Eliot Giuralarocca - Artistic Director

After studying for a degree in English Language and Literature at Christ Church, Oxford, Eliot trained as an actor at the Guildford School of Acting. Over the past 25 years he has worked solidly as an actor in Theatre, Film, T.V. and Opera while also working as a Theatre maker, creating his own work, devising and developing projects and working as a freelance Director. As Artistic Director of Dragonboy Productions, he brings this experience together to focus on creating and developing new work for the theatre.   

Eliot directed and performed in the company's last show, In and Out of Chekhov’s Shorts, which he adapted from some of the best of Anton Chekhov’s short stories. In 2019, the show toured to 27 theatres across the country playing to great acclaim from critics and audiences alike.  Prior to this Eliot played the role of Prospero in The Tempest - a show that he adapted and created with the Spanish company, Le Tendre Amour. The show opened the International Festival of Theatre in Malaga and subsequently played in France at the Théâtre de L'Oulle, Avignon and the Palace of Versailles as part of Festival Mois Moliere. It was performed at the Abbaye de Neumünster in Luxembourg as part of the British Council's Shakespeare Lives programme and at the International festival of theatre in Alaca, Madrid, the Teatro Real Coliseium Carlos III in El Escorial, the Auditori l´Atlàntida in Vic and at the Auditori Sant Cugat in Barcelona. The production was subsequently nominated for the Gran Premio de España de Artes Escénicas. 

He also directed Blackeyed Theatre’s acclaimed national tours of Frankenstein, The Great Gatsby, Dracula and Not About Heroes, while for Armonico Consort he directed Baroque around the Block, Monteverdi’s Flying Circus and a production of West Side Story  that played at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry. Other directing credits include the The Imperfect Pearl  for Latimer Productions, an Arts Council funded production about the life of the Baroque composer Domenico Zipoli, the world premiere of Knackerman by Rosanna Negrotti and Stephen Sharkey’s minaturist piece Retrospective  at the Arcola Theatre.

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Victoria Spearing - Production/Set Designer

Victoria trained at Bretton Hall where she received a first class honours in Theatre design and technology

For South Hill Park: Oh What a Lovely War!, Just So, Calendar Girls, James and the Giant Peach, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Noughts and Crosses, Brassed Off, Fantastic Mr Fox, Oliver!, Henry V, House and Garden, The Wizard of Oz, The Adventures of Mr Toad, Summer Holiday, and Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Peter Pan, Jack and the Beanstalk, Dick Whittington, Cinderella and Snow White.

For Original Theatre, national tours of Birdsong, Three Men in a Boat, Our Country’s Good, Twelfth Night, See How They Run, Dancing at Lughnasa, The Madness of George III, The Importance of Being Oscar, Journey’s End & Shakespeare’s R&J. For Blackeyed Theatre, national tours of The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Frankenstein, The Great Gatsby, Not about Heroes, Dracula, Teechers, Mother Courage, The Beekeeper (nominated for Best Set Design, in the Off West End Awards), The Trial, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Alfie, Oh What a Lovely War!, The Cherry Orchard, Oedipus, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, Misery, Art, Blue Remembered Hills and The Caretaker.

For Reading Rep: The Nativity that went Wrong, Proof, Miss Julie, Look Back in Anger, A Christmas Carol, and The Dumb Waiter.  Other credits include Baroque Around the Block (Armonico Consort) 101 Dalmations  (The Castle, Wellingborough), The Go! Go! Go! Show forShows4Kids; Mort the Musical and Loserville the Musical (2009 workshop production) for Youth Music Theatre UK; From Up Here for Perfect Pitch (premiere)

She has designed and made props for use in educational productions in most of the major London Museums, the National Youth Theatre and the award winning one man show Tom Crean. Other projects have included installation art at festivals, model making and craft workshops. In 2018 Victoria was nominated for a prestigious  Best Staging /Set award at the Great British Pantomime Awards for her design of Beauty and the Beast and  in 2019, she won it for her design of Dick Whittington and his Cat. Both shows played at South Hill Park.

Tom Neill - Music & Arrangements

Tom is a multi-disciplinary artist and producer working throughout the UK as a composer, actor and theatre director. He is a founder member of Prime Studios in Windsor and an associate artist of international touring company Blackeyed Theatre.

Tom is delighted to be working with director Eliot Giuralarocca for a third time composing original music for In and Out of Chekhov's Shorts.

