For Sherman Theatre: The Messenger.
Seiriol Davies sings and acts and writes and composes. He trained at LISPA and started out in cabaret. He has worked with Punchdrunk, Gideon Reeling and Brian Catling, is a founder member of Brighton art collective / record label Beatabet, and tragi-glam rock band Temper Temper, and was half of cult punk music hall turn Underbling & Vow. He now works primarily in theatre. In 2016, he wrote and starred in his first musical, the acclaimed How to Win Against History, which premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2016 and was the #1 best-reviewed show of the festival. It returned to the Fringe in 2017 before touring widely and transferring to a sell-out run at the Young Vic in London. It won several awards, including The Stage Edinburgh Award and a Wales Theatre Award (Best Touring Production). Seiriol was also nominated for a UK Theatre Award for Best Performance in a Musical for his portrayal of Henry. As an actor, writer and composer, he has worked with companies including The Old Vic, the Gate Theatre, English National Opera, National Theatre Wales, the Lyceum in Edinburgh, and many others.
Associate Artist: Designer
For Sherman Theatre: Alice in Wonderland, Iphigenia in Splott. Hayley graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in 2002, where she was the recipient of the Paul Kimpton Prize for Innovation. Other credits include: The Boy With Two Hearts (Wales Millennium Centre); Gin Craze (Royal & Derngate); Oliver Twist (Leeds Playhouse, Ramps on the Moon & UK tour); As You Like It (Queens Theatre Hornchurch & National Theatre); Hamlet, Road (Leeds Playhouse); A Christmas Carol (Hull Truck); Double Vision (Wales Millennium Centre); Romeo and Juliet (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Wonderman (Gagglebabble, National Theatre of Wales & Wales Millennium Centre); Made in Dagenham (Queens Theatre Hornchurch & New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich); The Tale of Mr Tumble (Manchester International Theatre); Little Sure Shot (Bath Theatre Royal, West Yorkshire Playhouse & tour); Caucasian Chalk Circle (Unicorn Theatre); All My Sons, Of Mice and Men (Watermill Theatre); A Taste of Honey (Hull Truck & Derby Theatre); Arabian Nights, All the Way Home (Manchester Library Theatre); Cooking With Elvis (Derby Theatre); Fantastic Mr Fox (Singapore Repertory Theatre); The Nutcracker, Animal Farm (Theatre Royal Bath); Mongrel Island (Soho Theatre); Little Voice, Peter Pan (The Dukes, Lancaster); God in Ruins (Royal Shakespeare Company).
Associate Artist: Writer & Composer
For Sherman Theatre: Llwyth (and Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru), Snowchild / Plentyn yr Eira (and Theatr Iolo), Peter Pan, Fe Ddaw’r Byd i Ben (and Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama), All That I Am (and Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama), Tylwyth (and Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru). Daf James is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter, composer and performer working across theatre, radio, television and film in English and Welsh. He trained in the Lecoq pedagogy at the London International School of Performing Arts and has a PhD in Theatre Studies from the University of Warwick. His first play Llwyth (Tribe) ‘announced James as a major new voice, and pioneered a bold new Welsh-language theatrical vernacular’ which ‘changed the landscape of Welsh language theatre forever' (The Guardian / Contemporary Welsh Plays). For his most recent play Tylwyth, he was described as ‘One of Wales’s most exciting playwrights’ (The Guardian), and ‘the best modern Welsh dramatist we have’ (Wales Online). His musical work has also been awarded a Total Theatre Award for Music and Theatre.
