Team CC...

LISA ADAMS-DAVEY, Artistic Director / Producer / Actor / Therapist.

Lisa founded Confiança Collaborative in October 2014, as a development of SuckitAndSee Productions, which she initiated in June 2014. Confiança comprises of highly successful Edge Hill University (EHU) Alumni, whom Lisa has worked closely with as a Senior Lecturer in Performing Arts at EHU from 2005. Now, commenting on them as a group of professional artists, Lisa says "I am absolutely delighted to have the privilege of working with such a committed, generous, and gifted group of young people. It is a joy to bring a company of like-minded people together to produce innovative and invigorating art."

Lisa's practice as an Artist, Director, Educator, and Consultant began in 1988 before graduating from East 15 Acting School. She went on to perform in London and the West End for a number of years before returning to Education when she gained a first class honours degree in Theatre Studies and English Literature (Bolton University), an MA in Contemporary Performance (Bretton Hall, University of Leeds), a PGCE (Huddersfield University), and several other qualifications in management and education.

Lisa has an avid interest in Wellbeing and the Human Condition, is a trained and practicing Therapist, with her research focusing on the interface between performance and therapy. She writes transformative poetry and has composed the music, soundtracks, and songs for the productions that she has directed. Lisa's consultancy includes collaboration with the Royal Northern College of Music and she is a freelance instructor for Mental Health First Aid England.

Lisa directed They Shoot Dogs (Philip, S. 2009) in 2014 and also played the part of Ruth's Mum. In 2015 she co-created and performed in Silent Scars I for the Playhouse Theatre, Liverpool, with freelance artists Karyn Rayner-Killiner and Rachael Mutch, and in the same year she produced the mini-documentary Dramatising Complex Trauma, which was previewed at the Everyman Theatre, Liverpool, with Confiança Collaborative for World Mental Health Day. The documentary was presented as part of a research paper at the Theatre and Performance Conference, University of Central Lancashire (June 2015) and the International Performance Conference, IUGTE, Austria (Dec. 2015). Lisa directed and produced Red Carpet, by Liverpool playwright Mark Curtis, for the company, which premiered in October 2017, and played the parts of Dr. W. and the Vicar. Lisa presented a research paper / masterclass focusing on the production processes for Red Carpet at the International Performance Conference, IUGTE, Austria (Dec. 2017), entitled Crossing the Boundaries between Performance and Therapy: The Psycho-Creative Process. The research analyses the company's rehearsal strategies of exploring the interface between therapy and interdisciplinary performance. 

Alongside managing Confiança, Lisa now has a private practice - Trust Therapy, East Sussex - and works for CRUSE Bereavement Care and Place2Be Children's Mental Health Charity.

ELRIC CADWALLADER, Actor.

Elric graduated from Edge Hill University in 2008 with a first class degree in Drama, and subsequently returned to the University to complete his MA in 'Making Performance' in 2011. During this time he co-founded GreasySpoon Theatre, during which time he explored 'Theatre of the Grotesque' in such varied projects as Hamlet, Cirque D'oublie, The Road Less Taken, Art, and Raccoon, which was performed in the crypt at the CUC in Liverpool.  Elric played Gareth, Dwaine, and the Sergeant Major in the premiere of They Shoot Dogs at The Rose Theatre (Oct 2014) and, alongside his performance work with Confiança, he is a writer and core performer with MonMon, who completed a different show a month during a successful 12 month residency at the King's Arms in Salford during 2014/15. Elric played the role of Crazy Paving in Red Carpet with the company in 2017.

ALICE EADSON, Actor / Dancer / Aerial Artist.

Alice graduated from Edge Hill University in 2014 with a BA Hons in Dance and Drama with Aerial Performance (First Class). During her University years she furthered her professional practice with ‘EdgeofYourSeat’ Productions under the direction of Philip McGuinness, playing the lead role in Wonderland: ‘Trials of Alice.’ Alice has a background in drama, physical theatre, and gymnastics, and began her dancing career at the age of sixteen. She enjoys a modelling career and  made her professional debut on stage with They Shoot Dogs in October 2014. Alice is a founder company member of Confiança Collaborative and has recently graduated with an MA in Acting at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London.

