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Photo of Duncan James Duncan James
Tick (Mitzi)

  • New Theatre Oxford 14 – 18 June 2016 Please visit NEWS for update

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Duncan was born an entertainer, starring in school productions and starting his professional career working at Haven holiday camp, where he was to meet his soon to be band mates Lee Ryan, Simon Webbe and Antony Costa. Then Blue, the pop group, was born in 2001 and the band immediately signed to Innocent Records. They exploded onto the scene and amassed huge commercial success, racking up forty Number One singles worldwide, three Number One UK albums and sales of over 13 million records.

In 2005 the guys decided to take a break from the band to pursue other interests, and Duncan saw this as the perfect opportunity to broaden his experience within the entertainment industry. He starred as Billy Flynn in the hit musical Chicago, and became a familiar face on television, working as a presenter on Soapstar Superstar, Capital FM's Party In The Park, City Hospital, T4, The Clothes Show and GMTV’s Entertainment Today. He also competed in ITV's Dancing On Ice in 2007 where he became a finalist, and participated in the subsequent sell-out tour in arenas across the UK. He then made his television acting debut in Plus One for Channel 4, in which he played a tongue-in-cheek characterization of his Blue persona, with the series being acclaimed by both critics and the public. Further TV appearances have included Grease: The School Musical for Sky 1, Eurovision: Your Country Needs You (as a Judge) for BBC1, Eight Out Of Ten Cats for Channel 4 and presenting The National Lottery for BBC1 many times.

In 2009 Duncan returned to theatre, appearing as Warner Huntington III in the West End production of Legally Blonde at the Savoy Theatre. He then presented the exciting new theme park game show Scream If You Know The Answer on Watch in 2010, which played a second series in 2011, before landing a spot on the judging panel on Channel 5's new entertainment show Don't Stop Believing, searching for the group that best represented the spirit of the Glee phenomenon.

2011 saw the Blue boys come 11th representing the UK at the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest in Düsseldorf with "I Can". The band released their fourth studio album, Roulette, in 2013 with "Hurt Lovers" as the lead single, before they joined other groups on TV in The Big Reunion. Blue continue to thrive with a new album in 2015, and recently a new TV show on ITV2 – Blue Goes Mad In Ibiza, which followed the band as they launched their own bar.

Duncan made his pantomime debut in 2014/15 playing the title role in Jack And The Beanstalk at the Birmingham Hippodrome for Qdos Productions.

Photo of Craig Ryder Craig Ryder

Training : BA (hons) Acting - Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts.

Theatre credits: Khashoggi in We Will Rock You (UK tour); 1st cover Tick in Original West End Cast of Priscilla Queen of the Desert (West End); Rebel Leader and understudy Galileo, Pop and Khashoggi in We Will Rock You (West End); Willy and understudy Tony in Copacabana (UK tour); Ryan in the workshop of The Ruby Slippers (Foot in the door productions);  ensemble in The Pyjama Game (Bolton); Lead Vocalist in Moulin Rouge (Tatton Hall); Prince Charming in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Rhyl Pavilion); Dandini in Cinderella (Venue Cymru, Llandudno, Swansea Grand and Cardiff New Theatre); John Darling in Peter Pan (Bristol Hippodrome) and ensemble/Stripper in Police Story (Greenwich).

Film creditss: Sir Percival in Dragons of Camelot (Titan Global Entertainment); David Redgrove in The Indian Bride (FFP New Media) and David in Five Days in August (JNP).

Television credits: Tim Talent (S4C); Andy J. Simons in The Cast (Jackory Productions); Fireman in Hula Hoops Commercial (Publicis); Dafydd in Caerdydd (S4C); Darren Caterall in Mostyn Fflint N’Aye (S4C); Dylan in Pobol Y Cwm (S4C); John in Y Parc (S4C); Guest Actor in Paradise Hotel (SKY) and appearances on Heno, Uned 5, Comic Relief, Blue Peter and The Al Murray Show.

