Tom, our orphaned teenage hero, is framed for a crime he didn't commit. In a desperate attempt to escape capture he is trapped on the edge of a waterfall. His only choice is to jump. Awakening in the depths of the ocean he encounters a whole new world of enchantment, danger and adventure.
Desperate to get back to the girl he loves Tom must brave underwater challenges in a world beyond his wildest imagination. Together with the unlikeliest of friends he embarks on a quest to find a way back to land. However he soon finds it's not just his fate he holds in his hands, but also that of the mysterious and elusive gang of Water Babies.
It's time for Tom to face his worst fears...it's time to believe that anything is possible.
Inspired by Charles Kingsley's much-loved novel, this spellbinding new production uses some of the most sophisticated special effects ever seen on stage.
24 APRIL - 17 MAY 2014
CURVE THEATRE, LEICESTER
Box Office: 0116 242 3595
Ticket prices: £19.50 - £35.50
Concessions and Day Seats available, please check on Curve's website
Matinees: 2.15pm (Saturdays & Wednesday 7, 14 May)
Evenings: Mon to Sat at 7.30pm
Curve Theatre, Rutland Street, Leicester, LE1 1SB
Water Babies - The Making of a New Musical - Underwater
Waiting For You - Louise Dearman & Lauren Samuels (Water Babies The Musical)
Water Babies The Musical Press Launch
Louise Dearman - Mrs D
Louise Dearman, is the first actress in the history of the worldwide production of hit musical Wicked to have starred as both Glinda & Elphaba.
Louise Dearman is a widely known British musical theatre actress, who has built up a lucrative catalogue of performances both on national tours, in the West End and, in 2005, released her first album 'You And I' which featured 12 tracks from well known musicals, including 'Funny Honey' from Chicago and 'On My Own' from Les Miserables then in 2012 released her second album, 'Here Comes The Sun'. Her third album, 'It's Time' has just been released on Silvascreen Records. The album ties in with Louise's debut UK Tour 'IT'S TIME'.
Not only has Louise taken the West End stage by storm, she has also collaborated with Mark Evans to launch a new book, "The Secrets Of Stage Success", a guide for those who want to follow in Louise and Mark's footsteps and develop their own career as performers.
Louise also headlined St James Theatre on 16th & 17th December 2013, to celebrate Christmas and perform a collection of songs from Louise's theatrical past, present and future, along with some Christmas classics. She also starred in; An Evening of Movies and Musicals at West End's Apollo, Victoria on 1st December and at Swansea's Grand Theatre on 7th December.
With lots of exciting projects taking off, Louise featured on Friday Night Is Music Night on BBC Radio 2 on Friday 20th December.
Louise graduated from Laine Theatre Arts College and won the Musical Theatre and Opera Award and immediately after, joined the touring cast of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat as the lynchpin role of The Narrator. In 2000, Louise was cast to play Jan for the UK tour of Grease, later returning in 2003 to the Victoria Palace Theatre London to play the same role for six months.
Other amazing roles Louise has played include Sarah Brown in the national tour of Guys and Dolls, Mimi in the Piccadilly Theatre's production of Guys and Dolls, Lucy Harris in the UK national tour of Jekyll and Hyde and in 2007, Louise played Debbie in the Edinburgh Festival's production of Debbie Does Dallas and played Cinderella in both Stoke-On-Trent in 2007 and Milton Keynes in 2009, as well as playing the Fairy Godmother in Wimbledon's 2008 production of the highly successful pantomime.×
Tom Lister - Eel/Grimes
Tom is thrilled to be involved in the very first performance of this fantastic show.
Tom is best known for his role as Carl King in ITV's Emmerdale, a role he played for 9 years. Aside from this Tom has also appeared in The Bill, Doctors and Heartbeat. Theatre credits include Ralph in Accrington Pals (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Titus/Fool in Bill Shakespeare's Italian Job (Gilded Balloon - Edinburgh), Pan in Love's Mistress (Globe Theatre) and Oberon in Midsummer Night's Dream (Settle Festival of Theatre).
