Daniel Bye is a theatre maker from Middlesbrough, now based in Leeds. As writer-performer recent work includes: Going Viral, which won a Fringe First award at last year's Edinburgh Fringe and is now touring nationally; The Price of Everything (performed over 100 times across the UK and internationally); Error 404, (originally produced by Polka Theatre and now touring); How to Occupy an Oil Rig (Edinburgh and UK tour); Tiny Heroes (commissioned by the Bike Shed Theatre and Beaford Arts; and Story Hunt (recreated in bespoke versions for seven different towns).
As an actor, recent work includes We’re Stuck (China Plate/One Tenth Human). As writer, previous work includes Full of Noises (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Aftermath (Royal and Derngate).
Along with Boff Whalley and Sarah Punshon he was the team behind Wonderstruck (Manchester Museum/People United). He is an associate artist of ARC Stockton and is currently developing new work for next year.
Sarah Punshon is a theatre director who has created critically-acclaimed and popular productions at West Yorkshire Playhouse, Watermill Theatre, Salisbury Playhouse, and the New Vic Theatre, amongst others.
Her work has been described as “enchanting”, “inventive” and “hugely impressive”. She was a 2010 Clore Leadership Fellow, which led to a year curating an arts events programme at the Natural History Museum, bringing scientists together with artists to create games and performance for families, reaching more than 22,000 visitors.
She has taken over the Wellcome Collection with a carnival of human error, and Manchester Museum with a choral performance involving more than 100 community singers. She co-wrote and directed the first ever stage adaptation of Agatha Christie's The Secret Adversary for a national tour with the Watermill Theatre.
She frequently collaborates with writer-performer Daniel Bye (How To Occupy An Oil Rig, Story Hunt, Error 404, Going Viral). Together with Dan and Boff Whalley, she created Wonderstruck for Manchester Museum and People United in 2014, a choral extravaganza featuring more than 100 community performers.
Boff Whalley is a musician, songwriter and playwright. After 25 years of recording and touring with the band Chumbawamba, Boff started to write music for theatre, coupling it with scriptwriting and choir-leading.
He has written several touring plays for Red Ladder Theatre Company and recently wrote and produced a large-scale musical with residents of Gipton housing estate in Leeds, performed at West Yorkshire Playhouse. He is currently working with Yorkshire-based charity Space2 on a full-length opera with the residents of Seacroft in Leeds.
Boff has worked with Dan and Sarah on theatre/performance projects, including Wonderstruck for Manchester Museum and People United in 2014, a choral extravaganza featuring more than 100 community performers.
He has published two books (‘Footnote’, Pomona and ‘Run Wild’ Simon & Schuster) and writes for various magazines.
He continues to write songs both for his own choir (‘Commoners Choir’, a choral group using song for political intervention and for site-specific performances) and for other artists, and is a member of the collective 'No Masters', a northern-based co-operative of songwriters. He lives in Otley and is currently writing about land ownership, walking and the commons.
Rachel Thomas is a Project Manager with extensive experience of developing and delivering high quality creative cultural learning projects working extensively with schools, cultural institutions and community groups.
She has worked at international arts centre Southbank Centre before moving to schools and community based project management in Poplar, Tower Hamlets, developing a wide variety of creative arts programmes for young people and adults including Poplar Partnership Choir, involving 600+ children, parents and teachers in performance at Royal Albert Hall.
Since then she has managed the highly regarded IGMUSIC (a.k.a igospel) gospel-style choir programme, working extensively with schools and community groups across the country which includes an annual mass choir festival ‘sing inspiration!’ at Royal Festival Hall, involving 2000 singers each year. She has managed numerous live mass choir performances across the UK - from community spaces to world stages including Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow and Brighton Dome.
David Green works at King’s College London. He is both a historian and a geographer and is interested in when things happen, where they happen and why they happen. His main research has been on understanding and explaining how economic change in the past has impacted on different kinds of welfare systems in London and Britain more generally.
He has also been involved in creating different kinds of public histories – from appearing in TV programmes such as Who Do You Think You Are and Secrets of the Workhouse to creating community histories and audio-walking trails with homeless people. He believes that sharing history of the places in which we live is a means by which we can develop a better understanding of who we are as a community.
David passionately believes that successful cities are those in which diversity is celebrated and in which people from very different walks of life and with different sets of beliefs are able to meet, talk, listen, share and cooperate.