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The Creative Team

Jenny Eclair - Co-writer

Comedian, writer and stand up Jenny Eclair was the first woman to win the Perrier Award. She currently hosts her own show on LBC radio in addition to making regular contributions to shows such as RADIO 4s Womans Hour, Banter and Just a Minute.

Jenny performed and co-wrote (with Julie Balloo) The Andy Warhol Syndrome a play about celebrity at the Edinburgh Festival 2004, Londons Fringe and on tour around the UK. As an actress, she has also starred in a number of West End productions including Steaming, Mum's the Word and The Vagina Monologues.

An author of three books to date, Jennys first novel, The Book of Bad Behaviour, was published in 1994, followed by Camberwell Beauty in 2000 and Having a Lovely Time in 2005. In addition to writing she is a respected critic and was on the judging panel for the 2006 Orange Prize for Fiction.

Jennys recent TV appearances include Grumpy Old Women and Grumpy Old Holidays (BBC TWO), Dawn Frenchs Girls Who Do: Comedy (BBC ONE), The Culture Show (BBC TWO), The ONE Show (BBC TWO), Its Grim Up North (BBC TWO), My Childhood (BBC THREE) and Graham Nortons Bigger Picture (BBC ONE). She was a memorable contestant on Celebrity Fame Academy (BBC ONE) and has also participated in Room 101 (BBC TWO), So Graham Norton (Channel 4), The Joan Rivers Position (FIVE), Celebrity Weakest Link (BBC ONE) and Call my Bluff (BBC ONE). She has just filmed her first appearance on The Bill (ITV1). Jenny has also hosted The British Comedy Awards After Show Party (ITV2), Eurovision Song Contest (BBC THREE), The BBC New Comedy Awards (BBC ONE) and The Perrier Awards (Channel 4).

Judith Holder - Co-writer

Judith Holder is self appointed Head Girl to Grumpy Old Women everywhere, she wrote and produced the three hugely successful BBC 2 series, and appears (along with her family) as the everywoman - which seemed such a good idea at the time until she was at home watching it go out realizing that the whole nation was watching her waxing her moustache and squeezing into grannie knickers. She wrote and produced Grumpy Old Holidays, Grumpy Old New Year and is the Grumpy Guides series. In short she makes a living out of being grumpy. Well someone has to do it after all. She also wrote the best selling book The Official Handbook of a Grumpy Old Woman, and The Secret Diary of a Grumpy Old Woman - both available in major bookshops and frankly if you haven't got a copy already then you deserve not to be picked for the netball team. Before enjoying this full time grump-fest, she produced some of the best-known entertainers and comedians in the business including Dame Edna, Clive James, Michael Aspel, Billy Connolly, Lenny Henry and Victoria Wood. Judith was responsible for sending celebrities to far away places to survive as dumpees - Joanna Lumley to a desert island, Billy Connolly to the Arctic and Lenny Henry to the Amazon. She also reunited the children from The Sound of Music and took them back to Salzburg in the award winning After They Were Famous (ITV) programme, and was responsible for all the ITV reunions that followed with the original cast of Grease, The Waltons and Dynasty.

At the age of forty-six Judith decided to start doing her own comedy stand up routine, which almost certainly means that she is one of the oldest women to start stand up in bunion pads. She has written and performed comedy pieces on Women's Hour and Home Truths. All this and usually she is the one that puts the wash on, empties the wheelie bins and runs her mother into town a lot. No wonder she's grumpy.

Owen Lewis - Director

Owen trained at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and also studied Drama at The University of Hull.

Recent directing credits include a production of Peter Brook's The Man Who (Bridewell Theatre, London), The Three Musketeers performed by comic duo Faultless & Torrance (Underbelly, Edinburgh and National Tour) and Elizabeth And Raleigh: Late But Live written by Stewart Lee (Underbelly, Edinburgh & National Tour). Other credits include: Johnson And Boswell: Late But Live by Stewart Lee (Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh & Scottish Tour); The Lady of Burma (Riverside Studios & National Tour); Pete And Dud: Come Again (West-End, National Tour & New Zealand); How To Lose Friends And Alienate People (Arts Theatre, London - with Toby Young & Soho Theatre, London - with Jack Davenport); Got To Be Happy (Bush Theatre, London); Icons & Ever After (both Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough); Touch by Bill Dare, Scott Capurro's Loaded, Swimming In The Shallows and The Typographer's Dream (all Pleasance, Edinburgh) and he directs the sketch comedians Two Left Hands. He has also been a recipient of the RSC Buzz Goodbody Directors Award.