Other interests include; Singing, (Although this is Tom's first musical, he is a regular performer at the Royal Albert Hall for Christmas Carols with the Stars) and Extreme Sporting Challenges for charity. Tom has done Marathons, Triathlons and Cycle challenges all to raise money for causes close to his heart. He recently completed a 2000 mile bike ride across Europe to raise awareness and support the fight against Human Trafficking in the UK. The bike ride was called the Zoe Challenge and raised £250,000 for the charity Hope for Justice. www.hopeforjustice.org.ukTom is represented by Wendy Scozzaro at Felix de Wolfe. ×
Thomas Milner - Tom
Tom was lucky enough to begin his journey into the Acting profession at the age of thirteen. He attended Intake performing arts school in Leeds where many other talented students attended, including Mel B and Chris Fountain. It was at the age of thirteen that Tom played the part of Ollie in CITV's BARKING. Since then he has enjoyed three years playing Paul Langley in the popular BBC WATERLOO ROAD Series, Ben Heddon in BBC CASUALTY and other roles in various TV programmes. Tom is a keen musician and performs around the UK at various events. In 2012 he had his first professional musical role in London playing Robbie in SOHO CINDERS.
Now he takes his exciting journey into another level, a level below the water in this fantastic musical 'WATER BABIES'×
Lauren Samuels - Ellie
Lauren trained at the Guildford School of Acting.
She made her professional debut playing Wendy in Peter Pan The Musical (Curve,Leicester),however it was in 2010 that she rose to prominence as a finalist on Andrew Lloyd Webber's' search for Dorothy 'Over the Rainbow on BBC1,in which she finished third place.
Following her success on the TV show, Lauren made her West End debut in the lead role of Sandy in the hit musical Grease (Piccadilly Theatre). She then starred as Scaramouche in We Will Rock You at the Dominion Theatre and on it's 10th Anniversary World Arena Tour.
Other theatre credits include; Cathy in The Last 5 Years (Tabard), Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz (Cyprus), Yonah in The Children of Eden (Gala Performance, Prince of Wales), Vampirette in Vampirette (Manchester Opera House) and Falconer in the workshop of The Light Princess (National Theatre).
She is delighted to be returning to the Curve with The Water Babies.×
Andy Gray - Jock
Andy Gray was brought up in Perth and trained at Queen Margaret College, Edinburgh. He has undoubtedly become one of the stalwarts of Scottish theatre having worked for over 30 years in every aspect of theatre, radio, television and film.
His recent theatre credits include: Kiss Me Honey Honey which won a 2013 Fringe First. Saint One a play by Lesley Hart which he directed. Driving Manuel at Oran Mor, The Nationwide tour of I Dreamed A Dream, God Bless Liz Lochead, A Midsummer Night's Dream (which he adapted and directed) both at Oran Mor; The Miser, Lyric Theatre, Belfast on tour and Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Balmoral Theatre Royal Bath/Tour, Dir. Alan Strachan, The Mystery Of Irma Vep at Perth Theatre and Edinburgh Lyceum and Dogstone for the National Theatre of Scotland. Other theatre credits include Little Voice, Two and The Woman Who Cooked Her Husband...co-starring with Elaine C Smith, Jack And The Beanstalk (Barbican Theatre), Art, The Odd Couple and Mistero Buffo (Borderline Theatre Co), The Hypochondriac (Royal Lyceum & Lyric Theatre Belfast), Mate in Three (Tron), Trumpets and Raspberries (Borderline Theatre), The Recruiting Officer and A Midsummer Night's Dream (Royal Lyceum). He has also appeared in Waiting For Godot (Newcastle Playhouse), The Adventures Of Sinbad (Eden Court), Writer's Cramp (Borderline Theatre) and Guys and Dolls (Royal Lyceum), Baby Doll (Citizen Theatre) and The Rocky Horror Show in major theatres throughout Scotland.
