Mop the House Creative Team
Mop the House: A Short Guide to Vogue
Grace Oni Smith (Daisy Darling)
Grace Oni Smith is an intersectional trans performance artist based in Berlin Germany, with a career spanning over a decade. Grace’s work often centres around themes of identity and her experiences as a transgender, Jewish queer. They use multiple mediums from music, live art, neo-burlesque and vogue to create more questions than answers. Grace has spent over a decade performing in nightlife, theatre, art spaces and is deeply involved in queer communities across Europe.
Joseph Fletcher (Billy Bones)
Joseph trained and graduated from Performers College.
Theatre includes: ‘Wicked’ (Apollo Victoria Theatre), 'Fred Astaire' in Robert North 'The Snowman' (International/UK tour, Peacock theatre), 'Enlightenment - Paralympic opening ceremony' (Olympic Stadium), 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs' (Manchester Opera House), Dance Captain on the 'Thomson Celebration', the 'Sun Princess' and the 'Costa Mediterranea' Cruise-lines.
Deaf Men Dancing (Mark Smith) includes: 'Hear! Hear!' (Sadler's Wells), 'Sense of Freedom' ('Deaf Festival Theatre of Clin d'Oeil', City Lit's 'Deaf Day', 'The Place Resolutions'), 'Alive' (UK tour, Original Cast), and guest performances for 'United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities', 'DanceEast’s 1st Anniversary Gala', London 2012's 'Deaf Day', and the '20th Anniversary of Candoco Dance Company'.
TV includes: 'My Silence World' (Mark Smith and Balletboyz), 'Toast of London’ (Channel Four and Netflix), 'Thank You Hater’ (BBC), 'Top of the Pops’ (BBC), 'H&M', 'RIMMEL LONDON’ (Commercials).
Choreography includes: For LSC Seedtime - ‘Little Shop of Horrors’, ‘Cabaret’, ‘Spring Awakening’ and ‘Annie’ (Matthew Shaw).
Ongoing Projects: ‘HUT 8’ (Mark Smith).
Thomas ‘Juga-Naut’ Higgins (Music Producer & MC)
Jugz represents the best that Hip-Hop has to offer. A multi-talented artist, emcee, producer and chef with an international following, he creates every aspect of his music himself from concept to final product. He has gained major recognition with a prolific plethora of solid self-released projects and also by collaborating with renowned artists worldwide. He has performed on legendary UK stages opening for Hip-Hop royalty including Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, KRS-ONE, DJ Premier, Ghostface Killah and many more. He combines exquisite lyricism, hardcore beats and authentic soul. He has a deep love for food, art, music and culture.
Garry Robson (Writer & Co-director)
Garry Robson is an actor, writer, Director and occasional musician. 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. He was Bob/Bill in Graeae’s Ian Dury Musical “Reasons to be Cheerful” & Peachum in their “Threepenny Opera”. He was suitably evil playing wicked Uncle Ernie in Ramps on the Moon’s much lauded version of “The Who’s Tommy” and suitably glamorous as a drag queen called Butch in BoP’s “Blanche and Butch”. Roles this year include Harry Brewer in Ramps on The Moons “Our Countries Good” and Cleon in the National’s “Pericles”. He is currently performing in White Christmas at Curve Leicester. He is Artistic Director of Fittings MMA and has conceived and directed the majority of their productions over the past 3 decades as well as directing work for a variety of other companies winning two Manchester Evening News award nominations and a Herald Angel.
Adrian Turrell-Watts (Producer & Co-director)
Adrian Turrell-Watts is a freelance producer with over 17 years’ experience managing touring theatre: educational drama companies Language Alive and Catalyst (2000-2003), small to mid-scale touring companies Rejects Revenge (2003-2008), Spike Theatre (2008-2013), Fittings Multimedia Arts (project work since 2008 and resident producer since 2014) and Birds of Paradise Theatre (Wendy Hoose 2016 run & Miranda and Caliban: The Making of a Monster 2016). Adrian has booked tours for companies including Little Soldier Productions (You and Me, Don Quixote) and Tmesis (Wolf Red) and Mandy Romero (Stevenage, In Excelsis and Scandinavia Has Been Good to Me) and produced the northern pub tour of Cathy Crabb’s The Bubbler (2014). He has been resident tour-booker for Krazy Kat Theatre since 2013 booking all theatres and arts centres for their deaf-friendly children’s theatre tours and has co-produced large-scale vogue dance events with House of Suarez since 2012. He co-produced the UK tour of Lewis Bray’s Cartoonopolis (March-June 2017) and is currently working with Hot Coals Theatre and their touring show Knock Knock and The Unlimited House of Krip for Fittings.
Darren Pritchard (Choreographer)
Darren has had a long and distinguished career so far: Artistic Director, Company Fierce. Winner Arts Council North West Art 06 Award; frequent Quarantine collaborator, commercial TV choreographer; House of Suarez Vogue Ball project manager and choreographer; BAC/Sage Gateshead 21st Century Leader; Susan and Darren, Best Production Dublin Festival [performer, co deviser and producer Company Fierce/Quarantine]. He’s recently worked on movement for Keisha Thompson’s I Wish I Had A Moustache [Contact Flying Solo, Black Gold Arts Festival and touring] Chanje Kunda’s Amsterdam [Southbank Africa Utopia Festival, Contact Flying Solo, Black Gold Arts Festival and touring] Director/Deviser Alaska by Cheryl Martin [Contact Flying Solo, Domestic Festival, A Nation’s Theatre, Black Gold Arts Festival, And What? Queer Festival and touring]. Director/Deviser, Who Wants To Live Forever? by Cheryl Martin [PUSH Festival, HOME, January 2017 and now touring]. Director/Deviser, Rent Party co-produced by Sheffield Theatres Dec 2017 In July 2017, Darren was assistant choreographer for Manchester International Festival's opening show, 'What Is the City but the People
Laura Spark (AV Designer)
Laura Spark is a visual artist working in animation, film and performance.
An RCA graduate, her feminist horror films and kaleidoscopic pop videos play at festivals around the world, from Frightfest 2018, and London Short Film Festival 2019 in the UK, to Stoptrik 2017, Slovenia; Final Girls Festival 2018, Berlin; and Women in Horror 2018, USA.
Laura also makes visuals and animation for theatre and live performance, currently conjuring fabulous and bold creative captions for Mop The House!
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Alexandra Morton (Costume/Set Designer)
Dylan Howells (Lighting Designer)
Dylan trained in theatre design at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. Since then he has gone on to be a finalist in the 2017 Linbury prize for stage design for the Lyric Hammersmith and is a current recipient of the Royal Opera House bursary 2018-19.
Dylan’s previous credits include; Debris (Production design, Liverpool Playhouse Studio), Pavlov (Production design, site specific), Particles (Lighting design, Liverpool Light Night 2017), Urinetown (Set design, Paul McCartney Auditorium), Giselle Reawakened (Lighting design, Paul McCartney Auditorium)
Fiona Hilton (Stage/Production Manager)
Fiona Hilton gets the job done!