David Bellwood, Kate Baiden, Helen Jackson-Lyall and Alan Lane/Slung Low for their invaluable advice and support.
Our game will be run by a team of 3 Game Masters in relay, who’ll each be working with a Stage Manager. We also have a Back-Up Game Master on hand for the whole festival.
Chloe Mashiter – Creative Producer & Stage Manager
Chloe is (mostly) a theatre director and writer. She’s currently Laboratory Associate Director at Nuffield Theatres Southampton and Digital Artist for Headlong. She was Resident Assistant Director at Theatre Royal Plymouth from 2015-2016. Chloe has worked with companies such as Secret Cinema, Slung Low and GETINTHEBACKOFTHEVAN. She has made installations and interactive pieces for Plymouth Fringe Festival, In The Woods Festival, Artsadmin and more. She’d like to spend more time making horror theatre and figuring out how to mix gaming and performance. More info on Chloe and her work can be found here: www.chloemashiter.co.uk.
The first character Chloe ever played in a tabletop roleplaying game was a halfling rogue called Portia, who almost died after tripping and falling into a volcano.
Chris Hislop – Creative Producer, PR and Back-Up Game Master
Chris Hislop is a freelance theatre publicist. He has also worked as a theatre writer and critic, editor, development consultant and theatre director. He is working with numerous companies at the Edinburgh Fringe and in London, and more info can be found here: https://www.chrishislop.com.
As a publicist, he works with companies to create a combined PR/marketing campaign for their work. He has over 10 years experience in arts journalism and PR, and specialises in Off West End/fringe theatre in London and Edinburgh. He recently directed a new production of Howard Barker’s Gertrude – The Cry at Theatre N16.
Chris can’t remember his first character in a tabletop roleplaying game – it was over 10 years ago. Knowing him, it will have been some kind of annoying wiseacre.
Leo West – Game Master
Leo is an emerging writer and has co-penned two full length musicals, two plays and a concept album. During his studies at the University of Birmingham, he somehow got his tutor to agree to a dissertation on collaborative storytelling and RPGs. Leo has been running RPGs for over a decade.
Leo can’t remember the first character he played in a tabletop roleplaying game because he’s been at it for too damn long, but currently he’s playing a Sorcerer who has just been revived after 1000 years of petrification.
Reece Lord – Game Master
Reece studied Theatre and Creative Writing at UEL and has since worked on various children’s theatre productions. He currently works as a teaching assistant at a school for children with special education needs and in September will be returning to university to become a teacher. Reece has been playing table top RPGs for two years and currently runs a Dungeons & Dragons™ club for the students at his school.
The first character Reece ever played in a tabletop roleplaying game was a Hill Dwarf Life Cleric called Thoradid.
Alex Levene – Game Master
Alex has worked in a variety of roles within the performing arts industry. He has recently worked for VAULT Festival, C Venues and MK International Festival, as well as for a number of theatres in and around Bedford. Outside administration, programming, and audience development work Alex is a poet and spoken-word artist. He competes in Slam Poetry events, writes theatrical pieces, and develops new projects with his poetry-focused company Word Set Free.
The first time Alex played a tabletop roleplaying game he was an 11-year-old Game Master, who eventually killed all the player characters with a Gelatinous Cube.
Naomi Heathcote – Stage Manager
Naomi is a Drama Teacher by day and a fringe theatre maker by night who studied at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She has previously been involved as an Assistant Stage Manager/Producer for productions at the Southwark Playhouse in London, including Little Malcolm and his Struggle Against the Eunuchs (2015) and Playboy of the Western World (2015). She took a break from theatre to train as a teacher but is excited to get back to the fringe with this project. Naomi has been playing RPGs since she was 13.
The first campaign character that Naomi can remember playing in a tabletop roleplaying game was a dwarf monk named Augusta who liked punching holes in her enemies.
Catherine Elliot – Stage Manager
Catherine is a Glasgow based actress, theatre maker & one half of Theatre Jinx. A current member of the Tron Theatre’s Tron 100 Club Catherine has recently performed in pieces of new writing by Helen-Marie O’Malley (inVALID Voices) & Jennifer Adam (Rippling) as part of the Tron 100 Festival 2017.
Last year she made a move off stage, designing her first show, Modest Predicament’s Erin, Errol & the Earth Creatures at the Scottish Storytelling Centre as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016.
When she is not making theatre she can be found on the other side of the auditorium working between box office & front of house.
This is Catherine’s first foray in to the world of RPGs.