THE CAST OF THE RUBY SLIPPERS
Craig Ryder plays Destiny
Craig was born and raised in North Wales. He spent his early training under the guidance of Joy Ostle and the National Youth Theatre of Wales.
Training : BA (hons) Acting – Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts.
Theatre Includes : Khashoggi in We Will Rock You (UK Tour) 1st Cover Tick in Original West End Cast of ‘Priscilla Queen of the Desert’ (Palace Theatre) Rebel Leader and understudy Galileo, Pop and Khashoggi in We Will Rock You (Dominion) Willy and understudy Tony in Copacabana (UK Tour) Ryan in the workshop of The Ruby Slippers (Foot in the door productions), Ensemble in The Pyjama Game(Bolton) Lead Vocalist in Moulin Rouge (Tatton Hall) Prince Charming in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Rhyl Pavilion) Dandini in Cinderella (Venue Cymru, Llandudno, Swansea Grand and Cardiff New Theatre) John Darling in Peter Pan(Bristol Hippodrome) Ensemble/Stripper in Police Story (Greenwich).
Film : Sir Percival in Dragons of Camelot (Titan Global Entertainment) David Redgrove in The Indian Bride (FFP New Media) David in Five Days in August (JNP).
Television Includes : Two series of ‘Tîm Talent’ for S4C. Andy J. Simons in The Cast (Jackory Productions) Fireman in Commercial for Hula Hoops (Publicis) Dafydd in Caerdydd, Darren Caterall in Mostyn Fflint N’Aye, Dylan (regular character) in Pobol Y Cwm, John in Y Parc (All for S4C) Guest Actor in Paradise Hotel (SKY) Also appearances on Heno, Uned 5, Comic Relief, Blue Peter, Al Murray Show.
Craig’s voice can also be heard on a range of the ‘Talking Books’ for the RNIB. And he also voiced ‘A Giant’s Tears’ for the BBC.
Jamie Paul plays Ryan
Jamie has created a large body of comedy work online, amassing hundreds of thousands of views. He made his dramatic TV debut in Casualty last year. He can now be seen in Season 3 of Black Mirror for Netflix and in the Pinewood studios feature film “The Darkest Dawn”.
Deborah Redcliffe plays Helen
Debra trained at Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama. Her t.v credits include Emmerdale, Peak Practice, Coronation Street, Nice Guy Eddie, Being Eileen, Girls in Love and Cops. Theatre includes the comedy Rita, Sue and Bob Too, the musical Cabaret and Fall from Grace. She recently won a best actress in a short film award for Loathing at the Wirral Film Festival.
James Rogerson plays Raz
James trained at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts. He appeared in the BBC sitcom Eyes Down with Paul O Grady. His theatre work includes the musicals She Loves Me and The Last 5 Years as well as Fassettoland. His work as a director includes Honk!, the comedy Two, Road and Our Country’s Good.
Jordan Simms plays Phoenix
Jordan Simms trained at Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama. Since then he has worked as a part of fringe theatre, devising and performing pieces including Andrzej Welminski’s “Pages from the book of …”, which gained success at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Jordan has also worked with Institut Del Teatre in Barcelona starring as Puck in their rendition of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Most recently Jordan has been performing as a drag artist at venues in Manchester, he has supported RuPauls Drag Race stars Sharon Needles and Alaska 5000 in their Halloween special.
Emma Vaudrey plays Laura
Emma is an actress and writer. She has worked in all mediums of the Performance industry, Theatre, T.V, film, radio and documentary. Her Theatre credits include: Anna Karenina, Laid Bacharach, The Hired Man, Road, Dahling You Were Marvellous, Two Gentleman of Verona, Private Lives, Romeo and Juliet, The School for Scandal, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Two, Flu, On My Way and Twopence to Cross the Mersey at The Liverpool Empire. Her T.V appearances include Springhill, Nice Guy Eddie, Eyes Down, The Bill, Ladykillers, Moving On, Justice, Hollyoaks, and Emmerdale.
THE CREW OF THE RUBY SLIPPERS
Emma Culshaw and David Paul – The Writers and Producers
Break a Leg Productions was formed in 2015 by Emma Vaudrey and David Moorhead in order to produce the ir work. As writers under the pseudonyms Emma Culshaw and David Paul they have written the theatre play, The Ruby Slippers.
Previous successes include: For Those We Remembered… written by David Paul and Emma Culshaw which was performed at St George’s Hall 2014 to mark the centenary of the First World. TV They also wrote a tv pilot called Boxroom Babies starring Andrew Lancel and John Henshaw.. Independently Emma wrote and produced “Baggage “, which was a play and short film on teenage health drama. David wrote an Amnesty International play for teenagers called Wish You Weren’t Here, and was performed in schools.
Bill Elms – Producer
Bill has a wealth of experience of producing theatre tours such as: Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles (with Jen Heyes), Twopence to Cross the Mersey (UK Tour) and a series of events on St George’s Hall called “Lovehistory Loves” and “Tales From Haunted Liverpool”. He also runs a successful marketing and PR Company, Bill Elms Associates Ltd specialising in live entertainment and ticketed events.
Craig Ryder – Director
Whingeing Women – Theatre Royal, Windsor; Rhyl Pavilion & tour of North West, Real Women – Playhouse Theatre – London’s West End and Growing Pains – tour of North Wales. Craig has directed many plays and musicals in drama schools across the UK, including Shopping and F**ing; Dahling you were marvellous; Chavenue; Cinderella and Annie.
Oliver Bush – Sound and Lighting Director
Oliver is a Lighting Designer who has been approached to create a dynamic lighting design for the tour; he has worked around the country lighting aerial circus, musicals, dance and theatre. He trained at The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts being awarded a first class honours degree. Most recently he designed Julius Caesar at the Brighton Fringe festival and the UK tour of Life On Wheels by Bella Kinetica. His designs have won awards from The Association of Lighting Designers and been praised for his work. Future projects the return of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee later this year, and the 2017 Tour of Life On Wheels.
Gemma Hollywood – Set Designer
Gemma Hollywood has been contracted to design/create a set design based in the Ruby Slippers drag bar. She studied Spatial Design at Liverpool John Moores University, with a special interest in set design during the course at John Moores. She has worked at Bay TV Liverpool, helping to design a transformable set to be used on their new TV Channel. She has also worked with Stage Door Theatre on the National Heritage Lottery funded play ‘Only Remembered for What They Have Done,’ designing a set based in the trenches of WW1 and in a wartime home. For her final project at University, which was taken down to the Free Range Design show in London, she designed an event/ camping space “Unreal Environment” inside St Luke’s Church in Liverpool. This brought her love of theatre and fantasy elements into the design to create a space people can become immersed in.
Gordon Fawcett – Make Up
Gordonis a make up artist who specialises in transgender and tranvestite make overs. He is a skilled artist who has worked in this field for over 20 years. http://www.themakeoverrooms.co.uk