Daniel McGowan actor + puppeteer
Dan McGowan’s stage career includes Dave in Graeae's acclaimed 'Reasons to be Cheerful', which has toured internationally and featured prominently in the 2012 Paralympic Opening Ceremony; various roles in the New Wolsey tour of 'Our House'; lead roles in the Edinburgh Fringe First-winning 'The Echo Chamber' and 'The Ignatius Trail' with En Masse Theatre; the acclaimed 'A Real Humane Person Who Cares and All That' which began life at the Edinburgh Festival; More recently Dan has moved into writing and directing: his short film 'boat' was nominated for Best Welsh Short at the 2015 Cardiff Independent Film Festival; Dan has been Academy Director at Hijinx since 2014 and has loved giving Fred his potty mouth and inappropriate behaviour.
Richard Newnham actor
Richard Newnham is a Stand-up, film maker, impressionist and actor. Richard is a man of many talents. He has worked extensively with Bath’s Natural Theatre Company and Disability Arts Cymru’s Unusual Stage School, and joined the Hijinx Academy in 2013. A highly energised and positive performer, Richard is extremely versatile and can be heard giving his ‘David Attenborough’ in Hijinx’s show Snoutology for Beginners. Funded by Unlimited Impact and produced by Hijinx he recently wrote and performed in his own internet sit com titled Flat Mates.
Lindsay Foster actor
Lindsay Foster most recent appearance was as Professor White Fang in Hijinx’s production of Snoutology for Beginners, Lindsay is in her element as the dry-witted Professor. An actor with strong comedy skills, Lindsay has been a member of the Hijinx Academy since 2013 and previous to this trained with Disability Arts Cymru’s Unusual Stage School, for whom she appeared in numerous productions.
Gareth John actor
Gareth John has most recently appeared in Cardiff City Centre during the ‘City of the Unexpected’ weekend, a celebration of the life and works of Roald Dahl, organised by National Theatre Wales. He has also performed as a ‘Sleepwalker’ twice once in Cardiff and once in Wismar, Germany! Gareth has been training with Hijinx Academy since 2015 and in this time has shown his incredible talent as a performer. He is a cheeky chappy with a love of contemporary & street dance, and can often be seen taking part in performances with various dance groups that he is also a member of.
Ben Pettitt-Wade actor + director
Ben Pettitt-Wade is Artistic Director at Hijinx. He has been with the company for the past 9 years in various roles. He has directed numerous productions for the company, including Snoutology for Beginners, Snooks Brothers Bank and Snooks Brothers Aquatic. His productions have toured both nationally and internationally. He is one of the UK’s leading directors specialising in creating performances that include learning disabled artists.
Morgan Thomas actor + puppeteer
Morgan Thomas trained as an actor at ATRiuM and the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama; he is represented by Regan Management. Morgan has worked both on screen and stage, toured nationally and internationally, notably with the highly physical 'Drumchasers - Narrated by Stephen Fry.' Recent performance credits include Punchdrunk Enrichment/Hijinx collaboration ‘Beneath the Streets,’ Frantic Assembly, National Theatre Wales and Wales Millennium Centre. Morgan is also a director, lecturer and theatre maker; he has a keen interest for devising physical based performance. Morgan aims to create and facilitate work that promotes inclusivity throughout the arts and society.
Sam Harding actor + puppeteer
Sam Harding was born in Cardiff 1990 to Gaynor Lougher and David Harding. Growing up within this incredible artistic family, Sam's mother being the (then) Artistic Director of Hijinx Theatre Company and father a freelance Painter and Artist, he couldn't help but follow in their creative footsteps. Performing on stage in Cardiff quickly became Sam's main focus and he decided to seek out professional training at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in London. After graduating Sam quickly began to work across the different genres of theatre and is excited to 'lend a hand' as a pupeteer during this tour.
Jess Mabel Jones actor + puppeteer
Jess Mabel Jones trained at Rose Bruford and is a Theatremaker, Performer and Puppeteer. Jess has a particular interest in art that is disabled-led, inclusive and accessible or that sets out change minds. A 'Total Theatre Award' winner, her work has toured inernationally and has been broadcast on BBC. Her puppetry practice is extensive and diverse, often influenced by the companies she has worked with including Blind Summit, Little Angel Theatre and Improbable.
Director: Ben Pettitt-Wade
Lighting Designer: Ceri James
Technician: Tom Ayres
Fred Theme music: Jonathan Dunn
Puppetry Dramaturgs: Tom Espiner & Giulia Innocenti, Blind Summit
Meet Fred is devised by the Company. Puppet designed and made by Blind Summit.