Meet The Company

Heather AllanHeather

Although Heather works full time in the Construction Industry, her true love has always been performing. She has been lucky enough in the past to work professionally as an actor at The London Dungeons, a Princess for a children’s party company and sing as a member of a three piece Motown Tribute band that performed in venues all over the country. Musical Theatre credits include: Nancy (Oliver!), Gertrude McFuzz (Seussical), Diva (Priscilla, Queen of the Desert), Helene (Sweet Charity), Ermengade (Hello Dolly!), Rosy (The Adventures of Mr Toad) and Swing (Chess and Avenue Q). Play credits include: Jo (Entertaining Angels), Miss Spider (James & The Giant Peach) Sorel (Death by Design), Frances (No Sex Please, We’re British), Tabitha Ragg (Sweeney Todd), The Nanny (The Bloody Chamber) and Irina (Three Sisters). Shakespeare credits include: Juliet (Romeo and Juliet) and Cobweb (A Midsummer Night’s Dream). Pantomime credits include Dick (Dick Whittington), Genie of the Lamp (Aladdin) and Much (Robin Hood).

Leisa Cooke

Leisa

Leisa has had nearly 40 years of being able to do the thing she loves most – performing. She trained at the Hertfordshire Theatre school and went on to work in London, performing at various fringe venues in and around Camden in a variety of Shakespeare and contemporary pieces. Her most memorable production was at the Bloomsbury Theatre as Miss Polanski in Promises, Promises with Helen Shapiro and Christopher Ryan. Moving forward, she has been fortunate to perform in countless productions, including, Emily Tallentire (The Hired Man), Marion Paroo (The Music Man), Polly Baker (Crazy For You), Eliza Doolittle (My Fair Lady) Euridice (Orpheus in the Underworld), Micaela (Carmen), The Baker’s Wife ( Into The Woods), Beggar Woman (Sweeney Todd), Kate Monster (Avenue Q), Florence Vassey (Chess), Lady of the Lake (Spamalot), Hannah Timara (Cloud), Lilly Vanessi/Katharine (Kiss me, Kate), Gertrude McFuzz (Seussical) and Mary Magdalene (According to Mary – Bedford performance). Play credits include Sarah (Entertaining Angels) Elizabeth Proctor (The Crucible), The Vagina Monologues, Mrs Johnson (Blood Brothers) Bernadette (Stags and Hens), Catherine Mompesson (Roses of Eyam), Katie Corbet (LIVE! – which Leisa also helped to convert from film to stage) and Curly’s Wife (Of Mice and Men) to name a few.

Michael HorneMichael

Michael has been performing in shows for over 30 years, having started out in a small pantomime group in the village where he grew up. Since then, he has performed and directed with companies in Great Dunmow, Bishop’s Stortford, Stevenage and Sharnbrook, Bedfordshire.
He trained for three years at the Ripon Operatic Summer School taking on both chorus and principal roles.
His principal acting roles include Brin (Cloud: a new musical), Dorsey (Parade) and Paul (Company), all with Sharnbrook Mill Theatre; Ravenal (Show Boat in Concert) and Robert (The Drowsy Chaperone), with ShowCo Bedford; Thomas Andrews (Titanic), Motel (Fiddler on the Roof), Anthony (Sweeney Todd) and Oscar (Sweet Charity), with Stevenage Lytton Players; Freddie (My Fair Lady), Arac (Princess Ida) and Cable (South Pacific), with The Dunmow Players.
With Sharnbrook Mill Theatre, he directed the musical The Last Five Years in 2022 and the play The Crucible in 2018. With Stevenage Lytton Players, he directed Proof, Anything Goes, Godspell and The Crucible.
When not performing or directing or designing artwork for productions, he is a computer programmer in Cranfield and lives in Potton with his surprisingly understanding wife and step-children. He can be found on Twitter @recantha.

Daniel Fortune

Daniel is a professional session singer and has performed alongside musicians who have backed the Elvis touring band, Celine Dion, Sheena Easton and a singer who recorded several albums of backing vocals for Elton John.  Musical Theatre credits include: Tony (West Side Story), Link Larkin (Hairspray), Danny Zuko (Grease), Emmett Forrest (Legally Blonde the Musical), Chad (All Shook Up), Joe Casey (Our House), Robbie Hart (The Wedding Singer), The Artful Dodger (Oliver!) and Daddy Brubeck (Sweet Charity). Play credits include: Mickey (Blood Brothers), Treat (Orphans), John (Whose Life is it Anyway?), Michael (Parents Evening) and most recently Kriston (Stop! …The Play).

 

Alan Mackenzie

AlanAlan studied Modern Languages at St John’s College, Cambridge. After a postgraduate opera course at the Guildlhall School of Music and Drama in London and moving to Brussels in 1983 he has played Toad (Toad of Toad Hall), and with the Brussels Light Opera Company as Sir Despard Murgatroyd (Ruddigore), Jack Point (The Yeomen of the Guard), Mars and John Styx (Orpheus in the Underworld), Danilo (The Merry Widow) – in 1991 and 2005, Captain Corcoran (HMS Pinafore), Pooh-Bah (The Mikado), Falke (Die Fledermaus), Baron de Gondremarck (La Vie Parisienne), the poet Hajj (Kismet), Pseudolus (A Funny Happened on the Way to the Forum) and Sweeney (Sweeney Todd). He also appeared in Brussels as Osborne (Journey’s End). Returning to Bedford in 2018 he has appeared with the Swan Theatre Company as Magwitch (Great Expectations) and as Julius Caesar and has trod the boards in two productions for the Bedford Drama Club. He also wrote and performed in an affectionate play about Florence Foster Jenkins – Lady Florence – which was presented at the Quarry Theatre as part of the Bedfringe in 2021. As an antidote to amateur dramatics, he has also written and self-published a collection of short stories and two novellas.   

