The process of creating a Platform 4 project is collaborative and inclusive - all members of the creative team have inputs into design, sound, direction, text and narrative - it incorporates the writer, director, designer, lighting designer, sound designer and actors. Every piece we make is unique in its own way but this spirit of collaboration is an ethos which is very important to the company.

Artistic Director & Creative Producer
Sound Design & Composer
Director / Designer / Maker


Artistic Director & Creative Producer

Catherine Church is the Artistic Director and Producer of Platform 4 having founded it in 1997. She is responsible for envisioning the projects and overseeing them. She has 20 years of making performance work professionally and is highly experienced at putting creative teams together for work of all shapes and sizes. She created P4's acclaimed piece Memory Point(S) - a collaboration with the Alzheimer's Society that premiered at The Point, Eastleigh, in 2011 and ended its journey as the last piece performed for the South Bank's Festival Wing in 2015. Catherine has worked as a Movement/Education Director for: The Royal National Theatre/Oxford Stage Company/Nuffield Theatre, Southampton/Lighthouse: Poole Centre for theArts/Battersea ArtsCentre/Watford Palace Theatre/Wrights and Sites/ The Drill Hall/Creative Partnerships and Shared Experience. In 2008, she was short listed for the Clore Duffield Leadership Award. She is a Visiting Lecturer for University of Winchester and Solent University. She is a consultant/mentor for The Point, Eastleigh's Associate Artists Scheme.

Sound Design & Composer

Jules has been making and exploring noises since before he was born, and is regularly thrilled to find new ways and places to use them. As a core member of Platform4 since day one, Jules has provided the music and sounds for most of Platform 4's previous touring shows and projects. He has also made noises for Hoodwink, Walk the Plank, Kneehigh, and screens both big and small. He is currently working with The Bluebirds in their "Popera House" on an adaptation of the Musicians of Bremen.

Outside of the theatre world, Jules plays double bass, phonofiddle and saw with several people, including the Thunderbridge Bluegrass Boys, Hattie Hatstar, and rockabilly band Redfoot. He can also be found spinning 78rpm records from his collection, at various venues, often as part of the Shellac Collective of retro DJs.

Director / Designer / Maker

Simon first worked on 2004's 'Claustrophobia' and has designed, made, and directed shows for P4 since then. He led on creating the P4 offshoot company 'New Tempest Club', which has produced four shows with students from The University of Winchester.

Simon was also the co-founder of puppetry and object animation company, The Ding Foundation.... for the advancement of things.

He has designed and made for all sorts of other lovely people, in particular The Little Angel Theatre in Islington, London, a special place. He enjoys restoring furniture, mending toys, walking the downs and climbing hills.

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SU HOUSER - Designer / Devisor / Maker
Su was involved in the design of many of Platform 4 shows over a 16 year period. She originally joined Catherine to co-create 'Illumination' in 2000. This led to many more cross-arts collaborations, from 'Hat Fair Lotto Cha, Cha, Cha!' through to participatory projects such as 'Making your Mark', 'Stars' and 'The Garden Project' with schools and 'Magic Garden' and 'No Moon' for the Drill Hall. She also devised a P4 project with Creative Partnerships 'Our Kingdom' and 'Underwater Picnic' with Bevois Town Primary, Soton. After the success of 'Starlight Picture Palace' for the Alzheimer's Society in 2009 she designed Memory Points our breakthrough piece and enjoyed this extended success. Su has worked as a set and costume designer for Bristol Old Vic, the Orange Tree in Richmond and Salisbury Playhouse. She has also worked on Blue Apple's 'Midsummer Night's Dream' and 'Captain Miserable and the Book Guardian' working with performers with learning disabilities. Since she retired from her Platform 4 work in 2016, she continues to wave her design magic in her very own shop: SEA SKY DESIGN in Hamble. http://www.seaskydesign.co.uk

Barney Jeavons has worked with Platform 4 for the past 2 years, he set up KickArts UK to collaborate with musicians, venues and other creative businesses. Since setting up in Autumn 2019, Barney and Kick Arts have worked across artist management, tour booking and one-to-one arts consultations. He has been involved with 4 successful Arts Council funded projects, and for the first 6 months of the COVID-19 pandemic Barney also worked as Music Venue Trust's Regional Coordinator for the South East - helping to save over 90 venues from closure. Barney is also an Associate Lecturer in Music Business at University for the Creative Arts, and delivers occasional guest lectures elsewhere. Kick Arts UK is headed up by Barney, who has over 30 years experience in events, including 17 years at the helm of an award-winning venue* - music, comedy and problem solving are key strengths. Other roles have included artist management, community arts development, venue technical manager, tour management, gig promotion and venue programming.

