Many people make up the Sarah Mann Company – …………………

Nick Bartlett


Previous Brighton appearances include; Seedy Man in MOONLIGHT OVER INDIA , Chief Officer in THE HOOLIGAN , Valmont in QUARTET , Jerry in BUG , Jack Carter in GET CARTER and Oberon in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM . Other theatre includes Hamlet in HAMLET (Oval House), Bamforth in THE LONG, THE SHORT AND THE TALL (Albery Th), Mike in EAST (Leicester Haymarket), Miguel in THE HOUSE OF THE SPIRITS (National Tour), Himmlischt in MEIN KAMPF FARCE (Traverse Th).


Hobbies include Polish vodka, British motorcycles and Chelsea Football Club.

Pip Henderson


Pip is an actress, comedienne, stunt woman and circus performer who trained at the Purcell School of Music and the Circus UK training school. After touring the country with various children’s theatre companies and a season as Principal Boy in Panto, she ran away to join “Circus Senso” (one of Britain’s foremost non~animal circuses) for a national tour as an acrobat – during which time she mastered, amongst other things, the art of fire-eating. Since then Pip has had a diverse career both on stage and screen. She has made guest appearances with “Gwent Ballet Theatre” and with acapella artistes “The Frigidaires” and has completed tours and residencies nationally with productions including “Hamlet” (Gertrude), “The Skin of Our Teeth” (Sabina), “Four Thieves’ Vinegar” (Hannah Jeakes), and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (Puck) as well as several more seasons in Panto! Pip is a regular cast member (and token Brit) of American comedy podcast “Hickory Bench PlayHouse” and a familiar face on the Brighton comedy scene where she has been regularly spotted performing with “Melons a Trois”, “Sketch Machine” and the BAFTA nominated, satirical comedy outfit “Treason Show”. She also has a hectic performance schedule as the Russian Colonel ‘Anya Bakjobic’ for Stunt Action Specialists (live action stunt shows); and has been seen working both as a performance artiste for the Rock band “IF” and as a clown called “Pippolini”. Pip’s T.V. credits include appearances in “Zombie Apocalypse” (Discovery), “Sixth Sense” (BBC2), “All About Abigail’s Party” (BBC3) and “The Greatest Show on Earth” (Channel 4) as well as various adverts, virals and pop promos. Film work includes the award winning (& record breaking) ’50 Kisses’ (Living Spirit Pictures), “Fraternity” (MCN Productions), “Mirror Image” (Phoenix Pictures) & “The Man with 3 Hats” (First Framework) in which she spectacularly breathes 30 foot plumes of fire! Pip can also been seen, covered in blood and chasing Robert Carlyle down a riverbank in Juan Carlos Fresnadillo and Danny Boyle’s gore fest “28 Weeks Later” (Fox Atomic) ~ She’s the one in the dress…


Paul Moriarty


Paul has been lucky enough to work with some great writers, including : Caryl Churchill, Edward Bond, Tony Harrison and, for two days Alan Bennett! 

RSC incudes :Bingo, the Bundle, Destiny, Macbeth and the Tempest. 
National Theatre incudes :the David Hare Trilogy, As I Lay Dying, Market Boy and People 
Almeida :Richard the Second  (also New York and Tokyo )
West End :the Contractor, the Mysteries, Serious Money  (also New York )
TV includes :the Gentle Touch, Touch of Frost, Eastenders and Pride and Prejudice 
For BOAT :Comedy of Errors, Merchant of Venice. 

Also numerous Radio plays and voice overs and voice workshops in Santa Barbara, Washington and Houston

Winnie Ikediashi


Winnie’s Acting Career started in 2011 when she went to Nigeria and found herself working on both TV and film. Her credits included TV show Echoes and made for television film including ‘The Proposal’, ‘Outcast’, ‘President for a Day’ and ‘Break In’ before landing a cameo role in ‘Gbomo Gbomo Express’ as Ms Wannabe.

In 2018 she decided enrol in the Academy of Creative training in Brighton after the birth of her second daughter to do a 2-year Diploma in Performing Arts. Within that time, she was part of the following stage production including Harold Pinter’s ‘Birthday Party’ Jim Cartwright’s ‘Road’ and Anton Chekhov’s ‘Cherry Orchard’.