Other credits: Craig’s voice can also be heard on a range of the ‘Talking Books’ for the RNIB, he also voiced ‘A Giant’s Tears’ for the BBC. Craig has written, directed and produced the theatre show ‘Whingeing Women’ which is currently in development for the big screen.


Training: London Studio Centre

Theatre credits: swing / covered and played Electra, Greaseball & Papa in Starlight Express (Germany); lead singer for Azura (Headliners Theatre Company); ensemble in Carousel (Broadway Theatre) and SnuffBox in Robinson Crusoe (Qdos Ltd).


Training: London Studio Centre.

Theatre creditss: swing/ensemble/Jaylo in We Will Rock You (Germany tour); swing on board the Crystal Symphony; ensemble in Jack and the Beanstalk (York Theatre Royal) and principal dancer in One Man’s Dream, The Magic Lives On (Tokyo Disney).


Training: London Studio Centre (BA Hons).

Credits: ensemble in Strictly Come Dancing's Anton and Erin’s That's Entertainment (UK tour);Anton and Erin's Christmas Cracker (Royal Albert Hall); dancer for Rita Ora Summer Festival Tour (Capital FM Summertime Ball 2014/15 Wembley Stadium, Radio 1 Big Weekend, Wireless Festival); resident dancer, series two and three of The Voice of Ireland (RTE); ensemble, understudy Robin Hood, Sheriff, Little John in Robin Hood (Oxford Playhouse); dancer in Priscilla Queen Of The Desert (Rock FM'S West-End Showcase, Blackpool festival/Hamburg Germany/UK Corporate events team); dancer for Kanye West Brit Awards 2015 (O2 Arena) and dancer for Adidas Fashion Show, London Marathon (London Excel).

Recording credits: Adam has toured the UK with his music and is working as a singer/songwriter around the globe. He performed at The Roxy Theatre in Hollywood and has shot 2 music videos in Los Angeles and London.

TV credits: Surprise Surprise; Bradley Walsh Christmas Cracker Live at the Apollo; Michael McIntyre Christmas Cracker with Robbie Williams andchoreographer for Violetta Dance (Disney Channel).


Training: Performers College

Theatre credits:  cover Amos & Mary Sunshine in Chicago (Royal Caribbean); Aladdin (Darlington Civic Theatre); Bohemian Rhapsody (UK tour); Cinderella (Bradford Alhambra Theatre); Mr Schue in Glee the Musical (Dubai); Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Wolverhampton Grand Theatre); Seven Wonders of Halikarnas (Turkey) and Aladdin (Belfast Grand Opera House).

Television credits: finalist on Britain’s Got Talent (Syco Entertainment) and Let's Dance for Comic Relief (BBC).

Ensemble / Young Bernadette

Training: The Cape Academy of Performing Arts, Cape Town, South Africa.

Theatre credits: ensemble in Closer to Heaven (Union Theatre); ensemble in Cinderella (Towngate Theatre, Basildon); Bearable Broadway and BOK (National Arts Festival, South Africa); Queen at the Ballet (Joburg Theatre, South Africa); and dancer / singer on Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Jade.

Assistant Dance Captain / Swing

Training: Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts.

Theatre credits: covered and played Dinah & Ashley in Starlight Express (Germany); The Rat Pack Boys (UK tour) and Dick Wittington in Dick Wittington (Prince of Wales Theatre, Cannock).

Theatre whilst training: Cassie in A Chorus Line and Charity in Sweet Charity.


Training: Arts Educational Schools London (BA Hons).

Theatre credits: Mary Poppins (Citadel/Theatre Calgary); Legally Blonde (TUTS Vancouver); Beauty and the Beast (Belgrade Theatre); All Male Pirates of Penzance (Rose Theatre); Sleeping Beauty (Bournemouth Pavilion) and Fly with the Stars (London Palladium).

Other credits: Freedom, Independence and Mariner of the Seas (Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines) and You Can Sing with David and Carrie Grant DVD (Carlton Visual Entertainment).

Dance Captain / Swing

Training: C.P.A.