Owen has worked as an Associate Director on: Eurobeat: Almost Eurovision (Novello Theatre, London) and The New Statesman with Rik Mayall (Whitehall Theatre, London). As an assistant director credits include: King Lear - with Oliver Ford Davies (Almeida Theatre, London), Blackbird (Bush Theatre, London) and King Lear - with Nichol Williamson (Theatr Clwyd, Mold).

Susannah Henry - Set and Costume Designer

Susannah Henry trained in Theatre Design at Wimbledon School of Art and Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design.

Recent design work includes Town Bloody Hall by Nic Green (Arches Theatre Glasgow, Traverse Theatre Edinburgh and Battersea Arts Centre), C-90 by Daniel Kitson (Riverside Studios, Traverse Theatre Edinburgh, National Tour and Sydney Opera House), The Christ of Coldharbour Lane (Soho Theatre), Whipping It Up! directed by Terry Johnson (National Tour), Mother Goose (RSAMD), The Man Who, Hard Times, Lord of the Flies and Inherit the Wind (Guildhall), Double Negative for ChoppedLogic (Oval House), Mary Kelly's Bed, The Crowning of the Year and You Make Me Happy When Skies Are Grey (Watermill Theatre), Shiver for Silver Tongue Theatre Company (Pleasance Edinburgh and National Tour) and Sweet Yam Kisses for the Kush Ensemble (Lyric Hammersmith).

For the last six years, Susannah has been associate designer for the Wrestling School, which produces the plays of Howard Barker. National tours include: Dead Hands, The Fence, The Seduction of Almighty God and I Saw Myself. She was also associate designer on Blonde Bombshells of 1943 for Mark Goucher (National Tour).

Susannah lectures in stage design on the MA Scenography [Dance] programme at Laban.

Matt Veitch - Lighting Designer

Matt trained at Mountview . Recent lighting designs include Mickey Rooney in Cinderella (Sunderland Empire) and Steve Guttenberg in Cinderella (Churchill, Bromley) both for First Family Entertainment, Grumpy Old Women Live ! (No.1 Touring) for Avalon, and most recently the UK premier of the musical of The House of Bernarda Alba for LSMT and Merrily We Roll Along (Chelsea Theatre). In 2006 he designed Europride at the Queen Elizabeth Hall and has designed many performances at both the Cadogan Hall and Barbican, London. He is much involved in theatre education and has designed and lectured at RADA, Mountview, ALRA, ArtsEd and The London School of Musical Theatre. Previous musicals include Cabaret, Chorus Line, Company, Guys and Dolls, Me and My Girl, Men, Oliver !, Personals, Steel Pier, Songs for a New World, Joesph and the plays Timon of Athens ,Bed , The Bitter Fruit of Palestine, Think No Evil of Me - My Life with Kenneth Williams, Trust Byron, Pains of Youth ,Sleeping Around and many others.

Nick Manning - Sound Designer

Nick is Head of Sound at the Lyric. At the Lyric, sound design includes: Cinderella; Spyski; Depth Charge; Love - The Musical; The Birthday Party; The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui; Beauty and the Beast; Accidental Heroes; Absolute Beginners; Ramayana; Metamorphosis; Too Close to Home; The Odyssey; Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others; The Firework-Maker's Daughter; Don Juan; Oliver Twist; Pericles; Camille; A Christmas Carol; The Prince of Homburg; Aladdin; The Servant; Pinocchio and The White Devil.

Nick is Head of Sound at the Lyric. At the Lyric, sound design includes: Cinderella; Spyski; Depth Charge; Love - The Musical; The Birthday Party; The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui; Beauty and the Beast; Accidental Heroes; Absolute Beginners; Ramayana; Metamorphosis; Too Close to Home; The Odyssey; Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others; The Firework-Maker's Daughter; Don Juan; Oliver Twist; Pericles; Camille; A Christmas Carol; The Prince of Homburg; Aladdin; The Servant; Pinocchio and The White Devil.

Previous Creative Team:

Hannah Chissick - Director

Hannah studied Drama at the University of Hull.

She then won a Bursary from the Channel 4 Director’s scheme and spent a year as Mark Clements assistant at Derby Playhouse. During this year she directed her first main stage production John Godber’s Perfect Pitch. She stayed as Director in residence at Derby Playhouse for a further two years co-directing two Pantomimes and directing The Blue Room by David Hare, Life in the Theatre by David Mamet and On The Piste by John Godber. During her time in Derby Hannah was also responsible for developing New Writing, the culmination of this work being a week long festival entitled Cold Turkey which saw 13 world premieres in 7 days.