Bridget Peirson-Davis 

Bridget

Bridget has loved to sing and act from an early age.  Aged 5 she took to the stage as Mary in Higham Ferrers Junior School Christmas Nativity
play and a few years later as a teddy bear in Kettering Convent’s annual show.  Whilst boarding at Overstone School Northampton aged 11 she met her singing teacher, Anne Griffin, to whom she will be forever grateful for introducing her to an extensive range of soprano classical repertoire in a variety of genres and languages.  

Over the years, Bridget sang and acted her way through music festivals, concerts, leads in operas, musicals and plays and took on the role of artistic director for local amateur groups before being encouraged by a good friend to attend a BA honours degree course in Music and Drama at the University of Northampton.  After graduating she was asked to teach singing at the same University, but was soon to move to Belgium where she ran a drama club for a while and continued to teach singing for 11 years at the British School of Brussels and then privately at home.  During the 18 years she spent in Belgium, she became local representative for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.  She appeared in many musicals and plays and as soprano soloist in oratorio works including Handel’s Messiah and Haydn’s The Creation with the International Chorale of Brussels.  As well as treading the boards, Bridget returned to directing musicals and plays including Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd, Harburg and Allen’s The Wizard of Oz and Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Gondoliers and plays including Sherriff’s Journey’s End.  In Brussels and Antwerp she recorded voice overs for museums, churches, English learning programmes, short stories for CityBooks and post production voice over work for the film The Happy Prince.

Since returning to the UK in 2018, Bridget has appeared in plays in Bedford with Swan Theatre Company and Bedford Drama Company.  Had Covid not closed our theatres in 2020, she would have appeared in Bedford Marianettes production of Rob Parker’s For Love or Money.  She regularly sings in concerts and as guest soloist with Kempston Musical Society and Ouse Valley Singers under the baton of her friend and accompanist Janet Welsh.  Recently she played a brief character role for a popular ITV entertainment programme.  Bridget is a member of the actors’ union Equity and the Association of Teachers of Singing.

Jess

Jess Samples

Usually found in the History classroom, Jess enjoys performing whenever she can! Most recently Jess was part of Once Upon a Christmas Song (Sharnbrook Mill Theatre). Jess began performing in musicals when she was five years old, participating in a range of local community productions including Emperor’s New Clothes and Whistle Down The Wind (Castle Theatre, Wellingborough).  Musical Theatre credits include: On the Street Where You Live,  A-Z of Musical Theatre, Naughty Numbers (University of Birmingham), Scaramouche (We Will Rock You), Frenchy (Grease), Bird Girl (Seussical) and Fizzy (Bugsy Malone). Shakespeare credits include: Emilia (Othello). Jess was delighed to be invited to be a tutor at Sharnbook Mill Theatre’s Youth Theatre Summer School 2021.

 

Becky Woodham

Becky has been singing and acting since her school days and whilst she has no formal training, hopes she is improving! She enjoys treading the boards alongside her husband, Mark. As part of several amateur groups, her Musical Theatre credits include Mrs Blitztein (Blitz), Margaret Grace (A Man of No Importance), Var (Cloud, a new musical), Bad Idea Bear (Avenue Q), as well as taking part in various concerts including backing Russell Watson in Milton Keynes Theatre, According to Mary in Peterborough Cathedral and St Paul’s, Covent Garden, and Once Upon a Christmas Song at Sharnbrook Mill Theatre with many others of the Standing in the Wings company. Whilst her main love is musicals, Becky has enjoyed returning to acting over the past few years, in productions such as The Vagina Monologues, Goody Nurse (The Crucible), Helene (A Doll’s House), Ruth (Entertaining Angels) and Wendy (Duets).

 

Mark Woodham

With around 30 years’ experience, Mark has performed in plays, musicals and choirs mainly in and around Northampton, Wellingborough and Sharnbrook.Roles have included: The Wizard (The Wizard of Oz), The Monsignor (Sister Act), Moonface (Anything Goes), Apostle Thaddias (Jesus Christ Superstar), Boone (Whistle Down The Wind), Ritchie (A Chorus Line), Mr. Sowerberry (Oliver!), Benny Southstreet (Guys and Dolls), Galahad’s Mum (Spamalot), Brian (Avenue Q), Bardolph (Entertaining Angels), Jonathan (Duets), Rasher Flynn (Man of No Importance), Asylum Keeper (Sweeney Todd), Old Man Strong (Urinetown), Lazar Wolf (Fiddler on the Roof), The Wolf and Rapunzel’s Prince (Into The Woods).Mark has also sung in many choir performances but most notable were for those accompanying Russel Watson and Alice Fearn on two of their 2016 tour dates and also performing in According to Mary in St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden. Mark’s favourite role remains as Father Christmas for many functions and events and also for Wicksteed Park during their 2020 season. Now lucky to have retired, Mark enjoys time spent with his PlayStation, koi and the garden and the odd architecture spotting trips to London. Mark is looking forward to sharing this new musical adventure with Standing in the Wings alongside his wife Becky who is also in the company.

 

More performers to be announced soon!