Meet The Company
Caroline Clegg - Artistic Director
Caroline, a successful actor and award winning theatre and opera director founded Feelgood in 1994, since then she has produced and directed all of their shows. Risk and adventure informs all her work and in 2004 she was delighted when Feelgood were given a Civic Reception by the Lord Mayor of Manchester in recognition of the company’s work. In 2005 she was named Lancashire Woman of the Year, in 2006 she was awarded the Angel Award for Excellence and the John Thaw Fellowship by Manchester University and in 2007 she was awarded the Manchester Evening News Horniman Award for her ‘outstanding contribution to live theatre’.
Also in 2007 Caroline directed From the Hart, a new musical at the New End Theatre, Hamstead, to national critical acclaim. She freelances with Welsh National Opera, Opera North and English National Opera and recently directed Aida and Carmen in 15 000 seater arenas in Zurich and Hamburg for Companions Opera. She won the Manchester Evening News Award for Harrison Birtwistle’s Down by the Greenwood Side at the RNCM and the UK/LA Festival and was nominated for Best Opera for her production of Donizetti’s Il Campenello for the Buxton Festival. She has lectured at RNCM, Royal College of Music, Cheetham’s School of Music and as a keen advocate of drama training of excellence she is a reviewer for the NCDT. She is in demand to create and direct large scale events such as the Millennium Eve and VE Day Celebrations as well as special gala’s with the Halle Orchestra with singers such as Dame Janet Baker and Kiri te Kanawa. She founded the Bramall Hall Arts Festival and directed La Boheme al fresco in the inaugural year. In 2006, with the Halle she directed the first British staging of the Shostakovich opera The Silly Little Mouse and as Artistic Director of Celebrity Pig, a company of actors with a learning disability, she directed their adaptation; Romeo and Juliet - A Question of Choice at the Lowry, with their patron Christopher Eccleston. As an actor you will have seen her recently as Thelma Cross, Lord Longfords PA in the award winning drama Longford, chief executive Joanna Hopkins in Holby City and opposite a dead dog to wind up Wayne Rooney last year in Rio’s World Cup Wind Ups.
In 2008, in between completing an MA, reviving David Pountneys production of Janaceks opera The House of the Dead at the Teatro Massimo in Sicily and directing Spring Awakening, by Wedekind at Manchester Metropolitan University, Caroline produced and directed Eloquent Protest III at the Trafalgar Studios in London.
This year has seen no respite for Caroline, with projects including reviving the critically acclaimed Paradise Moscow by Shostakovich for Opera North (currently on tour) and extensive research on the commissioned play Slave, the true story of Mende Nazer, which will open in 2010.
She is currently in preparation for this summers much-anticipated return to Heaton Park with her internationally-cast, groundbreaking production of William Shakespeares Macbeth, the latest in a long line of her speciality promenade productions. In November Eloquent Protest will once again be the West End featuring Tony Benn and a host of well-known and respected performers, writers and artists.
Caroline continues to relish creating hugely varied and exciting challenges and would also like to work in traditional spaces with building based companies to extend the possibilities not only of site specific work but of creating innovative collaborations.
Faith Watson - Musical Director
As the director of ‘Singing for Larks’, Faith has been running choirs and Harmony Singing Workshops throughout the country and abroad for nearly 20 years. She likes to encourage everyone to discover the joy of singing together in harmony (though it’s only with Feelgood that they have to wear outrageous costumes, dance, fight and get soaking wet at the same time!) She writes and arranges acapella songs for all the groups she works with. Previous work with Feelgood includes: The Wizard of Oz, The Wind in the Willows, Rosa, The Three Musketeers, Dracula -The Blood Count, Arthur -King of the Britons and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Noreen Kershaw - Associate Director
Noreen is a successful Actor and Director. In 2008 she directed Road and Spring and Port Wine at Bolton Octagon for their 40th Anniversary Season and prior to that she directed a low budget feature film Act of Grace and for Christmas 2007 was the Stage Director for the live Liverpool Nativity. Her most recent television appearance was as Phyllis in Life on Mars. She has been Associate Director for Feelgood since 2004.
Allison Clarke - Designer
Allison has worked with Caroline Clegg for thirteen years now, in music theatre, education projects and on all of Feelgood’s main productions. She also works at the Arden School of Theatre and Opera North, Scottish Opera and Welsh National Opera freelance education teams. Her work varies from full-scale, newly commissioned community operas to integrated group work in special schools. She has also collaborated with Caroline Clegg on projects such as the music theatre piece by Nicola Lefanu Dawnpath at the Royal Northern College of Music, Barber of Seville at Civit Hills Opera and A Feast Fables at The Bridgewater Hall involving 6 schools. She also designed the eclectic spectacular Mystery Plays in York Minster working with 180 children and designs each year for Blackpool Grand’s Youth Project.