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G I L L H O R N B Y
Mash Productions is proud to work with outstanding individuals and organisations across the arts. Here is a list of some of the wonderful people who have helped bring our projects to life.
H A Y L E Y M I L L S
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Gill Hornby is a writer, journalist and Jane Austen devotee.
She is the author of two novels: The Hive - a Sunday Times Best Seller in 2013 - was described by The Times as a "sparkling debut"; All Together Now, which came out in 2015, was hailed by The Telegraph as a "brilliant comedy of manners...social satire with the lightest of touches."
Her first book was a biography of Jane Austen - The Girl with the Magic Pen - written for the younger reader.
Gill adapted Pride and Prejudice for our live show.
Hayley Mills made her film debut in Tiger Bay with her father, John Mills.
Still as a child actress she won a special Oscar for her part in Pollyanna (1960), and went on to star in such films as The Parent Trap, Whistle Down The Wind, Endless Night and Appointment With Death.
Mills has also acted extensively in the theatre, appearing in productions all over the world including Peter Pan in the West End, and Off Broadway in Noel Coward’s Suite in Two Keys.
Hayley played the role of Jane Austen to great acclaim in our production of Pride and Prejudice Live.
C A R L D A V I S C B E
C H R I S J A R V I S
Chris Jarvis joined Children’s BBC in 1993 and has hosted ‘Fully Booked’, ‘The Friday Zone’, ‘Playdays’, ‘Jungle Run’, ‘Step Inside’, and ‘Mini Stargazers’ to name just a few.
In 2002 he launched CBeebies and currently stars in ‘Show Me Show Me’ with songs, comedy sketches and imaginative play.
He co-devised and wrote the RTS and BAFTA winning ‘Old Jack’s Boat’ starring Bernard Cribbins, as well as other shows and pantos for television and stage.
Chris is a regular guest presenter for the LPO’s FUNharmonics series and also hosts children’s events for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the BBC Philharmonic. In addition, his live stage show The Chris and Pui Show tours several times a year to sellout audiences around the country.
P U I F A N L E E
Pui Fan Lee is a British Chinese actress and presenter, best known for portraying Po (the red Teletubby) in the children's television programme Teletubbies, and more recently for presenting the popular CBeebies pre-school educational program Show Me Show Me.
She was the first presenter, alongside Chris Jarvis, to introduce programming on the BBC digital channel CBeebies. In January 2009, Pui left presenting CBeebies, moving on to host Show Me Show Me.
A graduate of LAMDA, Lee has enjoyed a wide and varied career. She appeared in the Channel 4 series Metrosexuality, and had major roles in BBBC series Chef! and State of Play. She also played a small part in the film Bridget Jones.
Pui narrated our Musical Myths Christmas shows in December 2017.
E M I L Y W O O D A R D
Emily Carew Woodard was born in Truro and grew up in Cornwall. She studied illustration at the London College of Communication, graduating in 2008.
Emily currently lives in West London and works as an artist and designer from her studio in Waterloo. She has worked closely with the Roald Dahl Foundation and was production designer for Opera San Antonio's highly acclaimed production of Fantastic Mr. Fox.
Emily has honed her style to fit a range of disciplines such as book design, newspaper articles and fabric design. She has exhibited her work internationally, from Taiwan in 2015 to the USA in 2014. She has recently completed two shows in Northern Ireland and London.
Emily is a frequent Mash collaborator, creating beautiful artwork for Wonderland and our Musical Myths series.
L E S B U B B
Les Bubb started performing at the National Youth Theatre and then at the Desmond Jones school of mime in London , and in Paris with Phillipe Gaulier (Le Coq) and Etienne Decroux.
He quickly became popular with his unique blend of mime and metaphysical clowning, joining the “new wave” of alternative comedy with contemporaries Ben Elton, Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie, Lenny Henry and Harry Enfield, supporting them live in theatres across the UK , and at the same time taking the TV show “Friday Live” by storm. From 1997 to 2002 Les starred in and co-wrote the young peoples’ series “HUBUBB” for BBC1, making his distinctive surreal humour popular to a whole new generation.
Since 2002 Les has been crossing countries and cultural boundaries with his own award-winning full length theatre show and has influenced a whole generation of comic physical performers. In addition, the renowned director, Werner Herzog, has sought his talents several times, and he worked on 3 Harry Potter films, as voice artist and physical acting coach.
'Carl Davis has made an astonishing impact on music in Britain.....raising to hitherto unheard of standards of the once humble television theme tune...’ Musical Opinion
Davis's output for film and television is vast, including The World At War, Goodnight Mr. Tom and The French Lieutenant's Woman (the winner of both the BAFTA and Ivor Novello awards).
Pride and Prejudice (nominated for a BASCA Ivor Novello award for Best Music for a Television Production in 1996) has been one of his best-loved scores and this was followed by Cranford in 2007, also for the BBC.
Carl has worked with Mash on Pride and Prejudice Live and kindly arranged several Chaplin songs for our Silent Soundtracks show.
H A U S E R & W I R T H
Hauser & Wirth Somerset is a pioneering world-class gallery and multi-purpose arts centre, which acts as a destination for experiencing art, architecture and the remarkable Somerset landscape through new and innovative exhibitions of contemporary art. The site includes a landscaped garden, designed for the gallery by renowned landscape architect Piet Oudolf.
Centred around a core belief in conservation, education and sustainability, Hauser & Wirth Somerset offers a wide variety of special events including talks, seminars, workshops and screenings, as well as an extensive learning programme for local schools, young people and families. The centre also supports an immersive artist-in-residence programme, encouraging artists to benefit from the idyllic surroundings and to integrate with the local community.
Hauser & Wirth Somerset has been awarded a RIBA South West Award 2015, a Civic Trust 2015 Award, and in 2014 it was the winner of the William Stansell Historic Buildings Award, for Durslade Farmhouse.
L O U I S D E B E R N I E R E S
Louis de Bernières published his first novel in 1990 and was selected by Granta magazine as one of the twenty Best of Young British Novelists in 1993. Since then he has become well known internationally as a writer, with Captain Corelli's Mandolin winning the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Novel in 1994 and later being made into a major Hollywood movie. His sixth novel, the acclaimed Birds Without Wings, came out in 2004. A Partisan's Daughter (2008) was shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award and Notwithstanding: Stories from an English Village was published in Autumn 2009, followed by de Bernieres’ first collection of poetry.
Publication of his major new novel, The Dust That Falls From Dreams, was in July 2015, and his new collection of poems, OF LOVE AND DESIRE, was out in February 2016.
As well as writing, de Bernieres plays the flute, mandolin and guitar. He collaborated with Mash on our very first project - Wonderland.
M A U R E E N L I P M A N
Maureen Lipman was born in Hull, Yorkshire. She studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and made her acting debut in The Knack in 1969. Since then, she has worked in film, TV, theatre and radio, and has written ten best-selling anecdotal books.
She has appeared in numerous productions at the National Theatre in the Old Vic days and as Celia in As You Like It at the RSC. She has starred in nineteen West End productions,
Her prolific TV work includes the series About Face, Agony, Bull, Ladies of Letters, Coronation Street, Jonathan Creek and Love’s Labour’s Lost, while her film work includes such iconic titles as Up The Junction, Educating Rita and the Oscar winning The Pianist. She has just recorded four comedy dramas for BBC Radio 4 under the heading A Month of Maureen.
She has received Two Olivier awards, two Royal Variety awards and several nominations and was awarded the CBE in 1999 for her services to drama.