Frozen Charlotte is an award winning Scottish theatre company that makes work for and with children and young people.
Based in Moray in the North East of Scotland, we are passionate about making our work as accessible as possible to Scottish communities, particularly with children and young people who have fewer opportunities to engage with the performing arts.
Frozen Charlotte has had incredible support from the community of theatre folk that have earned Scotland its reputation for world-class young people’s theatre. We strive to do our bit to expand the boundary-defying energy and brilliance of this creative community.
Frozen Charlotte has had the privilege of enabling many artists to work on their first professional productions. These artists have gone on to great heights and we reap the reward of regularly collaborating with them. We continue to seek out and give opportunities to the rising stars of tomorrow.
Frozen Charlotte has been inspired by countless young folk in the diverse communities we’ve worked in. We reach out and share ideas through fun and exploratory workshops and residencies.
We have formed strong international partnerships and have toured our shows to the far flung corners of the world. We are embarking on a new phase of work that will focus on sustainable touring that continues to be entertaining, moving and funny whilst treading lightly on the planet.
Heather has been directing award winning children’s theatre based in Scotland for the last 12 years. As a trainee director with Imaginate, she had the opportunity to see some of the best children’s theatre from all over the world, and the chance to be involved in inspiring rehearsal processes. This gave her a great grounding to run Complete Productions in 2006 and to create her first show Moussa’s Castle. In 2010 Complete Productions became Frozen Charlotte, with Brenda Murphy joining Heather as Co-Artistic Director.
Heather’s favourite occupation is being in the rehearsal room with her creative team collaboratively devising projects which are fun, light, poignant and surprising. She considers the growing band of associate artists one of the main assets of the company, and she would love to make a big version of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - a celebratory production that would involve all the artists who have contributed to Frozen Charlotte’s success.
Actor / Performance Artist
Laurie has had the pleasure of working with Frozen Charlotte on their Christmas show Robin in three different versions, performed all across Scotland. Laurie is an actor and performance artist but ultimately enjoys getting his head and heart around all the different aspects of what goes in to making a show including directing and design. He is passionate about making work for young audiences and see playfulness and sincerity as bedfellows, not opposites.
Laurie is based in Glasgow but seem to be constantly somewhere else with work from Hong Kong to Lisbon.
Musician / Composer
Richy is a composer and sound artist. He has worked with Frozen Charlotte as a musician on Paperbelle and as a sound artist on The Library. He writes music for films and theatre, teaches at universities, in schools, in prisons and runs workshops in galleries and community centres.
He won the 2015 BAFTA New Talent award for his music and also does an AHRC funded PhD in Film/Sound at Glasgow Uni.
Nicola Jo Cully
Nicola Jo was part of the original Too Many Penguins? cast and helped to devise this CATS (Critics’ Award for Theatre in Scotland) award winning show with the rest of the company. She has been delighted to tour this show across the UK as well as Europe and Hong Kong.
Nicola Jo also recorded a short film for Frozen Charlotte's production of The Library, and hopes to collaborate on many more projects with Frozen Charlotte.
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Nicola graduated from Queen Margaret University College in 2002 with a BA Acting and continues to work in Theatre, TV, Film and Radio.
Performer / theatre Maker
Hazel is a performer and theatre maker who has been lucky enough to work for Frozen Charlotte several times- including an exciting adventure to Brunei in 2012, performing a beautiful show called Sense at the Imaginate festival, and the odd bit of pirating and working with live donkeys! She enjoys performing for all ages but has made several shows for wee ones (and even little babies) with Starcatchers including Hup, The Attic, Too Many Cooks and Round in Circles.
Her main interests are acting and puppetry but she has been known to turn her hand to photography, prop making, song writing, costume sourcing, workshop-leading and directing.
Musician / Composer
Matt is a multi instrumentalist sound designer and composer. He first worked with Frozen Charlotte, helping to devise Moussa’s Castle as a composer and performer. He also composed the sound track to Sense by Anja Hilling in 2010 as well as the company’s latest showreel.
Since last year, Matt has enjoyed being a stay at home Dad to his two young children, but continues to support Frozen Charlotte with music, video editing, graphics and web design.
Artist / Designer
Rosie feels a bit like a moon of Planet Frozen Charlotte, orbiting since the early days of Moussa’s Castle. From her viewpoint, she sees a company which has created captivating and life affirming work, particularly for young children and their parents/carers. As an associate artist she is looking forward to the next phase of great work, which will build on the experiences and relationships gained through dedication and a love of life.
Claire is a graduate of Glasgow School of Art and Master of Fine Art, Queen Margaret University and has been designing for Theatre since 2002. As well as working with Frozen Charlotte to help bring Paperbelle to life, she has been very fortunate to work with various companies including Wee Stories, Visible Fictions, Fish and Game, Stellar Quines, Grid Iron, Platform, Borderline, Ros Sydney, A Moment’s Peace, the Macrobert’s Art Centre, Smallpetitklein, Grinagog, Cultured Mongrel, Bird’s of Paradise, the National Theatre of Scotland and Magnetic North.
Claire has also designed several film festivals for Tilda Swinton and Mark Cousins and had developed and created many interactive events and workshops for the Edinburgh International Science Festival.
She is co-founder of The Envelope Room, a network set up to support and promote stage designers in Scotland.
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Samuel has worked with Frozen Charlotte since 2010 in their production Sense, his first job out of studying Acting and Performance at Queen Margaret University. He has also worked on Blush, Too Many Penguins? and other workshops with the company.