Andy is well known as one of Scotland's great panto headliners appearing in the highly-successful King's Theatre Glasgow production of Cinderella and for the King's Theatre, Edinburgh, an ongoing annual event for him - Jack and the Beanstalk, Dick Whittington, Aladdin and Cinderella and many more with his friends and co-stars Allan Stewart and Grant Stott. This year in a sell out run of Peter Pan directed by Ed Curtis. In 2005 Edinburgh Fringe he played the part of God in A Limited Run (RPM Arts), one of the hits of the Festival. The show went on to tour throughout Scotland. He followed this with a fabulous performance in the Scottish tour of the West End production Stones in His Pockets. Andy is a founder member, performer, writer and director of Perth In The Buff, a comedy revue show which packs 'em in!
Andy's television appearances include Hope Springs (Shed Productions), Doctors (BBC), The Smallest Game in Town (Young Films), Legit (BBC Scotland), Snoddy (BBC Scotland), Terry McIntyre (BBC Choice), 2000 Acres of Sky (BBC), Boyz Unlimited (Hat Trick Productions), The Game (STV), Mind The Gap: Double Nougat (BBC), The Baldy Man (BBC), Against All Odds (BBC), and Miles is Better (Channel 4), A Portrait of Isa Mulvenny (BBC Scotland), Thunderbirds as well as appearing in Taggart (STV). Andy spent many years with The Comedy Unit making memorable appearances as Chancer in City Lights (BBC Scotland) and also in the hugely-popular television series Rab C Nesbitt (BBC 2) and Naked Video (BBC 2). Andy's film credits include Complicity, The Match and the David Kane hit production This Year's Love, as well as 2nd Binman in Roman Polanski's Frantic.×
Samuel Holmes - Terrence
Training: Raleigh School of Speech and Drama & millennium Dance 2000.
Theatre Credits include: King Rat in Dick Whittington (Manchester Opera House); Prince Herbert in Spamalot (Playhouse Theatre); Private Steven Flowers in Privates on Parade (Brighton theatre Royal); Sir Bedevere in Spamalot (Playhouse Theatre); Gremio in Kiss Me Kate (The Old Vic & Chichester Festival Theatre); Eugene Fodor & u/s Bela Zangler in Crazy For You (Regent's Park Open Air Theatre/Novello); Sir Robin in Monty Python's Spamalot (UK tour 2010/11); Ruth in The Pirates of Penzance-All Male Production (The Union Theatre & Wilton's Music Hall); Starkey in Peter Pan (Brighton Theatre Royal); Fraser Hayes Four in Round The Horne, Unseen & Uncut (Ian Fricker Productions); Katisha in The Mikado-All Male Production (The Union Theatre); Sid Pornick in Half A Sixpence (No 1 UK Tour); Abanazer in Aladdin (Mark Andrew's Productions); Ensemble in The Pirates of Penzance (Carl Rosa Opera Co. USA & Canada Tour); Ensemble in My Fair Lady (Brownowski Productions); Ensemble & u/s Major General in The Pirate of Penzance (Carl Rosa Opera Co. UK Tour); Ensemble & u/s Kromow/ Bogdanovitch in The Merry Widow (Carl Rosa Opera Co. South Africa Tour); Lead Vocalist/ Narrator in The Spirit of Broadway (Oban Productions).
TV: Viral for Kaspersky
Recordings: UK Tour Cast Recording of Spamalot.×
Tom Davey - Claude
TV Credits include: Silent Witness, The Syndicate Series II; Victoria Cross; A Serpent in Eden, The Ruby in the Smoke; Shakespeare's Happy Ending; Plenty More Fish
Theatre Credits include:
For RSC: Love's Labours Lost; Hamlet; A Midsummer Nights Dream; The Comedy of Errors; Twelfth Night; The Three Lions (Pleasance Theatre and Edinburgh Fringe); The Norman Conquests (Liverpool Playhouse); Outward Bound (Finborough Theatre); Travesties; The Importance of Being Earnest (Birmingham Rep); The Game of Love and Chance (Salisbury Playhouse); The Importance of Being Earnest (New Wolsey, Ipswich); Moliere (Finborough Theatre); Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare's Globe); The Revenger's Tragedy (Southwark Playhouse); Will I Survive? (LSW); The Ghost Downstairs (New Perspectives); Gone (Edinburgh Pleasance).
