ABOUT STAGE LEFT PROJECT
Stage Left Project is a new Hastings based Theatre Company, whose aim is to bring Opera and
music based theatre to a new audience through playful, interactive, site sensitive productions.
Expect plenty of playful interaction with performances reaching into the foyer and audiences
experiencing a sensory, immersive evening out.
Company members are Tom Clarkson, Chiara Vinci and Producer Hannah Deeble.
Company associates are Laurence Panter and Amelia Cardwell.
French-Italian Soprano Chiara Vinci was born in London and studies with Jenny Miller. In 2017 Chiara was shortlisted by the Wales Theatre Awards in the category for Best Female Opera Singer for her role in Polly Graham's production of Kommilitonen' with WNYO and was invited to reprise her role for the ceremony in Swansea.
Recent Operatic roles include: Carolina (Il Matrimonio Segreto) Pop Up Opera, Sophie Scholl (Kommilitonen) Welsh National Youth Opera, Shepherd Boy (Tannhäuser) Longborough Festival Opera, Serpina (La Serva Padrona), Gianetta (L´Elisir D´amore) Barefoot Opera, Shepherdess (Venus and Adonis) Ad Parnassum. In 2016, Chiara created and devised Psyche and Sister for Born Mad at Tête à Tête Opera Festival.
Concert highlights of 2017 include singing the role of Adina in excerpts from L´Elisir D´Amore with WOW Opera and touring throughout the U.K with recorder artist Evelyn Nallen´s Zero Gravity Band.
Future engagements include reprising the role of Hester Santlow in The Loves Of Mars and Venus at The Georgian Theatre Royal in Richmond.
´´It was Chiara Vinci’s Sophie Scholl that stood out, incredibly moving, naturally poised and with a lovely bloom to the voice´´-The Guardian, Kommilitonen.
´´Chiara Vinci performed the role of a young Shepherd with a wonderful piping voice and I have rarely heard this sung better´´- Seen & Heard International, Tannhäuser.
Composer and Double Bass player Tom Clarkson is based in St. Leonards-on- sea. He began his musicalcareer as a Guitarist, and later Lead Vocalist and Bassist in Rock bands in his native South East London. A two-year immersion in writing music at the Miskin Theatre, before attending Dartington College of Arts broadened Tom’s artistic pallet, as well as his musical dexterity and instrument collection. He later studied at the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance in Kilburn.
As a multi-instrumentalist, Tom has enjoyed the diversity of playing Banjo and Mandolin in Folk bands, Hammond organ for Gospel Choirs, and even the Sitar for the accompaniment of Yoga and Meditation classes. This multi platform experience has informed many of Tom’s compositions and songs.
Currently Tom is playing in the acoustic Guitar and Double Bass Duo, Moss/Clarkson, having just released their debut EP ‘The Fairlight Tapes’, recorded live at Fairlight Hall. Tom is also Composing the score for a short film based on the two-hand play by Tennessee Williams.
‘Talk To Me Like the Rain… And Let Me Listen’, in collaboration with Director and Choreographer Amelia Cardwell, to be released in the Winter of 2017. He will also be showcasing his work as a Sound Designer at the Dreams Before Dawn Theatre Festival, in Paris this July, in a Play written and directed by Matthew Holmquist.
Producer Hannah Deeble studied Theatre Studies at Goldsmiths College before working in the Music Industry as a performer, tour manager and event producer.
For the past three years she has produced the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition – an acclaimed competition encompassing a ten day theatre performance concluding in two nights with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Laurence Panter read music at Cambridge University, where he was a choral and academic scholar, and went on to gain a Masters with Distinction from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. As a singer, Laurence has worked professionally with Longborough Festival Opera, Opera Northern Ireland, the Philharmonia Chorus, Celebrate Voice Festival, Opera Anglia and Kings Head Theatre, whose production of Così (playing Ferrando) recently won an 'Offie' for 'Best Operatic Production 2016'. Roles this year include Acis (Acis & Galatea), Johnny Inkslinger (Paul Bunyan), Rodolfo (La Bohème) and Remendado (Carmen).
As a pianist, Laurence gained a performance diploma from ABRSM, and has taught piano for the last eight years. He has recently developed his interest in accompanying and répétiteuring, playing for the City Lit Opera School performances, various recitals, a conservatoire-level Lieder competition and for Opera in the Meantime's performances of Suor Angelica. He also maintains an interest in composition, recently performing his own song cycle with pianist Kelvin Lim, and has recorded a selection of his choral compositions.
Laurence is part of the Vocal Trio in our production of 'Trouble in Tahiti'.
Amelia studied at the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance. After graduating she joined Company Chordelia Dance Theatre, under the director Kally Lloyd-Jones.
Amelia has since worked as a performer, choreographer and movement director for a versatile spectrum of companies including Frantic Assembly and Independent Opera, and her pieces have been performed at venues such as The Britten Theatre, The Roundhouse and the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Amelia has choreographed several music videos for the production company Gas and Electric, and major label Atlantic Records UK. She now works as a Practitioner for Frantic Assembly as well as continuing her freelance career. Amelia is currently co-directing ´We Had A Black Dog´ an original piece of theatre based on verbatim interviews with people suffering from depression. The show premieres at the Dreams Before Dawn Festival in Paris this July.
Amelia is currently studying for her M.A in Collaborative Theatre at Coventry University, and is devising and directing an augmented reality infused theatrical production based on the short play by Tennessee Williams, Talk to Me Like the Rain… and Let Me Listen.
Amelia has directed our production of 'Trouble in Tahiti'.
Alistair Sutherland is an MA graduate from the Royal Academy of Music who lives in London and currently studies with Nicholas Powell. He has worked with Opera Holland Park since 2010, where he was selected as a Christine Collins young artist in 2012 performing in Gianni Schicchi. He continues to work for OHP performing comprimario roles and covers; this summer he performed Crebillion/ Rabbonier in La rondine. He has worked extensively with the company OperaUpClose recently performing Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), Schaunard (La bohème), and Dulcamara (L’elisir d’amore). Recently he created the role Dandini (Cenerentola) for HighTime at the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry and Germano (La Scala di Seta) for Opera Alegría at the Arcola Theatre, Dalston.
Alistair plays Sam in our production of 'Trouble in Tahiti'.
London-born Sophie grew up in Sydney, Australia. She holds a BA in Acting from Theatre Nepean and a Masters of Music with Distinction from the RNCM. Sophie now learns with Yvonne Kenny.
Sophie has worked for Scottish Opera, Grange Park Opera, Wexford Festival and Buxton Festival.
Roles include: Carmen (Carmen) La Traviata (Flora), Otello Verdi (Emilia), La Finta Giardiniera (Ramiro), Serse (Arsamene).
Forthcoming: La Boheme with Opera Australia and Verdi Requiem with The Monteverdi Choir.
Sophie produces for Shadow Opera. Next: STOP ALL THE CLOCKS! a cinematic cabaret this November. Check the website for details.
Sophie plays Dinah in our production of 'Trouble in Tahiti'.