BARRET HODGSON - Digital Artist
Barret started to project montages of original and found material for parties back in the mid nineties whilst studying Fine Art in Newcastle. He developed this practice alongside his main body of work in oil painting, film making and graphic design, going on to make a name for himself within underground culture as a projection artist and VJ which led to providing visuals and working for Ghostface Killah, Fat Boy Slim, DJ Yoda, Roni Size and many many others.

PETE FLOOD - Composer
Pete is a composer, percussionist, producer and builder of musical instruments. When not at his day job as drummer and arranger for award-winning folksters Bellowhead he likes to collaborate with people from all kinds of disciplines, such as physical theatre maverick Guy Dartnell, site specific dance company Stacked Wonky, theatrical innovators Fevered Sleep, Japanese folk punks Cicala Mvta, disabilityled arts organisation Heart 'n' Soul, free improv legends Harry Beckett and Charles Hayward and opera company Tête à Tête.

Jill is a theatre, voice and music practitioner, co-artistic director of The Bone Ensemble and co-founder of Foursight Theatre. Her work spans a wide range of activities, from intimate pieces for adults and families, to shows for empty shop windows and canals. She has worked extensively as a theatre maker, performer and actor-musician in a variety of collaborative settings and over the last 35 years has created songs and music for theatre shows in a multitude of contexts.

Recent Bone Ensemble work includes co-creating and touring the eco-adventures Gulp! and Where's My Igloo Gone? and developing two site-based community performances, Unburied Treasures, (Jewellery Quarter Cemeteries Project) and ChocFest (for Birmingham 2022). Freelance work includes The Allesley Silas (for Coventry City of Culture) and numerous tours for companies such as Untied Artists, Talking Birds and Midlands Creative Projects. Jill is beyond thrilled to be working on her third project with the wonderful creative team at Platform 4. (She gets to be in a band)

HELEN MORLEY - Lighting Designer
Helen is one of the creators of Platform 4 and has collaborated with them on many of their productions.
She also designs lighting for Howard Barker's company The Wresting School. Her other work includes designs for Colchester Mercury, Exeter Northcott, OTTC, Polka, Theatre Centre, Eastern Angles, and Oxford Stage Company; also for RADA, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, and Drama Centre London. Helen is freelance and based in Bristol.

Gerald is an artist who combines photographic animation with archival material. He is interested in developing site-specific projects using strong narrative devices that take the audience on journeys that blend documentary and fictional storytelling. His work has been exhibited at film festivals worldwide.

ROBERT BRYAN - Lighting Designer
Robert was Lighting Consultant for Glyndebourne and The Royal Opera House during which time he lit some 150-200 productions as well as lighting many West End, National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company productions. He has worked all over the world, including for Opera Australia where he twice won the Green Room Award for Best Lighting Design.

NICKY BELLENGER - Associate Artist
Nicky is a solo artist with a passion for site-based theatre, installation and community focused work. She is currently an Associate Artist at The Point, where she works under the name of The Public Attraction, using physical comedy and improvisation to get audiences off of seats and into the intriguing world outside the auditorium. Nicky also works as a freelance performer, workshop facilitator and deviser, and currently devises and performs within Story Time sessions at The Point and The Berry for young children and their families.

SACHA LEE - Dance Artist
Sacha is an experienced dance artist. She co-founded Retina Dance Company in 1995 and was co-artistic director with Filip van Huffel for 5 years. Previous to that she was a founding member Random Dance. More recently, she was the joint artistic director of Cornershop a contemporary performance space in the heart of Winchester which commissioned and presented new intimate performance works. During this period, she was also undertaking an MA in Museums and Galleries from University of Southampton. She has lectured at University of Winchester, Chichester and London Contemporary Dance School. She is currently creative producer at The Point supporting the development of a broad range of associate artists working in dance and theatre.