Landing the part of Sue in Mike Leigh’s ‘Abigail’s Party’ for sarahmanncompany at Brighton Open Air Theatre was be her first role straight after her Diploma… probably being the first woman of colour being cast in this role or production as a whole. She continues to do many adverts and is appearing as Chinyere in the African online comedy “Virtual Colleagues”.

Amy Kidd


Amy is an actor who trained at The Lir, Ireland’s National Academy of Dramatic Art, graduating in 2019. She has a particular love for collaborative theatre practices and working on new writing, which led to her co-founding anseo|anois theatre (‘anseo’ meaning ‘here’, ‘anois’ meaning ‘now’ in the Irish language) with other like-minded creatives in Dublin. With anseo|anois Amy has played Neesh in ‘Keeping Vigil’ (TheSpaceUK, EdFringe), Garda Lynch in ‘Knackered’ (The Main, LA) and is looking forward to playing Aisling in ‘Paler, Still’ in 2022 (a new play, supported by Fishamble and Tipperary County Council).

Other recent credits include: Beatrice in ‘Inferno21’ (Verdant/The Lyric, Belfast), Sweetheart in ‘But You Stopped Their Hearts (ReBoot Live), Rachel in ‘When Rachel Met Fiona’ (Porcelain Theatre Co.), Young Woman in ‘You Can Leave At Any Time’ (Dublin Theatre Festival), Thea/Amelia in ‘Scripted’ (Dublin Fringe), Gilda in ‘X’ (The Lir), Lychorida/The Bawd in ‘Pericles’ (The Lir), Ms. Biddulph in ‘Serious Money’ (The Lir), Sarah in ‘Death Trip’ (Short Film), Julia in ‘Palliative’ (Short Film) and Emily in ‘Short Stay’ (Short Film).

A proud Brightonian by birth, Amy is thrilled to be working with the sarahmanncompany in her hometown. Local credits include: Nicola in ‘The Postive Hour’ (Crow’s Nest Theatre), Tara in ‘Journey to X’(NT Connections), Stage Manager/Rebecca Gibbs in ‘Our Town’ (ACT), Polly in ‘Confusions’ (ACT), Lucy in ‘Bassett’ (NT Connections), Betty in ‘The Crucible’ (ACT), Ensemble in ‘Trunks’ (Brighton Theatre Collective) and Malfi’s Child in ‘Ten Thousand Several Doors’ (Prodigal Theatre).

Sean Chapman

A creative all-rounder, Sean Chapman has worked in the entertainment industry for over 40 years in a wide and varied selection of roles including that of actor, cabaret performer, makeup artist, prop maker, wig creator, set design and construction, promoter, and costume design and construction.

Janette Eddisford


Janette Eddisford has worked extensively as an actor, director, writer, voice over artist and producer of theatre for the last thirty five years.

She is currently Principal at the Academy of Creative Training Brighton and Co-Artistic Director of The Lantern Theatre.

Janette was a co-founder and member of several touring/producing companies including The Shameless Hussies, Footprint Theatre, Alarmist Theatre, Brighton Theatre Collective and Interact, a children’s company, as well as working as a freelance actor in touring Theatre, TV, Film, Radio and in the corporate sector.

She has been a workshop leader and tutor for many years and particularly loves working in alternative settings such as prisons, rehabilitation and probation programmes and outreach work with disadvantaged people – firmly believing in the therapeutic and life-enhancing benefits of theatre.

Previously, she ran the Warren, a Hull Community Arts Centre and the Nightingale Theatre, Brighton’s premier fringe theatre venue, in its heyday from 1987 – 1991

Michael D’Cruze


Michael has worked as an Actor, Director, Producer, Writer, Drama Coach and Casting Director.

His acting credits include, Rafta Rafta and American Clock for the National Theatre, Ridley Scott’s Production of Killing Jesus playing Casper, The Mummy with Tom Cruise, other Film and TV credits include The 13th Day, The Night of the Lotus, Secret Weapon, Tyrant, Eastenders, The Bill, Tina Modotti, Doctors, Casualty, TV ads include, Littlewoods Christmas,Virgin, Lion Red Beer.Theatre credits include Picasso in Dora vs Picasso, Malvolio in Twelfth Night, I Know What You Want, Unidentified Human Remains, Poor Superman, Caiaphas in the British and European Tours of Jesus Christ Superstar, Godspell, and Chino in West Side Story. Directing Credit include, She Stoops to Conquer for Incisor, The Ugly Man and Ashes and Sand for The CAT Factory, The Tinderbox and Boys Life for ACT, Friends Like Us for CAT Music Factory. Michael Was a Founder member and Artistic Director for The Co-Active Theatre Factory (CAT Factory) and produced all their production in the 90’s including Unidentified Human Remains, The Ugly Man, Poor Super Man and Ashes and Sand.

