Ingenious Purpose


Cast & Creative Team


SIMON SLATER (Derek Eveleigh)
Recent theatre includes Chariots Of Fire (Hampstead/Gielgud Theatre), Viva Forever (Piccadilly Theatre), Mamma Mia 4 years playing Sam Carmichael (Prince Edward and the Prince of Wales), For Services Rendered (Watermill Theatre), Earth and Sky (Nuffield Theatre and national tour), Waiting for Godot (Nuffield), Honk (Watermill), Song of Singapore (Minerva Chichester), Sugar Hill Blues (Warehouse and Hampstead), Forbidden Broadway (Fortune Theatre), the award winning The Great White Hope (Tricycle), Aspects of Love (Sydmonton Festival), as well as seasons at Bristol Old Vic, Oldham, Liverpool Everyman, and Farnham.
Film appearances include The Iron Lady, Dealers, The Fool, and the award winning short Detour.
Simon has made over 200 television appearances including Spooks, Passage, Angel Cake, Hotel Babylon, Where the Heart is, Heartbeat, The Frank Skinner Show, The Cappucino Years, The Armando Iannucci Show, In a Land of Plenty, Monarch of the Glen (2 series), Hornblower, Invasion Earth Preston Front, Fragile Heart, Out of Sight, The Detectives (2 series), McCallum, Peak Practice, The Chief (2 series), Chef, Sam Saturday, Doctor Who, The Bill, London’s Burning, Birds of a Feather, and Inspector Morse.
Audio Books include Children of the Revolution, Before the Poison, Watching the Dark, Coco and Igor, One Night in Winter and Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel for which he won an Audie.
Simon has composed over 200 original scores for TV, film and theatre. Most recently he was nominated for an Olivier for his music for Constellations (Royal Court/Duke of York’s), Great Expectations (Vaudeville Theatre), Raving (Hampstead Theatre), The Lady and the Van (National Tour) and Henry V, Julius Caesar, and Romeo and Juliet (RSC).

Creative Team

Douglas Post’s plays, which include Cynical Weathers, Blissfield, Drowning Sorrows, Earth and Sky and Murder in Green Meadows, and musicals, which include God and Country, The Real Life Story of Johnny de Facto and The Wind in the Willows, have been produced in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Canada, England, Wales, Germany, Austria, Russia and China.  He has also been commissioned to write screenplays for Warner Bros. and NBC, teleplays for WMAQ-TV, and several radio adaptations of his scripts.  On three occasions, he has been selected to develop his work at the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference and once at the O’Neill National Music Theater Conference.  He has received the L. Arnold Weissberger Playwriting Award, the Midwestern Playwrights Festival Award, the Cunningham Commission Award, the Blue Ink Playwriting Award and three Playwriting Fellowship Awards from the Illinois Arts Council, and has been nominated for a Joseph Jefferson Award and an Emmy Award.  Mr. Post lives in Chicago where he is a founding member of the Victory Gardens Playwrights Ensemble, teaches at Chicago Dramatists, and has composed songs and incidental music for over 25 productions.

Patrick’s production of Chris Dunkley’s new play Smallholding (Nuffield and HighTide Festival Theatre) will open at the Soho Theatre in February 2014. His site specific production of Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler for Palimpsest will play at Burgh House, Hampstead, Sutton House, and other London venues in March.
Patrick’s production Bully Boy by Sandi Toksvig was the opening production in the Main House of St James Theatre in September 2012. He also directed Charity Begins… by Sandi Toksvig for The Sky Arts Theatre Live Season together with Syrinx by Kate Mosse. He has directed two other plays by Douglas Post – Murder in Green Meadows and Earth and Sky.
Patrick stood down as Artistic Director of The Nuffield Theatre this year, after 24 years 11 months. He won Best Director in the TMA awards for Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing and a new play The Winter Wife by Claire Tomalin (nominated for five TMA awards and transferring to the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith). Exchange by Trifonov adapted by Michael Frayn played at the Vaudeville Theatre, with Martin Jarvis and Rosalind Ayres. Many other new plays include The Dramatic Attitudes of Miss Fanny Kemble by Claire Luckham, starring Brenda Blethyn, which he also directed in Australia, In Broad Daylight by Lesley Bruce at the Tricycle, and Peeler and The Shagaround (also at The Soho Theatre), both by Maggie Nevill.
British premieres of foreign plays include Woody Allen’s The Floating Lightbulb (with Sylvia Syms and Lee Montague), two Australian comedies: Dead White Males by David Williamson and Tony MacNamara’s The John Wayne Principle (also at The Pleasance, London) and Beach Wedding by Didier Van Cauwelaert (with Nichola McAuliffe and Adrian Lukis). Classics include Hamlet with Stephen Noonan and John Woodvine, Chekov’s Three Sisters with Imogen Stubbs – nominated TMA Best Touring Production, A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Capetown (nominated Best Production, Fleur du Cap awards), Oedipus Rex at the ancient amphitheatre in Paphos Cyprus (with Oscar, Pearce, Jessica Turner and Zena Walker) and Twelfth Night at the Theatre Des Deux Rives, Rouen.
Earlier Artistic Directorships include The Lyric Theatre, Belfast where he produced many new plays about the political situation by writers including Christina Reid, Graham Reid, Dan Magee, Stewart Parker and Martin Lynch.
He is currently developing a new play by Penny Gold about Peggy Guggenheim. He began his career at Perth, Scotland, under Joan Knight. Indian Peter a new play by Mike Maran tours Aberdeenshire and Northern Scotland in May. His adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is published by Nick Hern Books.

