Into my 5th decade (man & Boy) in the cultural industries: within my timeline, many of the positions have ran parallel with other professional commitments inside and outside the cultural industries.
Started off on my career path volunteering as a roadie for a guitar/vocalist cabaret act around the north of England. Then as a roadie/crew at the start of the development of “Andy Prior’s Big Band” at big band festivals and events. Wrote topical comedy material and routines for club artists. Eventually went onto becoming a holiday rep’ in-between the long hours, writing sketches and cabaret shows around UK coastline and in Spain. This developed into stage management at Blackpool Pleasure Beach for Stageworks on the award winning “Mystique Illusion Show” staring, Bradley Walsh (who I wrote for) & illusionist Russ Stevens. Onto stage management at The Opera House, Winter Gardens, Blackpool working with comedians and touring pre and post west end musical theatre productions. Running parallel to this was being part of the SONY Award Winning Radio Show, “Bright Sunday” with the star being Russ Abbott writer and funnyman, Tom Bright along with guest star, impressionist Jon Culshaw. I also worked as PA for, now well established in musical circles, “Andy Prior and his Orchestra” on tour dates and at The Grand Theatre, Blackpool as part of the “That’s Showbiz” production. [an eclectic variety show staring Joe Pasquale].
A degree in TV Production at University of Manchester followed with work placements at Mersey TV on “Hollyoaks” & “Brookside” [Learning day-to-day disciplines of serial TV] and Michael Douglas’s Film & Theatre Production Company, “Furthur Films” in Manhattan, New York [Production research and cataloging book & film synopsis]. Whilst in NY, I studied the promotion versus actual delivery of cultural artistic and media events . Post honours degree, I enrolled as a student on Northwest Vision/ Metropolitan Film School’s “Script-To-Screen” Initiative where I worked with the initiative’s lecturer and director of ‘Letter To Brezhnev’s, Chris Bernard along with TV and Radio Producer, Chris Looby. I was also a production assistant for a film facilities company that lead to the development of Lancashire One TV.
Musicals: Book:”American Love” [WT]; Book & Lyrics: “His Master’s Voice” [with Ian Hooper & Keith Harris]; Book & Lyrics: “Boudicca: First Britannia Queen;”
Short Film: Com/Drama Writer/Director/Producer: “The Factory Act” & The Violent Majority; Additional Material: Granada/Yorkshire TV (for ITV) “The Andy Prior Big Band Special.”
Currently trying to move Boudicca FBQ onto the next level; writing a new musical on neo-contemporary Manchester and researching the background of key points for my next musical project.