Theatre credits: swing/assistant dance captain in Singin' in the Rain (UK tour); ensemble/understudy Roger and Eugene in Grease (UK tour); ensemble/understudy Emperor in Aladdin (Southampton); ensemble in We Will Rock You (UK tour); ensemble in Cinderella (Southampton Mayflower); ensemble in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (UK tour); dancer/understudy ‘Zak’ in Bratz for Fashion (UK tour); Santa Claus The Musical (Liverpool and Birmingham); What a Feeling (UK tour); Peter Pan (Norwich); Ping in Aladdin (Weston-Super-Mare); On Stage (Switzerland); Whistle Down The Wind (West End) and Oliver (West End).

Workshops include: Instant Celebrity… Just Add Water.

Television and film credits: Bullying and Parents in Partnership.


Training: Urdang Academy and The Brit School.

Television credits: dancer on Strictly Come Dancing (BBC) and singer on Britain's Got Talent (ITV).

Other credits: soloist on Friday Night Is Music Night (BBC Radio 2).


Training: Arts Educational.

Theatre credits: swing/cover Patsy/Sir Robin/Herbert Historian in Spamalot (UK tour); ensemble/Officer/understudy Rolf in The Sound of Music (Doha, Qatar); Prince Charming in Snow White (Thailand),; Coricopat/understudy Rum Tum Tugger/Skimbleshanks/Macavity in Cats (UK/European tour); ensemble in White Christmas (Manchester); ensemble/dance captain/understudy Prince in Sleeping Beauty (Malvern) and ensemble in Christmas in New York (West End).

Television credits: Coricopat in Cats 2013 Olivier Awards (Theatre Royal Drury Lane) and chorus in 2011 Olivier Awards (Theatre Royal Drury Lane).

Miss Understanding

Training: the Australian Dance Performance Institute in 2008/09

Theatre credits: Fred Casely, understudy Billy Flynn in Chicago the Musical and Bobby in Cabaret The Musical.

Television credits: X Factor, Strictly Come Dancing, Britain's Got Talent, Got to Dance, Frank Sinatra Our Way, The One Show and Nadia Forde Chasing the Dream. He also toured with Strictly Come Dancing in their live arena tour in early 2015.

Artists: dancer for Taylor Swift, Kanye West, Backstreet Boys, Kimberley Wyatt, Basement Jaxx, Freemasons, Ricki-Lee, Zoe Badwi and Nadia Forde.

Film: featured dancer in Queen of the Desert.

Photo of Julie Yammanee Julie Yammanee

Training: WAAPA

Theatre credits: swing in Here Lies Love (London); Christmas Eve in Avenue Q (Cameron Mackintosh); Sheena in Gabba Gabba Hey (Michael Herrmann); Woman 2 in The World Goes Round (Australia); Jasmine in Aladdin (Evolution Productions) and Tinkerbell in Peter Pan (Towngate Theatre).

Television & film credits: Amanda's Assistant in The Sleepover Club (Michael Pattinson); Layla Jones in Streetsmartz (Mark De Freist); Michelle in Angriest Video Store Clerk (Andrew Thorn) and Potato Nurse in The Potato House (Independant, Caris Maccabe).

Commercial credits: Nurse in McDonald's Breakfast Favourites and Bathroom Girl in Don't Forget The Lyrics.


Training: Guilford School of Acting.

Theatre credits: Jane in Girlfriends (Union); Emelia in Howard Goodall’s A Winter’s Tale (The Landor) and Emily Tallentire in The Hired Man (London).

Other credits: awarded the Sir Michael Redgrave Scholarship, recipient of the Lionel Bart Award and won the title of Welsh Musical Theatre Singer of the Year.

Photo of Laura Mansell Laura Mansell

Training: Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts (Recipient of Peter Coxhead Memorial Scholarship and Lilian Baylis Award). Whilst training Laura played Mama Noah in Children of Eden and Queen in The Life.

Theatre credits: Diva in Priscilla Queen of The Desert (UK Tour); principle in Godspell (Concert UK Tour); Princess Lily in Puss in Boots (Gate Arts Centre); Crystal in Little Shop of Horrors (White Bear Theatre); Precious Maguire in Steel Pier (Bridewell Theatre); BBC Proms with Maida Vale Singers and John Wilson Orchestra (Royal Albert Hall); ensemble in Rent (West End) and lead production vocalist (P&O Azura).