SOPHIE EARL, Actor / Dancer / Physical Theatre Practitioner.

Sophie graduated from Edge Hill University in 2014 with a  2:1 BA Hons in Dance and Drama with Physical Theatres. Sophie succeeded extensively on all areas of performance during her studentship and played prominent roles in productions including Cell Block and Behind Closed Doors.  Sophie performed for Channel 5 Live on Don’t Stop Believing in 2010 and taught Musical Theatre for the Children’s Theatre School Powerplay in 2011. Since graduating, Sophie has been a children’s entertainer, a dance teacher with “Staged Kaos”, and debuted in They Shoot Dogs both as an actor and a Stage Manager. Sophie is a founder company member of Confiança Collaborative and, alongside her performance work, is a drama teacher.

NATALIE FLETCHER, Actor / Physical Theatre Practitioner.

Natalie graduated from Edge Hill University In 2008 with a BA (Hons) in Drama, Dance and Physical Theatre (2:1). She also trained with, and was a member of, the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain (NYT) for many years where she performed in projects such as Whose Shoes (The Lowry Theatre), Flight (Tour), and course assisted and stood on the NYT’S council. Recent Theatre Credits include: Fairy Sprite in Dick Wittington, Every Cloud Entertainments LTD (2016); Ruth and Carrie with Gambolling Arena Theatre Company (2016); Ellie, Murder Mystery Tour- France, Carafe Theatre Company (2016); Adele/Various Roles in Shakers, Deaf Dog Theatre Co (2016); Tiger in The Tiger who came to Tea, Gambolling Arena Theatre Company (2016); Multi-Roles in Dylan Thomas's Under Milk Wood with Gambolling Arena Theatre Company (2015); Tallulah Toonsbury, Murder Mystery, Gambolling Arena Theatre Company (2015); Sybil Fawlty in Fawlty Towers, Gambolling Arena Theatre Company (2015); Vocalist in the Ensemble Choir, The Skriker at the Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester (2015); Norma Snockers, Murder Mystery at St.Monks, Gambolling Arena Theatre Company (2014); Vocalist, Harmony Bells/ X-Mass Bells, S.W Events
(2014); Gretal, The Twitchy Witch, Gambolling Arena Theatre Company (2014); Megan/Tracy, They Shoot Dogs, the Rose Theatre (2014). Television Credits include: BBC1 Crimewatch Reconstruction, and ITV's Coronation Street. Natalie is currently performing on a cruise ship.

CAT FORMBY, Actor / Dancer / Physical Theatre Practitioner.

Following a long and successful career in the fitness industry, Cat went to Edge Hill University as a mature student, graduating in 2012 with a first class honours degree in 'Dance and Drama with Physical Theatres'. She then gained a place on the Postgraduate Acting course at ALRA North, graduating in December 2013 and gaining an MA in Professional Acting. In 2014, Cat began her career as a professional actor and played Alan’s Mum and David’s Mum in They Shoot Dogs. Following this she played Mirabelle for JB Shorts 12 in Mr Normal with Reallife Theatre Company, directed by Malcolm Raeburn and, alongside her performance work teaches fitness and dance. Cat is a founder company member of Confiança Collaborative and Lancashire Revels (Comedia del Arte). Cat played the role of Mo/Double Gusset in Red Carpet with the company in October 2017.

KYLIE HERON, Actor.

Kylie graduated from Edge Hill University in 2009 with a first class honours degree in Drama and returned in 2011 with her re-imagination of Euripides' Medea - re-entitled Kobayashi, which formed the basis of her MA studies. The piece was set in WWII Japan and America, and was created by adopting Japanese theatrical practices and utilising them with Western techniques.  She is now a core performer and writer in an acting troupe called MonMon and works with Chalice Productions, a theatre company for performers aged 16+.  Kylie has worked with Chalice on Much Ado About Nothing, an original piece entitled Forget Me Not, and more recently played “Mercutia” in Romeo and Juliet set in 1920s America. Kylie played Ruth in They Shoot Dogs for SuckitAndSee Productions and is a founder member of Confiança Collaborative. Kylie played the lead role of Susan in Red Carpet with the company in October 2017.

