Michael Bruce is a composer and lyricist who has written scores and songs for many theatre productions around the UK, in London and New York.
After training at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) he worked as a musical director and musician. In 2007 he won the Notes for the Stage prize for songwriting run by the Stage newspaper, which led to a concert of his musical-theatre work being staged at the Apollo Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue. Following the success of this, his album Unwritten Songs was released and debuted at number one on the iTunes vocal chart.
He has held the position of Composer-in-Residence at both the Bush Theatre and the Donmar Warehouse in London. His work at the Donmar has included scores for The Vote, Privacy, Coriolanus, Trelawny of the Wells, Berenice, Philadelphia, Here I Come!, The Physicists and The Recruiting Officer; at the National Theatre: Sunset at the Villa Thalia, The Beaux Stratagem, Man and Superman, Strange Interlude and Men Should Weep; and at the Royal Shakespeare Company: The Two Gentlemen of Verona and Candide. He has written scores for shows at the Old Vic, Hampstead Theatre, the Finborough Theatre and the Lyric Hammersmith, and in the West End his credits include Much Ado About Nothing, Relatively Speaking, Hay Fever and Noises Off. On Broadway his work has included Les Liaisons Dangereuses and The Winslow Boy.
Michael has worked extensively as an arranger, orchestrator and conductor – and is also incredibly proud to have played table tennis for Scotland in his youth.
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Jake Brunger is a playwright and musical-theatre writer. His plays include Four Play (Theatre503, London, 2016); Brave New Worlds (Nabokov/Soho); People Like Us (Pleasance/TS Eliot US/UK Exchange: Vineyard, New York); Chavs (Lyric Hammersmith Studio); ’AVE IT (Old Vic Tunnels); Pub Quiz (Manchester Royal Exchange Studio, which he also directed) and Sam’s Game (Lakeside Arts Centre).
As a musical-theatre writer, with his collaborator composer Pippa Cleary, his credits (as book writer and lyricist) include Treasure Island (Singapore Repertory Theatre); Prodigy (National Youth Music Theatre/St James); The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ (Leicester Curve); Red Riding Hood (Singapore Repertory Theatre/Pleasance); The Great British Soap Opera (Edinburgh/Jermyn Street); and Jet Set Go! (Edinburgh/ Theatre503/Jermyn Street). He co-wrote the lyrics for The Snow Gorilla at the Rose Theatre, Kingston.
Michael Bryher is a director and theatre-maker. He originally trained as an actor at the National Youth Theatre and LAMDA, and has since worked as a director and facilitator at many theatres across the country. He is the Artistic Director of Dumbshow, an ensemble company that he co-founded in 2007. He is the editor of National Youth Theatre Monologues: 75 Speeches for Auditions.
Nathan Bryon is a writer and actor.
As an actor, he is best known for playing Jamie Bennett in the BBC Three comedy series Some Girls, and Joey Ellis in the ITV sitcom Benidorm.
He has written for critically acclaimed Cbeebies' animation Rastamouse, BAFTA award-winning Swashbuckle and on all three series of Cbeebies' BAFTA-nominated Apple Tree House.
He has written plays including Mixed Brain (Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 2017) and Dexter and Winter's Detective Agency (Paines Plough & Theatr Clwyd tour, 2019).
Melissa Bubnic is a writer for stage and screen. Her plays include Boys Will Be Boys (Headlong and Bush Theatre, Sydney Theatre Company); Beached (Marlowe Theatre and Soho Theatre, Melbourne Theatre Company, and Griffin Theatre Company; winner of the Patrick White Award, 2010); Mariage Blanc (Sydney Theatre Company) and Stop. Rewind. (Red Stitch Actors' Theatre, 2010, 2012).
Mikhail Bulgakov (1891-1940), best known for his novel The Master and Margarita, wrote some twenty plays and adaptations, including Moliere and The White Guard. He had a stormy relationship with Stanislasky and the Moscow Art Theatre and was the subject of Stalin's censorship, with the result that many of his plays remained unperformed or unpublished at this death in 1940.
Amelia Bullmore studied Drama at Manchester University. Having started out as an actress, she began writing in 1995 and continues to do both. Her first stage play, Mammals, had an extended sell-out run at the Bush Theatre in April 2005 and a successful national tour in 2006. It was also co-winner of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and shortlisted for the What's On Best New Comedy Award. Her adaptation of Ibsen's Ghosts premiered at the Bush Theatre in 2009. Di and Viv and Rose premiered at Hampstead Theatre Downstairs in 2012, transferred Upstairs in 2013, and then to the West End in 2015.
Bullmore wrote two episodes of the second series of This Life for World/BBC2, and devised the series Black Cab for World/BBC2, writing three of the episodes. She wrote two episodes of the first series of Attachments, also for World/BBC2. She was a Dennis Potter Award Finalist in 2000 for her original 90-minute drama, The Middle.