George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, Rosalie Craig, Johnny Flynn and Tom Attenborough
Paul Hart, The Watermill’s Artistic and Executive Director, has appointed five Associate Artists for the West Berkshire producing theatre; George Stiles, Anthony Drewe, Rosalie Craig, Johnny Flynn and Tom Attenborough.
The Watermill, which celebrates its 50th Anniversary in 2017, will work with its new Associate Artists to shape the theatre’s future work and artistic ambition.
“I’m absolutely thrilled to be welcoming our five new associates to the team, each of whom bring such a broad range of expertise and talents. Our Associate Artists all have a special connection with The Watermill and as we approach our milestone 50th anniversary next year, it’s really exciting to have them on board as we develop the work of the theatre in the coming years.” Paul Hart
“We were delighted and honoured to be invited to become Associate Artists of The Watermill. In May 1989 our first professionally produced musical, Just So, was staged as a co-production between The Watermill and Cameron Mackintosh. It was our introduction to this enchanting venue and over the ensuing years we returned to Bagnor again and again, either together or independently, with our productions of Moll Flanders, The Card, and Honk!
“We were instantly taken by Paul Hart’s enthusiasm, both for the magical venue and for nurturing new musical theatre productions. Paul recently helped us select a winning musical for the inaugural Stiles and Drewe Mentorship Award, and we very much hope that, having reconnected with The Watermill, we will soon be returning to this little gem of a theatre in whatever capacity Paul would like - even selling ice creams in the interval!” George Stiles and Anthony Drewe
“I am so pleased to be reigniting my connection with The Watermill. I had a brilliant time there working on The Firebird, Hobson’s Choice and Dreams From The Summer House. The theatre provides incredible opportunities for young actors to work on top-notch shows and I can’t wait to be a part of this new era at the theatre.” Rosalie Craig
“I’m delighted to be reconnecting with a theatre that I care about. It’s such a brilliant space for investigating approaches to live music alongside quality drama and I’m thrilled to be part of that.” Johnny Flynn
'I'm thrilled to be a part of the future of this unique building under Paul Hart's exciting tenure, and to create theatre that provokes and engages while utilising the beautiful space in which we are fortunate enough to work.' Tom Attenborough
The Associate Artists
George Stiles and Anthony Drewe
George Stiles and Anthony Drewe are a multi award-winning musical theatre writing partnership. They have written the scores for the Olivier Award nominated Betty Blue Eyes, Soho Cinders, Honk!, Just So, Peter Pan – A Musical Adventure, Tutankhamun and the new songs, dance and vocal arrangements for the world-wide smash-hit Cameron Mackintosh/Disney production of Mary Poppins. Since winning the Olivier Award for Best New Musical, Honk! has been seen by more than 6 million people all over the world in over 8,000 productions in more than 20 languages.
Current projects include The Wind in The Willows with Julian Fellowes for the West End, a new adaptation of Graham Greene’s Travels With My Aunt, and a new version of Half A Sixpence for Cameron Mackintosh. All three will have their UK premieres in 2016. In development they have Soapdish for Broadway, and a new project with director/choreographer Jerry Mitchell.
Stiles and Drewe have also completed a trilogy of 50-minute musicals for younger audiences, Goldilocks and The Three Bears, The Three Billy Goats Gruff and Three Little Pigs, which recently enjoyed a run at London’s Palace Theatre.
Independently, George Stiles composed the musicals Moll Flanders, The Three Musketeers and Tom Jones, and the music for Sam Mendes’ productions of Twelfth Night and Uncle Vanya. Anthony Drewe has written lyrics for the musicals The Card and A Twist of Fate.
Stiles and Drewe have written two revues, and have contributed songs to a variety of theatre, TV and radio shows including the RSC’s Shakespeare Revue, the National Theatre’s Chain Play and Dame Edna Everage’s Look At Me When I’m Talking To You.
Stiles and Drewe’s many awards include: The Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical (Honk!), three of the top prizes at the International Musical of the Year Awards for Peter Pan and The Three Musketeers, the TMA Best Musical Award (Moll Flanders), The Straits Times Award for Best Musical (A Twist of Fate), the first ever Vivian Ellis Prize (Just So). Mary Poppins has won 45 major theatre awards around the globe including Tony, Olivier, Helpmann and London Evening Standard Awards.
Stiles and Drewe recognise new musical theatre writing via the annual Stiles and Drewe Prize for Best New Song, now in its ninth year, and in 2016 launched their new Mentorship Award supported by Music Theatre International (Europe). They are also founding board members of Mercury Musical Developments (MMD).
Tom is Artistic Director of Rhapsody of Words Productions and an Artistic Associate of Hightide Festival Theatre.
Directorial credits include: Untold Stories (The Watermill Theatre); Private Lives (ATG UK Tour); The Wasp (Hampstead Theatre & Trafalgar Studios); Goodnight Children Everywhere (LAMDA); Dinner With Friends (Park Theatre); The Whipping Man (The Drum, Theatre Royal Plymouth); Cinderella and the Beanstalk (Theatre503); Richard III (East 15); Abigail’s Party (Theatre Royal Bath/UK tour); Step 9 (of 12) (Trafalgar Studios); The President and the Pakistani, The Thin Line In-Between (Waterloo East); The 24 Hour Plays: Old Vic New Voices (The Old Vic); Port Authority (Southwark Playhouse); The Mountaintop (Derby LIVE); The Shape of Things (The Gallery Soho); Frimston and Rowett, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged (The Caves, Edinburgh); Air Travel (Arcola); Arab Spring (Arch 61); Charley’s Aunt, Ivor and I, The Gentleman Usher (MCS Oxford).
Rosalie is currently starring as Polly Peachum in The Threepenny Opera at the National Theatre, directed by Rufus Norris. Rosalie has worked extensively for the National Theatre and appeared in As You Like It, 50 Years on Stage, The Light Princess, Table, and London Road – also appearing in the 2015 film version of the critically acclaimed stage production. At the RSC, her credits include A Musical 50 Years, Hecuba, Alice in Wonderland. Rosalie’s other recent theatre credits include wonder.land and Macbeth (Manchester International Festival), City of Angels (Donmar Warehouse), and Miss Julie/Black Comedy (Chichester Festival Theatre). At The Watermill Theatre, Rosalie appeared in Dreams From A Summerhouse, The Firebird and Hobson’s Choice.
Johnny is an actor, a musician and a composer. As an actor, he appears in TV and films and on stage, including productions of Twelfth Night and The Taming of the Shrew at The Watermill Theatre with Propeller. More recently he appeared in Hangmen by Martin McDonagh at the Royal Court and in the West End.
As a musician and songwriter, Johnny has toured the world with his band 'Johnny Flynn and the Sussex Wit' and has released three studio albums and recorded a fourth which is due out this year.
As a composer, Johnny has written and recorded music for TV (Detectorists), Film (A Bag Of Hammers, Lotus Eaters, Side by Side, Song One), Theatre (The Heretic (Royal Court), As You Like It (Shakespeare’s Globe) and Romeo + Juliet (directed by Paul Hart at The Watermill Theatre) and Radio (As You Like It).
(Posted June 2016)