Linda Nolan: Patron
Linda’s wealth of experience in show business has embraced hit records, international television shows, major world concert tours and appearances with the world’s most popular superstars. Whilst performing with her sisters Linda has enjoyed amazing success worldwide appearing on every major television show including The Royal Variety Show. Her pantomime credits include starring roles in Dick Whittington, Aladdin, Cinderella, Babes in the Woods, Jack & the Beanstalk and Snow White. Her television appearances have been many and varied, they include: Loose Women, GMTV, This Morning, The Weakest Link, Weekend Watchdog, Question of Pop, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Noel’s House Party, Gayles World, The Brian Conley Show, The Word, Kelly Show and Des O’Connor. Since January 2000 Linda has been starring as Mrs Johnstone in the award winning musical Blood Brothers both on tour in the UK and in London’s West End. Download a full biography here.
Zac Hackett: Artistic Director
Zac has always had a huge passion for the arts, inclusion and everything musical! In 1999, Zac took his first professional entertainments role at Alton Towers in the Summer Spectacular Show. This kick started a successful career in the industry, which has seen him working as a Bluecoat, Entertainments Manager, Cabaret Artist and Composer.
In January 2007, Zac joined TramShed to pursue his love for Inclusive Theatre and to share his music skills with the company. He began writing the music for the Original Musical Theatre Productions and very quickly developed his script writing skills to showcase the cast. He was promoted to Arts Team Co-ordinator in 2008 and now leads a team of very experienced Arts Practitioners. Since working at TramShed Zac has gained a Sign Language qualification in BSL Level One, Two and Three and says he believes you have not experienced the theatre fully, unless you’ve experienced Inclusive Theatre.
Tina Murray: Senior Arts Practitioner
Tina graduated from University of Cumbria with a Foundation Degree in Teaching and
Learning Primary in 2010. After leaving University she took on a role as TANC (Teaching Assistant Network Co-ordinator) in the Wyre area in which she provided training opportunities and the opportunity to share good practice amongst Teaching Assistants she has also gained a qualification in BSL Level One.
Tina has worked in a number of Primary Schools for over 18 years in which she has taught in KS1 & KS2 covering PPA time and gaining a wealth of knowledge and experience with children from a varying ranges of abilities and diversities, specifically additional needs. More recently Tina has embarked on a new challenge and is working full time in a school nursery she also helps the smooth running of breakfast and afterschool extended day care. Tina is thrilled to be working as part of the TramShed Arts Practitioner Team and is enjoying working with members of all ages and abilities in an inclusive environment.
Vicky Spencer: Arts Practitioner
Vicky graduated from Buckinghamshire University in 2007 with a degree in drama and video production. During her time at university Vicky gained valuable experience working as a singer, actor and director. On her return to Blackpool, Vicky became a teaching assistant in a local primary school along side working as an entertainer, appearing in several pantomimes and performing in bands and as a cabaret singer.
In 2012 she brought all of this experience to TramShed as a volunteer and worked alongside the adult and youth companies. Volunteering at TramShed has inspired Vicky to make inclusive theatre a big part of her life and she hopes to be a part of the team for a long time, learning from and sharing its vision of inclusion. When asked about Inclusion Vicky said “We do not all have equal talents, but we should all be given an equal opportunity to develop our talents.”
Angela Murphy: Outreach Arts Practitioner
With the support of a music teacher in high school, Angela took part in all the school musical and acting productions and progressed to a Drama Foundation course at Blackpool & Fylde College obtaining her Acting Medals from LAMDA. She then went on to drama school and graduated from the Academy of Live & Recorded Arts in 1995 with an NCDT Acting Dip. Angela later worked for Clean Break Theatre Company in London, working with women with a personal experience of Prison, Probation & Mental Health. Clean Break offered Educational & Creative workshops and commissioned new female writers to develop plays which toured extensively. Upon returning to Blackpool, Angela worked for Drugline-Lancashire Ltd as the Administrator for the Befriending Scheme and whilst there volunteered for their Young Carers Project supporting the children of clients experiencing drug and alcohol related issues. This led to Angela seeking to further her experience in working with vulnerable children and she went on to work for The Council of Voluntary Services as Lancashire County Councils Young Carers Project Manager for Wyre & Fylde. Whilst at The Council for Voluntary Services Angela also sat on the funding panel for Sefton Children Network, scoring funding applications and also assisted small community and grass roots organisations with their applications to various funding bodies and the preparation of their Child Protection Policies. She also obtained her NVQ Level 3 in Youth & Community. She has performed at, Grand Theatre Blackpool, Royal Exchange Manchester, Opera House Blackpool, Lowther Pavilion Lytham, New Wimbledon Theatre London, Yellow Room Theatre London and many smaller venues. Angela has volunteered for all five groups across TramShed and is delighted to join the Arts Team. “The most important factor in my love of all things theatre has not been so much the learning of methods and techniques but more the influence and guidance of many wonderful tutors and mentors. I hope to inspire and encourage TramShed members in the same way.” Family Motto: “Never give up…..never give in”.