Film Credits include:
Hamlet (BBC Films); Van Wilder II: Rise of Taj (Tapestry Films)
Caroline Deverill - Mum / Lady Amelia
Caroline's Theatre Credits include: Tess THE MISTRESS CYCLE (Landor Theatre) ;Evil witch SLEEPING BEAUTY(Park Theatre); Julia St.George GASLIGHT IN GREY STREET (Theatre Royal Newcastle); Helen OWLS IN THE MOSS (Guildford Fringe); Nickie u/s Charity SWEET CHARITY (English Theatre Frankfurt); Alternate Mrs. Wilkinson BILLY ELLIOT (Victoria Palace Theatre, London); Countess Zanguine VAMPIRETTE (Manchester Opera House);u/s & played Donna/Tanya MAMMA MIA! (International Tour); Ethel/ Resident Director FOOTLOOSE (Novello Theatre London); u/s & played Annie Oakley ANNIE GET YOUR GUN (UK tour); u/s & played Killer Queen/ Meatloaf WE WILL ROCK YOU (Dominion Theatre, London) ; Dusty Springfield/ KD Lang/Patsy Cline THE ROY ORBISON STORY (UK tour): u/s & played Mary Magdalene JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (Essen, Germany / UK Tour).
TV and film Credits include:
Mandy ESTATE (Hundy Gilbert Media Ltd); Melissa PERSONA (App Media Productions) ; Helen BLACKBERRY STAINS (One Eyed Dog Films) ; Clara GENTLY (Shorthouse Productions); Woman MOUTH SAY NO (Nicorette Commercial)
Water Babies ( Dominion Theatre); Vampirette (Shaftesbury Theatre, London);Cassie in The Bet (Criterion Theatre, London); Shadowless (Bridewell Theatre, London).
Jeffrey Harmer - Dad / Sir John
Jeffrey trained at Webber Douglas Academy.
Theatre credits: Andy Stevens in I Dreamed A Dream - The Susan Boyle Musical (National Tour) Mock Turtle in Alice in the Walled Garden (Sixteen Feet Productions), Hipockets Duncan in Buddy ( Jersey Opera House), King Rat in Dick Whittington (Roses Theatre, Tewksbury) Headingly in Donkeys Years, DL in Feelgood, Willey in Out of Order, Duke Ferdinand in As You Like It and Capulet in Romeo & Juliet ( English Theatre, Vienna). Reg in 'Privates on Parade' (West Yorkshire Playhouse & Birmingham Rep) Hastings in Richard III (Ludlow Festival & Northcott Theatre, Exeter), Bill in the International Tour of 'Mamma Mia!',Clyde in The Witches of Eastwick, KoKo in The Hot Mikado (Watermill Theatre, Newbury) ; King Rat in Jack and the Beanstalk (Northcott Theatre Exeter); Feelgood (Vienna and Frankfurt); The Rivals, The Blue Room and A Christmas Carol (Swan Theatre, Worchester); The Narrator in The Roy Orbison Story (National Tour); Prospero in Return to the Forbidden Planet (English Theatre, Frankfurt); Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet (Sherman Theatre, Cardiff); Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Liverpool Playhouse); Badger in The Wind in the Willows (Liverpool Playhouse); Robert in Stagestruck (Grand Theatre, Swansea); Ed in The Story of Jude (Orange Tree, Richmond); Pembleton in The Secret Diary of Samuel Pepys (National Tour); Mr Peggotty in David Copperfield (World Tour); Ned Moffat in Little Women (National Tour); Horace in School of Wives (Torch Theatre, Milford Haven); Antipholus in A Comedy of Errors (National Tour); Billy Flynn in Chicago (English Theatre, Frankfurt); Jon Forsyte in The Forsyte Saga (NationalTour) and Alfredo Du Lac in Eurydice in the West End.
