. She has worked as a performer with Pigeon Theatre since 2001 and has recently set up the education and community arm of the company. She also works for PickleHerring Theatre as a workshop facilitator and performer/maker. Gillian is an associate lecturer at LIPA.

Amanda Griffiths – Producer

The Doctor and his assistant.Amanda is a freelance producer working for Manchester based Pigeon Theatre as well as Rookie. She trained as a dancer at De Montfort University and is really pleased to be working alongside her cousin, Mark, for the first time since they recreated episodes of Doctor Who for the viewing pleasure of their family (see photo on the left).

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