BARROW & IRELAND
COMPOSING / SONGRWITING TEAM
Ben Barrow and Lucy Ireland are writers of contemporary musical theatre, and have been working together since meeting at the Guildford School of Acting in 2016.
They have been fortunate to workshop a large amount of their material, most recently developing an early draft of an original piece entitled, With, Without.
Their new musical, From Here, will have its world premiere production at Chiswick Playhouse in July 2021.
DIRECTOR / CHOREOGRAPHER
Alan was most recently the Resident Director and Children’s Director on the West End production of School of Rock at the Gillian Lynne Theatre.
Training: Guildford School of Acting.
Performing credits include: George in Perfectly Ordinary (Workshop), Swing/Children’s Dance Captain in Billy Elliot: The Musical (Victoria Palace), Custus in Crazy for You (Kilworth House), Dance Captain in Lady, Be Good, Pepe/Dance Captain in The Boyfriend, Dance Captain in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Messenger in Macbeth (Regent’s Park Open Air; Assistant Choreographer to Bill Deamer & Jenny Arnold), Bill Dukes in Peter Pan (New Wimbledon & New Victoria, Woking), Dance Captain in Follies in Concert (London Palladium; Assistant Choreographer to Bill Deamer), Purser in Anything Goes (UK Tour), Roger in Footloose (UK Tour) and Doc Pierce in Calamity Jane (Shaftesbury).
Directing credits include: Thoroughly Modern Millie (Jersey Arts Centre) and The Aristocats (Jersey Opera House), in addition to being Creative Director for Born to Run (Broadway Theatre, Barking), DOMINIUM, Collections and Louder Than Words (Kenneth More).
Choreography credits include: By the Bog of Cats, Tess of the D’Urbervilles (Bernie Grant Arts Centre), The Most Wonderful Time of the Year (Jermyn Street), 24/8 (Tristan Bates), Just So (Jersey Opera House), Sleeping Beauty, Jack and the Beanstalk (Oxford Playhouse), High School Musical for That’s Entertainment (Harrods), An Audience with Danny La Rue (UK Tour), The Mill at Sonning 25th Anniversary Gala and Resident Choreographer for A Night at the Musicals (UK Tour).
Alan was also Artistic Consultant/Head of Acting at CPA Studios from 2013 to 2017 and Vice Principal/Head of Dance at The Musical Theatre Academy from 2017 to 2018.
COMPOSER / SONGRWITER
Solo Albums include: Watercolour Friend.
Theatre credits include: USHERS: The Front of House Musical, A Streetcar
Named Desire, The Usual Suspects, The Physicists, Doctor Faustus; The Importance
of Being Earnest and Antigone.
Film credits include: Other Dance in Another Place (Short), Schwanger (Short) and
Commercial credits include: St. Paul’s Hotel, Red Light Campaign and House of Beth.
Training: MFA Theatre Directing and BA Theatre & Drama Studies,
both at Birkbeck University.
Theatre as Director includes: Out West (World premiere, Lyric Hammersmith; as Co-Director), Yeggs (Online rehearsed reading for Wildcard), In Love and Loyalty (Evolution Festival, Lyric Hammersmith; also Writer), Love and Information (ArtsEd) and Krool Britannia (Camden Fringe).
Theatre as Associate Director includes: Ghost Stories (West End & UK Tour).
Theatre as Assistant Director includes: Bartholomew Fair (Sam Wanamaker
Playhouse, Shakespeare’s Globe), Ghost Stories, Leave to Remain, Dick Whittington
(Lyric Hammersmith), othellomacbeth (Lyric Hammersmith/HOME) and Easter (RADA).
Dramaturgy includes: Sammy - The Sammy Davis Jr. Musical (Workshop).
Christopher is an award-winning sound designer working primarily within the
theatre industry, both in the UK and internationally.
Credits as Sound Designer include: Triple Threat (Zeiders American Dream Theatre, Virginia Beach), The Inheritance (Young Vic, Noël Coward & Ethel Barrymore Theatre,
Broadway; nominated for the 2019 Olivier Award and 2020 Tony Award for Best
Sound Design, and winner of the 2020 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Sound
Design in a Play) and Hamlet, starring Tom Hiddleston.
Credits as Associate Sound Designer include: Billy Elliot: The Musical (Sydney,
Seoul & Japanese Tour), The Jungle (St. Ann's Warehouse, New York),
Summer and Smoke (Duke of York's), Mary Stuart (Duke of York’s & UK Tour),
Beginning (National) and Labour of Love (Noël Coward).