SARAH THOM - Associate Artist
Sarah played Margaret the waitress in P4’s The Visitation of Mr Collioni (04)
Sarah trained with Jacques Lecoq and Philippe Gaulier. She is currently Co-Artistic Director of Foursight Theatre, whom she originally joined to play Narrator Maggie in 'Thatcher the Musical!', and co-founder of the site-specific company, angels in the architecture, with whom she recently played Dido in the acclaimed production of 'Dido, Queen of Carthage' at Kensington Palace and The Chapel of St. Barnabas-in-Soho. She has worked extensively with Trestle Theatre, including 'The Adventures of the Stoneheads' (NT) and was a long-time associate and performer with Kaos. Sarah is currently playing various comedic characters in 'Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle' (BBC2) and preparing to direct a national tour of 'Can Any Mother Help Me?' for Foursight.

COLIN CARMICHAEL - Associate Artist
Colin played Roberto Collioni in P4’s The Visitation of Mr Collioni (2004)
Colin trained at E15. He has toured extensively with Ridiculusmus and Scarlet Theatre and worked with The Clod Ensemble.
He is a co-founder of Brian: "The Boy Band of Theatre", in their self devised work he has played Billie Holiday, Nick Cave and a naked Souzaphone player.
He loves The Archers, Kirsty and his Riley Elf.
Colin was the original deviser and performer in the preview performances of The Visitation of Mr Collioni at the Salisbury Playhouse in 2003.
Theatre: Exhibitionists, Da Da Music (Ridiculusmus) Love and Other Fairy Tales, The Wedding (Scarlet Theatre), Kiss my Echo (Clod Ensemble), Bournemouth Ballads, Artfactory (Brian).
TV includes: Coupling, Dead Ringers (BBC) and various infamous adverts.

Hattie Naylor is a Bristol based writer and has written for: Theatre, Opera, Film and Radio. DUSTY’S STORY (short film) was included in the 1998 London and Edinburgh Film Festival. She has recently completed a libretto of THE ODYSSEY for the composer Julian Grant and Tête à Tête, and is currently writing a new play: IVAN AND THE DOGS for Trestle Theatre and The Unicorn, to be premiered at the Edinburgh Festival next year before touring nationally. ANNA MARIA MURPHY - Writer and Poet

Anna has written the text for the last three P4 shows she has worked extensively with Kneehigh Theatre, including writing text for the acclaimed ‘The Red Shoes’(2001). Other work for Kneehigh includes: Wild Walks, Telling Tales, Shop of Stories(Site Specific), Tate Gallery – St Ives, Commission to write stories inspired by paintings and Sculptures.For Theatre Alibi work includes: Witchey-Eye, Congor Pie (1998), In One Ear, Clockwork (2001)
Other: Published by Transworld: Poems by Eden. Writer for the Eden Project: Site stories and poems. "Inventive, poetic and touching theatre." Total Theatre 2004

ALLISON AMIN - Costume Designer
Allison is a costume designer working primarily with dance companies. She trained initially as a dancer and then went on to work in wardrobe at Laban London, where she was head of department for several years. She has designed for a number of choreographers and repertory companies, notably Yolande Snaith TheatreDance, Phoenix Dance, Candoco, Small Bones, Transitions and Rambert.  In 2005 she worked with Platform 4 to produce Underwater Picnic at Bevois Town Primary School, supported by Creative Partnerships and regularly works with Hampshire Dance.

DAVID DUFFY - Relights
David returns to Platform 4 after previously touring with Claustrophobia and Shiver. David was Technical Manager at NPV Arts for six years, and the company lighting designer for Magic Eye Theatre. Recent work includes Production Manager for The Work's 'Project D', Lighting Design for 'Happy Returns' at Sadlers Wells, Art Director on 'Mucky Fingers' and Technical Stage Manager on 'Thalidomide!! A Musical'. David is a co-founder of Get Learned Productions. David is currently the Technical Manager of Little Angel Theatre, Islington.

