MEET THE CAST

Team Jingles

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David Westbrook
Westbrook

David studied piano for a year at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama followed by a degree in English and Drama at Sheffield University. He was a core member of Sheffield’s Compass Theatre Company for many years, performing in (among many others) The Dumb Waiter, Waiting for Godot, A Christmas Carol, The Caretaker, The Wind in the Willows, The Merchant of Venice, Measure for Measure, King Lear, Hamlet and The Tempest.

Other acting credits include: Oh What A Lovely WarOur Gracie & Sleeping Beauty (Oldham Coliseum), Tears of a Clown, Macbeth & The Emperor’s New Clothes (Harrogate Theatre), Dick Barton – Special Agent (Oldham Coliseum, Harrogate Theatre, Anvil Arts Basingstoke), Oh! What a Lovely War (Octagon Theatre, Bolton), Thin Air, Twelfth Night, Sherlock Holmes and the Final Problem (Cottongrass Theatre Company), Reading the Signs (Shoestring Theatre Company), Pride and Prejudice (The Good Company), Alice in Boogie Wonderland (Liverpool Everyman Theatre), Duet for One (Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds), City Sketch, The Devil's Chord (Ensemble 52, Hull), The Glee Club (Cast, Doncaster), The Life & Times of Mitchell and Kenyon (Oldham Coliseum and The Dukes, Lancaster), Much Ado About Nothing (Stafford Festival Shakespeare).

TV credits include: DCI Banks, Prisoner’s Wives, Waterloo Road, Stepping Up, Coronation Street, Emmerdale, Heartbeat, Cold Feet, Extreme Rescue, Nature Boy.

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Martin Atkinson
Martin Atkinson

I’m from Norwich and live on the Norfolk/Suffolk border. During my early years I trained with Red Rose Chain Theatre Company. Credits with Red Rose Chain include: Hamlet (outdoor); Romeo & Juliet (outdoor).

Martin has worked with Blunderbus Theatre Company and toured internationally playing Boy in How To Catch A Star at the Madinat Jumeirah Theatre, Dubai. Baker in Dotty the Dragon in Simply Theatre, Switzerland. Other credits for Blunderbus include: The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark and The Selfish Crocodile.

Martin has worked extensively for Birmingham Stage Company on their ‘Horrible Histories’ shows – both on and off the stage! Highlights include performing at Hampton Court Palace and touring Australia & New Zealand last year with The Best of Barmy Britain.

I am very excited to be making my debut in Norwell Lapley Productions ‘Dear Santa’ this Christmas!

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Becky Hoyle
Becky Hoyle

Trained in Musical Theatre at Trinity Laban Conservatoire!

Theatre Credits include: The Little Mermaid (S4K, UAE Tour) The Wonderful World of Oz (S4K, UAE Tour/Bahrain Cultural Hall) Aladdin (Canal Cafe Theatre) News Revue (Canal Cafe Theatre) The Tales of Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny (Quantum Theatre, UK Tour)!

Cabaret/Fringe Credits include: International Busking Day (Wembly Park) Kweer Kabaret (Waterloo East Theatre) Old Fashioned Night (The Old Kings Head) LADS (Her Upstairs) Spectrum (Camden Fringe) Summer Scratch/Dystopia (Aircraft Circus) Becky has developed a character Static Trapeze act and sings with a Vintage Trio called ‘The Rooftop Trio.’!

Radio Credits include: Upside Down Cat (Wandsworth Radio).

Session work Credits: Watch the Skies (‘Second City’ Album, backing and featured vocal) Frog the Dog Blog song (featured vocal).

TEAM BELLS

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Paul Croft
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Paul Croft is an actor, comedian, and a trained singer and due to his good looks and perfectly white beard, is often playing Father Christmas, (Sail With Santa).

His recent acting credits include: The White Plague - based on Blindness by Jose Saramago, Winston Churchill in Doodle The Musical, by Jonathan Kydd & Andy Street, Othniel Marsh, in TV show, Dinosaur Wars, produced by Double Shot Films. Paul also had a lovely little role in The Sense Of An Ending, BBC Films/Origin Pictures in 2015.

Other credits include: Piccadilly Cowboy (2007), Bad Acid (2015) and We Know What We Know (2010).

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Sam Hoye
Sam Hoye

Sam trained at Guildford school of Acting. His credits include: Crow/Puppeteer in The Snow Queen (Polka Theatre) King of Hearts/Cook/Dormouse/Puppeteer in  the Olivier nominated production of Alice's Adventures Underground - The Vaults, Waterloo (Les Enfants Terribles) Monty in Monstersaurus! - Southbank Centre (Nick Brooke Ltd/Big Wooden Horse). Plop/puppeteer in The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark, touring the UK and Malaysia (Little Blue Monster Prods.) Muddles in Snow White (Hoxton Hall) Wishee Washee in Aladdin (Cambridge Arts Theatre) Floyd in the original premiere of STUCK by Oliver Jeffers, touring the UK, USA and Malaysia (Big Wooden Horse) Breakout! (Cockpit Theatre) Ludovic in No Picnic (Waterloo East Theatre) Tootles in the world premiere of Peter Pan - A new musical for Michael Rose Ltd (BGE Theatre, Dublin/Mayflower, Southampton) Clerk in the Bespoke Overcoat (New End Theatre) Tom in Tennessee William's This Property is Condemned (Fairfield Halls, Croydon) Michael in Someone Who'll Watch Over Me (Belltable theatre, Limerick) Tommy the Cat in Dick Whittington (Hawth theatre, Crawley).

Commercials include: The Sun newspaper, 118 118 and Not on the High Street.

Sarah

Beth Higgs
Beth Higgs C3

Beth recently graduated from Momentum Performing Arts Academy.

Credits include: The Secret Garden (The British Theatre Company) Snow White and the Seven Poofs.

Feature Film credits: Bollywood, and short film Clued Up

Beth is thrilled to be joining the cast of Dear Santa and is looking forward to spreading some Christmas cheer!

PRODUCTION TEAM

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Dear Santa Team

Producer – Chris Davis
Artistic Director – Michael Gattrell
Director – Tim Wallers
Writer – Rod Campbell
Set Design – Rod Campbell
Musical Arrangement – Miles Russell
Props – Debbie Mingham for Entify
Master Carpenter – Archie Clapton
Scenic Carpenter – Peter Bruce
Scenic Artist – Tim Murley
Production Manager – Steve Jefferys
Company Stage Manager – Rosie Burgess
Deputy Stage Manager – Ami Gaskin
Costume Supervisor – Ann Hewitt

Lighting Designer – Barry Smith
Wardrobe Supervisor – Ann Hewitt

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For Norwell Lapley Productions Ltd

Managing Director – Chris Davis
Derrick Gask – General Manager
Michelle Hooren – Production Coordinator
Bonnie Cooke – Head of Finance 

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Thanks to

Rod Campbell
All at the Regal Theatre
Tenbury Wells
Richard Goodman
Wes Fife at Delineate Design & Marketing

Adapted for the stage by Michael Gattrell and Rod Campbell from his lift the flap picture book Dear Santa published by Macmillan Children’s Books