CAST

Rose - Lindsay Manion

Originally from Northumberland, Lindsay is currently in her final year of studying English Literature at the University of Sheffield. She has performed throughout her school and university career in a variety of roles in shows such as Grease, Urinetown, Wuthering Heights and Cyrano de Bergerac. Buried has been an excellent opportunity for her to demonstrate her strengths as a performer, and originating the role of Rose has been a delightful challenge that has allowed her to showcase a great piece of new writing around Sheffield, Edinburgh, Leicester and now London.

Harry - Sebastian Belli

Sebastian, originally from West Wales, graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2017 having performed throughout his time at university in shows as varied as A Streetcar Named Desire, The History Boys, The Producers and most notably taking the lead role of Bobby in Urinetown. Originating the role of Harry in Buried has been a challenge Sebastian has very much enjoyed, allowing him to showcase not only the exciting new writing but himself as a performer, from Edinburgh to the Curve in Leicester and now to London.

Chorus - Rebecca Yau

During her time at the University of Sheffield, Rebecca has performed in various university productions, playing the roles of Marcy Park in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, May Tompkins in The Day Before Spring, Hibbert in Journey’s End and has also appeared in James Phillips’ Camelot: The Shining City at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield. Rebecca currently studies Chinese Studies with Spanish and plans to audition for drama school after graduating from her degree. She loves Nutella, Thai food, and courgettes.

Chorus - Wilf Walsworth

Originally from South London, Wilf just graduated from the University of Sheffield. With the University Theatre Company, Wilf took lead roles in numerous shows including The Graduate, Spring Awakening, and new writing My Mate Dave Died, debuting at the Edinburgh Fringe festival in 2018. Wilf loves football, cooking and maths.

Chorus - Niamh Finan

Niamh, a final year Law student, is extremely excited to have the opportunity to perform in this production of Buried as the multi-role character creates numerous opportunities for diverse characterisation. Niamh’s theatre experience includes the very recent portrayal of Golde in Fiddler on the Roof and various chorus roles in productions such as The Producers and Evita. As a former Irish dancer, Niamh also performed at the Hammersmith Apollo in West Coast to West End. When she's not acting, singing, or dancing, Niamh enjoys yoga, cooking and reading.

Chorus - Laurence Hunt

Born in Suffolk and graduating from the University of Sheffield this year Laurence has been involved with several shows during his academic tenure. Working both with the University Theatre Company on new writing projects as well as directing a production of Journey’s End in the winter of 2017. Performing multi-role in Buried has been enormous fun for Laurence, who has been delighted to perform again in the show after its near-sellout Edinburgh run.

CAST & CREATIVE

FOR THE MOST RECENT PRODUCTION AT THE INTERNATIONAL MUSICAL THEATRE FESTIVAL, BRNO, CZECH REPUBLIC, JUNE 2019.

 

THIS PRODUCTION WAS TAKEN TO THE NEW YORK MUSICAL THEATRE FESTIVAL BY THE WRITERS. MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THEM AND THE SHOW CAN BE FOUND AT BURIEDTHEMUSICAL.CO.UK.

 

CREATIVE

Producer - Jack Robertson

Jack Robertson co-founded Colla Voce Theatre in 2015, and since then has dabbled in both creative producing and musical direction. Some notable productions include Departures: A Song Cycle at the Edinburgh Fringe 2015, winning the NSDF Edinburgh Award, The Last Five Years and Miscast at Theatre Delicatessen, The AlterNativity at DINA Venue, and the UK Concert premiere of Miss Liberty by Irving Berlin. Jack feels very lucky to continue with Buried after the show’s success at the Edinburgh Fringe 2017 and is excited for Colla Voce Theatre’s London debut at the Pleasance Theatre, and to join Underbelly’s programme this summer.

Writer & Director - Tom Williams

Having just graduated from the University of Sheffield with a Psychology degree, Tom also performed in various shows for the University, and acts with Sheffield based group ‘Dear Hunter Theatre’. He began directing, starting with Colla Voce Theatre’s sellout production of The Last Five Years, then turned his attention to writing, beginning his collaboration with Cordelia in late 2016. Buried may be their first full-length piece of musical theatre, but it received NSDF's ‘Edinburgh Award’, with British Theatre calling it 'perversely charming and entertaining'. Buried shows Tom’s natural talent for combining comedy and sincerity, making him a promising young writer.

