Who are the wizards behind Lockdown Cornwall?
Nick trained in London as an orchestral percussionist and has, quite literally, a degree in hitting things. A former professional drummer and percussionist, favourite playing credits include Menopause The Musical (West End) and Joseph & The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (UK Tour) as well as a five year stint as the resident drummer and assistant MD for Battersea Arts Centre/Steam Industry’s annual Christmas shows. Nick’s first show as MD was Fame – The Musical, which was the start of several years as Musical Supervisor for a youth musical theatre group in West London. A qualified teacher since 2011, Nick’s specialities were A Level Music & Music Technology and he is terrifically proud to have former students working in the industry both on and off the stage.
Nick moved to Cornwall in 2018 and has been teaching, gigging and MDing since shortly after. He is very grateful to the musical community for welcoming him with such open arms and is thrilled to have been invited to be part of the LC team.
Helen has been involved with theatre ever since she can remember and studied dance from the age of 3. Theatre is her passion and she has played some amazing lead roles over the years, but now focuses her time and efforts on the production side.
In 2005, Helen embarked on a nationwide tour with the show Dead Ringer for Love, a Meatloaf touring Rock Opera. This show ran for 5 years and Helen performed in various theatres and concert venues throughout the Country.
Helen has performed in many shows throughout the County playing roles such as Calamity Jane, Lola in Copacabana, Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, Eliza Doolittle, Nellie in South Pacific, Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun and Nancy in Oliver (both at The Hall for Cornwall). In 2016, she was blessed to perform the role of Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard, leading to a ‘Best Actress’ award.
Helen is the Director and Choreographer for Redruth Amateur Operatic Society Trust. Helen’s proudest theatre moment was receiving the award for the ‘Best Show’ in 2018 when she Directed and Choreographed Jesus Christ Superstar at the Minack Theatre. Helen has also Directed and Choreographed West Side Story, Priscilla, Legally Blonde and Grease.
Helen is the Artistic Director and the Company Owner of Haarts Productions, Haarts Show Choir and Haarts Ever After. Haarts Productions specialises in cabaret acts throughout Cornwall showcasing local talent.
Helen is very excited to be joining this team at Lockdown Cornwall and is very much looking forward to the future.
Matt has been brought up around Musical Theatre with him then getting involved, starting out with follow spots, stage crew, sound assistant and now running his own business, MJW Audio, as a sound designer and engineer.
He has been involved with many amateur dramatic societies across Cornwall with shows performed in a multitude of theatres including the Minack Theatre on multiple occasions. These shows include Little Shop of Horrors, Avenue Q, Footloose, Sound of Music, 9to5, Whistle Down the Wind, and multiple RAMPS Pantomimes to name a few.
Matt has also been involved with a London based company with shows in numerous London Theatres. Shows include Spring Awakening, 13 The Musical, Chicago, Sunset Boulevard, Addams Family, Oliver, and more.
At only 17, Matt is a student at Truro College studying Production Arts and Live Events – sharpening his skills in all technical aspects of theatre. After college and university, he hopes to build a career in the theatre world.
Matt feels honoured to be a part of this exciting project and is very excited to see where this new family can go. His primary role in the production team is audio and video editing along with Nick and Scott (his dad). He feels the production team is a great unit, and they all bring something significant to this venture.
Scott has been musical directing for 35 years and has now supervised the music for over seventy productions including stage musicals, pantomimes and other reviews. These include Sister Act, Jesus Christ Superstar, Honk, Copacabana, Les Miserables (Schools Edition), My Fair Lady, A Slice of Saturday Night, Oliver, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Hello Dolly, South Pacific, Anything Goes, The Wizard of Oz, West Side Story, Beauty and the Beast, Bugsy Malone and The Full Monty – The Musical, 9-5 – The Musical.
Scott formed, in partnership, the Redford Theatre Company in 2007 which produced The Full Monty – The Musical to great acclaim and also, again in partnership, formed the Atlantic Theatre Company which staged Titanic – The Musical at the Minack Theatre to mark the 100th anniversary of the Ship’s demise.
He has also written many orchestral scores for musicals, pantomimes and other events including This One’s on Me – a musical which premiered at the Criterion Theatre in London’s West End. A multi-instrumentalist playing Piano/Keyboards, Church Organ, Percussion including Drum Kit, Timpani, Glockenspiel, etc., Trombone, Euphonium, Clarinet & Bass Guitar, Scott has also been Musical Director for Pendennis Brass and Hayle Town Band.
Scott is a proud father to 5 – Matt (who is also part of this team), Sophie, Sydney, Cody and Tyler who also have inherited the theatrical bug.
In complete difference to his musical pursuits, Scott is a State Registered Paramedic, a Funeral Director with Cornwall Funeral Services and loves riding his motorbike.
Keith was born and bred in Cornwall and became involved in the theatre at the age of sixteen whilst attending Truro School.
Keith has spent many years out of the county due to his service as an Army Officer (which included service in Northern Ireland) and other work commitments. but has always remained an enthusiastic supporter of theatre in Cornwall. He has lived in Bath for the past 22 years but is constantly seen in the county due to his continued theatrical and business interests.
Over many years, he has been lucky enough to perform in, Produce and Direct many shows in the County. It was in fact his idea to perform Barnum in a circus big-top in Boscawen Park which was followed by Joseph and the amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat and Jesus Christ Superstar in even larger Big-Tops than the first. It was due to his continued commitment to these and other ventures that he was made a lifetime member of a local society in Redruth.
One of his most memorable achievements was to produce the musical “Titanic” at the Minack Theatre in Porthcurno to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the ship’s demise. On the final evening the show started later so that the timing of the lifeboats being launched was the exact time 100 years earlier. To add to the spectacle the Newlyn Lifeboat joined the show with searchlights at the same time.
With this history in mind it is not therefore surprising that he came up with the idea to perform a version of “One Day More” with a full orchestra and singers from within peoples own homes during Lockdown in 2020. Let’s hope he has many more such ideas in the future!