Director and Cast
Lisa Howard – Director
Lisa is an actor and singer, since training in East 15 she has work extensively in theatre for companies such as Northern Broadsides, Slung Low, Pilot Theatre, York Theatre Royal, Rd Ladder, The Dukes Lancaster, Hull Truck, Oldham Coliseum, Blackeyed Theatre and Open Hand Theatre Company. She has toured nationally and internationally to New Zealand, Japan, India, Egypt & Norway. Most recently Lisa played Mother in Blood + Chocolate, a City wide adventure through the streets of York. TV and Film credits include Red Riding 1983 for Channel 4, Coronation Street, Emmerdale, The Royal, Heartbeat, Where the Heart Is, Two Pints of Lager and radio plays for BBC3 & BBC4 and Sli=ung Low 15 Minute Live. A lot of Lisa’s early work was with puppets, and she and John Barber have collaborated several times, most recently forming Captain Mermaid, making musical puppet horror for adults. Their first show Captain Murderer and the Morecombe Mermaid toured nationally twice and we look forward to following its sucess with our second show (when we get 5 minutes!) This is Lisa’s directing debut but having worked with the team of Belinda, Clare, John and John’s puppets several times before she knows she and Grandma Remember Me? is in safe hands.
Thomas Frere – Assistant Director
Thomas has performed numerous theatres throughout the land including seasons at Lancaster Dukes (everything from Shakespearean roles to Sleeping Beauty’s Dad); Bolton Octagon (Christmas Carol); West Yorkshire Playhouse (Wind in the Willows); York Theatre Royal (Tom Jones/Moll Flanders); Southampton Nuffield (The Seduction of Anne Boleyn); Ludlow Festival (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and Liverpool Everyman (Candide). Hehas also done his fair share of touring the UK in shows such as Bittersweet, Tess of the D’Ubervilles, The Great Gatsby, Grandpa’s Railway and the rock n’roll musical Return to the Forbidden Planet. He has worked extensively with Yorkshire based North County Theatre, performing in many of their shows including The 39 Steps, The Passion Plays, Moll Flanders, The Man Who would be King (Director/Co-writer) and most recently, the Viking Saga, Egil Skallagrimsson Keeps his Head, The Rocking Horse Winner, A Month in the Country and Twelfth Night. On Television Thomas has worked as an actor and presenter for the Discovery Channel, HTV and Nickelodeon, has appeared in The Royal for ITV and is the British horror film The Spell.
Belinda Lazenby – Grandma, playwright, producer
Having trained at Mountview Theatre School, Belinda has worked with various theatre companies over the years and is highly experienced in national touring. Alongside theatres, she has performed in an eclectic range of venues from an old dairy to the Houses of Parliament (3 times) & JashneBachpan, a National Theatre Festival in New Delhi showcasing work from across the Sub-Continent.
Internationally she has performed in Los Angeles, Utrecht, Jerusalem and India. Her TV & Film credits include Exhibit A, The Secret Diaries of Anne Lister, Barking, Emmerdale, North Square, Fat Friends, The Cops and In Extreme Danger. She has also been involved with several commercial and training videos for the Corporate Sector. Her favourite Voice Over is still Curse of the Where Rabbit, the computer game for Outsource Media.
Belinda is Artistic Director of Az2B Theatre Company which she founded in 2012, writing & producing plays from evidence based research, passionate about the power of theatre to make a difference and impact change. Az2B has since gained a reputation for creating high quality innovative, impactful theatre for Arts in Health, Education & Training.
Experienced in forum theatre, improvisation and role play Belinda has worked with various organisations within the Health, Education & Business Sector and as a workshop leader/facilitator, developing training courses and educational programmes. She is also a Hypnotherapist, teacher & puppeteer.
Clare Kerrigan – Lilly
Clare has had a diverse range of experiences as an actor. On stage she’s worked with companies such as Mind the Gap, Harrogate Theatre, Yorkshire Women Theatre & as a shadow puppeteer for Barber Lunt Productions. The majority of Clare’s work has been in TV & Film. Credits include a recent appearance in a two-part special of Casualty. Previous work includes: Jimmy McGoverns Moving On, Paradox, Wired, Red Riding, Conviction, No Angels, Clocking Off, The Cops & Heartbeat. Film work includes Summer, Yasmin & The Last Great Wilderness. Clare is experienced in Forum Theatre & Improvisation, she currently works an Actor/Facilitator for Interact & for Steps Drama, Learning & Development. She’s delighted to be collaborating with AZ2B Theatre Company
John Barber – Dad
John Barber gained his M.A. in Drama and Theatre Arts from Leeds University in 1983, then went on to found the successful Open Hand Theatre Company, of which he was joint Artistic Director for some fifteen years, latterly receiving Arts Council Revenue Funding to produce high quality theatre for young people. In his subsequent career as a freelance artist, he has worked as a performer, puppet designer and animation director in many of the regional Repertory Theatres in the north of England, including West Yorkshire Playhouse, York Theatre Royal, The Library Theatre Manchester, Bolton Octagon and The Dukes, and many touring companies, like Blaize, Risky Things and Kneehigh. John worked for four years on the creative team of Green Ginger does Bambi – The Wilderness Years, devising, designing, building and performing internationally. He has taught puppet design at the Institut International de la Marionette at Charleville-Mezieres, and in 2009 he and Lisa Howard started a new company, Captain Mermaid, making dark musical comedies for adults. Recent projects include creating multiple puppet characters for Bish Bash Bosh’s The Beast of Bodmin, Hiccup Theatre’s The Owl and the Pussycat and Le Green Ginger’s Le Drame des Autres.