Bear North Cast

THE CAST OF BEAR NORTH

Sue Bradley

Director

Sue began her career as co-founder of the Perrier award-winning busking band Pookiesnackenburger, who were signed to Stiff records and later went on to have their own TV series and sell-out shows at the Edinburgh Festival. She then joined internationally acclaimed circus-theatre act RaRa Zoo before forming her own company ‘Ostrich’, who also toured internationally. Following this she worked as Head of Expressive Arts at a large secondary school before joining Creativity, Culture, Education (CCE) to provide leadership for the delivery of England’s flagship creative learning programme, Creative Partnerships (CP), where she had overall responsibility for the strategic planning, implementation and development of a range of creative learning programmes in her area, linking with the strategic objectives of 4 local authorities.  She managed a budget of £1.3 m annually and oversaw the individual programmes for 80 arts, community & educational settings.

Sue has taken the Clore Leadership course at Ashridge business school and trained at the Leadership Training Centre in Ross on Wye where she studied Governance and the Legal Environment, Culture and Public Policy, Future Trends and Strategic Planning, team building, future scenario planning and Project Management. She also completed the Common Purpose ‘Matrix’ programme, attended the National Arts Fundraising School, is an accredited ‘Excite!’ trainer in creativity, innovation and management of change, an Arts Award adviser and an accredited Action Learning facilitator. She is a TEDx speaker, a yoga teacher and a certified Eating Psychology Coach, providing training for NHS staff.  Sue has an M.A (Ed) specialising in Multiple Intelligences and Learning Styles.

Roy Hutchins

Artistic Director

Originally working with excluded teenagers in Hackney, Roy then began to advise and implement equality and diversity programmes for government departments and private sector companies. As a consultant and trainer in this area, he has worked at board, senior management and staff level with organisations throughout the world – helping them develop individual and organisational awareness on how to promote inclusion.As a writer, director, performer and theatre producer – he has written extensively for the BBC and has twice been nominated for the prestigious Perrier Award. He has won two Edinburgh Fringe Firsts, The Charrington Best Solo Show Award and The Time Out Performer of the Year Award. He also presented the BBC’s Omnibus (Whale Nation) which won the coveted Royal Television Society Best Documentary Award. He recently performed ‘Darwin’s Nose’ at The Edinburgh Festival Fringe (2011) where he collected the Archangel Award on behalf of the author, Heathcote Williams. Since then he has been the artistic director and performer of two major Brainfruit shows: ‘ ‘Forbidden Fruit’ & ‘Fiery Tongues’ (aka as The Poetry Army, and Poetry Can F*ck Off’).

Vasco Menezes

Guitarist

After extensive travelling Vasco settled down to teach Religion, Philosophy & Ethics in a variety of schools, inspiring critical thinking in literally thousands of students. During these decades he directed several productions, always encouraging inclusivity and hidden talent, ranging from Shakespeare (a Beatles version of Twelfth Night, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream), to a self-penned poetry anthology chronicling birth to death, and several musicals. He completed a Masters in Creative Writing at the University of Sussex and has published a novel and a play on Kindle. He is currently voiding a magnum opus fantasy/dystopian novel for no other reason than the sheer delight of his children.  His musical education has brought him via Westminster Cathedral Choir School, Grade 8 violin, and an amateur operatic society, to self-inflicted rock guitar. He has facilitated scores of school bands and soloists over the years and now simultaneously runs two projects: The Dobly Brothers for weddings, parties and events; and The Bone Records which performs and records his own material, which you can find at the blogsite www.ghostofateacher.com

Freya Simpson

Wolf Woman

Prior to moving to Brighton, Freya trained at Rambert School, graduating with a BA (Hons) in 2017; here she performed work by Darren Ellis and Robert Cohan as well as performing Mark Baldwin’s The Creation, at Sadler’s Wells alongside Rambert Company. Freya has been involved in numerous projects and has collaborated with artists from Central Saint Martins and Chelsea College. Freya has performed with contemporary movement band the Yonis, who are resident artists for Woman SRSLY. Freya joined Ceyda Tanc Dance for their new creation of KAYA in December, which was performed at the Theatre Royal as a Brighton Festival commission and is due to be performed in various locations in the upcoming year. With Ceyda Tanc Dance she also had the pleasure of dancing with Three Score Dance, performing KUSAK as part of Our City Dances. She was also a member of graduate company Chrysalis London and performed a number of works by Jodie Blemings, in various venues around the UK.

Mike Turner-Lee

The Bear

Graduating last year from the University of Roehampton with a BA in Dance Studies, Mike is finding his place as a dance artist in today’s turbulent times. He has performed in Resolutions Festival at The Place for two years running, in Maria Miguel Rodrigues’ work (UN)Ones and Anna Katherine Dance’s piece Common Ground. Over the past few years, he has performed with AHTUF KONTROL, a collaborative project with his father Patrick on keys, brother Seb on Guitar and Mickey Ball on trumpet. Dancing for Third Row Dance Company during his final year of university, he performed in numerous venues around London and at the Bournemouth Pavillion Theatre. In March 2018, he danced at the Hammersmith Apollo for Generation Hope, a national youth meeting led by SGI-UK. In September, Mike will continue his dance education, focusing primarily on performance making.