Associate Artist: Actor & Writer
For Sherman Theatre as an actor: The Motherf**ker with the Hat; For Sherman Theatre as a writer: Mr Carlos De Pass (Heart of Cardiff audio series). Kyle Lima is an actor, writer, singer and director, from Cardiff, and is a RWCMD, 2009 Alumni. Kyle has had a successful career in Theatre, Film and Television, working with the Bristol Old Vic, Kneehigh Theatre Company and Shakespeare’s Globe. Kyle’s on screen work includes Actor/Director Tom Cullen’s BAFTA Cymru nominated film Pink Wall, the 2019 Gavin & Stacey Christmas Special and ITV drama The Pembrokeshire Murders opposite actor Luke Evans. In 2018, Kyle was appointed as a BBC Writersroom Welsh Voices member. Kyle has written for Sky Arts as part of the Sky Arts ART50 programme, filmed at the Barbican Centre, Omidaze Theatre Company in collaboration with National Theatre Wales. Kyle has also worked with The Fio Theatre Company, directing the A Night with Fio Young Actors Company. In 2019, after working with both Theatr Iolo and the Sherman Theatre, Kyle was appointed as an Associate Artist to both organisations. Following on from this, Kyle was also the Theatr Iolo’s Platfform Artist for 2020 and is currently developing work with Iolo to be shared with the public in the near future.
Associate Artist: Director
Director / Accent Specialist. For Sherman Theatre as a director: Lose Yourself. Patricia also produced and directed Beckett's NOT I which featured in the Sherman's Autumn 2016 Season. She is a Senior Lecturer in Acting and an in-house director at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama where she has directed The Vibrator Play, Therese Raquin, The Merchant of Venice, The Moors, Stupid F***ing Bird and most recently, Sweat. Patricia has worked extensively in theatre and film as a professional text and accent specialist and has assisted on numerous Sherman productions in this capacity.
Associate Artist: Writer in Residence
For Sherman Theatre: Crafangau / Claws. Nia is a Welsh and Cape Verdean writer from Cardiff who also speaks about diversity and education. She graduated in 2020 with a Master's in Creative Writing from Cardiff University. In her writing she is currently focusing on fantasy, horror, and LGBTQ+ identity. She has been previously published in The Ghastling.
Mali Ann Rees
Associate Artist: Actor & Writer
For Sherman Theatre as an actor: Crafangau / Claws (Heart of Cardiff audio series and live performances 2021). For Sherman Theatre as a writer: Bratiaith (Heart of Cardiff audio series). Mali Ann Rees is a Cardiff-born actress and writer, trained at East 15 Acting School. Mali debuted her acting career as Ffion in Severn Screens BBC / S4C bilingual crime drama Hidden / Craith. She has since been in numerous television and theatre productions including: Merched Parchus and Fflam on S4C, Tourist Trap on BBC One Wales and is most recently seen in BBC / S4C drama Keeping Faith and BBC One Wales comedy pilot Mammoth. Mali’s theatre credits include World’s Apart in War with Theatr Clwyd, Y Cylch Sialc with Theatr Genedlathol Cymru and Crafangau / Claws with Sherman Theatre. Mali’s radio work includes Torchwood and Doctor Who with Big Finish Productions, Newsjack and Welcome Strangers with the BBC. Mali started her writing career with her audio play Bratiaith for Sherman Theatre’s Heart of Cardiff series. She has since written a short play, Thieves, which was recently performed at Theatr Clwyd, and is currently developing a new play.
Associate Artist: Actor
Suzanne Packer, a proud Cardiffian, has been gracing our television screens and main stages, playing a wide range of characters in a career that has taken her from the West End of London to the Wales Millennium Centre, and from early appearances on Brookside on Channel 4, a long stint on BBC television’s Casualty to more recent appearances in Welsh smash hit dramas Bang, Keeping Faith, It's a Sin, Cyswllt and The Pembrokeshire Murders. Suzanne also played opposite John Malkovich in Agatha Christie's ABC Murders. She’s a member of the BiBi Crew who produce their own high-quality new writing from an Afro-Caribbean perspective, co-author of Still Breathing: 100 Black Voices on Racism and a co-director of GoDadRun, a charitable project that was created by her brother; world champion athlete Colin Jackson.