Cast & Crew
Myrtle Throgmorton: Stuffed and Mounted
Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017
Jennie Chalmers | Myrtle & Producer
Following university [President, Durham Revue Group], a brief career as a London lawyer and a briefer stint as a charlady, Jennie joined BBC Light Entertainment as a Radio Comedy Producer.
She produced mainly satirical programmes, including Week Ending and The News Quiz, which she co-wrote with John Langdon. She also compiled and produced several BBC Radio Fringe selection shows - Aspects of… and Cut Off at… The Fringe - showcasing new comedians and talent found on the Edinburgh Fringe in the 1980s.
On marrying and moving to Scotland, Jennie shifted from production to broadcasting and from satirical news to the real thing, co-presenting Newsweek Scotland. She also devised and produced The Daily Sketch [a satirical comedy series using new sketch writers], The Slice [with Edi Stark] and Pro -Celebrity Gardening all for BBC Radio Scotland, plus other freelance radio production.
Her work in theatre includes directing community theatre, opera and musicals and 8 years directing Haddo Children’s Theatre. She has also taught school drama in Aberdeenshire, where she has lived for 27 years.
Colin Brockie | Singer & Actor
Originally from Ellon in Aberdeenshire, Colin first started singing and acting at Haddo House, being involved both on and off stage with the Children’s Theatre, Youth Theatre and the Choral and Operatic Society. During his time at Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen, he participated in many local shows including Oklahoma, Crazy For You, HMS Pinafore, The Sorcerer, Yeomen of the Guard, Hot Mikado, Zombie Prom, A New Brain and a 24 hour version of Anything Goes. Whilst gaining a BA Hons in Design and Craft from Gray’s, Colin continued to receive his singing lessons at the North East of Scotland Music School (NESMS), being taught by Ruth Black, Alan Watt and Dr Raimund Herincx. He completed a Masters in Solo Performance at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, appearing in productions of La Belle Helene, La Clemenza di Tito, Carmen and Albert Herring.
Since leaving the RNCM, Colin has performed in the choruses of Buxton Festival Opera, Wexford Festival and Glyndebourne and is a regular soloist for Oratorio and recital work. He is also no stranger to working alongside Miss Throgmorton, having been a guest at Haddo Arts Festival as well as starring in 'Jolly Good Show' and 'An Evening of Music and Conversation with Myrtle Throgmorton'.
Richard Bailey | Pianist
After attending North East of Scotland Music School (NESMS) and gaining the Tom Johnston Scholarship to study with Prof. Nigel Clayton of the Royal College of Music, Richard studied with Drew Tulloch at the University of Aberdeen and upon graduation was awarded the Carlaw Prize for outstanding ability as a piano accompanist. He went on to pursue a Masters degree in piano performance at Birmingham Conservatoire where he was awarded a scholarship to study with Prof. Malcolm Wilson. Richard was awarded the Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music in piano performance in 2010.
Richard appeared as a finalist in the Donohoe Prize, Reginald Vincent Competition and the Ogston Prize. He appears regularly with local orchestras and has accompanied finalists in national competitions in London and Edinburgh.
Richard is now a teacher and accompanist at the University of Aberdeen and has worked as an accompanist for NESMS and the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland. He has recently been involved in designing and delivering accompanist workshops at NESMS, performing recitals for the Sound Festival and the Aberdeen International Youth Festival, regular appearances in various concert series’ as well as premiering countless works including a world premiere by Paul Mealor at the Scottish Parliament.
Mary Williams | Technician
Born in Aberdeen, Mary grew up surrounded by music, art and drama. She moved to London in 2013 after gaining a place at Goldsmiths University to study Drama and Theatre Arts. Now a graduate, she has pursued her interest in Theatre Design and Construction, working as a trainee carpenter for The Scenery Shop, East London, on small scale theatre sets and UK touring shows. Mary has also recently been involved in painting sets for the Royal Opera House and prop construction with the National Theatre. Having been a visitor to the Edinburgh Fringe and previously seen Myrtle in performance, she is thrilled be a part of this year’s show where she is taking on the role of technician.
Kieran Booth | Media & Publicity
Born and raised in Aberdeen and shire, Kieran has been involved in theatre and production since a young age. He has joined Myrtle throughout most of her capers - at the Fringe in 2015, her various appearances across Aberdeenshire and at the Haddo Arts Festival. Kieran coordinates the press and publicity for Myrtle Productions as well as controlling Miss Throgmorton's online presence and advising on technical areas. He also considers himself Myrtle's carer much of the time...
A graduate in Event [and Tourism] Management, Kieran has spent the last few years working both in the UK and overseas, as well as taking some time out to volunteer in Kenya during summer 2016. Closer to home, he was the Production Coordinator for Haddo Children's Theatre's 2017 production before moving to Grantown on Spey as an Event Coordinator and then London as an Excursion and Activities Manager.
Kieran has worked on a variety on events ranging from the Aberdeen Winter Festival through to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. His passion lies within mass-participation international events and he hopes to further his career in Australia in the near future.