Cast and Creative

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Gemma Clough 

Gemma trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Theatre credits include As You Like It and Enemies for RCSSD and UK tours of Comedy of Errors, The Firebird, Bailey Bridge, A Village Life, The Last Snow Rider and Oceans Five and a Half for NTC. Gemma is delighted to be joining Io Theatre Company for this festive/chilling treat and is very much enjoying getting to know the wonderful town of Cheltenham.


Thomas Heard

Tom studied Oboe and singing at the Royal College of Music and acting at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. His theatre credits include Under Milk Wood (Pentamiters), Patience G&S (Unoin Theatre), The Twits (Illyria), Pirates of Penzance (Illyria), Into The Woods (RCSSD).


Oliver Hoare

Oliver trained at the Bristol Old Vic. Theatre credits include Isaac Vengerovich in Platonov (Arcola Theatre), Pompey in Antony and Cleopatra (Chichester and Liverpool Playhouse), Filch in The Beggar’s Opera (Regents Park Open Air), Alec D’Urberville in Tess of the D’Urbervilles and Puck in A Midsummer Nights Dream (West country tour), Tabaqui in The Jungle Book (The West Yorkshire Playhouse), Loki in Ragnarok (The Hush House) Spiller in The Borrowers (Nuffield Theatre), Micheal in Debris (The Alma), Arthur Conan-Doyle in The Lost World (Bristol Old Vic), Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet (Bristol Old Vic).

Film credits include One Crazy Thing (Canary Wharf Films), Wrong Turn 5 (20th Century Fox), House of Boys (Delux Productions), Tiny & Sweet (Short). Writing credits include A Little Nonsense (The Pleasence Theatre Edinburgh Fringe, Brighton Fringe, The Bike Shed Exeter and The Wardrobe Theatre Bristol)


Anne-Marie Piazza

Anne-Marie trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and returns to the Cheltenham Playhouse following Io Theatre Company’s “The Snow Spider” last Christmas.

Previous Io shows include “A Well Remembered Voice.”  Other work includes “Henry IV Parts I & II Music & Speeches”(Royal Shakespeare Company); “Richard III,” “Alice Through the Looking Glass” and “Alcestis” Covent Garden’s Actor’s Church; “24 Hour Plays” (Reading Between the Lines); “Alice Through the Looking Glass” and “Treasure Island” (Nuffield); “Oh What A Lovely War” and ” Beauty and the Beast” (Haymarket Basingstoke); “What Every Woman Knows” (Finborough); “Hanging Around” (The National/Kneehigh); three years as musical director for Sixteen Feet Productions on “The Wind in the Willows” and “Alice in Wonderland”.

Other work includes regular character Annette Turner in “The Archers”, Feature film “The Promoter” and many plays for BBC Radio drama and audiobooks for Naxos, Isis, RNIB and EFS Audio.


Delyth Jones – adaptor and director

Recent directing credits include: Dreams to Her Father – currently in development with Teasel Theatre Company with the support of Bristol Old Vic and Birmingham Mac, Brainsex (a Wellcome Trust funded piece for the Edinburgh Festival 2013) Dark Matters (made with two physicists, toured science festivals across the country), I’ll Show You Mine (Lion and Unicorn, London); The Historians (National Tour), Seminar (Pleasance, Edinburgh), The Baby Diary (Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh). Other directing credits include: Lysistrata (Watford Palace Theatre and Hertfordshire Schools Tour), 27 Up (The Hive, Edinburgh), The Umbrella Birds: WC (Underbelly, Edinburgh and Arts Depot, London), The Cheese and Pineapple Club (Underbelly, Edinburgh), Tony Blair the Musical (Gilded Balloon and Tour), Bea (Hen and Chickens), The Rise and Fall of Deon Vonniget (Canal Cafe Theatre). She has worked extensively as an associate and assistant director in London and regionally. Delyth also works for Drama Centre at the University of the Arts, London.


James Lark – adaptor, composer and musical director

James Lark has written and directed music for numerous theatrical productions, including Io Theatre Company’s adaptation of The Snow Spider and new musical Miracles at Short Notice. He wrote the award-winning 2007 total Fringe sell-out show Tony Blair – the Musical and performed in 2006 one-man musical The Rise and Fall of Deon Vonniget. Other productions, as both a composer and musical director, include Theophilus Scatterdust’s Magical Gift and The Borrowers (Dreamshed Theatre), With Blacks (collaboration with Jack Thorne for the Alight Here Festival), Lysistrata (Watford Palace Theatre), NewsRevue (Canal Cafe Theatre) and a setting of new words by Andrew Motion for Bush Theatre’s Sixty-Six Books at Westminster Abbey. He has also scored several short films, including Death Sentence (Talk to Rex Productions), The Ghost of Kirkton Fell (Hired Thugs Productions), Savage Mountain (Steve Warne). He has written music for the choirs of Westminster Abbey and Merton College, Graham Johnson with The Songmakers’ Almanac at the Wigmore Hall, Guy Bovet and James Bowman.


Florence Hazard – designer

Florence graduated in 2012 from Rose Bruford College where she obtained a first class degree in Theatre Design. Since graduating she has designed shows for Io Theatre Company (The Snow Spider and A Well Remembered Voice), RIFT (Macbeth), Theatre Melange (Echo Burnham), Epsilon Productions (Chicken Shop), Immediate Theatre (A Letter to Lacey and Breakout!) and Face Front Inclusive Theatre (Zap!) as well as working extensively as an assistant designer and model maker across theatre, opera and advertising. Images of her work can be seen at


Sherry Coenen – lighting designer

Sherry has been lighting shows in the US and UK since graduating with a BFA in Lighting Design from the University of Miami in 2003.
Shows include: Skin Tight (Park90), Conquest of the South Pole (Arcola), Moby-Dick (Arcola), This is How We Die (UK Tour), ENTER (Embassy Theatre), The Cabinet of Dr Caligari (Arcola), After the Rainfall (UK Tour), Anton Chekhov (Hampstead Theatre), CELL (UK Tour), Much Ado about Nothing (Park90), Bernarda Alba (Union), Snow Spider (UK Tour).


Andrew Holloway – associate director

Andrew began his training at the age of 7 with Theatre Studio, based at The Playhouse Theatre in Cheltenham. He went on to train at the Guildford School of Acting, graduating with a 1st Class BA (Hons) in Theatre (Musical Theatre). Since then, he has toured in the UK and in Europe with various productions as an actor, teaches across the UK and has directed and choreographed many other shows.


Rosanna Lucy Woods – stage manager

Rosanna has a BA hons in Theatre and English Literature. Since graduating, she has worked as a company, production, and stage manager, as well as designing artwork for two productions, including Offie award-nominated Streets Project.

Productions include: Equally (Interval Productions); The Mikado at The Battersea Barge, and its transfer at The Rise; Zanna, Don’t! (Entourage Productions). She most recently worked on a one off night of new writing at the Tristan Bates theatre, in association with Clusterf%#k Collective, staging two completely new plays.