Television & film credits include Prince Andrew in Diana Her True Story, Herr Luytnan in Norbert Smith, Poirot, The Bill, Still Crazy (Still Crazy Films), Family Affairs,The Good Sex Guide and Westbeach.×
Matthew Gent - Masterman / Mullet / Shark
Training: Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.
Theatre Credits: The Carnival of The Animals (Riverside Studios), Sweeney Todd (Adelphi Theatre), Taboo (Brixton Clubhouse), The Pirates of Penzance (Hackney Empire), The Phantom of The Opera 25th Anniversary Concert (O2 Arena), The Hired Man (Landor Theatre), Bright Lights, Big City (Hoxton Hall), Les Miserables (West End and 25th Anniversary Concert at O2 Arena), The Phantom of The Opera (West End), Chess In Concert (The Royal Albert Hall), A Place For Us (Barbican).×
Rebecca Jayne-Davies - Water Baby
Rebecca graduated from Arts Educational. Theatre whilst training includes the leading role of Kathy Selden in "Singin' In The Rain"; Helen Fogel in "Saturday Night"; Phoebe Meryll in "The Yeoman Of The Guard"; Eloise Fletcher in "Faith" and cover Rita in "Sweet Smell of Success". Rebecca also performed at The Not Forgotten Society's 90th Anniversary at Buckingham Palace.
Upon graduating Rebecca immediately went on to make her professional debut in the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of "West Side Story" playing the role of Rosalia and under studying the role of Maria, she went on to play the leading role of "Cinderella" for The Theatre Royal, Wakefield and most recently she has completed a successful run playing the role of Francine in West End's hit musical "Jersey Boys". She would like to thank her Mum and Dad and entire family for the sacrifices they have made in helping her achieve her dream and Emma, Barnaby and Lou for their constant belief and support.×
Marcquelle Ward - Water Baby
TELEVISION/FILM CREDITS include: Cabbage and Pat (ITV 1); The World According to Mya (Machine Productions); Clampers (JLT Productions); Tati's Hotel (Machine Productions); Tracey Beaker Returns II (BBC); Doctors (BBC); Coronation Street (ITV Granada); Britannia High - core cast (ITV1).
THEATRE CREDITS include: Saturday Night Fever (English Theatre, Frankfurt); Daddy Cool (Robert Mackintosh Ltd); Manchester Lines (Library Theatre, Manchester).
Marcquelle has also recorded numerous radio dramas for the BBC and presented for Dance X (BBC), Dance Xtra (BBC3) and Nickelodeon and performed on the UK leg of Rihanna and Ciara's tour.×
Robbie Boyle - Water Baby
Training: Arts Educational School.
Roles whilst training: Carmen Ghia in The Producers and Billy Van Cleeve in Sweet Smell of Success.
Theatre: Jesus Christ Superstar (Australia & UK tour), Huey Phillips in Loserville (Garrick and West Yorkshire Playhouse).
Workshops: Harry in Pieces of String and Tuc Harris in Fresher.×
Matthew Caputo - Water Baby
Matthew trained at Bird College, graduating in 2011.
His theatre credits include; Cats (UK/European Tour) in which he understudied the roles of Mungojerrie, Skimbleshanks & Mr Mistoffelees; White Christmas (Lowry, Manchester); Chino in West Side Story, directed by Will Tuckett (The Sage, Gateshead); Gypsy (Curve Theatre, Leicester) & understudied the role of Andy Lee in 42nd Street (Curve, Leicester).
Whilst training Matthew's credits included: Ren McCormack in Footloose (Studio Theatre); Cornelius Hackl in Hello Dolly! (Studio Theatre).
Matthew has performed with the National Youth Ballet of Great Britain (Sadlers Wells, London) and also at Move It 2011 (Olympia, London) and has been featured in the We Dance Campaignfor Nintendo Wii (Wired Productions).×
Jorell Coiffic-Kamall - Water Baby
Jorell Coiffic-Kamall trained at Pineapple Studios.
