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, had its world premiere production at Chiswick Playhouse in July 2021.

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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.


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, 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).

Performing credits include: 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).


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. 

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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 HotelRed Light Campaign and House of Beth.

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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 (The Z, Virginia Beach), 

The Inheritance (Young Vic, Noël Coward & Ethel Barrymore, Broadway; nominated

for the 2019 Olivier Award and 2021 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: The Ocean at the End of the Lane (Duke of York's), Billy Elliot: The Musical (Seoul, Sydney & 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).

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