TV credits: Stella (Sky 1); This Morning (ITV) and X Factor (ITV).

Recording credits: Rodgers and Hammerstein at the Movies (The John Wilson Orchestra).

Photo of Lisa-Marie Holmes Lisa-Marie Holmes

Training: London School of Musical Theatre

Theatre credits: Joanne in Rent in Concert the 20th Anniversary (UK tour); portrayed Barbara Streisand in You Don’t Bring Me Flowers (UK tour); Ecco Maguire in the musical Buddy (P&O Aurora Word Cruise); Tina Charles in Hold Tight its 70's Night (UK and European tour), Hera in the premier production of Jason and the Argonaught's (London); Oliver Chorus in The Best of West End and Broadway (Birmingham City Symphony Orchestra); My Gosh Marvellous Big Band Show (Proud in Camden and Brighton Ballroom) and The Birmingham Hippodrome 100th Birthday Gala Celebration.

Television credits: performed Seasons of Love and Rent as the cast of Rent In Concert on The Alan Titchmarsh Show (ITV).

Photo of Naomi Slights Naomi Slights

Training: Bird College of Dance & Theatre Performance.

Theatre credits: Stephanie in Saturday Night Fever (UK tour & English Theatre, Frankfurt); understudy June and dance captain in 20th Century Boy (UK Tour); swing in Mamma Mia (West End); Lilac Fairy in Sleeping Beauty (London); Thank You For The Music (Hyde Park/BBC Radio 2); Women of Rock (London) and The Ripper (London).
Television and film credits: Children in Need (BBC TV); She’s Amazing 2010 (O2/ SKY TV) and Maxene in Captain America: The First Avenger (Directed by Joe Johnston).

Workshops include: Stand Up The Musical (The Floral Pavilion, The Wirral / Anthony Williams). Recording credits: The Ripper (Cast Recording/Paul Herbert).

Other credits:member of the Mamma Mia Corporate Team and has appeared at The Olympic Welcome Event (Indigo, O2).

Photo of Adam Bailey Adam Bailey
Adam (Felicia)

Training: Laine Theatre Arts.

Theatre credits: Espresso & cover Rusty, Greaseball & Electra in Starlight Express (Bochum, Germany); Mary Sunshine in Chicago (Leicester Curve); Alan in Bare the Musical (Greenwich Theatre); Johnny Casino in Grease (Ljubjana Festival, Slovenia); Parker/Amos in the workshop of Rumor Has It (West End); Marilyn in the revival of Taboo (Brixton Club House); Prince Charming in Cinderella (Wyvern Theatre, Swindon) and ensemble/understudy Aladdin/Genie in Aladdin (Civic Theatre, Chelmsford).

Recording credits: Here; One Touch of Venus; session singer for One from the Heart Productions and Qdos Pantomimes and Uncommon Sense.

Photo of Philip Childs Philip Childs

Training: Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

Recent theatre work has included Dr Dillamond and 1st Cover Wizard in Wicked (West End); Bob in Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert (2013/14 UK tour); Malvolio in Twelfth Night (Brockwell Park and New Morden Hall) and Alan Bennett’s latest two plays, People and The Habit of Art (Royal National Theatre), both directed by Sir Nicholas Hytner. 

Theatre credits: Stan in Stand Up And be Counted (UK Tour); Lord Astor in Keeler (UK Tour); Crichton in Guilty Secret (The Mill at Sonning); Nick Wilmott in On Your Honour (Jermyn Street Theatre); Lloyd Dallas in Noises Off and Gordon in Neville’s Island (Torch Theatre, Milford Haven); Serge in Art (tour of Gulf States); Jimmy Grimes in Marvin Gaye – The Musical written and directed by Kid Creole, Paul Burns in Oh! What a Night! (UK & European Tour);  Romeo in Romeo & Juliet (Oldham); Lenny in Having A Ball (Cheltenham); Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night (Canizaro Park, Wimbledon); Bernard in Don’t Dress For Dinner (Northampton); Vincent Minelli in Judy (Bristol Old Vic, Greenwich & West End); Antonio in The Tempest (Oxford Stage Company); Killing For Company - a one-man play about the mass-murderer Dennis Nilsen (Hen & Chickens); Sgt.Match in What The Butler Saw and Christopher Riley in Shadowlands (Coventry); Phil Spear in The Ballroom (Attic, Wimbledon); Snoopy in You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown (Overground, Kingston). Other West End credits include The Hired Man, Casablanca and Arturo Ui.

