Anna Pilcher Dunn - Stage and Costume Designer
Anna worked as a Creative Therapist at Wirral St Johns prior to graduating from the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts in 2013. While studying for her BAHons in Theatre and Performance Design she designed and worked on many productions including A Christmas Carol and The Summer of ’42’. She also worked on the TV series ‘Utopia’ and the film ‘The Quiet Ones’. Her designs and costume constructions for the production ‘1000 Suns’ earned ‘Gaffball' a sustainability award at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2013. Anna designed the set and costumes for the Studio at Theatre by the Lake, The Winterling, Seeing The Lights and Old Times ran in rep. during the summer of 2014. Recently being a part of the installation team for The Weeping Window Poppy Installation at St Georges Hall.
Bella and the Bear - Performers
Comprised of Lauren Gilmour and Stuart Ramage; Scottish duo Bella and the Bear continue to captivate audiences across the country with their dynamic live show; setting spoken word and musical intricacies to the backdrop of folk fairy tales. Within a year, they have won 2015’s Calmac Culture award, been named Best Newcomer at the Scottish Alternative Music Awards and been the recipient of a Danny Kyle award at this year’s Celtic Connections. Their music is driven by observant narrative, soaring melodies and exquisite lyricism.
David Stickman Higgins - Performer
A world class multi-disciplined drummer and percussionist. A performance poet, actor, educator and conceptual artist.
An avid researcher and collector of “the-hidden-in-between” language of African-Caribbean culture, roots, belonging and heritage. Finding out about ancestors by exploring blood-lineage. Examining the evidence. Unearthing the different angles of true history.
Involved in creating and delivering a wide range of innovative arts projects since the early 1990s. His projects comprise connecting cultures and communities across generations ages and abilities in schools, colleges, children’s centres, museums, galleries, country houses and prisons.
Garry Robson - Writer and Director
Garry Robson is one of the most respected directors and innovators in disability led performance, working both in the UK and internationally and is currently the Artistic Director of Fittings MultiMedia Arts and Birds of Paradise Theatre Co. Glasgow.
He’s directed over 30 professional productions both here and abroad receiving Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards and a Herald Angel. He runs workshops and training events on theatre practice, disability issues and open space technology. He has been a Drama advisor for both the Arts Council of England and the Scottish Arts Council and was an Unlimited Awards panel member for the Cultural Olympiad. He was Artistic Director of DaDaFest International 2008 and 2010 , establishing DaDaFest as the key International Festival for Deaf and Disability Arts and performance worldwide. For DaDaFest 2012 he Co- Curated a major contemporaray Arts Exhibition Niet Normaal: Difference on Display at The Bluecoat Liverpool. As an actor as well as numerous roles on TV and Radio he has performed in many of the major theatres in the UK in a range of classics and new works.
Jacob Casselden - Performer
Jacob was classically trained in ballet and tap dancing and had the opportunity to learn aerial contortion for the Paralympic Opening Ceremony for London 2012 as a rope performer. He has worked as an actor starring in award winning films such as Pride and Prejudice in 1995 (BBC), BSLBT funded comedy drama 50/50 and most recently in a feature length film For Grace by Sebestian Armesto. Jacob was the central actor in the Olivier Award winning play TRIBES at the Royal Court Theatre in 2010. Most recently, he toured around Asia as a rhythm and bass consultant. Jacob’s last show for Fittings was Danny Diva, the true-life story of Diva Dan from Bloolips. Jacob is extremely excited to be working with Fittings again and participating in the cloud of magic to develop a unique event.
Jane Farley - Film and Video Artist
Jane Farley has worked in the visual arts industry internationally for over 15 years, including her defining work as an international creative activist, fusing art and insurrection. As a filmmaker she has shot for broadcast throughout Europe, and screened in festivals throughout Europe and the USA, working on award winning shorts, documentaries and feature lengh films. She loves all things digital, crossing boundaries in art forms and creating edgy, eccentric and challenging stories. Her work includes hanging off bridges, climbing trees, saving the planet, being an alien, and filming from inside wheeliebins.
Joe Stathers - Video Projection and Lighting Designer
Joe Stathers is an audiovisual & interactive multimedia designer for theatre, music, opera and dance, as well as a film-maker and lighting designer. Along with technically managing performances & events he has written and directed work, and taught at LIPA for sixteen years, 11 of these as head of the Design & Technology department. Freelance work has taken him from the Liverpool Playhouse to the Barbican to The Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, working with directors such as John Doyle, Jim Cartwright, Richard Wilson and Mark Babych. He is also a singer and BWY yoga teacher
Juga-Naut - Performer
Juga-Naut represents the best that UK hip-hop has to offer. A multi-talented young artist, chef, emcee, producer and sound engineer with a blossoming career and international following, he creates every aspect of his music himself from concept to final product. He has performed on legendary UK stages opening for hip-hop royalty including Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, DJ Premier etc. He combines exquisite lyricism, hardcore beats and authentic soul with a deep love for food, art and culture. Also being a chef he is constantly looking to bring 'Good-Food cooked with LOVE' to every walk of life.