DAVID W KIDD (Original Lighting Design)
David’s extensive work has been seen in theatre, opera, ballet, music events, corporate theatre and commercial pantomime. Theatre includes The Pillowman (Leicester Curve), FEN (Finborough/National Theatre), Independent Means (Library Theatre, Manchester), Nostalgia (Theatre Royal, Plymouth), White Boy (Soho Theatre), Resident Alien starring Bette Bourne (New End Theatre), Milestones (Watford Palace Theatre), A Tribute to Siegfried and Roy (London Palladium), Relish (Shoreditch Tramshed), The President’s Holiday (Hampstead Theatre), The Taming of the Shrew and Dick Barton – Special Agent (Nottingham Playhouse), Lunch With Marlene, From The Hart, Halpern and Johnson and Whatever Happened to the Cottondress Girl? (New End Theatre), The Anniversary (Garrick Theatre), The Female Odd Couple (Apollo Theatre), Paul Merton Live! (London Palladium), Many Roads To Paradise (Jermyn Street Theatre), Relish (Tramshed), Jack and the Beanstalk (Hackney Empire). David has lit many productions at the Nuffield Theatre, Southampton including Woody Allen’s Writer’s Block, Bloodshot, Antony & Cleopatra, Twelfth Night, Earth & Sky, The House of Bernarda Alba, The Playboy of the Western World, A Streetcar Named Desire, She Stoops To Conquer, Don Quixote and Three Sisters (2002 TMA Award Best Design).
Ballet and opera includes Peter and the Wolf (Ballet Flanders, Royal Carré Amsterdam, UK tour, Stadsschouwberg Antwerp and New Victory Theater, New York), Andersen’s Fairy Tales (Bulgarian National Ballet, Opera Sophia) Die Walküre (De Ny Opera, Denmark) and Caracalla’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (London and Toronto). Off Broadway designs include Unsuspecting Susan starring Celia Imrie and Tabloid Caligula.

TOM KITNEY (Associate Lighting Designer)
Tom trained at Royal Holloway, University of London. Recent Lighting Design includes Santaphrenia (The Leicester Square Theatre), Halbwelt Kultur (The Jermyn Street Theatre), Cyrano (The Malthouse), Frugal Feasts (Deda), The London Cuckolds (Pleasance Islington), Geek! A New Musical (Tristan Bates Theatre), The Secret Garden (UK Tour/Greenwich Theatre/King’s Head Theatre), Encore! Dance (UK Tour), My Favourite Madman (Tristan Bates Theatre/Edinburgh Fringe), Cirque de Danse (Pleasance Edinburgh), The Hound of the Baskervilles (Hever Castle Festival Theatre), The Anorak (The Lion and Unicorn Theatre), Macbeth (video design) (The Wilde Theatre). Recent Assistant Lighting Design includes Bloodshot (relight) (Canterbury Festival), Emily Howard: Zatopek! (The South Bank Centre), The Grumpiest Boy (UK Tour), The Phantom of the Opera (The Harrogate Theatre), The Crucible (St Mary’s Studio Theatre).
Tom also regularly works for Fuel Theatre, National Youth Music Theatre, and Dirty
Dancing in the West End. His CV and portfolio can be found at