Adjudicators for the 2019 – 2020 season.
Andrew Wild Andrew Wild is a playwright, author and director based in Macclesfield.
His experience in amateur theatre began in 1991, as stage manager and technical designer for a number of local groups. His play The Difficult Crossing debuted in 2000 and was revived in 2011, Andy’s first production as director. Since then Andy has directed a number of shorter, studio productions, preferring the immediacy and intimacy of smaller performing spaces. He started adjudicating in 2015, initially for Cheshire Theatre Guild, for whom he still works from time to time.
As a writer, Andy has published eight books so far, with another contracted for 2020.
If pressed Andy will concede that the best theatre production he’s ever seen was Dr. Dee by Rufus Norris and Damon Albarn at the Manchester International Festival in 2011, closely followed by Maxine Peake as Hamlet at the Royal Exchange in 2014.
Andy aims to bring a firm-but-fair style of adjudications to GMDF.
James Schofield. James has been involved with amateur theatre for 28 years, working his way from the back row of company, to props, stage, general dogsbody, actor… to finding that as a director, a role that has brought many hours of fun and stress in equal measure.
He has been involved with many local societies including Hyde Little Theatre, Droylsden Little Theatre, Lyceum Oldham and Mossley Operatic to name a few…. with plays such as Two, Bouncers, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice and the Muscia,l Parade. James has recently fulfilled an ambition by producing and directing a Tour for the play All the Bens, which visited venues such as Buxton, Crewe Lyceum, Hope Mill and Chapel Playhouse in London.
James is looking forward, once again, to seeing the talent we have in the northwest, and what all the GMDF member societies have to offer.
Ian Taylor has been acting at Tyldesley Little Theatre (TLT) for almost 30 years and has been directing for almost 25. Mainly a one theatre man, he has appeared in more productions for TLT than anyone else in its 94 year history, and will notch up 114 roles for them by the end of this current season.
Ian began acting as far back as infant school and, since joining TLT in 1987, has also acted with Golborne ADS, and for the University of Sussex, Golbourne High School and Ashton on Mersey School, where he has worked as an English and Drama teacher for 16 years. He is particularly proud of both acting in and co-directing an acclaimed production of ‘Our House-the Madness Musical’ for AoM, as Madness have been an obsession of his since 1979. He took the role of the ghost Dad that has actually been played by lead singer Suggs several times.
Ian received a GMDF Best Actor nomination for his role as Felix Humble in ‘Humble Boy’ last year. In addition, he has directed almost every kind of production, including comedy, drama, thrillers and comedy thrillers, pantomimes, musicals, one act plays and revues. These have resulted in the lifting of the GMDF’s Lowry Trophy twice (for The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾’ in 2007 and ‘Ladies’ Day’ in 2010.) His shows have been further nominated, for variations of Best Production, 7 times and he has received 2 Best Director nominations.
After years of paying keen critical attention to his own plays, Ian is delighted to take the opportunity to use this experience to offer himself up for adjudication duties. He is a firm believer in using constructive criticism as a positive means to improve, but he believes even more strongly in something else. That anyone who manages to get a play on stage at all, or devotes the time to learn and perform a role, and ends up entertaining their patrons, is a talented and worthy winner, no matter what.
Carmel Bird Carmel first trod the boards at Altrincham Garrick over 40 years ago and has since been involved in many theatrical projects all over the North West.
She studied Drama as a mature student at Chester University, working with all aspects of practical theatre and went on to perform with a professional theatre company, her favourite production being an avant-garde adaptation of Strindberg’s ‘Miss Julie’.
She subsequently toured Northern universities with a Liverpool-based theatre company, performing and leading workshops and then went on to teach A’ Level Drama at Xaverian College in Manchester.
Carmel has always had a strong commitment to youth drama and has directed and choreographed 17 college productions, mainly popular musicals and Shakespeare plays. She has also worked for local and national drama schools and now runs the Carmel Bird Theatre School in Cheadle Hulme.
Throughout all this Carmel has maintained her involvement in amateur theatre and has acted in over 50 productions and directed for several groups.
Carmel is delighted to be adjudicating the Federation’s 60th Anniversary One Act Play Festival at Carver Theatre, Marple.