Michael also worked in casting for four years and his casting Credits include Kevin Costner’s Rapa Nui, White Fang, The Tommy Knockers, Typhon’s People and numerous TV commercials. Michael transferred these skills to become an acting coach to train theatre actors in TV and Film Technique to make the transition from theatre to TV and Film. His many successes include Connor Swindells (Sex Education, Vs, Keepers, Barbarians), Louise Plowright (Eastender, Mama Mia, Wicked) Jonnie Peacock, and Louis Smith on Strictly. Michael is an acting coach for BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing and was Head of Film and TV at The London Drama School. He was also head of Musical Theatre at ACT in Brighton directing numerous in house productions including, Sweeney Todd, Godpell, Rent, Company, Cabaret and A Chorus Line.

Michael on Spotlight

Jack Kristiansen


Jack Kristiansen is a versatile and confident actor, trained at Guildford School of Acting, with a passion for stage combat. He is a Jack of all trades, master of some; Actor, comedian, compere, director, maker and teacher.

Jack has played Puck, Jaques, Mercutio, Cassius and various other Shakespeare characters, as well as a string of modern plays. His voice is often borrowed for audio plays, video games & The Other 1% podcast. In 2020 you may catch him in the Lovecraftian horror film “The Colour of Madness.”

When not acting or directing, he lends his charisma to the cabaret scene as compére for Cabaret Lab, the Foo Foo Fighters burlesque troupe, and has also hosted the London Burlesque Festival.

Peta Taylor

Peta is a familiar face in Brighton theatre and her stage career began in the 1980s at Brighton Actors Workshop and in Theatre of the Bleeding Obelisk. Together with Bright Red and Alarmist Theatre she gained a grounding in touring and outdoor theatre, much of it based in Brighton. She has played roles from Mrs Malaprop in The Rivals to Bolla Fogg in The Night Heron, from Cassius in Julius Caesar to Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

For Mitchell and Nixon she has appeared in ‘Moriarty’s Christmas Party’, ‘Shops and Love’, ‘The Ministry of Biscuits’ and has designed for three of The Foundry Group’s recent small-scale tours.

She revived the Festival Shakespeare Company in 2009 as co-producer, designer and has performed in a range of award-winning and highly acclaimed outdoor productions at BOAT and beyond.

She appeared in the films Jam, Man in Fear and – a Cannes short film nominee from Straight Eight, Robot. In a lockdown ‘Alice’ film for Mr Dilly, she voiced The Red Queen and recent TV work includes an appearance as Her Royal Likeness in Amazon’s The Grand Tour; Katharine of Aragon, the Queen of Hearts, Elizabeth I and Queen Ivy (in panto) bring the Queen count up to six.

Peta worked for Brighton Cityreads festival for many years, performing in Tales from The Spotted Dog and leading performed library readings. She works frequently in corporate and medical roleplay training and has a parallel career as a gallery guide, and workshop leader at Charleston, Farley’s and The National Portrait Gallery.

James Weisz


Company Photographer

James is an accomplished director and producer having worked professionally for over 10 years. and is currently studying mixed media at the University of Westminster. James is passionate about open air theatre and is delighted to be the company photographer.

Sue Burchett

Sue began voice training at 14 years old with vocal coach Lena Phillips and sang at The Royal Festival Hall at 16 years of age in a youth opera. She has subsequently performed in mostly musical theatre including Edith in Pirates of Penzance (Theatre Royal, Brighton and King’s Theatre, Southsea), Blood Brothers (Theatre Royal, Brighton); Mikado (Theatre Royal, Brighton); Threepenny Opera (Northampton); Chess (Theatre Royal, Brighton); Jesus Christ Superstar (King’s Theatre, Southsea); Carmen (Theatre Royal, Brighton). Sue was due to play Mother Superior in Sister Act in May 2020 but the production was cancelled due to Covid. She currently sings with the Brighton close-harmony choir Rebelles.
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