Amanda Noar – Actor/Director/Choreographer
We’re very fortunate to welcome back Amanda to directing for our Drama Award. She successfully directed Claykickers, went on to develop it with the writer, which was due a London run, but sadly cancelled due to Covid19.
Amanda has worked extensively in theatre, television and film, as an actress, dancer, singer, producer, director, choreographer. She has also appeared in & also directed many pantomimes including, Aladdin, Jack and the Beanstalk, Dick Whittington, Peter Pan & Cinderella.
For "Impact" she produced / directed / choreographed many award-winning productions, inc. Made In Dagenham, The Full Monty, Sweet Charity, The Producers, Annie, Hot Mikado, Fame, Oliver, Fiddler on the Roof & Summer Holiday, at Artsdepot, N. Finchley. Also: The Boy Friend, Bye Bye Birdie, Little Shop of Horrors, Annie and Best Little Whorehouse in Texas at Millfield Theatre, Edmonton & The Pajama Game, Annie & The Boyfriend for Alyth Academy in Temple Fortune, N. London.
Amanda has directed, assisted and taken workshops for The London School of Musical Theatre and was course director for their part time course.
She produced and directed a sell-out production of Stepping Out in the studio theatre at the Artsdepot, Finchley, followed by a “back by public demand” production of Stepping Out and was assistant director for the new play Happy Warrior also at Upstairs at The Gatehouse, Highgate.
For the past 10 years, Amanda has directed a number of corporate videos for a top City law firm and has taken her own drama based workshops for training purposes into many different companies.
In her ‘spare time’ Amanda coaches privately, adults and children in public speaking, drama, LAMDA exams, musical theatre and dance, for school interviews, auditions or just for building confidence & fun.
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Richard studied Art / Film direction at Bournemouth Film School, then started his professional career, working as a Film/TV editor, working with Kenneth Branagh, Martha Fiennes, Ian Holm, Kristen Scott Thomas and Penelope Cruz. Working with these experienced actors / directors taught him a lot about the craft and helped him move into directing, firstly involved with Amateur Theatre and Fringe Theatre. Then worked for Kudos & the BBC making Award Winning short films for film-makers and Musical Videos. His first stage work was with the Windsor Fringe when he directed the winning play in 2011 WALKING. Since then, he has collaborated with the writer Tina Jay on several projects at London venues. Other Direction inc: co-writing /directing A Royal Mess (Arts Theatre West End) Banana Crabtree Simon (503) Held & bound (Tristram Bates) Shadow of the Mountain (Old Red Lion) Walk On & Brought to Mind (Bread & Roses) Dog City (Lost Theatre)
Film / TV Work inc most notably: A Christmas Star, & BBC’s M.I. High .Richard very successfully directed “One , Two TREE” for us in 2019 and we welcome him back.
Nichola has directed regularly during her career everything from a charity gala at Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst and Twelfth Night in Barbados to Don Giovanni for Opera miniature and A.A. Milne’s The Dover Road for Jermyn Street Theatre.
She is a muti- award winning actor and writer, receiving the Olivier Award for her performance as Kate in the RSC’s Kiss Me Kate, the Clarence Derwent Award for the RSC’s Poppy, The Manchester Evening News Award for Gina in Ibsen’s The Wild Duck and is the only person to be given the Edinburgh Stage Best Actress award twice, for Alan Bennet’s Bed Among The Lentils and for Katy in her own play Maurice’s Jubilee. Her play A British Subject was nominated for an Amnesty International Award. She was given The Stanislavsky Award and Medal for Maurice’s Jubilee by The Moscow Art Theatre. Other plays include, Revenants, National Hero and Silver Gym. For radio four: My Brother’s Keeper and The Incomparable Witness.
On television she appeared in 7 series of Surgical Spirit, Dr Who, Coronation Street and as The Duchess of Cumberland in Victoria.
Her novels The Crime Tsar and A Fanny Full of Soap are published by Bloomsbury and Oberon. Her children’s book, Attila, Loolagax and The Eagle by Bloomsbury. Her new novel Mickey Angel, will be published in 2021/2 as will her story The Dragon’s Holiday.
Most recently she won the Sylvia Anderson Best Screenplay 2019 for Maurice’s Jubilee and hopes the film will be made in 2021/2.
She is the voice of James’ Bond’s BMW and has won the Pointless Celebrities Trophy.