After leaving Derby Hannah returned to London to direct Jamie Theakston, Steve McGann and Chris Lusconme in Art at the Whitehall Theatre, and then spent three months in Manchester as Associate Director on the closing ceremony of the commonwealth games. Hannah finished the year directing Dick Whittington for Salisbury Playhouse.

In 2003 Hannah became Artistic Director of Harrogate Theatre, where she stayed for three and a half years. For her first production she did the regional premiere of Art with Les Denis, Christopher Cazenove and John Duttine which then toured nationally. Her second production Teechers transferred to The Globe Theatre in Warsaw Poland.

Other productions for Harrogate include two dinner theatre productions Side by Side by Sondheim and Putting it Together, Bouncers, the Fats Waller Musical Ain’t Misbehavin, Ibsen’s Ghosts, Cleo Camping Emanuelle and Dick, The Fantastiks, the critically acclaimed Steaming which was performed in Harrogate’s Turkish baths, Talking Heads andAlan Ayckbourne’s House and Garden, two plays performed simultaneously by one cast which saw a dramatic redesign of Harrogate’s Auditorium allowing it to temporarily become two spaces.

Since leaving Harrogate Hannah has directed Side by Side at the Venue Theatre, been the Associate Director on Boeing Boeing at the Comedy Theatre, Abigail’s Party at the Northcott Theatre Exeter and Teechers at the Haymarket Theatre Basingstoke.

(UK Autumn Tour 2007)

Chris George - Director

Chris was born in Leeds and graduated from Manchester University's Drama department.

Recent directing credits include the World Premiere of Grumpy Old Women - Live (National Tour); Penny Spubb's Party (Pleasance, Edinburgh; Gold Award for the festival - Best of Fest, nominated for Dubble Act and Writers Guild Awards and Soho Theatre, London); Jenny Eclair in The Andy Warhol Syndrome (Pod Deco, Edinburgh, Riverside Studios and National Tour); Manhattan Nights (National Tour); Washed Away (Oxford Pegasus); David and The Duke (Edinburgh Fringe Festival); Gangster No.1 (Middlesex University and London Fringe) and The Dumb Waiter (Thames Arts).

Chris' credits as resident and assistant director include A Midsummer Night's Dream starring Dawn French (Albery Theatre, London); Kit and Widow's opera revue The Fat Lady Sings (Yvonne Arnaud, Guildford, Edinburgh Fringe and UK Tour) and David Benson's To Be Frank (Pleasance Theatre, Edinburgh and UK Tour).

(UK Autumn Tour 2005, 2006 and Australian Spring Tour 2007)

Richard Herring - Script Editor

Richard Herring was script editor for the latest series of the multi award-winning Little Britain, and co-writer and star of BBC TWOs Fist of Fun, This Morning With Richard Not Judy and BBC Radios 2s That was Then, This is Now.

He regularly reviews the papers on Andrew Collins BBC6 Sunday Show, presented PokerZones Heads Up With Richard Herring, as well as being a regular panellist on Banter (BBC Radio 4). Along with Al Murray he wrote 37 episodes of the sit-com Time Gentlemen Please for Sky 1 (the first six programmes are now available on DVD).

Richard has received critical acclaim for his most recent live shows Someone Likes Yogurt, The Twelve Tasks of Hercules Terrace and Talking Cock, which went on to become an international hit. He writes a daily blog at

Dora Schweitzer - Designer

Dora trained on the amazing Motley Theatre Design Course, after astonishing her friends and family by gaining a first class degree in English Literature from the University of East Anglia. Her recent design work includes: Jenny Eclair's Because I Forgot to Get a Pension (current national tour), A Streetcar Named Desire (Bridewell Theatre), The Lifeblood (Edinburgh Festival, Wiltons, Riverside Studios), Red Ladies (site-specific piece involving thirty women and a female brass band on Nelson's Column and National Theatre Square - Clod Ensemble).

She has designed over fifty productions, including Marc Salem - Mind Games (New Ambassadors), Emma (Edinburgh, Watford Palace, Tricycle - Time Out Critics' Choice), Hamlet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Comedy of Errors (Neuss Shakespeare Festival, Germany), Rhinoceros (Riverside Studios), The Woman Who Cooked Her Husband (Not The National Theatre), Wild Hops (Mermaid), Pinocchio (Bracknell). She was Assistant Designer on Taboo (The Venue). Dora lives in London with her rock star boyfriend and their two crazed theatre loving children .