Jack's Frosty Stories 4 was created specifically for audiences to enjoy during the pandemic. This meant creating a show with as low risk to cast, crew and the public as possible. So this year we decided to have a digital programme instead of printed version. Below you can find out more about the cast, crew and creative team who made Jack's Frosty Stories 4 possible!
Huge thanks to Arts Council England, Truro Bid, Visit Truro, CRBO, The Old Alehouse, Pydar Pop-Up and everyone who helped make the show happen. And a massive thank you to all our audience members for braving the cold to join us in sharing some wintery tales around Truro.
Keith is an artist, writer and performer living in Truro.
'My work in the arts here in Cornwall takes me down intriguing and fascinating paths. When I'm not working with Coppice Theatre, I'm part of The Story Republic, a group of writers, artists and performers who perform poems, songs and stories with a Cornish flavour. I run manga drawing workshops and sessions to engage children and adults with graphic storytelling, and I work as an illustrator on all kinds of projects, including a recent textbook for the Cornish Language, Bora Brav.
Other hats have included writing, performing and directing with Duchy Opera, acting with Cube Essential Theatre and c-scape Dance Company, and performing and directing The Bowie Lounge (an artistic response to the work of David Bowie). I just like doing stuff really. In January 2021 I'll be performing at Gwaryjy in Truro an original song-story called The Dream of Henry Blight, with a collective of artists known as The Department of Truth.'
& mittens understudy
Rose has been acting for 10years in and out of shows. She is currently studying at Cornwall College in St Austell on the Launch Acting course, developing her skills as an actor and director.
Being on stage and performing is passion for Rose and there’s nothing she loves more. She says "I’m very excited and honoured to be doing my first show with Coppice theatre!"
Zoe graduated last September from Bodywork Company International after taking the 3 year professional MT course. Her first professional credit since graduating was with ‘Tiny T’s Storytelling’, where she played Mika in ‘Spectacular’ at the Edinburgh Fringe.
This is Zoe’s first performance with Coppice theatre and she hopes that there will be many more in the future.
the snow queen
Nina Hills graduated from the University of St Mark and St John with a degree in drama in 2013.
Since then she has worked with Bish, Bash, Bosh, and Trebiggan Productions, Play it Again Theatre Company, Cube Essential, The Story Republic, Coppice Theatre, and Mazed Tales as a performer. She has directed Konnichiwa Kernow and BFG at Sterts (in lockdown 2020!!) And has
produced the Little Trebiggan shows.
She is currently working on a one woman show about the peri menopause to be toured in 2021.
& jack's understudy
Adam is a graduate of the Hub Theatre School in St. Austell, Cornwall and the City Lit London, Adam’s has extensive experience in weekly repertory.
His theatre and West End Credits include, Gerald in Rookery Nook (Paul Taylor Mills Productions), Charles Bishop Privates on Parade (Greenwich Theatre) Ensemble Rigoletto, Die Fledermaus, Peter Grimes (London Colisuem, ENO) Will in Fairytales (Yellow Earth Theatre), Gremio in The Taming of the Shrew, (The Festival Players Tour. Don in Summer Holiday at (The Minack Theatre.) ) Clive in Five Finger Exercise Karak in Bedfull of Foreigners The Wonderful World of Dissocia (London City Rep Theatre Company), Tony in Abigail’s Party, Jimmy in September Tide, Willie Briggs in Pools Paradise and Sergeant Cadwallader in Unexpected guest all at the Manor Pavilion Sidmouth for Charles Vance Productions.
Aidan began his training singing in choirs around Cornwall before gaining a place with the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain for 3 years. He then moved onto study at Bodywork Company International in Cambridge where he majored in singing. During this time he performed in shows such as Fame, She Loves Me and Othello.
It is his first production with Coppice Theatre and his first professional acting job since graduating.
jingle the head elf
Jamie is back for his second outing with Coppice. As well as performing, Jamie works as an artist and streams his work online every week. Find out more at: alchemistpainting.com
jingle the head elf
Jowan is an actor and writer from Penzance. His work includes writing and performing with The Story Republic, playing Hugo Leigh in 'Bait' by Mark Jenkin and working with theatre companies such as WildWorks, The Minack and Scary Little Girls.
He likes to work outside in the open, tell stories and work with children and puppets. He loves the way Coppice tell stories and can't wait to work with them this Christmas.
Since leaving the Launch Cornwall College Acting Course Maya has worked with multiple different theatre companies. The most exciting being Kneehigh Theatre! (Twice!) Where she played Rose Tresize in "The Illustrated Girl" for their Asylum series of performances on Carylon Bay Beach. She was invited to work with Kneehigh again performing Voice work and storytelling for their Walk With Me App!
Maya says "I love storytelling and performances which harness a meaningful essence."
Ginger & Yule Cat
Helen is an Actor and Dancer from St Ives. Having started dancing from the age of 3, she has grown up around the arts and on the stage, having decided to focus more on acting at age 15. Her current goal is to attend drama school to continue her studies in acting.