Composer & Assistant Director - Cordelia O'Driscoll

Cordelia has just graduated from the University of Sheffield, having been heavily involved in Sheffield’s theatre and music scenes during her degree. Cordelia has both produced and performed in many shows alongside honing her skills as a singer-songwriter, garnering over 200,000 plays online. Despite Buried being Cordelia’s first musical theatre score, the response it has already received from both critics and audiences alike speaks for itself, with The Stage calling the songs 'some of the best you will possibly hear in Edinburgh’. Cordelia’s songwriting style is uniquely original, making her an exciting young addition to the musical theatre scene.

Musical Director & Orchestrator - Olivia Doust

Olivia is a recent music graduate of the University of Sheffield, and currently works as a private vocal tutor and performing arts teacher in Sheffield. She is the current lead conductor for the University of Sheffield Medics Orchestra but throughout her time at university Olivia conducted both the university's symphonic and wind orchestra. As a composer, Olivia has had 3 works premiered in Sheffield by the new music ensemble and university's wind orchestra, and her score for Blackbird, an original play by Miriam Schechter, was selected for the National Student Drama Festival in 2017. She has worked with Colla Voce as a performer, orchestrator and musical director for nearly 4 years, and hopes to continue her collaboration with the company and Buried as they progress into the Edinburgh fringe festival this summer, where she will continue as Musical Director.

Production Manager & Stage Manager - Jasmin Davies

With 3 years in the industry, experience in immersive theatre and an affinity with musical theatre, Jasmin Davies has had the opportunity to work with award-winning companies including Les Enfants Terribles (Inside Pussy Riot, 2017), Underbelly (Cowgate, 2017), and Paperfinch Theatre (The Nutcracker, 2015). She joined the Colla Voce team in September 2016 and endeavours to continue making work that challenges social norms and champions the underrepresented. A regular at the National Student Drama Festival, she was awarded The Sunday Times Award for Outstanding Contribution to Technical Theatre for her commitment. Jasmin loves feminism, being bossy, and her new head torch.

 

CREW

Stage Manager - Jasmin Davies

Set Designer - Emily Chooi

Lighting Designer - Dan Mace

Costume Designer - Talitha Neesham-McTiernan

Sound Engineer - Hugh Francis

 

BAND

Piano - Olivia Doust

Violin - Will Mai

Viola/Mandolin - Fraser Frengley

Guitar - Cordelia O'Driscoll

Bass Guitar - Ben Evans

Percussion - Will Shaw

 
 

PREVIOUS CREDITS

Edinburgh Fringe Festival, August 2018

Assistant Producer – David Snelling
Assistant Producer – Calum Black
Lighting Designer – Sam Costelloe

Lighting Operator & ASM – Dan Mace

Raymond/Keith/Grandpa/Peter – Alexander Cosgriff

National Student Drama Festival, Curve, Leicester, March 2018

Musical Director & Piano Conductor – Jack Robertson
Producer – David Snelling
Orchestrator/Vocal Coach – Olivia Doust
Lighting Designer – Sam Costelloe
Sound Operator – Will Moran
Lighting Operator – Daniel Mace

Raymond/Keith/Grandpa/Peter – Alexander Cosgriff
Violin – Katie Williamson
Guitar – Alex Bishop

Pleasance, London, April 2018

Musical Director & Piano Conductor – Jack Robertson
Vocal Coach/Orchestrator – Olivia Doust
Producer – David Snelling
Publicity – Meg Rowley
Sound Engineer – Hugh Francis
Lighting Designer – Sam Costelloe
Lighting Operator – Thomas Fabian Parrish

Raymond/Keith/Grandpa/Peter – Alexander Cosgriff
Violin – Katie Williamson
Guitar – Alex Bishop

Edinburgh Fringe Festival, August 2017

Assistant Director – Dan Mace
Musical Director – Jack Robertson
Assistant Production Manager – Fiona Baptiste
Producer – Calum Black
Choreographer – Phoebe Phillips
Publicity Assistant – David Snelling
Publicity Assistant – Megan Rowley

Chorus – Alex Cosgriff
Chorus – Olivia Doust
Chorus – Teah Lewis
Guitar/Mandolin – Alex Bishop
Violin – Olivia Shotton
Cajon/Percussion – Will Moran

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Many thanks to everyone who has worked on each iteration of Buried; to Iain Robertson and all the donors of our crowdfunder who enabled us to take Buried to the Fringe in 2017; and to Julia Gilbert and all the family, friends and colleagues who provided invaluable advice.

 

Colla Voce Theatre Ltd 2020