Television credits: the pilot episode for a TV series called The Trial, in which he portrays the prominent barrister Michael Beloff, Emmerdale, Eastenders, Dream Team, Bernard’s Watch, The Bill, Woof, Backup, Out of Sight, Into The Fire, 2 Point 4 Children, Cracker, Peak Practice, Waiting For God, A Dark Adapted Eye, Minder, Inspector Morse, Sophia and Constance, Mile High, Murder City and Men Are Wonderful.

Film credits: Vera Drake directed by Mike Leigh and The Damned United.

Photo of Simon Green Simon Green

Training: Simon trained at LAMDA and is a Drama Desk Award nominee. Most recently he played Bruce Ismay in Titanic (Princess of Wales, Toronto and London’s Southwark Playhouse).

London credits: three Sondheim original West End productions: Sunday in the Park with George (Menier Chocolate Factory/Wyndham’s); Passion (Queen’s); and Young Ben in Follies (Shaftesbury); also Sondheim at 80 – BBC Proms and The Phantom of the Opera 25th anniversary production (both Royal Albert Hall); Knight of the Burning Pestle (Barbican); Lumiere in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Dominion); Whizzer in March of the Falsettos (Albery); Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens (Criterion); Coriolanus (Young Vic); Elmer Gantry (Gate); The Scarlet Pimpernel (Her Majesty’s); Lady Be Good (Regent’s Park); Tony in The Boyfriend (Old Vic and Albery); and for the RSC: Tin Man in The Wizard of OZ and Frank Schultz in Showboat (Palladium).

Other theatre credits: M.Andre in Cameron Macintosh’s new production of The Phantom of the Opera (national tour); Henry Carr in Travesties (Nottingham Playhouse); Bernard Nightingale in Arcadia (Ipswich); Dexter in High Society (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Crestwell in Relative Values (Salisbury Playhouse); the title roles in Don Giovanni (Kings Theatre, Glasgow) and Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime (Guildford and Windsor); the dames Widow Twankey in Aladdin and Sarah the Cook in Dick Whittington (Oxford Playhouse); Anything Goes (Grange Park); Putting it Together, Antony and Cleopatra, Cavalcade (Chichester); Noel and Gertie, House and Garden (Scarborough); The Play’s the Thing (Cambridge Theatre Company) and The Beaux’ Stratagem, The Bacchae (Bristol Old Vic).

Film credits: Kinsman – The Secret Service (2015); A Christmas Carol; Bedrooms and Hallways; Day Release and Dead in the Water.

Television credits: Mr Selfridge; 24 – Live Another Day;  Affinity; Robin Hood; Roman Road; Urban Gothioc; Rhona; Eastenders; In the Red; Julia Jekyll and Harriet Hyde; The Upper Hand; After Henry; Never the Twain; Victoria Wood as seen on TV; The Two of Us; The Agatha Christie Hour and The Good Companions.

Simon's cabarets, with musical director and arranger, David Shrubsole, are familiar in London's major cabaret venues and have played New York at Feinstein’s, The Metropolitan Room, Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall and the 59E59 Theaters with Coward at Christmas and Travelling Light (Drama Desk Award nomination – Outstanding Musical Revue) and So, This Then Is Life. They have recorded two CDs, Take Me to the World and A Changing World – the words and music of Noel Coward.