Natalie Duymun: Outreach Arts Practitioner
Natalie is a professional performer who has an MA in Acting from the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts (ALRA) and and a BA (Hons.) in English Literature and Drama from UCLAN. Natalie has also been awarded the LALAM Licenciate Diploma (Dist.) and two ALAM Associate Speech and Acting Diplomas (Hons.) from LAMDA and an Associate Musical Theatre Diploma (Hons.) from LCM. She has undertaken additional training with the National Youth Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Academy of Music, Guildhall and BBC Talent Boost.
For many years, Natalie combined both teaching and performing; teaching Drama and Musical Theatre lessons at Michael Hall Theatre School and Drama at Whittaker’s Dance and Drama Centre as well as working with Lancashire’s Traveller Education Service and she was responsible for preparing hundreds of children for LAMDA exams, Arts festivals, auditions and both in-house and professional theatre productions. She has choreographed and directed many productions over the years, namely Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and the Diary of Anne Frank. Prior to training at ALRA, Natalie played the title roles in Jane Eyre (Grand Theatre, Blackpool) and Jeanne D’Arc (various Lancashire venues and Dominion Studio, London) and Eliza in My Fair Lady (Grand Theatre, Blackpool).
Since graduating in 2014, Natalie has worked as a theatre practitioner and actress on projects with the National Theatre, LeftCoast, Bolton Octagon, Fable Arts and, of course, TramShed Theatre Company which she joined as an Arts Practitioner in 2015. These days, alongside professional performance work, Natalie continues to develop her practice within Theatre by writing and creating her own performance based projects and collaborating with other artists and theatre companies. Her particular interests are Musical Theatre and Socio-Political theatre and she is especially passionate about theatre’s ability to inform and influence social change. Natalie is excited about being part of TramShed’s Outreach Team and is looking forward to taking TramShed’s inclusive, fun and encouraging environment out into the community where more people can enjoy being involved with the Performing Arts and creating new and beautiful theatre.
Kitty Murray: Outreach Arts Practitioner
Following her studies in performing arts at Blackpool Sixth Form, Kitty attended the University of Chester, graduating with a degree in Drama and Theatre Studies. After the three year course, Kitty chose to remain in Chester where she has begun to set up a theatre company with several friends. She plans to create new work with the group which will hopefully lead into the creation of workshops for anyone who wishes to be a part of it! Juggling this with working full time, it isn’t often that she gets to come home and join the fun at TramShed, but she’s sure to put aside the time to get stuck in with the shows every year and continues to work on outreach projects as part of TramShed, wherever possible.
Hollie Wimpenny: Outreach Arts Practitioner
Hollie started with TramShed in January 2015 and has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the team. She graduated with a MA in Applied Theatre from the University of Manchester in 2012 and is also the Co-Director of Express Arts in Warrington. Hollie also freelances for Minerva Arts and Bluestreak Arts on a regular basis. She has worked with many age groups of different abilities and finds nothing more rewarding than building people’s confidence through drama and creativity.
Within all our groups at TramShed we have many wonderful volunteers who support our members and help to create a warm, exciting environment in which children, young people and adults can achieve in. They are a valuable asset to the company and provide endless support to the Practitioner team. If you are interested in volunteering for any of our Theatre groups at TramShed or would like to be involved back stage please download the Volunteer Application Form and return it to the address provided on the form.
Trustees and Committee
TramShed could not operate without the dedication and efforts of its Trustees and
Committee members. They support the Practitioner team and offer guidance and advice with all areas of the company.
Without this help and support TramShed would not be as successful as it is
today. The Practitioner Team would like to take this opportunity to thank both the
Trustees and the Committee members for dedicating their time to the company
and giving them encouragement and support.
(Acting) Head of the Board – Marge Bradshaw
Toni Fairholm & Leanne Hackett
Co-Chair: Kathleen Paintin OBE & Anthony King
Vice Chair: Jackie Hamilton & Daniel Paintin
Treasurer: Toni Fairholm
Secretary: Berni Ashworth
Committee Members: Tina Heaney, Karen Allison, Tina Murray, Shelley Nicholson, Jack Taylor & Latrisha Humphreys.