Lesley has been involved in school and community theatre for many years and in many capacities – writing and adapting plays, directing, stage management and even performing from time to time. She has pretty much hung up her character shoes as she is quite a big enough show off in real life and has no wish to cause wardrobe ladies to have breakdowns.
She had a successful run of award-winning youth productions at The Cambridge Drama Festival with commissioned plays, Shakespeare and even a mini-musical. Along with Bobby she has Directed the first three shows of new company Sawston Theatre Company and their 2013 show Witches of Eastwick received two NODA nominations.
In her day job she often finds herself directing pieces at the end of projects which might be schools or community based. Last summer she toured all sorts of venues on the East Coast with professional actor James Hirst, with a one man play Nobody Tells… based on the testimonies of Merchant seamen of WWII.
What she LOVES to do is work in depth with actors be they eight year old pirates, five year old gnomes or slightly older jolly villagers.
Bobby began his MDing playing from a handwritten bare bones score and chord charts for a production of The Young Ones. Since then he has gone to the other extreme with a full 20 piece orchestra for a production of Cole Porter’s Kiss Me, Kate - which included getting a harp up the stairs into the gallery on the hottest day of the year.
Now with the harp safely returned to ground level, Bobby is keen to make sure that the music for all Corkscrew’s productions make full use of the huge array of incredibly talented local musicians and technicians to make a significant and uncompromisingly impressive impact to any show that we do.
He is a music graduate from King’s College, London, a past performer in many musicals and always first to the bar and last to leave it!
Will has been involved in shows with Corkscrew in one way or another for many years. His first role working with Lesley was as Curly in a school production of Oklahoma!.
Sophie has also been working with Lesley since her school days and now takes an active role with Corkscrew producing, choreographing and general assistance.
Kate is responsible for much of the look and feel of everything Corkscrew from posters to the website design. When not designing theatrical flyers, Kate is the one-woman-band behind Little Designs Cambridge.