“When she sings it’s as though her breath is soaked in paraffin; one spark, and the whole room would ignite” Daily Telegraph
Born in London of a French mother and Irish father, Camille moved to Cork, Ireland when she was a child. Prior to running away with the ‘_Circus_’ ‘_The Famous Spiegeltent_’ and ‘La Clique’ touring the world, she took a circuitous route to becoming a performer. She studied Fine Art Painting for a year and then went to UCD and graduated as an Architect, winning the prestigious Architectural Association of Ireland Award in 2000. She lectured in University and exhibited in the Royal Hibernian Academy as a painter.
As much storyteller as singer, Camille has a respected international reputation for her interpretations of the songs of Jacques Brel, Nick Cave, Tom Waits, Kurt Weill and shows a fearlessness in her work with her emotional intense performances. Chameleon like on stage, each song has a different character with its own story to tell and emotion to inhabit.
As an actress she has appeared in the films Over the Edge, November Afternoon (Director Once: John Carney). After being spotted by Ewan Bremner (Spud from Trainspotting) in La Clique, Camille appeared in the Oscar-nominated Mrs. Henderson Presents alongside Judi Dench, Bob Hoskins and Will Young directed by Stephen Frears. Theatrical productions include of One Night Stand, Tonight Lola Blau and Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd at the gate theatre, Dublin. She has been a special guest panelist several times on John Kelly’s arts programme The View (RTÉ One).
She recently toured with Shane McGowan and Sharon Shannon. She appeared in the Barbican alongside Jarvis Cocker, Mary Margaret O’Hara and a tribute to the music of Nick Drake performing with Martha Wainwright, Graham Coxon, Beth Orton, Harper Simon, Vashti Bunyan and Stuart Murdoch. She also performed recently at the Barbican tribute to Jacque Brel with Marc Almond, Diamanda Galas and Momus.
For a full biography please visit: http://www.camilleosullivan.com/
Tim is the author of seven novels: In the Place of Fallen Leaves (winner of the Hawthornden Prize and the Ruth Hadden Memorial Award), Wake Up, Blenheim Orchard, In a Land of Plenty (which was made into a ten-part BBC TV series), A Revolution of the Sun, Landed (shortlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2012 and the 2011 Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize, winner of the MJA Open Book Awards 2011) and Disputed Land.
Born in 1956, Tim grew up in Devon, left school at sixteen and had countless menial jobs before studying at the National Film and Television School. He has been Writer in Residence at Cheltenham Festival of Literature, and Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Oxford Brookes University, and has taught creative writing at Ruskin College and elsewhere.
In April 2012 Tim’s novel Landed was shortlisted for the prestigious IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, which recognises the highest quality literary writing published around the world.
Since 2011 Tim has been published in hardback by William Heinemann and in paperback by Windmill Books.
For a full biography please visit: http://www.timpears.com/
From 2011-2013 Tom was Festival Director of Cork Midsummer Festival, one of Ireland’s leading contemporary arts festivals. He was nominated for an Irish Times Irish Theatre Award in 2012 “for original and dynamic use of local spaces at Cork Midsummer Festival”.
His extensive work as a director over the past ten years includes productions for the Abbey Theatre, Gate Theatre, Rough Magic, his own company Playgroup and a range of independent Irish companies, which have played in Ireland, the UK, Europe and the USA. He was nominated for Best Director at the Irish Times Theatre Awards in 2007.
Recent productions include extensive work in new writing, including Trade by Mark O’Halloran, which won* Best New Play* at the Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards 2011, and Shibari by Gary Duggan, at the Abbey Theatre as part of the 2012 Dublin Theatre Festival.
He has a first class honours BA In English and Philosophy from University College Cork. He has studied directing at the National Theatre Studio in London and the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, and has been a participant in the Jerwood Opera Writing Programme at Aldeburgh Music since 2010.
Forthcoming productions include Sondheim’s Into the Woods for the graduating acting students at Dublin’s Lir Academy, a new music theatre piece on the subject of famine by Irish composer Donnacha Dennehy for the New York-based music ensemble Alarm Will Sound, and a new opera by Belgian composer Annelies van Parys inspired by Hitchcock’s film Rear Window, which will be produced by Musiektheater Transparant and tour extensively in Europe in 2015 and 2016.
For a full biography please visit: http://bit.ly/tomcreed
Christopher is the Artistic Director of the Gate Theatre in London and was formerly an Associate Director at the Bush Theatre.
He studied at Cambridge University, and trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama, the National Theatre Studio and with Cicely Berry at the RSC. In 2007 he received both the inaugural Chichester Festival Theatre Heller Fellowship and the Channel Four Theatre Director’s Bursary at the Salisbury Playhouse.
Directing Credits include: Twelve Angry Men (Birmingham Rep and West End); Grounded (Gate Theatre/Traverse Theatre, Winner of a Fringe First Award); The Trojan Women, The Prophet, Wittenberg (Gate Theatre); Sixty Six Books, In The Beginning (Bush Theatre/Westminster Abbey); A Safe Harbour for Elizabeth Bishop (Southbank Centre); Pressure Drop starring Billy Bragg and his band (Welcome Collection); Deep Cut (Sherman Cymru/National Tour); Monsters (Arcola Theatre); A Number (Salisbury Playhouse); Grace (British Council/On Theatre, Theatre Du Poche, Brussels, Belgium); Notes from Underground (Arcola Theatre).
Christopher is also an award winning journalist and has written for: The Guardian, Financial Times, The New Statesman, The Independent, The Scotsman, and Prospect Magazine.
He is the co-editor of three books: Conversations on Religion, Conversations on Truth (both published by Continuum) and_ Identity and Identificiation_ (Black Dog/Wellcome Collection).
For a full biography visit: http://www.unitedagents.co.uk/christopher-haydon
Ruth lives in Birmingham and works with a variety of media, in particular reconfiguring or altering pre-existing objects in order to create objects and installations which consider what it is to look, see or experience.
She has shown widely in the UK and internationally including solo shows at Site Santa FE (USA), Spike Island (Bristol, UK) and Ikon Gallery (UK). Other shows and projects include the Guangzhou Triennial, Guangdong Museum of Contemporary Art (China) Undone, Henry Moore Institute (Leeds, UK), Remake, Remodel (National Glass Centre, Sunderland UK), Wonders of Weston, Weston Supermare for Situations, The Figurine Dialogue, Crystal Palace, (Stockholm, Sweden), Known Unknowns, Gallery Loop (Seoul, Korea) and An Archaeology,_ Zabludowicz Collection_ (London, UK).
She is Associate director of Eastside Projects, a public gallery in Birmingham which is being imagined and organised by artists. Her work is in various public and private collections including the Arts Council Collection.
For a full biography please visit: http://www.ruthclaxton.info/