Photo of Jason Donovan Jason Donovan
Tick (Mitzi)


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Jason has had a successful and varied career, including both acting and a record-breaking solo recording career in which he made over 13 million sales and performed internationally to sell-out audiences of thousands. His vocal career began in 1988 when he released `Especially for You` with Kylie Minogue and a debut solo album, `Ten Good Reasons`.  Following the release of his second album in 1989, Jason became the biggest selling UK and European artist.  In the same year he was voted Best Male Singer and Britain`s Best Album at the Smash Hits Awards.

Theatre roles include: Lionel Logue in The King’s Speech (Chichester Festival Theatre, Birmingham Rep and UK Tour), Tick in the West End production and UK tour of Priscilla Queen of the Desert (David Ian Productions and ATG), Captain Georg von Trapp in the UK tour of The Sound of Music (David Ian Productions), The Artilleryman in the UK and European tour of The War of the Worlds, Christian in Festen (Melbourne Theatre Company), Sweeney Todd in John Doyle’s production of Stephen Sondheim’s musical Sweeney Todd-The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Carctacus Potts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (London Palladium), Frank n Furter in The Rocky Horror Show (UK tour), John Tydeman in Night Must Fall (Theatre Royal, Haymarket), Mordred in Camelot (Covent Garden Festival) and Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (London Palladium).

Film Includes: Horseplay, Ned, Tempre Tip, Sorted, The Sun, the Moon and the Stars, The Last Bullet, Rough Diamonds and Prisoners of the Sun.

Television includes: Echo Beach, Loot, MDA (Medical Defence Associates), Heroes, Shadows of the Heart, Neighbours, Golden Pennies, Skyways, I Can Jump Puddles.  Jason reached the final of BBC’s hugely popular Strictly Come Dancing, coming third overall and he subsequently took part in the successful UK tour of the show.  He was also a finalist in the ITV smash hit I`m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here.  Jason won a range of awards in Australia during his time as Scott Robinson in Neighbours, including Most Popular Actor and Best New Talent.

Photo of Darren Day Darren Day
Tick (Mitzi)

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Darren’s first starring theatre role was as Joseph in Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, both in the West End and on tour internationally. His West End career also includes Don in Summer Holiday; Danny in Grease and Tony in Copacabana. On tour, he has played Alfie in Alfie; Billy Bigelow in Carousel; Pip in Great Expectations; Jesus in Godspell; FranknFurter in The Rocky Horror Show; Cornelius Hackle in Hello Dolly and Khashoggi in the Queen musical We Will Rock You. He then toured nationally in the acclaimed Brother Love’s Travelling Salvation Show andplayed American author Paul Sheldon in an international production of Stephen King’s Misery, which wasnominated for a Time Out theatre award.  He was then nominated for a Best Actor awardfor his role as Gideon in the acclaimed London Production of The Last Session.

Darren is also well-known for his television presenting, which includes several years on series such as Just Kidding; Don’t Try This at Home; Clockwise, Teen Win Lose or Draw and You Bet! He also twice presented The Children’s Royal Variety Performance. Darren is also known for his vocal impersonations, which form part of his international touring concert show. This included a 2015 performance at The London Palladium.

Darren is also an established recording artist, and has made guest appearances as a singer on a wide range of television shows, including The Royal Variety Performance. He released the album Summer Holiday, which included several duets with Cliff Richard,and the single Young Girl, which reached the top 20 – both produced by Simon Cowell. His cast albums also include Godspell, Great Expectations and The Last Session. In 2010, he released a single of the Queen hit, Only the Good Die Young in aid of The Soldiers Charity.

Darren’s varied roles as a television actor include playing Michael Evans in Holby; Graham Watts in Crime Stories; David Wilde in Doctors; Jeff Slade in The Bill; Jonathan Adams in Mile High; Arthur in Harry Hill’s satire Extreme Soap and Inman in one of French and Saunders acclaimed comedy film reworkings. He is also known for his long-term role as Hollyoaks bad-guy Danny Houston.

In film, Darren played the lead role of Tom in Shona Auerbach’s feature film Rudy, and he has just completed filming in the role of London villain Rik Searle on the British feature film A Bus Could Run You Over, due for release in 2016.

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