RALF HIGGINS - Performer/Deviser
Ralf trained at Brighton University, graduating with a BA in Theatre & Performance. He co-founded Alarmist Theatre in Brighton, touring nationally and representing the UK at the first Moscow University Festival of Avant Garde Theatre. Roles include Doctor – Woyzeck (Etcetera Theatre, Camden) Jack Worthing – ‘The Importance of being Earnest’ (3 national tours, Israel tour, Bangladesh, Berlin, Paris, winner of ‘The Stage’ award for ‘Best Ensemble’) Laertes – ‘Who Goes There (Hamlet)’ for DreamThinkSpeak (Brighton International Festival, Toneelschuur Theatre, Haarlem) Margaret Thatcher in ‘Drool & Drivel They Care’ with Divas Dance Theatre (National tour, Holland tour, Vienna, Montpellier Opera House) Richard III (two national tours, nominated for ‘best performance in a visiting production’ Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards) and all 8 roles in ‘Quint’, Ralf’s adaptation of Henry James’ ‘The turn of the screw’.

RICHARD NUTTER - Performer/Deviser
Richard hails from a long line of northern Nutters. Recent theatre credits include;
Wind in the Willows (Take 6); Confusions (Ziggy Productions); Burke and Hare (Ophaboom); Forget Me Knot (Benchmark Theatre); Robin Hood (Common Players); Titus Andronicus (KAOS); Angels in America, Millenium Approaches & Perestroika (Unity Theatre, Liverpool); The Jungle Book (Birmingham Stage Company); Moll Flanders (KAOS); FightClub (Benchmark Theatre).
On screen Richard has appeared in Brook side and Hollyoaks (Mersey TV); Heartbeat and The Royal Today (Yorkshire TV) as well as numerous TV commercials, corporate and music videos.
In times of 'rest’, Richard tours with stage hypnotist Hugh Lennon and his Hypnodog. Yes, it’s a real dog!

ALEX WELLER - Relights and Stage Management
Alex is grateful for his return to touring and Theatre in general, and thanks Platform 4 for the opportunity. He has toured the globe with the Pink Panther Stage Show and Peter Pan (Universal Shows and Entertainment). Nationally he has toured Arabel's Raven and It was a Dark and Stormy Night (Nuffield Theatre, Southampton); Utter (HorsesIDontLike) Package (Dave, Closed Bracket); Love and Other Fairy Tales (Scarlet); Alice in Wonderland, Wind in the Willows, Emma and Ragged Trousered Philanthropists (Chalkfoot Theatre Arts); Shiver, Bliss and The Tempest (Platform 4) and Green Swing Putter [Rehearsed readings of Alex’s work in progress golf play, Ironside Studios Hastings] Site-specific work includes Class and Corruption (Bunch of Idiots, Rye); Things That Go Bump (Fireraisers, South Hill Park), and The Comedy of Errors (Ludlow Castle, Ludlow Festival). He also works as AV engineer for Twickenham Stadium, Ignition, The Royal Society and European PGA Tour Golf.

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Since becoming incorporated Platform 4's Board of Directors meets quarterly to oversee both the artistic and the management side of the company's work. Together with the Artistic Director they formulate artistic policy, guide strategic planning and help make key decisions.

Dr Marianne Sharp is Senior Lecturer, teaching Drama and Acting at the University of Winchester. She trained and studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama (London) and Royal Holloway College, University of London, UK. She has previously worked for several years as an actress in touring theatre in the UK and continental Europe, and as a director and workshop facilitator in Drama Schools, youth theatre and applied contexts. She makes work as a performer and director and has published on acting and performance practices in international peer-reviewed books and journals.

Dr Helen Grime is a Senior Lecturer in Drama at Winchester University where she leads the Drama Programme. As a theatre historian, she is interested in women's contributions to the theatre and representation of women on the British stage, especially in the inter-war period and enjoys spending her time in archives. She works as a consultant and collaborator on performance projects and with writers in the development of new work for stage and screen. For the past decade she has co-ordinated The Tempest Club, a collaborative project with Simon Plumridge, which brings together students, graduates and professionals to read Shakespeare plays for fun.

RICHARD CUMING - Chair of Platform 4
Richard is currently head of performing arts and chair of Creative Practice at the University of Winchester, where he teaches, devises, directs and researches.
Richard has been at the forefront of Clown and Physical Theatre for 20 years, co-founding the clown troupe, Zippo and Company. His company, fishproductions created Love Me Tender and The Family Outing Caravan Holiday. Recently he directed The Belfast Community Circus in a large-scale project for Belfast Cathedral Festival. Previously he has directed No 2 Theatre Co, Maxey and Harvey, Nofit State Circus and The Foolhardies. Richard directed Animal Tales for Platform 4 in 2000 and co-directed The Visitation of Mr Collioni in 2004.



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