Theatre includes: George Wilson, The Great Gatsby, Blackeyed Theatre (dir. Eliot Giuralarocca); Ensemble, Death In Venice, Opera North (dir. Yoshi Oïda, revival dir. Rob Kearley); Finding Alice (dir. Jessica Swale); Don't Look Back, dreamthinkspeak (dir. Tristan Sharps); Sir John French, Oh What A Lovely War (dir. Adrian McDougall); Trofimov, The Cherry Orchard (dir. Bart Lee); Voice to the Voiceless, Beautiful Creatures (dir. Danielle Corbishley); Bruce Flaherty, Blue / Orange (dir. Stephen Macaulay); Givola, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (dir. Bart Lee); Stephano, The Tempest (for South Hill Park); also Christmas shows and tours to Primary, Secondary and SEN schools.

Music includes: Not About Heroes (dir. Eliot Giuralarocca); The Other Side of Me (Alleyne Dance, with Alan Dicker); Three Songs of Charlotte Mew (Soprano / Piano); Fanfare for the Future (Onyx Brass); The Winter Giant (Beautiful Creatures and Battle Festival); Untitled (Orange) (Jazz, after Nadja Daehnke); Call of the Bells (Beautiful Creatures and Reading Borough Council); Under Milk Wood (Pentameters); Beauty and the Beast (Blackeyed Theatre); Henry V (for South Hill Park); as well as orchestrations, songs and sound designs for various companies.

Forthcoming work includes adapting The Elves and the Shoemaker for Greenwich West Community and Arts Centre; producing Marina Carr's The Cordelia Dream for tour; recording Katie Maddocks' debut EP of songs Them's The Breaks; also recording and co-composing new bebop and modal jazz with Ruben Berrios' quartet Baron Mara Jazz.


Charlotte McClelland - Lighting Designer

Charlotte Trained on an Arts Council Bursary at Central School of Speech and Drama. Over the past 20 odd years she has designed lighting for music, dance, drama and site specific performances.

Her credits include: The Photophonic Experiment for Contemporary Music Network, Carmen and The Marriage of Figaro for Longborough Festival Opera, Angels on High for Guildford International Music Festival (vertical dance on Guildford Cathedral), The City WeepsBaghdad Monologue, Chicos del 21 and The Franklin Effect for Frances M Lynch, electric voice theatre, Snow White for South Hill Park Arts Centre, Ben Hur for Reading Rep, 

National touring productions of Oedipus, Oh What A Lovely War, The Trial, The Beekeeper, Dracula, Not About Heroes, Teechers, The Great Gatsby  and Frankenstein for Blackeyed Theatre, Antigone for Actors of Dionysus and Everything I See I Swallow for Tamsin Shasha and Maisie Taylor (The Lowry, Week 53 commission)

Samantha Warner - Administration

Samantha read law at Cambridge and completed her masters degree in law at Victoria University of Wellington. 

Qualifying as a barrister and solicitor in New Zealand, she worked for international accounting firm Ernst & Young as a tax consultant and then practiced corporate law with Russell McVeagh, specialising in all aspects of business law and advice. She also founded South Pacific Trademarks, specialising in international trademark registration and advice and has worked as a director and advisor to a number of start-up businesses in industries as diverse as technology and cosmetic manufacturing. 

Samantha was also a trustee and legal advisor to the Kokomai Arts Festival in New Zealand, a ten-day biannual festival that sources world-class touring performances from around the world. 

She lives in South London and is completing her masters degree in history at Oxford.

Creative Associates

Adrian McDougall


Adrian is the founder, Producer and Artistic Director of Blackeyed Theatre. 

He grew up in Berkshire, studying modern languages at Southampton University, then working in marketing and PR, before becoming a theatre producer in 2004.

He has produced over 20 national tours, including the world premiere of Steven Berkoff’s Oedipus and a brand new stage adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. He Directed the world premiere of The Beekeeper and national tours of Oh What A Lovely War, Teechers and Alfie, (all for Blackeyed Theatre)  as well as Brassed Off and House And Garden (South Hill Park).

Adrian is a director of CentreStage Partnership He lives in Bracknell with his wife and two children, participating in community theater when he can.Say something interesting about your business here.

Colin Bleumenau


Colin is an experienced theatre maker and cultural leader. After his early years as an actor, Colin moved on to become Artistic Director of three different theatres. 

As Chief Executive and Artistic Director of the Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds from September 1996 until July 2012 he restored the building to its original 1819 state, while his 'Restoring the Repertoire' initiative gained national prominence exploring some of the forgotten works of the English drama of the Georgian period. 

He has produced and/or directed over 40 productions and was the TMA's Manager of the Year 2009. He is the Artistic Director of, an artist’s management agency and a theatre production company committed to the support and development of early career professionals in the field of theatre and dance..