She has performed at the Minack Theatre, The Drum Theatre; St Johns Hall, The Regal and The Acorn Theatre. Helen has also appeared as an extra in the short film ‘Cornish Tommies’.
Creative team & crew
Connie Crosby is an actor, singer, storyteller, voice artist and director. She grew up in the world of Cornish theatre, surrounded by companies that blend genres, intertwine music and are heavily inspired by the elements.
She has performed on clifftops, in forests, in village halls, in gardens, in schools, in manor houses and sung as a Siren in a lake. She is part of the Story Republic, a performance troupe who tell stories, poems and songs with a Cornish twist. She has worked with WildWorks, Palores Productions, Yskynna and Scary Little Girls and Kneehigh.
WRTIER & DRAMATURGE
Minnie is a theatre-maker and storyteller. She has created and performed in many family shows including Polar Express, Ruby’s Worry and The Back of the Toybox for Discover Children’s Story Centre, and she is a regular performer at the Science Museum in London. She is the co-founder of The Suitcase Storytelling Company and, in the absence of live theatre during lockdown, has created a shadow puppet film, The Girl and the Dragon. She has worked with Coppice previously as a performer and Assistant Director, and she is very excited to be taking on the role of Writer and Dramaturge for Jack’s Frosty Stories. You can find more about her work at minniewilkinson.com.
Sara co-wrote THE YULE CAT, based on a traditional Icelandic tale.
Sara is an actor and director from Devon (yes, she does think the cream should go on a scone first) and currently divides her time between London and the South-West.
Holly is an animator and illustrator specialising in hand-drawn, mixed-media and experimental styles. She is particularly interested in political, educational and community art projects.
Her experience includes short films, music videos, event projections, and community art workshops.
For more information please visit: www.hollysummerson.com
Michael is an actor and director from Cornwall, he trained at East15 drama school and Aberystwyth University and has been working in theatre for over 15 years. He has worked with the likes of Pipeline, Trifle Gathering and Cube.
“Children’s theatre doesn’t have to appeal to just children. Like a good Pixar film I’m forever doing my best to make sure each show has just the right blend of humour, accessibility, innovation and originality for children and adults alike.”
WRITER & ILLUSTRATOR
Alongside performing in the show Keith also wrote CONTRARY MARY, designed and illustrated our poster and created the passports. More about Keith's work can be found here: www.kaspar.co.uk
Hannah co-wrote THE YULE CAT, based on a traditional Icelandic tale.
Hannah is a voice actor and audio producer, and is the narrator of the popular Witch P.I. Mysteries on Audible. She is also an improv comedian, and performs regularly across the country with The Same Faces and Tiny Stories.
More about Hannah
HAZEL COOKE - CREW
Hazel is a musician and songwriter, studying live sound at DBS Music in Bristol. She has a passion for engineering, tech work, and all jobs behind the scenes of live sound and theatre shows.
She previously worked with Coppice at Edinburgh Fringe 2019 as an audio tech and stagehand, and went on to assist in Jack’s Frosty Stories 3. Now she is back as stagehand to help run Jack’s Frosty Stories 4!
Jasmine trained on Sir Peter Hall's MA Classical Theatre at the Rose Kingston. She started out as a performer but soon realised she much preferred producing and stage management. She is a freelancer as well as running Jasmine Cole Productions Ltd.
As well as producing, fundraising and theatre making Jasmine is also a stage manger / technician. She has worked with the likes of Police Cops, Scary Little Girls, Rhum & Clay, Discover Children's Story Centre, Akin Theatre and many more on touring productions across the UK and internationally.
Jowan wrote THE SPARROW & THE WINTER PINE. The story is adapted from a traditional Cherokee tale.
Jowan started out as a performance poet and has since been writing for a variety of Cornish theatre companies. Make sure to watch out for his latest project "The Thirteen Joliff's and other stories," which dives into the finest tales of Liskeard Looe and Polperro.
Demelza is an emerging theatre maker and storyteller based in Cornwall and Cardiff. She has been working with Coppice since 2018 and has also worked with Goldentree Productions, Kneehigh and Flat Packed Theatre. Demelza has been working in the arts around Cornwall since she was a teenager writing and performing with Writing Squad Kernow.
She graduated with a degree in English Literature from Cardiff University last year and is currently studying for an MA in Stage and Event Management at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
IZZY WILKINSON - CREW
Izzy is an actor, theatre and film-maker from the South West. She first joined the team for the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe run of Science Adventures and she is looking forward to helping out again this Christmas.
neal megaw - photographer
Neal Megaw is a Commercial Photographer & Videographer based in Truro, Cornwall. He specialises in Editorial Portraiture, Lifestyle Photography & Product Photography. Shooting on location and in the studio.
More about Neal here: www.nealmegaw.com