Outside the company, Samuel works as a performer, writer, workshop leader, science communicator and theatre maker.
Brenda was Co-Artistic Director of Frozen Charlotte from 2010 – 2015.
Brenda directed Sense by Anja Hilling and Co-Directed the devised shows Pink, Blush and Blushing. She was dramaturg on Moussa's Castle, Paperbelle, Too Many Penguins? and A Million Miles Away. She shaped the development of the company and its engagement with young people and communities, through an exciting range of residency projects. As an Associate with Company of Angels Brenda worked on Theatre Café projects and directed Isberg by Pascal Brullemans and Iphigenia by Pauline Mol.
Brenda has worked for companies (including Theatre Centre, Heart n’ Soul, Visible Fictions and National Theatre of Scotland) directing large-scale community projects, new-writing education programmes, youth theatre and short films. During the period 2013 - 2015 Brenda commuted to work from Australia! This enabled her to work as a dramaturg for Performing Lines (WA) and as an Artist-in-Residence in remote communities through Awesome Arts’ Creative Challenge project. Currently living in Cornwall, Brenda is an Associate Lecturer at Falmouth University and spends her days pottering in the woods with her young son. Despite all the moving Brenda continues as an Associate Director with Frozen Charlotte.
Stanley first worked with Frozen Charlotte back in 2006 helping to devise and perform as Moussa in Moussa’s Castle which was first presented at Imaginate Children’s Festival in 2007 and then toured the UK. In 2011 Stanley also worked with the company as part of a residency at Holy Trinity Primary and Nursery School, lead by Heather Fulton. The Residency was a collaboration between the company and staff and pupils at the school round themes of exploration and play.
Stanley’s next project with Frozen Charlotte was as part of the creative team developing Paperbelle in 2010 in witch he played Eric. Paperbelle was performed at Imaginate and as part of the Made in Scotland project at at the Edinburgh Fringe festival. Stanley (Eric) and Paperbelle have since toured the UK, Ireland, Germany, Norway, Bahrain, Luxembourg, France and most recently China in 2015 & 2016.
David is an Aberdeen-born actor who trained at L.I.P.A. He has worked with Frozen Charlotte on How To Grow A Dinosaur, The Library and A Million Miles Away, and he always has a lovely time.
His credits include Caliban in Blood of the Young's Secret Show 1, Fari in Mischief (A Play, a Pie and a Pint), Right Lines' Rapid Departure, The Wakeful Chamber(A Play, A Pie and a Pint), A Midsummer Night's Dream with Bard in the Botanics, HOWL[ing] at The Arches/ Traverse, Master Ford in the R.S.C. Dell Season’s The Merry Wives Of Windsor, Romeo in Romeo and Juliet (Lodestar), and the U.K. tour of Over the Rainbow.
David lives in Glasgow and likes to sing and play the guitar and drums.
Musician / Performer
Greg Sinclair is an award-winning performance maker, cellist and composer. He is the recipient of a Children’s Theatre Fellowship from The Arts Foundation.
With Frozen Charlotte he was composer / musician for Peep and composer for Too Many Penguins? He’s also been known to be a very sleepy pirate! He has also composed music for Curious Seed, Lung Ha, Dundee Rep, Fish & Game, Macrobert, and Starcatchers.
His performance ‘Sonata for a Man and a Boy’ was the winner of the 2013 Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland award for Best Production for Children and Young People and his show As The Crow Flies was a collaboration with young people in two different locations who livestreamed into the performance.
Artist / Designer
Katy hopes to inspire and uplift people of all ages with her work. Katy works from a visual perspective on theatre shows, films, art workshops, gigs and regularly works with a group of young mums and babies.
Heather Fulton was the first director she designed a set with and they have a real short -hand together. Katy loves getting excited with Heather about new and old projects ! Together they have worked on Peep, Moussa's Castle, Robin and Too Many Penguins? - and they have just finished writing and illustrating a book to go alongside this show.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
As a Drama Practitioner and writer, Rebecca feels that she gets to play for a living and is passionate about enriching the lives of children and young people – which is precisely why she is thrilled to serve on the board of Frozen Charlotte.
When she is not busy playing at work she enjoys family trips away with her husband and two young children in their campervan.
I am on the board of Frozen Charlotte because I care deeply about the arts and the overwhelmingly positive influence it can have on young people's lives. I am a secondary school guidance and drama teacher in East Lothian.
Before this I was a professional actor for 10 years working both nationally and internationally.
It's a real privilege to serve on Frozen Charlotte's board, and to help this brilliant and creative company to deliver exciting and innovative theatre projects for children.
After 17 years as a BBC journalist and award-winning audio producer, I now run Bespoken Media, a podcast production and training consultancy in Edinburgh. I am a proud dad to primary-aged twin boys.
It's an absolute pleasure to be part of the Frozen Charlotte board and play a part in this brilliant children's theatre company. As a mum to 2 young children, I know how beneficial creativity in all its forms is to their wellbeing.
Having spent most of my working career working in the Corporate world in Graduate Recruitment, I retrained in social media management and digital communications. I now work with service led and third sector organisation helping them find their online voice.
As a lawyer I have no real background in the performing arts industry but I understand and have seen the importance of creativity and artistic freedom on children, being a mum to a very creative 2 year old.
I am hoping that my business background can bring a different perspective and set of skills to the Board and I feel very lucky to have been asked to join.