The Boards – 16th November 2012

Edinburgh’s first regular Musical Theatre Cabaret night at Edinburgh Playhouse’s Cocktail Bar, the Boards.

The stars of our show this evening…


Richard J Hunt

Training: Mountview Academy Of Theatre Arts

Theatre credits include: Fatty Arbuckle in Mack And Mabel (Southwark Playhouse), Judah/Baker in Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (UK Tour 09-12), Bamatabois/Loud Hailer/Ensemble in Les Miserables in Concert (Channel Islands tour 08/09) Principal Vocalist in New York, New York (Empus Productions); Parchester in Me and My Girl (London Palladium); Principal Vocalist for LivCom Awards (Beijing, China); Darryl Van Horne in The Witches of Eastwick (Albany, Deptford); Harry in Company (Chelsea Theatre); Pirate/Policeman in The Pirates of Penzance (St Paul’s, Vauxhall), Emcee in Cabaret, Colonel Pickering in My Fair Lady, the title role of Richard III (Studio Theatre, Mountview); Mr Akbar in The Diary of Me (Harlow Playhouse); Tony in West Side Story (Shaftesbury Theatre, Devon); Barnaby Tucker in Hello, Dolly! and Tommy the Cat in Dick Whittington (Princess Theatre, Torquay); Principal Vocalist in Night Fever (Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay); and King in Oliver! (National Tour). Also, Richard is a regular headliner at the ‘Hive’ cabaret evening at the Battersea Barge. He is also one of the founding members of ‘That’s Life’ – a Swing Revue Show, playing the role of Johnny.

Workshops include: Sal/Gregor in Victor/Victoria (Danielle Tarento/Southwark Playhouse) Lord ‘Stubby’ Stubbington in Before the Night ‘s Through (Lucky Stiff Productions); Mr Akbar in The Diary of Me (Harlow/SMP Productions); and Mary in The Last Breathe (Something on the Tongue Productions).

Television and film credits include: Christian Casting Dircetor in The Catch (Primley Road Productions/MWS Media); Fat Queen in Beautiful People (BBC2); The Nutcracker (Noisette Productions); Picnic (SKY TV/Rogue Films); Casualty (BBC Bristol); Teachers (Channel 4/Tiger Aspect); Down to Earth (BBC South West); Bertie and Elizabeth (Carlton TV); and Jamie in Jamie’s Story (Discovery UK Films).


Julia Cave

Julia Graduated with a first class honours degree from Mountview.

Theatre credits include; Handmaiden/Cover Narrator in Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (UK Tour), Roberta in Curtains (Landor Theatre), Prince Valiant in Sleeping Beauty (The Woodville), Production Singer onboard the Costa Mediterranea, Tessa in Short and Sweet (Union Theatre), Prince Charming in Cinderella (Belgrade Theatre), Hecuba (New Diorama Theatre), Beauty And The Beast (Prince’s Theatre).

Credits whilst training include; Rosalia in West Side Story, Diana Morales in A Chorus Line, Julie Jordan in Carousel and Lavinia in Titus Andronicus.

As a Choreographer/Movement Director her credits include; King Lear (The Space), Thank You Haters (#1 in itunes Comedy Chart), Women Of Troy (The Blue Elephant), The Gruffalo (Intrepid Theatre), Latecomers Will be shot –Four Screws Loose (Edinburgh Fringe), Tribe (Brighton Festival). As Assistant Choreographer; Step LIVE/Big Dance 2012 (Southbank Centre) and Jubilee (Tabard Theatre).


Steffan Lloyd-Evans

Steffan trained at Central School of Speech and Drama.

Television credits include:
Lee Hollins in ‘Pobol Y Cwm’ (BBC Wales), Elfyn in ‘Crwtyn Bach Y Simne’ (BBC Wales).

Theatre credits include:
Thomas Strizh in ‘Black Snow’ (Moscow Art Theatre), Ensemble in ‘HMS Pinafore’ (Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company), Ensemble in ‘Trial by Jury’ (Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company), Mordred/Anselm in ‘Gwyneth & the Green Knight’ (Music Theatre Wales), Grand Inquisitor in ‘Candide’ (Welsh National Youth Opera).

Credits at drama school include:
Nathan Detroit in ‘Guys & Dolls’,
Vershinin in ‘Three Sisters’, Doctor Baliardo in ‘The Emperor of the Moon’, John Macintyre in ‘Lovestruvk NW1’.

Workshops include:
Frank in ‘Merrily We Roll Along’ (Menier Chocolate Factory).


Darren Niven

Darren studied his BA Honours in Musical Theatre at Motherwell College and has been in and out of the profession for the last 3 years, since graduating. Darren is currently working as a teacher for local theatre and dance schools in his home town of Dunfermline as well a freelance choreographer for various amateur musical theatre companies. He is also working closely with Green Room UK, a new theatrical venture working toward being the first Scottish based musical theatre touring repertory company. Watch this space!



Andrew Gowland

Andrew trained as an actor at the Birmingham School of Speech and Drama (now Birmingham School of Acting), The College of Visual and Performing Arts, Kutztown University, USA, and the Royal Academy of Music, London.
He was Principal Singer and Company Manager for Belinda King Creative Productions onboard the QM2 for Cunard. He was thrilled to be invited by Conor Mitchel to perform in his new musical Mathilde at the Edinburgh Festival 2008, directed by Simon Callow and starring Frances Ruffelle and Anton Stephans. Other Theatre credits include: Dandini in Cinderella (Millfield Theatre); Aladdin (CMC) Wishie Washie; Carnaby Street (Dir. Murray Grant) Skye; Jack and the Beanstalk (Theatre North) Jack; A Man of No Importance (European Premier, Jack Lyons Theatre – Matt Ryan) Breton Beret & Dance Captain; Murderous Instincts (Savoy Theatre, Original West End Cast – Dir. Bob Carlton) understudying the roles Christopher and Miguel; The Oriana Theatre Company (CMC Ltd) as a Singer; Women Beware Women (Birmingham Hippodrome) The Ward; The Sea (Crescent Theatre – Dir. Ruth Carney) Hollarcut; The Mystery Of Edwin Drood (USA) Neville Landless; Into The Woods (Birmingham Hippodrome – Dir. Paul Kerryson) The Baker; and contracts for Chris Moreno and Paul Elliot on board Aurora for P&O World Cruises. In 2005/06 Andrew won an Ian Fleming Musical Theatre Award and was also the recipient of a Musical Theatre Grant from the Lionel Bart Foundation.

Andrew has been teaching in the UK and in the USA (for the Actors Outlet Drama School) for several years and is Managing Director of The MGA Academy.


Tabitha Watson

Tabitha completed her 2 years’ training in Musical Theatre at The MGA Academy of Performing Arts earlier this year. She has just returned from completing her first contract with TED Talent as a Singer/Dancer in Kos, Greece. She is home now for Christmas and has been offered a second contract with them starting in February.