DANIELLE HOLLAND-JONES

Danielle graduated from Edge Hill University in 2017 with a 2:1 BA Honours degree in Musical Theatre and is an Actor/Singer/Stage Manager/ Musical Theatre Practitioner. She has a particular interest in therapeutic arts for mental health, concentrating on Alzheimer's patients and prison inmates. Her other research focus is re-working her dissertation performance, Speechless, in order to help rape victims voice their experiences and to help banish rape as a taboo topic. Danielle was invited to join Confiancia Collaborative in October 2017 in the role of Stage Manager for Red Carpet. 

DANNY KING, Actor.

Danny graduated with a BA Single Hons Drama (2:1) from Edge Hill University in 2010. He played leading roles during his studentship in Hamlet, Yerma, and Hecuba, which were performed both at the University and external venues. As a graduate, Danny has travelled extensively throughout Australia and South East Asia and returned to the stage performing several diverse roles in Decade, a short-play collaboration focusing on 9/11. He played a leading role as Alan in They Shoot Dogs (2014) and in 2016 performed numerous characters in Caryl Churchill’s Love and Information at the New Venture Theatre, Brighton. Danny is a founder company member of Confiança Collaborative. 

PHILIP McGUINNESS, Actor.

In a former 'life' Philip was a nurse and in 2009 decided to follow his passion for performance. Philip graduated in 2012 with a first class BA Hons in Drama from Edge Hill University and, before graduating, launched his own company, “EdgeofyourSeat” Productions, as an inclusive society for all years to work together on extra curricular performance. Philip continued as both a director and actor for the company into the professional field and has worked extensively as an actor since 2012. His many roles include Johnny in Spirits of Stone (Liverpool Everyman), George in The 86 Affair (Liverpool Actor’s Studio), Samuel in Exclaim (The Lowry, Manchester), Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet (Merseyside Theatre), Daniel in Daniel (Young Everyman & Playhouse), Rodney in an extensive tour (2016 to date) of The DelBoy Show with Laughlines Production Company, and Gaston in Beauty and the Beast at St Helen's Theatre Royal (2017). Philip’s Film and TV work includes Commercials for BetFred, Virgin Trains (Virgin), and Playstation (Sony), Hits Like a Girl (Hope Films), Little Moments Big Memories  (Daniel Hall Films), I Hope  (First Take Media), and the BBC's Coronation Street. Philip played Paul in They Shoot Dogs (2014) with SuckitAndSee Productions and remains a founder member of Confiança, alongside his other professional commitments.

CARL MORRIS, Actor.

Carl graduated with a 2:1 degree from Edge Hill University in 2012, having studied on the single Hons Drama Programme. During his time at University he played significant roles as an actor and broadened his skills into physical theatre work in No Man is an Island at Old Christ Church, Liverpool. Since graduating, Carl has followed a management career path, however, he returned to the stage with his professional debut as Deano in They Shoot Dogs (2014), which re-fuelled his love for acting. Carl went on to perform in Not the Horse at the 2015 Edinburgh Festival, is a founder company member of Confiança Collaborative, and represented the company  during the documentary screening of Dramatising Complex Trauma, as part of the round table event for World Mental Health Day 2015 at Everyman Theatre, Liverpool.

RACHAEL MUTCH, Visual Theatre Artist / Physical Theatre Practitioner / Production Management.

Rachael graduated with a first class BA Honours degree in Visual Theatre from Edge Hill University in July 2016. Rachael is a visual and physical theatre practitioner, with a particular interest in using the arts to engage and influence disadvantaged communities. Rachael was invited to join Confiança Collaborative in August 2016 to work on Production Management and as a Physical Theatre Artist in residence, having been an artistic collaborator on the performance of Silent Scars I in November 2015. At present, Rachael is a drama lecturer and a freelance artist. Rachael was a collaborative mixed-media artist for the company's production of Red Carpet in October 2017 and also played the role of Holly . 