Theatre credits include: The Jungle Book (Citizens Theatre, Glasgow); The Harder They Come (Olympic Park); The Warriors (Barbican); Jack & The Beanstalk (Theatre Royal Stratford East); Jackson 5 Alive (UK Tour); Y@P-Breakin' Out (The Unicon Theatre & UK Tour); Little Shop Of Horrors (Hertford Regional); Street Dance Weekend UK vs USA (Wembley Arena); Connect '05 (Sadlers Wells); Move It (Olympia).
Television Credits Include: Ahead Of The Class, Top Of The Pops, Blue Peter, The Queens Jubilee, Proms In The Park, Basil Brush, DJ Ironik - 'I Wanna Be Your Man', MTV Sweet 16, MOBO Music Awards.
Film Credits Include: When I'm Gone.
Jorell Coiffic-Kamall & his dance crew Y@P were nominated for Best Dance Crew In The UK 2007 Dance Off Awards.×
Morgan Scott - Water Baby
Morgan has recently graduated from London Studio Centre with a Degree in Theatre Dance.
King Richard/Ensemble, (Robin Hood Pantomime), Pippa Ailion Casting, Cambridge Arts Theatre Jack, (Jack and The Beanstalk Pantomime), Bill Kenwright Productions, Theatre Royal Windsor.
Featured Dancer, (Endeavour), ITV Productions.
Morgan is truly excited to be joining the cast of 'Water Babies' and wishes all the best to the cast and crew.×
Cristina Hoey - Water Baby
Cristina recently graduated from The Urdang Academy.
Credits whilst training include: Wendla in Spring Awakening, Glinda in Wicked & Miss Dorothy in Thoroughly Modern Millie.
Other Credits: Baby, Dirty Dancing (Future Cinema).×
Sienna Kelly - Water Baby
Sienna is currently studying at Arts Ed Sixth Form. She has previously been a member of the National Youth Music Theatre, Chickenshed Theatre Company, National Youth Ballet & London Children's Ballet.
Theatre credits include the leading roles of Anita in West Side Story (Victoria Warehouse, Manchester - NYMT) & Patrice in Jason Robert Brown's 13 (Apollo Theatre - NYMT).
Television credits include Wizards Vs Aliens (BBC Television).
Sienna is thrilled to be making her professional debut in Water Babies.×
Georgia Carling - Water Baby
Georgia trained at London Studio Centre, where she graduated from the Seedtime Company with the Dame Anna Neagle Award.
Theatre includes: Swing/Cover Penny Pingleton in Hairspray (UK Tour), Ensemble in Chess (Channel Islands Tour), and Angelina in Angelina Ballerina the Mousical (UK Tour).
Georgia is thrilled to be a part of Water Babies and would like to thank her family and friends for their ongoing love and support.×
Marianna Neofitou - Water Baby
Marianna, born and raised in East London from a toddler loved to sing, dance and act. Her talent and desire to perform led her to attend Sylvia Young Theatre School Saturday classes during her early childhood years before becoming a full-time student there for her secondary education.
Whilst at the renowned stage school, Marianna began her career early in the Arts industry appearing in TV commercials, music videos and in the hit the West End musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang before she was even 10 years old.
At the age of 16, Marianna went on to study at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts.
Since, Marianna has continued a successful dance career where she performed weekly on two series of the X Factor UK, went on tour with the X Factor winner Joe McElderry and also danced for N Dubz, Basshunter, George Sampson, Alexandra Burke, One Direction, Cee-Lo Green, A*M*E and more on various TV shows. She made her Musical Debut as Teen queen on the European tour of "We will rock you" in 2012!
Marianna's passion is producing and pursuing a career in Musical Theatre and Pop music. Entertaining is her life and she is dedicated, driven and determined to succeed in the Arts industry.
Marianna is excited and proud to be a part of a new project and can't wait to see the future of the show! Marianna thanks Mum, dad, brother and sister for constant support and encouragement.×