CHRISTOPHER ROY, Actor.

Chris graduated with a 2:1 degree from Edge Hill University (EHU) in 2012, having studied on the single honours Drama programme. He successfully completed a PGCE at EHU in 2014 and They Shoot Dogs, with SuckitAndSee Productions, was Chris’s professional acting debut in his leading role as Ronnie. Chris has been a Day Time Scare Actor and Show Captain at Scream Fest in Burton (October-November 2014) and has written and directed a number of children’s theatre pieces, including A Christmas Calamity, Fairytale Farmyard, and Woodland Bunny Hunt. Chris represented the company during the documentary screening of Dramatising Complex Trauma, as part of the round table event for World Mental Health Day 2015 at Everyman Theatre, Liverpool. In 2016 he toured Britain, Scotland, and the Isle of Wight with a TIE production of Alice and performed in a number of short films, including Struggle with LBP Productions. At present, Chris enjoys both an acting and a teaching career and is a founder member of Confiança Collaborative. Chris played the role of Richard/Einsten's Bumhole in Red Carpet with the company in October 2017.

Samantha graduated from Edge Hill University in 2008 with a BA (Hons) in Drama, Dance and Physical Theatre (2:1). Following on from her studies, Samantha went on to work as a drama practitioner in schools with children who had social, learning and behavioural difficulties.  In 2011 she became part of the Creative Communities Unit at Staffordshire University in which she facilitated and participated in a two year international research project, Localise, exploring the methodology of study trips based in Community Arts and Cultural Animation with partners at Warsaw University (Poland) and Kaunas University (Lithuania) in which she travelled to Poland as part of the project. Samantha later furthered her training at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London to gain her MA in Advanced Theatre Practice (2014.)   Samantha’s key research during her MA explored cartography through the lived body, semiotics, and audience perception based on lived experience. Samantha’s theatrical credits include: Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Costa del sol Tour), Brook Ashton in Noises Off (Newcastle Players), Gail in Teechers (Stoke Repertory Theatre) and in 2016 she performed across Southern France with Carafe Theatre company as part of a devised ensemble murder mystery tour.  In 2016/17 she has been filming for an ongoing espionage web series called Year of Spies and works as a voice over artist for several commercial and corporate companies. Samantha played the role of Sam/Miss Muffet in Red Carpet with the company in October 2017.

NICKI WILLIAMS, Actor / Dancer / Physical Theatre Practitioner.

Nicki studied at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in London and later graduated from Edge Hill University in 2008 with a BA Honours in Drama, Physical Theatre, and Dance (2:1). Nicki has had a professional career in all aspects of performing for over ten years and her versatile professional credits include, television commercials and small television roles, roles in short films for SKY and American companies to lead roles in Shakespeare, plus starring as ‘Maggie Winslow’ in A Chorus Line.  Nicki joined the cast of They Shoot Dogs in its debut, successfully playing the role of ‘Woman with Baby’, is a founder member of Confiança Collaborative, and also enjoys a career as a drama lecturer.

CATRINA WILMOT, Designer / Visual Theatre Artist.

Catrina studied drama at The Charter School in 2010 and taught drama in Ghana.  Here she began her career as a designer of hand-made dresses, thereafter designing bespoke bridesmaids dresses for various events in 2011. In 2012 Catrina travelled to New York for three months to work as a Stage Manager with French Woods Performing Arts Camp, and later graduated with a BA (Hons) in Visual Theatre (2:1) from Edge Hill University in 2014. Catrina was the chief Designer for, and also performed in, They Shoot Dogs (2014) and is a founder member of Confiança Collaborative. Since 2010 Catrina has designed and co-ordinated for several design projects, has worked as a freelance wedding planner, and has managed  and administrated various youth projects. In 2016, she was the Stage Manager for The Charlotte Leatherbarrow Foundation Annual Gala and has managed numerous fundraising events in London. At present Catrina works in wardrobe and costume at St Martin’s Theatre  and is a freelance Dress Designer.                      

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© 2014 (latest update May 2019) by Lisa Adams-Davey for Confiança Collaborative

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